Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Golden Girls starring Trump, Pence, and Putin

 I apologize for my lack of posts today and I can't really blame the election for this one. A serious personal family matter kept me busy. It's all taken care of now and it reminded me just how blessed I am to have so many people concerned about me and my family.

On that note, I'm just going to go lighthearted and repost a video which I think gives an almost good conceptualization of this presidential election. I say "almost" because recent events lead me to believe that Korean dictator Kim Jong-un should be replaced by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (I just know I'm going to catch hell for that one):

Monday, October 24, 2016

Support of Trump exposes ugliness, hypocrisy of religious right

If there is one good thing which comes out of this nasty election (other than the desired result), it's that the need for power has exposed the religious right. In supporting Donald Trump in spite of all of his many moral flaws, groups like the Family Research Council and people like Franklin Graham have revealed that their so-called Christian faces (under which they also demonize lgbts) are merely a mask. Behind that mask are power hungry, egotistical entities willing to work around the values they claim to uphold.

And if you need more proof of this, check out the following tweets, courtesy of People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch.

They are from a Trump rally at Regent University, the "Christian" college founded by televangelist and The 700 Club host Pat Robertson:

You can see more here (if you can stomach it).

'17 horror movies only lgbt people fully understand' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Scenes like this made 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 2' a covertly gay horror movie.

17 Horror Films Only LGBT People Understand - Yes, I am leading the news briefs with a frivolous article? Why? Because this election (even though it's careening to the desired results) is bringing me down. And I suspect that it's also doing it to a lot of my lgbt brothers and sisters. So let's be frivolous for a second (even though the list makes a huge error by omitting the original Fright Night (1985).

'We Won!': Trans Girl Can Now Use Girls' Bathroom at Military School - Victory in a controversy I mentioned last week.  

Gay Republican group praises Trump even after voting not to endorse him - I swear, those Log Cabin Republicans . . .  

10 Things LGBT People (And Everyone Else) Should Consider Before Getting Married - In my case, it's finding a groom. 

 Trump campaign mischaracterizes ISIS as anti-gay donor to Clinton - A mischaracterization which should have been tackled a long time ago.

Accommodating transgender students shouldn't be difficult

An interview from a while back but highly educational. Nathan Smith from GLSEN talks about why it isn't (or rather shouldn't e) difficult to accommodate our transgender youth in schools.

Friday, October 21, 2016

'Six religious right leaders who support Trump in spite of sexual assault charges' & other Fri midday news briefs

Any day FRC's Tony Perkins can be set up for future 'shading' is a good day.

6 Homophobes Standing By Donald Trump Despite That Little Sex Assault Problem - Line them up and memorize their names.  I don't want to forget ANYBODY for the sake of throwing future "shade."

Trans Girl Barred From Using Girls' Bathroom at U.S. Military Base School - Yet another story about how this bogus "bathroom predators" junk is hurting our transgender children. And yet another example of how it's only an issue when folks looking to stir up trouble make it one. 

 Thousands of Gay, Bi Men to Be Pardoned in the UK for ‘Gross Indecency’ Convictions - It certainly took them long enough. 

 Here’s How Marriage Changed These Two Men’s View On Creating A Family - I'm posting this article because it made me teary (just a little). Especially the part about the open adoption.

“One Attack A Week”: New Scrutiny On Adelaide’s Gay Hate Crimes - A problem affecting any segment of the lgbt community anywhere affects us all.

The movie about being black & gay told by those who are black & gay

I've done a post on Moonlight before, but since I feel this is a pivotal movie on so many levels, another post is due:

Tonight is the premiere of what I hope will be a multi-successful, much honored movie, Moonlight:

Based on an unproduced, semi-autobiographical play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight” is the story of Chiron, an introvert living in the Miami projects with his crack-addicted mother (Naomie Harris). Kids pick on him because he’s not as butch as the other boys. “What is a faggot?” he asks Juan, a neighborhood drug dealer (Mahershala Ali) who shows compassion for Chiron. Juan and his girlfriend, Teresa (Janelle MonĂ¡e), become surrogate parents. Chiron escapes to their orderly home for the food and comfort often denied to him. He struggles to understand his sexuality and his poverty, and he has nowhere else to turn. “My mama does drugs?” he asks Juan, and we melt with sympathy. “Moonlight” comprises three chapters, each a short film unto itself. In the first, Chiron (Alex R. Hibbert) is a grade-school boy who’s been branded with the nickname Little because he is smaller and daintier than the others. In the second division, Chiron (Ashton Sanders) ages into a teenager, able to fight back but keener to avoid confrontation, including that of his mother, who makes him hand over cash to feed her addiction. It’s in this phase of the film that Chiron realizes his only friend Kevin (Jharrel Jerome) might be gay, too ― what that means exactly, he still isn’t sure. But Kevin won’t defend Chiron outside of their private enclave, and the violent homophobia continues. In the third division, Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) has become a hardened drug dealer himself, pumped-up muscles and fake grills concealing a truth he’s determined to bury. Loneliness radiates off of him. 

Read more about Moonlight here

Thursday, October 20, 2016

'Spirit Day combats bullying of lgbt youth' & other Thur. midday news briefs

Editor's note - Last debate is over (Thank God) and soon I will be back on schedule of monitoring and exposing the religious right. And that's not just words. I've been doing some serious reading and research. New junk seems to be on the horizon and it would be my great pleasure to put a couple of folks on blast.

But until then, bear with me:

Social media goes purple for Spirit Day to fight bullying of LGBT youth - Happy Spirit Day, folks! 

 Johns Hopkins to resume gender-affirming surgeries after nearly 40 years - In response to transphobic and homophobic actions by faculty members, Johns Hopkins University is righting a serious wrong with regards to the transgender community. 
Donald Trump Is Exploiting LGBT People To Perpetuate Islamophobia - Well duuuuh!

 ‘Walking While Trans’ Can Be A Death Sentence In The U.S. - An important story

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

'Judge deals Obama's transgender bathroom policy a setback' & other Wed. midday news briefs

Small setback on the road to equality
Judge largely maintains nationwide ban on Obama transgender school bathroom policy - Don't get discouraged. The fight for equality was NEVER supposed to be easy. 

I Am Young, I Am Gay, I Am Black: Australia’s First Openly Gay Aboriginal Politician Enters Parliament - Awesome reminder from Australia just how universal we are as a community.

  Donald Trump’s Long-Held Promise To Pick Rabidly Anti-LGBT Supreme Court Justices - Yes he will pick awful anti-lgbt justices. I don't care how far ahead Clinton is. THIS battle isn't over until he goes down in defeat. HARD DEFEAT. Vote!

  ‘My Faith Shattered’: In Viral Letter, Watermark Church Revokes Gay Man’s Membership - If THAT happened at a black church . . . never mind. I think my pastor knows about my blog so I don't want to get into trouble.

Jerry Falwell, Jr. under fire for censoring anti-Trump article in Liberty University newspaper

Jerry Falwell, Jr.
In his zeal to support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr. is losing integrity amongst his students.

Politico just reported the following:

The president of Liberty University censored an article critical of Donald Trump, according to the sports editor of the school's official newspaper, the Liberty Champion.

The editor, Joel Schmieg, posted a statement on his Facebook account claiming it was Jerry Falwell Jr., the university's president and a Trump supporter, who spiked the column, which criticized Trump for lewd comments he made on a hot mic during a 2005 taping of "Access Hollywood."

"Yesterday I was told [Falwell] was not allowing me to express my personal opinion in an article I wrote for my weekly column in the Liberty Champion about Trump and his 'locker room talk,'" Schmieg wrote.

"I understand Joel's frustration regarding the situation," Cierra Carter, the opinion editor for the Liberty Champion, told POLITICO. "Our president has been very vocal with his opinions during this election season and we'd like that same privilege." 

The article goes on to point out that this is the second time Falwell's support of Trump has pitted him Liberty University students. Last week, a group of students issued a statement against Trump and called out Falwell for continuing to support the GOP nominee in spite of allegations of sexual assault.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

'Pro-Confederate leader 'chased' out of the closet' & other Tue. midday news briefs

Editor's note - My apologies for not putting out a post this morning. Frankly this election has exhausted me. There are just so many times you can say "Donald Trump is a dumbass and the religious right have proven that they have no integrity for supporting him" before ennui starts gnawing at you. So forgive my brief rest period.

I don't think anyone feels sorry for the guy in the first article below.

Secessionists chase ‘rainbow Confederate’ out of the closet with ‘salacious’ rumors - Great. This junk just HAD to happen in my state of South Carolina. Way to gnaw on the evolutionary chain, guys!  Nobody is going to hold a protest march for your ass

GOP State Lawmakers Sign Brief Opposing Same-Sex Benefits - Next they will probably attempt to keep us from getting cheese on our burgers. Talk about mean-spirited.

 Anti-LGBT Dominican pastor appears to defend Trump -Surprising whom?

  Kid’s Magazine Apologizes After Eyebrow-Raising Response On LGBT Families - I mean it's not lgbts have children . . . 

  Most LGBT adults don’t have a will: survey - Get a will, folks (and leave me everything . . .)

Monday, October 17, 2016

'NC Gov. McCrory trolled by lgbt advert on birthday' & other Mon. midday news briefs

Advert trolls McCrory's transphobia.

North Carolina governor trolled with rainbow newspaper advert on his birthday - Hilarious! I swear us lgbts  and allies can be downright evil when we want to be. 

Miami Bans 'Ex-Gay' Therapy To Minors - Another one down. So many more to go . . .  

Peter Thiel Will Donate $1.25M for Trump - You jackass! Perfect time to repost my "reading" of this out-of-touch gay billionaire:

 Peter Thiel's obliviousness creates historic nonsense  

The New York Times just provided a massive platform for transphobia - Boooooooo!!!!

Gay Republicans want to "make gay straight again"

Let's slowly ease into Monday with this plea from gay Republicans to vote for Trump and help "make gay straight again."

 For satire, it gets a B+