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May 04, 2016

Alabama City Council Rescinds Sweeping Anti-Trans Law After Legal Warnings

Marvel’s top directors want LGBT superheroes to save the day

'Why I refuse to be a part of David Cameron’s PR effort to impress gay people'

Kenya could ban 'anal probe' torture that 'tests' for gay sex

Joan Rivers' daughter donates mom's rainbow coat to raise money for LGBTI cause

Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner ends with the n-word

I watched on C-SPAN. Wilmore certainly didn't care whom he offended. A friend says the transcript reads more funny than it came across live. I have mixed feelings about it. I have enjoyed many of Wilmore's bits in the past.

Fair Play: how LGBT athletes are claiming their rightful place in sports

U.S. warns North Carolina that its transgender bathroom bill violates civil rights laws

Powder Rooms of the Patriarchy

My column for this week.

May 03, 2016

St. Petersburg parade allows Neo-Nazis to march while gay people are arrested, dragged and beaten

The White House is poised to create the first national monument to recognize struggle for gay rights

Sullivan: America has never been so ripe for tyranny—and that's what is scariest about Trump

Andrew Sullivan has a brilliant essay in New York Magazine on the danger posed by Donald Trump. It is wise and sobering. I highly recommend it.

April 29, 2016

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

American military aid offer to Israel is generous enough

Obama has offered Israel the most generous military aid package ever. But that is not good enough for the war criminal Netanyahu, whom you can only defend at this point if, like one friend, you are ideologically prevented from admitting that Israel could ever be wrong about anything, including the murderous naval shelling of Gazan boys playing soccer on a beach. Such a belligerent attitude undermines Israel's long-term future by denying reality, and damages your own soul.

In the meantime, this article talks about the importance of closing the aid deal in terms of cementing Obama's legacy of strong support for Israel and refuting unfair charges against him on that score. But he has nothing to prove. The evidence is clear. Bibi is the problem, having aggressively attempted to sabotage a multilateral nuclear agreement, vowed never to allow a two-state solution, and continued the slow annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory. Obama should make no further concessions.

April 28, 2016

Paul Ryan wants to end Obamacare protections for people with pre-existing conditions

How anyone can vote for the GOP and its callous destructiveness I don't understand.

Male cops caught on video harassing lesbian inside womens' bathroom

So in the name of keeping men out of bathrooms, men with guns are sent into bathrooms. To whom does this make the slightest sense?

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

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

Tennessee governor signs "religious freedom" bill enabling counselors to decline to treat LGBT patients

April 27, 2016

Bernie's narrow path to victory

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(Photo by Figo Fromage)

Bernie Sanders says he still sees a narrow path to victory after the drubbing he took on Tuesday. This brought to mind the image above.

Fiorina accepts Cruz's running mate offer, sings to his daughters

Former GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert called ‘serial child molester’ by judge - gets 15 mos

A season without credit

This piece in Roll Call treats Donna Edwards like a fully realized person, while Chris Van Hollen is reduced to a stick figure. The substantial support he received from black leaders in MD is treated as an obvious betrayal, with not a word spent on acknowledging his accomplishments or considering that anyone might have a non-contemptible reason for supporting him. He is not allowed to be a real person; Julianne Malveaux actually referred to him as part of the "Master Plan" in a FB post. Scornful reference to "The Establishment" is treated as magically vanquishing any argument. As with Clinton vs. Sanders, those of us who care about actually getting something done are treated as part of the problem, as sellouts, by definition. I should not have to point out that, in my 36 years as a DC voter (having moved here from the MD 8th District which Van Hollen now represents), I have supported and worked productively with a great many African Americans and women.

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North Carolina Republican urges people to "keep our state straight"

What do you mean, "keep"? Here is a legislator with an inflated view of his power.

2016: the year of losing gracelessly

Frank Bruni on the "cult of sore losers":

All too often, contests don’t yield accepted conclusions and a grudging acquiescence by those who didn’t get their way. They prompt accusations of thievery, cries of illegitimacy and a determination to neuter the victor, nullify the results or reverse them as soon as possible.

White House: LGBT editor's murder in Bangladesh 'a heinous crime'

Gay dads win custody battle against homophobic Thai surrogate mother

A reminder that one must be careful in surrogacy agreements.

April 26, 2016

Ted Cruz Tells Transgender Women to Only Use the 'Bathroom at Home'

Sen. Cruz, we are not going to have that kind of country. We are going to defeat you and your intolerant crew.

Colorado Supreme Court denies appeal from anti-gay baker who refused to make wedding cake

April 25, 2016

Frank Ocean: Prince helped me come to terms with my sexuality

@MaraKeisling just used ladies room in NC Capitol. #HB2 is unenforceable, even in Pat McCrory's own office bldg!

Keisling delivers NC NAACP's proposed NC Hmn Rights Act to Gov McCrory

Senior editor on Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine hacked to death

Awful news from Bangladesh. Xulhaz Mannan also worked at the US embassy.

April 24, 2016

Student Came Out as Non Binary in an Emotional Address to Obama Over Transgender issues

President Obama, at a Q&A in London on Saturday, answers a question from transgender student Maria Munir.

Obama credits daughters, gay friends with marriage evolution

WATCH: Michelle Obama Denounces New Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom’ Law

Former US Senator Writes of His Love for His Wife of 48 Years, and His Upcoming Marriage to a Man

Good for Harris Wofford. He has been in the relationship for 15 years.

Secrets of a gay Jehovah’s Witness: how I escaped the religion and rebuilt my life

April 23, 2016

Westboro's protest of a school's gender-neutral restroom turns violent

#UgandaLGBT community releases report on anti-LGBT abuses

Virginia Senate fails to override religious freedom bill veto

Good for Gov. Terry McAuliffe.