488 posts categorized "Consumers and Business"

November 26, 2016

Video of Trump Supporter Calling Out 'Hillary B*tches' on Delta Flight Goes Viral

November 19, 2016

@CrewClubDC showcases staff on 20th anniversary

The real story behind that exaggerated Ford tweet from Donald Trump

November 02, 2016

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans urges federal takeover of transit system

October 30, 2016

Local businesses boycott Yuengling over Trump endorsement

September 29, 2016

Protests in Philadelphia after video shows gay bar owner using racial epithet

Report: Trump violated U.S. trade embargo against Cuba

September 23, 2016

New H&M ad features gay kiss and transgender actress

September 16, 2016

Trump’s new hotel offers everything he claims to hate

Trump cries "America First" and calls for barring all Muslims from the country, then he fills the Trump International Hotel with imported goods and is ready with Qur'ans and prayer rugs for those who can afford his conspicuous-consumption rates. He deserves a prize for brass-fronted impudence (to take a phrase from Frederick Douglass) if he wins this election. Thanks to Dana Milbank for the tour.

September 12, 2016

Tim Gunn: Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It’s a disgrace.

Bravo, Tim Gunn. He does find a few success stories to praise.

Arson suspected in fire at Florida mosque attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

Not in my name. I am willing to bet that this despicable and cowardly act was committed by people who don't give a damn about the gay people who were killed that awful night in Orlando. In any case, everything our nation stands for is attacked by such blind revenge-taking.

On 9/11, Trump noted on TV that his Financial District building was now the "tallest"

It's always about him. Always, always. Even on the worst, most horrific of days for our country.

September 08, 2016

Apple – Introducing iPhone 7

The world's leading brand includes a gay couple in its iPhone 7 rollout. But of course.

September 01, 2016

Nike tribute to Serena Williams

On the occasion of the US Open, Nike honors Serena with the help of athletes and others she has inspired and just plain wowed. Serena won her second round match Thursday evening.

August 30, 2016

Who wants to build this ornate tower?

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This proposed 102-story rental apartment tower by Mark Foster Gage Architects is not moving forward on the intended West 57th Street site. But the ornate design would certainly make the Manhattan Skyline more interesting.

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Out author appears at new D.C. book shop

Campus Pride releases Shame List of worst colleges for LGBT students

August 26, 2016

Pastor who praised Pulse nightclub killings arrested for child molestation

Surprise, surprise.

August 17, 2016

Bud Light's new commercial welcomes all gender identities

July 31, 2016

Answering Trump Supporters

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Wayne Grudem, a Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, writes at the conservative website Townhall.com about why he supports Donald Trump. His article, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice," acknowledges several of Trump's character and behavioral flaws and then says it doesn't matter if the alternative is worse. He goes into a long list of issues on which he claims that Trump is better than Hillary Clinton.

I could not disagree more with Professor Grudem, so here I will respond to several of them. Given the enormous gulf between the candidates with regard to experience and qualifications, this election should not be close. The fact that the race is close should be a stark reminder not to treat the frightening prospect of a Trump presidency as something to dismiss lightly. Perhaps you may find some of my arguments useful in making the case to friends and family members who are sticking with Trump despite his almost daily barrage of appalling statements. Here goes, for what it's worth.

Abortion. I am sick of the religious bullying on this issue. The utter contempt for people making different choices in this area is very disturbing. I am personally troubled by abortion, and think that the ideal situation is for unwanted pregnancies to be prevented through contraception. But the question of whether to continue or end a pregnancy is not my decision. It is up to the woman. You can say a thousand times that this makes me pro-abortion, but that is not true. Respecting people's right to make a different choice than mine does not mean I agree with that choice. The point is that IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

As for contraception, the Catholic Church, in which I was raised, is stoutly opposed to it. A leading anti-choicer, former senator Rick Santorum, has made it clear that he does not just want to overturn Roe v. Wade, but also Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized contraception for married couples, and Eisenstadt v. Baird, which did the same for single women. I find it stunning that people in this day and age are willing, much less determined, to mind their neighbors' business in such an intrusive way. The constitutional separation of church and state protects everyone by prohibiting us from imposing our religious dictates on one another.

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June 30, 2016

Opinion: Amid Chaos, Don't Count Trump Out

My latest column in the Washington Blade looks at Britain's #Brexit debacle and its implications for the American presidential election. [Note: since I filed the article just before noon on Monday, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn suffered a no-confidence vote from his party members in Parliament, and #Brexit leader Boris Johnson said he would not be a candidate to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister and Tory Party leader. Also, Trump suffered further in polls, even as he was attacking the Chamber of Commerce.]

June 22, 2016

Hateful pastor who lauded Orlando shooting asked by landlord to move out

The so-called Christian pastor who celebrated and encouraged anti-gay mass murder loses his lease.

May 13, 2016

Simon Jenkins: Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away

This article from The Guardian was posted on Facebook with the blurb, "The hysterical cheerleaders of the e-book failed to account for human experience, and publishers blindly followed suit. But the novelty has worn off." I responded:

I am reading this on my iPad, which contains dozens of e-books. Near me are bookshelves filled with traditional bound books. Buying e-books allows me to have many more books than I would otherwise have room for, and gives me a wealth of portable reading material when I am traveling or just sitting in the park. I see no reason to go all one way or the other. Nor is it hysterical to promote the convenience of e-books. On this same tablet I keep my newspapers and magazines, which reduces clutter. A unique feature of e-books is that it facilitates searches, an invaluable tool for writers and scholars. The marvelous, elegant device I am holding also enables me to read the above-linked article by Simon Jenkins, were I not insulted by the blurb. If that is intended as click bait, it is not working for me.

Internet trolls drive up bidding for George Zimmerman gun

April 28, 2016

Texas Lt. Governor Announces Boycott of Trans--Friendly Businesses

Let's see how that works for you, Mr. Patrick.

April 20, 2016

"Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go?"

My Blade column this week looks at the upcoming British referendum on exiting the European Union, and finds lessons for the Colonies.

April 19, 2016

Christian Attorney Trying To Marry His MacBook

Personally, to avoid provoking jealousy, I close the MacBook on my desk before taking my iPad to bed.

April 10, 2016

Having gay and HIV-positive Greg Louganis on Wheaties box makes 'powerful statement'

April 07, 2016

Tony Perkins: Stop Mocking Our PayPal Button

Tennessee to allow therapists to discriminate against LGBT clients

Avoid these election-year mistakes

April 05, 2016

Honey Maid features gay couple in its ‘This is Wholesome’ advert

PayPal Cancels Expansion Into North Carolina 'As a Result' of Anti-LGBT Law

March 30, 2016

Over 80 Top CEOs, Business Leaders Join to Ask NC Gov. to Repeal Anti-LGBT Law

March 23, 2016

A brief response to Rep. Blum

March 18, 2016

The battle over D.C. nightlife noise continues

DC nightlife is being targeted as a handful of people persist in demanding that a thriving urban center be turned into a quiet suburb. Abigail Nichols and Mark Lee face off! (Though, alas, not directly.) WUSA9 reports.

March 08, 2016

New TSA body-scanner rule criticized as anti-trans

February 17, 2016

Tim Cook calls court order to unlock iPhone an “unprecedented step” by U.S. government

I am entirely with Tim Cook on this.

Ziegfeld’s-Secrets building to be sold to developer

As we wrote in GLAA's 2015 policy brief:

The planned soccer stadium at Buzzard Point will likely displace a gay-related establishment, Ziegfeld's/Secrets at 1824 Half Street SW, which features adult entertainment and faces virtual impossibility in relocating without action by the Council and Mayor. We ruefully recall the club relocation bill of 2007, whose passage occasioned a round of mutual congratulations on the Council dais after it was amended into virtual uselessness. We hope that a suitable cosmopolitanism will overcome NIMBYism in that body, and that a solution may be found to serve the gay market and prevent the extinction of this legitimate class of entertainment.

To be clear, it is not the stadium itself, but related development, that will displace Ziegfeld's/Secrets. When Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro asked me if the District should help the club relocate, I replied, "The District should help. It is ridiculous and sad that a cosmopolitan city like DC should face the loss of its adult entertainment because of hysterical bluenoses who cannot stop minding other people’s business."

January 14, 2016

Blade: LGBT groups cautious over decriminalizing sex work

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D.C. Council member David Grosso said he was reconsidering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C. because he’s unsure it would pass. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Lou Chibbaro reports for the Blade on the push to decriminalize sex work, or at least to de-prioritize enforcement of anti-prostitution laws, an effort which many LGBT groups including GLAA have supported because so many already marginalized LGBT youth and trans women end up in the criminal justice system due to their having to rely on survival sex. Here is an excerpt that mentions GLAA and quotes me:

In D.C., the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has been calling for decriminalization of sex work since 2008. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large), a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, said at the time of the Amnesty International declaration last August that he was considering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C.

But Grosso has since said he’s uncertain about whether such a bill would have any chance of passing at this time and he was reconsidering his plans for the legislation.

At a news conference on Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a cooperative D.C.-federal government effort to crack down on human trafficking, including trafficking of sex workers. When asked by a Blade reporter what they thought about calls by some LGBT organizations to decriminalize prostitution, Bowser and Maria Odom, the head of a Department of Homeland Security project to combat trafficking stopped short of backing decriminalization.

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