On Saturday night, MSNBC host Chris Matthews stepped away from any sense of neutrality by serving as Master of Ceremonies at the 19th Annual Dinner of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which has long agitated for a repeal of any limitations on open homosexuality in the U.S. military. The motto of the dinner is "Making History, Moving Forward" -- not very far from the "Lean Forward" motto of MSNBC.
Naturally, sponsors include the Open Society Institute of George Soros. After Sarvis appeared on Hardball just before Christmas last year, gay bloggers were delighted that SLDN executive director Aubrey Sarvis "seems to have a long-standing political friendship with MSNBC host Chris Matthews, which makes his appearance more of a discussion than a Hardball interview."
The liberal Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund is also having an active weekend, with a panel discussion and a reception Saturday starring Barney Frank at the House of Sweden in Georgetown. On Sunday morning, they're hosting a National Champagne Brunch.
The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington is putting on an all-male production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" starting this weekend. Director Craig Cipollini told the Washington Post's Express tabloid that the show should resonate in D.C. since it calls out politicians who don't walk their own moral talk. "You hear about these right-wing senators getting caught in bathrooms, and it's such a neat parallel."