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April 15, 2016

Metro Weekly: GLAA reflects on 45 years of working for LGBT rights

Court unseals investigative file from ex-D.C. mayor Gray campaign probe

Tennessee governor vetoes bill making Bible the official state book

Aside from the First Amendment principle of church-state separation, it escapes me why some people think it serves their faith to get the government involved. But it's not really about faith. It's about dominance and control, for which religion is a marker.

D.C. mayor calls for citywide vote to make nation’s capital the 51st state

April 14, 2016

China judge rejects country's first same-sex marriage case

It is a long struggle to win equality. Here is wishing our Chinese counterparts strength and endurance.

Gay journalist stabbed, left to slowly bleed to death in Russia

The latest incident of murderous thuggery in Russia. May Dmitry Tsilikin rest in peace.

White House speaks out against 'mean-spirited' anti-LGBTI legislation

Gay dads Caleb and Kordale back together, are expecting fifth child

LGBT Jewish group holds D.C. events

Our late friend and colleague Barrett Brick led the World Congress for six years a quarter century ago. Glad to see them in town.

Social Security lifts penalty on same-sex couples

Pennsylvania Governor signs two anti-discrimination executive orders

Thank you, Governor.

Louisiana governor signs LGBT non-discrimination order

Thank you, Governor.

Metro chairman to tight-fisted Congress: “Next time something happens, I’m blaming you guys!”

Jack Evans clashes with Rep. Mica, who doesn't appear to have much of a clue as to how our regional transit works.

April 10, 2016

Having gay and HIV-positive Greg Louganis on Wheaties box makes 'powerful statement'

April 09, 2016

Dellinger: How to eat a newspaper

My friend Walter Dellinger shares a priceless anecdote on the WaPo letters page. Here is an excerpt:

Home Page Politics Opinions Sports Local National World Business Tech Lifestyle Entertainment Crosswords Video Photography Washington Post Live Live Chats Real Estate Cars Jobs WP BrandConnect Classifieds Partners 1996-2016 The Washington Post Terms of Service Privacy Policy Submissions and Discussion Policy RSS Terms of Service Ad Choices Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email More Options Letters to the Editor Here’s one way to eat newsprint Resize Text Print Article Comments 0 Book mark article Read later list Saved to Reading List (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) April 8 at 7:30 PM In Dana Milbank’s March 27 Sunday Opinion column, “What goes well with fried newsprint?,” he wrote about fulfilling his promise to eat a newspaper.

My grandfather ate the Charlotte Observer. Regularly. The entire paper. I’m not making this up. Ray Lawing was an off-and-on alcoholic. Even though he had abandoned my mother when she was a child, she took him in when he had no place else to go. (She did not claim to be acting out of moral duty: “He was just such good company,” she said. “Always good for a laugh.”)

He would consume the Observer while sitting in the yard watching me play. (For understandable reasons, he was not allowed to eat the newspaper in the house.) He would carefully tear each page into strips, then liberally salt each strip and chew it.

The whole thing is here.

All the President's Men at 40

Michael Cavna reports for WaPo:

CARL BERNSTEIN has a favorite shot — a powerful, wordless visual within a film rippling with verbiage. It is the moment when everything elevates as metaphor.

It is, Bernstein says, “the Library of Congress shot.”

The film is “All the President’s Men,” Alan J. Pakula’s classic journalism procedural, which today celebrates the 40th anniversary of its release. And the shot in question begins with a tight overhead of The Washington Post’s Watergate reporters, Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford), as they painstakingly thumb through thousands of the library’s circulation file cards.

The vantage point “progresses from floor/desk-level to the rotunda of the library,” Bernstein tells me. “The shot, and the scene itself, as the overwhelming number of card-files are brought to the reporters — they got a bit more than they bargained for in all their cleverness — brilliantly illustrates both the monumental and granular challenges of real reporting, as well as the context of what is going on at the time in our own [Woodward and Bernstein’s] situation at that juncture.”

Below, the matchless Jason Robards as WaPo editor Ben Bradlee.

April 08, 2016

Bruce Springsteen cancels concert in N.C. over anti-LGBT law

The Boss has spoken.

Inside Pope Francis’ statement on the family

Our friend Peter Tatchell writes from London:

Pope Francis has failed LGBT people
Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality

"The Pope promised reform but has reconfirmed traditional Catholic doctrine on same-sex relationships. He has ignored submissions and appeals by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Gentler words do not assuage Vatican opposition to gay equality. Joy of Love offers a change of tone, not of substance,” said LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

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April 07, 2016

Funny Or Die Takes On Mississippi [VIDEO]

Tony Perkins: Stop Mocking Our PayPal Button

"The Daily Show" offers must-see takedown of "The Trans Panic Epidemic'"

Charles Barkley slams North Carolina over anti-LGBT law

Thank you, Sir Charles.

New study shows how to shift anti-transgender attitudes

Our old friend Bob Roehr reports in Scientific American on a new study published in Science which shows that door-to-door canvassing conversations can change voters' minds.

Tennessee to allow therapists to discriminate against LGBT clients

France abandons plan to have a gay diplomat in Vatican City

The Vatican's behavior in this matter has been despicable, but sadly not surprising.

Appeals Court Rules Puerto Rico Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

This should have been obvious after Obergefell, but the diehards don't quit.

Avoid these election-year mistakes

D.C. Council passes LGBT suicide prevention bill for schools

April 05, 2016

Grosso introduces Government Travel and Human Rights Act of 2016

Thanks to D.C. Council member David Grosso and his co-introducers. Thanks also to Mayor Bowser for her executive action. This is just the latest reminder of how LGBT-affirming a jurisdiction the District is.

Unpacking the gay subtext of Robin, the Boy Wonder

Glen Weldon at Slate does some unpacking. Very amusing.

Cristiano Ronaldo is now a target of gay bashing chants from fans

Jealousy is an ugly thing.

Honey Maid features gay couple in its ‘This is Wholesome’ advert

Portugal, the good and the bad

Justice Department Investigating Maricopa County, Arizona After Primary Election Chaos

PayPal Cancels Expansion Into North Carolina 'As a Result' of Anti-LGBT Law

Buzzer beater

Congrats to my alma mater, Villanova, for its victory last night in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Kris Jenkins made the winning 3-pointer a fraction of a second before the buzzer signaling the end of the game. As a friend who is a UNC alum said, the Wildcats played with a lot of heart.

Speaking of North Carolina, many people are celebrating UNC's loss because of the vile anti-LGBT law that was just passed by the state legislature in a special session and signed by Gov. McCrory. I am not inclined to take out my wrath on college kids.

'End Criminalization to End AIDS'

April 03, 2016

Bruni: a coalition-straining, brand-sullying mistake for the GOP

March 30, 2016

Andrea Mitchell: Trump Is 'Completely Uneducated' About The World

Andrea Mitchell sums it up well.

Over 80 Top CEOs, Business Leaders Join to Ask NC Gov. to Repeal Anti-LGBT Law