2550 posts categorized "News"

July 20, 2016

Animated gay dads to make Nickelodeon debut this week

Trump vets advisor: Hillary "should be put in the firing line"

Our friend John Becker writes on Facebook (reprinted here with permission):

SHAME -- The chants of "lock her up!" from the delegates and speakers at this week's Republican National Convention are disgraceful and baseless and chilling enough, but now we have a surrogate for and adviser to Donald Trump going even further: he's calling for Hillary Clinton's execution.

That's right, they're calling for the execution of their political opponents now. That's something that happens in dictatorships, not democracies.

Republican friends, let me be perfectly clear: if you do not immediately, explicitly, unequivocally, and loudly condemn and repudiate this hateful ugliness, you are tacitly condoning your party's dangerous slide into the evils of authoritarian fascism. Period.

There can be no hedging on this, no sitting on fences. How you choose to respond will reveal whose side you are on. I'll be watching.

Trump supporter: Armed club-goer could have stopped Fla. massacre

Anyone who buys this crap should get their head examined.

Ben Carson doubles down on Satan-Clinton connection

Seriously, Uncle Ben last night linked Hillary Clinton to Lucifer. What a sad spectacle he has made of himself, wrecking a once-shining reputation. But keep talking, Doctor. Don't pivot to the general election. Keep the crazy on display.

The laid-off journo who caught Melania's plagiarism

Bravo to Jarrett Hill, who just improved his chances of a job offer to return to journalism. On a selfish note, I hope it is in broadcasting, considering how easy he is on the eyes.

Look at the company gay Republicans are keeping

Pamela Geller? Geert Wilders? Fine company you are keeping, Chris Barron.

July 14, 2016

"Survey Shows How the Trans 'Bathroom Predator' Myth Hurts Real People"

Cleveland OKs pro-trans resolution in week before GOP convention

Gay Republicans 'mad as hell' over 'most anti-LGBT platform in party’s 162-year history'

Okay, honey, but I hope you were not surprised.

Gay black man found hanging from a tree in Alabama

May this young man rest in peace, and may his killers have none.

July 13, 2016

July 4 shooting leaves trans woman on life support

July 11, 2016

"Everyone kept saying, 'Why are you arresting him?'" DeRay Mckesson released from Baton Rouge jail.

July 07, 2016

Minnesota policeman kills Philando Castile during traffic stop

A 4-year-old girl comforts her distraught mother minutes after Philando Castile was murdered in front of them: "It's okay, Mommy.... It's okay, I'm here with you." Her mother, Lavish Reynolds, showed extraordinary composure, narrating the situation and disputing the officer's version of events, all while her blood-soaked boyfriend slumped beside her. The child will need lots of care and healing after what she witnessed, but she is a hero. The one ray of hope in this horror is her bravery and love. Her spirit is strong. At 8 pm this evening (July 7), there is a protest at the White House; I plan to go. This extrajudicial killing has been going on a long time. We have a long struggle ahead to put a stop to it.

July 06, 2016

Chelsea Manning hospitalized after reported suicide attempt

Chelsea Manning violated the Espionage Act. She released vast numbers of documents in a reckless fashion. That being said, it does not justify abuse of a prisoner. Those who say that appropriate transgender healthcare should be withheld as punishment are damnably wrong. I hope that Manning will get the care that any prisoner deserves, as well as respect for her gender identity. Healthcare is a right; its denial is not a legitimate part of punishment.

Philly Archbishop: No communion for sexually active gays

July 05, 2016

BLM Toronto absurdly demands barring police floats and booths from future Prides

This is neither smart nor appropriate activism. I understand anger at injustice. I've been on the receiving end of "tone policing" since the moment I first spoke up decades ago. Even members of oppressed groups often dislike anyone rocking the boat, but rocking the boat is sometimes necessary. On the other hand, I've also gotten the "It's your turn to listen" aggression from people who neither know nor care that decades of listening and working in coalitions are reflected in my advocacy and writing. I will not be intimidated by or pander to ignorant and presumptuous people just because they make false assumptions and accusations about me. Reciprocity and mutual respect are key to productive alliances. Treating all white people or all police or all corporations as clueless or as irredeemable adversaries is poisonous. And it is not true. Our diversity includes diversity of opinion. You have to make your case, not just issue demands. One demand from the Toronto BLM activists was to exclude police floats or booths from future pride events. If you tried that in DC, where we are proud of our LGBT Liaison Unit, you would have a huge battle on your hands. Respect must be given to be received, and cannot be based on blackmail.

Video: FBI Director Comey recommends no charges against Hillary Clinton

Naturally, Trump quickly said it's rigged. Yawn.

July 02, 2016

North Carolina governor protects HB2 bill with $500,000 taken from disaster relief fund

July 01, 2016

Federal judge strikes down MS so-called "religious freedom" law

Bravo to Judge Reeves, and congrats to Robbie Kaplan.

June 30, 2016

Blade, @dcpl announce partnership to digitize newspaper’s 47-year archive

UN Human Rights Council approves creation of first-ever LGBT rights watchdog

Pentagon lifts trans military ban

Another historic advance from the Obama administration.

Trudeau and Obama speak to Canadian Parliament

A love-fest all around. After Obama spoke, members of the Canadian Parliament chanted, "Four more years!"

June 29, 2016

Blade wins 8 journalism awards

Congrats to the winners.

New PAC debuts amid energized LGBT gun control efforts

June 28, 2016

North Carolina Republicans want trans people to literally show their papers at the bathroom door

All these desperate fear mongers are doing is exposing and diminishing themselves.

June 27, 2016

Boston bombing survivors to Orlando victims: "We are family now"

Congresswoman Norton fights for D.C. abortion services

Obama Designates Stonewall Inn National Monument

Breaking: Federal Judge Rules Clerks Cannot Cite Religion to Recuse From Issuing Marriage Licenses

Agreement to end Colombian war acknowledges LGBT victims

Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at New York Pride parade

Activists arrested for challenging Istanbul Pride march ban

The Daily Mail is now claiming gay marriage caused #Brexit

Mike Huckabee pays $25,500 for using Eye of the Tiger at Kim Davis rally

Powerful speech by Jesse Williams at BET Awards

This video has gone viral. A tough and wise speech.

June 23, 2016

Robert White wins most ‘gay’ precincts in at-large Council race

June 22, 2016

On whether Trump is better for LGBT people (hint: not a tough one)

If you can stand to watch Chris Barron's smirking Uncle Tomism, you're a better person than I.

Democrats Try Again to Lift FDA Blood Donor Ban for Gays

Hastert Heads to Prison: 15 months in hush-money scheme that revealed past sex abuse