1690 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

August 24, 2015

Hollande presents train attack heroes with Legion of Honor

Vive la France!

August 23, 2015

Islamic State blows up ancient temple at Syria’s Palmyra ruins

These barbarians need to be exterminated before they destroy every intiquity in the Mideast. Astonishing that anyone is willing to embrace any faith or worship any God that demands of them such atrocities.

An old path through new rubble

Gay Rights and the Race Analogy

An essay by John Corvino.

RNC endorses 'Indiana on steroids' religious freedom bill

Thousands rally in Kentucky against anti-gay county clerks

Ellen Page confronts Ted Cruz: 'You’re discriminating against LGBT people'

Sen. Cruz simply turns the truth on its head and portrays discriminators as victims of persecution. That only makes sense if gay people are not human beings, or not rightful citizens, or if there is no secular public space. What Cruz and others call religious freedom is really religious supremacy for them over the rest of us. We have no choice but to fight back.

Giant panda at National Zoo gives birth to healthy twin cubs

There are now five giant pandas at the National Zoo. Panda Cams here.

Americans who stopped a train attack in Europe were boyhood friends

More here on the focus this attack puts on the vulnerability of U.S. rail.

August 21, 2015

The Ashley Madison Hack and the Cold and Permanent Danger of Online Privacy Invasions

Slugger’s journey to coming out

'We can end police violence in America' - #CampaignZero

#CampaignZero local policy agenda

DeRay McKesson and his colleagues release their local policy agenda to end police violence.

#CampaignZero state policy agenda

DeRay McKesson and his colleagues release their state policy agenda to end police violence.

#CampaignZero federal policy agenda

DeRay McKesson and his colleagues release their federal policy agenda to end police violence.

Illinois becomes fifth state protect youth from conversion therapy

Congrats to our colleagues in Illinois, and welcome to the club!

I may get stoned to death for gay sex, says Saudi man outed in Ashley Madison leak

Brewers would be ready to welcome openly gay teammate

Scott Walker, translated

Jeb and Jindal on dropping babies

In a long-ago Doonesbury cartoon, Joanie Caucus says to her dying friend after he and his doctor trade some gallows humor, "How can you joke about this?" He replies, "How can you not?"

Rep. Nadler supports Iran Nuclear accord, condemns troubling rhetoric

Thank you, Congressman.

August 20, 2015

Trump: Gay marriage is a dead issue

I'm sure we are all relieved to learn this.

Panti Bliss, Ireland's accidental activist

Rauch: It's George Wallace's GOP now

Our friend Jon Rauch summarizes the history of the modern Republican Party in one sentence: "Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller got into an argument and George Wallace won." His elaboration (click on the link) ends with this:

Conservatism is wary of extremism and rage and anti-intellectualism, of demagoguery and incoherent revolutionary rhetoric. Wallace was a right-wing populist, not a conservative. The rise of his brand of pseudo-conservatism in Republican circles should alarm anyone who cares about the genuine article.

Rauch wrote this in 2010, but it could not be more true today.

Progressive Groups Ask Obama To End Bush-Era Religious Protection

GLAA is a signatory to this letter.

August 19, 2015

On Hillary's frankness with #BlackLivesMatter activists

A good read on Hillary Rodham Clinton's videotaped backstage encounter with BLM activists. On balance I think it helps her. Many black activists are agreeing with her.

FTSE 100 companies not doing enough to promote their LGBT diversity claims

Chelsea Manning found guilty for having expired toothpaste

Merits of her case aside, the treatment of Chelsea Manning is a disgrace.

Mike Huckabee's revival of the 'social experiment' fallacy

A good perspective on a persistent falsehood.

What You Should Know About the 2015 #USTransSurvey

State Department fights for rights of gay envoys

Book ban in Venice ignites a gay rights battle

August 18, 2015

Wells Fargo gives $50,000 to help LGBTI businesses grow and prosper

Wells Fargo ruins @portmantina's day.

Police Units Blame Each Other For Security Failures At Jerusalem Pride

Obama appoints first trans woman of color to White House post

Very good news.

Decriminalizing the sex trade

Thanks to Councilmember Grosso.

GLAA discusses the issue in our latest policy brief.

The recent Washington Post commentary misses a key point. Keeping commercial sex on the black market makes sex workers less safe. Legalization does not solve everything, but it would help with that. Regulation and inspection are also needed. And of course alternatives are crucial, otherwise consent is illusory. Consent implies choices, which are all too often absent for (say) trans women of color who were driven into sex work because of transphobia and discrimination.

The arrests currently being boasted of by MPD generate criminal records, which only make it harder for the sex workers to get better and safer work. Imperfect solutions may still improve things for the marginalized populations that are most at risk. Equating all sex work with human trafficking is false and counterproductive. Disapproval of commercial sex does not make it the same as kidnapping and slavery. If we cannot make these distinctions, we are doing no favors to the ladies on the stroll who are there to avoid starvation and who are kept there by public policy.

August 15, 2015

He doesn't know from meanness

Trump_and_Obama_meme

Kinda sorta.

Opinion | Republicans should be embarrassed

To be fair, one of the greatest lessons in the value of being unembarrassable was taught by the husband of the leading Democratic candidate.

Cost of treating transgender troops called negligible

Stars and Stripes reports. Another anti-trans myth collapses under scrutiny.

Chris Christie Laughs About Veto of Trans Birth Certificate Bill

Gov. Christie thinks the rights of trans people are laughable. What is laughable is that this smug bully is the governor of a state, much less a presidential candidate. But the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters are no laughing matter. The legal denial of trans people's existence is cruel, pointless, and must stop.

Our friend Andy Bowen at Garden State Equality comments:

Hey Governor Chris Christie: 33 trans women have been murdered in the US in the last two years. Our survival is ‪#‎nolaughingmatter‬