Monday, October 13, 2008

Stars Turn Out to Crank up Fundraising For No on Prop 8 in California

love honor cherishI don't know what it's been like in your town, but everyone stepped it up here in California to respond to the negative turn in the polls for our Marriage Equality Rights. 

This past weekend, there were parties literally all day every day.

The lesbians raised $150,000 at a rodeo in Mendocino, Chastity Bono raised $25,000 at her pool party on Sunday afternoon, and Love Honor Cherish raised $250,000 at their Heroes and History Makers party on Sunday evening at Skybar on the Sunset Strip.

pictured, Eric McCormack and wife Janet support No on Prop 8 at the Love Honor Cherish fundraiser.

We are losing folks, and our win in Connecticut on Friday is only going to anger and mobilize those that seek to oppose us. Please donate as much as you can to

In an open letter to the editor at the Advocate web site today, the question of the weekend finally got some print. Why hasn't Ellen donated any money? For that matter, why aren't more celebs stepping up with deep pocket donations like Spielberg and Pitt coughed up? TR Knight from Grey's Anatomy donated $50,000 and gay icon Barbra Streisand is co-chairing a No on Prop 8 fundraiser on October 21 in Beverly Hills (Streisand's son Jason Gould is gay). The other co chairs of this event are Greg Berlanti and Rob Reiner.

Meanwhile, at the Skybar fundraiser, Los Angeles city Mayor Villaraigosa donated $25,000. 

Dana Delany (China Beach, Desperate Housewives) showed her support by speaking, and added a cute, "I've been avoiding marriage my whole life, but if you want it...have at it!".

pictured, Dana Delany with Heather Tom and Kathryn Joosten at Love, Honor, Cherish

Brian Graden (President of programming, MTV/VH1/Logo) and partner Jimmy.

Actor/Producer Chad Allen, whose film SAVE ME opened in theatres last month.

Out of the like ten thousand people at the Skybar event, I counted exactly 8 lesbians. Here are two of them.
Writers Lisa Dickey and Randi Barnes - thrilled to within an inch of their lives that they won an autographed script from THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW in the silent auction.

What was lovely and surprising were the amount of STRAIGHT people at this event. Like a ton. Here are two:

love honor cherish


Lisa said...

Is it possible some of those big names, Ellen, Melissa, etc. donated without publicizing it?
I think we all know where they stand on the issue ... do they have to make their donations public?

ms. lee of the lemon drops said...

Defining marriage as between one man and one woman is not taking away anyone's rights. The definition simply distinguishes a union that is biologically capable of producing its own children. Whether a married couple has children or not, I feel like this deserves a separate name--even the potential is kind of a miracle.

Actually this definition can be seen as the ultimate expression of equality our society has to offer: it takes one man and one woman. One could see a lesbian union as a marginalization of men, or a homosexual union as a marginalization of women.

Equality is especially important when it comes to raising children. Children deserve/need a father and a mother. Neither parent should be marginalized.

Yes, many children are already growing up in single-parent homes. Prop 8 should be a reminder to everyone that as a society we need to assist and strengthen families as much as possible. Really, as a society we should be most concerned with the success and health of our families.

peace out.