2426 posts categorized "News"

April 29, 2016

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

American military aid offer to Israel is generous enough

Obama has offered Israel the most generous military aid package ever. But that is not good enough for the war criminal Netanyahu, whom you can only defend at this point if, like one friend, you are ideologically prevented from admitting that Israel could ever be wrong about anything, including the murderous naval shelling of Gazan boys playing soccer on a beach. Such a belligerent attitude undermines Israel's long-term future by denying reality, and damages your own soul.

In the meantime, this article talks about the importance of closing the aid deal in terms of cementing Obama's legacy of strong support for Israel and refuting unfair charges against him on that score. But he has nothing to prove. The evidence is clear. Bibi is the problem, having aggressively attempted to sabotage a multilateral nuclear agreement, vowed never to allow a two-state solution, and continued the slow annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory. Obama should make no further concessions.

April 28, 2016

Paul Ryan wants to end Obamacare protections for people with pre-existing conditions

How anyone can vote for the GOP and its callous destructiveness I don't understand.

Male cops caught on video harassing lesbian inside womens' bathroom

So in the name of keeping men out of bathrooms, men with guns are sent into bathrooms. To whom does this make the slightest sense?

Texas Lt. Governor Announces Boycott of Trans--Friendly Businesses

Let's see how that works for you, Mr. Patrick.

Tennessee governor signs "religious freedom" bill enabling counselors to decline to treat LGBT patients

April 27, 2016

My running mate - Mrs. Danvers

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If Ted Cruz can announce a running mate, so can I.

My running mate will be Mrs. Danvers. She is loyal to a fault, meticulous, and can talk people into jumping out of windows. This latter skill will be invaluable in my administration. She promises she will not set the place on fire unless she is seriously disappointed. You wouldn't want to disappoint her, would you?

Fiorina accepts Cruz's running mate offer, sings to his daughters

Former GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert called ‘serial child molester’ by judge - gets 15 mos

A season without credit

This piece in Roll Call treats Donna Edwards like a fully realized person, while Chris Van Hollen is reduced to a stick figure. The substantial support he received from black leaders in MD is treated as an obvious betrayal, with not a word spent on acknowledging his accomplishments or considering that anyone might have a non-contemptible reason for supporting him. He is not allowed to be a real person; Julianne Malveaux actually referred to him as part of the "Master Plan" in a FB post. Scornful reference to "The Establishment" is treated as magically vanquishing any argument. As with Clinton vs. Sanders, those of us who care about actually getting something done are treated as part of the problem, as sellouts, by definition. I should not have to point out that, in my 36 years as a DC voter (having moved here from the MD 8th District which Van Hollen now represents), I have supported and worked productively with a great many African Americans and women.

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Pulling away from Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is turning to the fall

White House: LGBT editor's murder in Bangladesh 'a heinous crime'

Gay Men's Chorus of LA pays moving tribute to Prince at Voice Awards

Gay dads win custody battle against homophobic Thai surrogate mother

A reminder that one must be careful in surrogacy agreements.

Raskin, Brown win Democratic congressional primaries

Jamie Raskin is a strong ally of the District.

Van Hollen beats Edwards in MD Senate primary

April 26, 2016

Ted Cruz Tells Transgender Women to Only Use the 'Bathroom at Home'

Sen. Cruz, we are not going to have that kind of country. We are going to defeat you and your intolerant crew.

Colorado Supreme Court denies appeal from anti-gay baker who refused to make wedding cake

April 25, 2016

Frank Ocean: Prince helped me come to terms with my sexuality

@MaraKeisling just used ladies room in NC Capitol. #HB2 is unenforceable, even in Pat McCrory's own office bldg!

Keisling delivers NC NAACP's proposed NC Hmn Rights Act to Gov McCrory

Senior editor on Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine hacked to death

Awful news from Bangladesh. Xulhaz Mannan also worked at the US embassy.

Mayor, D.C. Council members attend GLAA anniversary party

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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Blade reports on GLAA's anniversary reception held on April 21:

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, six members of the City Council and D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton were among those who turned out on April 21 for the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance’s 45th anniversary celebration at Policy Restaurant and Lounge on 14th Street, N.W....

“I am happy to be here with GLAA,” Bowser told the gathering. “And I want to recognize always the hard work that you are doing in our city and I want to recognize the fact that the reason we’re a great place for gays and lesbians is because of the hard work that you have been waging for decades in the District of Columbia.”

Read the whole thing here.

April 24, 2016

WATCH: Michelle Obama Denounces New Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom’ Law

April 23, 2016

Westboro's protest of a school's gender-neutral restroom turns violent

#UgandaLGBT community releases report on anti-LGBT abuses

Virginia Senate fails to override religious freedom bill veto

Good for Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

April 22, 2016

Obama: Anti-LGBTI laws in North Carolina and Mississippi 'wrong' and should be 'overturned'

April 21, 2016

ESPN fires Curt Schilling for anti-trans Facebook post

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin doesn't like it. #RendingMyGarments

Transgender suicide hotline calls double since North Carolina's #HB2

On your doorstep, NC Republicans.

Trump criticizes NC leaders over HB2

The trick to being an effective demagogue is maintaining your unpredictability.

Kasich shows his contempt for District voters

Kasich doesn't even bother to conceal his disdain and naked partisanship. Do not tell me this man is moderate.

April 20, 2016

"Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go?"

My Blade column this week looks at the upcoming British referendum on exiting the European Union, and finds lessons for the Colonies.

April 19, 2016

Christian Attorney Trying To Marry His MacBook

Personally, to avoid provoking jealousy, I close the MacBook on my desk before taking my iPad to bed.

Federal Civil Rights Commission Condemns Anti-LGBT Law

US Appeals Court rules in favor of transgender student in Virginia bathroom policy case

Israeli court convicts #JerusalemPride attacker of murder

D.C. transgender woman murdered in Rockville hotel

An awful reminder of our unfinished work.

April 18, 2016

Trans woman raped 2,000 times in male prison during four year sentence

No criminal sentence ever includes being raped in prison. That is not supposed to be part of the punishment. That it is allowed to happen is unspeakable and must be changed.

Uganda's Speaker will bring back Anti-Homosexuality law

This evil woman won't quit.