Monthly Archives: June 2016

Metal Detectors For San Francisco Pride

From the San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco public safety officials are taking no chances with this weekend’s Pride celebration after an attack this month at a gay nightclub in Orlando in which 49 people were massacred. For the first time, there will be metal detectors — a combination of walk-through machines and handheld wands — at all entry points to ...

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American Express To Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Anniversary With Full-Page Newspaper Ads

Via Advertising Week: If you pick up this Sunday’s print edition of The New York Times and thumb through it, you’ll find that it features a couple full-page print ads from American Express that show the brand’s support for gay marriage. It’s no coincidence that the brand is rolling the ads out on Sunday, June 26, since that’s the one ...

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Trump To Evangelicals: Don’t Pray For Our Leaders, They’re Selling Christianity Down The Tubes [VIDEO]

Donald Trump’s meeting today with hundreds of anti-LGBT activists is closed to the press but attendees are tweeting out short videos. Here’s what Trump just told them about praying for America’s current leaders: I don’t think about Hillary in terms of religion. She’s been in the public eye for years and years and yet there’s nothing out there, there’s, like, ...

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Sandy Rios: We Can’t Ban AR-15s Because Trump Fans Need Them To Protect Against Protesters [AUDIO]

Right Wing Watch reports: American Family Association official Sandy Rios discussed the need for AR-15s to remain legal on her radio show on Monday, saying that Donald Trump supporters could have used AR-15s to protect themselves from violent protesters at a receny rally in San Jose, California. “The semi-automatic AR-15, which is routinely confused as being a machine gun or ...

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Trump On Finances Reports: Unlike Hillary I Don’t Need To Spend A Billion Dollars Of Wall Street Money [VIDEO]

Donald Trump called into Fox News (where else?) this morning to shrug off reports that his campaign is essentially broke. Via Politico: The billionaire real estate mogul kicked off the month of June with just $1.3 million in his campaign account, a fraction of the $42 million Hillary Clinton had on hand. But that financial gulf between the two campaigns ...

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BRITAIN: Parliament Flies Rainbow Flag For First Time

Pink News reports: Today the flag was raised above the Houses of Parliament for the first time – with the Speakers of the Commons and Lords both giving special permission to mark the weekend of London’s Pride festival. LGBT group ParliOUT had gifted a 12 foot rainbow flag for the occasion, with the flag set to fly until June 26. ...

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REPORT: Spending By Fired Trump Campaign Manager Under Audit Over Payments To Fake Ad Agency

Whoa. Yesterday’s financial report filed by the Trump campaign reveals $30,000 in payments to ad agency named Draper Sterling. You know, the one from Mad Men. Via Mediaite: ThinkProgress’ Judd Legum caught the odd detail when poring over Trump’s financial statements. Trump’s financial filings show that he made several payments to Draper Sterling in April of this year for web ...

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NEW YORK CITY: ACT UP & Allies To Protest Donald Trump’s Meeting With Anti-LGBT Hate Groups

Via press release: ACT UP NY along with leaders from Muslim, Latinx and LGBTQ organizations will rally in front of Trump tower in New York City against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s use of the recent massacre at a gay bar in Orlando to polarize Americans. On Tuesday June 21st, 2016 Donald Trump will meet with the leaders of multiple ...

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Tony Perkins: Unlike President Obama At Least Donald Trump Doesn’t Hate Christians [VIDEO]

Today Tony Perkins and hundreds of fellow anti-LGBT activists will meet with Donald Trump to lecture him on how to turn America into a bible-based theocracy. This morning Perkins appeared on Fox Business where he told the panel that while he can’t say whether Trump himself is actually a Christian, at least he isn’t “openly hostile” to Christianity. Which President ...

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Scott Lively Has The “Blasphemous” Rainbow Flag Sadz

Scott Lively is heaping praise on Jamaica’s Attorney General, who last week declared that the United States is “disrespecting” her country’s anti-buggery laws by flying the rainbow flag at our embassy. He writes: This post is dedicated to and inspired by Jamaica’s Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte, who courageously challenged the arrogance of the United States, which exploited the Orlando ...

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TORONTO: Cops To Apologize For 1981 Bathhouse Raids

From the Toronto Star: When police stormed four gay bathhouses in Toronto on Feb. 5, 1981, patrons were mocked, humiliated — and arrested by the hundreds. The raids outed men who considered the private clubs a sanctuary, free from the hostility of a populace who disapproved of, or didn’t understand, intimacy between men. On Wednesday, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders ...

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Hillary’s Cash Advantage Over Trump: 40-1

Wow. From the New York Times: Donald J. Trump enters the general election campaign laboring under the worst financial and organizational disadvantage of any major party nominee in recent history, placing both his candidacy and his party in political peril. Mr. Trump began June with just $1.3 million in cash on hand, a figure more typical for a campaign for ...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook To Host Fundraiser For Paul Ryan

Via Politico: Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump. Cook will help generate cash for Ryan at a private breakfast on June ...

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Broadway Bares 2016 Raises $1.5M [VIDEO]

Warning: Not safe for work beefcake ahead. Via press release: Chiseled morning show hosts, rock-hard reality show contestants and pumped up politicos took over the airwaves at this year’s ratings-raising edition of Broadway Bares, an evening of elaborately staged burlesque production numbers that gave a new meaning to “Bares TV.” Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: ...

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WHAT MASSACRE? Senate Rejects Democratic Bill Banning Sale Of Guns To Suspected Terrorists

From the Associated Press: A divided Senate blocked rival election-year plans to curb guns Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando’s mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists. In largely party-line votes, senators rejected one proposal from each side to keep extremists from acquiring guns ...

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NEVADA: Teen Arrested At Rally Tells Secret Service That He Planned To Assassinate Donald Trump

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: The man arrested at a Donald Trump rally on the Strip over the weekend said he tried to grab a police officer’s gun so he could kill the Republican presidential candidate, according to a federal complaint filed Monday. Michael Steven Sandford, 19, was arrested Saturday at Treasure Island and later transferred to federal custody. He ...

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NEW YORK: Catholic League Celebrates “Victory” In Helping Block Bill To Reform Child Abuse Laws

The New York legislative session ended over the weekend without the approval of a bill that would have reformed child abuse laws. Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue is taking credit. He writes: The bill was sold as justice for the victims of sexual abuse, when, in fact, it was a sham: the proposed legislation that failed to make it to ...

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No Early Release For Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott

Earlier this month convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott petitioned for early release from prison because she’s been such a good girl while behind bars. That’s not gonna happen. Philadelphia Gay News reports: Knott’s attorney, Bill Brennan, told PGN he submitted to the court attestations from Riverside Correctional Facility, where Knott has been housed since her Feb. 8 sentencing, that she has ...

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TRAILER: The Freedom To Marry

Just in from Evan Wolfson, former president of the gone-out-of-business Freedom To Marry: On June 26, it will be one year since the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the freedom to marry nationwide. Love won – and the path to our triumphant victory stretched back years and miles. It was paved by the efforts, talents, and engagement of millions of people. ...

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TRAILER: Looking, The Movie

Just in from HBO: From filmmaker Andrew Haigh (“45 Years”) and starring Jonathan Groff (Tony Award nominee for “Hamilton,” HBO’s “The Normal Heart”), Frankie J. Alvarez (“Smash”) and Murray Bartlett (“August”), LOOKING: THE MOVIE wraps up the story of three close friends who explore the options available to a new generation of gay men seeking fulfillment in love and life. ...

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