Despite the world's terrors, gay folk still celebrate their lives and loves. So this morning I want to share glimpses from a few Pride festivals. This one's from Sweden.
Also: Aeyal Gross in Haaretz on Why the Israeli government’s condemnation of Jerusalem Gay Pride attack is hollow.
Mother Loses Fight To Keep Alabama From Recognizing Late Son's Marriage To Another Man http://t.co/zoJAYDVxEd— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) July 31, 2015
Thank goodness. This woman's behavior reflects standard operating procedure for many gay people's birth families over the years. Bereaved same-sex partners, at the worst possible time, have been excluded from funerals, seen their joint property stolen, their entire lives upended and defiled by people who refused to respect their supposed loved one's love. Some of those excluded and robbed in this way have killed themselves out of despair. Our collective fight for marriage equality, sustained over many years, is making a positive difference in countless lives, and thwarting intolerance and selfishness.
This asshole cop deserves to have the living crap beaten out of him, as does every single other cop or (for that matter) private citizen who defends this harassment and thereby enables it. They need to knock this shit off, fire cops who do this, or abolish the police altogether. Cell phone cameras are revealing so much of this sociopathic behavior by law enforcement officers that we can only presume that the behavior has been going on for years, and is only now coming to light because of cameras being ubiquitous and videos being easily shared on social media. This behavior by police is intolerable. There cannot be peace without justice. Public officials need to be put on notice: show the backbone to put a stop to this or leave office.
My Blade column this week looks at the Iran nuclear agreement. Here is an excerpt:
Read the whole piece here.
High in the night sky over Washington, the bright stars Deneb and Vega mark a star field at the center of a probe unrelated to Benghazi or Hillary's emails or whether Iran will get the Bomb.
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-452b, an earth-like planet 1400 light years away. At 6 billion years old, it is 1.5 billion years older than Earth. This raises the question whether any intelligent life there has avoided destroying itself. How might earthlings evolve over a similar time period?
It will be sad but unsurprising if it turns out that Kepler-452b has produced several intelligent life forms in succession, each destroying itself after developing genocidal weapons. Back here, of course, humanity's own ongoing quest of self-annihilation nearly succeeded in the last century. Our latest opportunity is the resolute effort by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American cohorts to foment war with Iran. They are attacking a multilateral accord, reached on July 14 after a two-year effort, designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
(Hat tip: Tim Krepp)
Above is the chilling body cam video of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shooting Samuel DuBose in the head after stopping him for a missing front license plate. Contrary to Tensing's claim, DuBose did not threaten him in any way. Below, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters discusses the murder indictment against Tensing.
There is so much hating on Kanye West, I thought I'd show you this video in which his decency shines. Caitlyn Jenner gives him credit for helping Kim Kardashian deal with Caitlyn's transition. And in case you forgot, Kanye came out strongly against homophobia in hip-hop ten years ago.
As GLAA wrote in our 2015 policy brief item on sex work, "We believe the District should pursue the more compassionate course of decriminalization and regulation."
(Hat tip: Ricci Joy Levy and Bob Summersgill)
Franklin Graham, who profiteered off the charity Samaritan's Purse, thinks people who agree with his noxious views should have a monopoly to talking overseas.
The people trying so hard to demonize Hillary, calling her a liar, should least to get their own facts right. But all they seem interested in doing is divide and distract. As POTUS says about the Iran deal, what is their positive proposal? Know-nothingism, attacks on immigrants and religious minorities and LGBT folks and reproductive freedom and voting rights are not going to cut it. All they have are hatred and paranoia.
"Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition. It holds you back. There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence. There’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation. There’s no place in civilized society for the early or forced marriage of children. These traditions may date back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century." —President Obama in Kenya: http://go.wh.gov/Ko3xvPPosted by The White House on Sunday, July 26, 2015
Tell it, Mr. President.
Bishop comes out as gay after a "lifetime of denying" the truth http://t.co/xTCHZ0SWYX— huffpostgay (@huffpostgay) July 27, 2015
Bishop Kevin Kanouse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church plans to remain married to his wife. Just a guess, but it sounds as if his coming out is not quite done. But best wishes to him and his wife.
I was going to just say buh-bye, but the fact is that this will hurt kids and help no one. A lovely approach to religion.
It's only a partial victory, because church-affiliated chapters can still choose to discriminate. The contrast between welcoming and non-welcoming chapters will continue to be a thorn in BSA's side.
Our friend and champion, D.C. Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton, is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act. Thank you, Congresswoman.
As I write this, the president is on his way to Africa. I am glad he intends to speak his mind despite the demands by some bigots in Kenya that he not talk about LGBT rights. The world over, discriminators love to portray themselves as victims the moment anyone calls them on it. Sorry, but Obama giving a speech is not the invasion of Iraq.
Anonymous issues a warning that it will "name and shame" police who murder with impunity. This is an example of the power of social media.