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November 18, 2015

Bobby Jindal drops out of the 2016 race

Our friend Ernest Hopkins summed it up on Facebook:

Thank you Governor Bobby Jindal for dropping out of the Presidential Primaries. As a high profile, person of color, and the son of immigrants, you embarrassed yourself and made a mockery of your understanding of the U.S. Constitution, and demonstrated disregard for the wellbeing of the citizens of Louisiana. You wrecked the state, safety net, healthcare system and promised to bring your brand of governance to the rest of us. No thanks. Take a seat.


Obama: GOP's refugee talk 'needs to stop,' is 'recruitment tool' for ISIS

Scottish newspaper puts U.S. governors to shame with refugee welcome

Wages of war


Jobs the son of a Syrian immigrant

PrEP Demo Project: Truvada effective in preventing HIV

Trans Needs Assessment report reveals 'state of emergency'

What it's like to be a gay Muslim on Grindr after the Paris Attacks

1830 Mormons In Salt Lake City Quit LDS Church Over New Anti-Gay Policies

US Bishops Are Rewriting Voter Guide To Include Same-Sex Marriage As 'Intrinsic Evil'

There is definitely evil here; the bishops should look in the mirror. They have strayed so far from Christ that it should make any decent person want to throw up.

Congressional forum focuses on anti-trans violence

House lawmakers launch bipartisan transgender task force

November 16, 2015

Ted Cruz’s hypocritical view of Syrian refugee crisis

Chris Johnson weighs in on the noxious Ted Cruz.

Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Congrats to them and all the other recipients.

Baby-stealing judge takes himself off case

Good riddance.

The President rebuffs demagogues after Paris attacks

Bravo, Mr. President. You are getting a storm of denunciations from right wing opportunists and fanatics, but you calmly tell it like it is and refuse to be intimidated by their frenzy. I am prouder of you than I can say. Thank you for your leadership and your ability to endure, and for upholding American values.

November 15, 2015

Midnight in Paris (opening)

The opening of Woody Allen's charming time-travel fantasy set in the City of Light.

(Hat tip: Bob Witeck)

The Met's tribute to Paris

Margaret Meyer shared this on Saturday:

The Metropolitan Opera's tribute to the victims of yesterday's terrorist attack in Paris. A great moment. Conducted by Placido Domingo. #PrayforParis #MetOpera

'We will not walk in fear'


"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our own history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men."
- Edward R. Murrow, 1954

November 14, 2015

On Veterans Day, LGBT troops honor two of their own

From the Air Force Times.

Paris attack: how the world reacted

Obama on Paris attacks

November 12, 2015

Metro Weekly quotes Beyer and Rosendall against anti-trans petition


John Riley at Metro Weekly follows up on the controversy over an online petition to "drop the T" from the LGBT movement.

Dana Beyer and I are quoted (agreeing with each other) on this obnoxious and historically ignorant petition. Here's a portion of my remarks:

“For gay folks to support dropping the T would be like the turkey inviting the cook to lunch,” Rosendall says. “It would be suicidal. Our opponents are not going to be fooled. They will continue to lump us all together because they consider all of us a threat to what they believe are proper gender norms.

“That reality of diversity needs to be asserted and defended because our opponents want to pretend that everybody in the country looks like them, loves like them, believes like them and thinks like them. And they want to make the rest of us effectively disappear or disenfranchise us. It would be the politics of subtraction for us to consider dropping any of us, and that simply is not going to happen.”

November 11, 2015

Rosendall eulogizes Kameny at LGBT Veterans Day observance


(Photo courtesy

Here are the remarks I delivered this morning at the dedication of Frank Kameny's headstone, which is near the grave of Leonard Matlovich in Congressional Cemetery, as part of an LGBT Veterans Day observance. It began at 11 am.

Tribute to Frank Kameny
by GLAA President Rick Rosendall
LGBT Veterans Day Observance
Congressional Cemetery
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

[Impromptu preface: Good morning. I prayed to the Goddess for sunshine. I think she smiled on my request because last night the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance signed on to the NARAL letter asking the Justice Department to investigate the clinic bombings as acts of domestic terrorism. So thanks for the sunshine.]

Frank Kameny considered nothing sacred. Challenging orthodoxy was his life's work. Yet we stand on what many consider sacred ground. There is no great conflict. Honoring the dead can simply involve recognizing that our every step touches the stuff of those who preceded us. Frank confronted the mystery of the universe with the tools and habits of a scientist, which stood him in good stead after intolerance cut short his career as an astronomer.

His biographer David Carter will shortly remind us of Frank’s exhortations to embrace and celebrate who we are and demand our full and equal rights as citizens.

We will touch with pride the headstone to which Frank was entitled as a veteran. He resented having to lie to fight for his country in World War II. But thanks to his long and pioneering service on the domestic front afterwards, no one has to tell that lie again. His historic role is suggested by the footstone bearing the affirmation for which he wanted to be remembered: "Gay Is Good."

The magnitude of Frank's contributions compelled some of us to help preserve his papers in our great national library whose collection was begun by the man who wrote the most liberating words in history, that all men are created equal. Our long struggle to make our country live up to that creed is ongoing. A new generation has taken up the standard that Leonard and Frank and countless others left behind.

My first visit here was in 1988 for Leonard’s burial, after my colleagues and I in the Gay Men’s Chorus sang for him and followed his caisson. We knew Leonard from his volunteer work for the chorus. Frank spoke here that day. Whether these warriors are honored in polished granite or a simple soldier’s headstone, their service will shine for all who pass here.

After Frank’s death, Charles Francis and I revived the Mattachine Society of Washington, which Frank had allowed to lapse. The new Mattachine’s mission is archive activism. It works to rescue the LGBT history that mainstream historians erased. The legacy of Frank and our other forebears will not be forgotten. We and generations unborn will make sure of it.

The legal dispute that made these past four years such a long goodbye has finally been resolved in time for Armistice Day. Now, Frank, the respect you earned is memorialized by the nation for whose values you fought. We commit you to the ages.

November 10, 2015

New details surface in 1992 murder of gay sailor

Thanks to Michael Petrelis for his faithful work on this 23-year-old case in pursuit of justice. He just called me from San Francisco to thank GLAA for our moral and financial support of his early efforts back then. I remember he traveled to where the murder occurred in Japan. (Note: the second paragraph includes a link to the 900-page Naval investigative report.)

Gay Washington Nationals batboy finds peace and acceptance on the team

A wonderful story.

November 11 - LGBT Veterans Day observance at Congressional Cemetery

LGBT Veterans Day graphic 2015

This year’s LGBT Veterans Day observance has extra meaning as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Frank Kameny and Leonard Matlovich starting the formal fight against the ban on gays in the military. A Veterans Administration memorial for Frank, a WWII combat veteran, will be dedicated.

Participants include Gordon O. Tanner, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Air Force; Joe Zuniga, who had been the Sixth Army Soldier of the Year before outing himself in 1993 to fight the ban; and Stonewall author David Carter who is writing a biography of Frank. Music will be provided by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. Paul Kuntzler, who was a member of the Mattachine Society of Washington with Frank in the 1960s before co-founding GLAA (then GAA) in 1971, will speak, as will I.

The event is free and open to the public. It is set for 11 am on Wednesday, November 11 at the Matlovich gravesite in Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE near the Potomac Avenue Metro Station. Please join us.

It will be a relief finally to have Frank's memorial in place after nearly four years of gratuitous legal wrangling. It is in what has become informally known as a gay neighborhood in the cemetery, not only adjacent to the Matlovich grave but near the graves of other gay veterans as well as those of the notoriously homophobic former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and his longtime companion Clyde Tolson.

November 09, 2015

GOP candidates cozy up to 'death penalty for gays' pastor

From our friend Alvin McEwen.

Univ. of Missouri president resigns over handling of campus racism

If you don't think protest works, check this out.

Sen. Hatch joins attack on church-state separation

Another conservative joins the attack on one of the pillars of American freedom.

Fake controversy: the so-called 'War on Christmas'


Message to Christian supremacists: we are on to your bullying disguised as victim mongering. Knock it off.

DeRay Mckesson on 'coming out of the quiet'

#BlackLivesMatter activist DeRay Mckesson talks to the GLAAD gala in San Francisco on being black and gay, and the power of "coming out of the quiet." Bravo to him. Check out the #CampaignZero policy website created by him and several colleagues.

November 06, 2015

D.C. Council backs domestic partner termination bill

One of our last bits of cleanup. Thanks to the DC Council members, in particular Judiciary chairman McDuffie and the other committee members. And thanks to GLAA Secretary Saul Cruz for his work on this bill.

Anti-Vitter campaign ad

This ad for Louisiana gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards, against candidate David Vitter, is quite harsh. It has the virtue of being true.

No, we are not dropping the T

A transgender friend alerted me last night to the petition. Here is my short comment:

No. Over thousands of LGBT activists' dead bodies will this exclusion ever happen. For us to buy the "male predators in dresses" slander, or allow it to stand, would be like the turkey inviting the cook to lunch. As Ben Franklin said, "Let us hang together, for surely we will hang separately."

Regarding Stonewall, I recommend the book Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter.

November 05, 2015

Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal attend far right conference this weekend

DC Voucher program discussed on Capitol Hill

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's testimony on the Opportunity Scholarship program can be found here.

Ben Carson Issues Rapping Radio Ad [AUDIO]

LZ Granderson calls this "a black-on-black crime."

TRAILER: Alice Through The Looking Glass

The Mad Hatter and his friends are back.

LGBT victories in Utah and Indiana but gay-baiting tactics in SC and NY

Our old friend Lisa Keen surveys Tuesday's election results.