2061 posts categorized "News"

October 08, 2015

Grosso and Colleagues Call on Congress to Let D.C. Decide Local Education Policy

DC Council Letter to Rep Chaffetz Oct 2015

GLAA is proud to be part of the coalition that lobbied D.C. Councilmembers on this. Thanks to Councilmembers Grosso, Bonds, Allen, Alexander, May, Nadeau, Silverman, and Evans for their signatures and their support. GLAA signed a joint letter with other organizations on the same issue in May. Notorious congressional homophobe Jason Chaffetz is planning to mark up the continuation of the program on Friday.

October 06, 2015

Hillary goes on offense

As I said in 2007, Hillary Clinton is a formidable woman and is not to be underestimated. In the past few days she has reminded us of this.

October 05, 2015

Gov. Brown signs controversial end-of-life bill

Thank you, Gov. Brown. GLAA's testimony on D.C.'s Death with Dignity Act can be found here.

October 04, 2015

Figure Skater Adam Rippon Comes Out

Good for him.

Vatican fires priest who came out as gay on eve of synod

A long-awaited bipartisan proposal to ease sentencing laws

Joe Biden addresses HRC National Dinner

HRC talks to HRC

Hillary spoke to HRC earlier on Saturday due to her gig on SNL.

October 01, 2015

The President speaks on mass shooting in Oregon

The refusal of lawmakers to address the epidemic of gun violence in this country is despicable. This is not new, and it is not the only problem that one of our two major parties refuses to do anything about.

September 30, 2015

Pope Francis sought out Kim Davis for a blessing

I hardly know what to say about the revelation that the pope met secretly with Kim Davis while here in Washington. I cannot say I was surprised, given the harsh anti-gay things he said when he was Cardinal Bergoglio and his inviting the likes of Tony Perkins to a confab last year. But after my first angry reactions as I was reading my Twitter feed, I thought of my gay Catholic friends, some of them extraordinary activists and the most admirable of people. Then I thought of love ones whose spirits were crushed by religious homophobia. And I thought of the representatives of the Archdiocese of Washington that fought us on every major piece of pro-LGBT legislation before the D.C. Council for the past three decades. And my main feeling is great sorrow.

I left the Church 45 years ago, not because I was gay but because I did not like the authoritarian mindset and the expectation that I should let others do my thinking for me. But though you can leave the Church, the Church does not so easily leave you if you were born and raised in it. This is family for me, who growing up had a nun for a cousin and a priest for an uncle. I know that people I care about and respect are in pain. I don’t feel like marshaling arguments right now. Even though I myself counseled against wishful thinking with this conservative pope on account of his pastoral gifts, that doesn’t remove the sadness one bit.

All I can say, as I said long ago to a lover whose guilt and self-hatred stole him from me, is that you are not disordered, and no God could be sadistic enough to give you this love and this desire and then condemn you for it. That so many persist in doing so, and urge the cruelty of lifelong celibacy on us as the only acceptable option, is wickedness supported by cherry-picked lines from ancient texts most of which the quoters blithely ignore. I can’t blame anyone for getting their hopes up. I learned a crucial lesson long ago, that each of us has a separate journey to make. Just consider, if you are a bit frayed at the moment, that there is more fellowship around you than you may realize.

One of the good early reactions to the confirmation from the Vatican is from Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry.

UN agencies urge states to protect rights of LGBTI individuals

Nice. Everyone is not pleased, of course.

Maryland transgender inmate granted relief under Prison Rape Elimination Act

A breakthrough.

Georgia executes woman on death row

Murder is barbarous. So is the death penalty.

September 24, 2015

Cardinal turns down invitation to attend Dignity Mass

Mother Church is not that into you.

Gay theology pioneer John McNeill dies


Gay theology pioneer Fr. John McNeill has died. New Ways Ministry reports:

New Ways Ministry is greatly saddened at learning of the passing of John McNeill, the first Catholic theologian to critique and challenge the magisterium’s condemnation of same-gender sexual relationships. At the same time, we are deeply grateful to God for the courageous witness and ministry of this prophet, who never lost his faith or his courage despite being severely penalized and ostracized by the Vatican.

John McNeill’s landmark 1976 book, The Church and the Homosexual, was the first Catholic theological work to dispute the official Catholic moral prohibition of same-gender sexual activity and relationships. A Jesuit priest at the time, McNeill was also a licensed psychotherapist who also held a doctorate in theology. IN the book, he used arguments from both the human sciences and the Catholic scholarly tradition to point out that the prohibition was pastorally harmful and theologically incorrect.

Rest in peace, Fr. McNeill.

Pope Francis Enters House Chamber and Gives Only Handshake to John Kerry


Blessed are the peacemakers.

September 22, 2015

Ex-Hedge Funder Buys Rights To AIDS Drug, Raises Price 5,455 Percent

This self-satisfied young man needs to be on the lookout for falling pianos, speeding buses, and elevator cars that are not there. Somewhere, one of them has his name on it.

Trans woman live tweets abuse by TSA at Orlando Airport

Bravo to this woman. TSA's behavior is unacceptable.

Fox News Corners Huckabee On 'Very Qualified' Eric Fanning

As the article notes, "Huckabee is the one who made the biggest deal, and the most news about it." Yes. And that is typical of those who are most aggrieved by advances for LGBT equality. What Huckabee is effectively demanding is a return to the closet--a total erasure of gay people. He does this while making excuses for an incestuous rapist (Dugger). His toxic mixture of mendacity and self-righteousness makes him resemble Christ's tormentors more than Christ.

New Nepal constitution includes LGBT-specific protections

September 21, 2015

Viola Davis wins Best Actress Emmy

Congrats to Viola Davis for making it across the line, and for putting her historic win in context.

U.S. military allowing child rape by Afghan officials on American bases


NYT reports:

In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

Here is the Times editorial condemning the American policy of looking the other way on the child rape occurring on American bases. The Times editors are right: this is unacceptable. It is outrageous beyond words, and it is a crime.

Scott Walker quits presidential race

If you wonder why I say "Good riddance!" to Scott Walker, watch him below from earlier this year, comparing ISIS to teachers union protesters.

North Carolina bar faces national backlash after owner throws gay couple out

A ‘desperate’ Huckabee blasted by military group for dissing Obama’s Sec of Army nominee

Prince William speaks out publicly against homophobic & transphobic bullying

Good for His Highness.

September 18, 2015

House votes to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding

The battle is on.

Obama nominates openly gay man to lead Army

Congrats and good luck to Eric Fanning.

September 17, 2015

Carly Fiorina's lurid, lying rant on Planned Parenthood

Vox reporter Sarah Kliff refutes lurid Fiorina description of Planned Parenthood video: "Either Fiorina hasn't watched the Planned Parenthood videos or she is knowingly misrepresenting the footage. Because what she says happens in the Planned Parenthood videos simply does not exist."

September 16, 2015

Schumer and Cardin object to new Republican Iran measure

With Schumer and Cardin opposing McConnell's machinations, and a deadline of Thursday for congressional action, the Iran deal looks secure. The Republicans ought to be doing their jobs and keeping the American government operating, but since Obama's first day in office they have placed thwarting him ahead of all else. This is moral treason, and when she is hauled before Congress again next month, former Secretary of State Clinton should let them have it with both barrels. In the meantime, the Nobel committee should announce the recipient(s) of the Peace Prize by Oct. 9.

September 15, 2015

Cornel West endorses Bernie Sanders

Well I'm sure this will solve all of Bernie's problems.

Ben Carson Pulls Up Alongside an Idling Donald Trump

Perhaps Dr. Carson can offer his professional services.

September 14, 2015

Malcolm Turnbull replaces Tony Abbott as Australian prime minister

Kim Davis will take no action against deputy clerks who issue licenses

September 11, 2015

El Salvador lawmakers pass enhanced hate crime penalties

Tea Party Republican with fake rentboy story resigns

(Note: when I was typing the above headline, auto-correct changed "rentboy" to "reentry." I suppose the two could be related, but that wasn't the point I was making.)

Oath Keepers: Not the militia the Founders had in mind

These heavily-armed pseudo-patriots now threaten federal marshals. If these fanatics are not domestic terrorists, who is?

September 10, 2015

Senate Democrats give Obama victory on Iran nuclear deal

The United States Senate today struck a major blow for diplomacy before war. I wrote about the Iran deal in July.

September 09, 2015

Matt Staver compares marriage for gay couples to sodomizing children

Kim Davis's lawyer shows his colors.

Two Turkish LGBT rights advocates killed in car accident

Awful news from western Turkey.