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August 02, 2015

Do not miss Keith Hamilton Cobb at Anacostia Playhouse: American Moor

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(Photo: C. Stanley Photography)

I cannot praise highly enough the author and star of American Moor, Keith Hamilton Cobb (@KeithHamCobb), at Anacostia Playhouse through August 16. If you love theater, and Shakespeare in particular, do not miss this. His passion, love, intelligence, and rage are powerfully and movingly expressed. The situation is an audition for Othello, but the first character he inhabits is that of Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Wonderful stuff.

Here is a review.

Click here for tickets.

August 01, 2015

Rallies for victims of Jerusalem stabbing held in major Israeli cities

Also: Aeyal Gross in Haaretz on Why the Israeli government’s condemnation of Jerusalem Gay Pride attack is hollow.

July 31, 2015

Jewish Extremists Suspected in West Bank Arson That Killed Palestinian Toddler

If you are an American taxpayer, your tax dollars are helping to subsidize the West Bank occupation (now in its 49th year) that perpetuates this.

'Synthetic marijuana' is nothing like marijuana (so stop calling it that)

Interview with #JerusalemPride organizer who witnessed attack

Mother Loses Fight To Keep Alabama From Recognizing Late Son's Marriage

Thank goodness. This woman's behavior reflects standard operating procedure for many gay people's birth families over the years. Bereaved same-sex partners, at the worst possible time, have been excluded from funerals, seen their joint property stolen, their entire lives upended and defiled by people who refused to respect their supposed loved one's love. Some of those excluded and robbed in this way have killed themselves out of despair. Our collective fight for marriage equality, sustained over many years, is making a positive difference in countless lives, and thwarting intolerance and selfishness.

Obama unveils new HIV strategy

Man arrested for drinking Arizona iced tea

Man Gets Arrested For Drinking Arizona Iced Tea!

Man Gets Arrested For Drinking Arizona Iced Tea!

Posted by LATRUTH on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

This asshole cop deserves to have the living crap beaten out of him, as does every single other cop or (for that matter) private citizen who defends this harassment and thereby enables it. They need to knock this shit off, fire cops who do this, or abolish the police altogether. Cell phone cameras are revealing so much of this sociopathic behavior by law enforcement officers that we can only presume that the behavior has been going on for years, and is only now coming to light because of cameras being ubiquitous and videos being easily shared on social media. This behavior by police is intolerable. There cannot be peace without justice. Public officials need to be put on notice: show the backbone to put a stop to this or leave office.

July 30, 2015

Instagram’s most famous gay couple breaks up

Caleb Anthony and Kordale Lewis have broken up. Did fame play a part? Who knows. But when we fought for the right to marry, our moral force was enhanced by so many longtime couples who had stuck it out through the rough spots. That Caleb and Kordale, who had made themselves role models with a book and an ad campaign, could not stick it out is more sad than anything else. Here's wishing them and their three children well.

Could the Vatican be ready to back civil unions?

I confess I am caring less and less what the Vatican does.

Ultra-Orthodox extremist stabs six at Jerusalem Gay Pride

Awful news from Jerusalem.

July 29, 2015

The View from Kepler-452b

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An artist’s concept compares Earth, left, to Kepler-452b. (Image by T. Pyle; courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

My Blade column this week looks at the Iran nuclear agreement. Here is an excerpt:

High in the night sky over Washington, the bright stars Deneb and Vega mark a star field at the center of a probe unrelated to Benghazi or Hillary's emails or whether Iran will get the Bomb.

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-452b, an earth-like planet 1400 light years away. At 6 billion years old, it is 1.5 billion years older than Earth. This raises the question whether any intelligent life there has avoided destroying itself. How might earthlings evolve over a similar time period?

It will be sad but unsurprising if it turns out that Kepler-452b has produced several intelligent life forms in succession, each destroying itself after developing genocidal weapons. Back here, of course, humanity's own ongoing quest of self-annihilation nearly succeeded in the last century. Our latest opportunity is the resolute effort by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American cohorts to foment war with Iran. They are attacking a multilateral accord, reached on July 14 after a two-year effort, designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Read the whole piece here.

Furies Collective house nominated for historic landmark status

Interesting development on Capitol Hill. For more information on The Furies, visit Wikipedia and the Rainbow History Project.

(Hat tip: Tim Krepp)

Police Officer Ray Tensing indicted for murder of #SamDuBose

Above is the chilling body cam video of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shooting Samuel DuBose in the head after stopping him for a missing front license plate. Contrary to Tensing's claim, DuBose did not threaten him in any way. Below, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters discusses the murder indictment against Tensing.

July 28, 2015

Kanye West's trans-affirming decency

There is so much hating on Kanye West, I thought I'd show you this video in which his decency shines. Caitlyn Jenner gives him credit for helping Kim Kardashian deal with Caitlyn's transition. And in case you forgot, Kanye came out strongly against homophobia in hip-hop ten years ago.

Jamaica prepares for its first Pride festival

God bless them and good luck to them.

What does Islam say about being gay?

Mustafa Akyol writes in NYT.

Op-ed: How LGBT Liberation Connects to the Oldest Profession

As GLAA wrote in our 2015 policy brief item on sex work, "We believe the District should pursue the more compassionate course of decriminalization and regulation."

(Hat tip: Ricci Joy Levy and Bob Summersgill)

This just in: evangelist bigot objects to exporting immorality

Franklin Graham, who profiteered off the charity Samaritan's Purse, thinks people who agree with his noxious views should have a monopoly to talking overseas.

How the New York Times bungled the Hillary Clinton emails story

The people trying so hard to demonize Hillary, calling her a liar, should least to get their own facts right. But all they seem interested in doing is divide and distract. As POTUS says about the Iran deal, what is their positive proposal? Know-nothingism, attacks on immigrants and religious minorities and LGBT folks and reproductive freedom and voting rights are not going to cut it. All they have are hatred and paranoia.