2743 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

January 06, 2017

Church of Scotland minister calls for LGBTI issues to be taught in schools to tackle homophobia

Texas Lt. Gov. Unveils Wide-Reaching Anti-Transgender Legislation

Stop Jeff Sessions

The cynical ploy of blaming Black Lives Matter

Police quickly arrested four suspects in a Chicago hate crime, but racists are gleefully blaming it on Black Lives Matter, which does not advocate hate or violence. Of course it would never occur to these malignant white clowns to take responsibility for the crimes of some random white person, even if their rhetoric helped incite it. This is the poison of racial privilege. But calling them deplorable is the truly unforgivable thing? They can Rot. In. Hell.

The awful risk of Trump's loose talk on torture

A thought on Epiphany

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Dream of Kings, Autun to 1125-1135, the Saint-Lazare, chapter house,
Autun / DRAC de Bourgogne, Dijon © Hirmer Photo Archive Munich

A year ago today, on the Feast of the Epiphany, I visited NYC to see a matinee performance of Hamilton. That was a theatrical epiphany. I feel no epiphany today. There are not three wise men in Trump's announced cabinet, though there is plenty of gold.

January 03, 2017

Deval Patrick testifies to Jeff Sessions' record of opposing voting rights

Taking the high road in the age of Trump

A smokescreen for bigotry: Disguising anti-Muslim bias with land-use objections

January 01, 2017

Court blocks healthcare nondiscrimination rules: what now?

December 31, 2016

13 transgender pioneers reflect on the state of queer politics today

Gospel Singer Kim Burrell: Gay People are ‘Perverted’ Sinners Who are Going to Die in 2017

Well thanks for sharing, I guess. Did Kim date a gay man? What is her problem? Even if she had some unhappy personal experience that somehow involved a gay person, that was not the entire gay community. So at best she is using lynch mob logic. If your spouse cheats on you, do you go out and attack some random other person's spouse? Who thinks this is even coherent, much less reasonable? And maybe she is just ignorant and hateful. Do something useful and knock this crap off, people.

Russian Hackers Penetrated US Power Grid in Vermont

December 27, 2016

President Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Abe visit Pearl Harbor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reciprocates President Obama's visit to Hiroshima by visiting the Pearl Harbor memorial site in Honolulu.

December 26, 2016

Capehart: We need a conversation about the responsibilities of the news consumer

Yes.

Sentence overturned in HIV transmission case

GLAA has long opposed the criminalization of what should be understood and treated as a health issue. A good rule of thumb when facing the making of public policy based on controversial cases is: who will be helped by our doing this?

J.K. Rowling contributes to ‘Love is Love’ Orlando tribute comic

Never forget our allies.

The phrase gay people REALLY need to stop saying

I could not agree more.

Trump Pick to Head Health & Human Services Traded Health Stocks While Sponsoring Bills That Could Have Affected Them

Of course he did.

Taiwan takes another step towards legalizing same-sex marriage

Carrie Fisher in stable condition after heart attack

One of the hardest jobs a parent can have is to face the loss of a child. Carrie Fisher is 60, her mother 84. Both have survived a lot. Both are smart and feisty. A lot of people are sending healing thoughts Carrie's way.

A&E abruptly cancels KKK docu-series before it airs

You have to watch them every minute.

December 23, 2016

Earth from space - Live feed from ISS

From the International Space Station. Peace on earth. (Aspirational, not descriptive.)

Trump’s latest comments stoke talk of a new nuclear arms race

This knucklehead will get us all killed.

U.S. declines to veto U.N. Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements

The Obama administration got this exactly right. Bibi can pop a blood vessel as far as I'm concerned, as can the people in Trumpland. The settlements are a long-term existential threat to Israel, and hence to the world, though the diehards refuse to recognize it. Brava to Ambassador Power for quoting Ronald Reagan's opposition to further settlements from 1982. Without a two-state solution, the only peace in that region's future is the peace of the grave.

December 21, 2016

NC legislature adjourns without repealing #HB2

An absolute disgrace. If the NC GOP thinks this betrayal will be soon forgotten, they are sorely mistaken.

#AlwaysNewYork

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vows resistance to Trump's racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and misogynist policies.

#Resist

Hypocrisy alert: Ted Cruz Whines That Obstructionist Dems Will Filibuster

Why straight rural men have gay "bud-sex" with each other

How "Moonlight" looks out for the humanity in us

Trump Statement on Winning Electoral College Vote Is Filled With Lies

Republicans Could Repeal Marriage Equality in 3 Easy Steps.

Matt Baume explains.

U.N. committee rejects motion to suspend LGBT watchdog

State Department defends Trump response to Tony Perkins letter

Trump urged not to cut overseas LGBT aid

'Dear America, why did you let us down?'

If Peter King is so worried about terrorism, why did he support the IRA?

An excellent question. Peter King is a hypocrite. As to singling out Muslims, Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, testified on that issue more than five years at a hearing chaired by Rep. King.

December 20, 2016

Mayor Bowser signs Death with Dignity Act

Thanks to Mayor Bowser for signing this legislation.

Surrogacy bill, death certificate bill pass second reading at D.C. Council

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Two bills passed their second and final readings Tuesday afternoon on the consent calendar at the D.C. Council's legislative meeting:

Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016, Bill 21-16

Death Certificate Gender Identity Recognition Amendment Act of 2016, Bill 21-444

The first of these legalizes and regulates surrogate parenting agreements in the District. GLAA and our coalition partners have pushed this for four years. Special thanks and congrats to Alison Gill who coordinated our coalition effort.

The second clarifies the process for designating a decedent's gender identity or expression on their death certificate. Lack of respect for people's gender identities after their deaths has been a recurring problem.

December 19, 2016

"Aleppo is a place where the children have stopped crying."

Words fail me, other than to say this makes me ashamed of the human race.