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May 28, 2016

June 1 - LGBTQ Social Justice and Rights in the District: a community discussion

Please join us at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 1 in the Martin Luther King Library for a community discussion on LGBTQ social justice and rights. It is an interesting panel of participants. GLAA President Rick Rosendall will moderate.

May 27, 2016

AIDS activists accuse Sanders of lying about meeting

Obama in Hiroshima

A powerful moment in Hiroshima as our president embraces one of the Hibakusha, a survivor of the atomic blast 71 years ago. My heart soars. I am so proud of this man, who with simple grace leaves the haters in the dust and honors the better angels of our nature. He enlarges himself and us.

The haters on the right are going ape. It is a reminder of the despicable alternative we are faced with this year. We can defeat the haters if we simply stop making excuses and vote. 71 years are long enough to cling to the bitterness of the past. If we do not heal, we make a hollow mockery of Yad Vashem's "Never Again, Never Forget."

GLAA releases ratings ad for June 14 DC primary election: Evans, Gray, Robert White top field.

May 26, 2016

Gays being attacked in Ghana

Stoked by religious leaders.

Near the Islamic Center, and blocks from the White House!

I was just scrolling through Daily Caller's Twitter feed looking for this item that someone had posted on Facebook. Their feed is pretty hilarious. One item they posted used a picture of Obama at the White House Easter party making monster gestures while reading Where the Wild Things Are to a group of children. Yes, he's a scary black man!

Our friend Mark Fischer wrote on Facebook:

My comment on The Daily Caller website was deleted.

I pointed out the fact that the address was "close to the French Ambassador's residence, Embassy Row, and the homes of other notable people."

I also posted the facts:
"The mosque has been visited by many dignitaries, including several presidents. President George W. Bush visited on September 17, 2001, only days after the attacks of September 11. On national television, Bush quoted from the Qur'an and worked to assure Americans that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful."

"In 2015 a group of Muslim activists, politicians, and writers issued a Declaration of Reform which announced the founding of the Muslim Reform Movement organization to work against the beliefs of Middle Eastern terror groups. That year Asra Nomani and others placed the Declaration on the door of the mosque."

Maybe it was my suggestion that those points were left out of the story because they didn't appeal to the "deep bias and hate-Obama sentiment of The Daily Caller and its readers." LOL!!

Obama to host final White House Pride reception of his administration on June 9

US Congresswoman Tells Anti-Trans Witness 'I Think You’re a Bigot, Lady'

Good.

Texas joined by 10 other states in lawsuit over transgender bathroom use

The bigoted diehards keep pounding.

House Democrats Succeed in Reversing Anti-LGBT Attack On Rights for Federal Contractors

Andy Towle's take is here.

Update: The bill has now been killed. Here's an update from Andy Towle.

Isn't it rich?

Sondheim's most beloved song, sung by his greatest interpreter. Its rueful tone, rather than fear, seems to fit this absurd election year:

Isn't it rich? Are they a pair?
Hillary's feet on the ground,
Trump in midair?
Where are the clowns?

Hillary and the Trans United Fund questionnaire

I was going to agree with this criticism, and it will do me no shred of good not to, but on reflection I think too much is being made of this. I myself (echoed by my GLAA colleagues) called for legalizing sex work eight years ago, which is one of the questions in the 15-page questionnaire; but Hillary is in a race against Trump with grave implications for our country, and must pick her battles. Anyone who doubts her commitment to trans equality should check out the positions page at Trans Equality for Hillary.

May 25, 2016

Vermont governor signs conversion therapy ban

Good news. GLAA's participation two years ago in the coalition that won passage of DC's ban on conversion therapy for minors is described here.

Time magazine's rainbow cover sparks outrage

This article quotes one objection to the Time cover:

“Dear @time this is a gay pride flag, not a trans pride flag. This is erasure and a failure of basic due diligence,” one person tweeted.

Erasure? Really? The cover of Time Magazine is the opposite of erasure, whether you like the illustration or not. According to Wikipedia, "Unlike within the wider LGBT communities worldwide which have adopted the Rainbow flag, the various transgender individuals, organizations and communities around the world have not coalesced around one single flag design. Instead there are several flags used and endorsed by the varying transgender individuals, organizations and communities." The cover design is a striking graphic inspired by the far better known rainbow flag, which our enemies certainly regard as including the T even if you don't. This is the sort of fake controversy that causes people whose support we need to roll their eyes and turn away.

Desmond Tutu’s daughter married a woman, and was forced out of the South African clergy

NFL awards 2019-21 Super Bowl games to states without anti-LGBT laws

San Francisco 49ers oppose North Carolina law, donate $75k to Equality NC

Texas education board candidate who called Obama a gay prostitute loses

Good riddance.

May 24, 2016

Jake Tapper Berates Trump for Pushing 'Bizarre, Unfounded Conspiracy Theory'

Thank you, Mr. Tapper.

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus holds no grudge - wants fired DJ reinstated

Everyone seems to be kissing and making up after an embarrassing goof at a Padres game.