4093 posts categorized "Media"

May 17, 2016

Council passes its own D.C. General closure plan, angers Mayor Bowser

Chairman Mendelson got the better of this exchange. For the Mayor to yell, "You're a f*cking liar!" at him in the hallway is not a refutation of the Council's plan, which passed unanimously. I got an informal briefing this evening from Councilmember Silverman. There were legitimate concerns that the Mayor's plan was too costly. And in any case, the Council has a role to play other than just rubber stamping the Mayor's proposal. If she doesn't learn from this, she is in big trouble.

Senate confirms Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army, first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service

The Crippled Supreme Court

The Times editorial board is right. But the Senate nihilists led by Elaine Chao's roommate do not care. It is past time for progressives and moderates to stop fighting one another and fight the Republicans who are determined by obstruction, gerrymandering and vote suppression to override the wishes of the majority and constitutional safeguards in service of the few.

Trump Says Gov't Must Protect All People – And He Will Rescind Obama Transgender Protections

Trump here taps into the old notion that targeting particular types of discrimination--that is, being specific enough to be at all useful--amounts to granting "special rights." But if the generic "discrimination is wrong" were sufficient, we would not be having the conversation. Instead of doing anything to combat bias, Trump just wants to put a fig leaf over the bigotry of his know-nothing, xenophobic, white supremacist base.

#TrumpIncoherenceWatch

What is the current state for LGBTI people across the globe?

Russian activists risks arrest and attacks by holding rainbow flashmob in St Petersburg

Kosovo holds second-ever Pride

Obama on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Obama at Rutgers: 'Ignorance is not a virtue'

Amen, Mr. President.

Geidner interviews President Obama on SCOTUS

Congrats to our friend Chris Geidner on his interview yesterday with President Obama on Supreme Court matters, including the Senate's refusal to grant a hearing to Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland. It was streamed live via Facebook and YouTube.

Norton stands up to House Republicans on DC budget autonomy

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Congresswoman Norton responds to House Republicans' assault on D.C. budget autonomy here and here. I will attend the House OGR markup today at 2 pm in 2154 Rayburn HOB to show GLAA's support for our congresswoman.

May 13, 2016

HHS Issues Regulations Banning Trans Health Care Discrimination

Another breakthrough ruling in what has become Transgender Week in the Obama Administration. Bravo.

House Republicans warn D.C. not to assert budget independence

Rep. Mark Meadows threatens to prosecute District of Columbia officials essentially for doing their jobs as the people we elect to represent us. If they are prepared to do this, they should sooner abolish Home Rule and stop pretending to respect our self-determination as American citizens. The outrage here against self-respecting Washingtonians is profound. I stand with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Council Chairman Mendelson, and our other leaders who are fighting this congressional paternalism.

See Congresswoman Norton's press release here.

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Simon Jenkins: Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away

This article from The Guardian was posted on Facebook with the blurb, "The hysterical cheerleaders of the e-book failed to account for human experience, and publishers blindly followed suit. But the novelty has worn off." I responded:

I am reading this on my iPad, which contains dozens of e-books. Near me are bookshelves filled with traditional bound books. Buying e-books allows me to have many more books than I would otherwise have room for, and gives me a wealth of portable reading material when I am traveling or just sitting in the park. I see no reason to go all one way or the other. Nor is it hysterical to promote the convenience of e-books. On this same tablet I keep my newspapers and magazines, which reduces clutter. A unique feature of e-books is that it facilitates searches, an invaluable tool for writers and scholars. The marvelous, elegant device I am holding also enables me to read the above-linked article by Simon Jenkins, were I not insulted by the blurb. If that is intended as click bait, it is not working for me.

Mr Gay Syria stands defiant against extremists who beheaded his boyfriend

Internet trolls drive up bidding for George Zimmerman gun

D.C. men charged with murder of transgender woman in Rockville

Italian civil unions bill receives final approval

‘Dancing with the Stars’ makes show history with first same-sex dance

This is much ado about little, if you ask me. But take a look.

Clinton calls for end to HIV/AIDS "once and for all"

Massachusetts Senate Passes Transgender Rights Bill

May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Azealia Banks kicked off Twitter after homophobic and racist attack against Zayn Malik

Her act is getting old.

NC governor: It's 'an insult' to correlate trans rights w/ civil rights movement

Dear Governor: go ahead and be insulted. Yes, all struggles are different. No, that doesn't make it right to rank oppressions or exclude parts of our population from equal protection of the law. But keep groping for justifications as you dig yourself in deeper.

Obama Administration To Tell Schools Transgender Students Can Use Restroom Of Choice

May 11, 2016

Evans, Gray, Robert White lead GLAA ratings in June 14 D.C. Council primaries

May 09, 2016

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington superb in 35th anniversary concert

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The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington writes:

Standing ovations last night for Carmina 35! Thank you to New York City Master Chorale, Gallim Dance and everyone who came out to help us celebrate our 35th anniversary!

It was a wonderful evening at the Kennedy Center on Sunday. The Gay Men's Chorus has never been better, with a vigorous performance of "Carmina Burana" as the centerpiece. Former director Bruce Trinkley's confident direction of his exquisite and challenging arrangement of "The Boy Next Door" from the 80s was a treat. Music Director Thea Kano, Executive Director Chase Maggiano, and the whole talented ensemble have done us proud. It was great seeing chorus founder Marsha Pearson honored, and the award to Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality was a timely reminder of the broader movement the chorus is connected to. Kudos to all involved.

(Full disclosure: I am a co-founder of the chorus, and therefore may be a bit biased.)

What Al Sharpton learned from James Brown that Donald Trump hasn’t

Yes. "There’s a difference between the lounge act and the acts that play the main room." The brazen ignorance, bottom feeding, and reckless disregard for the national interest that won Trump the nomination will sink him and the GOP in the fall. This will happen not because it is ordained (it most certainly is not), but because his appalling spectacle will mobilize responsible citizens to turn out and ensure a blowout election. That in turn should give Hillary the Senate majority she will need to get liberal justices confirmed to the Supreme Court. Turnout is key. What it will win for us is not something perfect, but the chance to secure (and in some cases restore) the gains of the past and press forward in making America's government reflect the diversity of its people.

NC sues federal government over HB 2 challenge

For my comment, see the separate post from today involving Jesus eating popcorn.

Caroline Kennedy takes part in Tokyo Pride parade

Ryan: I'll step down as GOP convention chairman if Trump asks

Attorney General Loretta Lynch To Unveil "Law Enforcement Action" Against North Carolina

Pass the popcorn, Jesus!

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(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

Bernie Sanders cancels meeting with HIV activists

Our friend Ernest Hopkins, Director of Legislative Affairs at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, writes:

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. The group pulling this set of meetings together went out of their way to accommodate Senator Sanders such was the interest in presenting our recommendations to him and his staff. Advocates even relented to a demand that only Sanders supporters be invited to the meeting. To my knowledge, no such bizarre demand was made by the Clinton campaign and now, there is no Sanders meeting. When you cut yourself off from the expertise on an issue, and predicate your engagement to the degree supporters can make the case, you come off as very thin skinned, a bit petty, and 'political' to the extreme. The Clinton meeting is Thursday in NYC, and I will report back.

Sanders diminishes himself the more he behaves like this. Meanwhile, Jane Sanders urges the FBI to speed up its investigation of Hillary's email scandal. Bernie's issue-driven campaign is sinking more and more into desperation and meanness.

May 08, 2016

WaPo: Donald Trump sets a new record for economic recklessness

The Washington Post has a good explainer on what is terrible about Trump's proposal to "make a deal" with America's debt holders to decrease our national debt:

The minute the United States tried to reduce its debt load by offering creditors less than 100 percent of principal and interest — i.e., by 'discount,' or 'making a deal,' like Argentina or Greece — every institution that had taken this country at its word would be instantly destabilized.

Same-sex couples finally being given right to adopt in Ireland

Gay US diplomat found true love in Shanghai, marries Chinese boyfriend

Bullying of LGBTI students is rife in Japanese high schools, report says

Meet My Child: Parents of Transgender Kids Speak Out

A lovely video from Trans United Fund.