1507 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

June 22, 2015

@deray responds to his critics

DeRay Mckesson is, in my opinion, one of the most gifted young activists in our country. I began to follow him last summer when his voice emerged during the street protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Here he puts his trolls (whose attacks on him are a backhanded tribute to him) in their place.

Justice Kagan's Spider-Man opinion

Dear Kennedy Center, take down those treasonous banners!

Hey, folks, why not ask the Kennedy Center to remove all treasonous banners from its Hall of States?

I'm just trying to start some trouble.

Get the smelling salts! President Obama said the n-word!

The president's remarks were entirely appropriate, as far as I am concerned. I do wonder if @POTUS and @Pontifex (AKA Pope Francis) are in a competition over who can stir up more controversy just by speaking truth.

"Meet the Press" under fire for racist video

I have avoided watching MTP since Chuck Todd was given the spot. I haven't felt the absence.

A humane way to end life

WaPo makes the case for D.C. Council member Mary Cheh's Death with Dignity Act of 2015, Bill 21-38, which GLAA endorses.

Strange pew mates

Activist DeRay Mckesson found himself sitting next to former senator Rick Santorum on Sunday in Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston at the first service since the massacre of nine people at last Wednesday's Bible Study. Speaking of which, here's a tweet from DeRay:

And this:

White supremacist cited in Dylann Roof manifesto gave to GOP candidates

June 21, 2015

Hillary Clinton at her best

I have heard Mrs. Clinton speak this well once before, when she went to Geneva as our Secretary of State to announce an LGBT global initiative. Here she is in San Francisco talking to the 2015 U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Clementa C. Pinckney, 1973 - 2015

The Senator from Jasper spoke recently about the murder of Walter Scott, of Doubting Thomases, and of the need for body cameras on police. The pleasure of listening to this gifted speaker is now mixed with sorrow, compounded on this Father's Day by the thought of his widow Jennifer and his daughters Malana and Eliana. His chair at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church was draped in black today. Yet still he speaks. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

June 19, 2015

Android: And Proud

Another commercial for Pride Month.

Tylenol commercial celebrates gay families

My, how times have changed.

'Relentlessly gay' yard owner gets $34K from strangers

An awesome display of faith amid grief

It was awesome and humbling today to hear the families of the murdered church folk in Charleston expressing forgiveness at Dylann Roof's bond hearing. There is no better display of a community's unconquerable strength than these people, in their grief, reaching into the heart of their faith as they spoke to a young mass killer twisted by evil and made it clear that despite their bottomless sorrow, he could not defeat them.

June 18, 2015

Rev. Clementa Pinckney talks about black political participation

It is bracing and heartbreaking to see this beautiful, great-spirited man and hear him speak on how essential it is for black people to participate in the political system. Now martyred, he speaks more loudly than before.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Take down the Confederate Flag. Now.

Ta-Nehisi is right.

Clarence Thomas upholds Texas's right to bar Confederate flag on license plates

Every once in a while, Justice Thomas rediscovers his soul and does the right thing.

June 16, 2015

RBG says 'the climate of the era' favors gay rights

At 51:00 in this interview, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses how "the climate of the era" affects Supreme Court rulings, and cites gay rights as one example. Any day now we can stop looking for hints and read the court's decision for ourselves.

Vatican indicts ex-ambassador for sex abuse

It's about time.

A reading on torture with Helen Mirren

Guam Archbishop: Marriage Equality the 'Road to a Totalitarian System'

For a Roman Catholic archbishop to stoke fears of totalitarianism is pretty rich, the idiocy of the remark aside.

June 15, 2015

Archbishop Wesolowski to stand trial for sex abuse

Hoosier Hospitality

Republican Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard served as grand marshal in his city's gay pride parade on Saturday. Hoosiers are still smarting from the damage done by Gov. Mike Pence.

June 14, 2015

June 14 - Your chance to win at GLAA's Pride booth!

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We're having a little fun this year at GLAA's booth at the Capital Pride Festival. Our theme involves a picnic basket, Toto, and gay tornados. Stop by and sign up for our email announcement list, and you'll be entered for a drawing. The prize is a rare, mint-condition art photography book by Bruce Weber, The Chop Suey Club, valued at $300. There is no cost or obligation.

June 13, 2015

High School Pride

This Metro Weekly story about Pride Day at Cardozo High School also features students from the GSA at School Without Walls, who indicate they were inspired to attend by their teacher, Charles Butler. Charles is GLAA's VP for Political Affairs. Way to go, Mr. Butler!

Indianapolis rallies around its gay citizens after a law sets off a flood of support

June 12, 2015

The Task Force celebrates defeat of #TPP

I am not sure that defeating a trade bill does anything to help the LGBT folk who are oppressed in some of the affected countries; but the National LGBTQ Task Force makes the case.

Rachel Maddow - Franklin Graham's anti-gay banking protest backfires

Warning to silly leftists: this video has something nice about a bank.

Florida repeals gay adoption ban

House passes LGBT-inclusive measure for HUD spending

A shameful moment for North Carolina

This action will not long stand, given the likely upcoming ruling by SCOTUS; but it shows the level of irrationality to which some people cling.

On the Aussie couple that will divorce if gays can marry

Actually, I am slightly more interested in whether the water swirls down their drain clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Israeli gay pride parade highlights progress, limitations

USA Today reports.

Anti-gay adoption law signed in Michigan

Ben Carson doesn't want to talk about it

Dear Dr. Carson, one great way of avoiding questions on current issues is not running for president.

June 10, 2015

Marriage News Watch

AFER's Matt Baume gives an update:

A bill to allow North Carolina officials to refuse to serve any couple they don't like is several steps closer to passing, even after the governor vetoed it. Texas is coming up with new excuses for refusing to issue marriage licenses. And with a federal ruling on marriage due any day now, Judge Roy Moore continues to speak out against the Supreme Court.

Voldemort is polling better than many Republican presidential candidates

They really ought to just embrace their inner Voldemort and be done with it.

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Franklin Graham moves accounts from one LGBT-friendly bank to another

That'll show 'em!

June 05, 2015

A countercultural take on Pride

I agree with Mark Lee on this City Paper piece by Christina Cauterucci. She interviewed me, but Mark won the alternate-voice slot. He is right.

The lowdown for #LGBT federal employees