Tag Archives: LGBT rights

Matt Baume: Is Trump A Friend To Gays? [VIDEO]

Matt Baume is back! From his clip description: “Ask the gays,” Donald said, “who’s your friend?” Well, the gays are ready with their answer, and it’s probably not what he wanted. Here are some of Donald’s quotes about marriage equality, civil unions, and job protections for LGBTs … and also some “friends” that Donald Trump might not want the gays ...

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FRC’s Pride Message: Love Only Wins When Christians Are Allowed To Discriminate Against LGBT Americans

The Family Research Council observed LGBT Pride this morning by tweeting out the above lavender-hued message in support of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), the bill which would bar the federal government from taking action against individuals or companies that discriminate against LGBT Americans on the basis of “religious belief or moral conviction.” FADA currently has 170 co-sponsors in ...

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Gay Cuban Choir Launches First US Tour [VIDEO]

From the Associated Press: Gathered around a keyboard in Los Angeles, conductor Ernesto Lima Parets stopped his singers and told them to try again. The five men who make up the gay Cuban choir Mano a Mano performed Gloria Estefan’s “Mi Tierra” (“My Homeland”) with perfect harmony. But he wanted them to feel it. “You must imagine what it means ...

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Hillary Celebrates Obergefell Anniversary With Warning That Donald Trump Imperils LGBT Progress [VIDEO]

“One year ago today, we celebrated a watershed moment for equality in America. Thanks to the bravery of LGBT Americans like Jim Obergefell and Edie Windsor, and the determination and tireless organizing of the LGBT community and their allies, marriage equality became the law of the land in all 50 states. “Over the last year, more barriers to equality have ...

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The Foot Wore A Spiked Heel

It was 47 years ago this week that the queer community of New York City finally said “Enough!” As I’ve done for the last few years on this day, I’m reposting the story that the New York Daily News ran one week after the Stonewall Riots. Note how the story drips with condescension and ridicule. We’ve come a long, long ...

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Obama Celebrates Stonewall Monument [VIDEO]

Today President Obama celebrated the designation of the Stonewall National Monument in his weekly video address to the nation, comparing the Stonewall Inn to other historic sites like Independence Hall and Kitty Hawk. Watch below. The president went on to recap LGBT progress during his administration. An excerpt: Over the past seven years, we’ve seen achievements that would have been ...

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AUSTRALIA: Thousands Rally For Marriage [VIDEO]

Australia’s national election is July 2nd and thousands rallied across the country today to call for the immediate introduction of same-sex marriage legislation. Reuters reports: Conservative Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supports same-sex marriage and has pledged a public vote on the issue before the end of 2016. The Labor opposition will skip a public vote and introduce a bill ...

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Pentagon To Lift Transgender Service Ban July 1st

USA Today reports: The Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on transgender service members July 1, a controversial decision that would end nearly a year of internal wrangling among the services on how to allow those troops to serve openly, according to Defense officials. Top personnel officials plan to meet as early as Monday to finalize details ...

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Democrats Celebrate LGBT Progress [VIDEO]

“LGBT Americans have seen tremendous progress under President Obama, and we can’t afford to go backwards. There is more work to be done to achieve full equality. We need to enact the Equality Act to prevent discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. We need to prevent and reverse anti-gay and anti-trans legislative efforts like HB2 and so-called religious freedom ...

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BERMUDA: Voters Reject Same-Sex Marriage

The Royal Gazette reports: Bermudians overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriages and civil unions by a greater than two-to-one margin in the referendum yesterday. However, the total number of votes cast was 20,804, or 46.89 per cent of the electorates, which is below the 50 per cent requirement to make the referendum valid. The final count, at around 4am today, showed that ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: State Rep. Brian Sims Delivers Rousing Speech For LGBT Protections Bill [VIDEO]

WATCH this. From Pennsylvania House Democrats: Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims stands with Gov. Tom Wolf and other advocates to call on the legislature to pass equal protections for LGBT citizens. In Pennsylvania, members of the LGBT community can still be denied employment, housing, and other basic rights afforded to others in the general population. Sims is co-sponsoring the Pennsylvania ...

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YouTube Responds To Orlando Massacre With #ProudToBe Campaign: Share Your Identity [VIDEO]

Over five million views in one day. From the clip description: From commemorating Pride parades to opening up about transitions and explaining the ABCs of LGBT, YouTube is a place where anyone can belong no matter who they are or who they love. That is why today we want to help people honor and celebrate who they’re #ProudToBe. Now, more ...

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NYC Councilman Corey Johnson Eviscerates Homocon Chris Barron Over “LGBT For Trump” [VIDEO]

Last week homocon Chris Barron, co-founder of the defunct GOProud, launched “LGBT For Trump” despite have once denounced Trump as a “sociopath.” Last night openly gay New York City Councilman Corey Johnson pointed out that pesky fact in a heated exchange on CNN. Barron responded, “Hillary Clinton is a bigger sociopath than Donald Trump will ever be.” Seriously. Watch below. ...

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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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KENYA: High Court Rules That “Anal Tests” For Proof Of Homosexuality Are Constitutional

The BBC reports: A Kenyan High Court has dismissed a case challenging the legality of anal tests as proof of homosexuality. Two men, who say Kenyan police forced them to undergo the procedure to prove they had had gay sex, launched the case, calling for the tests to be declared unconstitutional. “There was no other way evidence could have been ...

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NEW YORK CITY: United Nations Ambassadors Meet At Stonewall Inn To Discuss Global LGBT Rights

Via press release from the State Department: An historic meeting happened today at the Stonewall Inn, where U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and member of President Obama’s Cabinet, Samantha Power, hosted a meeting of the UN’s LGBT Core Group. The LGBT Core Group is a group of countries working to promote and enshrine LGBT rights as human rights at ...

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Jamaica Slams US Embassy’s “Disrespectful” Pride Flag

From the BBC: Jamaica’s attorney general has sparked criticism after saying it was “disrespectful” to Jamaican law for the US embassy to fly a rainbow flag following the Orlando shooting. In response, the US embassy in the capital Kingston asked Marlene Malahoo Forte to explain her legal reasoning. Forty-nine people died when a gunman opened fire in a gay club ...

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Dan Savage: Trump Is No Friend Of LGBTs [VIDEO]

Via Raw Story: Columnist and activist Dan Savage bluntly rebuked Donald Trump on Tuesday for his response to the Orlando mass shooting attack. “We’re not gonna fall for it,” Savage told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “You can’t draw a clean line between the LGBT community and the Muslim community because there are LGBT Muslims in the United States and all ...

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Editorial: Anti-LGBT Hate Caused This

While some right wing outlets and commentators are discounting or ignoring the identities of the victims in Orlando, the editorial board of the Detroit Free Press gets right to the heart of it. They write: Let’s start here: The Pulse nightclub shootings — the largest mass murder in American history, claiming at least 50 lives — were an act of ...

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Human Rights Campaign On Donald Trump: Everything We Have Fought For Is On The Line [VIDEO]

The Human Rights Campaign has issued another video slamming Donald Trump. From the clip description: This election year, everything we’ve fought for is on the line. Donald Trump has spewed vitriol about marriage equality, people of color, women, immigrants and more. In the words of Hillary Clinton, “Cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better ...

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