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Condi and her special friend

I’m posting on the Blend today from Birmingham, Alabama — the birthplace of Condi Rice. I wonder if folks here are buzzing about this news about her. Via Mike Signorile, who spoke with Glenn Kessler, whose new book is The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy:

In the book and on the show, Kessler described how Rice’s “closest male friend” is openly gay, a man by the name of Coit D. Blacker, a Stanford professor (Rice served as the provost as Stanford in the late 1990s for six years) and a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration. Blacker, whose partner is also mentioned, advised Al Gore’s campaign in 2000, while his close friend Rice served as a chief confidante for a president who has tried to make gays into second class citizens in the U.S. Constitution. But wait, it gets better.

Rice’s “closest female friend” is a woman named Randy Bean (pictured here), who is unmarried and whose sexual orientation is not stated. She is described as a “liberal progressive;” she’s a documentary filmmaker who works at Standford University and once worked for Bill Moyers. She and Rice and Blacker (again, who has a partner) are discussed as a “second family,” a term Bean uses, also saying that, “on friends, [Rice] goes narrow and deep.”

There’s much more, including the fact that Rice owns a home with Bean and shares a line of credit with her. Not that this means anything, right? Go read the rest.

What if Condi was a lesbian — and came out? Would that quell the right wing “Draft Condi in 2008” movement driven by the Freeper set?


Surely this will be the talk of the evening at the pre-conference meet-and-greet downtown for the Day of Equality held by the good folks at Equality Alabama, where I’m speaking tomorrow.

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