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November 06, 2016

Chelsea Clinton speaks at HRC, Equality NC event in Charlotte

November 02, 2016

Ugandan gays say police use painful exam to "prove" homosexuality

Vincent Gray: "I know what it’s like when law enforcement intervenes in an election. It happened to me."

"How the heck can voters think Donald Trump is more honest than Hillary Clinton?"

Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans urges federal takeover of transit system

November 01, 2016

America Nears the Women's Hour

My last column before the election is now up at the Blade.

Death with Dignity Act passes first reading at DC Council

(That's me, Rick Rosendall, in the yellow shirt at center left in above pic.)

On Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 1) the Death with Dignity Act passed first reading at the DC Council by a vote of 11-2. (Dissenting were CMs Alexander and Nadeau.) Most advocates on both sides (I have testified and lobbied in favor on behalf of GLAA) have been civil toward one another during the process leading up to today's vote. Health Committee Chair Yvette Alexander, for example, held a committee markup on the bill despite her personal opposition.

But one opponent was quite exercised as today's meeting was about to begin, threatening to defeat every Councilmember who supported the bill. (Good luck with that, lady, since most Washingtonians disagree with you.) She even gave a dressing down to bill supporter Romaine Thomas, a beloved local figure who is widow and mother of past council members and a longtime public servant in her own right. The angry woman refused even to shake Romaine's hand; I, as usual, had embraced Mrs. Thomas, asked after her family (her grandson is in college), and said I was glad we were on the same side.

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October 30, 2016

Here's exactly why a vote for Trump is vote against LGBTQ rights

FBI Director Comey Defied Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Possibly Illegal Email Disclosure

Some Trump Voters Threaten Violence if Clinton Wins

Trump supporter charged with voting twice in Iowa

Anti-gay maneuver by Republicans called 'ridiculous' by White House

Moonlight: stellar in every respect

Yesterday I saw Barry Jenkins's film Moonlight, based on the play by Tarell Alvin McCraney. It is stellar in every respect, from the screenplay and cinematography to the score and the acting. This is a Best Picture contender. Perhaps the most amazing performance among the excellent cast is by Alex R. Hibbert, who plays 9-year-old Chiron in the first section. He conveys a great deal with very little dialog. This is a movie that calls for multiple viewings.

Local businesses boycott Yuengling over Trump endorsement

Human Rights Campaign drops Mark Kirk, now supports Tammy Duckworth

Better late than never. Kirk's despicable attack on Duckworth's military heritage was no slip of the tongue. Many of us urged HRC to rescind its endorsement of Kirk. It did, and I thank them.

October 22, 2016

Early voting starts in D.C.

Capehart: Giuliani reacted like all bullies to Hillary's joke at Al Smith dinner

Outsports Podcast: The impact of demeaning locker room language on gay athletes

Donald Trump Jr. Says Serving as President Would Be 'A Step Down' for His Father

I say let's spare him the indignity.

Turing's Law 'still on track' as government scuppers rival bill in Parliament

Colombia ambassador downplays anti-LGBT opposition to peace deal

AIDS training website debuts for black MSM

Log Cabin announces decision to withhold endorsement from Trump

Overcoming Election Madness

My latest Blade column.

Captain Khan

As powerful a political ad as I have ever seen.

October 19, 2016

Melania Trump Blames Everyone But Donald

Once again so fabulous she must be rigged. Laura Benanti returns as Melania. (Note: she will appear at the Barns at Wolf Trap on Saturday, October 29, and will be joined by Potomac Fever of her dear late Uncle Robert's Gay Men's Chorus of Washington.)

October 16, 2016

SNL cold open: presidential town hall debate

Kate McKinnon is the star of this.

The 'global power structure' out to stop Trump

A brilliant line by a self-described feminist gadfly in Houston.

October 13, 2016

Michelle Obama in Manchester

Speaking Thursday at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, First Lady Michelle Obama eviscerated the Republican nominee for president without mentioning his name. As my friend Robert Naylor said, this was "another master class in political discourse." I cried as I watched her speak. This impassioned speech is one of the most powerful I have seen. Brava and thanks to her for this needed voice of passion and decency. We can do this.

October 11, 2016

Dr. Tyson on truth and politics

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Banana Republican

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Many of us watching the second debate Sunday night had the same thought as Trump threatened to jail Hillary. We don't do that in this country. America is not Venezuela.

Judge Overrules Gov. Scott, Extends Florida Voter Registration

Newsweek's Eichenwald exposes Wikileaks fraud, Trump as Kremlin mouthpiece

Clinton’s Ohio rally shatters attendance record

Five years ago today: Frank Kameny dies

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Late on Tuesday evening, October 11, 2011, after a GLAA meeting, I had the unhappy duty to report the death of gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny. It was National Coming Out Day.

His legacy continues.

Australia national marriage vote blocked

Good. Your right to marry should not be subject to approval by your neighbors.

Escape from politics: Orca and Kayaker

WSJ writes:

New Zealand photographer Sam Kynman-Cole captured drone footage of a playful orca whale interacting with a kayaker in Army Bay, New Zealand.

Olbermann: Here’s What’s Worthy of Anger

Another fine rant from Keith Olbermann.

Colbert responds to second Democratic debate

John Oliver on Guantánamo, Trump

John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, among other things, points out that the would-be strongman who is the Republican nominee for president wants to fill Guantánamo with prisoners and doesn't care about questions of constitutionality.