2270 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

May 17, 2016

Obama at Rutgers: 'Ignorance is not a virtue'

Amen, Mr. President.

Geidner interviews President Obama on SCOTUS

Congrats to our friend Chris Geidner on his interview yesterday with President Obama on Supreme Court matters, including the Senate's refusal to grant a hearing to Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland. It was streamed live via Facebook and YouTube.

Norton stands up to House Republicans on DC budget autonomy

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Congresswoman Norton responds to House Republicans' assault on D.C. budget autonomy here and here. I will attend the House OGR markup today at 2 pm in 2154 Rayburn HOB to show GLAA's support for our congresswoman.

May 13, 2016

HHS Issues Regulations Banning Trans Health Care Discrimination

Another breakthrough ruling in what has become Transgender Week in the Obama Administration. Bravo.

House Republicans warn D.C. not to assert budget independence

Rep. Mark Meadows threatens to prosecute District of Columbia officials essentially for doing their jobs as the people we elect to represent us. If they are prepared to do this, they should sooner abolish Home Rule and stop pretending to respect our self-determination as American citizens. The outrage here against self-respecting Washingtonians is profound. I stand with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Council Chairman Mendelson, and our other leaders who are fighting this congressional paternalism.

See Congresswoman Norton's press release here.

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Mr Gay Syria stands defiant against extremists who beheaded his boyfriend

Internet trolls drive up bidding for George Zimmerman gun

Italian civil unions bill receives final approval

Clinton calls for end to HIV/AIDS "once and for all"

Massachusetts Senate Passes Transgender Rights Bill

May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Azealia Banks kicked off Twitter after homophobic and racist attack against Zayn Malik

Her act is getting old.

NC governor: It's 'an insult' to correlate trans rights w/ civil rights movement

Dear Governor: go ahead and be insulted. Yes, all struggles are different. No, that doesn't make it right to rank oppressions or exclude parts of our population from equal protection of the law. But keep groping for justifications as you dig yourself in deeper.

Obama Administration To Tell Schools Transgender Students Can Use Restroom Of Choice

May 09, 2016

NC sues federal government over HB 2 challenge

For my comment, see the separate post from today involving Jesus eating popcorn.

Caroline Kennedy takes part in Tokyo Pride parade

Ryan: I'll step down as GOP convention chairman if Trump asks

Attorney General Loretta Lynch To Unveil "Law Enforcement Action" Against North Carolina

Pass the popcorn, Jesus!

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(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

Bernie Sanders cancels meeting with HIV activists

Our friend Ernest Hopkins, Director of Legislative Affairs at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, writes:

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. The group pulling this set of meetings together went out of their way to accommodate Senator Sanders such was the interest in presenting our recommendations to him and his staff. Advocates even relented to a demand that only Sanders supporters be invited to the meeting. To my knowledge, no such bizarre demand was made by the Clinton campaign and now, there is no Sanders meeting. When you cut yourself off from the expertise on an issue, and predicate your engagement to the degree supporters can make the case, you come off as very thin skinned, a bit petty, and 'political' to the extreme. The Clinton meeting is Thursday in NYC, and I will report back.

Sanders diminishes himself the more he behaves like this. Meanwhile, Jane Sanders urges the FBI to speed up its investigation of Hillary's email scandal. Bernie's issue-driven campaign is sinking more and more into desperation and meanness.

May 08, 2016

WaPo: Donald Trump sets a new record for economic recklessness

The Washington Post has a good explainer on what is terrible about Trump's proposal to "make a deal" with America's debt holders to decrease our national debt:

The minute the United States tried to reduce its debt load by offering creditors less than 100 percent of principal and interest — i.e., by 'discount,' or 'making a deal,' like Argentina or Greece — every institution that had taken this country at its word would be instantly destabilized.

Same-sex couples finally being given right to adopt in Ireland

Gay US diplomat found true love in Shanghai, marries Chinese boyfriend

Bullying of LGBTI students is rife in Japanese high schools, report says

Meet My Child: Parents of Transgender Kids Speak Out

A lovely video from Trans United Fund.

President Obama Delivers the Commencement Address at Howard University

A smart presentation on how to get things done instead of just talking about it.

May 04, 2016

Alabama City Council Rescinds Sweeping Anti-Trans Law After Legal Warnings

Marvel’s top directors want LGBT superheroes to save the day

'Why I refuse to be a part of David Cameron’s PR effort to impress gay people'

Kenya could ban 'anal probe' torture that 'tests' for gay sex

Joan Rivers' daughter donates mom's rainbow coat to raise money for LGBTI cause

Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner ends with the n-word

I watched on C-SPAN. Wilmore certainly didn't care whom he offended. A friend says the transcript reads more funny than it came across live. I have mixed feelings about it. I have enjoyed many of Wilmore's bits in the past.

Fair Play: how LGBT athletes are claiming their rightful place in sports

U.S. warns North Carolina that its transgender bathroom bill violates civil rights laws

Powder Rooms of the Patriarchy

My column for this week.

May 03, 2016

St. Petersburg parade allows Neo-Nazis to march while gay people are arrested, dragged and beaten

The White House is poised to create the first national monument to recognize struggle for gay rights

Sullivan: America has never been so ripe for tyranny—and that's what is scariest about Trump

Andrew Sullivan has a brilliant essay in New York Magazine on the danger posed by Donald Trump. It is wise and sobering. I highly recommend it.

April 29, 2016

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage