434 posts categorized "Consumers and Business"

August 27, 2015

Why the Rentboy raid is about way more than just sex work

August 25, 2015

On Ashley Madison hack: Can feds be fired for adultery?

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Lisa Rein at WaPo looks at the fallout for federal employees who turn up on the customer list:

Now that the Ashley Madison hack has outed as many as 15,000 federal employees and active duty military, government agencies say they’re combing through the e-mail addresses of possible adulterers to see if their extramarital activity on work time amounts to anything punishable.

The question for me is not whether government employees should be logging onto an adultery site on the job. The question is what kind of society we want, and how much further we are going to replace the walls and curtains of privacy with the electronic equivalent of glass and floodlights. It is easy to say "improve security," but there will always be a hacker somewhere with no compunction who can punch through the next layer you build.

It is easy to make light of social standards and boundaries when we are not the ones affected. With Ashley Madison, one boundary buster has its own boundaries busted. So we mock the religious hypocrites who turn up on the list. Then we find out that some people's lives are now in danger, such as gay men from anti-gay countries. And we are starting to hear about suicides. Most of us have done things that it would be mortifying to see splayed across TV screens. If we only respect the privacy of people whose behavior and beliefs and politics meets with our approval, we have already lost.

August 23, 2015

Gay Rights and the Race Analogy

An essay by John Corvino.

August 21, 2015

The Ashley Madison Hack and the Cold and Permanent Danger of Online Privacy Invasions

August 19, 2015

FTSE 100 companies not doing enough to promote their LGBT diversity claims

Book ban in Venice ignites a gay rights battle

August 18, 2015

Wells Fargo gives $50,000 to help LGBTI businesses grow and prosper

Wells Fargo ruins @portmantina's day.

Decriminalizing the sex trade

Thanks to Councilmember Grosso.

GLAA discusses the issue in our latest policy brief.

The recent Washington Post commentary misses a key point. Keeping commercial sex on the black market makes sex workers less safe. Legalization does not solve everything, but it would help with that. Regulation and inspection are also needed. And of course alternatives are crucial, otherwise consent is illusory. Consent implies choices, which are all too often absent for (say) trans women of color who were driven into sex work because of transphobia and discrimination.

The arrests currently being boasted of by MPD generate criminal records, which only make it harder for the sex workers to get better and safer work. Imperfect solutions may still improve things for the marginalized populations that are most at risk. Equating all sex work with human trafficking is false and counterproductive. Disapproval of commercial sex does not make it the same as kidnapping and slavery. If we cannot make these distinctions, we are doing no favors to the ladies on the stroll who are there to avoid starvation and who are kept there by public policy.

August 05, 2015

When it comes to latte, Pastor Manning has a discerning palate

James David Manning of ATLAH World Missionary Church, it appears, is a connoisseur.

August 03, 2015

Leslie Jordan threw sweet iced tea in Starbucks fight

Glad to have this clarification.

July 31, 2015

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

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.