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September 16, 2016

Robert White takes his seat as D.C. Councilmember At-Large

Congrats to freshly minted D.C. Councilmember Robert White (D-At-Large), who was sworn in today after being chosen by the D.C. Democratic State Committee to fill the unexpired term of recently resigned Councilmember Vincent Orange. In the picture below, CM White is joined by infant daughter Madison. Robert earned the highest GLAA rating in the At-Large primary race, which he won in June. He stands for a full term on November 8.

Unwinding a Lie: Donald Trump and ‘Birtherism’

The contemptible Mr. Trump tells another big lie as he acknowledges what was never in doubt: that President Obama was indeed born in America.

Michelle Obama campaigns for Hillary in Virginia

Excellent speech by Michelle Obama in which she talks about why she is inspired by Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s new hotel offers everything he claims to hate

Trump cries "America First" and calls for barring all Muslims from the country, then he fills the Trump International Hotel with imported goods and is ready with Qur'ans and prayer rugs for those who can afford his conspicuous-consumption rates. He deserves a prize for brass-fronted impudence (to take a phrase from Frederick Douglass) if he wins this election. Thanks to Dana Milbank for the tour.

Streisand and Wilson: 'Loving You' from Passion

A break from the news: The shattering song that helped Donna Murphy win her Tony in 1994, from Sondheim's Passion, reimagined as a duet for Barbra Streisand and Patrick Wilson.

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

Donald Trump Jr. Makes Holocaust Joke in Attack on Hillary Clinton and the Media

Keep talking, clown.

Movie trailer: 'The Pass'

Trump sparks concern, suspicion among LGBT Russians

Trans activist’s murder trial postponed

DHS: Stop using private prison companies

Covering a crackpot

ICYMI: Obama stumping for Hillary in Philadelphia

The President was at his best on September 13 in Philadelphia, stumping for Hillary.

'The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened'

Finally, a recording of my favorite Sondheim song of the past two decades, from Road Show. It's one of the collaborations from Streisand's new album, Encore. She and Alec Baldwin have fun with this.

September 12, 2016

Charles Blow on the "basket of deplorables"

More wise words from Charles M. Blow at NYT.

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 Gunn: Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It’s a disgrace.

Bravo, Tim Gunn. He does find a few success stories to praise.

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.

Hillary Clinton Body Double Conspiracy Theories Take Over Twitter

I wish this were a joke.

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.

On 9/11, Trump noted on TV that his Financial District building was now the "tallest"

It's always about him. Always, always. Even on the worst, most horrific of days for our country.

Hillary Clinton: 9/11 "as close to a depiction of hell I’ve ever…seen"

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 08, 2016

Apple – Introducing iPhone 7

The world's leading brand includes a gay couple in its iPhone 7 rollout. But of course.

Gary Johnson asks, "What is Aleppo?"

Oops. My favorite answers under the hashtag #WhatIsAleppo:

  • A line of baby food recalled by the FDA.
  • A beloved old resort in the Catskills.
  • A favorite clown at Ringling Bros.
  • The most underrated Marx Brother.

September 07, 2016

"Taco trucks and burner phones: Staring into the abyss of Trump surrogates"

My latest Blade column comes with a *Snark Warning*.

Naff: Trump punk’d us all

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Here is a portion of Blade editor Kevin Naff's editorial on Donald Trump:

The fact that Clinton isn’t leading him by 50 points says a lot about her own candidacy and the state of the American electorate. A Washington Post/ABC News poll last month showed that 59 percent of likely voters don’t believe Clinton is honest or trustworthy, and that’s down since January. Of course there are sexist double standards at work. (Imagine if Hillary showed up to her campaign rallies wearing a cheesy baseball cap, shouting at and berating her audiences.) With all of Trump’s self-inflicted wounds, Clinton should be destroying him in the polls.

No presidential candidate in American history has ever won by a thirty point margin, much less fifty points. Hillary's negatives are largely the result of a quarter-century campaign of GOP smears abetted by the media with its distorting obsession with "balance," as well as sexist double standards that are as blatant as they are vociferously denied by those employing them.

With all of that, and the political divisions in the country, it is no surprise that this race is so close despite pitting a staggeringly ignorant and reckless demagogue against a highly experienced, moderate, and level-headed stateswoman whom PolitiFact has rated the most honest politician other than President Obama. I have my differences with Hillary, but they pale in comparison with my horror at the prospect of a President Trump. Just think of the Supreme Court nominees we would get from each candidate. Then look at Trump's strange fondness for dictators and casualness regarding the use of nuclear weapons and torture.

We know far more about Hillary Clinton, while Trump refuses to release his tax returns. Trump's hypocrisy is incredible, as evidenced by his railing against the export of American jobs after doing just that with the manufacture of his line of clothing. He is a grifter and a con man, as Kevin suggests. He is far outclassed by Secretary Clinton. His relentless appeals to white nationalists alone should disqualify him. It is now two months before the election. Anyone who cares about the survival of our republic should get serious and support Hillary Clinton.

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:

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

Clinton endorsed by Pride Fund to End Gun Violence

Nigerian president reinstates anti-LGBT crackdown

More on Kenda Kirby lawsuit at Supreme Court

Our friend Kenda Kirby continues her struggle for justice.

WaPo Poll Shows 10 Tossup States – Including Texas

Was Hillary's victory prophesied?

This article has something in common with Trump's reference to Article XII of the Constitution, in that the referenced 29th and 41st chapters of Revelation do not exist. The difference is that this is satire.

Trump raids RNC donor haul for a big pay day at Trump properties

I like my grifters to have better manners. But this child of privilege uses crudeness to appeal to the mob. He won't do a thing for them. He serves only himself.

The cough nonsense

When you or I cough, it's allergy season. When it's Hillary, people lose their minds.