Tuesday, October 09, 2018

GOP official slurs LGBTQ & Native American communities with attack on Congressional candidate

Sharice Davids is trying to make history with her Congressional run. Unfortunately, she has to deal with mess like this Facebook message.

Instead-of a cohesive message celebrating their successes (because they don't have any which also equals success for the public), the GOP has decided to scare people into voting for them. Via Fox News and several representatives, the party is painting the Democrats as a crazed mob who can't change government the right way, so they are going to force change through violence.

It's an insulting and pathetic message and I don't think it will resonate. Also, some members of the GOP will probably slip and mess up the narrative.

Such as the case in Kansas :

A local Kansas GOP official lashed out at Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids on social media earlier this week, saying “your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation.”

The Facebook message was written by Republican precinct committeeman Michael Kalny of Shawnee and sent to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women’s north chapter.

“Little Ms. Pritchett- you and your comrades stealth attack on Yoder is going to blow up in your leftist face,” Kalny wrote. “The REAL REPUBLICANS will remember what the scum DEMONRATS tried to do to Kavanaugh in November. Your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation.”

 . . . Davids is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder for the hotly contested 3rd congressional district seat.

If she wins in November, Davids, a lawyer and amateur mixed-martial arts fighter, would become the first ever openly gay member of the Kansas Congressional delegation, as well as the first female Native American lawmaker in Washington.

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article219720280.html#storylink=cpy

Naturally, Kalny has been condemned all around, including by other Republicans.  Obviously the GOP is scared about that seat. Trump has said worse things and they generally celebrate him for "speaking his mind."

Hat tip to my friend Joe Sudbay.

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article219720280.html#storylink=cpy

'CA Republican steals transgender veteran's photo for ugly attack ad' & other Tue midday news briefs

Nasty and disrespectful way to treat those who fight for our freedoms.

California Republican steals transgender veteran’s photo for campaign attack - First folks on the opposite side of our equality want to take our tax dollars while discriminating against us. Now they want to exploit our faces and images. Tacky as hell.  

Gay Comedian Sampson McCormick Will Make History on Coming Out Day - Sampson is a wonderful comedian and definitely deserves this honor. McCormick will headline a Coming Out Day event at the National Museum of African-American History in Washington D.C., on Thursday, October 11. The event will celebrate the contributions of black queer art of the Harlem Renaissance; McCormick will be the first LGBTQ comic to ever perform at a Smithsonian museum.  

Black History Month: 5 black LGBT heroes who fought for equal rights - Goes without saying. A few of these folks even I wasn't aware of. 

Victory! Hawai`i Supreme Court Upholds Parenting Rights and Responsibilities of Married Same-Sex Couples - Good news! Under the radar but still good news. 

GLAAD is accepting nominations for its 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards - calling ALL LGBTQ blogs! You can nominate yourself and GLAAD is waiving the admission fee for LGBTQ blogs. As a past recipient of a GLAAD Media Award (that just brought a delightful chill down my spine), I can tell you that even being nominated is a huge honor. And winning is like  . . .  wheeeew!!! It's been over a year and there is a part of me which still isn't down from the high.