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July 28, 2015

DOJ slammed for ducking on trans exclusion in the law

Kenyan LGBT advocates meet with Obama

Rick Perry: People Should Be Allowed To Bring Their Guns Into Movie Theaters

Because the response to gun violence is always, always more guns.

Rainbow welcomes Obama to Ethiopia

The signs are everywhere.

Boy Scouts of America ends ban on gay leaders

It's only a partial victory, because church-affiliated chapters can still choose to discriminate. The contrast between welcoming and non-welcoming chapters will continue to be a thorn in BSA's side.

July 24, 2015

Equality Act introduced in Congress

Our friend and champion, D.C. Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton, is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act. Thank you, Congresswoman.

Obama: I’ll be ‘blunt’ with Africa leaders about gay rights

As I write this, the president is on his way to Africa. I am glad he intends to speak his mind despite the demands by some bigots in Kenya that he not talk about LGBT rights. The world over, discriminators love to portray themselves as victims the moment anyone calls them on it. Sorry, but Obama giving a speech is not the invasion of Iraq.

July 23, 2015

Anonymous warns RCMP and police in United States

Anonymous issues a warning that it will "name and shame" police who murder with impunity. This is an example of the power of social media.

Kerry raises LGBT rights with Nigerian president

Betty Bowers: Charity scams belong to religion!

America's Best Christian strikes again.

Unmasking the religious right war on gay America

Alvin McEwen exposes the lies behind the First Amendment Freedom Act.

L.A. Times, film director say #SandraBland dashcam video was edited

Gov. Beshear to county clerks: do your job or resign

Thank you, Governor.

Saying no to Tom Cruise led to big movie success for Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen trusted his instincts, and it paid off.

India Clarke is 10th trans woman murdered in America in 2015

Hatred kills. Mourning is not enough. We must fight for justice and work for understanding and respect. We all have a right to live and thrive in our difference. There are many more India Clarkes, all of whom deserve to pursue their happiness in safety. When we say we are not done, this is an example of what we mean.

July 21, 2015

Helping Lindsey Graham choose a new phone

The above announcement by our favorite closeted, warmongering Person Who Will Not Be President was prompted by Donald Trump giving out his phone number because Graham called Trump a jackass. Below are my favorite suggestions offered by Sen. Graham's Twitter friends. (Incidentally, he doesn't need a new phone, he can just change the number with a new SIM card, but let's play along.)

P.S. Of course we do not condone Trump's irresponsible behavior in giving out Graham's private phone number. We just believe in making lemons out of lemonade.

July 20, 2015

Gawker editors quit to defend smear job

These guys are as disgraceful as they are unethical.

Feldblum explains new gay employment protections

Bienvenida, Embajada de Cuba

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(Photo by Rick Rosendall)

I stopped by 2630 16th Street NW this afternoon to see the Cuban flag flying at what is now the Cuban Embassy. Thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership in ending a half-century-plus of a failed American policy. NYT writes that this is just a beginning. The Blade reports.

The Guardian: Open up the royal archives

I have never understood nor sympathized with the fetish for the British royals on the part of some Americans. But in any case, the coziness that existed between Edward VIII and Hitler is well established. The video of the current monarch as a child giving a Nazi salute is embarrassing, but no reasonable person is going to blame a 6-year-old princess for making a gesture at the instigation of her uncle. The archives should be open. There should be more embarrassment over the persistence of a hereditary monarchy, which will probably survive anything because the Brits cling to it to justify inflating their nation’s importance. This is odd, since the imperial heritage that makes them moist with pride includes the Opium War, the Amritsar Massacre, and Boer concentration camps.

July 17, 2015

EEOC: Anti-gay workplace bias barred under existing law

This development came as a surprise. Walter Olson at Overlawyered responds to this legal-change-by-reinterpretation.

HuffPost relegates Trump to entertainment page

Sounds right to me.

Cruz: declare war first, find out whom you're fighting afterwards

Ted Cruz is by no means the only Republican leaping before looking in reaction to the mass shooting of Marines in Chattanooga. Considering that the suspect is dead, the only reason for all the posturing is politics. The portrayals of President Obama as soft on terrorism are awfully brazen considering his hawkish record on that score. CNN reports on the investigation.

Traveler bumped from flight after confronting anti-gay Texas governor

Temperature's rising, and folks are getting scrappy out there.

Gawker slammed for gay-shaming thinly disguised as journalism

Gawker has been swamped with denunciations for outing a private citizen who sought a liaison with a male porn star, and apparently lending itself to a blackmail effort. The question is, will they pay any greater price for their bottom-feeding? The story below shows they at least felt the heat.

July 16, 2015

John Lewis Recreates Selma march at Comic-Con in full costume

I love this.

ESPYs honor brave girl and her dad with Perseverance Award

Devon Still of the Bengals and his daughter Leah, who is battling cancer, were honored last night at the ESPYs.

Caitlyn Jenner wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

Beautifully done.

July 15, 2015

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington on tour in Cuba

I wish I were there. So proud of these guys.

A joyous chant in Tehran: 'Death to no one!'

Go to 1:57 in this video to see footage of last evening's celebrations in the streets of Tehran over the multilateral nuclear agreement. I posted this on Facebook after seeing it:

I just watched video of young Iranians celebrating in the streets of Tehran. It reminded me of a National Geographic cover 50 years ago featuring a Persian man. Goodness. They were chanting "Death to no one" in Farsi. Big smiles on their faces, their arms wrapped around the MSNBC reporter. Note to Lindsey Graham: damn you. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Mr. Secretary.

Log Cabin cynically attacks Obama over Iran nuclear deal

Gregory Angelo says, “Log Cabin Republicans shares the grave concerns about this deal expressed by our allies in Congress." Really? Your allies? The loudest critics in Congress, who condemned the agreement reflexively without bothering to read it, included Speaker Boehner, the quasi-treasonous Sen. Tom Cotton, and the revolting closet case Sen. Lindsey Graham, whose relentless and reckless warmongering seems driven by a need to prove he is a real man. Fine company you are keeping.

The notion that nothing should be done until and unless everything can be done is just as foolish coming from Log Cabin as it was coming from the leftists in 2009 who demanded a single, comprehensive LGBT equality bill immediately--which showed no understanding for the structure and politics of Congress with its multiple committees and power centers, or the different degrees of ripeness of different efforts; nor did it show respect for the many hard-working activists who labor year-in and year-out laying the groundwork for progress. Just "Give us everything right now!" like a baby screaming in a high chair. To suggest that a complex and difficult multilateral nuclear agreement should be halted unless every other concern is simultaneously resolved is sabotage, not serious advocacy.

President Obama is far and away the most pro-gay president in American history. By contrast, his Republican predecessor in 2004 endorsed the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment. On May 9, 2012, after Obama publicly endorsed marriage equality, Log Cabin could not pause from its petty partisan sniping for an hour to celebrate the historic breakthrough of the President of the United States taking such a step. Instead, demonstrating that LGBT equality always comes second for Log Cabin, they belittled the president and boasted of how former Vice President Cheney was ahead of him--despite Cheney and his gay daughter having worked to re-elect President Bush after his call for us to be written out of the Constitution. At least Ken Mehlman has apologized for his role in that, and worked on pro-gay Supreme Court briefs.

Notwithstanding Mehlman's efforts, the GOP remains overwhelmingly homophobic. Instead of throwing stones in its glass house, Log Cabin should be working harder to get its so-called allies in Congress to support pro-LGBT measures here at home, and should be battling the virulent bigotry coming from its party's clown car of presidential candidates. And instead of insulting our intelligence with its pinkwashing stance beside the cynical and extreme Bibi Netanyahu, it should demand that he replace his ambassador to Washington with a serious diplomat.

Finally, I would like to note that the fictional Uncle Tom, while no Nat Turner, sacrificed his own life to help a slave girl escape to freedom. While I sympathize with others who criticize Log Cabin, there is no need to insult Uncle Tom by comparing him to moral cowards.

July 14, 2015

GLAA at the witness table

Here I am, testifying at the July 10 hearing on the Death with Dignity Act. My hair looks less gray in my mirror in the morning.

Rev. Cedric Harmon testifies for Death with Dignity Act

Our friend Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, who was on the steering committee for D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality, and is co-director of Many Voices, testified on July 10 in support of the Death with Dignity Act of 2015. Thanks to him.

Maine AG: LePage botched vetos

NAACP: Let's sand blast Confederate carvings off Georgia mountain

Mandela let the Voortrekker Monument remain. Instead of acting like the Taliban in the Bamiyan Valley, let's focus on stopping police from murdering unarmed black folks.

Philadelphia Archbishop calls firing of lesbian teacher 'common sense'

Dear @Pontifex, if this what we can expect from your archbishops, the Roman Catholic Church will slide further and further into irrelevance in the West. Despite your manifest pastoral gifts, I note your conservative history and doubt that you have any intention to change Church doctrine on women or homosexuality. I am prepared to have my mind changed, but not from wishful thinking. This isn't cutting it.

Rugby love

Merkel says don't call it marriage

We have been at this as a front-burner issue for more than two decades, Chancellor. We're calling it marriage.

Fox News slander on DOD action

Dear trans friends: for this nutbag to call you mentally ill is like some drunk fatass on a couch insulting Serena Williams. Frank Kameny used to say he resented for more than six decades having had to lie in order to serve his country. Here again we have Americans who are slandered as they fight not for a benefit but for an obligation, for the right to serve. Thank you for putting up with so much ignorance and bile. You, unlike Erickson, have my respect.

Pluto flyby

The furthest object ever visited by humanity.