1971 posts categorized "News"

August 03, 2015

Planned Parenthood defunding bill fails first test vote in Senate

The Republicans' war on women's reproductive health and freedom is not over, but their bluster and doctored videos do not give them the votes they need. I stand with my sisters.

More here.

Gambian men charged under anti-gay law acquitted

Teen Jerusalem Pride Marcher Dies From Stabbing

Grim news. It is not enough for Mr. Netanyahu to condemn such violence. He must stop creating the climate that leads to it.

August 01, 2015

Rallies for victims of Jerusalem stabbing held in major Israeli cities

Also: Aeyal Gross in Haaretz on Why the Israeli government’s condemnation of Jerusalem Gay Pride attack is hollow.

July 31, 2015

Mother Loses Fight To Keep Alabama From Recognizing Late Son's Marriage

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.

Obama unveils new HIV strategy

July 30, 2015

Ultra-Orthodox extremist stabs six at Jerusalem Gay Pride

Awful news from Jerusalem.

July 29, 2015

Furies Collective house nominated for historic landmark status

Interesting development on Capitol Hill. For more information on The Furies, visit Wikipedia and the Rainbow History Project.

(Hat tip: Tim Krepp)

July 28, 2015

Bishop comes out as gay after a 'lifetime of denying' the truth

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.

A Golden Girl's legacy brings hope to LGBT youth

Gay and transgender Catholics seek meeting with @Pontifex in September

DOJ slammed for ducking on trans exclusion in the law

Boy Scouts of America ends ban on gay leaders

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.

July 24, 2015

Equality Act introduced in Congress

Our friend and champion, D.C. Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton, is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act. Thank you, Congresswoman.

July 23, 2015

Anonymous warns RCMP and police in United States

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.

Kerry raises LGBT rights with Nigerian president

L.A. Times, film director say #SandraBland dashcam video was edited

Gov. Beshear to county clerks: do your job or resign

Thank you, Governor.

India Clarke is 10th trans woman murdered in America in 2015

Hatred kills. Mourning is not enough. We must fight for justice and work for understanding and respect. We all have a right to live and thrive in our difference. There are many more India Clarkes, all of whom deserve to pursue their happiness in safety. When we say we are not done, this is an example of what we mean.

July 20, 2015

Gawker editors quit to defend smear job

These guys are as disgraceful as they are unethical.

Feldblum explains new gay employment protections

Bienvenida, Embajada de Cuba

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(Photo by Rick Rosendall)

I stopped by 2630 16th Street NW this afternoon to see the Cuban flag flying at what is now the Cuban Embassy. Thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership in ending a half-century-plus of a failed American policy. NYT writes that this is just a beginning. The Blade reports.

July 17, 2015

EEOC: Anti-gay workplace bias barred under existing law

This development came as a surprise. Walter Olson at Overlawyered responds to this legal-change-by-reinterpretation.

July 15, 2015

A joyous chant in Tehran: 'Death to no one!'

Go to 1:57 in this video to see footage of last evening's celebrations in the streets of Tehran over the multilateral nuclear agreement. I posted this on Facebook after seeing it:

I just watched video of young Iranians celebrating in the streets of Tehran. It reminded me of a National Geographic cover 50 years ago featuring a Persian man. Goodness. They were chanting "Death to no one" in Farsi. Big smiles on their faces, their arms wrapped around the MSNBC reporter. Note to Lindsey Graham: damn you. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Secretary.

July 14, 2015

Maine AG: LePage botched vetos

Fox News slander on DOD action

Dear trans friends: for this nutbag to call you mentally ill is like some drunk fatass on a couch insulting Serena Williams. Frank Kameny used to say he resented for more than six decades having had to lie in order to serve his country. Here again we have Americans who are slandered as they fight not for a benefit but for an obligation, for the right to serve. Thank you for putting up with so much ignorance and bile. You, unlike Erickson, have my respect.

Trump Golf Club in Puerto Rico Files for Bankruptcy

Dow Jones reports.

Trump is a loser. He has no class. All he offers is empty boasts and insults. Anyone who backs him is a dope. That's my take, Trump-style.

Iran nuclear agreement reached

Finally a nuclear agreement with Iran. Israel PM Bibi Netanyahu and his friends in the GOP are angry and scornful. What is their alternative? War. Facile talk of another reckless war is all they've got. I am so eager to hear from freshman ignoramus Sen. Tom Cotton. Not. Bibi could not do more harm to the long-term interests of Israel if he were its sworn enemy. Good for the nations involved in this multilateral agreement, including the U.S.

July 13, 2015

HUD: Bias unacceptable against LGBT elders in gov’t assisted housing

Good news.

Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Puerto Rico

Boy Scouts of America poised to end ban on openly gay and bisexual adults

Ban on #transgender military service may soon be lifted

It's about time.

Scott Walker says his presidential run is God's plan

So a voice in Scott Walker's head told him to run for president. This guy was twice elected governor of Wisconsin. First, thank you cheeseheads. Second, could the GOP get any worse? I'm sure the answer will come any day now.

Obama signs work-around to Hobby Lobby ruling

We'll see how this goes.

Santorum calls for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage

This is the disconnect of fanatics like Santorum. He cannot accept the fact that a growing majority of Americans support marriage equality. How does he expect to pass the amendment? He really doesn't understand that he lives in a republic, and that he lost the argument.

July 11, 2015

The flap on sanctuary cities

A related controversy here.

Maine Attorney General says 19 bills held up by Gov. LePage are now law

To quote another governor, "Oops."

D.C. man sentenced to 8 years for anti-gay attack

July 10, 2015

Rubio gets a toehold on reality

Not that it matters, since any such amendment is even deader than it was before, but good for Sen. Rubio for facing reality. Now if only he would face reality on Cuba.

Gay-owned Dacha Beer Garden battles license protest in Shaw

The latest round of harassment of District businesses. More on the story at Borderstan.