2156 posts categorized "Legal"

December 11, 2015

D.C. ‘cultural competency’ bill passes committee

D.C. Council approves domestic partner ‘termination’ bill

December 09, 2015

George Takei on Donald Trump

Actor George Takei, who as a child during WWII was interned with his family in an American concentration camp, takes on Donald Trump. Below are clips from his new show about the internment camps, Allegiance.

December 06, 2015

Kim Davis as TIME's Person of the Year?

Russian TV presenter: 'It is impossible to make anyone gay'

December 04, 2015

Dec. 5 - Planned Parenthood Day of Solidarity

Please join us Saturday morning for the Washington, DC event:

Date: Dec. 5

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location: All Souls Church Unitarian (1500 Harvard St. NW)

December 02, 2015

Domestic Terror and GOP Denial

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‘El sueño de la razon produce monstruos / The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters’ by Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Image public domain)

My new Blade column takes on several Republican candidates and their inflammatory and irrational statements. I don't normally suggest illustrations to my editor, but I did this time, and he used it--a 1799 etching by Francisco Goya, from the same decade that saw the adoption of the Bill of Rights. (Thanks, Kevin Naff.) Our Founders' Enlightenment values are under assault. Stay woke!

Here's an excerpt:

If America is really as fragile as the fear mongers among us claim, then we are dead already.

Not being dead, you and I can push back against the Trumps, Cruzes, Fiorinas, and Rubios. There is an angry minority in this country that supports white supremacy and running everyone else's lives while touting small-government conservatism. They are louder of late not due to greater numbers, but because opportunists dredged them up from the bottom of the pond--and because their smartphones give them greater reach than their fathers. They are entitled to their ugly opinions, but not to endanger the public safety.

Statements by Republican presidential candidates read like entries from a psychiatrist's log in Bedlam. Donald Trump doubles down on his lie about thousands of Arabs in Jersey City celebrating the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He touts bogus racist crime stats. He mocks a reporter's disability, then says he doesn't know the guy, despite having known him for years. Marco Rubio says to ignore SCOTUS on marriage because "God's rules always win." How does his God get to overrule mine?

Carly Fiorina denies any link between her inflammatory lies about Planned Parenthood and the Black Friday killings in Colorado. She draws a false equivalence between Black Lives Matter protesters and people who bomb abortion clinics. Ted Cruz deflects a reporter's question about clinic shooter Robert Lewis Dear's cry, "No more baby parts!" (which echoes David Daleiden's fraudulent infanticide video), by seizing on a dubious claim from the right-wing blogosphere that Dear was a "transgendered [sic] leftist activist." The same fever swamp yielded the claim that Michelle Obama is really a man.

Read the whole thing here.

Orrin Hatch wants to tear down the wall of separation between church and state

No, Senator.

Incoming Louisiana Governor Will Issue Nondiscrimination Executive Order

Elections have consequences. Good for Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edwards. It will be a pleasure to see the end of the Jindal administration.

December 01, 2015

Chicago mayor fires police superintendent over Laquan McDonald case

Settlement in D.C. common law marriage case

U.S. Marine convicted of killing Filipino transgender woman

Obama’s quiet transgender revolution

November 29, 2015

Trumbo tells story of the Hollywood blacklist

Just saw this. Fine film. All too timely.

The DC Statehood or Else slogan

November 25, 2015

KKK targets LGBT ordinance in Florida

Nigerian police arrest 21 men on sex charges

Hundreds march in Minneapolis, 3 held in 4th Precinct protest shooting

Chicago police officer charged with murder in killing of teen

The dashcam video of the police killing of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald was released yesterday after more than a year. The reporter who forced the release of the video was barred from Mayor Emanuel's news conference. The officer charged with first degree murder in the case, Jason Van Dyke, is shown shooting McDonald 16 times, including after the 17-year-old was on the ground. The teen, who according to a toxicology report had traces of PCP in his system, was walking in the street with a 3-inch knife in his hand, but was moving away from the officers and police cars when he was shot. Police had claimed that Van Dyke was in fear for his life when he emptied his gun into McDonald, but the video shows that was not true. Other officers did not see a need for deadly force. After shooting McDonald 16 times, Van Dyke was reloading his gun when another officer told him to hold his fire.

November 20, 2015

Rep. Polis defends vote to block Syrian refugees

Rep. Jared Polis defends his disgraceful vote to block Syrian refugees.

November 18, 2015

Congressional forum focuses on anti-trans violence

House lawmakers launch bipartisan transgender task force

November 16, 2015

Baby-stealing judge takes himself off case

Good riddance.

November 14, 2015

On Veterans Day, LGBT troops honor two of their own

From the Air Force Times.

November 12, 2015

Metro Weekly quotes Beyer and Rosendall against anti-trans petition

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John Riley at Metro Weekly follows up on the controversy over an online petition to "drop the T" from the LGBT movement.

Dana Beyer and I are quoted (agreeing with each other) on this obnoxious and historically ignorant petition. Here's a portion of my remarks:

“For gay folks to support dropping the T would be like the turkey inviting the cook to lunch,” Rosendall says. “It would be suicidal. Our opponents are not going to be fooled. They will continue to lump us all together because they consider all of us a threat to what they believe are proper gender norms.

“That reality of diversity needs to be asserted and defended because our opponents want to pretend that everybody in the country looks like them, loves like them, believes like them and thinks like them. And they want to make the rest of us effectively disappear or disenfranchise us. It would be the politics of subtraction for us to consider dropping any of us, and that simply is not going to happen.”

November 09, 2015

GOP candidates cozy up to 'death penalty for gays' pastor

From our friend Alvin McEwen.

Sen. Hatch joins attack on church-state separation

Another conservative joins the attack on one of the pillars of American freedom.

November 06, 2015

D.C. Council backs domestic partner termination bill

One of our last bits of cleanup. Thanks to the DC Council members, in particular Judiciary chairman McDuffie and the other committee members. And thanks to GLAA Secretary Saul Cruz for his work on this bill.

No, we are not dropping the T

A transgender friend alerted me last night to the Change.org petition. Here is my short comment:

No. Over thousands of LGBT activists' dead bodies will this exclusion ever happen. For us to buy the "male predators in dresses" slander, or allow it to stand, would be like the turkey inviting the cook to lunch. As Ben Franklin said, "Let us hang together, for surely we will hang separately."

Regarding Stonewall, I recommend the book Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter.

November 05, 2015

DC Voucher program discussed on Capitol Hill

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's testimony on the Opportunity Scholarship program can be found here.

Top Colombia court rules same-sex couples can adopt children

November 04, 2015

Signorile: Prop 8 redux as LGBT rights are put on the ballot

Signorile is spot on. Prop 8 redux, indeed. So many of our allies with deep pockets have a fear of flying, to use a 70s phrase. The bathroom panic lie deserved a powerful, hair-singeing response. I can imagine someone suggesting it at a meeting of overpaid "experts" and being shot down.

We know what Tony Perkins is going to say. What is more scandalous at this point is how our community's and its allies' money is squandered by people afraid of pressing the fight. It's like people still sending money to the Red Cross after $500 million in Haitian relief donations translated to a total of six houses being built. These incompetent people, these wet noodle warriors should be run out of town on a rail, not rewarded. Instead, we'll get more hand-wringing appeals from them saying, "We're not done, send your faith offering now and we'll send you this lovely rosewood crucifix." Sorry, I'm confusing them with religious hucksters.

We need to put our armor on and get ready to fight! No, our rights should not be subject to a popular vote. That's part of it. But when a fight is on, we've got to bring everything we've got to it.

Kim Davis In New Court Brief Blasts 'Impotent Kentucky Governor'

Kim Davis refuses to go away. And soon she will have a right-wing governor backing her up.

Mayor Parker Delivers Hard-Hitting #HERO Concession Speech

New rule allows refugees to bring same-sex partners to U.S.

Mayor Bowser expects to back cultural competency bill

I am quoted in this article on the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act of 2015, a hearing on which was held on October 28. My testimony for GLAA is here.

Israel's Supreme Court to consider 'historic' gay marriage petition

Israeli academic shouted down in lecture at University of Minnesota

Superb article by Dale Carpenter on the latest assault on free speech and academic discourse at a public university because the speaker was Israeli. I myself am critical of Israel (I am a longstanding supporter of Israel horrified by the policies of Netanyahu), but shouting down an academic lecture in this way is wrong and inimical to the mission of a university. Such illiberal behavior in the name of justice should be punished and rebuked.

November 03, 2015

DC Office of Human Rights: 48% rate of discrimination against trans job applicants

Houston voters overturn human rights ordinance

Today's terrible, dispiriting result in Houston is but the latest illustration of why people's rights should not be put to a popular vote. The U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican (representative) form of government, and says nothing about plebiscites. If minority rights are subject to denial by a direct vote of the people, the stirring up of mobs that so concerned Madison can run rampant and undermine the bill of rights. Ballot measures like Houston's Proposition 1 are not appropriate.

The New Civil Rights Movement reports here.