Friday, December 29, 2017

'Trump fires entire White House HIV/AIDS Council with no explanation' & other Fri midday news briefs

In getting rid of the entire White House HIV/AIDS Council, Trump (first picture) undermines the fight against HIV/AIDS just like a member of his evangelical advisory council, Gary Bauer (second picture), did when he worked in the Reagan Administration during the early days of the crisis. 

Trump just fired the entire White House HIV/AIDS Council - In getting rid of the White House HIV/AIDS Council, Trump has just undermine the fight against HIV/AIDS much like a member of his evangelical advisory council, Gary Bauer, did in the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis when he worked in the Reagan White House. I hope the rest of that history doesn't repeat itself.

Related post - Gary Bauer - the anti-gay talking head who undermined the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Reagan Administration 

The Biggest Blows to LGBT Equality in 2017 - We won a lot of fights this year, the hard way. But we also lost some and were the victims of some awful tragedies. Don't forget. Let it anger you enough to fight in 2018. 

2017's worst anti-trans lies and smears - AND they tried to run our trans brothers and sisters through the mud. You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.

For These Trans And Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Trump’s Reported Word Ban Is Personal - Yes it is, and they aren't going to just sit back and let it happen.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Roy Moore's spokesperson once made an awful anti-LGBTQ documentary featuring the GOP

Without question, the MVP of insanity throughout this entire Roy Moore Senate run is one of his spokespeople, Janet Porter.

Via her insanely combative interviews and even wilder conspiracy theories, Porter probably did more to hurt Moore's campaign, short of the allegations that he chased after underaged girls.

But to those who have been watching Porter while being aghast at her tactics, the LGBTQ community has one thing to say::

Where the hell have y'all been. We've known about Ms. Porter for years because she isn't exactly a friend of our community. In fact, she has been a bane against us as long as I can remember. I could count the number of times going back to 1997, but for the sake of levity and desire to spotlight the most egregious, let's talk about the "documentary" she premiered in 2015.

“Light Wins: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity" was a spooky concoction of lies, fear tactics, badly directed scenes, and plain homophobia. It also featured a number of Republican legislators and conservative figures:

  Among the participants are Rep. Steve King, Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Sen. Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, David Barton, James Dobson, Mat Staver, Phyllis Schlafly, Scott Lively, Alveda King, Brian Camenker, Frank Pavone, Robert Knight, John Stemberger, and, of course, Porter herself, who can been seen walking around in the woods with a lantern, warning that gay activists are seeking to turn Christians into criminals:

'Roy Moore sues for an election 'do-over'' & other Thur midday news briefs

Roy Moore files complaint to block Alabama Senate result - Forget it, you homophobic boob! At this point you are merely being amusing. 

Bishop of Liverpool criticises Christian Trump supporters - Good for him!

Court Rejects Gay Singapore Man’s Bid To Adopt Biological Son - This right here is some bull.

This Chechen Gay Refugee Was Forced to Apologize for ‘Disgracing Chechnya’ by Talking About the Gay Purge - UGH! Just simply ugh!

  4 positive political moments for the LGBTQ community that somehow got past Trump - The title of this piece should be "Four pro-LGBTQ moves accidentally made by the Trump Administration."

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2018 Resolution - Don't let these anti-LGBTQ hate groups get away with pretending to be Christian

For 2018, as the LGBTQ community continues to fight tooth and nail for our equality, it is imperative that we do what we can to break down to America the lies perpetrated against us by groups and people who masquerade their homophobia and hate behind a religious veneer.

It is equally imperative that we don't get distracted by side arguments regarding religion in general or get tricked into having to defend or explain why we should be treated fairly. The onus needs to be on these groups such as the Family Research Council, the Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Family Association and their allies (such as Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress) who will use whatever power they have in the Trump Administration to distort the narrative. They will claim they are merely attempting to "protect Christians." That's a lie, just like their last explanation (they are "defending marriage) or the one before that (they are merely trying to keep gays from getting "special rights") and so on and so forth . . .

This so-called culture war they talk about is about what it's always been about from the beginning - depriving the LGBTQ community of our dignity and God-given rights to equality and self-determination.  In the long run, it doesn't matter how many millions they have, how polished they are in front of the press, how many times they appear on Fox News showcasing their ability to tell one-sided distortions,  or how many times they can hide their animus, the bottom line is they are lying snakes wearing masks.

And there is only one way you can properly deal with lying snakes wearing masks - rip the masks off for the world to see. Don't give them any slack. Not even a little bit.

The Alliance Defending Freedom

10 Facts About The Nation's Largest Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group: 

1. SPLC Labeled ADF A Hate Group Because Of Its Extreme, Demonizing Lies About LGBT People. 

2. ADF Boasts A $48 Million-Plus Annual Budget And Over 3,000 “Allied Attorneys.” 

3. ADF Defended The Constitutionality Of Criminalizing Gay Sex In The U.S. 

4. ADF Has Expanded Its Anti-Choice, Anti-LGBTQ Extemism Internationally. 

5. ADF Is Behind The National Push For Anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom” Laws. 

6. ADF Is Leading The National Campaign For “Bathroom Bills” Targeting Transgender Youth. 

7. An ADF Attorney Once Called Matthew Shepard’s Murder A Hate Crime Hoax. 

8. ADF Believes In A “Homosexual Agenda” Dedicated To Destroying Christianity. 

9. ADF Has Long Opposed Anti-Bullying Efforts In Schools And Even Launched The “Day Of Truth” To Combat The “Day Of Silence.” 

10. ADF Wields Significant Power In The U.S. Legal System.

 The Family Research Council:


 The Liberty Counsel:


 These are only three, but there are so many more. One of our goals for 2018 should be to knock them down a peg and rip away their undeserved label of being groups for faith and family.

That's my goal. And I do not intend to fail.

'2017 ends as the LGBTQ community stands unbowed & unbeaten' & other Wed midday news briefs

A Look Back At 2017’s Best, Worst and Ugliest Queer Political Moments - Actually this has not been a bad year. It was a trying year, but if there is no struggle there can be no progress. And it's good to see that our community hasn't lost our ability to fight. In addition, we are seeing new heroes taking their much deserved turn in the spotlight - i.e. the transgender community.

In 2017, LGBTQ Progress Was Built on Local Elections - Damn skippy!

17 Times the Trump-Pence Administration Attacked the LGBTQ Community in 2017 - And there are simply the top ones.

Ten Federal Judges Have Now Rejected Trump’s Transgender Military Ban - This is lovely. Trump is learning that he can't decided something as crucial as military service simply because he is in the Oval Office. There must be a GOOD REASON to make policy.

Minnesota Court of Appeals rules a transgender man's discrimination lawsuit against Starbucks can proceed - Let's see them try to the pull the "religious liberty" argument with this one.

Hornet’s Editors Pick Their 10 Favorite Celebrity Stories of 2017 - And you know we just love our celebrities.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Video - Why white evangelicals sold out God, Jesus, and Christianity to kiss Donald Trump's tush

We all know that Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, James Dobson, and the rest of the white evangelical/religious right crowd sold out God, Jesus, and Christianity to become a part of the Trump Administration. However, the above video presents the situation in such an easy-to-understand way that I think that it will be continued to be viewed years later when folks ask just why did so many people in this county abandon morality and reason to put such a vile toad in the Oval Office. 

Consider this video as my gift to you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Roy Moore calls out former opponent's gay son in tantrum over loss, hate groups trying to spin Kelvin Cochran court loss, ' & other Thur midday news briefs

Roy Moore
Roy Moore melts down over Muslims, Marxists and ‘Doug Jones’s gay son’ in wake of humiliating defeat - Y'all, pray for Roy Moore. He still hasn't gotten over his loss as of yet. And to call out the gay son of Doug Jones, the man who defeated him, is simply tacky.

The Terrible Anti-LGBTQ First Year Of The Promised ‘Pro-Gay’ President Trump - This is what we had to endure this year, but we are still standing and personally I am ready to fight some more.

Sorry Alliance Defending Freedom, but Kelvin Cochran did not win his case - Reposting my piece from last night because the American Family Association, Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and others are still attempting to spin this case as a win. It wasn't. 

Hate group claims hollow victory in case of Atlanta’s fired anti-gay fire chief - To repeat the situation from a different perspective but reaching the same conclusion that Kelvin Cochran lost and his bid to be a "religious freedom martyr" failed. 

Man who fought gay marriage ban running for Texas Senate - Wonderful!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sorry Alliance Defending Freedom, but Kelvin Cochran did not win his case

Kelvin Cochran's 'religious freedom' martyrdom failed in the courts.

No matter how much prestige it may receive or how thick  the cloak of morality it may drape itself with, an organization dedicated to undermining  LGBTQ equality via lies and misdirection will always show itself as the brazen nest of hypocrites it is.

I speak of the anti-LGBTQ hate group the Alliance Defending Freedom. Today it claimed a victory in court regarding a fired Atlanta fire chief. However it turns out that their cheering was a simple misdirection:

A federal district court ruled Wednesday that city of Atlanta rules which led to the termination of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran are unconstitutional. The court found that the city’s policies restricting non-work speech, like a book for Christian men that Cochran wrote, are too broad and allow city officials to unconstitutionally discriminate against views with which they disagree. 
“The government can’t force its employees to get its permission before engaging in free speech,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot, who argued before the court on behalf of Cochran last month. “In addition, as the court found, the city can’t leave such decisions to the whims of government officials. This ruling benefits not only Chief Cochran, but also other employees who want to write books or speak about matters unrelated to work. Atlanta can no longer force them to get permission or deny them permission just because certain officials disagree with the views expressed.” 
With regard to the city’s “pre-clearance” rules, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia wrote in its decision in Cochran v. City of Atlanta, “This policy would prevent an employee from writing and selling a book on golf or badminton on his own time and, without prior approval, would subject him to firing. It is unclear to the Court how such an outside employment would ever affect the City’s ability to function, and the City provides no evidence to justify it…. The potential for stifled speech far outweighs an unsupported assertion of harm.” 
The court added that provisions within the rules “do not set out objective standards for the supervisor to employ.” “This does not pass constitutional muster,” the court concluded. 
Cochran wrote a 162-page devotional book on his personal time that briefly mentions his Christian views on sex and marriage. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed suspended Cochran for 30 days without pay and announced that he would have to complete “sensitivity training.” Reed then fired him, even though a city investigation concluded that he did not discriminate against anyone.

This press release by ADF omitted a lot of information as to what the court actually said. In truth, Cochran won on only two claims he filed. However, he lost on the claims of free speech retaliation, viewpoint discrimination, and association.

News brief special - Trump, religious right team up in attempt to devastate LGBTQ equality, health, and wellness

Before the election, Trump said he would be an advocate for the LGBTQ community if he won.
Now that he is in The White House, Trump is giving unfettered access and power to those "faith leaders" who gained prominence undermining LGBTQ equality while labeling the LGBTQ community as "pedophiles," "confused people,"
"tools of Satan," and purveyors of a "dangerous lifestyle." 

Trump’s Judicial Assault on LGBT Rights - "Trump’s record speed and the alarmingly high number of nominees with anti-LGBT records whom he is advancing is triggering a growing judicial crisis for LGBT people. Nearly one-in-three have records that demonstrate hostility towards the rights of LGBT people. While several of these nominees are anti-LGBT activists who have openly denigrated LGBT people and families, others have more quietly undermined LGBT rights and protections."

CDC’s Banned Words Would Be Deadly For LGBT Americans - Could be if we give in to fear and not be ready to fight like hell.

HHS under fire for proposal overseen by former anti-LGBTQ hate group employee - Repeating my post from last night. Banning words is not the only mischief that Trump seems to be planning for the LGBTQ community.

Trump administration ‘misled court’ about need for transgender military ban - Of course they did. Why are we surprised.

Trump Is Forcing the Military to Lie in Court About the Transgender Troops Ban - More on this situation.

The Year The Religious Right Moved Into The White House - Just in case you didn't see this, a wonderful break down of the many ways the anti-LGBTQ/evangelical right has taken advantage of its power in the Trump Administration. An excerpt:
February 2: Trump gathers conservative leaders, including representatives from the NRA, the Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Tax Reform, along with the Susan B. Anthony List’s Dannenfelser, Concerned Women for America’s Nance, National Right to Life’s David O’Steen, Charmaine Yoest of American Values and, of course, Paula White, to personally thank him for the Gorsuch nomination and to discuss the confirmation fight ahead.
February 23: The departments of justice and education withdraw protections for transgender students in public schools that had been implemented by the Obama administration. Religious Right groups express their gratitude.
March 13: HHS announces its intention to eliminate “questions seeking to identify gay, lesbian and bisexual elders in a U.S. health survey.” The plan is later dropped. 
March 24: ProPublica reports that the Trump administration has “quietly appointed” former Heritage Foundation official Roger Severino to head the HHS Office for Civil Rights. 
March 29: The Census Bureau proposes and then quickly un-proposes counting LGBTQ people in the 2020 census. 
April 7: Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
April 10: Nance and Dannenfelser go to the White House to celebrate with Gorsuch.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

HHS under fire for proposal overseen by former anti-LGBTQ hate group employee

Shannon Royce, head of HHS's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is causing a controversy over a proposal which could negatively affect the health of women and the transgender community. In addition, eyebrows are being raised as to how public comments deemed negative to the proposal are being allegedly censored by HHS. Lastly, Royce's former tenure as chief operating officer of the anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council has to be factored in on both the fairness of the proposal and the accusations regarding the comments.

Editor's note - I'm running this post early because I figure after that final vote on that awful GOP tax bill, our minds will be caught up elsewhere.

The Department of Health and Human Services is now under fire for a decision which could negatively affect women seeking abortions and transgender men and women seeking medical care.

And it looks like a former employee of  anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council is linked to it.

From Politico:

HHS is defending its decision to withhold more than 10,000 public comments on a proposal that could affect access to abortion and care for transgender patients. 
“There has been a voluminous response to the [request for information], and the center’s team is working through a review of the submissions,” Shannon Royce, who leads the agency’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is overseeing the proposal, said in a statement on Monday night. 
The Trump administration in October sought public comments on its plan to reduce HHS' regulations for religious and faith-based groups. Allies and opponents of the plan say the stakes are high: Loosening the current requirements could allow such groups to cite religious exemptions and deny certain services and care. For example, Catholic hospitals could gain new protections to refuse to provide abortions. 
 . . . While HHS received 10,729 comments on its proposal, the agency has only posted 80 comments — less than 1 percent of all submissions — that overwhelmingly back the administration’s anti-abortion policies or attack regulations advanced by the Obama administration, such as a rule forcing health care providers that accept federal funding to provide services to transgender patients. Sources with knowledge of HHS' decision say the agency hand-picked the comments that it released.

According to the article, lawyers from all sides are bickering over whether or not this is illegal, with some saying that it really doesn't matter at all.

However, the article also contains an item which, if we lived in a world where people weren't so oblivious about certain things which are so obvious, would properly explain the fears some have about this policy and especially how it is being presented.

The person overseeing the proposal, Shannon Royce, served as chief operating officer the Family Research Council  until May of this year.

Politico calls Royce an anti-abortion activist and the Southern Poverty Law Center has called the Family Research Council an anti-LGBTQ hate group because it spreads negative and false narratives about the LGBTQ community (such as claiming that gay men molest children at a high level or implying homosexuality itself is a public health hazard).

 In recent years, FRC has aimed a lot of its efforts in denigrating the transgender community, including creating false policy papers filled with dubious claims and nasty rhetoric or lying about transgender troops serving in the military.

So to cut through all of the blather, this is the controversy:

HHS is issuing a proposal which could negatively affect a woman's access to an abortion and the transgender community's access to medical care in general because of the "religious liberty" argument.  The agency invited the public to give comments on this proposal but published less than one percent of the comments, with the majority being from people who support the proposal.

And the proposal is being overseen by a person who opposes abortions and, until very recently, was a high ranking officer in an organization who is known to have spread false stories and dubious claims about the transgender community.

It's safe to say suggest that this proposal and the seemingly unscrupulous way it is being handled has nothing to do with fairness, safety, or health. Unfortunately, it's all about ideology.

'The press must stop being so compliant with anti-LGBTQ hate groups' & other Tue midday news briefs

The Alliance Defending Freedom was able to hide its anti-gay animus under the monikers of 'conservatism' and 'religion.'  

A compliant press helped bring Alliance Defending Freedom's anti-LGBTQ hate back into the mainstream in 2017 -I totally agree. The media must give full nuances about groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom by giving their entire history of undermining the LGBTQ community. When they have representatives of these groups on their shows, they need to ask the penetrating questions about their actions.  It's especially up to our community, leadership, and press to aggressively school everyone on the issue of anti-LGBTQ hate groups. Stop falling for their narratives, stop getting sidetracked with off-tangent discussions on religion et al, and stop allowing them to lead the debates. This is about anti-LGBTQ propaganda and hatred in a general sense, not singular pitched battles over bakeries, cakes, and florist shops.

Catholic Bishops spearhead letter encouraging parents to reject their transgender kids - At what point will people stop using religion as an excuse to denigrate different groups of people and especially children?

Scott Garrett, Most Recent Dangerous Anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence Nominee, Rejected By Committee - Sweet! Another anti-LGBTQ Trump nominee has been rejected.

Internet a 'lifeline for LGBTQ people': Advocates slam net neutrality repeal- How ending net neutrality could harm our community's way of communicating with each other and getting the proper services we need.

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Family Research Council dishonestly defends Trump's banned word list

Family Research Council head Tony Perkins and his group applauds Trump banning words.

To the surprise of no one who has followed the pseudo-Christian organization, the Family Research Council is applauding the Trump Administration's banning of seven words and phrases ("vulnerable," "diversity," "entitlement," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based," and "science-based.") for use by the Centers for Disease Control and other government agencies in official budget documents.

In fact, FRC calls it "standard procedure" and a move to "bring the country back to reality"

For once, it's not what the Trump administration is saying that's raising the media's eyebrows -- it's what they aren't saying. Heading into the weekend, the Washington Post sparked an interesting debate over the power of words when it reported that officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were asked to avoid certain terms in their budget requests. 
The Post treated the news as if it were an unusual -- and even troubling -- development. Among the taboos, reporters write worriedly, are words like "diversity," "transgender," "entitlement," "fetus," "evidence-based," and "science-based." As usual, the liberal media ginned up plenty of outrage over the changes, despite the fact that this is a standard practice of every administration. President Obama understood better than anyone that if you control the language, you control the debate. In fact, we've watched the far Left use this strategy for years on everything from religious liberty to life. "Abortion" became a "choice." "Liberals" are "progressives." And suddenly, it's not "same-sex marriage" but "marriage equality."

Sunday, December 17, 2017

An open letter to the conservative gay man who called my blog 'anti-Christian'

I'm not familiar with Chad Felix Greene, except that I blocked him for some reason.  Based upon what he posted about my blog on Friday, blocking him was a good idea. However since he called me out, I think it's my duty to answer back.

From the looks of him, Mr. Greene seems to be one of those bougie individuals who isn't negatively touched by homophobia as much as us so-called "plain queers." His routine seems to be allowing himself to be used by conservative publications and groups in order to tell us LGBTQs that we are hysterical victims of "leftist leaders." exploiting us for personal benefit.

And on this occasion, he had the hypocrisy to make this argument for The Federalist, a right-wing publication who is obviously exploiting him. The particular piece I am talking about is a self-righteous piece of tripe called No, Lifting ‘Net Neutrality’ Doesn’t Hurt Gay People, in which makes the argument that lifting net neutrality (even though it has caused alarm in many circles) isn't harmful to gays.

To Green, it's the people  sounding the alarm about lifting net neutrality who are the actual dangers. And in his post, the following the part which sent me into orbit, so to speak:

The final layer of argument relies on the idea that those who pay more will get a faster lane than those who pay less. Alvin McEwen of the anti-Christian LGBT blog titled “Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters” described this as an intentional way to keep LGBT people ignorant and afraid. Again, given the current social climate, this is preposterous.

 This is what I tweeted him back:

My friend, I read your post about net neutrality. While I disagree with all of it, I take GREAT offense with you calling my blog anti-Christian. My blog focuses on the lies told about the LGBTQ community by whose who hide behind a religious veneer. It seems that the only reason why you label me anti-Christian because you think that white conservative evangelicals have the patent on the word "Christianity." It always amazes me how people like you want to bogart the argument on faith but then portray yourselves a victims because someone else won't let you do it.  
I am not anti-Christian because I don't think that true Christians bear false witness against a community, use junk science & out-and-out lies to denigrate a community, such as people on your side of the spectrum and your newspaper has done. The fact you consider me anti-Christian because I demand integrity from the anti-LGBTQ evangelical right is sad. The fact added on that you are a gay man doing this is abominable. 
I am a black gay man from the South. That means unlike you, I do not have the luxury 2 hide behind pseudo-intelligence and a self-righteous ignorance to denigrate my own people.. You are only where you are because you've made yourself useful. When you are no longer useful, you will find out that all of your pretentious attitudes and lies mean nothing. Until then, in spite of what you think u have accomplished, you are nothing more than a shoe shiner, but eagerly stooping lower than most.

And he sent me back an ugly comment:

Friday, December 15, 2017

'Anti-LGBTQ evangelical right worried that Roy Moore support made them toxic to America' & other Fri midday news briefs

Some right-wing/anti-LGBTQ evangelicals are worried that support of Roy Moore has made them toxic in the eyes of other Americans. Ya think?

Has Support for Moore Stained Evangelicals? Some Are Worried - Uh oh. Watch this. The anti-LGBTQ/evangelical/religious right are having a serious "come to Jesus" moment over their support of Roy Moore. Please. They missed several "come to Jesus" moments when they decided to smear the LGBTQ community time after time again. What you are watching now is akin to the slow sinking of the Titanic. I wonder if I can add a few extra holes.

After Trump and Moore, some evangelicals are finding their own label too toxic to use - I personally think the LGBTQ community should use this moment to point out the myriad times these folks attacked us and our families and tried to eliminate our equality and dignity. Let's be honest about something (and it needs to be repeated) - People like Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress, groups like the Family Research Council or the Heritage Foundation don't give a damn about America, nor our diversity or rules of law. They just want conservative justices to eliminate abortion and gay marriage and leaders who will build up their egos. Everything else, including their integrity, is expendable. 

These Schools Get Millions Of Tax Dollars To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students - Your "religious liberty" does not mean you have a right to steal my tax money while disrespecting me.

Kevin Swanson Blames Roy Moore’s Loss On Alabama’s Love Of Pornography - "On his radio program yesterday, extremist anti-LGBTQ pastor Kevin Swanson reacted to Roy Moore’s loss in the Senate election in Alabama earlier this week by blaming it on the state’s love of pornography, which he also warned is turning children gay." - I don't think I can write a better sentence than that so I just took it verbatim from the post.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Religious right made themselves look like immoral, power-hungry fools by supporting Roy Moore

James Dobson was among the religious right leaders who made fools of themselves by supporting Roy Moore.

With folks calling Steve Bannon and Donald Trump the big losers in Roy Moore's loss in the AL senatorial election, I am a little distressed that hardly anyone is paying attention to what the anti-LGBTQ/evangelical/religious right lost.

Remember that these groups and personalities supported Moore and doubled down even after the charges thrown at him regarding underage girls.

Rob Boston,director of Communications at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, just posted a wonderful column which spills the tea on how groups like the American Family Association and individual such as James Dobson made complete fools of themselves while exposing their true faces as power hungry demagogues:

 . . . Others decided that attacking Moore’s victims was the way to go. Bryan Fischer, a columnist for the American Family Association who has made a name for himself by proffering views so extreme they’d make Cotton Mather blush, went after Corfman.

According to Fischer, Corfman “has credibility problems as a witness. She’s gone bankrupt three times, has tangled with the IRS, and has been through three divorces.” (It’s unclear how any of this discredits Corfman. And I know of someone who has had similar problems – Fischer’s hero, President Donald Trump.) 
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said that if the allegations against Moore were true, they should disqualify him from the Senate. It was tough talk, but Perkins backed it up with absolutely no action. In fact, FRC’s political action committee had earlier endorsed Moore and didn’t withdraw that support. 
But perhaps the person who emerges most tattered from the Moore debacle is James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family. Let’s take a minute to remember what Dobson became famous for (other than telling parents to beat their children): He is a notorious national scold, the scourge of the LGBTQ community. 
 . . . So Dobson was furious over Moore’s focus on teens, right? Nope. Not only did Dobson not criticize Moore, he celebrated the man. Dobson personally endorsed Moore and recorded a radio ad for him, during which he lauded Moore as “a man of proven character and integrity.” (Tell that to the girls Moore was allegedly bothering at a Gadsden mall in the late 1970s.) 
 . . .This incident won’t slow the Religious Right down, of course. The hypocrite brigade will continue to judge and attack others. But they’ve handed those of us who are frequent targets for their outrage a powerful weapon. Their yawing ethical void was fully opened Tuesday night, and all of America could peer into it.

Hat tip to

An angry Roy Moore blames the LGBTQ community in part for his stunning loss' & other Thur midday news briefs

Roy Moore refuses to concede as new campaign video targets transgender people, liberal judges - Still stinging from his much deserved recent loss, Roy Moore is not only refusing to concede, but is also blaming everyone but himself for his loss. Come on, my brothers and sisters. You know you would be just a LITTLE upset if he didn't attack the LGBTQ community in his comments. Strange how the taste of someone implying that you are an enemy of God and America is so much sweeter when it happens after they've suffered a humiliating loss. Seriously, every time I see this video, I want to put on a pants suit and sit in comfortable chair  while a lovingly stroking a small Persian cat in one hand  and clutching a small glass of brandy in the other. All with an evil satisfied smirk on my face and a plot to create further chaos entrenched in my mind. And with that song "Killer Queen" playing in the background as my theme music.

LGBTQ Alabamians Played A Crucial Role In Spurring The Turnout Against Roy Moore - It turns out that he may be partially right. The Alabama wing of the United LGBTQs of America did a whipping on his behind.

Republicans bury anti-LGBTQ provisions in massive higher education bill - Let's not get so happy that we forget that we are still at war with some people determined to hinder our equality and right to self-determination. 

 Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay - AND let's not get forget that our struggle is worldwide.

  Seeking to Serve: The Next Generation of LGBTQ Politicians - Yes! A million times YES!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Transphobia, homophobia, & inexperience sinks two of Trump's judicial nominees

The LGBTQ community received an early Christmas present, as the White House has announced Trump is withdrawing two judicial nominees, including one who claimed that transgender children are a part of "Satan's plan."

From Right Wing Watch:

The White House today walked back the nominations of two of President Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees, Brett Talley, a 36-year-old with a record of online extremism who had never tried a case, and Jeff Mateer, a former attorney for a Religious Right legal group who had said that transgender children were part of “Satan’s plan.” Talley, as we reported, had called for readers of his blog to join the NRA after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and had written on Twitter that Hillary Clinton should be in jail, calling her “Hillary Rotten Clinton.” The outcry over Talley’s nomination to a district court seat in Alabama increased when the American Bar Association gave him a rare “unanimously not qualified” rating—which was no surprise, since he’s only actually practiced law for a couple of years and has never actually tried a case in court. 
 Mateer, a former attorney for the Religious Right legal group First Liberty Institute, was saddled with a record of public speeches and interviews in which he had said that transgender kids are part of “Satan’s plan,” warned that marriage equality would lead to “disgusting” new forms of marriage such as “people marrying their pets,” defended ex-gay conversion therapy, and questioned whether there’s a “right to homosexuality” in the 14th Amendment. On top of that, Mateer had spoken at a conference sponsored by radical anti-LGBTQ pastor Kevin Swanson, who was known for speaking about the death penalty for homosexuality.

'With Roy Moore loss, the mask of virtue slipping from the anti-LGBTQ religious right' & other Wed midday news briefs

Last night's loss for Roy Moore may be the beginning of trouble for the religious right.

Editor's note - I wonder will last night's devastating loss in the Alabama senatorial election send a message to the evangelical/anti-LGBTQ right about their strident support of people who damage their so-called integrity. In other news, message to myself - BITCH PLEASE!

Whatever the case may be, I suggest that the LGBTQ community not think that  last night doesn't affect us. We can sit back and be observers for a change as the religious right further strips themselves of their undeserved mantle of "protectors of virtue."

Acts of Faith - ‘A spiritual battle:’ How Roy Moore tested white evangelical allegiance to the Republican Party - To answer the question in my editor's note, I think the religious right failed the test. They went for Moore big time, even after knowing the charges of his "sexual dalliances."

Roy Moore's Senate race is a referendum on Christian values in the age of Trump - A column from before yesterday's vote. It puts a worse perspective on the piece from above now that the election is over. 

Dave Daubenmire Blasts Christians Who Refused To Support Roy Moore Just Because He ‘Maybe Molested A Girl 40 Years Ago’ - Ewwww! Just plain ewww!

Kid Reads LGBTQ Children’s Book For The First Time — And Her Reaction Is Priceless - And as we observe things, life goes on for us. We continue to live our lives and have families. 

WATCH: Republican regent ignites massive protest at University of Oklahoma after equating homosexuality with pedophilia - And yet he claims to be merely "expressing his beliefs." Yeah, so are the folks angry at your ignorance. 

What's Your Favourite LGBT Movie With A Happy Ending? - We need more of these. Gone are the days of the "tragic queen."

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Grassley wants Trump to withdraw two judicial nominees (including the anti-LGBTQ one)

Jeff Mateer may not get to be a federal judge after all.

I think the GOP is starting to recognizing the severity of its problems under the Trump Administration - problems which will exacerbate to their worst should Roy Moore win the Alabama senatorial election this evening.

And a recent request from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to Trump gives further proof of this.

From The Hill:

Grassley told CNN that he urged Trump and the White House to rethink the nominations of Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley. 
"I've advised the White House they ought to reconsider," Grassley said to CNN. "I would advise the White House not to proceed." 
Mateer, whom Trump nominated to become a federal judge in Texas, has faced criticism for a series of 2015 speeches on religion and homosexuality. In those remarks, he described transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan,” compared homosexuality to bestiality and advocated for gay conversion therapy.

Critics called Mateer's September nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas "a gift to anti-LGBT activists." His nomination has yet to receive committee approval. 

'Alabama father protests Roy Moore in honor of deceased lesbian daughter' & other Tue midday news briefs

Why This Alabama Dad Is Protesting Roy Moore In Honor Of His Daughter - Easily the saddest and most poignant story of this Roy Moore mess. I don't care what your political persuasion may be or where you are from - no parent deserves to lose a child for any reason. And this reason is one we have unfortunately seen so many times. It's what we need to think about when we fight for every aspect of LGBTQ equality. We aren't just fighting for ourselves but also for our children, particularly what they see and hear and how it affects them. And please don't give any nonsense about not caring about an issue until it affects you personally because that's how change usually happens. My heart grieves with this man and I hope one day that he will find peace for himself and his late daughter.

Trump is fighting for his transgender military ban, despite multiple court setbacks - You lost this one, Trump. Deal with it.

Matt Barber & Gordon Klingenschmitt Launch ‘Aggressive’ New Anti-LGBTQ ‘Christian Civil Rights’ Group - Someone tell "Porno Pete" LaBarbera that his "sister in sodomy" has a new partner. I took a look at this new "group" and its webpage It's so nasty that we can use it for OUR OWN purposes in the future.

McCain and Cardin: Trump ‘largely silent’ on human rights abroad - And how many of us should be surprised? Trump is not only screwing up things for LGBTQs in America, but he is taking his shit-show worldwide.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Evangelical right gather to sing Trump's praises & surrender last of their integrity

Those who follow this blog know how much I am not a fan of the evangelical/religious/anti-LGBTQ right. The purpose of this blog from day one has been to expose how they smear my community via junk science and out-and-out lies. Also it has been my mission to expose just phony and unapologetically craven these groups and personalities are.

A wise man once said the best way to defeat your enemies is to give them what they want. When you do that, they generally rip off their masks to show the face that you've been telling everyone they have. That's the only way I can suitably explain the tweet below via White House reporter from Bloomberg, Jennifer Jacobs.

One would think that with all of the lies, malfeasance, incompetence, and investigations surrounding the Trump Administration, conservative evangelical leaders, who are so quick to complain about how the country's off-track and needs to 'back to God," would be the first in line to decry the madness.

Not so much when Trump is giving them influence and practically hand delivering them goody and goody.

Just disgusting, as the following demonstrates:

Gay characters on the Disney channel spotlight a plain reality

As you all know, a while back some people got angry at the Disney channel because a featured show, Andi Mack, recently had a coming out storyline. If you really want to get these folks' blood pressure running, show the above video. Apparently the Disney channel has a good history of showing the reality of the gay community. 

'Religious leaders speak against exploiting 'religious liberty' to create discrimination' & other Mon midday news briefs

Supreme Court’s Wedding Cake Case Isn’t About Faith, Religious Leaders Warn - So true. Regardless of this case turns out - and I hope it's a victory - I am very encouraged how people are speaking out and directing attention to the complexities of religion when it comes to the LGBTQ community and discrimination. And I am especially encouraged to see the spotlight on other religious leaders. Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, the Family Research Council, and the rest of that nauseating bunch have dominated the argument over religion and the LGBTQ community long enough. No one group or facet, no matter how many times you see them on television, no matter how much money or false influence they have, no matter luring their deceptive argument may be, owns the patent on faith, religion, morality, or God.

Sinclair is forcing local news stations across the country to air multiple false attacks on the Southern Poverty Law Center - Sinclair makes Fox News look like angels of truth. And the network, aside from forcing local stations to air biased, pro-Trump propaganda, is attacking the SPLC for its hate group designations.

Bermuda is set to be the first country to end marriage equality - A minor change to the law but should serve as a warning about complacency for folks here. DO NOT assume that the religious right isn't planning to take away what we fought for and earned.

A White Supremacist Group Posted Racist and Homophobic Fliers Around a Dallas University - It really doesn't matter if one can or can't compare the LGBTQ equality movement to the African-American civil rights movement because both groups tend to have the same enemies and had better get on the ball to acknowledge this.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

British pastors, MPs want Franklin Graham banned from entering England

His vocal support of Putin's crackdown on gays in Russia, which led to widespread anti-gay violence (first picture), is one of the reasons why some British pastors and MPs don't want Franklin Graham (second picture) to visit England in 2018.

Islamophobic comments and vocal support of Putin's persecution of the Russian gay community is now causing American pastor Franklin Graham much trouble. British pastors and politicians are undertaking an effort to keep him out of England.

From the Huffington Post:

Several British pastors and politicians are voicing concerns about a controversial American evangelist’s plans to preach in the U.K. next year. 
Franklin Graham, a prominent evangelical pastor who has made blatantly homophobic and Islamophobic statements in the past, is scheduled to headline the Lancashire Festival of Hope in Blackpool in September 2018. Graham’s three-day event — similar to the “crusades” once led by his famous father, Billy Graham — is reportedly taking place with the blessing of more than 300 church leaders and members in England.

But not all residents of the area are enthused about Graham coming to town. Some have urged the U.K.’s home secretary Amber Rudd to ban the preacher from entering the country altogether, the Guardian reports.

Nina Parker, the pastor of a church in Blackpool, told HuffPost in an email that she’s worried that Graham’s visit could embolden those who are prejudiced toward Muslims and queer people to express that hate.

In addition, according to the Huffington Post, Parker is involved with an online petition asking the home secretary to keep Graham away from England. Presently, the petition has over 6,000 signatures.

The Guardian also reports:

 Paul Maynard, a minister at the Department of Transport and a Blackpool MP, has written to Amber Rudd urging caution over Graham’s visit to the UK. 
Gordon Marsden, another Blackpool MP who has called on the home secretary to consider refusing Graham entry, said the evangelist may have broken UK legislation on hate speech. 
“I think frankly the evidence is piling up that his visit to the UK … would not be a good thing and not probably in my view a very Christian thing.” Graham’s statements were “incompatible with what Jesus said in the Bible”, he told BBC Radio Lancashire. 
Afzal Khan, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, said he was concerned about the prospect of Graham sowing division in the UK. “His views are not welcome, and I will make representation to the home secretary if it looks like he is intent on coming,” he told the Guardian.

Both The Guardian and Hufffington Post list past comments by Graham which are the basis for the concern over his visit.

The Guardian:

The evangelist, who backed Donald Trump in last year’s US presidential election, has described Islam as “an evil and very wicked religion” and has equated the actions of extremist groups such as Isis with the faith. He claimed that Barack Obama was “born a Muslim” and had allowed the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate the US government at the highest levels during his presidency. He also said the Obama administration was pushing “a gay and lesbian agenda”, and he has spoken out against LGBT rights, saying Satan is behind same-sex marriage.

The Huffington Post:

Graham proposed a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. in July 2015, months before Trump did the same. Graham has also suggested that allowing LGBTQ people into churches or Christian homes is allowing the “enemy,” or Satan, to “devour our homes.” Graham praised Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014 for protecting Russian children from the “damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.”

Photo of anti-gay violence in Russia taken from MotherJones.

Related post:

Franklin Graham Endorses Vladimir Putin’s Anti-Gay Crackdown

Friday, December 08, 2017

'By encouraging trans activist, Obama upstages Trump yet again' & other Fri midday news briefs

Barack Obama gave an inspiring reply to this transgender activist’s question - Even when he is as far away as India, Barack Obama reminds us AGAIN why he is a better president in his sleep than Donald Trump could ever be. And I'm not posting this just for folks to bellyache about how they miss Obama. Obama is not in the White House anymore, but we should still be inspired by his words and candor. We are still citizens of this country and we still have the power and means to fight. And that doesn't mean with desperation.

Anti-LGBTQ hate group fundraises for its UN work with swastika over a rainbow flag - Tacky, but not surprising from C-Fam 

Yesterday The Supreme Court Jolted LGBTQ People With A Frightening Reality - Even though I am hope that even if the baker wins the recently heard SCOTUS case, it won't be as far-reaching as feared to be, this piece my Michelangelo Signorile outlines the fears long after the case came to court. We need to stop being so quick to celebrate victories that we forget how they can come with caveats. This is a war over LGBTQ equality and every battle always leads to a new one. 

Trump seeks emergency court action to block transgender people from joining the military - Good luck with THAT one, fool!

America Needs Another 21,307 LGBT Elected Officials to Achieve True Equality - We only have 448 elected officials in this country. More is always better. It's a step towards success. Encouraging good LGBTQs to run for public office, then helping them to win.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Religious right Congressional ally Trent Franks resigns because of talk of surrogate motherhood

Trent Franks
On the same day that Democratic Senator Al Franken resigned over charges of sexual harassment (and I am so not happy about the entire situation),  the religious right and the GOP are now seeing an equal resignation:

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) announced Thursday he is resigning from Congress next year. Several news outlets reported Franks’ impending departure from the House earlier Thursday. In a statement, Franks said the House Ethics Committee is investigating his “discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable.” “I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress,” he said. “In the midst of this current cultural and media climate, I am deeply convinced I would be unable to complete a fair House Ethics investigation before distorted and sensationalized versions of this story would put me, my family, my staff, and my noble colleagues in the House of Representatives through hyperbolized public excoriation.” Franks said he has informed House leadership he will resign effective Jan. 31. In a separate statement, the House Ethics Committee announced it will investigate Franks to determine whether he “engaged in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and/or retaliation for opposing sexual harassment.”

. . . The eight-term congressman is a social conservative and one of the most aggressive anti-abortion legislators in Congress. He has led the charge, year after year, to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy nationwide and to limit abortion in the District of Columbia. Residents of D.C. protested his efforts in 2012 by lining up outside the Arizona congressman’s office with plastic rats and photos of pot holes, suggesting that he try to fix more pressing problems in the city than women having abortions.

According to Franks's statement, the situation seems to have stemmed from him asking two female aides to be surrogates for him and his wife:

'Anderson Cooper uses the power of 'shade' during wild interview with Roy Moore's spokesperson' & other Thur midday news briefs

Watch Anderson Cooper challenge Roy Moore's spokesperson to defend his past comments about "radical homosexuals," 9/11, and Obama birtherism - It's the interview just about everyone on twitter, etc. has been talking about. Janet Porter, the extreme right-wing spokeswoman of even more extreme right-wing GOP Senate candidate from AL, Roy Moore is interviewed by Anderson Cooper and frankly there should have been admission charged. Cooper, remaining calm throughout the interview and apparently borrowing extra powers to throw shade from the rest of us gay men,  basically annihilated Porter. He peppered her with questions regarding Moore's outrageous past comments and positions, leaving her befuddled and practically speechless many times. Let me put it this way - when a charge that transgender girls are carrying camera phones in locker room showers seems to the least memorable part of an interview, we are in pretty wild territory. 

My favorite part:

Porter: "May I finish . . " 

Cooper: "No." 

Marriage equality law passes Australia's parliament in landslide vote - By the way, THIS happened. Isn't it awesome! 

Gays, pedophiles, Nazis, and the Alliance Defending Freedom - My post from last night because as of this week, I have a special hatred of the anti-LGBTQ hate group the Alliance Defending Freedom and I intend to throw the truth out about this lying, bigoted group every chance I get. Every. Chance. I. Get.

Voucher Schools Championed By Betsy DeVos Can Teach Whatever They Want. Turns Out They Teach Lies. - This affects us too. You can just imagine what these "schools" are teaching about the LGBTQ community.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Gays, pedophiles, Nazis, and the Alliance Defending Freedom

What do gays, pedophiles, and Nazis have in common?  The Alliance Defending Freedom has on occasion connected them all together. As I said in an earlier post, the organization of religious right lawyers  who on Tuesday defended a baker's supposed religious freedom to deny gay customers, have a history of  opposing LGBTQ equality so vicious that it's a wonder how it wasn't mentioned at SCOTUS as an example of possible .anti-gay animus.

If you have seen the video below (it's from last year and Alan Sears is no longer president of the ADF), see it again as a refresher course and send it to other friends and allies. I have a feeling that we are going need to remember what it contains:

Related article -Six key takeaways from The Nation's investigative report on Alliance Defending Freedom’s “legal army 

'Old enemy of LGBTQ community becomes more prominent in Trump era' & other Wed midday news briefs

ADF hides its anti-LGBTQ animus. It's our job to rip the cover away from it.

How This Anti-Trump Evangelical Is Quietly Taking Advantage of The Trump Presidency - My dear LGBTQ brothers and sisters, an old enemy is now taking a more prominent role in undermining our equality. The Alliance Defending Freedom has done a lot of damage to us behind the scenes, but with yesterday's SCOTUS case, the group is front and center. As this article by Dominic Holden of Buzzfeed points out, I think it's time for us to start thinking more strategically. This group is pushing a "kinder, gentler" form of homophobia, showcased by figureheads such as the baker in yesterday's case. And they are doing things that I have said for the longest that WE need to do. They are studying our community and methods. And they are taking advantage of our anger to make us look like we are attacking Christianity. Marching or screeching at this group online will only fuel its narrative.  This group is more skilled than the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and more methodical and patient. We can defeat its efforts but at the very least, we need to challenge our old ways of doing things. Emphasize more education about this group. Demand that the media not simply call it a group defending Christians. Demand that the true and ENTIRE story about ADF be told. And above all, tell the true and ENTIRE story yourselves. There is enough information out there and I've included a few links. ADF has skillfully hid its anti-LGBTQ animus. It's our job to rip the cover away from it.

It's not just Masterpiece Cakeshop: Alliance Defending Freedom is attacking nearly every aspect of LGBTQ equality - A reminder that ADF isn't simply about "defending Christians." That can be seen as a cover for the group to undermine LGBTQ equality. 

Alliance Defending Freedom profile from SPLC - The SPLC has called ADF a hate group but according to the Dominic Holden article from above, the organization struggled with giving ADF this label. That only goes to show how skilled ADF is in hiding it's true nature.

Ben Shapiro doesn't understand the facts of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case - I'm a bit more pessimistic about Shapiro. I believe he knows fully well but will spin it how he wants. 

Lawmaker Patted On Arm By Male Colleague Fears He Won’t Be Seen As Straight Anymore - Don't nobody want this fool. Lord! 

LGBT immigrants fear deportation as Congress debates whether to take up DACA - This is affects all of us.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

LGBTQ equality vs. 'Religious liberty' has its court date

The SCOTUS oral arguments about the Colorado baker attempting to use religion as an excuse to discriminate took place today and I have to tell you honestly:

Like they always do, people overemphasize  and underemphasize what the Justices said, what questions they asked, what points they made. People are looking for the smallest clue as to how they will rule. But I don't know what the ruling will be. Of course I also said that about marriage equality and probably have said that about every court case about LGBTQ equality even if I were sure. I do know that a lot of folks on our side freaked out - as they always do.

My advice is that we have a long time from now until the case is publicly decided - spring of 2018. Let's not flip out. That includes no constant insane speculation. But I will say that the best article I read on the case was from Chris Geidner and Dominic Holden of Buzzfeed.

I found it to be precised, not opinionated - which was very needed - and inclusive of many details other articles didn't contain, like the following:

Waggoner walked a fine line between saying she wanted a ruling for her client but not a decision that creates a slippery slope, thereby possibly eroding civil rights laws for other classes of people or protecting an endless type of service providers. And yet, she sought a decision open-ended enough that other creative businesses that sell wedding services could turn away same-sex couples. Waggoner drew this line by insisting she wasn't asking to protect tailors and chefs, for example, but rather the baker's cake, which is inherently a message. 
Justice Sonia Sotomayor questioned why — even if there is a line to be drawn — the cake baker should be on the exempted side of the line. "The primary purpose of a food of any kind is to be eaten," she said. "There are sandwich artists," she said, but a sandwich-maker does't claim to create a First Amendment-protected lunch. 
Kagan synthesized the these scenarios into three "axes" of questioning, each one exploring how ruling for the baker opens further questions in a different direction. Many questions centered around which sort of business would be afforded the right to refuse service, and at what point their wares became a constitutionally protected form of expression. "A second axis is, well, why is this only about gay people?” she said, touching on questions about how a ruling could apply to racial discrimination, sex discrimination, or even, as raised at one point, disability discrimination. "Why isn't it about race?" Finally, she questioned how a decision could be confined solely to products for weddings. "What else counts?" Kagan asked — saying a funeral, bar mitzvah, or birthday could be affected. 
"So there are all three of these that suggest like, whoa, this doesn't seem like such a small thing," Kagan concluded.

Give it a read. It will calm your nerves. Also, remember that whatever the outcome, we will use it as an advantage. We will not give in to fear or despair if we lose or excessive giddiness if we win. Regardless of either outcome, this isn't over by a long shot. And when it is over, we will win because we will strive to win.