2321 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

June 09, 2016

Cuba same-sex marriage campaign gains traction

Federal judge permanently bars Alabama from blocking gay marriage

President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Thank you, Mr. President. #ImWithHer

June 07, 2016

Lady Liberty

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"Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning...."

Congratulations, Secretary Clinton, on this historic moment.

June 05, 2016

QUEERY: Julius Agers - The @CapitalPrideDC 2016 hero answers 20 gay questions

Our friend Julius Agers talks to the Blade. Congrats to him and Jeri Hughes on being honored by Capital Pride.

Prominent LGBT activist Rene Martínez murdered in Honduras

This is where outrage and sorrow meet. May he rest in peace, and his memory inspire courage in others.

Obama on the 35th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America

Obama discusses reasonable gun regulation, slams NRA

At a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana with PBS NewsHour, President Obama responds straightforwardly and lucidly to a gun owner who thinks he and Hillary want to take away everyone's guns.

June 02, 2016

Pro-transgender bathroom bill passes in Massachusetts - Republican governor expected to sign

June 01, 2016

Barack Obama, Transformer: @POTUS breaks the mold on foreign policy.

My Blade column this week uses the president's historic visit to Hiroshima as a jumping-off point for a consideration of his ground-breaking approach to foreign policy.

May 31, 2016

Obama issues final Pride Month proclamation

May 28, 2016

June 1 - LGBTQ Social Justice and Rights in the District: a community discussion

Please join us at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 1 in the Martin Luther King Library for a community discussion on LGBTQ social justice and rights. It is an interesting panel of participants. GLAA President Rick Rosendall will moderate.

May 27, 2016

AIDS activists accuse Sanders of lying about meeting

Obama in Hiroshima

A powerful moment in Hiroshima as our president embraces one of the Hibakusha, a survivor of the atomic blast 71 years ago. My heart soars. I am so proud of this man, who with simple grace leaves the haters in the dust and honors the better angels of our nature. He enlarges himself and us.

The haters on the right are going ape. It is a reminder of the despicable alternative we are faced with this year. We can defeat the haters if we simply stop making excuses and vote. 71 years are long enough to cling to the bitterness of the past. If we do not heal, we make a hollow mockery of Yad Vashem's "Never Again, Never Forget."

June 14 - DC primary election: Evans, Gray, Robert White top GLAA ratings

May 26, 2016

Gays being attacked in Ghana

Stoked by religious leaders.

Near the Islamic Center, and blocks from the White House!

I was just scrolling through Daily Caller's Twitter feed looking for this item that someone had posted on Facebook. Their feed is pretty hilarious. One item they posted used a picture of Obama at the White House Easter party making monster gestures while reading Where the Wild Things Are to a group of children. Yes, he's a scary black man!

Our friend Mark Fischer wrote on Facebook:

My comment on The Daily Caller website was deleted.

I pointed out the fact that the address was "close to the French Ambassador's residence, Embassy Row, and the homes of other notable people."

I also posted the facts:
"The mosque has been visited by many dignitaries, including several presidents. President George W. Bush visited on September 17, 2001, only days after the attacks of September 11. On national television, Bush quoted from the Qur'an and worked to assure Americans that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful."

"In 2015 a group of Muslim activists, politicians, and writers issued a Declaration of Reform which announced the founding of the Muslim Reform Movement organization to work against the beliefs of Middle Eastern terror groups. That year Asra Nomani and others placed the Declaration on the door of the mosque."

Maybe it was my suggestion that those points were left out of the story because they didn't appeal to the "deep bias and hate-Obama sentiment of The Daily Caller and its readers." LOL!!

Obama to host final White House Pride reception of his administration on June 9

US Congresswoman Tells Anti-Trans Witness 'I Think You’re a Bigot, Lady'

Good.

Texas joined by 10 other states in lawsuit over transgender bathroom use

The bigoted diehards keep pounding.

House Democrats Succeed in Reversing Anti-LGBT Attack On Rights for Federal Contractors

Andy Towle's take is here.

Update: The bill has now been killed. Here's an update from Andy Towle.

Isn't it rich?

Sondheim's most beloved song, sung by his greatest interpreter. Its rueful tone, rather than fear, seems to fit this absurd election year:

Isn't it rich? Are they a pair?
Hillary's feet on the ground,
Trump in midair?
Where are the clowns?

Hillary and the Trans United Fund questionnaire

I was going to agree with this criticism, and it will do me no shred of good not to, but on reflection I think too much is being made of this. I myself (echoed by my GLAA colleagues) called for legalizing sex work eight years ago, which is one of the questions in the 15-page questionnaire; but Hillary is in a race against Trump with grave implications for our country, and must pick her battles. Anyone who doubts her commitment to trans equality should check out the positions page at Trans Equality for Hillary.

May 25, 2016

Vermont governor signs conversion therapy ban

Good news. GLAA's participation two years ago in the coalition that won passage of DC's ban on conversion therapy for minors is described here.

Time magazine's rainbow cover sparks outrage

This article quotes one objection to the Time cover:

“Dear @time this is a gay pride flag, not a trans pride flag. This is erasure and a failure of basic due diligence,” one person tweeted.

Erasure? Really? The cover of Time Magazine is the opposite of erasure, whether you like the illustration or not. According to Wikipedia, "Unlike within the wider LGBT communities worldwide which have adopted the Rainbow flag, the various transgender individuals, organizations and communities around the world have not coalesced around one single flag design. Instead there are several flags used and endorsed by the varying transgender individuals, organizations and communities." The cover design is a striking graphic inspired by the far better known rainbow flag, which our enemies certainly regard as including the T even if you don't. This is the sort of fake controversy that causes people whose support we need to roll their eyes and turn away.

Desmond Tutu’s daughter married a woman, and was forced out of the South African clergy

NFL awards 2019-21 Super Bowl games to states without anti-LGBT laws

San Francisco 49ers oppose North Carolina law, donate $75k to Equality NC

May 24, 2016

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus holds no grudge - wants fired DJ reinstated

Everyone seems to be kissing and making up after an embarrassing goof at a Padres game.

Biden praises openly gay West Point 2016 class president

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My goodness. Congrats to first captain Eugene Coleman.

DC shelters frustrated by lack of funding for LGBT homeless youth

Bernie must drop notion that everyone who disagrees with him is corrupt or a dupe

Yes. It is tiresome and silly when Bernie True Believers reflexively call you either a paid Hillary shill or a dupe for disagreeing with them. This is like Thanksgiving with your crazy uncle only without the comfort food. The last time I remember being called a dupe I was in a Trotskyite bookstore and the culprits I was told had brainwashed me were "the sugar barons." How fitting, then, that Bernie once praised Fidel. At that bookstore, someone called for overthrowing the government. I thought of my security clearance, and I looked up at the light fixture and said, "I don't agree with these people." Then I handed the guy a voter registration form. So I guess you can blame me.

May 19, 2016

The Miss Alternate Universe Pageant

My latest column.

HRC taps Ted Olson in fight against NC anti-LGBT law

The Human Rights Campaign goes the celebrity route again. HRC President Chad Griffin, then leader of American Foundation for Equal Rights, previously brought Olson in, along with Democratic attorney David Boies, for the court fight against California Proposition 8, known as Hollingsworth v. Perry. Olson and Boies ran up more than $6 million in legal fees in that case, despite the fact that other attorneys working in marriage equality cases often worked pro bono. So how much is HRC going to pay Olson?

It should be noted, by the way, that the Perry case did NOT win the nation marriage equality. It was sent back to a lower court by SCOTUS in 2013 for lack of standing. The 2013 SCOTUS overturn of the discriminatory federal definition of marriage in DOMA was in another case, United States v. Windsor, where Edith Windsor's attorney Roberta Kaplan argued before the high court. The ruling that granted civil marriage equality throughout the country came with Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. The plaintiffs in that case were represented at oral argument by civil rights lawyer Mary Bonauto and Washington, D.C. lawyer Douglas Hallward-Driemeier.

GOP congresswoman stands up for LGBT rights alongside her transgender son

The Lehtinens were at the Trans Equality fundraiser Wednesday evening at The Hamilton, where Rodrigo gave his mother an Ally Award. Another member of Congress honored was Rep. Mike Honda.

Lawmakers aim to curb anti-LGBTI 'religious freedom' bills in US

The Seychelles votes to decriminalize gay sex

May 18, 2016

Newsweek to Sanders: get control of your supporters' obscene behavior, or get out

Shocking and frightening.

Guard Charged with Assault After Confronting Transgender Woman Using Women's Restroom

This is getting increasingly scary. An epidemic of hatred is spreading in this country. People are going to be assaulted, and some of them killed, because of others' obstinate ignorance. Lord knows what chains of suffering will be set in motion as the summer heats up because of demagogues stoking intolerance. Mind you, this particular story occurred in DC, with as progressive a set of laws as anywhere. Social media are being used as a tool of hatred and provocation by people lacking all restraint and often hiding behind pseudonyms. We must stand together at every level and in every neighborhood and make it clear that violence will not be tolerated.

Mexican president proposes legalizing same-sex marriage