Monthly Archives: April 2016

OPEN THREAD: Today’s Acela Primary

The media is calling today’s five contests the #AcelaPrimary after the high-speed (snort) Amtrak line that runs through the five states. Most expect sweeps for both Trump and Clinton, although Bernie Sanders stands a better shot of taking Rhode Island, today’s lone open primary state. Weigh in below with your predictions and your experience at the polls.

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OHIO: Wingnut Lawmaker Floats “Bathroom Bill”

Notorious crackpot Ohio state Rep. John Becker wants a North Carolina-style anti-trans “bathroom law” in his own state. Cincinnati.com reports: Becker, R-Union Township, is floating a proposal that he says would protect Ohioans from sexual predators posing as transgender people to gain access to women’s bathrooms, possibly by requiring transgender people to use unisex or single-stall bathrooms. He cited a ...

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Target Stands Firm Despite Christian Boycott

More than half a million people have already signed the American Family Association’s boycott petition against Target. Despite the still-growing furor, Target is standing firm. From USA Today: “We certainly respect that there are a wide variety of perspectives and opinions,” says Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder. “As a company that firmly stands behind what it means to offer our team ...

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MAINE: Portland City Council Votes Unanimously To Ban Travel To North Carolina And Mississippi

And the list just keeps getting longer. From Portland’s NBC affiliate: The Portland City Council voted unanimously in favor of restricting travel by city employees to states with laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. All eight councilors had already publicly backed Mayor Ethan Strimling’s proposal before Monday night’s meeting. They don’t want the city spending money for city employees ...

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FRC Launches Petition Supporting NC Gov. Pat McCrory Against “Hypocritical Bathroom Bullies” [VIDEO]

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: North Carolina lawmakers were greeted by thousands of North Carolinians today as they returned to Raleigh for the start of their legislative session. Citizens from across the state rallied at the state capital in support of state leaders who are standing up to Big Business and LGBT activists by refusing to ...

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Haters: Boycott Target, Buycott Walmart

From the anti-LGBT group Faith Driven Consumer: Today, amidst growing consumer backlash over Target’s (Faith Equality Index Score 39/100) announcement that it will allow men in women’s bathrooms and changing rooms, Faith Driven Consumer is calling on its community of 41 million who spend $2 trillion annually to engage in a national #BUYcottWalmart effort by choosing Target’s archrival Walmart (FEI ...

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Bob Mould – The End Of Things [VIDEO]

Legendary gay rocker Bob Mould appeared on Colbert last night to perform a track from his just-released 12th studio album, Patch The Sky. Watch below. Mould plays Webster Hall in Manhattan on Friday night.

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NORTH CAROLINA: Activists Arrested At Assembly Building In Sit-In Protest Of Anti-LGBT Law [VIDEO]

National Center for Transgender Equality head Mara Keisling and at least several other activists have just been arrested at a sit-in at the North Carolina General Assembly building. I’ve posted several short videos of current reporting via Twitter. See below. The protests were organized by several local and national groups, including the North Carolina NAACP, whose head Rev. William Barber ...

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Tim Robbins: Hillary Is Stealing The Election

Actor Tim Robbins, who is one of Bernie Sanders’ most passionate supporters, today issued a tweet which appears to accuse the media of collaborating with the Clinton campaign to steal the election. As evidence of this collusion, Robbins attached a meme which compares exit polling with actual voting results. Which proves the machines are “rigged.” Robbins then attacked those that ...

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Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato Go Springsteen On North Carolina, Cancel Shows In Charlotte And Raleigh

GLAAD has their statement: After much thought and deliberation, Nick and I have decided to cancel our shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. One of our goals for the Honda Civic Tour: Future Now has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are. North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 law is extremely ...

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Cleveland Cops To Family Of Tamir Rice: Use That $6M Settlement To Teach Kids How Not To Get Shot By Us

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer: The head of the Cleveland rank-and-file police union says the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice should use money from a $6 million settlement to educate children about the use of look-alike firearms. Steve Loomis, the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association association, was criticized on a national scale for statements he made to the ...

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New Mature Trump On John Kasich: I’ve Never Seen A Human Being Eat In Such A Disgusting Fashion [VIDEO]

Business Insider reports: Donald Trump relentlessly mocked Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign-trail eating habits on Monday. During a rally in Rhode Island, the Republican presidential frontrunner said that the Ohio governor should learn from Trump’s children, whom Trump has urged to eat modest portions of food. “Did you see him? He has a news conference all the time when he’s ...

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CALIFORNIA: American Family Association Runs Full-Page Ad In PayPal’s Hometown Newspaper

From the American Family Association: North Carolina isn’t the first state that has experienced corporate bullying by companies like PayPal. Indiana, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi and many others have all experienced corporate bullying in the last year or so. When states attempt to protect religious liberty via legislation, Fortune 500 companies threaten and bully states into submission. Sadly, these companies blindly ...

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Good Morning Baltimore: Jennifer Hudson And Harvey Fierstein To Headline NBC’s Hairspray Live!

Via press release from NBC/Universal: Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and multiple Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” the network’s next live Broadway musical holiday event following the phenomenal success of “The Wiz Live!” Also joining the creative team will be acclaimed television director Alex Rudzinski, who received extraordinary reviews ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Hundreds Of Haters Counter-Protest As State Assembly Gets HB2 Repeal Bill [VIDEO]

At this writing a growing crowd of about 1000 are protesting in support of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT hate law as Democrats introduce a repeal bill in the state Assembly. LGBT activists led by Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign started the day by delivering petitions calling for the law’s repeal. Local news video reports are below. Thousands gather ...

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COLORADO: State Supreme Court Rejects Appeal By Bakery That Refused To Serve Same-Sex Couple

Yet another loss for Alliance Defending Freedom. Via press release from the ACLU: The Colorado State Supreme Court decided today to let stand an appellate court ruling that Masterpiece Cakeshop violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law when it refused to sell a same-sex couple a cake for their wedding reception. “The highest court in Colorado today affirmed that no one should be ...

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Ted Cruz Lookalike To Shoot Porn Scene For Company That Blocked North Carolina URLs Over Hate Law

From the New York Daily News: Last week, the Internet went crazy over a Ted Cruz lookalike who appeared on “Maury” — and now the woman is using the hype to her advantage and starring in porn. After Searcy Hayes’ face was paired up next to Cruz’s, she really made her way into the spotlight. Hayes, 21, was on the ...

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BANGLADESH: Editor Of Nation’s First LGBT Magazine Found Hacked To Death, Islamists Suspected

The Mirror reports: The editor of Bangladesh’s first ever LGBT magazine has been hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants in a horrific attack, it is reported. Julhas Mannan, 35, who worked for ‘Roopbaan’, was killed alongside his friend, Tanay Mojumdar, in an apartment in the capital of Dhaka, a police official said. A third person was injured in the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: HB2 Protests Begin In North Carolina

Today’s “Moral Monday” protests against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT HB2 have begun outside the state capitol building. Anti-LGBT groups have vowed to bus in thousands to counter-protest. Watch live at this link.

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Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver: I’m Taking My Glock .45 To Target To Protect Against Trans People

Liberty Counsel president Anita Staver declared Friday that she will be taking her Glock .45 handgun to Target as protection against assaults by transgender patrons. Staver tends to take the media backseat to her husband, Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver, but she was in the news last fall for claiming that the Vatican had gotten death threats over the “private ...

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