Sunday, March 9, 2014
Steve Michael Gallardo, a fourth generation Arizonan, was born on October 25, 1968 to Jose Luis Gallardo and Alice Carrillo. He grew up in Maryvale, Arizona. He attended grade school at Starlight Park Elementary School in the Cartwright Elementary School District and Trevor G. Browne High School in the Phoenix Union High School District.
Gallardo continue his education at Rio Salado Community College. He went on to serve as Maricopa County Campaign Finance Director and Training Officer for 14 years.
Janet Napolitano, the Governor of Arizona, appointed him to the Arizona Civil Rights Advisory Board, where he served from 1998 through 2002. In 2001, he was appointed to the Maryvale Village Planning Committee by the Phoenix City Council. Gallardo served on the Governing Board of the Cartwright Elementary School District beginning in 2001. He served through 2004, and was elected in 2010 to another four-year term. He also served on the Governing Board of the Phoenix Union High School District from 2004 through 2008.
In February 2002, Gallardo resigned from Maricopa County Election Department and announced his candidacy for the Arizona House of Representatives. He was elected in November 2002 to represent Legislative District 13 covering areas of Maryvale, Glendale, Tolleson, Cashion, and Avondale. Gallardo was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. In January 2009, Gallardo stepped down from Arizona House of Representatives to work for a consulting firm.
Shortly after the enactment of Arizona SB 1070, the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in the U.S., he announced his candidacy for Arizona State Senate for Legislative District 13. He was elected in November 2010 and reelected in 2012. In 2012 he sponsored legislation to repeal the anti-immigration legislation.
In January 2013, he introduced a series of bills to enhance the rights LGBT persons by ending the state's ban on same-sex marriage, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, and ending the state's preference for married persons over single persons in adoption. In October 2013, Gallardo was elected Minority Whip of the Arizona Senate by his Democratic colleagues.
In 2014, Gallardo again introduced legislation to repeal Arizona's anti-immigration law. He noted that the legislation he wanted to repeal took four years to pass and "It may take us longer to get it repealed. But we are not going to stop until we get it repealed."
Following the passage of Arizona SB 1062, which sought to allow businesses to deny services to gay individuals based on their religious beliefs, and its veto by Governor Jan Brewer.
The controversy over Senate Bill 1062 prompted him to go public with his sexuality.
"I am gay, I'm a Latino, I'm a state senator and it's OK," Gallardo said at a press conference.
"After I stood up on the floor and argued against 1062, as I've done on many bills before, I sat down and said, 'Wow. This bill affects me. It affects me directly,'" Gallardo said at the press conference.
"Seeing the people out there, protesting. I thought it's time," he added. "It's time to let people know about me. And to send people a message. I'm more interested in letting people who struggle with this know that it's okay."
Gallardo is a candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Arizona's 7th congressional district in the 2014 elections, following the retirement of incumbent Ed Pastor.
Asked if this had something to do with his campaign for the 7th Congressional District seat he told reporters that his coming out has nothing to do with his congressional bid.
"I couldn't care less," Gallardo said. "This is about standing up and doing the right thing."
Saturday, March 8, 2014
But Jake will be going a bit further for dinner next month.
Jake will travel back to New York for a multi-course meal prepared by a number of New York City’s best chef for Edible Schoolyard NYC’s second annual spring benefit on Monday, April 7. Jake is the honorary Co-Chair of "Putting Down Roots” and on that theme The Root's Questlove, who won't be on the preschool ornaments like on The Tonight Show, will be on the turntables.
The evening’s proceeds will benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC and has Culinary Chair and Momofuku founder David Chang assembling a cast of the city’s hottest chefs to each design and prepare an intimate, open-kitchen, four-course dinner for an individual table.
Take a look at the incredible lineup of participating chefs below:
Einat Admony, Balaboosta
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern
Joaquin Baca, The Brooklyn Star
Jonathan Benno, Lincoln Ristorante
Fredrik Berselius, Aska
April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig
Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food
Marco Canora, Hearth
Frank Castronovo & Frank Falcinelli, Prime Meats
David Chang, Momofuku
Tom Colicchio, Craft
Joel Harrington, Red Rooster Harlem
Brooks Headley & Mark Ladner, Del Posto
Joel Hough, il Buco
Gavin Kaysen, Café Boulud
Anita Lo, Annisa
Ignacio Mattos, Estela
Joe Ogrodnek & Walker Stern, Battersby
Kevin and Alex Pemoulie, Thirty Acres
Alexandra Raij, Txikito
Ruth Rogers, The River Café , London
Justin Smillie, il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
Alex Stupak, Empellón
Rich Torrisi, Torrisi Italian Specialties
Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar
It looks like he might be having some culinary company from both London and Italy that night too.
|Jake at the Fall Benefit for NYC Schools in 2011|
|Jake helping kicking off the NY program in October 2010|
Friday, March 7, 2014
Dancing, dancing, dancing
He's a dancing machine
He's a dynamite attraction
At the drop of a coin he comes alive
He knows what he's doing
He super bad now
He's geared to blow your mind
Watch him get down, watch him get down
You know Austy - you could pitch
Yes M'AM (Matthew McConaughey, Austin and Matt Bomer) - Magic Mike 2: Texas Tease
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Last year it was mention about Jake playing a boxer in the film Southpaw, and it looks like it is going to roll this summer.
When Jake was at his thinnest during filming Nightcrawler OMG talked about what weight class Jake might box in but it looks like he should enjoy all those carb loving days in Rome, because it will be back to the gym and strict diets to get into fight shape - literally!
Jake will be playing a welterweight boxer in Southpaw which means his 6' frame will be between a lean 140 lbs (63.5 ) and 147 lbs (67 kg). Lots of lean proteins and veggies through the summer.
The movie, directed by Antoine Fuqua, was written by Kurt Sutter best know for the cable hit “Sons of Anarchy”. Originally written for Eminem but was shelved after Em decided to focus more on his music, the story "chronicles the rise of a lefty welterweight all the way to a championship title as he battles various tragedies in his personal life, and wins back the love of his daughter." It’s about boxing but it's not about boxing," director/pugilist Fuqua told the LA Times last year. "The heart of the movie is about a man learning to be a father."
The hunt is on for the co-lead role Titus ‘Tick’ Willis, a former boxer who retired after losing an eye, and following the death of his son.
The Weinstein Company picked up the rights to the movie, and are providing the funding. With Jake's solid performance in the last string of movies, and boxer story (The Champ, Rocky, Million Dollar Baby and The Fighter - all Oscar winners) and the support of the Weinsteins this project could go all ten rounds and come out a champion at award time.
Good news for those weary of the whiskers - no doubt Jake will be clean shaven for this one.
And in the never ending game of Where in Sprawl is Jake Gyllenhaal - where do you think this one will be filmed?
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Here are some of the clips:
A theme that both Jake and Denis have touched on is the intimacy of film making
and struggling with intimacy
Jake went on to talk about working with people who inspire him
And George ask Jake about his Electric Company connection
In addition to Jake's Vanity Fair interview he sat down with the CBC's Q guest host Brent Bambury to talk about Enemy. Denis earlier last fall said in an interview with Q that the movie really "gets into his leading man's real mind -- calling it a a documentary about the subconscious of Jake Gyllenhaal --- something the actor identifies with to a certain extent."
Jake call it more collective -"In a way, it's really about the exploration of all of our unconscious." But which is it subconscious or unconscious there Jakey?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Happy Shrove Tuesday and Happy Mardi Gras!
And just like the day the two different holidays associated with it represent the two fellas of our focus on OMG.
Shrove Tuesday - is all about the pancakes and who is the Pancake Man?
While Jake surely loves a tall stack dripping
you know he goes for the Dutch Baby
And Mardi Gras is about everything over the top, big flashy jewelry, hell just flashing in general, hot and spicy, jolly drinks, having a great time and losing your shirt
Who does that sound like?
Something for everyone.
Monday, March 3, 2014
There's something nice when the large piece of faux to the left of Austin is the least accessory in the picture.
Austy sweetie! Loving that - and using one of your fav phrases - Big Ass cocktail ring you're sporting on your finger. Because if you have to drag faux out on an industry night, it's only fair you get to wear a fabulous faux too. Because who are you kidding, everyone attends these soirees already knows who you're really with and having been coming with to the Oscar parties for the last 10 plus years. (This year - the equivalent of taking your cousin to the prom)
Or is that gold band doing that for you? Making sure people know this man is off the market. Nice to see it's back.
Kind a like this fella. Who's flashing his more and more.
Speaking of which - is this pic your shout out to your favorite picker?
One tip - if you guys want the universal symbol for I've gotta secret - it's tapping the OUTSIDE the nose with your finger. (Pass the word)
And you can see your mani better too.