1416 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

May 27, 2015

U.S. Institute of Peace holds forum on Global LGBTI Activism and U.S. Diplomacy

The U.S. Institute of Peace held a forum on May 26 featuring LGBTI campaigners from Kenya, South Africa, Ireland, Fiji, and Grenada to discuss the topic "Expanding Constitutional Rights to LGBTI Communities: International Activism and U.S. Diplomacy." The keynote speaker was Ambassador Randy Berry, U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. The panel was co-hosted by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). Content in the video above begins at about 13:00. Below are some photos I took.

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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.

TX lawmaker will withdraw bill rather than allow anti-gay amendment

Suspect in NYC anti-gay chair attack is gay

So often, those who are most virulently anti-gay turn out to be gay themselves.

AG Racine seeks stay in ruling weakening D.C. concealed carry law

Thanks, General Racine!

If you have no moral authority, maybe stop moralizing

(Hat tip: Stephen Fry)

A short film on Ireland's historic breakthrough on marriage equality

(Hat tip: Panti Bliss)

May 26, 2015

MD Gov. Hogan to allow two LGBT bills to become law

Better than a veto.

An anti-gay preachment I bet you haven't heard before

This bit of nonsense made me think of the scene below from Guillermo del Toro's 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth.

Meanwhile, in Morocco

A kiss too far for Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer has a low threshold for male affection. Not a great shock coming from this hate-crested nuthatch.

Geller brings her bile to D.C. Metro

Ugh. If anyone has a pile of dough and wants to spend it on more enlightened and tolerant messages to counter Pam Geller, please step forward.

Marriage News Watch

Matt Baume of AFER has the latest on the struggle for marriage equality.

May 24, 2015

Rowling cheers Ireland, invokes Dumbledore

Now, will Americans proud of Irish heritage confront their anti-gay bigotry?

Joe Sudbay is right. It is time for the aggressive homophobia of so many American Hibernian organizations to be challenged more and more to end their anti-gay bigotry. Their attitude was just overwhelmingly rebuked back in their motherland.

Cleveland judge clears cop of all charges despite #49shots at unarmed pair

Saturday's acquittal of a Cleveland police officer who jumped onto the hood of a car and fired 49 shots through the windshield at an unarmed couple demonstrated the near-impossibility of getting justice against out-of-control police even after the most outrageously excessive use of deadly force.

Below are some illustrative tweets from yesterday regarding the bench-trial verdict and the protests that followed. I note that nonviolent protests were met with phalanxes of riot-geared officers who seemed determined to thwart constitutional speech and provoke unrest in order to justify their habitual brutality. Meanwhile, officials called for citizens not to be violent, when the clear problem was police violence. Wake up, America.

May 23, 2015

'Everybody makes mistakes' - 'phobes furious at TLC for pulling Duggar show

Pardon my mistake as I slap the crap out of these idiots.

It's Yes by a landslide in Ireland

Thanks and "Go maire tú an lá!" to my Irish cousins. Whaddaya say, Justice Kennedy?

May 22, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel: Capitol Police potty training

National Review's staggering hypocrisy on judicial bias

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The National Review slams Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for officiating at the May 17th Dupont Circle wedding of Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, despite the fact that civil marriage equality has been the law in D.C. for more than five years, a fact unaffected by the SCOTUS marriage ruling expected by the end of June. Their denunciation of RBG is based on the fact that she is not shy about displaying her views on the subject of marriage equality.

Where is their outrage at the openly and repeatedly demonstrated contempt for the rights of gay people on the part of Ginsburg's colleague Antonin Scalia? They are silent on that. As the saying goes, they can take several seats.

9 times Josh Duggar lectured people on family values before admitting he was a child molester

Time and again over the past few decades, the loudest anti-gay defenders of "family values" have turned out to be adulterers and sexual predators themselves. A big chunk of the blame must be shouldered by the media who have given them a platform. One example, as our friend Joe Sudbay notes below, is the TLC Network.

Judge Granade expands Alabama marriage ruling statewide, puts on hold

This doubtless infuriated Judge Roy Moore, which is a good thing in itself. The (at least rhetorical) eagerness in some far-right quarters to start an armed insurrection in the event SCOTUS rules for nationwide marriage equality next month will be interesting to watch play out. The ones talking big now will likely back off; some of their unhinged followers, on the other hand, could act out in murderous ways. Then the inciters will act like Scott Lively, whose poisonous anti-gay evangelism led to the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda, after which he insisted he didn't support violence and had nothing to do with it. Uh-huh.

Ireland votes in marriage referendum today

Boy Scouts president calls for end to ban on adult gay leaders

Gates talks about letting local chapters determine their own policy, a nod to the fact that churches with anti-gay doctrines run many chapters. So this would not be a uniform change across the country, but it would allow chapters who want to allow gay leaders to do so. It is a big step forward.

May 20, 2015

Historic pro-gay numbers from Gallup

Some very encouraging numbers from Gallup. It should be noted that the GOP presidential candidates will not be running in a national primary, and the primary voters they do face will be subsets of the voters in one party. But the national poll numbers are encouraging for supporters of equality, though we still must work for it.

Meet this anti-gay pastor and his Grindr profile

The closet makes us stupid.

Revolutionary love

Madonna managed to stir up a controversy with this pic. People would be much less upset if these lovely men were slaughtering each other. Go ahead, kiss him.

What Miss Bliss said

Oregon bans conversion therapy

Co-author disavows highly publicized study on public opinion and same-sex marriage

Fred Barbash at WaPo reports:

A highly publicized and influential scholarly study about people’s views on same sex marriage has been disavowed by one of its co-authors, citing “irregularities” in the data provided by his partner in the research. He is seeking a retraction of the study, published in the journal Science.

(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

May 19, 2015

Backlash, Bullies, and Victory Blindness

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My latest Blade column is about continuing the fight for equality amid the far right's increasingly hysterical backlash. Here is an excerpt:

On behalf of my friend Dorothy Gale, I wish to apologize for gay tornados.

Lately, "the gays" have been blamed for a long list of ills, both real and imagined. The looming prospect of nationwide marriage equality has sent some social conservatives around the bend. It is not just twisters for which we are on the hook. The catalog of cataclysms includes droughts, hurricanes, autism, ebola, economic recession, 9/11, the Amtrak wreck, 900,000 abortions, wiping out Christianity, even the Rapture.

As Rev. Jerry Falwell said after 9/11, "You helped this happen."

The nuns at St. Catherine's, who were always punishing us unjustly, told us unearned suffering was redemptive. So in a spirit of Christian fellowship, and to avoid the national trauma of a long trial, I have started confessing to everything anyone blames on LGBT people. I answer each idiotic charge with an abject apology: "There I go again. What was I thinking? I am so sorry."

I fear St. Dominic Savio, patron of the falsely accused, would weep at my irreverence. Forgive me. As Mae West said, "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

Read the whole thing here.

A message to Pope Francis on respecting gay families

Pepe Julian Onziema's acceptance speech from #glaadawards

I celebrated the news after Ugandan activist and trans man Pepe Julian Onziema won a GLAAD Media Award for his interview last year on Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but I hadn't seen the video. Here it is. Jussie Smollet of Fox's musical drama Empire presented the award. Pepe's poise, eloquence, and courage are once again on display here. What an asset he is to his country, his continent, and the world. Congrats again, @Opimva.

Federal judge shoots down provision of DC concealed carry law

Priests Defy Bishops To Support Marriage Equality In Ireland

Rep. Ted Lieu presses nationwide conversion therapy ban

Good.

May 17, 2015

Deadly gang shooting in Waco

Susan Rice condemns Gambia president's anti-gay comments

Thank you, Ambassador Rice.

#IDAHOT celebrated around the world

Today was the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Here are a few observances. Check out the hashtag #IDAHOT for more.

May 16, 2015

May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - #IDAHOT

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, hashtag #IDAHOT. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says of this video:

This video from the United Nations Free & Equal campaign celebrates the contributions that millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people make to families and local communities around the world. The cast features "real people" (not actors), filmed in their workplaces and homes -- among them, a firefighter, a police officer, a teacher, an electrician, a doctor and a volunteer, as well as prominent straight ally and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Observances of #IDAHOT around the world are taking many forms. Here is one, from London.