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September 21, 2016

Clinton underscores LGBT rights to win over Millennials

Judge rules for Wisconsin trans student in battle over bathroom access

Trump Jr. stole photo of Skittles to denigrate refugees – from a refugee

Obama at UN Refugee Summit

President Obama addresses United Nations

September 20, 2016

Column: Trump the Arsonist Plays Firefighter

My latest Blade column asks: With this con artist for a leader, who would need enemies?

It features a discussion on Trump and race by leadership and diversity consultant Robert Naylor Jr.

September 19, 2016

Believe me

Trump's gestures

I am sick of Trump's small set of gestures repeated endlessly. Also the way he sets his mouth. Bip the Clown, the stage persona of the late mime Marcel Marceau, could have delivered a Trump speech without saying a word -- except that Bip was pleasanter, and would have been more trustworthy with the nuclear launch codes.

FALL ARTS 2016: ‘Looking’ for a good book?

McCrory staged fake Q&A to avoid questions on HB2

Obama Makes Powerful Plea: 'Everything We Stand For Is At Stake'

Church 'accidentally' shows gay film In & Out instead of Pixar film Inside Out

NASA Did Not Just Change Your Zodiac Sign

Ophiuchus_&_Serpens_Cauda
(The constellation Ophiuchus, courtesy Wikiwand)

Glamour Magazine has set off a kerfuffle with a story confusing astrology with astronomy.

I got into amateur astronomy as a teenager, and have long known that the astrological sign dates did not match where the sun is during the course of the year. Saturn right now is in Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer, who sticks his foot in between Scorpius and Sagittarius.

But astrology has nothing to do with science, at least not modern science. It is a mystical system. If you really believe that the actual position of a particular planet in the sky has any effect on your life, it is not coming from a rational place. The non-rational (as distinct from irrational) has its place. I'm interested in stars with earth-like planets because they might harbor life.

As for constellations, they are just a convention, though an ancient one. We could make up our own if we wanted. I think the real universe is vastly more interesting than the mystical one. Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees with me, as did my late astronomer friend Frank Kameny. We were all born at different times of year: Tyson on October 5, Kameny on May 21, and I on March 30. As to its meaning, I invoke Edmund from King Lear:

"This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are
sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make
guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if
we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion;
knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical pre-dominance;
drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforc'd obedience of
planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine
thrusting on. An admirable evasion of whore-master man, to lay
his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father
compounded with my mother under the Dragon's Tail, and my
nativity was under Ursa Major, so that it follows I am rough and
lecherous. Fut! I should have been that I am, had the
maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing."

September 16, 2016

Steph Curry Says North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Needs to be Changed

Thanks, Steph.

'Dr. Oz' Show Cuts Trump's Comments About Kissing His Daughter 'Every Chance' He Gets

On top of everything else, a high creep factor.

Robert White takes his seat as D.C. Councilmember At-Large

Congrats to freshly minted D.C. Councilmember Robert White (D-At-Large), who was sworn in today after being chosen by the D.C. Democratic State Committee to fill the unexpired term of recently resigned Councilmember Vincent Orange. In the picture below, CM White is joined by infant daughter Madison. Robert earned the highest GLAA rating in the At-Large primary race, which he won in June. He stands for a full term on November 8.

Unwinding a Lie: Donald Trump and ‘Birtherism’

The contemptible Mr. Trump tells another big lie as he acknowledges what was never in doubt: that President Obama was indeed born in America.

Michelle Obama campaigns for Hillary in Virginia

Excellent speech by Michelle Obama in which she talks about why she is inspired by Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s new hotel offers everything he claims to hate

Trump cries "America First" and calls for barring all Muslims from the country, then he fills the Trump International Hotel with imported goods and is ready with Qur'ans and prayer rugs for those who can afford his conspicuous-consumption rates. He deserves a prize for brass-fronted impudence (to take a phrase from Frederick Douglass) if he wins this election. Thanks to Dana Milbank for the tour.

Streisand and Wilson: 'Loving You' from Passion

A break from the news: The shattering song that helped Donna Murphy win her Tony in 1994, from Sondheim's Passion, reimagined as a duet for Barbra Streisand and Patrick Wilson.

September 15, 2016

Olbermann: All of Trump's Supporters Are Deplorable

Keith Olbermann is right.

Ivanka Trump Suggests Gay Male Couples Are Out of Luck in Donald Trump's Family Leave Plan

Donald Trump Jr. Makes Holocaust Joke in Attack on Hillary Clinton and the Media

Keep talking, clown.

Movie trailer: 'The Pass'

Trump sparks concern, suspicion among LGBT Russians

Trans activist’s murder trial postponed

DHS: Stop using private prison companies

Covering a crackpot

ICYMI: Obama stumping for Hillary in Philadelphia

The President was at his best on September 13 in Philadelphia, stumping for Hillary.

'The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened'

Finally, a recording of my favorite Sondheim song of the past two decades, from Road Show. It's one of the collaborations from Streisand's new album, Encore. She and Alec Baldwin have fun with this.

September 12, 2016

Charles Blow on the "basket of deplorables"

More wise words from Charles M. Blow at NYT.

Streisand rips Trump with Broadway classic at LGBT fundraiser

In case any Barbra fans missed it, here's Babs with her Trump parody version of "Send In the Clowns."

Tim Gunn: Designers refuse to make clothes to fit American women. It’s a disgrace.

Bravo, Tim Gunn. He does find a few success stories to praise.

Tim Kaine: I Think the Catholic Church is Going to Change Its Position on Gay Marriage

I appreciate Sen. Kaine's sentiments, but I think if you read what Pope Francis has written, you would be less optimistic. His Holiness has a great pastoral gift, the value of which I do not minimize. But he remains a conservative, and he has made quite clear that, his personal kindness and graciousness notwithstanding, he has no intention of changing Church doctrine regarding women or gay people. Indeed, he is appallingly uninformed on the science of gender identity. The Catholic Church is not about to budge any time soon.

12-Year-Old Mexican Boy Stands Up to Thousands of Anti-Gay Protesters

Bravo.

Hillary Clinton Body Double Conspiracy Theories Take Over Twitter

I wish this were a joke.

RNC Spokesman Refers to 'Deplorables' as 'Deportables' in Hilarious Typo

UK tells gay Ugandan asylum seeker he can Skype his boyfriend after he is deported

The heartless and inhumane policy of the British Home Office toward LGBT asylum seekers continues unabated. If you pray, pray for this man's safety. We've much more work to do on the international front, even with purported allies.

Gay Cuban journalist, activist fired from radio station

Just a reminder that restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, which I applauded, does not mean that it is a democracy. Engagement is better than non-engagement, but we must do it with eyes open. Cuba remains a brutally repressive totalitarian state.

Arson suspected in fire at Florida mosque attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

Not in my name. I am willing to bet that this despicable and cowardly act was committed by people who don't give a damn about the gay people who were killed that awful night in Orlando. In any case, everything our nation stands for is attacked by such blind revenge-taking.

On 9/11, Trump noted on TV that his Financial District building was now the "tallest"

It's always about him. Always, always. Even on the worst, most horrific of days for our country.