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May 13, 2016

NC governor: It's 'an insult' to correlate trans rights w/ civil rights movement

Dear Governor: go ahead and be insulted. Yes, all struggles are different. No, that doesn't make it right to rank oppressions or exclude parts of our population from equal protection of the law. But keep groping for justifications as you dig yourself in deeper.

Obama Administration To Tell Schools Transgender Students Can Use Restroom Of Choice

May 11, 2016

Evans, Gray, Robert White lead GLAA ratings in June 14 D.C. Council primaries

May 09, 2016

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington superb in 35th anniversary concert

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The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington writes:

Standing ovations last night for Carmina 35! Thank you to New York City Master Chorale, Gallim Dance and everyone who came out to help us celebrate our 35th anniversary!

It was a wonderful evening at the Kennedy Center on Sunday. The Gay Men's Chorus has never been better, with a vigorous performance of "Carmina Burana" as the centerpiece. Former director Bruce Trinkley's confident direction of his exquisite and challenging arrangement of "The Boy Next Door" from the 80s was a treat. Music Director Thea Kano, Executive Director Chase Maggiano, and the whole talented ensemble have done us proud. It was great seeing chorus founder Marsha Pearson honored, and the award to Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality was a timely reminder of the broader movement the chorus is connected to. Kudos to all involved.

(Full disclosure: I am a co-founder of the chorus, and therefore may be a bit biased.)

What Al Sharpton learned from James Brown that Donald Trump hasn’t

Yes. "There’s a difference between the lounge act and the acts that play the main room." The brazen ignorance, bottom feeding, and reckless disregard for the national interest that won Trump the nomination will sink him and the GOP in the fall. This will happen not because it is ordained (it most certainly is not), but because his appalling spectacle will mobilize responsible citizens to turn out and ensure a blowout election. That in turn should give Hillary the Senate majority she will need to get liberal justices confirmed to the Supreme Court. Turnout is key. What it will win for us is not something perfect, but the chance to secure (and in some cases restore) the gains of the past and press forward in making America's government reflect the diversity of its people.

NC sues federal government over HB 2 challenge

For my comment, see the separate post from today involving Jesus eating popcorn.

Caroline Kennedy takes part in Tokyo Pride parade

Ryan: I'll step down as GOP convention chairman if Trump asks

Attorney General Loretta Lynch To Unveil "Law Enforcement Action" Against North Carolina

Pass the popcorn, Jesus!

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(Hat tip: Craig Howell)

Bernie Sanders cancels meeting with HIV activists

Our friend Ernest Hopkins, Director of Legislative Affairs at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, writes:

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. The group pulling this set of meetings together went out of their way to accommodate Senator Sanders such was the interest in presenting our recommendations to him and his staff. Advocates even relented to a demand that only Sanders supporters be invited to the meeting. To my knowledge, no such bizarre demand was made by the Clinton campaign and now, there is no Sanders meeting. When you cut yourself off from the expertise on an issue, and predicate your engagement to the degree supporters can make the case, you come off as very thin skinned, a bit petty, and 'political' to the extreme. The Clinton meeting is Thursday in NYC, and I will report back.

Sanders diminishes himself the more he behaves like this. Meanwhile, Jane Sanders urges the FBI to speed up its investigation of Hillary's email scandal. Bernie's issue-driven campaign is sinking more and more into desperation and meanness.

May 08, 2016

WaPo: Donald Trump sets a new record for economic recklessness

The Washington Post has a good explainer on what is terrible about Trump's proposal to "make a deal" with America's debt holders to decrease our national debt:

The minute the United States tried to reduce its debt load by offering creditors less than 100 percent of principal and interest — i.e., by 'discount,' or 'making a deal,' like Argentina or Greece — every institution that had taken this country at its word would be instantly destabilized.

Same-sex couples finally being given right to adopt in Ireland

Gay US diplomat found true love in Shanghai, marries Chinese boyfriend

Bullying of LGBTI students is rife in Japanese high schools, report says

Meet My Child: Parents of Transgender Kids Speak Out

A lovely video from Trans United Fund.

Empire: Things Heat Up Between Jamal Lyon and D-Major

The steamy scene above from Empire has upset homophobes. NewNowNext reports in the story below.

President Obama Delivers the Commencement Address at Howard University

A smart presentation on how to get things done instead of just talking about it.

May 04, 2016

Furies house, Stonewall site set for historic recognition

Alabama City Council Rescinds Sweeping Anti-Trans Law After Legal Warnings

Marvel’s top directors want LGBT superheroes to save the day

'Why I refuse to be a part of David Cameron’s PR effort to impress gay people'

Kenya could ban 'anal probe' torture that 'tests' for gay sex

Joan Rivers' daughter donates mom's rainbow coat to raise money for LGBTI cause

Obama’s last White House Correspondents’ Dinner ends with the n-word

I watched on C-SPAN. Wilmore certainly didn't care whom he offended. A friend says the transcript reads more funny than it came across live. I have mixed feelings about it. I have enjoyed many of Wilmore's bits in the past.

Fair Play: how LGBT athletes are claiming their rightful place in sports

U.S. warns North Carolina that its transgender bathroom bill violates civil rights laws

Powder Rooms of the Patriarchy

My column for this week.

May 03, 2016

St. Petersburg parade allows Neo-Nazis to march while gay people are arrested, dragged and beaten

The White House is poised to create the first national monument to recognize struggle for gay rights

Confessions of a Republican 1964: 'This man scares me'

Here is the 1964 LBJ campaign ad featuring actor William Bogert, a Republican, expressing his concerns about the extremism of Barry Goldwater. Rachel Maddow had Bogert, now 80, on her show last night. He readily applies to Donald Trump the concern he expressed 52 years ago about Goldwater. You can find the Maddow Show video here, but that site does not provide the embed code.

Sullivan: America has never been so ripe for tyranny—and that's what is scariest about Trump

Andrew Sullivan has a brilliant essay in New York Magazine on the danger posed by Donald Trump. It is wise and sobering. I highly recommend it.

April 29, 2016

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

American military aid offer to Israel is generous enough

Obama has offered Israel the most generous military aid package ever. But that is not good enough for the war criminal Netanyahu, whom you can only defend at this point if, like one friend, you are ideologically prevented from admitting that Israel could ever be wrong about anything, including the murderous naval shelling of Gazan boys playing soccer on a beach. Such a belligerent attitude undermines Israel's long-term future by denying reality, and damages your own soul.

In the meantime, this article talks about the importance of closing the aid deal in terms of cementing Obama's legacy of strong support for Israel and refuting unfair charges against him on that score. But he has nothing to prove. The evidence is clear. Bibi is the problem, having aggressively attempted to sabotage a multilateral nuclear agreement, vowed never to allow a two-state solution, and continued the slow annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory. Obama should make no further concessions.

April 28, 2016

Paul Ryan wants to end Obamacare protections for people with pre-existing conditions

How anyone can vote for the GOP and its callous destructiveness I don't understand.

Male cops caught on video harassing lesbian inside womens' bathroom

So in the name of keeping men out of bathrooms, men with guns are sent into bathrooms. To whom does this make the slightest sense?

George Takei urges fellow Sanders supporters: Abandon 'family squabble' and back Clinton

Texas Lt. Governor Announces Boycott of Trans--Friendly Businesses

Let's see how that works for you, Mr. Patrick.

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.