4430 posts categorized "Human Rights"

September 23, 2016

Obama celebrates opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture

President Obama speaks at a reception for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture at the White House.

Olbermann on Kathy ‘No Racism Before Obama’ Miller: ‘She IS the Trump Campaign’

For instant refutation of Mr. Miller, google "lynching" and click on Images. Warning: you will see horrifying photos of America's past.

See no evil

Wake up, Coach.

White Tulsa officer charged with manslaughter in death of unarmed black man

Eugene Robinson: In America, gun rights are for whites only

Eugene Robinson is right. This is intolerable and insane.

A fearless wife records police use of deadly force

The video taken by Keith Scott's wife Rakeyia of his fatal encounter with police is hard to watch and to listen to. MSNBC was just analyzing the video. I do not begrudge their doing that, but I had to mute the TV. I've had too much. One thing that shines through in the painful recording is this woman's fearlessness in confronting her husband's killers. She is not the first. If there is one ray of hope in all this, it may be that.

American Skin

No other songwriter has equaled the power of Bruce Springsteen's searing ballad of a black mother giving her son The Talk. As timely as when it was written after the police killing of Amadou Diallo, it ends on the plaintive notes of a saxophone played by Bruce's dear friend, the late, great Clarence Clemons. Sadly, those who most needed to receive its message reflexively hardened themselves against it. I ask forgiveness for the hatred their cold and heartless reaction stirs in me still. #BlackLivesMatter

September 21, 2016

Protests erupt in Charlotte after police kill a black man

Terence Crutcher's hands were raised when he was shot by a Tulsa officer

HUD makes rule final barring anti-trans bias in homeless shelters

Clinton underscores LGBT rights to win over Millennials

Judge rules for Wisconsin trans student in battle over bathroom access

Trump Jr. stole photo of Skittles to denigrate refugees – from a refugee

Obama at UN Refugee Summit

President Obama addresses United Nations

September 20, 2016

Column: Trump the Arsonist Plays Firefighter

My latest Blade column asks: With this con artist for a leader, who would need enemies?

It features a discussion on Trump and race by leadership and diversity consultant Robert Naylor Jr.

September 19, 2016

McCrory staged fake Q&A to avoid questions on HB2

September 16, 2016

Steph Curry Says North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Needs to be Changed

Thanks, Steph.

September 15, 2016

Olbermann: All of Trump's Supporters Are Deplorable

Keith Olbermann is right.

Ivanka Trump Suggests Gay Male Couples Are Out of Luck in Donald Trump's Family Leave Plan

Trump sparks concern, suspicion among LGBT Russians

DHS: Stop using private prison companies

September 12, 2016

Streisand rips Trump with Broadway classic at LGBT fundraiser

In case any Barbra fans missed it, here's Babs with her Trump parody version of "Send In the Clowns."

Tim Kaine: I Think the Catholic Church is Going to Change Its Position on Gay Marriage

I appreciate Sen. Kaine's sentiments, but I think if you read what Pope Francis has written, you would be less optimistic. His Holiness has a great pastoral gift, the value of which I do not minimize. But he remains a conservative, and he has made quite clear that, his personal kindness and graciousness notwithstanding, he has no intention of changing Church doctrine regarding women or gay people. Indeed, he is appallingly uninformed on the science of gender identity. The Catholic Church is not about to budge any time soon.

12-Year-Old Mexican Boy Stands Up to Thousands of Anti-Gay Protesters

Bravo.

RNC Spokesman Refers to 'Deplorables' as 'Deportables' in Hilarious Typo

UK tells gay Ugandan asylum seeker he can Skype his boyfriend after he is deported

The heartless and inhumane policy of the British Home Office toward LGBT asylum seekers continues unabated. If you pray, pray for this man's safety. We've much more work to do on the international front, even with purported allies.

Gay Cuban journalist, activist fired from radio station

Just a reminder that restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, which I applauded, does not mean that it is a democracy. Engagement is better than non-engagement, but we must do it with eyes open. Cuba remains a brutally repressive totalitarian state.

Arson suspected in fire at Florida mosque attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

Not in my name. I am willing to bet that this despicable and cowardly act was committed by people who don't give a damn about the gay people who were killed that awful night in Orlando. In any case, everything our nation stands for is attacked by such blind revenge-taking.

Why no major Martin Luther King artifacts will be at the new African American history museum

One of the saddest legacies of the civil rights era is that Dr. King's children have never recovered from the awful day in 1968 when their daddy was taken from them. They have fought not only with his closest friends and associates, like Harry Belafonte and Andrew Young, but with each other. One can only pray for them to find peace and grace.

September 07, 2016

Cher calls out trans-exclusionary feminists

Cher criticizes trans-exclusionary radical feminists, or TERFs. Good for her. As for the person who wrote the HuffPost headline putting "feminists" in quotes and preceding it with "so-called," I do not see what is accomplished by suggesting that a feminist with offensive views is on that account not really a feminist. That is like saying music you dislike is not really music, which many said about rap.

Instead of wasting our time on fruitless gatekeeping, we should focus on persuasion, on making our case and connecting with people. This is not easy. But the alternative is name-calling. Getting to change requires going through uncomfortable encounters, challenging one another, listening and learning. When we make the struggle about which group is going to be excluded, we evade the essential work.

Update: The tweet that was automatically generated for this message on GLAA's Twitter account, @glaadc, included a link to this blog entry generated using Google URL Shortener. Our friend Julius informed us that clicking on the short link produces this error message:

http://goo.gl/fb/5v1paH – this goo.gl shortlink has been disabled. It was found to be violating our Terms of Service. Click here and here for more information about our terms and policies respectively.

Really, Google? What term offended you. "Trans-exclusionary"? "Feminist"? This is absurd.

Nigerian president reinstates anti-LGBT crackdown

More on Kenda Kirby lawsuit at Supreme Court

Our friend Kenda Kirby continues her struggle for justice.

September 06, 2016

MMA Fighter Nicolas Dalby Stands with LGBTQ Community at UFC Weigh-In

Phyllis Schlafly dies at 92

This piece is nasty, but it has the following factual statement:

Schlafly didn't like immigrants, working women or gay rights. (Even though her son is gay.) She didn’t think that sexual harassment in the workplace was a problem. She was against sex education. She argued that climate change wasn’t real. She denied that marital rape was even possible. She claimed that the atomic bomb was a gift from God.

There is an old saying, "Progress follows the hearse."

September 01, 2016

SCOTUS overturns NC's gutting of voting rights

Human Rights Campaign launches #ThisIsTransgender video

NYT edits story on Trump’s Mexico trip and immigration speech after criticism

An egregious case of sloppy journalism.

August 30, 2016

Family Feud contestant shows the power of being out

Reggie Bullock's comments about his murdered trans sister show the importance of coming out