Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reciprocates President Obama's visit to Hiroshima by visiting the Pearl Harbor memorial site in Honolulu.
Sentence overturned in HIV transmission case https://t.co/UXAKfJBBkx— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) December 23, 2016
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?
Debbie Reynolds says daughter Carrie Fisher is in stable condition after heart attack https://t.co/KirwKv6Ci6— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 26, 2016
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.
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:
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.
From the International Space Station. Peace on earth. (Aspirational, not descriptive.)
U.S. declines to veto U.N. Security Council resolution for Israel to stop Jewish settlement activity https://t.co/2zsWdKguYO— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 23, 2016
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.
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.
An absolute disgrace. If the NC GOP thinks this betrayal will be soon forgotten, they are sorely mistaken.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vows resistance to Trump's racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and misogynist policies.
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.
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.
An outrageous betrayal of American democratic norms. In other words, standard Republican behavior in 2016.
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.
Tony Perkins to Trump: Remove 'activists' from State Department https://t.co/C7NBgK0Doj— Washington Blade (@WashBlade) December 18, 2016
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.