2436 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

August 24, 2016

The Past and Present of #NateParker

My latest opinion piece has the tagline: "Rape, racial justice, and rehabilitation are on Hollywood's doorstep."

"Al Roker Gives Ryan Lochte All the Shade He Deserves"

Attack of the Closeted Church Queens

Preach, Sampson!

August 23, 2016

Charles Blow slams Trump's diversity director for helping a bigot

Charles M. Blow is on target as usual.

Wikileaks outs gay Saudi, two rape victims

Why is Julian Assange doing this?

Texas AG Ken Paxton Finally Agrees to Meet One of His Young Transgender Victims

Olympian Feyisa Lilesa stood up to Ethopia's violence & became a hero

Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa cannot safely return to Ethiopia because of his brave protest against his government's brutal oppression of the Oromo people. I have an Oromo friend who has been sending me firsthand reports of the government violence. It is sickening. If Lilesa wants to come to America, we should welcome him.

New lawsuit seeks to overturn pro-trans rule in Obamacre

‘He’s an idiot’: Watch black voters react to Trump’s ‘What do you have to lose?’ pitch

Colbert mocks Trump’s black outreach: You’re already on fire so shoot yourself in the head

Trump staffers busted for posting racist memes and calling for violence against minorities

Our friend Ernest Hopkins comments:

Wow, as if his disingenuous speech to the 'African American' community wasn't enough, now we see his staff, priming the pump for the racists. It's pretty bad.

Gee, how can you resist a pitch like this: Your schools are crap, you live in squalor, you have no jobs and your kids are in prison! Let's be honest: this is not really aimed at black folks. No one with more dignity than Stepin Fetchit would buy that. Since he is so ignorant, someone should sit him down and tell him about Black Wall Street. About generations of struggle. About everyone from Nat Turner to Clementa Pinckney. About Madam C.J. Walker, Charles Drew, George Washington Carver, and Katherine Johnson. About the self-educated ex slave who became the most powerful speaker in our history. About the courage and discipline that sustained a bus boycott 60 years ago for more than a year despite threats and bombings. Tell him what Barack Obama has had to overcome to function as president. Tell him about Oak Bluffs. If he didn't treat African Americans like exotica, if he actually met with and listened to them, he might have picked up some of this stuff.

August 18, 2016

A look inside Marco Rubio's desperate fake support for queer rights

Derrick Gordon: I didn't get a fair shot at the NBA because I'm gay

Congresswoman Norton battles interference in D.C. gun law

Thank you, Congresswoman. You are right.

18 Absurdly False Claims North Carolina Just Made to Defend #HB2

Flood destroys home of hate preacher who claims God sends floods to punish gay people

I do not believe in divine punishment, since I don't believe in a divinity. But Tony Perkins does believe in it, or so one conclude from what he says.

DOJ will end use of private prisons

Glad to hear this. Privatizing prisons creates incentives inimical to justice.

Clinton meets with top police officers as Trump casts himself as "law and order" candidate

The story of Aleppo, in one image of a dazed boy

The job of a photojournalist is not a comfortable desk job. By its nature it often puts a photog in harm's way, or close to suffering, to capture a story in one striking image. You and I can gaze at this remarkable photo at a safe remove, but not the photographer. The Syrian child covered in dust and blood is 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, and the photographer is Mahmoud Raslan. Without such images, we would avoid confronting the horrors of war even more than we do.

Obama: perception isn't reality

This is one of the qualities I admire the most about this president, though I do not underestimate the importance of public perception. Obama cares more about the reality behind the image crafting. Let the haters with their cheap shots do their worst. He is head and shoulders above them all.

August 17, 2016

Donald Trump's New Campaign Leaders Have Long History of Anti-LGBT Hate

DOJ criticizes Baltimore police treatment of trans people

Belize sodomy ruling could have sweeping impact in Caribbean

Bud Light's new commercial welcomes all gender identities

Prominent gay Republicans urge RNC to stop funding Trump

Rudy forgets 9/11 in attack on Obama

Someone give Rudy warm milk and put him to bed.

Donald Trump, in shake-up, hires executive from Breitbart News for top campaign post

I am sure this will fix things right up.

"Your tiny foot is cold"

Silence your mockery. The man is a poet. He was enacting Puccini's beloved aria, "Che gelido piedino," from La Bohème. See video below, though in that production they perversely insisted on changing "foot" to "hand."

"Trump's campaign has now entered the Hospice Phase"

The above tweet by conservative radio host Charlie Sykes is the line of the day, responding to the news that Trump has brought Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon on board his campaign. Another on-target tweet below.

August 16, 2016

Donald Trump will test migrants' support of gay rights to detect ISIS sympathizers

Trump states a position that the majority of his party opposes. Count me as a skeptic.

Trump-Supporting Media Spreading Polling Lies Which Could Fuel Violence if Clinton Wins

Mark Sanford: I support you, Mr. Trump. Now release your tax returns.

The former governor of South Carolina with a novel approach to hiking the Appalachian Trail endorses Donald Trump first, and asks him to do something second. He has obviously not read "The Art of the Deal." Neither have I, to be honest, but I assume Trump recommends a tougher approach to negotiating than that. With his particular experience, I'd have thought Rep. Sanford would know better than to give it away for free. But it seems clear that Trump is not going to release his tax returns, no matter what anyone says.

Vincent Orange resigns from the D.C. Council

It became official yesterday, August 15: Vincent Orange is gone from the D.C. Council. This City Paper article from 2010 shows some of the reasons why I consider this good news. In addition to having called his rival mayoral candidates in 2006 morally unfit for supporting marriage equality (he lost badly in that race), he falsely took credit for reforms at Pepco (and wrongly invoked my name while doing so).

Orange did some good things, though one bill he moved for us he only did after another Councilmember (I believe it was Jack Evans) held up one of his bills until Orange marked up the bill we wanted. Orange finally decided to support marriage equality after we had won. But he was the least trustworthy member of the Council, and his self-promotion was endless and exhausting. Democratic At-Large nominee Robert White, who is expected to be appointed to the vacant seat on an interim basis, will be a breath of fresh air on the Council.

Mike Pence Is the Real Extremist on the GOP Ticket

Key phrase:

"The irony is that Trump appears to be the extremist when he is a hollow grifter with a personality disorder. Mike Pence is the real deal."

(Hat tip: Ernest Hopkins)

D.C. Police chief Cathy Lanier stepping down for NFL security post

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier's departure comes after nearly ten years in the job. We have had our ups and downs, but a variety of LGBT community groups, including GLAA, have engaged with her and other MPD brass to address police-related concerns. Already today I and several other local advocates were contacted by the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs for input on the occasion of Chief Lanier's departure.

That outreach by Mayor Muriel Bowser's office is a welcome contrast with the lack of outreach by former Mayor Adrian Fenty ten years ago. Fenty had explicitly stated, in response to GLAA's 2006 candidate questionnaire, "I will include members of the GLBT community in the search process when I appoint a new Police Chief and new Fire/EMS Chief." But in the event, his entire process evidently consisted of inviting Cathy Lanier to breakfast and offering her the job. Mayor Bowser has already done better than that on the day Chief Lanier's departure was announced.

We hope that the new police chief will continue working with the LGBT activists and groups that have worked with Lanier. A key document in this regard, which deserves close study by the new chief, is the March 2015 "Report Card: Status of Metropolitan Police Department Implementation of Recommendations from the Hate Crimes Assessment Task Force and Community Response," which was issued by a coalition of groups including GLAA as well as Casa Ruby, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, DC Trans Coalition (DCTC), Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (now the DC Anti-Violence Project), HIPS, and Rainbow Response Coalition (RRC).

In May 2015, I discussed LGBT-related police issues at a press conference launching Communities Against Law Enforcement Misconduct (CALM).

If Mayor Bowser and her staff continue their consultations in the manner they began today, the selection process for a new police chief promises to be a productive one. In the meantime, we thank Chief Lanier for her service and wish her well in her new post.

August 14, 2016

Trump Spokesperson says Obama Started the War in Afghanistan

This would be an impressive achievement, since Obama was a state senator in Illinois when President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11.

August 12, 2016

Federal Appeals Court Denies Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Request to Enforce Sweeping Anti-Gay Law

NBC Sports has a gay problem

Yep.

Mike Pence's Anti-Women, Anti-Gay, & Anti-Science Record

Disgraced Former Congressman Mark Foley Sits Behind Trump at Rally as Trump Slams Clinton for Mateen

Oops.