2005 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

February 12, 2016

Members of Congress take stand against gay conversion therapy

Catholic Church staying out of fight to ban gay conversion therapy in New York state

Bernie Sanders launches gay-inclusive campaign ad

Ted Cruz pulls ad after star is revealed to have appeared in lesbian porn films

The Goddess has a sense of humor.

Catholic Bishops Not Obliged to Report Clerical Child Abuse, Vatican Says

February 10, 2016

Results, not revolution

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My latest Blade column takes a historical view of how public policy is changed. We must honor the struggle, not avoid the work by indulging in magical thinking. Here's an excerpt:

Chez Pazienza of The Daily Banter put it well: "If You're Liberal and You Think Hillary Clinton Is Corrupt and Untrustworthy, You're Rewarding 25 Years of GOP Smears." Bernie Sanders has yet to face the brutal assaults of the GOP war machine in the way Secretary Clinton has for decades. Indeed, the Republicans want Sanders to get the nomination.

Brett Arends of MarketWatch compiled a list of the terrible things Hillary is accused of doing. My favorites are #12, "Unnamed and unverifiable sources have told Peggy Noonan things about the Clintons that are simply too terrible to repeat," and #44, "She's really ambitious and calculating, unlike all the other people running for president." Bob Woodward says Hillary is too loud. Really? Has he heard Senator Sanders? Susan Sarandon slams Hillary for not endorsing marriage equality until 2013. Is Sarandon aware of the global LGBT rights initiative Hillary launched in December 2011?

Sanders opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 on states' rights grounds. He endorsed marriage equality in 2009; but in 1982 he described marriage as "a lifelong commitment between husband and wife." Granted, that was typical for the time. Few gay activists then focused on marriage. In 1981, AIDS had hit American cities, and D.C.'s first attempt to repeal its sodomy law was blocked by Congress. That was the year I came out to my family. I didn't have my first argument with a politician on same-sex marriage until 1994, fifteen years before D.C. enacted marriage equality.

D.C.'s marriage equality victory resulted not from revolution but from strategizing, researching, organizing, drafting, negotiating, messaging, and electioneering. It required careful preparation, coalition building, and long-cultivated relationships with public officials. It ripened via sustained work that began long before the final bill was written.

Those seeking change must honor the struggle, not just the result.

Read the whole thing here.

February 09, 2016

SD Bill Banning Trans Students From Playing Sports In Accordance With Their Gender Identity Passes

More exploitation of ignorance and panic by unscrupulous demagogues.

Anti-Gay Parents Tell TN School Board Gay-Straight Alliance Will Be Used To 'Recruit' Children

LGBTIs and Christian hate: Welby and the Anglican Church need to pick a side

I couldn't agree more. There is a de facto schism in the Anglican Communion. Pandering to bigots will not and cannot help matters. If Welby is going to pretend otherwise, he should step down.

In unprecedented move, Republicans decline to hear president's budget

Dear Rep. Price and Sen. Enzi: your names will go down in the annals of contempt. You disgrace your offices, your constituents, your party, and your country. Any further courtesies with which you are treated will be unmerited. You deserve to be shamed and shunned and driven from office. Your names should be remembered, if at all, as badges of dishonor. If the citizenry is awake, you and your compatriots will not gain by your actions.

#LGBTWelcoming at White House

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Activist Scout writes:

Love collecting examples of when people are LGBT welcoming and the White House just gave us a doozie in prep for tomorrow's trans meeting.

Sophisticated Trump

Donald Trump with an upper-class British accent. More on this from Jeff Guo at WaPo.

February 07, 2016

Sanders slams sexist ‘Bernie bro’ supporters

Bernie Sanders's decency shines through once again.

February 05, 2016

All the terrible things Hillary Clinton has done — in one big list

Brilliant.

Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband

February 04, 2016

President Obama Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast

The President Speaks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore

President Obama was right to speak at an American mosque, as Jeb Bush agreed.

D.C. Council passes LGBT ‘cultural competency’ bill

GLAA is proud to have supported this bill.

February 03, 2016

A Blade reporter's take on the Iowa caucuses

Russia fines gay activist for giving advice to LGBTI teens

Shawington Times: Criminalizing sexwork wastes MPD & Court resources

@Shawington echoes GLAA's advocacy criticizing District treatment of sex workers.

The Crisis Mag says listen to Susan Sarandon because she won an Oscar

Actress Susan Sarandon slammed Hillary's record on gay rights. She overlooked her launch of a global LGBT initiative in December 2011 as Secretary of State in Geneva:

More on Hillary's accomplishments.

Bob Woodward says Hillary is too loud

Potomac Phil predicts an early spring. And Congress sees its shadow.

Then there's this.

February 02, 2016

After 61 years, US Army vet kicked out for being gay gets honorable discharge

A User's Guide to This Year's Transphobic Legislation

'Dead Clown Walking': NY Daily News Mocks Donald Trump's Iowa Results

Elite Media Furiously Spin Defeat of Their Anti-Hillary Agenda in Iowa

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The relentless demonizing of this accomplished woman has failed. The haters will continue to spew their venom on social media; but at some point the voices of traditional media need to face reality. They don't have to like it, just recognize that once again, she is still standing. Her endurance and resilience, in fact, are key job skills.

January 31, 2016

Bolivian Feminists Revolt Against Christianity

(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

Women in the World 2012: Meryl Streep's Tribute to Hillary Clinton

From four years ago, an extraordinary and illuminating tribute to our former Secretary of State. You may learn things you didn't know from this. And if you have bought into the decades of calumny, you may decide you have sold her short. Appropriate viewing on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.

January 30, 2016

Since Mormon church enacted anti-gay policy, 32 young LGBTI people have killed themselves

January 29, 2016

Michigan gave purified water to state workers in Flint long before it acknowledged a problem with the city's water

If there is a hell....

New Taipei City to start registering gay couples next week

A gay couple's lawsuit is the first test for same-sex marriage in China

I love this NYT photo of Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang. They have summoned the same simple courage as countless other gay folk all over the world in standing up for their love. They inspire others, and the struggle grows and spreads.

January 28, 2016

Seed of the Glittering Republic: exclusion in the movie industry

My latest column looks at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Links to several movie trailers and other related articles embedded.

January 27, 2016

Be afraid -- very afraid! There's now a gay Donald Trump erotic novel

Read at your own risk.

'An Eye For An Eye': Trump Shows How He Would Govern – Goes Old Testament On Fox Over

FBI, State Police Initiate 'Containment' Of Occupied Federal Refuge, Release Bundy Booking Photos

Indiana Senate Committee Kills Anti-Gay 'RFRA On Steroids' Bill

Gay artist makes portrait of Donald Trump out of GOP candidate's own bigoted comments