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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 09:43 PM
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Hey, did we know MSNBC's Pete Williams was gay?
I was responding to another thread over at GD about Pete and looked him up.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I just thought he was a former Cheney guy and now MSNBC pentagon correspondent and I found this on wiki.

"In 1991, while serving as Pentagon spokesperson during the Gulf War, Williams was outed as a homosexual by activist and author Michelangelo Signorile."

Boy this is one strange story??? :popcorn:


Petey in younger days.
Pete Williams as Assistant Secretary of Defense at a press briefing, 1991


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Williams

>>Pete Williams is an NBC News correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He has been covering the Justice Department and the U.S. Supreme Court since April 1993. Williams was also a key reporter on the Microsoft anti-trust trial and Judge Jackson's decision.

Prior to joining NBC, Williams served as a press official on Capitol Hill for many years. In 1986 he joined the Washington, DC staff of then Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant. In 1989, when Cheney was named Secretary of Defense, Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. He also served as spokesman to the Pentagon. While in that position, Williams was named Government Communicator of the Year in 1991 by the National Association of Government Communicators.<<


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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 09:45 PM
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1. I remember when he was outed in 1991, yes. nt
Edited on Tue Nov-25-08 09:46 PM by jonnyblitz
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 09:47 PM
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2. No kidding.
We're every where... even in the right wing.
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:20 PM
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4. I was gay in the military at the time and i remember the big stink
Edited on Tue Nov-25-08 10:20 PM by jonnyblitz
made over Signorile outing famous people and whether it was ethical or not.
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:00 PM
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3. About activist and author Michelangelo Signorile
who outed Pete.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo_Signorile

>>Michelangelo Signorile, pronounced (pronounced /ˌsiːnjəˈɹɪlə/; born December 19, 1960), is a gay American writer and a national talk radio host whose program is aired each weekday across the United States and Canada. He is a political liberal, unabashedly, and covers a wide variety of political and cultural issues.

Signorile is noted for his various books and articles on gay and lesbian politics, and is an outspoken supporter of gay rights. Signorile's seminal 1993 book Queer in America explored the negative effects of the LGBT closet, and provided one of the first intellectual justifications for the practice of outing public officials, influencing the debate and treatment of the issue among journalists from that point on. Signorile has argued in favor of outing from a journalistic perspective, calling for the "equalization" of reporting on homosexual public figures and heterosexual public figures. He has argued that the homosexuality of public figures -- and only public figures -- should be reported on when relevant, and only when relevant...

Signorile became a gay activist in 1988, after attending a meeting of the controversial grass roots protest group, ACT UP, in New York. Within days of the meeting he was arrested at a protest at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Citigroup Center, where the Vatican's envoy and the author of much of the Vatican's recent positions against homosexuality, gay rights and the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was to give a major speech. (Ratzinger would go on become Pope Benedict XVI, succeeding Pope John Paul II upon his death in April 2005). <<

..........

http://www.adherents.com/people/100_gay.html
The Gay 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present, Kensington Publishing Corporation/Citadel Press (2002), written by Paul Russell.


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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:22 PM
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5. He was standing right in front of jackbeck, priyanka and I at
the big protest outside the Mormon temple a few weeks back in NYC.
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:31 PM
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6. So, he's supportive now?
And protesting? Cool.
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:36 PM
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7. ha, signorile was there, not pete williams!!
sorry if i wasn't clear about who. :rofl:
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:08 PM
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9. Eeep.
I got all hopeful. :rofl:
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 10:44 PM
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8. I support outing closeted hypocrites
C'mon Lindsey Graham, tell us how you really feel.
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:10 PM
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10. Ya' know the ones who openly oppose gay rights or legislate against
gay civil rights, those folks are not neutral parties.

Lindsey and Pete, all in one night? :rofl:
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:21 PM
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11. there's certain people I don't want on our team
he's one them
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 07:08 AM
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16. Would love to see the Pope outed!
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-08 11:43 PM
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12. I remember the outting. I supported it then, and now. Out everyone and anyone
who is complicit in attacking our rights.
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 12:30 AM
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13. They can keep Goober!


:rofl:
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 12:38 AM
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14. Didja HEAR! Dumbya after he leaves WH plans
Edited on Wed Nov-26-08 01:01 AM by bluedawg12


Joining a folk band to bring joy!
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 12:51 AM
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15. New life planned after WH years!


He likes them dark swarthy, sensitive.
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HillWilliam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 05:29 PM
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17. NNnnnoooonononononoooononono
I might be a redneck and a total non-fashion-plate, but some things are just plainole wrawng. They can keep Dumbya. And Graham (R-Closet). Now, any time Hugh Jackman want to hop the fence...
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 05:33 PM
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18. LOL! Nothing less than Hugh?
Good call.
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HillWilliam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-26-08 06:13 PM
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19. If I was ever going to step out
and get my neck wrung over it, I better make it a good'n! :rofl:
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