Another commercial for Pride Month.
My, how times have changed.
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.
Warning to silly leftists: this video has something nice about a bank.
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.
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.
L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers http://t.co/oLV7Z9dJXh— LA Times CA Politics (@LATpoliticsCA) May 27, 2015
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.
Sandy Rios: Engineer's Homosexuality Was A Factor In The Amtrak Crash: RELATED: World Net Daily is calling the... http://t.co/xzIbO34DiJ— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) May 14, 2015
The latest thing to make you shake your head. Really: our opponents are this desperate, this unscrupulous, this hateful, this unhinged. Take your pick.
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.
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.
Another beautiful sign of the culture shift in favor of our families, and the role of business in the shift.
Jim Graham’s next act: A strip club http://t.co/rCGdmnxjdE— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) April 16, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Brady, longtime advocate for gun control, dies at 73 http://t.co/yAYTLogeLz— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 3, 2015
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.
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."
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:
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.
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.
Thanks to Mayor Bowser for this sensible action that makes it clear that Indiana’s extreme RFRA law cannot be squared with the District’s values. She has added our city’s voice to the growing chorus of condemnation around the country. This nationwide reaction is a welcome illustration of how times have changed.
Above is the notorious interview in which Indiana Gov. Mike Pence repeatedly refuses to answer George Stephanopoulos's question on Sunday. Here are several takes on the matter, which has stirred up a huge nationwide reaction:
Here are some thoughts of mine:
Crooks and Liars reports on who was standing behind Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in the private bill signing ceremony for the so-called "religious freedom" bill.
Advocate reports on the quick and harsh reactions to Indiana Governor Pence signing what is in fact a religious supremacy bill, not a religious freedom bill--unless you mean the freedom to discriminate and split apart our diverse society.
My God is not a bully. I will not worship a god who is a bully. I will not obey a bullying god. I will not attend a bullying church. I will not respect bullying clergy. I will not remain silent as religious bullies seek to impose their beliefs on others in the guise of "religious freedom" bills. I live in a religiously and culturally diverse society, where faith-based discrimination in the public square undermines the civic order and social cohesion. I will fight the bullies. I will demand that editors and reporters call religious supremacy what it is, and not let them swallow the right-wing spin about religious freedom. Please join me in this recognition and this fight to uphold secular American values.
Lou Chibbaro at the Blade reports:
The Capitol Hill lesbian bar Phase 1, which has been closed for renovation since early January was scheduled to reopen last Friday, March 20, according to an ad that the club placed in the Jan. 19 issue of Metro Weekly.
But customers attempting to go to Phase 1 on Friday night discovered that the door was locked and noticed through a window on the door that the bar was dark and empty, adding to the mystery surrounding its future.
Apparently, posting a note on the door was too much trouble for the owner.
Starbucks scraps their "Race Together" initiative http://t.co/ItpvqSHTNt— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) March 22, 2015
Hardly shocking news, given the mockery Starbucks brought upon itself with this ill-thought-out initiative.
One further thought: The racial oppression in the history of the coffee trade is hardly redeemed by Starbucks hiring lots of black baristas.
Those who cannot bring themselves to give President Obama credit for anything ever have to work overtime making up excuses for setting aside all the positive news.
My friend Lateefah on Facebook asked, "Ok, out of sheer curiosity, I have to ask. Have any of you been engaged in a conversation about race while in Starbucks?"
I thought of ordering a "Malcolm Xpresso and please don't weaken it with cream," but I didn't want to start trouble, and I don't like Starbucks coffee, so I skipped it. But now I keep thinking of things to say to start a dialog in the coffee line:
I'm just trying to help.