Tag Archives: activism

OHIO: At The Mike Pence LGBTQ Dance Party [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: LGBTQ rights supporters and people celebrating Pride welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Columbus, Ohio, on Friday with a “Big LGBTQ Dance Party.” Crowds converged on a small stretch of Gay Street — you read that right — outside the hotel where Pence was speaking to a separate group about tax reform. Videos posted to social media ...

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ORLANDO: Activists And Survivors Mark Second Pulse Massacre Anniversary With Rally For Tougher Gun Laws

The Orlando Sentinel reports: An emotional, rain-soaked rally on the eve of the Pulse anniversary Monday evening was mixed with anguish and raw anger over the lack of progress on gun reform and gay rights in Florida and the sheer number of mass shootings that have happened since. “Six hundred and twelve days,” said Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the ...

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SWATTED: False Claim Of Hostage Situation Draws Massive Police Response To Home Of David Hogg

Fort Lauderdale’s ABC affiliate reports: The family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg was “swatted” Tuesday morning, causing police to respond to their Parkland home. A call came into the Broward Sheriff’s Office claiming a hostage situation at the home in the 7800 block of Northwest 122nd Way. Coral Springs Fire Rescue arrived at the scene to ...

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BELFAST: 20,000 March For Marriage Rights [VIDEO]

Belfast Live reports: Politicians have been urged “to do the right thing” by thousands of people who joined a rally in Belfast this afternoon calling for equal marriage. The march, which was organised by the Love Equality campaign, was led from Writer’s Square by Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister and Patrick Corrigan, from Amnesty International. Supporters lined the streets as ...

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Guyana Holds First-Ever LGBT Pride Parade [VIDEO]

Demerara Waves reports: Guyana held its first gay pride parade, with the country’s gay rights activists accusing the three-year old government as well as the opposition of breaking their election campaign promises to outlaw discrimination against vulnerable groups. “We are saying enough of the rhetoric, enough of the promises. It is time to make good on the legislative changes that ...

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FLORIDA: Cop Suspended For Facebook Post Hoping That David Hogg Would Be Hit By A Car During Protest

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Brian Valenti, the Coconut Creek K-9 officer who posted a snide comment on Facebook that triggered public outrage, is being suspended for five days and will be required to undergo sensitivity training, the department said Wednesday. Valenti told Police Chief Butch Arenal he regretted posting a comment saying he hoped Parkland activist David Hogg would ...

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FLORIDA: Publix Ends Political Donations As Parkland’s David Hogg Leads Die-In At Local Store [VIDEO]

A huge victory for David Hogg! The Orlando Sentinel reports: Publix has suspended making political contributions in the wake of mounting pressure over its support of Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor who strongly backs the National Rifle Association. “We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve,” said company spokesman Dwaine Stevens in a statement ...

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NFL Owners Approve National Anthem Rules: Players May Stay In Locker Room, Teams Fined For Protests

The Washington Post reports: NFL owners approved a new national anthem policy Wednesday that gives individual teams the authority to set their own anthem-related rules and permits players to remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem, according to a person familiar with the deliberations. The new policy eliminates the current requirement from the league’s game operations ...

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MOLDOVA: Police Use Tear Gas, Drag Away Christian Protesters Blockading LGBT Rights March [VIDEO]

Radio Free Europe reports: Religious hard-liners in Moldova’s capital tried to crash a rally in support of the country’s LGBT community but were fended off by police who deployed tear gas. The Orthodox Christian protesters unsuccessfully attempted to break through a police line set up to guard dozens off demonstrators who marched through Chisinau in the May 19 rally against ...

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David Hogg To Media: Stop Naming Mass Shooters

The Huffington Post reports: Gun control advocate David Hogg called on the press to stop using the name and image of the 17-year-old student who police say carried out the mass shooting at a Texas high school on Friday. Hogg’s call echoes that of Anderson Cooper, who said on his CNN show Friday night that he would not be naming ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Mariachi Fiesta Outside Manhattan Home Of Racist Pro-Trump Lawyer Aaron Schlossberg

From Facebook: Manhattan lawyer Aaron Schlossberg’s racist rant against Spanish-speaking workers was caught on video—reminding us that the bigots among us aren’t even hiding anymore. So a group of New Yorkers are getting together to counter his hate with a Latin fiesta in front of his UWS apartment building.

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JMG Turns Fourteen (And News Of Upcoming Changes)

This week marks the fourteenth blogiversary of this here website thingy. Counting this one, we’re at 75,285 posts over 14 years, the last ten of which have been without a day off. Whether I am insanely committed or am insane and should be committed – that is your call. The actual launch date anniversary comes this weekend, but since more ...

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Male Parkland Activists Post “Prom 2018” Photo

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Parkland shooting survivors Cameron Kasky and David Hogg are reportedly going to prom together. On Monday, Kasky shared a Tweet of himself smiling and embracing Hogg with the caption “Prom 2018.” The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students have been among the most visible survivors of the Feb. 14 mass school shooting. Hogg, a senior, and ...

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#NeverAgain: Parkland’s David Hogg Inks Book Deal

Entertainment Weekly reports: David Hogg and Lauren Hogg, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and survivors of February’s deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida have signed a deal with Random House for a book to be published in June, EW has confirmed. The siblings have been leaders in the gun control movement that took shape among students, in the ...

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Obama Trashes “NRA Shills” In Parkland Essay

President Obama profiles Parkland students for TIME: Seared by memories of seeing their friends murdered at a place they believed to be safe, these young leaders don’t intimidate easily. They see the NRA and its allies—whether mealymouthed politicians or mendacious commentators peddling conspiracy theories—as mere shills for those who make money selling weapons of war to whoever can pay. They’re ...

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HRC Takes On The “Real” Mike Pence [VIDEO]

“Mike Pence has made a career out of attacking the rights and equal dignity of LGBTQ people, women and other marginalized communities. Now as vice president, he poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement. With the world distracted by Donald Trump’s scandal-ridden White House, Mike Pence’s nefarious agenda has been allowed to fly ...

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CHINA: Weibo Drops Gay Ban After Massive Outcry

Reuters reports: China’s Sina Weibo’s on Monday reversed a decision to remove gay content after outcry among gay Chinese who say the company had smeared homosexuality by lumping it with pornography as it tried to meet government censorship directives. China’s Twitter-equivalent Weibo said on Friday it would remove pornographic, violent or gay videos and cartoons in a three-month campaign, singling ...

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Diver Tom Daley Wins Commonwealth Gold, Calls On Member Nations To Decriminalize Homosexuality

BBC Sports reports: Diver Tom Daley has called for more Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality. Daley won his fourth Commonwealth Games gold medal as he and Dan Goodfellow won the synchronised 10m platform on the Gold Coast in Australia, where same-sex marriage was made legal in December. Homosexuality remains illegal in 70% of the 53 Commonwealth countries. “Coming to the ...

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REPORT: Parkland’s David Hogg Accepted By UC Irvine

TMZ reports: David Hogg might soon be trading one sunshine state for another … because the Parkland leader’s been accepted to UC Irvine!!! The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior tells us he got an acceptance letter from the prestigious school last week … officially welcoming him to the Anteater family. The letter says, in part, “Students choose UCI to ...

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WaPo Analysis: Who Are These Millions Of Protesters?

Since Trump’s election tens of millions of Americans have turned out in the streets in the largest protests seen in decades. Today the Washington Post breaks down the numbers: One in five Americans have protested in the streets or participated in political rallies since the beginning of 2016. Of those, 19 percent said they had never before joined a march ...

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