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May 12, 2015

Gowdy drags his feet on Hillary Clinton testimony, blames her

Something something #Benghazi.

Jeb Bush caves to Hillary on Obama's immigration actions

And Jordan Sekulow is not the least bit happy.

News that we're sure will make your day

Well heaven be praised. An anxious nation can finally breathe a sigh of relief. God bless you, you wonderful tight-faced lady.

Texas just can't get enough locks on its door

May 11, 2015

Chris Wallace to Ben Carson: Do you really believe the things you say?

Fox anchor Chris Wallace presents a "lightning round" of questions to Republican presidential candidate and former renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Does he really believe all the inflammatory stuff he says? His evasions of Wallace's direct questions suggest the answer is no. Or that he is delusional. It is hard to say.

May 10, 2015

Three exemplars, ready for their closeup

Another image from the GLAAD Media Awards.

There are not three finer men than Jason Collins, Derrick Gordon, and Michael Sam. Thank you guys for finding your strength and thereby helping so many others.

Onziema episode of Last Week Tonight wins GLAAD Media Award

Congrats to our friend Pepe-Julian Onziema for his win at the GLAAD Media Awards last night.

Gay-bashing college running back can't escape the evidence

Marshall University running back Steward Marshall jumped out of a car and assaulted a gay couple. He might have gotten away with it, but there was video.

Rescued Boko Haram victims speak

When news came that most of the girls rescued from Boko Haram were pregnant, words failed me. Thank goodness they are speaking out.

Headlines we wouldn't have dared to make up

May 09, 2015

Nathan Lane, dead inside for Dave

Nathan Lane, accompanied by composer Marc Shaiman, sings a tribute to retiring Late Night host Dave Letterman.

May 06, 2015

May 14 - Rainbow History Project Community Pioneers Reception


For Immediate Release

2015 LGBT Community Pioneers Reception May 14

The Rainbow History Project will recognize a dozen LGBT Community Pioneers at a reception on Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 pm at the Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. These tenacious and creative individuals are being recognized for their instrumental roles in establishing and sustaining important institutions in the DC LGBT community. The event provides an opportunity for the community to thank them.

The 2015 Community Pioneers are:

  • Jonathan Blumenthal and Eric Cohen, Founders of Burgundy Crescent Volunteers
  • Ruby Corado, Transgender activist and Founder of Casa Ruby
  • Wallace Corbett, AIDS educator
  • Kathleen DeBold, Mautner Project and Lambda Literary Awards Administrator
  • Atul Garg and Yassir Islam, Founders of KhushDC
  • Annette “Chi” Hughes, Founding Member of Sapphire Sapphos and AIDS educator
  • Susan Silber, Trailblazer in LGBT–friendly employment and family law in the DC area
  • Jill Strachan, Leader of local LGBT arts organizations
  • Michele Zavos, Groundbreaker in LGBT-friendly family and HIV/AIDS law in the DC area

The RHP also will recognize the work of a deceased community ally:

  • Annie Kaylor, Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse

The Community Pioneers reception provides an opportunity to meet the Pioneers. A commemorative booklet featuring biographies of the Pioneers and their photos will be distributed at the event.

The Community Pioneers reception is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP at

The Rainbow History Project has honored Community Pioneers since 2003. You can read about the 62 Community Pioneers previously recognized at

Each of the Pioneers has provided the Rainbow History Project with an oral history detailing their lives in Washington, the forces that led them to work on behalf of the LGBT community, and their accomplishments as well as the obstacles they sought to overcome. In itself, the Community Pioneers collection provides a rich and ongoing effort to document a half-century of important efforts in the local struggle to advance the rights of LGBT people.

The Community Pioneers reception is made possible in part by a grant from Brother Help Thyself. BHT also has funded Rainbow History purchases of a digital camera and recording equipment that have significantly facilitated the collection and dissemination of important historical community information.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Rainbow History Project is dedicated to preserving our community’s memory. Our website has an extensive collection of historically significant images and documents, including summaries of our oral histories collection. Rainbow History holds periodic panels and workshops focused on specific aspects of metropolitan DC LGBT community history, conducts walking tours, and compiles publications discussing historic DC LGBT events and locales. Rainbow History is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and invites all interested individuals to join us.

For more information contact Chair Chuck Goldfarb at or 202-431-9139.

When Police Are Outside Agitators

Hillary's favorability up in new poll

Won't this annoy those on the right who have gone to so much trouble to trash the former secretary of state.

America's Motels Keep Exploding Because of Meth

I really don't think this is the best travel promotion campaign I've ever seen.

Denmark, still protecting an SS doctor

This is kind of amazing. I thought they would all have been dead by now.

Gay British couple win high court battle over baby girl

Happy news from the United Kingdom.

Carly's name recognition

I am fascinated by politicians' high opinions of themselves, especially when there is so little evident basis for it, as in the case of the golden-parachuted former CEO of Hewlett Packard.

The Daily Show commemorates the Hate Class of 2015

It was a weird morning last week outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. Jessica Williams of The Daily Show went for it.

Hillary calls for 'path to full and equal citizenship' as part of immigration reform

California AG seeks to block gender reassignment for trans inmate


DNC names director of LGBT engagement

U2 performs on NY subway

I already had the sense that the metro musicians, or buskers, or whatever you call them, were better in New York than in D.C. Now they're rubbing our faces in it.

May 05, 2015

SCOTUS affirms New Jersey's conversion therapy ban

Good news from the U.S. Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court has refused to grant certiorare to a case that challenged a 2013 New Jersey law banning the use of so-called "conversion therapy" on minors.

This is good news for D.C.'s Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act of 2014, which became law on March 11. Read GLAA's testimony on that legislation.

'Our demand is simple: stop killing us.'

(Johnetta Elzie and DeRay Mckesson. Photo by Christaan Felber for The New York Times)

The New York Times Magazine has a fascinating story on social media activists Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) and DeRay Mckesson (@deray), who met last summer during the police-citizen standoff in Ferguson. McKesson has been ubiquitous during the unrest in Baltimore the past few weeks. He is smart and brave, never letting the media get him off-message. He is openly gay and single. A new era in activism dawns.

AP: raw footage of migrant rescue in Mediterranean

This is hard to watch. So many desperate people are perishing at sea.

Michael Savage: Obama to arm Crips and Bloods to defeat true patriots, or something

It's about damn time!

As Dan Quayle once allegedly said, "What a terrible thing it is to lose one's mind, or to have no mind at all. How true that is."

Nebraska woman sues all homosexuals

That's nothing. A crazy woman once sued GLAA for $100 billion billion. As I recall, she said we were doing mind control via the gold braid on her sofa, or the fillings in her teeth.

One for the team

Advocate reports on Steven and Rick Simone-Friedland, the husbands featured on the kiss cam at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, a video which has gone viral. The crowd cheered.

May 01, 2015

Mosby is on the case

Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who comes from a family of police officers, has had to deal with a lot of dishonesty and diversion coming from the Baltimore Police Department. This is one example.

Recovering the Histories of LGBT Civil Servants

Charles Francis shares this video by McDermott Will & Emery about the Mattachine Society's archive activism.

Man detained with Freddie Gray disputes police narrative

I am just wondering how many cameras are the police prepared to smash, and how many witnesses are they going to intimidate, if they are unwilling to stop their contempt and their occupation-force mentality regarding communities of color. The indictments announced this morning are one sign that the game is up. We must press on for vital reforms. Bravo to the people in those communities who have led efforts, and put themselves in harm's way, to demand justice and to protect their youth.

America's history of anti-black race riots

MD State Attorney Marilyn Mosby charges 6 police officers in death of Freddie Gray

Thank goodness.

Onziema speaks at National Endowment for Democracy, Ugandan ambassador attends


On Thursday I attended an interview with Ugandan activist Pepe-Julian Onziema at the National Endowment for Democracy. Rick Sincere reports. The presence of the Ugandan ambassador was a bit of a surprise, and showed the respect that Pepe has earned. Congratulations to him.

April 30, 2015

Metro Weekly: Pics from GLAA awards reception


Really, Fox? 'Black guerrilla families'?

Raw Story reports:

On Tuesday’s airing of the Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore laid into Fox News for its racist coverage of police brutality protests in Baltimore.

Hillary Clinton addresses Baltimore crisis

Excellent speech by Mrs. Clinton, appearing at Columbia University.

April 29, 2015

Virginia Foxx disses EHN

Oh no she didn't.

Stewart to media: Maybe we should have cared about #Baltimore before it was on fire