423 posts categorized "Consumers and Business"

July 28, 2015

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)

July 21, 2015

Helping Lindsey Graham choose a new phone

The above announcement by our favorite closeted, warmongering Person Who Will Not Be President was prompted by Donald Trump giving out his phone number because Graham called Trump a jackass. Below are my favorite suggestions offered by Sen. Graham's Twitter friends. (Incidentally, he doesn't need a new phone, he can just change the number with a new SIM card, but let's play along.)

P.S. Of course we do not condone Trump's irresponsible behavior in giving out Graham's private phone number. We just believe in making lemons out of lemonade.

July 20, 2015

Gawker editors quit to defend smear job

These guys are as disgraceful as they are unethical.

Feldblum explains new gay employment protections

July 17, 2015

EEOC: Anti-gay workplace bias barred under existing law

This development came as a surprise. Walter Olson at Overlawyered responds to this legal-change-by-reinterpretation.

Gawker slammed for gay-shaming thinly disguised as journalism

Gawker has been swamped with denunciations for outing a private citizen who sought a liaison with a male porn star, and apparently lending itself to a blackmail effort. The question is, will they pay any greater price for their bottom-feeding? The story below shows they at least felt the heat.

July 14, 2015

Trump Golf Club in Puerto Rico Files for Bankruptcy

Dow Jones reports.

Trump is a loser. He has no class. All he offers is empty boasts and insults. Anyone who backs him is a dope. That's my take, Trump-style.

July 13, 2015

Obama signs work-around to Hobby Lobby ruling

We'll see how this goes.

July 10, 2015

Gay-owned Dacha Beer Garden battles license protest in Shaw

The latest round of harassment of District businesses. More on the story at Borderstan.

June 23, 2015

#EqualDreams

From Esurance.

A look at calls to remove confederate symbols across the South

June 19, 2015

Android: And Proud

Another commercial for Pride Month.

Tylenol commercial celebrates gay families

My, how times have changed.

June 13, 2015

Gotti, guns & gay bars: Inside NYC's mob history

June 12, 2015

The Task Force celebrates defeat of #TPP

I am not sure that defeating a trade bill does anything to help the LGBT folk who are oppressed in some of the affected countries; but the National LGBTQ Task Force makes the case.

Rachel Maddow - Franklin Graham's anti-gay banking protest backfires

Warning to silly leftists: this video has something nice about a bank.

June 10, 2015

Franklin Graham moves accounts from one LGBT-friendly bank to another

That'll show 'em!

May 29, 2015

Gay hotelier who hosted Ted Cruz made a campaign donation, too

This should surprise no one. As I wrote in my last column:

Many on the right slammed gay liberals for condemning gay hoteliers Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner after they hosted an event for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. When Reisner's apology was widely panned (he implausibly claimed naïveté about Cruz's anti-gay positions), we were excoriated for our severity, despite Cruz having proposed an anti-gay constitutional amendment the day after the gay event. I am sorry (again), but it is preposterous for tycoons like Weiderpass and Reisner to be painted as victims because they are subject to criticism for their political activity like everyone else.

D.C. Metro suspends issue-oriented ads; Pam Geller cries 'Sharia!'

Pam Geller decries the DC Metro's decision to suspend all issue-oriented ads on Metro trains and buses. She says, "It's sharia law!" Actually, no. Metro isn't obligated to take ads; it just cannot pick and choose among them based on their message. Past cases suggest that if they run any such ads, they have to run her incendiary Islamophobic ones. I think it is better for other groups to place competing ads than for Metro to suspend all such ads.

I wrote about censorship and Metro in the Blade in 2003.

May 27, 2015

L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

As a longtime union member (AFGE Local 12, U.S. Department of Labor) until my retirement in 2011, I will not curse the above-referenced hypocrites. Instead, I simply say to them: you embarrass me.

May 14, 2015

The latest in scapegoating: Amtrak engineer was gay

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(Photo via LinkedIn)

The latest thing to make you shake your head. Really: our opponents are this desperate, this unscrupulous, this hateful, this unhinged. Take your pick.

May 13, 2015

The technology that might have prevented the Amtrak disaster

May 12, 2015

Record-breaking art

Could we maybe stop mistreating children with disabilities?

Meanwhile, in Louisiana, police handcuff an autistic girl and pin her to the ground for climbing a tree.

May 06, 2015

America's Motels Keep Exploding Because of Meth

I really don't think this is the best travel promotion campaign I've ever seen.

Carly's name recognition

I am fascinated by politicians' high opinions of themselves, especially when there is so little evident basis for it, as in the case of the golden-parachuted former CEO of Hewlett Packard.

April 27, 2015

Gay businessman who hosted Cruz wants us to believe he was naive

Ian Reisner should have just apologized. Instead, he asks us to believe he was ignorant and naive about Ted Cruz's anti-gay positions. That is just not believable.

April 24, 2015

Wells Fargo Commercial: Learning Sign Language

Another beautiful sign of the culture shift in favor of our families, and the role of business in the shift.

April 21, 2015

Fashion advice we didn't need

I mean this in the nicest possible way: Stuff it, Giorgio.

April 16, 2015

Not a hoax: Jim Graham will promote male strip club

Former D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham is now promoting a gay night at a strip club on Georgia Avenue. Someone was just asking me the other day what he was up to. Now we know. One odd detail:

In a takeoff on his well-known use of bowties as a fashion statement during his years as a Council member, Graham said all of the nude male dancers will be wearing one of the hundreds of bowties he has in his wardrobe.

“They are going to put them on and at some point they will dispose of the bow ties in the audience,” said Graham. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

I look forward to hearing reports of the erotic frisson experienced by customers at the use of Jim's bowties by his dancers. (I'm kidding.) I confess I initially thought the entire story was a hoax.

April 07, 2015

Evan Wolfson eats his Wheaties

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April 04, 2015

The #Indiana Memories Pizza fundraiser is a conservative media scam

Forward Progressives reports on "another publicity stunt designed to gin up the conservative base."

CO: shop not wrong for refusing anti-gay cake

In the minds of some on the right, a shop that discriminates out of bias against a gay customer is the same as one that refuses to participate in an expression of anti-gay bias. This Colorado ruling shows otherwise.

What the Indiana fix does and doesn't do

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The Human Rights Campaign reports:

Facing tremendous economic damage and mounting public pressure from fair-minded Americans and business leaders, today Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed legislation limiting the damage of the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) but falling far short of providing a full solution. The measure fails to explicitly ensure that the RFRA won’t be used to undermine the full scope of Indiana existing non-discrimination laws, and does not add LGBT non-discrimination protections to the state’s civil rights laws.

In response, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released a graphic explaining the new law and the risks for LGBT Hoosiers that remain.

April 03, 2015

Sarah Brady dies at 73

One evening thirty years ago, as I approached La Fonda Restaurant at 17th and R Streets NW (which has been gone for twenty years now), a friend and I saw White House press secretary Jim Brady being helped down the few steps into the restaurant and back into his wheelchair by his wife Sarah and a friend. Mrs. Brady urged us to go ahead of them. We said we were in no hurry, and to take their time. I remember the exact day in 1981 when Jim was gravely injured by a bullet from John Hinckley meant for President Reagan, because it was my 25th birthday. The Bradys received bipartisan respect from the people of Washington. No public servant should have to face gunfire. And the Bradys were nice people.

The 1993 Brady Act required background checks on firearm purchasers. In later years, politics shifted to the point where even background checks were blocked. America's Wild West infatuation with guns has only gotten worse. It is a sad thing to contemplate as we mark Sara Brady's passing. Her husband died eight months ago. May they both rest in peace.

Cutting holes in the law

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Given the persistence of would-be discriminators in portraying themselves as victims, I reiterate what I wrote in December on faith-based exemptions: "To preserve civil society, we cannot permit ad hoc exclusions from equal protection."

IndyStar editorial: A historic step forward for Indiana

For the first time, [Indiana] elected leaders have inserted the phrases "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" into a state law that protects against discrimination. And there are promises — credible promises — to go farther in the future.

A note of caution:

Phase 1 reopens

April 02, 2015

Final Four coaches issue joint statement against Indiana law

What a remarkable outpouring we have seen of LGBT-affirming statements in response to Gov. Pence's signing of an anti-gay law disguised as a defense of religious freedom.

April 01, 2015

Ark. Gov. Hutchinson will not sign 'religious freedom' bill without changes

Thanks to Hutchinson's son Seth, and to Walmart and other companies that weighed in with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Below, hundreds rally for changes to the Arkansas RFRA bill. Our voices, and the looming consequences for persisting in bigotry, are having an effect.