Sunday, February 02, 2020

'South Dakota bill aims to completely eliminate LGBTQ rights' & other Mon midday news briefs

The future of LGBTQ rights if South Dakota lawmakers have their way.

It’s No Exaggeration: Sweeping South Dakota Bill Aims to Eliminate LGBTQ Rights - Hands down, the most dangerous anti-LGBTQ bill I have ever seen:
The state may not enforce, endorse, or favor policies that: 
(1) Permit any form of marriage that does not involve a man and a woman; 
(2) Appropriate benefits to persons who enter a marriage other than a marriage involving a man and a woman; 
(3) Permit counties to issue marriage licenses to persons other than for a marriage involving a man and a woman; 
(4) Treat sexual orientation as a suspect class or as a basis of prohibited discrimination; 
(5) Recognize a person’s belief that that person was born a gender that does not accord with the biological sex of the person as determined by that person’s anatomy at birth; 
(6) Appropriate tax dollars to pay for sex change operations; 
(7) Ban conversion therapy. Under this subdivision, conversion therapy, means a therapeutic practice in which a licensed medical professional, acting under authorized consent, assists a client in the goal or realigning the client’s sexual preference to prefer members of the opposite sex who have corresponding reproductive anatomy; 
(8) Permit public libraries or public schools in the state to partner with nonsecular organizations to promote, host, sponsor, favor, or endorse drag queen storytime; 
(9) Mandate pronoun changes; 
(10) Condone or affirm homosexual, transgender, zoophilia, objectophilia, polygamy, or sexual orientation doctrines; and 
(11) Permit a person to change the sex on a birth certificate to a sex that does not accord with that person’s anatomy at birth. 
This bill is plain evil. It doesn't hide its animus against the LGBTQ community under some ridiculous guise of "religious freedom." To put it simply, the bill is saying, "we don't like the LGBTQ community and we don't think they deserve any rights because we don't consider them normal. We don't care about them. We don't care about their families. We just don't want them around us and we will create laws which will target them so they get the message" 

And even if it is defeated, I hear there will be other attempts to pass similar bills in other states. Our solution is to hold the bill and the evil behind it up the light. Talk about it, repeat it constantly. Giving the world knowledge about this bill can destroy it and the evil mindset of those pushing it. The fight against it has already started with the South Dakota chapter of the ACLU.

Iowa Republicans give up on removing transgender people from state’s civil rights protections - A moment of sanity as lawmakers saw the "unintended consequences" of this particular bill

Ruth Ellis Center building 43 units of supportive housing for LGBTQ young adults - Outstanding news from Detroit! 

Mike Pompeo Snubs Ukraine’s Embattled LGBTQ Community - Of course that jerk did.

Top 10 Memorable Moments from 'Pose'

What can you say about a television show which has already reached legendary status even though it has only two seasons under its belt thus far?

From Wikipedia:

Pose (stylized as POSE) is an American drama television series about New York City's African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming ballroom culture scene in the 1980s and, in the second season, early 1990s. Featured characters are dancers and models who compete for trophies and recognition in this underground culture, and who support one another in a network of chosen families known as Houses. 

Pose is an incredible series which has already won an Emmy for one of its main stars - Billy Porter (who became the first openly gay black man to win as 'Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.')  Pose will definitely win more Emmy, particularly the one for 'Best Dramatic Series.' It has already won the hearts of LGBTQs of color who have waited the longest to see a television show which features us, even though some of us may not be in as detrimental of a situation as the characters.

I've never seen a full episode of  Pose. I've caught snippets from Youtube and the reason is simple. To me, Pose is like staring into the face of the Divine or managing to touch the 'Holy Grail.' I can only endure it in small doses. I don't think I could handle watching an entire episode. The characters, their joys, pains, tragedies, and successes are too real to me. I already have a problem detaching myself from what I've allowed myself to see. When you take a look at Ms.Mojo's '10 Memorable Moments' from the series, I think you will understand how I feel.