Dear Rep. Price and Sen. Enzi: your names will go down in the annals of contempt. You disgrace your offices, your constituents, your party, and your country. Any further courtesies with which you are treated will be unmerited. You deserve to be shamed and shunned and driven from office. Your names should be remembered, if at all, as badges of dishonor. If the citizenry is awake, you and your compatriots will not gain by your actions.
I love this NYT photo of Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang. They have summoned the same simple courage as countless other gay folk all over the world in standing up for their love. They inspire others, and the struggle grows and spreads.
Lou Chibbaro reports for the Blade on the push to decriminalize sex work, or at least to de-prioritize enforcement of anti-prostitution laws, an effort which many LGBT groups including GLAA have supported because so many already marginalized LGBT youth and trans women end up in the criminal justice system due to their having to rely on survival sex. Here is an excerpt that mentions GLAA and quotes me:
In D.C., the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has been calling for decriminalization of sex work since 2008. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large), a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, said at the time of the Amnesty International declaration last August that he was considering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C.
But Grosso has since said he’s uncertain about whether such a bill would have any chance of passing at this time and he was reconsidering his plans for the legislation.
At a news conference on Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a cooperative D.C.-federal government effort to crack down on human trafficking, including trafficking of sex workers. When asked by a Blade reporter what they thought about calls by some LGBT organizations to decriminalize prostitution, Bowser and Maria Odom, the head of a Department of Homeland Security project to combat trafficking stopped short of backing decriminalization.
These insurrectionists show no sign of having a clue about what the Constitution actually says about the regulation of militias. Cut off their water, gas, and electricity, surround them at a safe distance, block any deliveries of food and other provisions, and wait them out. If they start firing, hit them with decisive force. They are not patriots, they are thieves of public resources resorting to terrorism to preserve their baseless claim to be above the law.
Our friend Dana Beyer offers her two-part review of 2015 for the transgender cause.
My year-in-review column went online today at the Blade. My summary blurb is "Historic progress met the usual backlash." Here's an excerpt:
"Set the motherfucker on fire!" That recent call by a Donald Trump rally goer concerning a black protester, with another attendee yelling "Sieg heil," illustrates the viciousness fueling Trump's presidential campaign. If you take this lightly, Google "lynching." It is not just that what happened in Europe in the last century could happen here; what happened here could happen again. Trump's incitements, and those of his rivals, do not just pander to intolerance, they spray gasoline on the fire.
Hate-spewing demagogues were not the year's only newsmakers, but they produced its most dangerous legacy. The demons they unleashed cannot easily be tamed. But the haters cannot win the general election unless the rest of us allow it. Before we head back into battle, let us review some positive developments of 2015, though with cautionary notes.
The landmark victory for nationwide marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges, which President Obama celebrated by lighting the White House north front in rainbow colors, inspired opponents to switch tactics by pushing "religious freedom" laws (better dubbed "religious supremacy") to continue their anti-gay attacks. The Equality Act represented a new approach to LGBT anti-discrimination legislation, but stood no chance in a Republican-controlled Congress. Openly gay Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and several colleagues launched the smart, well-designed Campaign Zero policy website.
Grand jury declines to indict Cleveland officers in the death of Tamir Rice https://t.co/5meXvYFFki— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 28, 2015
No charges, no justice for Tamir, and sadly no surprise. Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty is a disgrace. How can people respect the law when the law will not respect them? Let us keep in mind something activist DeRay Mckesson wrote last June, "There's a tendency to push black folk into this immediate 'healing' phase without acknowledging the actual trauma." Yes.
Why white people see black boys like Tamir Rice as older, bigger and guiltier than they really are https://t.co/5Dwjf9vffk— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 29, 2015