Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Family Research Council spins another lie that gays are trying to bully people of faith

Just when we thought hate group the Family Research Council was spending too much time milking its new cash cow of fundraising on the persecution card - the notion that lockdown policies designed to shield us from coronavirus infection is actually a plan to silence the church - it goes right back to the classic lie of "gays are trying to bully Christians." And apparently "big business" is in on the plot as seen by the graphic above from FRC's webpage

I will spare you the link, but it's just so upsetting to me. All of this "fun" stuff that gays are attempting to do to people faith (omitting the fact that we are also people of faith) and I have never gotten one memo from National Headquarters.

How can I be a decent "radical homosexual leftist radical" if I'm not getting the memos?

'19 celebrities who have come out since last year's Pride' & other Tue midday news briefs

LGBTQ Hollywood 2020: 19 Stars Who Have Come Out Since Last Year’s Pride - Yes this is still needed. When I was young, it was an unheard of thing to do. And I still get goosebumps of joy when a celebrity comes out.  Any message saying to be open and unashamed is a good message, particularly to our kids.

That time a proud mom placed a newspaper ad announcing her teen son had come out as gay - Looking back at a 2016 incident which still rules!

Disney's New Animated Short Film Features Man Coming Out to His Family - THIS happened over the holiday weekend. And it's still slamming!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Video - Can LGBTQ Americans afford four more years of Donald Trump? H@ll No!

As hard as it is to believe, there are some people out there who think that the LGBTQ community should support Donald Trump in the upcoming election. And some of these folks include LGBTQ people. I know this because I know a few LGBTQ Trump supporters. I honestly can't tell you why they are acting against their own self-interests. I can only say that watching the video above puts things in perspective in terms of what they are deceiving themselves about. And for that matter, it should serve as a reminder to all LGBTQ people that this isn't something to be nonchalant about. Trump declared a silent war on us four years ago. And we cannot afford another four years of his stealthy war on our rights, families, and safety.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Anything to protect Donald Trump - Watch how Fox News pundits minimize American lives lost to the coronavirus

 I personally think that Fox News on-the-air pundits are given a list of talking points every day that they must work in their segments and appearances. And the above video may prove that point. It's a montage of various Fox News pundits, personalities, and guests minimizing the deaths, particularly in America, caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As you watch the video, remember that about over 96,000 Americans who have died.  And as that death count grew, this "death is tragic, but . . ." junk is all that we got from Fox News.We know why they are doing this - to shield Donald Trump from blame for how his inept leadership led to many, if not all of these deaths. Apparently protecting him from the consequences of his piss poor actions is more important to these folks.

'Gay couple adopts foster son via Zoom' & other Thur midday news briefs

Gay couple adopts foster son via Zoom because they refused to wait any longer - Good for them! Congratulations to the new family!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Coronavirus Camp Classic 4 - Twelve moments with Beverly Leslie from 'Will and Grace'

With all that's going on in the country, even I need a break. And the video above is good way to do it. It features a campy duo from 'Will and Grace' who have wonderful chemistry. I'm not talking about Jack and Karen. I'm talking about Karen and her almost equally rich and not-so-in-the-closet  nemesis Beverly Leslie.

Beverly Leslie has to be the official breakout role for longtime actor Leslie Jordan. He's been everything from a rapping security officer in a failed television show to one of Jason Voorhees' victims in a Friday the 13th movie. Presently, he is a huge social media star because of his hilarious Instagram videos during the coronavirus lockdown.

And the success couldn't have happened to a better person.

'Religious exemptions are gutting civil rights protections, advocacy groups warn' & other Wed midday new briefs

Religious exemptions are gutting civil rights protections, advocacy groups warn - Deliberately, no doubt. And it's downright ugly how openly it's been happening.

Hungary’s parliament bans transgender people from legally changing their gender - This is awful and you just know some folks here are dreaming of doing this madness. 

Trump’s attack dogs turn on Blade reporter - How MAGAts weaponize Twitter.

LGBTQ magazine cover sparks debate over inclusion of controversial celebs - Don't get mad because some folks made the cover. Use the fact that they made the cover to speak on the situations.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

FRC's Tony Perkins whines that Trump isn't getting enough credit for fighting COVID-19 pandemic

According to some conservatives, Trump hasn't been given enough credit for fighting COVID-19.

It hasn't been a full day yet since my post Monday night about religious right reluctance to criticize Trump over the COVID-19 pandemic and the Family Research Council proves the point I was making.

 From its president, Tony Perkins:

When the dust settles from the coronavirus -- months, maybe even years from now -- there will be a lot of storylines from the crisis that were never told. One of the biggest, history will show, is about this president. Like most leaders in his position, he'd never faced a tragedy of this magnitude. But unlike so many others, Donald Trump turned to America -- not government -- for answers. It worked, not that most of the country will hear about it. He solved the supply problem, the equipment problem, the ventilator problem. But it didn't matter. The haters in the media and Democratic Party would simply turn and harp on something else. "There is a new cardinal rule in journalism," NRO editor Rich Lowry warns, "never write anything favorable about the Trump administration's coronavirus response, even about its successes." Obviously, he points out, no one's response has been perfect. "But to read the press, there is basically nothing good that the Trump administration has done over the last three months."

So Perkins (and Lowry ) are upset that the press hasn't been covering up for Trump's incompetence during this pandemic. It's not enough that Perkins and Lowry are doing it. They seem to want the entire narrative of this situation to be that the media is exploiting it to harm Trump  and that makes him the actual victim. Not the over 90,000 deceased Americans, not the over one million infected, not the people out of work or the people whose lives have been generally devastated.

'Officers charged with brutal assault on trans woman' & other Tue midday news briefs

Officers charged with allegedly slamming transgender woman's face on ground - I DO NOT like posting items like this, but they are needed.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Religious right silence during pandemic proves they favor Donald Trump over integrity, common decency

Here's something we are missing in regards to the Trump Administration and the coronavirus - the voice of the evangelical conservative leaders, i.e. the religious right. 

Remember all of this:

As conspicuous as Trump's fumbling coronavirus response has been the absence/silence of religious right leaders.  Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, James Dobson, and the rest have in the past had no problem bragging about their access to the White House, namedropping the policies they are supporting, or conveniently appearing in pictures with Trump while either in prayer or dramatic repose.

As America has been in chaos and the Trump Administration has been in even more chaos during this pandemic, why are they so silent?

'Will waivers help sink Trump's transgender military ban?' & other Mon midday news briefs

Will Waivers Help Sink Trump’s Transgender Military Ban? - This has not been getting that much attention, which I guess is good in a way. Still, it is very significant.

America will be a beacon of hope for LGBTQ rights again - by Joe Biden. Pay attention, folks. Who we vote for in this upcoming election will be the difference between moving forward and being pushed back.

Idaho Falls expands LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance - Wonderful! 

 News sites backtrack after 'deadnaming' transgender woman in obituary - It shouldn't be difficult to treat trans people with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Obama's devastatingly thrown shade during speech leaves Trump mentally punch-drunk

Saturday night, former president Barack Obama demonstrated why he is considered one of the best presidents of our time. 

 From Vox

 In his first major national address since the coronavirus pandemic began, former President Barack Obama delivered a commencement speech to graduates at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) Saturday. And much of his advice encouraging students to become leaders doubled as an indictment of the Trump administration’s management of the pandemic.

 “More than anything, this pandemic has fully finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said in a video streamed online as part of the “Show Me Your Walk H.B.C.U. Edition” virtual commencement. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

 On the whole, Obama struck his signature tone of calm and measured optimism, and used the country’s current economic and public health crises as springboards for discussing his usual political themes, including the importance of community organizing and finding common ground outside of comfort zones. And he also emphasized the unique injustices faced by young black people like Ahmaud Arbery at a time when some political leaders are arguing that coronavirus is an equalizer of sorts.

Obama's speech and those specific words are significant in many ways. It reminded a lot of us what we gave up when Trump was elected - a calm, high intelligent, rationale leader who always optimistically put his country first  instead of the selfish, incompetent fool who now stains the Oval Office. Obama was also sending a message that he isn't the least bit worried about how Trump and his allies have been falsely portraying him as the mastermind of an illegal plot to under Trump's Administration. Lastly, it was a specific reminder to Trump that no matter what happens, how his poor response to the coronavirus led to the wrecking of our economy and the deaths of over 90,000 (and counting) Americans will never be forgotten.

Since Obama's comments Saturday night, Trump and his supporters have tried (and failed) to voice suitable comebacks. Fox News personalities accused Obama of being partisan and "not that articulate."
Trump himself has accused Obama of being a "grossly incompetent president" who oversaw a "corrupt administration."

As you can guess, Trump's statements became the subject of much mockery and derision.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Maria Bartiromo proves how Fox News is helping Trump to wreck America (in less than 2 minutes)

Why Donald Trump has survived thus far in spite of all of his miscues and mistakes is simple. And it's not totally due to his supporters. It's because he is the first president in the history of this country who has an entire "news" network working to overhype his successes and cushion his many falls. And that's when it's not amplifying his many lies and conspiracy theories. In the old days, we called it propaganda. Nowadays, people seem to be desensitized enough to call it news.

I am talking about the Fox News Network, unfortunately the number one news network in the country and shameless promotion agent of the Trump Administration. The network has never been the bastion of objectivity, but with Trump in office, its bias has skyrocketed to the outer limits. The video above features a 1:19 second summation of an interview that Fox News personality (she is not a journalist, no matter what she claims) Maria Bartiromo conducted recently with Trump. The video spotlights her questions and the tone of the interview. It's rather embarrassing to Bartiromo and one would think that if she had any integrity at all, she would quit the profession. Or at least lock herself in a windowless room where she can dump all of the money she is receiving from her Fox News contract while counting it with glazed eyes and drool running down her chin.

Bear in mind that in the backdrop of this, America is in the middle of an awful pandemic in which over one million are infected and over 85,000 have died. And fingers have accurately pointed to Trump's carelessness and incompetence leading us to this point. However, based upon what you will see above, Bartiromo gave Trump a respite from taking responsibility by conducting an interview with wafer thin substance, making sure to fawn over him and amplify his latest lie - ObamaGate.

And this does have an effect on his supporters. When things like what Bartiromo did gives them tacit encouragement to dive with Trump down the rabbit hole, they are difficult to bring back to terra firma. They have more incentive to engage in their reckless support instead of crucial and much needed self-examination about their values. But Bartiromo and definitely hardly anyone else at the Fox News Network cares. For them, from Bartiromo to Sean Hannity  to Tucker Carlson, etc, etc, it's not about truth. It's about power. And money.

 Lots and lots of money.

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'Anti-gay rapper brags about hiring sex worker for his underage son and nephew' & other Thur midday news briefs

Boosie Badazz

Anti-gay rapper Boosie Badazz says he hired woman to sexually assault his 12 & 13-year-old sons - I have never heard this fool's music, but idiots like him are the ones who make things more difficult for gay black men like me.  Some seriously toxic shit!

LGBTQ Groups Are Trying to Sway Moms of Queer Kids to Vote Against Trump - It's a good idea. Trump's policies hurt LGBTQ people and especially our children. 

Court orders State Department to reconsider intersex passport application - There is good and bad news with this decision.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wrong again, Franklin Graham. New York does not support your homophobia.

Franklin Graham makes a homophobic fool of himself (again).

Apparently still smarting from the recent controversy which saw his organization, Samaritan's Purse, having to dismantle its COVID 19 field hospital in New York, pastor and arch homophobe (which is the reason why he got into trouble) Franklin Graham attempted to repair his image in recent New York Times interview.

And made a complete lying ass of himself. According to The Advocate:

Graham struck back at his critics in an interview published Sunday in The New York Times. What LGBTQ and allied New Yorkers found most objectionable is Samaritan’s Purse’s requirement that employees and volunteers endorse a “statement of faith” laying out conservative Christian values, among them being that “marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.” It also includes a statement against abortion, a belief in the infallibility of the Bible, and the assertion that non-Christians will spend eternity in hell. 

. . .Graham also said the majority of city residents oppose marriage equality. “The vast majority of the people in the city believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said, “but the majority would also say that if two men want to live together, that’s their business, or two women want to live together, that’s their business.” That statement is demonstrably false. A 2017 poll by the Public Religion Research Institute showed 69 percent of respondents in New York State supporting marriage equality. It did not break out a percentage for New York City, but given the city’s large LGBTQ population and general liberalism, the percentage is most likely similar or even higher. In 2011, the state became the sixth in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

Keep talking, Graham. Since your shameless embrace of Trump, your reputation has been sinking like a stone in a river. Be advised that Trump is not going to stay in office forever and when the times comes that he thankfully leaves, you are going to have much to repair. And I don't think you will be successful.

Hat tip to @aksarbent

'New project collects pandemic stories from LGBT community' & other Wed midday news briefs

New Project Collects Pandemic Stories from LGBT Community - This is a wonderful idea.

Lawyer defending barber who refused to close for coronavirus has history of fighting LGBTQ rights - Ah yes. The sick linkage. 

#ObamaGate - a pathetic hashtag for losers who hate Obama & want to distract from Trump's complicity in the deaths of 80,000 Americans. - My post from last night. Please read and share. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

#ObamaGate - a pathetic hashtag for losers who hate Obama & want to distract from Trump's complicity in the deaths of 80,000 Americans.

This tweet sent Obama haters into orgasmic ecstasy.

Last weekend, including Mother's Day, Twitter faced a huge barrage of posts coming from folks who despise former president Barack Obama and would like nothing more than to see him arrested, led away in handcuffs, and forever disgraced. 


I will let The Guardian begin the story:

On Friday, former US president Barack Obama expressed disquiet at the justice department dropping charges against Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in early 2017 for lying about conversations with the Russian ambassador. On a recording obtained by Yahoo News, Obama warned that the “rule of law is at risk”. He also described Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as “an absolute chaotic disaster”. 

This led to a huge campaign from bots, trolls, and supporters of Trump to flood Twitter with messages, memes, and factoids while using the hashtag #ObamaGate. They claimed that Obama illegally spied on Trump in order to undermine his presidency. The claim is an old conspiracy theory which has been repeatedly refuted. In any other era in this country, that would have been the end of the story. But this particular era is the one of amateur "researchers" and "journalists," i.e. people whose expertise consist solely of videotaping themselves spouting off-the-wall theories and posting said videos on Youtube. There is no such thing as solid refutation. Anything which conflicts with the conspiracy de jour is nothing more than another depth in the rabbit hole of wildly hatched and unproven theories.

And when it comes to Obama, negative conspiracy theories are numerous from people who swear up and down and probably even on their Bibles that their hatred of him has nothing to do with racism. They simply think of Obama as a Kenyan Muslim socialist communist anti-Christ Manchurian candidate who worked with the Deep State to fake his birth certificate and relied on his racial heritage to cheat his way into the White House while plotting to destroy America by apologizing for it while creating FEMA camps, sowing racial division, putting his feet up on the Oval Office desk, bowing in front of foreign leaders in submission right before he eats his hamburger with Grey Poupon really fast before he spills it on his tan suit.

Did I miss anything?

So this campaign, amplified by Donald Trump (see tweet below), actually trended on Twitter for two days.

And while Trump's tweet was surprisingly sedate, others weren't. They ran the gambit from ugly to downright nasty:

And some tweets just went way out there. This one below was a video with Obama's, Trump's and Barr's faces superimposed:

While this one below reiterated a debunked, but disgusting claim that Democrats were behind a ring of pedophiles masquerading as a pizza restaurant.

'Little Richard was a conflicted legend' & other Tue midday news briefs

Little Richard was anti-gay when he died, but his queer cultural influence overshadows us all - Little Richard was a talented but a sad, conflicted man. Though he rejected a better part of himself before his death, one cannot erase the impact his queerness had on the world.

Idaho governor appeals to Supreme Court to stop trans inmate's surgery - Oh give me a break. Is preventing the surgery a pressing need?

Montgomery County could make LGBTQ history with Tuesday Board of Education vote - Oh? I'm definitely all for this.

Monday, May 11, 2020

'Losing My Civilians' - REM music video parody brutally mocks Trump's incompetence during COVID-19 pandemic

Satire is a weapon of the seemingly powerless against the excesses and abuses of the powerful.

A no-holds-barred music video parody of the 1991 R.E.M. hit “Losing My Religion” skewers Donald Trump’s approach to COVID-19 in a bit entitled “Losing My Civilians.” The blast — created and posted by British media site Politics Joe — uses some of the same memorable images from the original R.E.M video, but twisted into today’s dark times, with a winged Vice President Mike Pence and a faux-tormented Trump. The lyrics “I thought that I heard you laughing,” have been changed to “I thought that I heard you coughing.” The president “sings” in the spoof: “That’s me with corona.” He adds: “I don’t care if you get it. Oh no, I’ve said too much.”

Related post:

A new investigation reveals Trump ignored experts on Covid-19 for months

Whistleblower Alleges Trump Administration Ignored Dire COVID-19 Warnings 

Friday, May 08, 2020

'Councilwoman apologizes for calling gay New Jersey mayor a 'pedophile'' & other Fri midday news briefs

New Jersey Councilwoman Robin Vaughn

Councilwoman apologizes for calling gay New Jersey mayor 'pedophile' in profane rant - Cause you know you were wrong, girlfriend.

Exclusive: 47 lawmakers call for LGBTQ inclusion in U.S. int’l coronavirus efforts - It was 45 lawmakers when this story went to press. Hopefully the number will increase again by the time you are reading the article.

Black Gay Men and the Fear of Queeny Bottoms - There is nothing wrong with "queeny" gays. Period. 

 Minister Defends Germany's Limited Gay Therapy Ban - At the very least, it's a step in the right direction.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Video - Fox News deserves much blame for Trump's coronavirus response disaster

When history tells of how Donald Trump bungled the coronavirus pandemic response, please don't let it be that he alone takes all of the blame. There is enough blame for Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Jeanine Pirro, and basically almost everyone employed in a high-profile position at Fox News. And I don't want history to be kind. I want it to be unyielding and unrelenting.  Too many people got infected and died for anyone involved in amplifying this disaster to stroll away smelling like a rose.

'Under lockdown, parents are discovering their children are LGBT and kicking them out on the street' & other Thur midday news briefs

Ellen, Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade’s chat about trans kids will leave you in tears - By contrast, giving LGBTQ children love and support is what all good parents are supposed to do.

Transgender people face discrimination, violence amid Latin American quarantines - Depressing as hell.

Nonreligious LGBTQ People Face Discrimination, Stigma - The negativity of how some people use their religious beliefs.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

This video of homophobes getting owned will give you life!

When homophobes come at us or our children, we can either ignore it or do what is done in this video of two instances. The first response was wonderful It typifies what the strategy should be, if possible. Turn it around on their asses and show them to be the ignorant fools they are. The second one is probably the best. It's what we wish adults would do when LGBTQ kids get picked on in schools. Just brutal. Slay, girl! Slay!

'LGBTQ seniors fight back during pandemic' & other Wed midday news briefs

LGBTQ Seniors Hit by Lockdown Isolation ‘Triple Whammy’ Are Fighting Back - Good for them!

Biden to be endorsed by LGBTQ group on notable anniversary - Okay, I know what SOME people are just itching to say about the Human Rights Campaign but you know what? We got a million reasons to be bitchy but one very important reason to at least do what we can to create a degree of unity. I know the problems some folks have with HRC, but can we at least swallow our pride and at least not succumb to the temptation to be bitchy. 

Nat’l Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund endorses Biden - Getting it all together. 

Transgender 'Rock Star' Is Maine High School's Valedictorian - AND he has been accepted to Yale! You betta go, boy!!

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Trump loving pastor gets verbally roasted after blaming Obergefell decision and LGBTQ community for decline in marriage

Trump loving pastor Robert Jeffress gets schooled on marriage

Longtime readers of this blog know that from time to time, I like to refer to the religious right "news" webpage One News Now to point out the inaccurate notions or cherry-picked facts of the anti-LGBTQ industry. On Friday, I missed a doozy.

Apparently, according to one article, marriages are on the decline:

The marriage rate in the United States has dropped to its lowest point since someone began keeping records, and anyone who is not a man-hating feminist knows that is a bad sign for the future. A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows marriages fell 6 percent from 2018 to reflect an average 6.5 unions per 1,000 people, the lowest number since the federal government began keeping records in 1867. 

 And guess who or rather what is to blame for this, that is according to Donald Trump-loving pastor, Robert Jeffress. The answer is relatively easy:

Dr. Robert Jeffress, who leads First Baptist Church in Dallas, says one reason for the drop in marriage can be traced to the landmark Obergefell decision in 2015 that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, including in states where it was banned. 

 “Whenever you counterfeit something, you cheapen the value of the real thing,” Jeffress says. “And if you expand marriage to, basically, any definition you want – two men, two women, three men and a woman – I mean, if marriage is what you want it to be, why bother to get married at all?”

 Jeffress points to a turn-of-the-century Hoover Institute study of Scandinavian countries, where marriage was “dying” in Sweden in Norway but 60 percent of children were born out of wedlock. The study by Howard Kurtz, which generated a 2004 commentary by Dr. Albert Mohler, predicted the United States would eventually experience a decline in traditional marriage as the populace embraced a more liberal definition of what marriage means and what it represents.

First of all, the author of the study was Stanley Kurtz. Someone seems to have gotten him mixed up with a Fox News personality.

'As NYC field hospital closes, Franklin Graham claims COVID-19 being exploited to destroy Trump' & other Tue midday news briefs

Monday, May 04, 2020

'Mourning in America' - Donald Trump has made America weaker, sicker, and poorer

Four years ago, America was warned about making a corrupt and inept pseudo businessman the most powerful man in the country. And we didn't listen. Four years later, it is now 'Mourning In America' as this brutally effective ad from the Lincoln Project shows. Trump's incompetent and ineffective leadership hampered efforts to contain COVID-19 and now we are paying for it, the LGBTQ community included:

We know what needs to be done in November. Let's not get distracted.

Related posts:

Trump says 'nobody' could've predicted a pandemic like coronavirus. Here are all the times he was warned about it and refused to take action. 

'Right-wing groups using anti-LGBTQ playbook against COVID-19 measures' & other Mon midday news briefs

Right-wing groups are using the same playbook against COVID-19 measures they've used to fight LGBTQ rights - Raise your hands if you're surprised. Don't be shy.

Baltimore leather bar sells LGBTQ-themed face masks - Works for me. I kinda like that.

For LGBTQ youth, home might not be a safe place to self-isolate - Please keep our kids in mind.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

LGBTQ opposition ends alliance between hospital and anti-LGBTQ evangelist Franklin Graham

Even during this coronavirus pandemic, LGBTQ people will not stand for anything which could potentially damage our safety or equality. A recent situation in New York involving a hospital and anti-LGBTQ evangelist Franklin Graham proved this point.

Mount Sinai Hospital is closing down the field hospital in Central Park after treating 315 patients infected with COVID-19. Local officials, including City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, had called on Mount Sinai Hospital to close the field hospital over Samaritan's Purse's practice of requiring staff to sign a pledge against same-sex marriage. Officials said the field hospital will stop admitting patients by May 4, but it could take two weeks to treat the remaining patients and decontaminate the tents. State Senator Brad Hoylman told NBC New York approximately 40 Samaritan's Purse staffers will stay within the Mount Sinai system, redeployed to Beth Israel Hospital.

The field hospital faced much criticism and protests, not just because of the anti-marriage equality pledge, but also because of  Samaritan's Purse founder Franklin Graham. Graham has made many homophobic as well as Islamophobic statements over the years. 

According to Andy Humm at Gay City News:

Graham has been condemned by the NAACP for “using Christianity as a political weapon.” He has said, “True Islam cannot be practiced in this country” and tried to stop an Islamic cultural center from being built near the World Trade Center. He supported Trump’s call for “a total Muslim ban” in the 2016 campaign. He has condemned Hinduism. He said that “Mormonism is not a Christian faith.” He worked hard in his home state of North Carolina in 2012 to ban not just same-sex marriages, but domestic partnerships. 

His bigotry is so vile that 10 venues in the United Kingdom canceled his bookings for crusades earlier this year. When Graham attacked former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg for being gay, Republican columnist Jennifer Rubin said Graham was “a hypocritical bigot” who “has rationalized Trump’s infidelity and racism, ignored his lies, cheered his inhumane immigration policy, and behaved as a political hack rather than a religious leader.” Graham has even praised Russian strongman Vladimir Putin for taking “a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.”

Thursday, April 30, 2020

In 2016, Trump's promise to protect the LGBTQ community brought people to tears and applause. What now?

When it comes to Donald Trump's war against the LGBTQ community since he took office, actions highlighting  his attacks may seem petty. But what do you do when you have a leader who tries repeatedly to lie and rewrite history. There is no doubt that he will mostly likely try to rewrite the history of his negative relationship with the LGBTQ community.

The first video above is from 2016 when he gave his speech at the Republican National Convention. It highlights the part when he promised to protect the LGBTQ community and how that promise brought some people to tears and on their feet. The second video features the full context which shows that he was merely using us to fan the flames of Islamophobia.

Still,  I wonder, after taking into account all he has done to reduce our rights,  how these people feel now; particularly the Republican mother of the gay son.

From his Administration arguing in front of the Supreme Court that it was legal to fire LGBTQ people simply for our sexual identities or gender expressions to banning trans men and women from serving in the military to opening up his Administration to anti-LGBTQ groups and personalities who have then worked steadily to  strip away even our dignity as taxpayers and basic healthcare protection, Trump has continuously put LGBTQ health and safety at risk. 

It seems to me that Trump's way of protecting the LGBTQ community from religious terrorists was to enact laws and policies which would lead us depressed enough to do ourselves harm before the terrorists even showed up.

Trump obviously manipulated people in those videos. Of course the vast majority of LGBTQ people knew he doing this, but the videos underscore just how evil and insidious that portion of his speech was. Trump was lying to that Republican mother who was rightfully concerned about the livelihood of her gay son. He lied to all of those folks who were brought to their feet . They believed him at his word and some probably voted for him because of what he said. They inaccurately translated his promise to protect us from religious terrorists as blanket protection. It wasn't and I'm sure Trump knew that. 

The rest of us who knew better could be blase. We could say "we told you so," but that would be a mistake. The villain in this piece aren't those those believed Trump, but Trump himself who mostly likely knew at the time that he was bullshitting them. It's something we should never forget, nor let anyone else forget.

Related post - Under Trump, LGBTQ Progress Is Being Reversed in Plain Sight

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

'Congressman Cicilline - Pandemic relief must include LGBTQ protections ' & other Thur midday news briefs

Congressman David Cicilline

Rep. David Cicilline: Pandemic Relief Must Include LGBTQ Protections - Rep. Cicilline is an openly gay Congressman. He is right on when it comes to this issue and also proves how representation in always important. Don't be afraid of noting and voting for our own (with vetting, of course).

Puerto Rico government sharply criticized over response to LGBTQ murders - We got serious problems in Puerto Rico and the government isn't doing what it's supposed to do.

Lesbians, gays live in fear of attacks in Kenyan refugee camp - the struggle is real, y'all. 

Biden Helped Make LGBT History—Will That Be Enough? - He's not Trump is enough for me, but this helps.

The Family Research Council wants your money to help it stop . . . 'the return of 'Obamaphones?''

Just in case you have nothing better to do with your money (like saving it up because of COVID-19, buying supplies because of COVID-19, donating to hospitals or wonderful charities because of COVID-19), hate group the Family Research Council wants you to contribute to its fundraiser.

I'll spare you the link, but as you can see by the graphic above,  FRC and its president Tony Perkins, your donation will help them fight the "evil liberal" influences such as (in the group's own words):

carbon emission mandates, 
visa extensions for immigrants, 
a postal bailout, corporate pay equity, 
the return of “Obamaphones,” and more!

This list gets me angry on so many levels. The most noticeable being where the hell are the "radical homosexuals?" We're not even on the list nor in any of the rest of the fundraising appeal. Do we not make enough money for FRC anymore? We got dumped over Obamaphones?

Come on folks, there has to be a drag queen reading to children somewhere in the country!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

'ICE being sued for holding trans migrants in COVID-19 'death traps' & other Wed midday news briefs

ICE faces class action lawsuit for holding transgender migrants in COVID-19 “death traps” - I have very few f@ks to give lately so I say "take all of the money!"

LGBTQ groups seek safeguards against COVID-19 discrimination - Cause goodness knows we would be in danger without them. 

Doctor stripped of license during pandemic over sexist & anti-LGBTQ social media posts - See response in first item. Some changes but sentiment still the same.

'Congratulations' to Donald Trump for making America 'first in the world'

Based upon this above video, Donald Trump used the coronavirus pandemic to make America first in several things. And based on the video below, he so humble, he refuses to take "credit" for it. But he would like if folks showed some appreciation for all of his "work"

Just think, with his homophobic point man Roger Severino guiding in an attempt to remove LGBTQ health protections, Trump could make LGBTQ people specifically first in the some of the same categories. So much damn winning. And yes for the people in the back, that was sarcasm. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Meet Roger Severino - Trump's point man in putting LGBTQ health in danger during the COVID-19 pandemic

Trump appointee Roger Severino's anti-LGBTQ agenda could damage LGBTQ health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the middle of a pandemic which is causing more American deaths than the Vietnam War, the Trump Administration is working to remove LGBTQ healthcare protections. And no one seems to be raising a sufficient amount of hell about it.

We should not only point the finger at Trump, but also Roger Severino, Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also been Trump's point man in the attempted removal of healthcare protections from LGBTQ people.   Last year, he spearheaded an HHS attempted rule which would have allowed healthcare workers to deny basic care based upon "moral or religious" reasons. In November, three different federal courts struck down the rule and one court found that HHS exaggerated a justification for the rule. Severino was pointed out in an NPR article to have contributed to that exaggeration. 

Severino's initial appointment caused controversy - although not enough to keep him from being appointed - because he was previously employed by anti-LGBTQ organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and the Becket Fund. When employed by those groups, his job was mostly to undermine LGBTQ equality and safety.

According to GLAAD, Severino:

Criticized bans on scientifically-discredited “reparative therapy” and labeled being LGBT as being “against your biology”: “Unfortunately you’re seeing some states that are actually trying to criminalize any sex therapy that reinforces a person’s biology. They’re calling into question and passing bans on reparative therapy, is one name for it. And so it’s really an ideology that’s saying you can only go one way, against your biology, but if you try to do anything that enforces it, then we’re going to criminalize it.” (clip begins at 20:18 in audio a link) 

Insisted that anti-LGBTQ views are “actually decent and honorable beliefs based not on any sort of hatred but, in fact, out of love. It’s a vision of human flourishing, people who believe in marriage and believe in a biblical view of human sexuality, it’s out of love and because you believe this is the proper vision for human flourishing that leads to happiness and leads to childhood success, and there’s a lot of social science evidence backing those statements up.” (clip begins at 7:15 in audio at link)

Wrote a joint Op-Ed with former Senator and anti-LGBT activist Jim Demint,  in which he maligned the complexity of gender identity by insisting transgender rights supporters see sex as “merely a placeholder’ assigned at birth,’ much like a Social Security number, only far easier to change.” In same piece, he slighted trans teen Gavin Grimm as “a gender-dysphoric teen girl.” 

Said of LGBT rights: “...same-sex marriage was merely the start, not end, of the left’s LGBT agenda. The radical left is using government power to coerce everyone, including children, into pledging allegiance to a radical new gender ideology over and above their right to privacy, safety, and religious freedom.”

Since being appointed, Severino's actions have justified all of the concern LGBTQ people and our advocates  have had. Other than the "healthcare conscience" debacle in November,  Severino spearheaded a proposal which critics claimed would "legally erase the trans identity" and another proposal which would allow faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to have access to tax dollars even while discriminating against LGBTQ people.

When he was appointed, no one was fooled about Severino's purpose. He was to undermine LGBTQ health and equality as much as possible.  It was so obvious that a lot of people - particularly the media - was nonchalant and blase about the subject. 

Just how blase and nonchalant will people be if Severino's homophobic agenda causes LGBTQ people to die during this pandemic?

Sunday, April 26, 2020

'During pandemic, Trump team moving to allow physicians to discriminate against LGBTQ people' & other Mon midday news briefs

Trump failed in preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic. He's adding to the error by an attempt of his administration to undermine LGBTQ health during the pandemic.

Trump team moves to scrap protections for LGBTQ patients - In the middle of a pandemic . . . 

 Loving and adapting amid coronavirus, NC LGBTQ church gives back to community - More proof that this gay vs. Christian narrative is a lie.

LGBTQ People Facing More Economic Hardship In Coronavirus Fallout, Survey Finds - Yep.

'We Stand Behind the President' - a video montage

I can't begin to describe this short film by Phil Rosenthal except for to say that it speaks for itself. You simply have to watch it.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Coronavirus Camp Classics 3 - 'The Zombies of Sugar Hill'

Time for another change of pace in an attempt to perk up spirits during this pandemic. Try to keep up when it comes to the plot of this 1974 blaxploitation cult classic, Sugar Hill (otherwise known as The Zombies of Sugar Hill.) Marki Bey portrays Sugar Hill, a photographer whose boyfriend is murdered by the Mob because they to get ownership of his very lucrative night club. Naturally, Sugar wants revenge but can't go to the police. Instead, with the help of a voodoo priestess (Zara Cully of  'The Jeffersons') she contacts the Haitian lord of the dead, Baron Samedi, and his voodoo army of undead former slaves to teach exact proper and deadly vengeance.

You get all of that? By this trailer, it looks like a rather spooky movie:

It is slightly scary but it's more campy than scary. Being a blaxploitation movie, Sugar Hill shared the same tropes as others in that genre (ie. Coffy, Cleopatra Jones, Shaft, Superfly, Blacula) - a weak storyline carried by charismatic actors, strong and heroic black characters, evil white characters, sell-out evil black characters, racial components, outrageous hairstyles and fashions.

'A Secret Love' traces lesbian couple's relationship across six decades' & other Thur midday news briefs

Netflix’s ‘A Secret Love’ Traces Lesbian Couple’s Unlikely Romance Across 6 Decades - A wonderful story which puts out sisters in the spotlight. Awesome reminder of the power of love.

UK moves to ban trans youth from getting gender affirming health careTransphobia across the sea. NEVER a good thing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Homophobes rage at 'DuckTales' for featuring gay dads but can't do a thing about it

Some people are angry that the Disney cartoon 'DuckTales' featured gay dads in a recent episode. They can stay mad.

When it comes to noting and combating homophobia, I have a massive guilty pleasure. I sometimes like to read the comments on anti-LGBTQ websites. I don't necessarily see the comments as negative more than they are educational as to the mindsets of those who oppose us. And sometimes they are a pleasure to read.

For example, take the recent comments from the religious right website Lifesite News. Presently, the folks there are up in arms because a Disney cartoon, DuckTales had the temerity to include a simple fact that some children are being raised same-sex parents. Believe it or not, the article from the site is pretty much straight forward (except for a small part at the end.) It's the comments from readers which are a hoot. 

Raging, stomping, making threats, spinning conspiracies about plots to recruit children. They all emphasize the point that there is nothing more delicious than a bigot blowing smoke because he or she is unable to stop progress. Here are just a few. And I warn you, they aren't nice. (Editor's note - for the sake of veracity, I should tell you that I was banned from commenting on LifeSite news articles years ago.)

.... ohmygoodness, like - what is wrong with these people?! Can they just stop shoving LGBT nonsense on everybody's throats?! Leave the children alone for crying out loud!

Am I missing something? They portray a larger homosexual "duck" whose "companion" is a smaller "chicken" (having a beak and not a bill). This has got to be a play on older homosexual pedophiles, known as "chicken hawks", who prey on younger males.....there are people in Disney that are really perverted....

Why are they taking this show and adding gay peiple kids do not understand what gay means so why instroduce them.to this leave our kids alone go abck to good family oridinted movies this is.leaning towards perversion we need clean movies for our kids this is just disgusting (Editor's note - I presented this comment exactly as it was written)

Normal is the way God made it to begin with. He didn't make Adam and Steve or Eve and Madam. Normal is the way your mom and dad got together to create you.

April 15, 2020: Actually, it's up to the parents and guardians of children to make sure they don't get exposed to such perversion...spread the word. Raise Awareness of Disney's alliance with perversion and urge parents to keep their children away. When that happens, maybe Disney will back away of partnering with those who would harm our children.

I'm so gayed out! I have been done with Disney for years and it looks like I haven't missed anything. Sick and twisted.

I actually believe we are being prepared for the coming of the antichrist who will be a homosexual. satan perverts everything he can about Jesus and that is who he plans to be seen as. The Messiah of Israel.

I'm guessing that these comments rightfully disturb you. However, it helps to remember that they are a sign that we are winning. Years ago,  no one would have dared to include same-sex parents in a spotlight, much less a children's cartoon. And now it's happened without so much as a whimper, that is except for some people who can't face the reality that same-sex families exist, we are raising very wonderful children, and that our community was never on the outside looking in.

The comments probably don't feel like a victory to some of us because we are still in the war. We are knee deep in the mud with battle cries ringing in our ears while debris is continuously flying overhead. But in the midst of it all, we are moving forward instead of backwards. Ignorance is giving up ground. We aren't. And that is what matters.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

'Advocates to Congress: don't use relief bill to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans' & other Wed midday news briefs

Advocates to Congress: Don't use relief bill to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans - Don't EVEN think about discriminating. 

Donald Trump is merely the symptom. Fox News is the disease.

 The Donald Trump Administration will not last forever. Whether it will slither away or go down in a blaze of shame is irrelevant. We've been ignoring the real problem and it's not Trump. Trump is merely a symptom. The actual problem is the Fox News network and the ugly propaganda it successfully spews. Just like it helped to create the tea party:

and the Trump presidency:

and the demonization of Obama:

Fox News and its goons will work extensively to give birth to more liars, sheep-like protesters, and  general havoc.   One example of this is how the network is helping to undermine the fight against COVID-19 via giving a platform and support to the coronavirus protests:

While we rail at Trump, we fail to recognize that behind his rise and the basic lowering of American integrity, common sense, and basic goodness is Fox News;  propaganda network preaching that greed is good, selfishness is wonderful, and resentment is a virtue. Many of us like to say that what's happening during the Trump Administration isn't normal. We need to stretch that to emphasize that the Fox News isn't normal. And it's not healthy.