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November 04, 2015

Houston loses out on three bids to host college football title games

A silver lining.

Scary Scrum of Candidates

My Blade column this week (written before Tuesday's election) is now up. While it may be tempting, please do not take my humble musings as a cue to go crashing out of bedroom windows. I only recommend that for deranged candidates who are eager to defeat Satan.

Signorile: Prop 8 redux as LGBT rights are put on the ballot

Signorile is spot on. Prop 8 redux, indeed. So many of our allies with deep pockets have a fear of flying, to use a 70s phrase. The bathroom panic lie deserved a powerful, hair-singeing response. I can imagine someone suggesting it at a meeting of overpaid "experts" and being shot down.

We know what Tony Perkins is going to say. What is more scandalous at this point is how our community's and its allies' money is squandered by people afraid of pressing the fight. It's like people still sending money to the Red Cross after $500 million in Haitian relief donations translated to a total of six houses being built. These incompetent people, these wet noodle warriors should be run out of town on a rail, not rewarded. Instead, we'll get more hand-wringing appeals from them saying, "We're not done, send your faith offering now and we'll send you this lovely rosewood crucifix." Sorry, I'm confusing them with religious hucksters.

We need to put our armor on and get ready to fight! No, our rights should not be subject to a popular vote. That's part of it. But when a fight is on, we've got to bring everything we've got to it.

Kim Davis In New Court Brief Blasts 'Impotent Kentucky Governor'

Kim Davis refuses to go away. And soon she will have a right-wing governor backing her up.

Mayor Parker Delivers Hard-Hitting #HERO Concession Speech

New rule allows refugees to bring same-sex partners to U.S.

Anti-LGBT Fairfax school board member loses re-election bid

Good riddance to the viciously anti-gay Eugene Delgaudio.

Mayor Bowser expects to back cultural competency bill

I am quoted in this article on the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act of 2015, a hearing on which was held on October 28. My testimony for GLAA is here.

Israel's Supreme Court to consider 'historic' gay marriage petition

Israeli academic shouted down in lecture at University of Minnesota

Superb article by Dale Carpenter on the latest assault on free speech and academic discourse at a public university because the speaker was Israeli. I myself am critical of Israel (I am a longstanding supporter of Israel horrified by the policies of Netanyahu), but shouting down an academic lecture in this way is wrong and inimical to the mission of a university. Such illiberal behavior in the name of justice should be punished and rebuked.

November 03, 2015

Mark Levine elected to 45th District in Virginia House of Delegates

Congratulations to Delegate-elect Mark Levine, who will represent the 45th District in Virginia's House of Delegates. My personal endorsement from last April is below.

DC Office of Human Rights: 48% rate of discrimination against trans job applicants

Houston voters overturn human rights ordinance

Today's terrible, dispiriting result in Houston is but the latest illustration of why people's rights should not be put to a popular vote. The U.S. Constitution guarantees a republican (representative) form of government, and says nothing about plebiscites. If minority rights are subject to denial by a direct vote of the people, the stirring up of mobs that so concerned Madison can run rampant and undermine the bill of rights. Ballot measures like Houston's Proposition 1 are not appropriate.

The New Civil Rights Movement reports here.

DC #marijuana arrests drop from 6,000 to 200 in one year

This is good news, especially considering the racial disparities in enforcement about which I testified a year ago.

Boxer Yusaf Mack says he's bisexual and wasn't drugged and tricked into doing gay porn

Not, I think, the ideal circumstance for coming out, but good for him.

Trevor Noah on "Ferguson Effect"


More on today's #HERO vote in Houston

Intersex Awareness Day marked around the world

Close vote expected in Houston today on #HERO

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) faces voters today, and a close vote is expected. If you know anyone in Houston, please urge them to vote Yes on Proposition 1.

Poll: Clinton's Benghazi hearing convinced voters her email setup was "not important"

Obama mocks GOP presidential candidates

President Obama has some fun over Republican whining over those mean CNBC debate moderators.

November 02, 2015

Ben Carson doesn't hate gays hard enough for Tony Perkins

The Family Research Council could hardly get more fringe than it is already, but it does try.

HERO gets endorsements from Obama, Biden and Clinton ahead of Election Day

Tomorrow's the big day. Good luck to our friends in Houston. But our rights should not be subject to a plebiscite.

Even Chick-fil-A not anti-gay enough for conservatives anymore

Taiwan presidential frontrunner officially endorses marriage equality

N. Ireland votes for marriage equality, anti-gay politicians veto it

October 29, 2015

The University of North Carolina’s New President Is Shockingly Anti-Gay

I write about the noxious former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings here.

Speaker Paul Ryan's anti-LGBT record

Gender identity ‘death certificate’ bill introduced in DC

Witchcraft 101: the most common myths debunked

This gay stand up comic opens up about the incredible homophobia he's faced

Our friend Sampson McCormick opens up.

Fired gay priest accuses Vatican of making lives of LGBTI people 'a hell'

Ben Carson tries to have it both ways

We have been dealing with this kind of brazenly illogical dismissiveness for years. I'm sorry, but if you're not anti-gay, then stop discriminating against us.

Obama administration supports trans student's challenge to bathroom ban

October 25, 2015

Same-sex couples marry in Taiwan

Re-fighting old wars

On this 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, we hear that Bernie Sanders is picking a fight with Hillary Clinton over old gay rights battles from the 1990s. May I ask, to what purpose? Aren't we in the business of winning converts to our cause? Is it conceivably in our interest to rebuke those who changed their minds in our favor? Stop this nonsense, Senator. You cast a brave vote against DOMA in 1996. Other battles now face us.

This day is called the Feast of Crispian

The odds may be against you. Fear not.

October 22, 2015

The dangerous motivation behind Netanyahu's Holocaust revisionism

Hillary Clinton is poised, Republicans petty at Benghazi hearing

House passes Boehner’s DC school 'choice' bill

As The Hill says of this, "Passage represents a swan song for the outgoing Speaker." We are very much opposed to this program. Here's a link to the letter from D.C. Council members opposing the program. We were pleased to take part in persuading members to sign the letter.