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June 23, 2016

If ever I would Brexit, it wouldn't be in summer

Early reports indicate that British voters have decided not to leave the European Union. I always knew it wouldn't be in summer.

June 22, 2016

College coach tells players they can leave the team if they don't accept gay teammate

On whether Trump is better for LGBT people (hint: not a tough one)

If you can stand to watch Chris Barron's smirking Uncle Tomism, you're a better person than I.

Democrats Try Again to Lift FDA Blood Donor Ban for Gays

Hastert Heads to Prison: 15 months in hush-money scheme that revealed past sex abuse

John Oliver's brilliant take on #Brexit

The song at the end is especially endearing.

Hateful pastor who lauded Orlando shooting asked by landlord to move out

The so-called Christian pastor who celebrated and encouraged anti-gay mass murder loses his lease.

Sir @IanMcKellen supports #VoteRemain on #Brexit

I am happy to discover that Sirina agrees with me in opposing Brexit.

Rep. Steve King's inverted worldview

On standards of intrusiveness

Dems stage House floor sit-in to call for gun safety vote after Orlando shooting

I have been watching the Democrats' sit-in on Periscope. A fascinating moment.

Frank Ocean pens emotional letter on Orlando saying 'Many hate us'

June 15, 2016

Opinion: In hope and defiance, we dance

June 14, 2016

Instead of a wedding,couple killed in Orlando will now be buried together

Obama to travel to #Orlando Thursday

Thousands attend #Orlando memorial service for victims of the #PulseNightclub massacre

Reports: Orlando shooter was patron at nightclub, on gay hookup apps

Those who preach intolerance and self-hatred have blood on their hands. But I suspect that instead of recognizing this, they will start talking about gay-on-gay crime. We've heard their poisonous sermons before.

June 12, 2016

Happy Pride, Senator Warren!

Meanwhile, on a wooden deck beside woods, one of Bernie's smarter supporters torches her Elizabeth Warren t-shirt. Just the latest example of the odd tendency of arsonists to burn down their own neighborhoods.

Gunman kills "multiple people" at gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Horrific news.

June 11, 2016

June 14 - Night OUT at the Nationals with Billy Bean

Lea DeLaria wants to stop using 'LGBT' term

I remember enjoying Lea DeLaria's acting in a film I saw years ago at the Reel Affirmations festival. But I. Am. Not. Queer. She can call herself whatever she likes, but she can leave me out of it. Indeed, I am left out by the term "queer," as are many others who deem it offensive and have no interest in "reclaiming" it.

Trump seeks to warm up conservatives at anti-LGBT confab

June 10, 2016

David Garber would be the only openly gay councilmember. Does anyone care?

I am quoted in this City Paper article. The short answer is no, Jim Graham's insistence to the contrary notwithstanding.

June 09, 2016

Cuba same-sex marriage campaign gains traction

Washington Blade reports on D.C. Council races, GLAA ratings

Elizabeth Warren Endorsing Hillary Clinton Tonight

Federal judge permanently bars Alabama from blocking gay marriage

International Mr. Spain is gay

President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president

Thank you, Mr. President. #ImWithHer

June 07, 2016

Hillary Clinton speaks in Brooklyn after clinching Democratic nomination

An excellent speech by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Lady Liberty

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"Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning...."

Congratulations, Secretary Clinton, on this historic moment.

June 06, 2016

My heart will doo-wop

As Mashable puts it, "Postmodern Jukebox takes the theme song from 'Titanic' and remakes it into a song that would fit into 'Grease.'" If you agreed with Andrew Sullivan that the original version was a form of torture, check out this rousing doo-wop version. Lead vocalist Mykal Kilgore is a knockout.

June 05, 2016

QUEERY: Julius Agers - The @CapitalPrideDC 2016 hero answers 20 gay questions

Our friend Julius Agers talks to the Blade. Congrats to him and Jeri Hughes on being honored by Capital Pride.

Prominent LGBT activist Rene Martínez murdered in Honduras

This is where outrage and sorrow meet. May he rest in peace, and his memory inspire courage in others.

Obama on the 35th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America

Ali: "Why is Jesus white?"

I fell in love with this guy when I was 8. This is one of my favorite clips. Profound defiance delivered in the most amicable tone. His voice was lost to Parkinson's Disease years ago, but it lives on in recordings and in our memories. He is still remarkable. He risked everything to stand up for his beliefs and to resist serving in the Vietnam War. That made him a hero to me and many others, even as it stirred hate in some people and brought the wrath of American government down upon him. He was ultimately vindicated. His unique voice carried his influence far beyond the precincts of boxing.

President Obama's statement on Ali is here.

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Obama discusses reasonable gun regulation, slams NRA

At a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana with PBS NewsHour, President Obama responds straightforwardly and lucidly to a gun owner who thinks he and Hillary want to take away everyone's guns.

June 02, 2016

Pro-transgender bathroom bill passes in Massachusetts - Republican governor expected to sign

June 01, 2016

Barack Obama, Transformer: @POTUS breaks the mold on foreign policy.

My Blade column this week uses the president's historic visit to Hiroshima as a jumping-off point for a consideration of his ground-breaking approach to foreign policy.

May 31, 2016

Obama issues final Pride Month proclamation