4151 posts categorized "Media"

June 11, 2016

Trump seeks to warm up conservatives at anti-LGBT confab

June 10, 2016

David Garber would be the only openly gay councilmember. Does anyone care?

I am quoted in this City Paper article. The short answer is no, Jim Graham's insistence to the contrary notwithstanding.

June 09, 2016

Cuba same-sex marriage campaign gains traction

Washington Blade reports on D.C. Council races, GLAA ratings

Elizabeth Warren Endorsing Hillary Clinton Tonight

Federal judge permanently bars Alabama from blocking gay marriage

International Mr. Spain is gay

President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Thank you, Mr. President. #ImWithHer

June 07, 2016

Hillary Clinton speaks in Brooklyn after clinching Democratic nomination

An excellent speech by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

June 06, 2016

My heart will doo-wop

As Mashable puts it, "Postmodern Jukebox takes the theme song from 'Titanic' and remakes it into a song that would fit into 'Grease.'" If you agreed with Andrew Sullivan that the original version was a form of torture, check out this rousing doo-wop version. Lead vocalist Mykal Kilgore is a knockout.

June 05, 2016

QUEERY: Julius Agers - The @CapitalPrideDC 2016 hero answers 20 gay questions

Our friend Julius Agers talks to the Blade. Congrats to him and Jeri Hughes on being honored by Capital Pride.

Prominent LGBT activist Rene Martínez murdered in Honduras

This is where outrage and sorrow meet. May he rest in peace, and his memory inspire courage in others.

Obama on the 35th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America

Ali: "Why is Jesus white?"

I fell in love with this guy when I was 8. This is one of my favorite clips. Profound defiance delivered in the most amicable tone. His voice was lost to Parkinson's Disease years ago, but it lives on in recordings and in our memories. He is still remarkable. He risked everything to stand up for his beliefs and to resist serving in the Vietnam War. That made him a hero to me and many others, even as it stirred hate in some people and brought the wrath of American government down upon him. He was ultimately vindicated. His unique voice carried his influence far beyond the precincts of boxing.

President Obama's statement on Ali is here.

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Obama discusses reasonable gun regulation, slams NRA

At a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana with PBS NewsHour, President Obama responds straightforwardly and lucidly to a gun owner who thinks he and Hillary want to take away everyone's guns.

June 02, 2016

Pro-transgender bathroom bill passes in Massachusetts - Republican governor expected to sign

June 01, 2016

Barack Obama, Transformer: @POTUS breaks the mold on foreign policy.

My Blade column this week uses the president's historic visit to Hiroshima as a jumping-off point for a consideration of his ground-breaking approach to foreign policy.

May 31, 2016

Obama issues final Pride Month proclamation

May 30, 2016

Obama Honors Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day by Speaking of Liberty, Equality

Members of the @GMCWashington on Saturday performed in Lviv, Ukraine, amid extensive security precautions

May 29, 2016

Benanti: "Vanilla Ice Cream"

I am writing a serious column about atomic bombs and the first American president to go to Hiroshima, but I needed an ice cream break. Here is a sample of the show I saw in NYC yesterday, to give you an idea of why I am rooting for this lady to win a Tony on June 12. Seconds please!

Benanti is a winner in #SheLovesMe

Seeing the matinee Saturday of She Loves Me starring the fabulous Laura Benanti was like a generous helping of vanilla ice cream on a hot Manhattan day. Score, set, performances and staging add up to a delightful show. Its Tony noms (including hers) are well deserved. Laura is like family to members and veterans of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington. She is the beloved niece of our late stalwart Bob Wonneberger, and has performed with the chorus. Yesterday she texted me that between shows she threw a baby shower for a friend. She has been a bit under the weather, but is a real trouper. Take care of those pipes!

May 27, 2016

AIDS activists accuse Sanders of lying about meeting

Obama in Hiroshima

A powerful moment in Hiroshima as our president embraces one of the Hibakusha, a survivor of the atomic blast 71 years ago. My heart soars. I am so proud of this man, who with simple grace leaves the haters in the dust and honors the better angels of our nature. He enlarges himself and us.

The haters on the right are going ape. It is a reminder of the despicable alternative we are faced with this year. We can defeat the haters if we simply stop making excuses and vote. 71 years are long enough to cling to the bitterness of the past. If we do not heal, we make a hollow mockery of Yad Vashem's "Never Again, Never Forget."

June 14 - DC primary election: Evans, Gray, Robert White top GLAA ratings

May 26, 2016

Gays being attacked in Ghana

Stoked by religious leaders.

Near the Islamic Center, and blocks from the White House!

I was just scrolling through Daily Caller's Twitter feed looking for this item that someone had posted on Facebook. Their feed is pretty hilarious. One item they posted used a picture of Obama at the White House Easter party making monster gestures while reading Where the Wild Things Are to a group of children. Yes, he's a scary black man!

Our friend Mark Fischer wrote on Facebook:

My comment on The Daily Caller website was deleted.

I pointed out the fact that the address was "close to the French Ambassador's residence, Embassy Row, and the homes of other notable people."

I also posted the facts:
"The mosque has been visited by many dignitaries, including several presidents. President George W. Bush visited on September 17, 2001, only days after the attacks of September 11. On national television, Bush quoted from the Qur'an and worked to assure Americans that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful."

"In 2015 a group of Muslim activists, politicians, and writers issued a Declaration of Reform which announced the founding of the Muslim Reform Movement organization to work against the beliefs of Middle Eastern terror groups. That year Asra Nomani and others placed the Declaration on the door of the mosque."

Maybe it was my suggestion that those points were left out of the story because they didn't appeal to the "deep bias and hate-Obama sentiment of The Daily Caller and its readers." LOL!!

Obama to host final White House Pride reception of his administration on June 9

US Congresswoman Tells Anti-Trans Witness 'I Think You’re a Bigot, Lady'

Good.

Texas joined by 10 other states in lawsuit over transgender bathroom use

The bigoted diehards keep pounding.

House Democrats Succeed in Reversing Anti-LGBT Attack On Rights for Federal Contractors

Andy Towle's take is here.

Update: The bill has now been killed. Here's an update from Andy Towle.

Isn't it rich?

Sondheim's most beloved song, sung by his greatest interpreter. Its rueful tone, rather than fear, seems to fit this absurd election year:

Isn't it rich? Are they a pair?
Hillary's feet on the ground,
Trump in midair?
Where are the clowns?

Hillary and the Trans United Fund questionnaire

I was going to agree with this criticism, and it will do me no shred of good not to, but on reflection I think too much is being made of this. I myself (echoed by my GLAA colleagues) called for legalizing sex work eight years ago, which is one of the questions in the 15-page questionnaire; but Hillary is in a race against Trump with grave implications for our country, and must pick her battles. Anyone who doubts her commitment to trans equality should check out the positions page at Trans Equality for Hillary.

May 25, 2016

Time magazine's rainbow cover sparks outrage

This article quotes one objection to the Time cover:

“Dear @time this is a gay pride flag, not a trans pride flag. This is erasure and a failure of basic due diligence,” one person tweeted.

Erasure? Really? The cover of Time Magazine is the opposite of erasure, whether you like the illustration or not. According to Wikipedia, "Unlike within the wider LGBT communities worldwide which have adopted the Rainbow flag, the various transgender individuals, organizations and communities around the world have not coalesced around one single flag design. Instead there are several flags used and endorsed by the varying transgender individuals, organizations and communities." The cover design is a striking graphic inspired by the far better known rainbow flag, which our enemies certainly regard as including the T even if you don't. This is the sort of fake controversy that causes people whose support we need to roll their eyes and turn away.

Desmond Tutu’s daughter married a woman, and was forced out of the South African clergy

NFL awards 2019-21 Super Bowl games to states without anti-LGBT laws

San Francisco 49ers oppose North Carolina law, donate $75k to Equality NC

Texas education board candidate who called Obama a gay prostitute loses

Good riddance.

May 24, 2016

Jake Tapper Berates Trump for Pushing 'Bizarre, Unfounded Conspiracy Theory'

Thank you, Mr. Tapper.

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus holds no grudge - wants fired DJ reinstated

Everyone seems to be kissing and making up after an embarrassing goof at a Padres game.