The Daily Agenda for Thursday, April 19

Jim Burroway

April 19th, 2012

Today is Yom Hashoah, the internationally recognized date set aside as the Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew Calendar to commemorate the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a live webcast of the National Days of Remembrance ceremony in the US Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. this morning at  11 a.m. EDT.

TODAY’S AGENDA:
White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS: Atlanta, GA The White House will host the next of its series of conference s on LGBT issues today on the topic of HIV/AIDS. The conference is hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Office of National AIDS Policy in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine, and takes place today from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Early Voting Begins on North Carolina’s Amendment 1: NC. Early voting begins today in North Carolina’s primary, in which the major issue remaining is Amendment 1, which would amend the North Carolina constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage (even though it is already prohibited by law) along with any other state recognition of any sort of relationships, gay or straight, outside of marriage. When the proposed amendment was first placed on the primary ballot, it was feared that an anticipated contested Republican presidential primary coupled with an absence of an urgent reason for Democrats and independents to go to the polls would spell doom for the Tar Heel State’s LGBT community. But now that the GOP primary race has effectively ended, prospects for Amendment 1’s defeat have brightened considerably. If you live in North Carolina, get yourself and everyone you know to the polls now.

As for everyone else, if you donate now, your gift will be doubled with a matching gift from several leading North Carolina citizens (only one of whom is gay; the rest are straight allies). Please make your donation today to Protect ALL NC Families to defeat Amendment 1.

Pride Celebrations This Weekend: Beaumaris, Wales, UKMobile, AL; Phoenix, AZPotsdam, Germany and Tallahassee, FL.

Other Events This Weekend: Sunshine Stampede Rodeo, Davie, FL and the ONE National Archives Queer Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA.

AIDS Walks This Weekend: Binghamton, NY and Miami, FL.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:
Dick Sargent: 1930. His best known role was that of the second Darrin in the 1960s sitcom Bewitched, after having taken over that role in 1969 when Dick York was forced to leave due to ongoing health problems. It was a fortuitous second chance for Sargent: he was the producers’ first choice for the role in 1964 but was forced to turn it down because he was under contract with Universal Studios to appear in the short-lived sitcom Broadside, a WWII comedy about four girls on an island with 4,000 sailors. (Hilarity allegedly ensued, but only for one season.) Before he got his second chance at Bewitched, Sargent appeared in several films and television programs which helped pad his resume with a growing list of solid if not particularly memorable roles.

He never really made it onto the A-list, bit he did have a solid run opposite Elizabeth Montgomery as America’s favorite put-upon Mortal. And what a strange, gay time he must have had on the set, with openly-flamboyant Paul Lynde as practical-joker Uncle Arthur and the closeted and conflicted Agnes Moorhead as Endora (a character whose style and sarcasm deserves the everlasting homage of drag queens everywhere.) The series ended in 1972 and immediately went into syndication for whole new generations to enjoy. Meanwhile, Sargent kept working in minor roles and voiceovers for commercials and cartoons.

In 1974, he appeared with lesbian Fannie Flagg in the game show “Tattletales,” in which Hollywood couples would try to guess each others’ answers to embarrassing questions about marriage, sex, or other coupley topics. They were, ostensibly, “dating” for the game show’s purposes. Sargent finally came out on National Coming Out Day, October 11, 1991, over concerns about high suicide rates among gay teens. He revealed that when he was a student at Stanford he twice tried to kill himself when he realized he was gay.  the following summer, he was Grand Marshall of the Los Angeles Gay Pride parade alongside his former Bewitched co-star and friend, Elizabeth Montgomery. He became involved with the AIDS Project Los Angeles and the American Foundation for AIDS Research. He died in 1994 of prostate cancer.

If you know of something that belongs on the agenda, please send it here. Don’t forget to include the basics: who, what, when, where, and URL (if available).

And feel free to consider this your open thread for the day. What’s happening in your world?

Donny D.

April 20th, 2012

Why didn’t you mention the Day of Dialogue (as part of “their” agenda)?

Or is it so pathetic that it didn’t deserve any mention?

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