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April 28, 2016

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

April 27, 2016

Bernie's narrow path to victory

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(Photo by Figo Fromage)

Bernie Sanders says he still sees a narrow path to victory after the drubbing he took on Tuesday. This brought to mind the image above.

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

North Carolina Republican urges people to "keep our state straight"

What do you mean, "keep"? Here is a legislator with an inflated view of his power.

2016: the year of losing gracelessly

Frank Bruni on the "cult of sore losers":

All too often, contests don’t yield accepted conclusions and a grudging acquiescence by those who didn’t get their way. They prompt accusations of thievery, cries of illegitimacy and a determination to neuter the victor, nullify the results or reverse them as soon as possible.

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.

Gay vulture couple adopts egg after mother rejected it

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

Chait on the Cruz-Kasich agreement

Miss M weighs in on Lemonade

She's still got it.

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

Student Came Out as Non Binary in an Emotional Address to Obama Over Transgender issues

President Obama, at a Q&A in London on Saturday, answers a question from transgender student Maria Munir.

Obama credits daughters, gay friends with marriage evolution

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

Former US Senator Writes of His Love for His Wife of 48 Years, and His Upcoming Marriage to a Man

Good for Harris Wofford. He has been in the relationship for 15 years.

Secrets of a gay Jehovah’s Witness: how I escaped the religion and rebuilt my life

Happy belated deathday, Will!

I duly observed the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death yesterday by reading some Shakespeare, but I wasn't in a blogging mood. This piece is interesting. More from the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library here.

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'

Purple Reign

A lot of people are loving FLOTUS today. Personally, I have nothing purple to wear, which usually is not a problem.

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.

Is the Mona Lisa actually based on Leonardo Da Vinci's gay lover?

Get over it, Mona.

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.