Monday, July 25, 2016

Gay DNC officials' leaked emails reveal . . . nothing' & other Mon. midday news briefs

With the DNC convention in the back drop, I will continue to bring you news and thoughts:

Gay DNC officials’ emails part of massive WikiLeaks release - Cool your jets. This article isn't about corruption or that ridiculous controversy designed to stir things up. The Gay DNC officials were talking about pushing against false information.

 Miss Major Is A Trans Elder And Stonewall Icon.. And She’s Changing The World - The best interview you probably have yet to read.

 Cleveland mayor signs transgender rights bill - Sweet! 

 Bryan Fischer: The NBA Is Punishing North Carolina For Refusing To 'Take The Mark Of The Beast'- The NBA takes a stand against discrimination in NC by moving the All-Star game away from Charlotte and Bryan Fischer responds in his own "shouldn't be copied" fashion.

Ramblings before the DNC convention. Just my thoughts.

So today is the start the Democratic National Convention and I hope it's a lot better than last week's monstrosity put on by the Republicans last week.

Since it's my blog, I have no problems with openly supporting Clinton and Kaine. My support is for a simple reason. With those two, lgbts don't stand to lose all that we fought for and won during the Obama Administration.

Every time around the presidential election, certain individuals wake up and start going on about saving the world, a corrupt system, real progressives, etc. etc. I don't mind saying that I'm not interested in saving the world before saving my own world. I'm not taking a risk of sacrificing lgbt progress and starting back from square one just to appease a superficial point.

Don't hand me crap about big banks or any of  the ultra liberal issue du jour. I learned all I need to know about the discipline and commitment of those folks in 2010 and 2012. It's so easy to march and shout slogans than it is to stay in the background and build structure, isn't it? Or get your friends to vote when the stacks are just as high but media attention is nil.

And I'm not even going to talk about that Wikileaks email crap which revealed NOTHING but a frustration over a candidate who stubbornly continued to push even though he was losing. There was nothing proven, except for the gullibility of certain people and their need to find any excuse to push issues which need to stay dead.

I know I'm probably rambling but I can. Here's hoping that this week shows the difference between calm, rationale leadership and hysterical ramblings. And here's hoping that certain shortsighted people don't screw it up.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Peter Thiel's obliviousness creates historic nonsense

Peter Thiel

“I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American,” - Peter Thiel in his speech at last night's RNC convention. Thiel is the Silicon Valley billionaire, who co-founded PayPal.

No, what you are is a tragic walking conundrum. A pathetic, oblivious man whose ears are so stuffed with money that he can't hear the cries of the brothers and sisters harmed by the party of fools he supports.

I can't be nice. It would dishonor so many others. And I can't fall for that rhetorical, semantic crap about not being tolerant about someone else's difference of opinion. Peter Thiel, you are an enabling monster. I don't care how much money you have.

Trump is an idiot whose speech is being panned as it should. The Republican party and its supporters cheering during the convention are entitled, self-righteous jerks stewing in their own inane realities of being deprived of things which never belonged to them in the first place. They immerse themselves in lies and when confronted by the truth, dig in deeper, as if the lies can coat them from the inevitability of having to deal with the truth.

But Peter Thiel , you are worse. Let the moronic strains of the lazy pundits lift you up. Believe that you have done something historic.

But never forget this. You didn't do anything historic. What you did is the equivalent of an African-American tap dancing for the pleasure of fools who have secret fantasies of lynching him. They merely tolerate your existence. They only pretend to love you because you are a white man with lots of money. If you were a transgender child in our nation's school or a married gay couple being denied service on the grounds of religious beliefs, their fangs would come out.

If you were an lgbt of color, you would be ignored, as if your existence doesn't matter. And if you weren't ignored, you would be treated to double smears of "n-gge-r" and "f-gg-t."

What you did last night wasn't special. You aren't special. You may get interview in gay magazines and you may even make the cover, but make no mistake about it.

Your presence at that monstrosity last night says more about you than that flippant statement of disagreement you made about the GOP platform. You do remember what it says, don't you? It attacks gay families, the transgender community, and suggests fraudulent therapy to make us heterosexual.

I speak for myself, as well as many lgbt brothers and sisters who aren't rich or as white as you when I say the following:

You make me physically ill.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

'Anti-lgbt right sacrificing 'values' to get a 'piece of the Trump' & other Thur. midday news briefs

Who needs 'morality' when there's power.

Behind The Religious Right's Efforts To Strong Arm Donald Trump - From Talking Points Memo comes something many of us already knew. With the anti-lgbt and "conservative" right, it's never been about morality or values. Just POWER. They are willing to give up the values they claim to support if they think Trump will allow them to control the country. Yet another reason why we can't take this election lightly. 

Come On, Ted Cruz. Nobody Believes You Care About Gay People. - Dear Ted Cruz, just because you served a wonderful purpose in putting another dent in the Trump RNC convention doesn't mean it changes how lgbts feel about you because we KNOW it doesn't change how you feel about us.  

Lawsuit: Trans Students Made To Wear Green Bracelets To ID Themselves - What kind of jacked up crap is this?

 Mike Pence’s top seven most homophobic moments (out of many)- Another reminder that Trump's VP pick, Mike Pence, is a serious homophobe. 

 Caitlyn Jenner denounces anti-trans bills at ‘Big Tent’ event - Some may disagree but she gets props for going into the belly of the beast with both barrels blazing. 

Picture taken from Salon.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Would Trump 'outsource' the presidency to Pence?

Mike Pence

Should Donald Trump win the election in November (God help us), we may already have an idea of how he would govern.

According to The New York Times (by way of The Huffington Post), Trump's eldest son had a meeting with Ohio governor John Kasich. During the meeting, Trump's son tried to convince Kasich to be his father's running mate under the proviso that he - Kasich - would handle the actual work of running the country while "The Donald" would be "coordinating." And by "coordinating," I mean enjoying the perks of being leader of the free world while doing mostly nothing.

Kasich refused, but one has to wonder is that idea still an option now that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is Trump's running mate. If so, this country would be in serious trouble, particularly lgbts. Allow Matt Baume in the following video explain how Pence could be worse than Trump.

'Meet the man who broke the Melania Trump plagiarism story' & other Wed midday news briefs

Jarrett Hill
Gay ex Atlanta man nails Trump for plagiarism -Yes, I think the fact that it was a black gay man who broke the Melania Trump plagiarism controversy story is highly important and I am not going to stop saying it. 

US Vice President Biden makes surprise LGBT rights intervention on Australia visit - I am sooo going to miss this presidential administration no matter who takes over.  

Pentagon Manual Details Rules for Transgender Military Personnel - Slowly but surely, progress is being made.  

The Utter Failure of the Log Cabin Republicans - Dan Savage is vicious, but truthful.  

‘Gays for Trump’ Join Conspiracy Theorists In Bringing Anti-Islam Anti-PC Message To RNC - Trash.

Ben Carson connects Hillary Clinton with Satan during #*&@ up convention speech

Ben Carson
We should have known something was up with Ben Carson earlier yesterday when he attacked the transgender community during breakfast with a Florida delegation during the RNC convention. Still, I don't think anyone was prepared for following moment during his prime-time speech.

Last night's theme was supposed to be about the economy, but it was quickly abandoned as the convention audience channeled a rabid mob screeching for Hillary Clinton's blood (or at least a long jail sentence). And in the midst of all of the banshee-type wailing wasn't NJ governor Chris Christie's speech - although he seriously fed off anti-Clinton hysteria of the crowd - but Carson's speech, The speech was punctuated by this moment in which he connects Hillary Clinton to Lucifer, or as we all know him, Satan:


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

'Anti-lgbt GOP convention appropriates Freddy Mercury, uses Queen song' & other Tue. midday news briefs

The GOP don't like lgbts, but love our songs

The Moment Donald Trump Made Freddie Mercury Roll Over In His Grave - Ironic, don't you think?   
Anti-LGBT Language Will Stay In the GOP Platform - Yesterday, a prelude to the insanity which followed. 

 Opponents launch effort to repeal transgender rights bill - And Massachusetts reminds us that our work is not done. 

The United Methodist Church Just Elected Its First Openly Gay Bishop - WONDERFUL news! 

Here’s The Real Origin Of The Word ‘Yas’ - Wonderful history and something I identify with in regards to my blogging - trying not to be forgotten when it comes to something I helped to start without sounding like Little Richard.

Melania Trump, Black Twitter would like to have a word with you

Editor's note - This is not necessarily an lgbt issue per se, but it's so campy it would almost be a sin for me not to post about it.

Oh this controversy is good!

The first night of Trump's GOP convention defied expectations and was as awful as one would have expected. The irony, however, is that it would have probably gotten a positive spin had it not been for a certain incident involving the wannabe First Lady, Melania Trump and a plagiarized passage from a Michelle Obama speech at the 2008 Democratic national convention.

Because of this, instead of basking in the spotlight of what would have sure to have been the start of "Melaniamania, Trump's wife is now the symbolism of GOP hypocrisy in that the party bashes Obama for allegedly failing America with a weak presidency, while simultaneously stealing his wife's words. And without a hint of irony.

No matter how Trump and company, especially Melania, spins this in the media, they can't hide from the twitter hashtag, #blacktwitter which, contrary to the claims of some folks, is the REAL place of political incorrectness and "telling it like it is.

Melania, now known as #beckywiththeborrowedspeech, is a popular topic there:

Photo taken from here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

'GOP Gov. contends anti-lgbt party platform is NOT homophobic' & other Monday midday news briefs

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
Editor's note - I don't think I can handle this week. I've lived through many a GOP national convention, but I think this one will be the spaciest. But I will do what I can:

A GOP Governor’s Unbelievable Defense Of Her Party’s Anti-LGBT Platform - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin contends that the GOP anti-lgbt platform is not actually anti-lgbt because they stand for the human rights of all people and that there were lgbts on the platform committee. Yeah, they were the ones attempting to keep you dummies from passing those awful planks. As for her first comment, help me Jesus to not say anything ugly.

Jeb Bush blames Obama for Republican vitriol against LGBT rights - Apparently the lgbt and Obama was just asking for it. Our outfit was too tight, we danced to suggestively, we got drunk, etc. etc.(this is not to make light against the sexual assault of women. It's meant to point out the inanity of Bush's comment. )

Why Doesn’t NY Times Label Anti-LGBT Extremists As “Hate Groups”? - It's a good question, but I think that those of us watching these groups don't make the case strong enough. It's about what they are doing now and what they have done in the past. We have to put that out, force a conversation on the situation. Why are we expecting the media to do what we won't? 

STUDY: Which Publications Avoid Using The “Hate Group” Label For Anti-LGBT Extremists - Third news brief, see the second. 

Stop Saying Black People Are More Homophobic Than Others - Cause it's simply not true.

The Trump Pence interview on 60 Minutes was so bad . . .

Not necessarily an lgbt issue per se, but then again yes it is. The purpose of this video is to show, on this day that the GOP convention starts, what serious trouble this country will be in if these two are elected as our president and vice president. Trump is incoherent when he is not praising himself, while Pence looks like he is tittering between inebriation and having to use the bathroom. And the video is already getting blow back. The Trumpences are attacking in the comment section.

Friday, July 15, 2016

'Friend of the gays' Trump officially picks homophobic Mike Pence as running mate

So it's official. And with his VP pick, I will hereby bodyslam anyone who claims that Donald Trump is a friend to the lgbt community. I'm talking "Andre The Giant" bodyslam:

And for all of those who don't know what I'm talking about, allow me to give you some background. Last year, Mike Pence signed into law an ugly "religious freedom/lgbt discrimination" bill. It backfired in his face, BIG TIME:

 Mike Pence's claim about his anti-gay law contradicted by picture of him with lobbyists - First, Mike Pence tried to say that the law wasn't a cover for anti-lgbt discrimination. BUT a picture of him signing the law while surrounded by anti-lgbt spokespeople and activists proved that he was lying:

Eight is Mike Pence's unlucky number - And THEN while appearing on This Week to justify the law, Pence made a complete ass of himself. George Stephanopoulos asked him EIGHT times whether the law allows for anti-lgbt discrimination. Pence WOULD NOT answer the question: 

The awful law itself and the clumsy way Pence lied about it and defended it just added to a backlash, which Indiana is still feeling the effects of.

So it's like this - this presidential election is serious. Stop whining about having to vote for the lesser of two evils or how Clinton is corrupt or sold out.  If you don't make a choice, it will be made for you and it may not be the one you like.

Also, all of you folks saying "give me one reason sentence which says I should vote for Clinton that does not involve Trump," guess what?  There are none. Trump is in every sentence detailing reasons why you should vote for Clinton. And not only him, but now Pence.

You can't take your ball and go home here, folks. You have no fairy godmothers or wishes which will make things right and the choices for president clean and pure.

Be smart for God's sake. Be strategic. And if anything, think of the folks who will suffer if you don't make the right choice. And that choice is NOT "no choice."

This isn't bullying. It's simple truth.

Ask Mike Pence questions about anti-lgbt discrimination and watch him sweat

As this video shows, a year after his "religious freedom" bill backfired in his face, Indiana governor Mike Pence still couldn't answer the simple question of whether he thought anti-lgbt discrimination was permissible. Should Trump pick him as his vice presidential running mate, wouldn't that be a wonderful question to ask him while he is on the campaign trail?