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December 31, 2016

Top 10 national stories of the year

Top 10 local stories of 2016

Judge blocks rule barring anti-trans discrimination in health care

December 27, 2016

President Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Abe visit Pearl Harbor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reciprocates President Obama's visit to Hiroshima by visiting the Pearl Harbor memorial site in Honolulu.

December 26, 2016

Capehart: We need a conversation about the responsibilities of the news consumer

Yes.

Sentence overturned in HIV transmission case

GLAA has long opposed the criminalization of what should be understood and treated as a health issue. A good rule of thumb when facing the making of public policy based on controversial cases is: who will be helped by our doing this?

J.K. Rowling contributes to ‘Love is Love’ Orlando tribute comic

Never forget our allies.

The phrase gay people REALLY need to stop saying

I could not agree more.

Trump Pick to Head Health & Human Services Traded Health Stocks While Sponsoring Bills That Could Have Affected Them

Of course he did.

Taiwan takes another step towards legalizing same-sex marriage

Carrie Fisher in stable condition after heart attack

One of the hardest jobs a parent can have is to face the loss of a child. Carrie Fisher is 60, her mother 84. Both have survived a lot. Both are smart and feisty. A lot of people are sending healing thoughts Carrie's way.

A&E abruptly cancels KKK docu-series before it airs

You have to watch them every minute.

R.I.P. George Michael, 1963 - 2016

Yesterday and this morning I have seen a wide range of people praising and mourning popular singer George Michael, who died on Christmas at age 53. Our friend John Becker posted this 2011 tweet from him:

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It is hard to overstate how heroic an act this was on his part as a popular entertainer. God bless his memory, gone too soon.

December 23, 2016

Earth from space - Live feed from ISS

From the International Space Station. Peace on earth. (Aspirational, not descriptive.)

Trump’s latest comments stoke talk of a new nuclear arms race

This knucklehead will get us all killed.

U.S. declines to veto U.N. Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements

The Obama administration got this exactly right. Bibi can pop a blood vessel as far as I'm concerned, as can the people in Trumpland. The settlements are a long-term existential threat to Israel, and hence to the world, though the diehards refuse to recognize it. Brava to Ambassador Power for quoting Ronald Reagan's opposition to further settlements from 1982. Without a two-state solution, the only peace in that region's future is the peace of the grave.

Diane Rehm says farewell at NPR

This morning I have been listening to Diane Rehm's final broadcast on NPR. Earlier she hosted a panel discussion on the Trump transition. What a loss her departure is. As a gay caller said with appreciation, she has had numerous programs over the years on LGBT issues. (I note that her account of her husband's painful death gave a boost to DC's death with dignity bill, which GLAA supported and which was signed earlier this week by Mayor Bowser.) The sound of her voice has told many people they were in a safe harbor. Judy Collins just called in and briefly sang to her. Honors and plaudits to this exemplar of civil discourse.

December 21, 2016

NC legislature adjourns without repealing #HB2

An absolute disgrace. If the NC GOP thinks this betrayal will be soon forgotten, they are sorely mistaken.

#AlwaysNewYork

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vows resistance to Trump's racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and misogynist policies.

#Resist

Hypocrisy alert: Ted Cruz Whines That Obstructionist Dems Will Filibuster

"Rogue One": Are these the gay "Star Wars" characters we’ve been looking for?

I guess I ought to see it and judge for myself.

Why straight rural men have gay "bud-sex" with each other

How "Moonlight" looks out for the humanity in us

Trump Statement on Winning Electoral College Vote Is Filled With Lies

Republicans Could Repeal Marriage Equality in 3 Easy Steps.

Matt Baume explains.

U.N. committee rejects motion to suspend LGBT watchdog

State Department defends Trump response to Tony Perkins letter

Court hearings stalled in D.C. trans murder case

Trump urged not to cut overseas LGBT aid

'Dear America, why did you let us down?'

If Peter King is so worried about terrorism, why did he support the IRA?

An excellent question. Peter King is a hypocrite. As to singling out Muslims, Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, testified on that issue more than five years at a hearing chaired by Rep. King.

December 20, 2016

Mayor Bowser signs Death with Dignity Act

Thanks to Mayor Bowser for signing this legislation.

Surrogacy bill, death certificate bill pass second reading at D.C. Council

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Two bills passed their second and final readings Tuesday afternoon on the consent calendar at the D.C. Council's legislative meeting:

Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016, Bill 21-16

Death Certificate Gender Identity Recognition Amendment Act of 2016, Bill 21-444

The first of these legalizes and regulates surrogate parenting agreements in the District. GLAA and our coalition partners have pushed this for four years. Special thanks and congrats to Alison Gill who coordinated our coalition effort.

The second clarifies the process for designating a decedent's gender identity or expression on their death certificate. Lack of respect for people's gender identities after their deaths has been a recurring problem.

December 19, 2016

"Aleppo is a place where the children have stopped crying."

Words fail me, other than to say this makes me ashamed of the human race.

Gratuitous beefcake for the holidays

Activists Targeted in Brutal Homophobic Assault by Men Yelling ‘Trump, Trump, Trump’

23 amazing LGBTI moments from 2016

Despite Large Protest North Carolina GOP House Passes Bill Greatly Restricting New Democratic Governor's Power

An outrageous betrayal of American democratic norms. In other words, standard Republican behavior in 2016.

#HB2 to Be Repealed in North Carolina

Mara Keisling of National Center for Transgender Equality writes:

HB2 to be repealed?? HB2 must be fully, completely, unequivocally repealed. Is legislature distracting from recent illegal power grab.

Amen, Mara.

Tony Perkins to Trump: Remove 'activists' from State Department

Mr. Perkins is the leader of a hate group. I have testified in the DC Council chamber multiple times on LGBT-related legislation in his presence. Being in the presence of evil (and he is evil, not merely disagreeable) does not intimidate me, it steels my resolve. Everyone who disagrees with us is not evil. But some are. Let us be clear about that.