LGBT News – Joe.My.God. https://www.joemygod.com LGBT News Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:38:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GOP Arizona Gov: No Need For LGBT Protections https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/gop-arizona-gov-no-need-for-lgbt-protections/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/gop-arizona-gov-no-need-for-lgbt-protections/#respond Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:38:46 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=260679

Tucson.com reports: Gov. Doug Ducey won’t support extending state laws to prohibit discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation. “I’m against discrimination in all its forms,” the governor said Thursday. But Ducey said he does not think it’s necessary to provide people who are gay the same legal protections that exist for already established …

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Tucson.com reports:

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t support extending state laws to prohibit discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation. “I’m against discrimination in all its forms,” the governor said Thursday. But Ducey said he does not think it’s necessary to provide people who are gay the same legal protections that exist for already established protected classes.

The governor also said he believes the Arizona Supreme Court struck the right balance earlier this week when the justices decided that the Christian owners of a calligraphy firm have the right to refuse to prepare wedding invitations for same-sex couples.

Ducey said the decision was narrowly crafted and struck the proper balance between the rights of the business owners and the rights of others to be free from discrimination. And the governor noted that the justices did not strike down the entire Phoenix ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and Flagstaff all have local LGBT ordinances, but not other protections exist in the rest of Arizona.

Ducey has a mixed track record on LGBT issues for a Republican. In 2015, he revoked a statewide ban on adoption and foster parenting by same-sex couples.

And earlier this year he signed a repeal of the so-called “No Promo Homo” law which banned public school teachers from speaking about HIV/AIDS in a way that “promotes the homosexual lifestyle.”

But Ducey has also appeared on the same stage with anti-LGBT florist Baronelle Stutzman at an event organized by an Arizona-based hate group.

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LIVE VIDEO: Presidential Candidates Hold LGBTQ Forum https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/live-video-presidential-candidates-hold-lgbtq-forum/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/live-video-presidential-candidates-hold-lgbtq-forum/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 23:25:46 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=260655

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports: Candidates scheduled to appear are Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Sestak and Marianne Williamson. This is the first public event of the 2020 election cycle to focus exclusively on LGBTQ issues. The forum will be hosted by “Pose” …

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The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports:

Candidates scheduled to appear are Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Sestak and Marianne Williamson. This is the first public event of the 2020 election cycle to focus exclusively on LGBTQ issues.

The forum will be hosted by “Pose” star and activist Angelica Ross and GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. Moderators include columnist Lyz Lenz of The Gazette, One Iowa policy director Keenan Crow and Advocate editor in chief Zach Stafford. The Advocate, One Iowa and GLAAD are sponsoring the forum along with The Gazette.

Start time is 8PM Eastern. I’ll bump this post back to the top of the page shortly before things begin.

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LOS ANGELES: Top Dem Donor Charged With Running Drug House After Third Man Overdoses In His Home https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/los-angeles-top-dem-donor-charged-with-running-drug-house-after-third-man-overdoses-in-his-home/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/los-angeles-top-dem-donor-charged-with-running-drug-house-after-third-man-overdoses-in-his-home/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2019 12:11:07 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=260399

The New York Times reports: Ed Buck, a Democratic donor and activist whose West Hollywood apartment was the scene of two methamphetamine overdose deaths since 2017, was arrested on Tuesday after investigators said a third man suffered an overdose in his home last week. Mr. Buck, 65, who has not faced charges for the earlier …

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The New York Times reports:

Ed Buck, a Democratic donor and activist whose West Hollywood apartment was the scene of two methamphetamine overdose deaths since 2017, was arrested on Tuesday after investigators said a third man suffered an overdose in his home last week.

Mr. Buck, 65, who has not faced charges for the earlier overdoses but was subject to a wrongful-death lawsuit, was charged on Tuesday with battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. He faces up to five years and eight months in prison.

The charges relate only to the most recent incident on Sept. 11, when the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office says Mr. Buck injected a 37-year-old man with methamphetamine in Mr. Buck’s home. The man, who was not identified, survived the overdose.

CBS News reports:

Buck, who was arrested at his home Tuesday, should be held on $4 million bail because he is a “violent, dangerous sexual predator” who “mainly preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness,” prosecutors said in a motion. Buck took advantage of his position of power and offered drugs, money and shelter to mainly addicted and homeless men in exchange for participating in sexual fetishes, including a fetish that involved administering dangerous doses of drugs, the motion said.

Buck came under investigation in January after 55-year-old Timothy Dean was found dead of an accidental methamphetamine overdose in his apartment. It was the second such death in two years, following the July 2017 death of Gemmel Moore, 26. Both men were black. Buck, who is white, was not charged and critics later questioned if wealth, race or political ties influenced the investigations.

CNN reports:

Moore’s mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Buck, 65, in February alleging that he injected her son with a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine. The complaint describes Buck as a wealthy white man who “had a predatory and injurious system of soliciting Black men and watching them cling to life.”

Both Moore and another man found dead at Buck’s house, Timothy Dean, were black. The lawsuit accuses him of wrongful death, sexual battery and assault and says he was not prosecuted “because he is white, and because Mr. Moore was Black.”

After the second man’s death in January, I reported that local LGBT activists had besieged law enforcement with demands for action.

Right wing sites had a field day with the story, running images of Buck with prominent Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Rep. Ted Lieu, and Rep. Adam Schiff.

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Indiana Gets First Openly Gay Gubernatorial Candidate https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/indiana-gets-first-openly-gay-gubernatorial-candidate/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/indiana-gets-first-openly-gay-gubernatorial-candidate/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:31:41 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=260362

Indianapolis’s ABC affiliate reports: Josh Owens filed paperwork today to enter the 2020 Governor’s race. “I’m running for Governor now because I believe in an Indiana where teachers are paid what they deserve and where all are welcomed, respected and protected,” Owens said. “We need a leader who will ensure our state budget, policies and …

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Indianapolis’s ABC affiliate reports:

Josh Owens filed paperwork today to enter the 2020 Governor’s race. “I’m running for Governor now because I believe in an Indiana where teachers are paid what they deserve and where all are welcomed, respected and protected,” Owens said.

“We need a leader who will ensure our state budget, policies and laws reflect a bold and inclusive vision for collective Hoosier success.” The business leader and education advocate is the first openly gay gubernatorial candidate in Indiana.

The 34-year-old Democrat from Shelbyville, Indiana is head of one of the state’s fastest growing companies, SupplyKick. He also serves on the boards of TechPoint Indiana, Indy Chamber, the Orr Fellowship and previously chaired the Indiana Charter School Board.

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Gay Man Says Church Members Surrounded, Held Him Down, Spoke In Tongues To Drive Out His Gay Demons https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/gay-man-says-church-members-surrounded-held-him-down-spoke-in-tongues-to-drive-out-his-gay-demons/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/gay-man-says-church-members-surrounded-held-him-down-spoke-in-tongues-to-drive-out-his-gay-demons/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:17:19 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=260357

Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate reports: A church’s actions are under investigation after a man said he was held down by congregants as they tried to pray away his homosexuality. Sean Cormie, 23, came out as gay in the spring. Since then, he said his family has asked him to go to church and bring his …

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Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate reports:

A church’s actions are under investigation after a man said he was held down by congregants as they tried to pray away his homosexuality. Sean Cormie, 23, came out as gay in the spring. Since then, he said his family has asked him to go to church and bring his partner, Gary Gardner.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, the two joined family and friends for a service at a church Cormie had already attended many times. The service was normal but at the end, something unexpected happened. Cormie said as 12 to 15 congregants circled around Gardner and himself, their prayer growing louder.

“They hold me down, pin me down, and I’m crying, and they keep speaking in tongues, praying over me.” Cormie said he was even punched in the face. “I was just crying ‘mercy, mercy.'” When they finally let him up, he went to the Blackwell Police Department to file a report.

Cormie said he’s since been threatened for filing the police report and believes his own family members set him up for the attack.

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RuPaul Wins Fourth Consecutive Emmy Award [VIDEO] https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/rupaul-wins-fourth-consecutive-emmy-award-video/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/rupaul-wins-fourth-consecutive-emmy-award-video/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:21:19 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=260179

From the Hollywood Reporter: RuPaul of RuPaul’s Drag Race continues to build his Emmy collection, winning best host of a reality or competition program for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday at the Creative Arts Emmys. As a result, RuPaul is now tied with Survivor host Jeff Probst’s record for most wins in the category. …

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From the Hollywood Reporter:

RuPaul of RuPaul’s Drag Race continues to build his Emmy collection, winning best host of a reality or competition program for the fourth consecutive year on Sunday at the Creative Arts Emmys. As a result, RuPaul is now tied with Survivor host Jeff Probst’s record for most wins in the category.

Backstage, RuPaul explained he was “having a hard time putting words together,” but he ultimately expressed his gratitude for the win and the art of drag.

“I show up to work because I love drag queens, love dramatic people, love being around people who march to a different drummer,” RuPaul said. He later added, “Drag is dangerous. Drag is not politically correct,” he said. “I know people say, ‘You’re mainstream,’ but drag will never be mainstream.”

RuPaul’s Drag Race has been renewed for a 14th season.

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BRITAIN: Former Rugby Star Gareth Thomas Reveals HIV+ Status After Being Blackmailed By “Evil People” https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/britain-former-rugby-star-gareth-thomas-reveals-hiv-status-after-being-blackmailed-by-evil-people/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/britain-former-rugby-star-gareth-thomas-reveals-hiv-status-after-being-blackmailed-by-evil-people/#respond Sun, 15 Sep 2019 11:58:23 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=260163

The Independent report: Former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive – and hopes coming forward with his diagnosis can help break the stigma for others living with the virus. Thomas is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go public about living with the condition, and has revealed that …

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The Independent report:

Former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive – and hopes coming forward with his diagnosis can help break the stigma for others living with the virus.

Thomas is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go public about living with the condition, and has revealed that he was driven to suicidal thoughts after being told he had the illness by a doctor during a routine sexual health check up.

The former British Lions captain, 45, who will be a TV pundit in the upcoming Rugby World Cup, added that he “broke down” when he got the news of his diagnosis. Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, he said: “I’ve been living with this secret for years. I’ve felt shame and keeping such a big secret has taken its toll.”

The Guardian reports:

The former Cardiff Blues player won 103 caps and scored 41 tries for Wales between 1995 and 2007, and he is 13th on the all-time international test try-scoring list.

Last November, he was attacked in Cardiff city centre in a homophobic hate crime, but asked South Wales police to deal with the 16-year-old assailant by way of restorative justice.

The sportsman now takes one tablet containing four medications each day, and doctors have said his condition is under control to the point that it is considered “undetectable” and cannot be passed on. Mr Thomas said that his partner – Stephen – who he met after his diagnosis and married three years ago, does not have HIV.

The Huffington Post report:

Gareth spoke about his HIV status for the first time in a video he posted on his Twitter page, revealing “evil” people had “made his life hell” by threatening to go public with his condition without his consent.

He explained: “I want to share my secret with you. Why? Because it is mine to tell you. Not the evils that make my life hell by threatening to tell you before I do. And because I believe in you and I trust you. I’m living with HIV.

“Now you have that information, that makes me extremely vulnerable but it does not make me weak.” He added: “Even though I have been forced to tell you this, I choose to fight to educate and break the stigma around this subject.”

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Research Shows Mike Pence Once Argued That Since Homosexuality Is A Choice, Gays Don’t Deserve Rights https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/research-shows-mike-pence-once-argued-that-since-homosexuality-is-a-choice-gays-dont-deserve-rights/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/research-shows-mike-pence-once-argued-that-since-homosexuality-is-a-choice-gays-dont-deserve-rights/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:24:52 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=260087

CNN reports: Vice President Mike Pence once argued that homosexuality was a choice during his fight in the early 1990s against local efforts in Indiana to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Pence’s opposition to LGBT equality has long drawn the scorn of gay rights activists and made him a champion of the Religious Right. …

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CNN reports:

Vice President Mike Pence once argued that homosexuality was a choice during his fight in the early 1990s against local efforts in Indiana to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Pence’s opposition to LGBT equality has long drawn the scorn of gay rights activists and made him a champion of the Religious Right.

But scrutiny of Pence’s record on LGBT issues intensified recently when White House Deputy press secretary Judd Deere suggested last week in a tweet that the vice president wasn’t anti-gay because he was having lunch with the Irish prime minister, who is gay, and his partner during a state visit.

Pence argued in the 1990s that, unlike protections for African Americans, homosexuals choose or learn to be gay and were part of a “grassroots-generated movement for recognition of homosexual rights” nationwide. “Once you identify homosexuals as a minority, then by definition they would need to be afforded constitutional protection,” Pence added.

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CANADA: LGBTQ Gym Closes Temporarily After “Patriot” Extremists Dox Staff Members In Series Of Online Posts https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/canada-lgbtq-gym-closes-temporarily-after-patriot-extremists-dox-staff-members-in-series-of-online-posts/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/canada-lgbtq-gym-closes-temporarily-after-patriot-extremists-dox-staff-members-in-series-of-online-posts/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:54:03 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=260077

The CBC reports: An Edmonton LGBTQ gym has temporarily closed after it was the target of a series of blog posts, prompting an investigation from the Edmonton Police Hate Crimes Unit. In a statement posted to Facebook on Thursday, Queerflex board members said their team had been maliciously identified in posts by Patriot Pride Canada …

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The CBC reports:

An Edmonton LGBTQ gym has temporarily closed after it was the target of a series of blog posts, prompting an investigation from the Edmonton Police Hate Crimes Unit.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Thursday, Queerflex board members said their team had been maliciously identified in posts by Patriot Pride Canada Wide, a far right organization which has been described as a hate group.

The blog published two posts targeting Queerflex to its site on Tuesday. The posts claim Queerflex is a breeding ground for domestic terrorism, while saying people who use the gym are “gender confused unicorns.” The gym has closed indefinitely while police investigate and the gym tightens security at the property.

The Toronto Star reports:

Queerflex posted a statement on Facebook Thursday and their website forwarded to a landing page that said the gym was temporarily closed, effective Wednesday.

The Facebook statement said members of the Queerflex team and the gym itself were victims of doxxing, which is when personal information about individuals is posted online with malicious intent.

“QUEERFLEX takes any threats — direct or implied — to our members, contractors, volunteers, and anyone affiliated with our gym seriously … Although we have been assured by multiple channels that this small group has not been known to show themselves in person, we do not want to take any chances with anyone’s safety,” the statement reads.

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Hugh Hewitt Attends Fox News Homocon’s Wedding But His Radio Show Is Sponsored By Anti-LGBT Hate Group https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/hugh-hewitt-attends-fox-news-homocons-wedding-but-his-radio-show-is-sponsored-by-anti-lgbt-haters/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/hugh-hewitt-attends-fox-news-homocons-wedding-but-his-radio-show-is-sponsored-by-anti-lgbt-haters/#respond Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:13:28 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259955

USA Today reports: Congrats are in order for Fox News contributor Guy Benson, who married his love Adam Wise in a Napa Valley ceremony Saturday. Benson, who hosts Fox News Radio’s “The Guy Benson Show,” told People that he and Wise first met in 2015 after Benson appeared on Fox News for what he called …

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USA Today reports:

Congrats are in order for Fox News contributor Guy Benson, who married his love Adam Wise in a Napa Valley ceremony Saturday. Benson, who hosts Fox News Radio’s “The Guy Benson Show,” told People that he and Wise first met in 2015 after Benson appeared on Fox News for what he called “the most terrifying television appearance of my life,” an episode of Megyn Kelly’s “The Kelly File” to promote his book, “End Of Discussion.” Benson came out during the interview.

Wise said that he watched Benson’s episode on “The Kelly File” while at home with his parents in Colorado, emailed the TV commentator out of the blue, and the rest is history. “I wanted help reconciling being a conservative and being gay,” Wise said. “I’d come out; I’d been out for a while.” In addition to Kelly, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, who hosts “Kennedy” on Fox Business, officiated the ceremony, with Benson saying about his friend’s relationship with Wise, “She instantly nicknamed him ‘dreamboat,’ which was hilarious.”

Hugh Hewitt last appeared on JMG in 2018 when he defended the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom during an MSNBC appearance without revealing that they sponsor his Salem Radio show.

The ADF, as you surely know, advocates against LGBT civil rights in the United States and has worked to keep homosexuality criminalized in several foreign countries.

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NYC To Repeal Its Ex-Gay Torture Ban To Thwart Hate Group’s Lawsuit, Will Rely On NY State’s Ban Instead https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/nyc-to-repeal-its-ex-gay-torture-ban-to-thwart-hate-groups-lawsuit-will-rely-on-ny-states-ban-instead/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/nyc-to-repeal-its-ex-gay-torture-ban-to-thwart-hate-groups-lawsuit-will-rely-on-ny-states-ban-instead/#respond Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:15:00 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259922

Gay City News reports: The New York City Council is repealing its ban on so-called conversion therapy in response to LGBTQ advocates who voiced their satisfaction with the state’s version of the measure and acknowledged that legal challenges could derail the city law anyway. Out gay Speaker Corey Johnson [photo] confirmed to Gay City News …

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Gay City News reports:

The New York City Council is repealing its ban on so-called conversion therapy in response to LGBTQ advocates who voiced their satisfaction with the state’s version of the measure and acknowledged that legal challenges could derail the city law anyway.

Out gay Speaker Corey Johnson [photo] confirmed to Gay City News that the city’s lawmaking body, after “intense deliberati­on,” is planning to ditch the 2017 law that broadly bans New Yorkers from paying for the debunked practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“The courts have changed considerably over the last few years, and we cannot count on them to rule in favor of much-needed protections for the LGBTQ community,” said Johnson, who noted that queer youth are protected by the state law.

Politico reports:

In January of this year, Alliance Defending Freedom — an Arizona-based Christian organization classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s statute and arguing that it was overly broad. That same month, Albany passed a law banning conversion therapy for minors that covered the whole state.

LGBTQ advocates worried ADF’s suit could potentially spark a ruling from precedent-setting courts that might threaten the city’s law and have broader implications, according to Johnson, and asked him to repeal the ban and instead rely on the state’s law.

“It is a smart move,” said Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “It is not taking any protections away.” Adults, he said, can bring lawsuits under a consumer fraud protection act.

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Conversion Therapy Linked To Trans Suicide Attempts https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/conversion-therapy-linked-to-trans-suicide-attempts/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/conversion-therapy-linked-to-trans-suicide-attempts/#respond Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:23:43 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259876

NBC News reports: Exposure to “conversion therapy” — efforts by a secular or religious professional to change a transgender person’s gender identity — is associated with thoughts of and attempts at suicide, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Dr. Jack Turban, the study’s lead author and a resident physician in …

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NBC News reports:

Exposure to “conversion therapy” — efforts by a secular or religious professional to change a transgender person’s gender identity — is associated with thoughts of and attempts at suicide, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Dr. Jack Turban, the study’s lead author and a resident physician in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said it was the first study “to show that gender identity conversion efforts are associated with adverse mental health outcomes, including suicide attempts.”

Turban said that previous reports showing the negative effects of conversion therapy, also known as “ex-gay therapy” or “reparative therapy,” have focused on efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation. But this was novel, he said, because of its large sample size — over 27,000 transgender people responded to the survey — and its broad approach to identifying past efforts to change participants’ gender identity.

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Uber Fires Driver Who Kicked Out Lesbian Couple https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/uber-fires-driver-who-kicked-out-lesbian-couple/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/uber-fires-driver-who-kicked-out-lesbian-couple/#respond Mon, 09 Sep 2019 12:46:12 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259613

News 12 New Jersey reports: Uber has fired a driver who kicked out two Camden County women from her car after they kissed, the company confirmed in a statement. One of the women, Kristin Michele, recorded the incident and had posted it on her personal Facebook page – and it went viral. She says the …

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News 12 New Jersey reports:

Uber has fired a driver who kicked out two Camden County women from her car after they kissed, the company confirmed in a statement. One of the women, Kristin Michele, recorded the incident and had posted it on her personal Facebook page – and it went viral.

She says the driver told them to get out of the car because their lifestyle violated her beliefs. According to NJ.com, the women were on their way to a Zac Brown Band concert Friday night in Camden when one of the women leaned over and gave the other woman a kiss on the cheek.

In a statement, the company says, “Uber does not tolerate discrimination in any form and we have been in contact with this rider. We removed the driver’s access to the app as soon as we were made aware of this incident.”

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Uber Driver Ejects Lesbian Couple Over Kiss [VIDEO] https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/uber-driver-ejects-lesbian-couple-over-kiss-video/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/uber-driver-ejects-lesbian-couple-over-kiss-video/#respond Sun, 08 Sep 2019 15:24:09 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259583

NewJersey.com reports: An Uber driver kicked two Camden County women out of her car for being gay, according to the couple. One woman recorded the incident and posted it on her personal Facebook page. Kristin Michele and Jenn Mangan were in an Uber on their way to a Zac Brown Band concert in Camden on …

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NewJersey.com reports:

An Uber driver kicked two Camden County women out of her car for being gay, according to the couple. One woman recorded the incident and posted it on her personal Facebook page.

Kristin Michele and Jenn Mangan were in an Uber on their way to a Zac Brown Band concert in Camden on Friday night when Michele leaned over and gave Mangan a kiss on the cheek, they said.

The driver then immediately told the women to get out of the car, Michele said. The driver said she was a Christian woman and “didn’t believe in that,” according to Michele, who then began filming.

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Fashion Designer Chris March Dies At Age 56 https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/fashion-designer-chris-march-dies-at-age-56/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/fashion-designer-chris-march-dies-at-age-56/#respond Fri, 06 Sep 2019 21:42:31 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259515

Heavy.com reports: Former Project Runway star and fashion designer Chris March died of a heart attack Friday. He was 56. March was a fan favorite contestant for his larger-than-life personality and wildly outstanding wig creations. He appeared on Project Runway All Stars, before getting his on series on Bravo, Mad Fashion. He’s designed outfits for …

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Heavy.com reports:

Former Project Runway star and fashion designer Chris March died of a heart attack Friday. He was 56. March was a fan favorite contestant for his larger-than-life personality and wildly outstanding wig creations.

He appeared on Project Runway All Stars, before getting his on series on Bravo, Mad Fashion. He’s designed outfits for Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Meryl Streep’s Oscar dress in 2010.

Born in Alameda, California, on February 25, 1963, following his memorable appearance on Bravo’s reality competition series, he survived a near-fatal accident in 2017, a fall on his head for which he never fully recovered. After going to the hospital, March was put in a medically induced coma, in which he remained for two months.

I don’t pay much attention to fashion or reality shows, but I always stopped to watch if I came across Chris, who I would run into regularly during my years in San Francisco.

Below is a shot of us at SF’s only incarnation of Wigstock in 1996. (I’m the one in the Diane Rigg/Avengers shirt.) You could always hear Chris’s laugh from across the room.

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AUSTRALIA: Anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom” Bill Intro’d After Rugby Star Sacked For Anti-Gay Instagram Posts https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/australia-anti-lgbt-religious-freedom-bill-introd-after-rugby-star-sacked-for-anti-gay-instagram-posts/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/australia-anti-lgbt-religious-freedom-bill-introd-after-rugby-star-sacked-for-anti-gay-instagram-posts/#respond Fri, 06 Sep 2019 17:34:50 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259474

Reuters Australia reports: Australia on Thursday proposed legislation to protect people who express their religious faith outside of the workplace, a few months after Rugby Union international Israel Folau was sacked for posting on social media that hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers”. Attorney-General Christian Porter said the proposal would allow Australians to express their religious …

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Reuters Australia reports:

Australia on Thursday proposed legislation to protect people who express their religious faith outside of the workplace, a few months after Rugby Union international Israel Folau was sacked for posting on social media that hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers”.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said the proposal would allow Australians to express their religious beliefs away from the workplace as long as it did not cause financial damage to their employer. Porter said the legislation was needed as the country’s anti-discrimination laws do not go far enough.

“Australia has a strong anti-discrimination framework with specific protections for people against discrimination on the basis of their age, sex, race and disability,” Porter said in a speech in Sydney. “This draft bill released today extends those protections to provide protection for people against discrimination on the basis of their religion or religious belief, or lack thereof.”

The Christian Post reports:

The bill sets forth criteria on limiting private religious expression. Businesses with a turnover of more than $50 million would be prohibited from enforcing limitations on a person’s religious expression in private, unless that company can somehow show it would cause “unjustifiable financial hardship to the business.”

Such a business would have to prove those limitations on their freedom of speech was necessary to avoid hardship, so they cannot be considered nondiscriminatory to an employee. Religious expressions that are malicious or incite hatred would not be protected under the new law.

Pro Bono Australia reports:

Most would agree it’s wrong to discriminate against someone for the reason that they are of a certain faith – or, indeed, of no faith. But this bill goes much further than other discrimination laws and weakens existing protections for LGBTIQ+ people, women, people with disabilities, and those from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.

The month-long consultation process for the bill must be used to make key changes, or our discrimination laws will end up privileging people of faith above all others. The bill contains various other provisions that go far beyond the scope of existing discrimination laws.

Section 8 prohibits any rule imposed by an employer on a health practitioner that would require them to perform services to which they have a religious objection. This could allow doctors to refuse to perform abortions or to perform any services for LGBTIQ+ people.

The bill is apparently the work of the anti-LGBT “Christian think tank” Freedom for Faith, which has appeared on JMG in the past.

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Four High School Students Suspended After Crashing Gay/Straight Alliance Meeting With MAGA Flags [VIDEO] https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/four-high-school-students-suspended-after-crashing-gay-straight-alliance-meeting-with-maga-flags-video/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/four-high-school-students-suspended-after-crashing-gay-straight-alliance-meeting-with-maga-flags-video/#respond Thu, 05 Sep 2019 20:06:33 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259409

The New York Daily News reports: A high school in Bakersfield, Calif., is investigating an alleged incident of harassment against students who participated in a meeting of an LGBTQ club. According to multiple social media posts, students from Frontier High School were confronted and bullied at the first meeting of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) …

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The New York Daily News reports:

A high school in Bakersfield, Calif., is investigating an alleged incident of harassment against students who participated in a meeting of an LGBTQ club. According to multiple social media posts, students from Frontier High School were confronted and bullied at the first meeting of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) in the school year. After the meeting, which happened Wednesday, students from the Future Farmers of America barged in, carrying MAGA flags, shouting slurs and following them to the parking lot.

One of the students accused of harassing the GSA members, identified only as Matthew, told 23ABC News that he and his friends weren’t looking for any trouble, and they just joined the meeting out of curiosity. He claims the FFA wasn’t involved. “It wasn’t just us saying stuff to them and it wasn’t just them saying stuff to us. We were all screaming at each other,” said Matthew, who was suspended, with some of his friends, for harassment, intimidation and sexual harassment.

They weren’t looking for trouble, they just happened to crash the meeting with their MAGA banners, one of which can be seen in the clip below.

(Tipped by JMG reader Wilson)

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CNN To Broadcast Human Rights Campaign Town Hall On LGBT Issues With 2020 Dem Presidential Candidates https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/cnn-to-broadcast-human-rights-campaign-town-hall-on-lgbt-issues-with-2020-dem-presidential-candidates/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/cnn-to-broadcast-human-rights-campaign-town-hall-on-lgbt-issues-with-2020-dem-presidential-candidates/#respond Thu, 05 Sep 2019 12:57:13 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259352

Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign: Today, HRC Foundation announced CNN as the exclusive broadcast partner for the organization’s LGBTQ-focused town hall for Democratic presidential candidates this fall. The evening will constitute the largest-ever audience for a Democratic presidential town hall devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues and will …

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Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign:

Today, HRC Foundation announced CNN as the exclusive broadcast partner for the organization’s LGBTQ-focused town hall for Democratic presidential candidates this fall. The evening will constitute the largest-ever audience for a Democratic presidential town hall devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues and will mark the first time in history that a major cable news network will air a presidential event devoted to issues of importance to the LGBTQ community. The Human Rights Campaign is the world’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, representing more than 3 million members and supporters.

This historic town hall event, entitled Power of Our Pride, will take place on Thursday, October 10 at The Novo in Los Angeles, California. The event is set to take place on the eve of the 31st annual National Coming Out Day, a celebration of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. The first National Coming Out Day was held on October 11, 1988 on the first anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights as a way of celebrating the power of coming out and promoting a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly.

CNN will air the event exclusively live during prime time on CNN and CNN en Español, across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. For reference, CNN’s July Democratic Presidential Debate drew more than 10.7 million viewers. Six candidates have confirmed their participation in this historic event: former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Secretary Julian Castro, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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Philippines High Court Boots Marriage Equality Case https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/philippines-high-court-boots-marriage-equality-case/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/philippines-high-court-boots-marriage-equality-case/#respond Tue, 03 Sep 2019 19:05:55 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259201

CNN Philippines reports: The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. The high court, in a statement Tuesday, said it junked the petition for certiorari and prohibition filed by Atty. Jesus Falcis due to its “lack of standing” and for “failing to raise an actual, justiciable controversy.” The court, …

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CNN Philippines reports:

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. The high court, in a statement Tuesday, said it junked the petition for certiorari and prohibition filed by Atty. Jesus Falcis due to its “lack of standing” and for “failing to raise an actual, justiciable controversy.” The court, despite acknowledging that the 1987 Constitution “does not define or restrict marriage on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity,” said Congress should address the recognition of same-sex unions.

The same ruling also cited Falcis and his co-counsels, Atty. Darwin Angeles, Atty. Keisha Trina Guanko, and Atty. Christopher Ryan Maranan for indirect contempt. “To forget the bare rudiments of court procedure and decorum– or worse– to purport to know them, but really, only to exploit them by way of propaganda — and then, to jump headlong into the taxing endeavor of constitutional litigation is a contemptuous betrayal of the high standards of the legal profession,” the court said in its statement.

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Anti-Gay Trump Official Quits Over “Anti-Semitic” Post https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/anti-gay-trump-official-resigns-over-anti-semitic-post/ https://www.joemygod.com/2019/09/anti-gay-trump-official-resigns-over-anti-semitic-post/#respond Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:06:07 +0000 https://www.joemygod.com/?p=259156

Bloomberg Law reports: A recently appointed Trump Labor Department official with a history of advancing controversial conservative and faith-based causes in court has resigned after revelations that he wrote a 2016 Facebook post suggesting the Jewish-controlled media “protects their own.” Olson, 43, started at the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division Aug. 12 as a …

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Bloomberg Law reports:

A recently appointed Trump Labor Department official with a history of advancing controversial conservative and faith-based causes in court has resigned after revelations that he wrote a 2016 Facebook post suggesting the Jewish-controlled media “protects their own.”

Olson, 43, started at the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division Aug. 12 as a senior policy adviser, after being cleared for the job by the White House. He was part of a team of political appointees working to finish a series of deregulatory actions that are pivotal to the White House employment agenda.

Much of his solo work was devoted to a longstanding case in which he represented two Houston residents who sued the city’s mayor in 2013 arguing an ordinance recognizing same-sex marriage licenses issued out of state violated a Texas law prohibiting such arrangements. Olson’s legal team convinced the judge in the case to issue an injunction barring the Houston policy.

From his Facebook page just now:

Greetings, Bloomberg readers. I never thought I’d see the day when making fun of alt-right anti-Semites led to being branded an anti-Semite, but here we are. A few comments:

1. The Pidgeon v. Parker case was filed before the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. I assisted with a technical jurisdictional issue when the case was argued before the Supreme Court of Texas, but, far from being “much of [my] work,” I otherwise haven’t worked on it since Obergefell was issued. Please see the Harris County District Clerk, the Texas First Court of Appeals, and the Texas Supreme Court for more.

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