Friday, August 18, 2017

'Power hungry white evangelicals will still support Trump' & other Fri midday news briefs

Robert Jeffress is symbolic of white evangelicals willing to trade integrity for power in Trump Administration.

Why Trump’s Charlottesville response won’t hurt him with a key chunk of his base - Guess what this base is? White evangelicals. The religious right. The anti-LGBTQ religious right. Sarah Posner gives a detailed reason. I prefer to be simple. These people are hypocrites and liars. They are only concerned with their ego and manifesting power. These people get angrier with the notion of a school having a club which reaches out to LGBTQ students than white supremacists invading a town and causing chaos. They exploit Christianity for their own desires.

Yes, There’s Actually A ‘Straight Lives Matter’ Rally In The Works - This is happening in Australia but I'm sure some fools in America will be getting ideas. 

Banning transgender troops would cost 100 times more than letting them serve - Yep! Not surprised.  

Twitter Blasts Ex-Google Employee Who Says Being Conservative Is Like Being Gay In The ‘50s - YES WE DID! I even threw out a few licks myself. 

Opinion: We Must Combat Smoking Disparities in LGBTQ Community - An important issue.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Do anti-LGBTQ hate groups know our meaning of the word 'receipts?'

The American Family Association is angry at CNN for daring to refer to them as an SPLC-designated hate group.

From AFA:

This week, CNN listed the American Family Association as a "hate group" in a sham news article that could easily incite violence and place AFA employees and supporters in harm's way. CNN has since issued a correction and removed AFA by name off their website. Instead, CNN links to the Southern Poverty Law Center website which falsely lists AFA as a "hate group." AFA is urging CNN to stop using the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a source when reporting real news. The SPLC is a radical organization whose hateful rhetoric was implicated in a 2012 shooting at the Family Research Council's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Today, we need your support to sustain our efforts in this important and lengthy battle. By citing the SPLC, CNN underscores why many Americans don't trust it for honest reporting. The SPLC has been widely discredited over the years because of its false labeling of Christian organizations as "hate groups.

AFA even has the nerve to ask that folks tweet the following mess:

Earlier today in my news brief, I talked about the Family Research Council throwing a tantrum because Apple will be donating a large amount of money to anti-hate groups, including SPLC.

And it's not just those two. According to People for the American Way:

It appears as if there is a coordinated campaign from anti-LGBTQ Religious Right organizations to fight back against outlets that identify them as SPLC designated hate groups.

My guess is because of Charlottesville, there is an interest in learning more about hate groups in America. And in spite of what some folks have said about SPLC being discredited, the organization is the best resource on hate groups. Anti-lgbtq hate groups are rightfully figuring out that a lot of eyes will be looking at the info SPLC has compiled on them. Therefore they are attacking SPLC's credibility.

These groups  are merely digging a hole for themselves. And for a very simple reason.

'Anti-LGBTQ hate group angry that SPLC getting donations to combat other hate groups' & other Thur midday news briefs

Apple to donate $2 million to anti-hate groups, Tim Cook tells staff - One of the groups receiving donations will be the Southern Poverty Law Center. Naturally the Family Research Group (who SPLC has called a hate group) isn't happy about this:

That's the Family Research Council - a group which heavily supports Donald Trump, hasn't say a word about him this week defending white supremacist groups, and will most likely still have him at it's so-called Values Voters Summit

Conservative faith leaders stand by Trump despite his defense of white supremacist rally - I bet if Trump said something positive about LGBTQs, they would have dropped him in droves. Kinda sad but nice at the same time to see the greed of conservative faith leaders. 

Yes, A Big Victory In Texas On The Trans Bathroom Bill, But The Battle Is Far From Over - Yep. Never over. Bring it on. 

Log Cabin Republicans Didn’t Endorse Trump but Booked Gala Event at Trump’s DC Hotel - Finally . . Lawd hammercy!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Racist reduced to weepy wreck over possibility of warrant for his arrest

Editor's  note - That awful tragedy in Charlottesville and Donald Trump's hideous reaction to it is screwing with my normal LGBTQ blogging . I will continue to blog about LGBTQ issues and expose the lies of the religious right. However I will be pushing other posts about Charlottesville

Below is Chris Cantwell. He is a NASTY white supremacist who advocates all sorts of violence, including killing law enforcement officers and government figures.

You know. One of those fine individuals Trump defended on Tuesday.  The following, courtesy of SPLC, are just a few of Cantwell's comments:

“If you listen to the first time I was on the show, all right, like, I did not get the Jew thing. Like I thought of Jews as white people with bad ideas, right? Like, I had no idea Karl Marx was a Jew. I had never associated Jews with communism, right? And it was like the second that I made that connection, I was like, they all have to die … I’m not even a Hitlerite but I’m like ok, let’s fucking gas the kikes and have a race war because once I realized they were responsible for the communism, then I was like, oh, wait a second, yeah, that’s a fucking really good reason to fucking genocide a group of people.” — Interviewed on the Alt-Right show Exodus Americanus, June 26, 2017. 
“I never wanted to jump over a counter and attack a fucking hotel clerk because he fucking didn’t speak proper English. But what it is now is that I see it as a fucking threat. You know? I feel like my country is being fucking invaded. That like I’m being outbred. That guy has probably fucking 12 kids at home.”” — podcast, “I Almost Committed a Hate Crime,” January 29, 2017 
“I think chemical and biological weapons can do a great deal of good for mankind. Releasing nerve gas or some kind of lethal virus into a left wing protest could prepare the bodies for physical removal without making a big scene for the cameras or destroying anything of value.” — Facebook post, January 28, 2017. 
“I would go ahead and I would say that I don’t know that Dylann Roof made the fuckin’ best use of his life by fucking throwing it away on these fucking animals in the goddamn church. But I understand what he’s going through, right?” — Radical Agenda, January 5, 2017
He's a real badass, that is until he found out that possibly a warrant for his arrest exists. It's the video that has gone mega viral and you will see why:


'Texas Victory! Anti-transgender bills defeated' & other Wed midday news briefs

TX Gov. Greg Abbott's attempt to pass anti-trans bills went down in defeat

Anti-Trans ‘Bathroom Bill’ Dies In Texas - Activists, big business, the clergy, legislators (including the GOP Speaker of the House) and civil rights groups teamed up to protect Texas' transgender community. No victory is ever impossible to achieve when you are willing to work together. 

This Report Says More LGBT People Were Killed So Far In 2017 Than In All Of 2016 - An article from last week but still needs to be posted. 

Bryan Fischer: Violence In Charlottesville Was A Clash ‘Between The Left And The Left- Lovely. When Fischer isn't verbally bashing the LGBTQ community, he spews verbal acid on other subjects.

Indonesia’s LGBT youth bears brunt of hostility towards gay and lesbian community - Our fight for equality is EVERYWHERE.

Louisiana governor seeks reinstatement of LGBT-rights order - Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trump's ugly speech sounds like it came straight out of 'Mississippi Burning'

Trump is an idiot. We all knew that. Yet some Americans still voted for him. Don't blame Clinton or Sanders or anyone else. When it all comes down to it, Americans made a decision. We knew all of the costs and dangers and we made a decision.

And elected a fool who can attack the Muslim community over almost anything but WILL NOT (I didn't say cannot) rebuke white racists.

He reminds me of that scene in the motion picture 'Mississippi Burning' in which a redneck judge chastised a group of Klansmen for their violence by mostly attacking the so-called "outside agitators" for 'making them do it.'

In this country a man's home is his castle. That is one of the principles by which this community survives. You men have done violence to that principle. But I want you to know that the court understands that the crimes you have committed have been, to some extent at least brought about by outside influences. Outsiders have come into Jessup County and they've been people of low morality and unhygienic. And their presence here has provoked a lot of people. So the court understands without condoning them, mind you that the crimes to which you men have pled guilty were, to some extent at least, provoked by these outside influences. So, with all this, I'm gonna make your punishment light. I'm gonna sentence you each to five years' imprisonment. But I'm gonna suspend these sentences.

And that's where America is right now. A man who is supposed to be president possibly using Fox News talking points to avoid rebuking  white supremacists.

The president of the United States shouldn't sound like a redneck judge excusing Klan violence. But this bozo does.

''Auntie Ruckus' Fox News pundit says LGBTQ pride flag & confederate flag are exact same thing' & other Tue midday news briefs

Fox guest: Confederate flag and LGBTQ pride flag "represent the exact same thing" - I hardly think that a flag put up to celebrate oppression is the same thing as rainbow flags - the symbol of unity for community UNDER oppression. But that's what Auntie Ruckus, I mean Star Parker is claiming. Why do I call Star Parker Auntie Ruckus? Well the video below from The Boondocks is the best way I can tell you who she is. When she isn't attacking the LGBTQ community, Star Parker resembles the black man, Uncle Ruckus, in the videos below. Though not as comically extreme, but you get the point:

In other news: 

Defense secretary reveals the trans military ban is in limbo - Dag! Trump even screws that up.

Reflecting On The AIDS Epidemic This Gay Men’s Health Crisis Founders’ Day - KNOW your history.

The Justice Department Is Evaluating Obama-Era Rules For Transgender Prisoners - For Pete's sake! Damn!

St. Petersburg's LGBTQ Pride Rally Had the Largest Turnout Since 2010 - These are some BOLD brothers and sisters. Keep the fight up!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Trump Administration expected to remove healthcare protections from women, transgender community

Trump Administration about to negatively affect healthcare for transgender community and women

In the past, the religious right has cloaked its attacks against the transgender community as an issue of safety in women's bathrooms and locker rooms. However, a possible move by the Trump Administration could put into perspective how women and transgender individuals in general are in danger of losing decent health care:

According to NewNextNow:

The anti-discrimination policies set up by Obamacare designed to protect transgender patients are now in danger of being rescinded, according to The Hill. The Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly crafted a proposed rule that would allow doctors to legally refuse treating trans patients or women who have had abortions, two groups who were protected under the Affordable Care Act. A Christian group previously sued to rescind those protections by claiming they were against its members’ religious beliefs. The group won the case and a Texas judge then blocked the provisions from going into effect. The Department of Justice never appealed the ruling after Jeff Sessions was appointed as the Attorney General of the Trump administration earlier this year, and now the provisions are at risk of being removed entirely.

The Hill provided background on this issue:

A sweeping 2016 final rule from the Obama administration prohibited healthcare providers and insurers who receive federal money from denying treatment or coverage to anyone based on sex, gender identity, or termination of pregnancy, among other conditions. It also required doctors and hospitals to provide “medically necessary” services to transgender individuals, as long as those services were the same ones provided to others. That rule was challenged in court by a group of Christian providers called the Franciscan Alliance. 
They argue the rule forces insurers to pay for abortions and compels doctors to perform gender transition services, even if the services are against their medical judgment. The Alliance won that case, and a Texas district court judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking the gender identity and pregnancy termination provisions from taking effect. Trump’s HHS decided not to appeal the ruling. On Aug. 4, the Department of Justice, which is representing HHS in the lawsuit, said it was reviewing a draft proposed rule that had already cleared HHS. It’s unclear when DOJ will complete the review. Once DOJ finishes, the final step before the rule’s release is a review by the Office of Management and Budget. Buchert said she was surprised at how quickly HHS drafted the new proposal. “I expected them to take more time in deliberating, in the same way the original rule was crafted, rather than crafting something internally and sending it over to DOJ,” she said.

According to both sources, the ACLU has been prepared for the new rule and will fight it. NewNextNow, however, added an interesting coda:

The guidance won’t go public until the DOJ reviews it and sends it to the Office of Management and Budget, so it remains unclear if the changes will affect gay, lesbian and bisexual patients, as well.

Hat tip to AKSARBENT

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fox News deserves some of the blame for Charlottesville tragedy

I generally try to keep my blog focused on matters of religious right propaganda and how they are used to dehumanize the LGBTQ community. But the situation in Charlottesville is something I can't stay away from.  When tragedies like this happen, I don't like to include my voice in an already noisy din of talking and words unless I have something to say which would add to the discussion.

And in this case, I do. I have a few words and a short video to show.

Fox News deserves some of the blame for the violence.  In the eight years of the Obama Administration, personalities operating under the guise of "fair and balanced" stroked racist lies and tensions about our first black president. From lies about his birth certificate, slyly claiming that his Administration turns an eye to black people committing federal crimes, to lying that he is "apologizing for America," claiming that he hates America, to even calling out the condiments he puts on a sandwich, Fox News cultivated a scenario which sent a message to White America that their country was supposedly being taken away from them.

And it just wasn't with Obama.  In so many other ways, Fox News gave aid and comfort to bigoted stereotypes and hid behind "free speech" and "fighting political correctness" when called to the carpet about it.

Fires, both figurative and literal, are never started by themselves. Someone is always there exploiting and instigating. And, in the case of Fox News, playing innocent when the fire burns out of control.  Don't let them get away with it. I implore you.

Friday, August 11, 2017

'GOP Senate candidate praises Putin for persecuting LGBTQ community' & other Fri midday news briefs

Roy Moore
Republican senate candidate says ‘Maybe Putin is right’ on gays - Roy Moore is so homophobic that he could probably cause the late anti-gay Congressman Jesse Helms to become an ally. And he does NOT like the LGBTQ community so much that he praises Russian president Vladimir Putin on his persecution of the Russian LGBTQ community. Instead of making jokes about Alabama - Moore's state - perhaps we would best served to prepare ourselves for what may happen if Moore does become a United States senator. He will cause havoc. That's not a possibility. It's an actuality.

More information on Roy Moore - Click on this reflection of Moore's career of anti-LGBTQ bigotry at your own risk of getting your blood pressure up. 

'White queers are really good at erasing us': the lives of LGBTQ Somali-Americans - External enemies of equality are bad enough, but the internal enemies are the ones who can cut you deeper than any religious right group. There is NO reason why this should be happening. 

Trump's New Navy Secretary Opposes Trump's Transgender Ban: 'Any Patriot' Should Be Allowed to Serve - Damn right!

New book concocts a religious excuse to demonize trans people - I know this well. Write a book with a lot of footnotes which demonizes the LGBTQ community. The opposition has shifted its target to our trans brothers and sisters, but the tactics of lies remain the same. 

Lambda Legal Sues Houston to Defend Obergefell - Handle the business . . .

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Flashback - The unchanging semantics of anti-LGBTQ propaganda and lies

In my last post, I made reference to how for decades the religious right have demonized the LGBTQ community via junk science, cherry-picked legitimate science, and outright lies. From the archives of this blog, I want to spotlight a 2009 post which looked at an example of what I was talking about.

When Something Guaranteed to Piss You Off  parts 1 and 2 was posted, it had quite an effect on readers. Now,with Trump and office and the religious right gaining more influence, I am hoping that people will look at this again and recognize how the rhetoric used against the queer community, while not as openly vile as it was in the past, has not changed in semantics, connotations, and especially distortions:

I ran into something a while back that I have been itching to show on this site.

This 1986 comic was created by a man named Dick Hafer and it is a vile representation of some of the most evil anti-gay lies out there.

This is for the many young folks who don't remember what it was like in the 1980s when the AIDS crisis was in full bloom, ignorance was all around and Paul Cameron was a credible name.

It is a representation of how far we have come and how far we have to go. You will recognize how some of the same arguments are still being used, although not as explicitly. Check out the comic's list of supporters shown on the last graphic.

You can click on the pictures to get a better view of the pages - more are at the bottom (even though I don't think it's work safe). And if you want to see the entire comic (God help you) go here.

Editor's note - The webpage featuring this comic is not anti-gay. It's a site that looks at "problem-based comics" from the past.

'Anti-LGBTQ groups see influence rising in Trump Administration' & other Thur midday news briefs

With Trump in power, anti-LGBTQ groups & spokespeople (like Tony Perkins -  right) are gaining influence. Good.

Anti-LGBT groups on rise again with Trump in White House - According to Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, anti-LGBTQ groups - hate groups and otherwise - are seeing a resurgence of power because of the Trump Administration. After eight years of being on the back end because of the Obama Administration, these folks are suddenly enjoying a new round of influence. Let me put it this way - if this scares you, then go home. Personally, I feel that it was a matter of time before something like this would happen and I've been kinda pining for it. With influence comes a larger and brighter spotlight and with that comes many opportunities for us to twist the narrative and make them explain their tactics instead of us having to explain our existence, for a change. This is less of a calamity than an opportunity to educate the country on the 30+ years groups like the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, etc deliberately created a body of homophobic talking points based on junk science, cherry-picked legitimate science and outright lies to rob the queer community of our God-given rights to equality and self-determination. And you know, I've been waiting for a moment like this for quite a while.

Minnesota school agrees to respect trans identities after a community forced a family out - It's awful that this incident took place, but the results is favorable to our trans youth. 

Dallas Stars hockey team becomes first franchise to publicly oppose Texas 'bathroom bill' - Meanwhile, the war in Texas goes on and this is big news. 

  Meet the legendary queer comedian ‘Moms’ Mabley - A little history on the intersection of the African-American and the LGBTQ community never hurts.

  Reading the Right Wing: Trans Acceptance Will Lead to Robot Army - Lord, help this fool named Alex Jones and everyone else mentioned in this article.

Photo courtesy of Media Matters

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Hate group affiliate angry at Disney show for featuring same-sex family

Disney's 'Doc McStuffins' under fire for showing same-sex parents.

A ridiculously named affiliate of the anti-LGBTQ hate group American Family Association is furious at Disney for (shock and shudder) daring to acknowledge the existence of same-sex families.

From The Huffington Post:

In a post on its official website, One Million Moms officials blasted Disney for “pushing an agenda” by featuring the two-mom family on “Doc McStuffins,” which airs weekly on both The Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

“Controversial topics and lifestyle choices should be left up to the parents to discuss and Disney Junior should not introduce this to young children,” they wrote. “Just because an issue may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct.”

Included in the post is an excerpt of a 2012 AfterEllen interview with “Doc McStuffins” creator and executive producer Chris Nee, who is a lesbian. Nee acknowledged she would “definitely” instill messages about acceptance in the show.

'Peter Thiel, your LGBTQ brothers and sisters haven't forgotten your support of Trump' & other Wed midday news briefs

Peter Thiel, how do you feel about your 'pro-gay' buddy Trump now?

How Peter Thiel Sold Out LGBTQ People For The Spotlight - Remember that gay billionaire who supported Trump's presidential bid. I do. It was him vs. the religious right for the ability to shape Trump's agenda. Guess who lost? Now is NOT the time for us to take the high road. It only sets us up for future disappointments.

FLASHBACK: Peter Thiel's obliviousness creates historic nonsense - I said this over a year ago.

Focus On The Family Political Arm Seeks Money To Fight ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy Bans - By the way, that's YOUR money they want. 

Transgender third-grader files groundbreaking lawsuit against school - Wonderful! I applaud every LGBTQ youth fighting for his/her rights. 

 Christian Parents of LGBTQ Children: The Church Has Been Wrong - John Pavlovitz has a message of encouragement for parents of LGBTQ children.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Video: Subtle homophobia can be more successful than outright bigotry

From time to time, I like to observe anti-LGBTQ propaganda put out by the religious right. The more sophisticated groups don't always call us out by name or openly accuse us of creating dire situations. In some cases, like the video (from the Liberty Counsel in 2014) seen below, anti-LGBTQ propaganda employs the ultimate in dehumanization - not mentioning the queer community but throwing out dog whistles in a manner so polite that is is almost difficult to detect. The video isn't saying that the queer community stands in the way of families. It is simply hinting on it enough for its supporters and those in the middle to be convinced:

'Disney's 'Doc McStuffins' spotlights same-sex family' & other Tue midday news briefs

Disney’s ‘Doc McStuffins’ Sends A Great Message With A Two-Mom Family - This is wonderful because of the visibility it gives to same-sex families. Children in same-sex families should see that there is nothing to be ashamed of with their families and parents. 

“Texas Impact Launches PSA Campaign Featuring Faith Leaders Speaking Out Against Bathroom Bills”- Regardless of what happens in Texas (and I'm hoping for a win), faith leaders standing loudly against transphobia and homophobia is a trend which needs to continue and grow. 

Florida Man Killed After Standing Up For Gay Friends, Witnesses Say - I hate posting about things like this but it;s necessary for so many reasons. May people remember this brave man.

Gender Variance Around the World Over Time - The more you know.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Anti-LGBTQ author fails in attempt to smear 'In a Heartbeat'

This wonderful animated video 'In a Heartbeat,' which shows a middle-school boy literally led by his heart to the boy of his dreams, is extremely popular with over 21 millions views on youtube and countless articles written about the honest way it depicts queer youth and love.

Even my cold heart melted a little over it.

However, and we know what's coming next, whenever there is any movement to honestly depict LGBTQ relationships between youth, the homophobic wolves with the crosses burned in their fur come in packs barking and howling about "gay recruitment," "the corrupting of children by the homosexual agenda," and whatever creative description they can use to describe their silly fears. God forbid that they have contemplate the fact that LGBTQ youth exist, that they have crushes, and can date without all of the dirty and vulgar subtext added to scare parents.

'Religious right spokesman lies to condemn gay adoption' & other Mon midday news briefs

Matt Barber: It’s ‘Unconscionable’ To Allow Gay People To Adopt Children - Unbelievable. And everything Barber says is a lie. But then again a lot of mess is coming out of it's hateful closet. Good. Let's have a public debate! These are the facts:

Gay Parents As Good As Straight Ones

LGBT Adoption FAQs 

Transgender 'bathroom bill' leaves Texas Christians deeply divided - This is actually a good thing. It means more progressive Christians are speaking out against these bills. More need to speak out so the religious right doesn't highjack the conversation.

Newspapers are turning to hate group Conservative Republicans of Texas over the state's proposed bathroom ban - Cause you know they will try if given even the slightest chance.

Family Research Council Thinks Lying About Transgender Troops Is A Christian Value - A post published on this blog made The Huffington Post. The goal is to make it viral as much as possible. It's already gone viral twice on my blog. 

How Russia’s strongmen use homophobia to stay in power - An old formula for tyrants. Demonize a group and make them scapegoats. It's happened to African-Americans, Jewish people, Muslims, Asian people, even Christians. Of course it's happened to LGBTQs so many times during history.

Groups planning to sue Trump Administration over possible ban of transgender people from military

According to LGBTQNation, should Trump's ban of transgender men and women from the military go into effect, there will be a lawsuit:

With formal guidance released by the White House Friday calling for a purge of transgender people from the US military, Lambda Legal and OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network announced that they would file a lawsuit.  
 “This mean-spirited and discriminatory attack on our community is capricious, irrational and clearly driven by anti-LGBT forces in the administration who care more about harming transgender people than keeping our nation safe,” Lambda Legal’s Sasha Buchert said on the organization’s blog. “It is clearly unconstitutional.”

And according to Newsweek, ever since Trump sent the initial tweet out banning transgender service members, there was already speculation that such an order would be illegal:

 Josh Block, an attorney for the ACLU’s LGBT Project, said his inbox was “completely flooded” with messages from transgender people and their relatives and friends after Trump’s tweets. But he cautioned that it is extremely unclear if and how the Trump administration is going to move forward. “There are still a lot of question marks on how literally and seriously to take this tweet,” he said. “If they take the really shocking step of pulling people off the battlefield and kicking them out because they are trans, they absolutely have to see us in court.” If the tweets turn into policy, Block believes it would violate the Constitution’s equal protection clause and the Administrative Procedure Act. The APA protects individuals from “arbitrary or capricious” actions. “I can’t think of anything that is more arbitrary or capricious than what Trump did today,” he said. “In any separation procedure, they could make that argument and raise it in federal court as well.” 
 Jon Davidson, Lambda Legal’s legal director, said if Trump issued an executive order, demanded the Department of Defense change regulations or got Congress to change the law, Lambda Legal would partner with Outserve-SLDN, a military-specific LGBT advocacy organization, and “immediately” sue. “The fact he tweeted this does not change the current military regulations that allow transgender members of the military to serve openly, and that was based on extensive study that undercuts, totally, his unfounded assertions that allowing transgender people to serve would be disruptive or costly,” Davidson said.

Trump's attack on transgender troops is not popular. The only thing he has to stand on is support from the religious right and their reasoning as to why the ban is a good idea.

And based on how easy it was to expose the lies that one of the group put forth in its reasonings, one has to wonder will Trump be successful in implementing the ban?

Friday, August 04, 2017

'Duggar family member 'comes for' Jazz Jennings, gets popped back' & other Fri midday news briefs

Duggar family member Derick Dillard (right) learns not to come for Jazz Jennings (left)

‘Gender is ordained by God’: Duggar husband Derick Dillard attacks Jazz Jennings in transphobic tweet

Jazz Jennings, TLC respond to Derick Dillard calling transgender 'a myth' 

While it's not my nature to be "petty," I would suggest that Mr. Dillard check the family he has chosen to become a part of before coming for Jazz Jennings.

Anti-gay photog declares ‘victory’ after court points out law doesn’t apply to her - It really wasn't even a situation, but the religious right have to make their coins somehow.

Drag Queen’s Dream Of Reading Stories To Kids Sparks Outrage In North Carolina - Other than the initial shock reaction, can anyone think of any reason WHY they should be scared of drag queens reading to children? Seriously. Based upon the fairy tales and stories out there read to children, I think a drag queen would be the least scary thing. 

Evangelical Leaders Backing Trump Are More Hypocritical, And More Dangerous, Than Ever - As much as I hate to be "that bitch," I have been saying stuff like this for a while. Hopefully folks will listen to Michelangelo Signorile. 

In Texas, One Republican Lawmaker Is Trying To Halt The Bathroom Bill - Go for it, Mr. Straus!

Photo taken from Raw Story.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The very lucrative world of religious conservative 'law firms'

The budgets for religious conservative law firms are staggering.

An online friend of mine showed me this article from the Religious News Service about the lucrative world of religious right law firms and how they make their vast amounts of money to fund their "religious liberty" lawsuits.

They are quite numerous and their budgets are staggering. So is the effect they are having on the concept of religious liberty, according to the article.  And it's not all that good. Many folks in their circles wonder - with good cause - how their eagerness to define "religious liberty" as a Christian idea and for cases which lead to good fundraising (some would call it greed) will eventually hurt the concept of "religious liberty" in general:

The growth and success of Christian conservative legal organizations has earned them some enemies, especially at a time when religious freedom protections increasingly clash with LGBT rights. Three Christian conservative law firms — Alliance Defending Freedom, Pacific Justice Institute and Liberty Counsel — appear on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups because of their “anti-LGBT” positions. 
“There used to be broad, bipartisan support for religious liberty. That has sort of melted away now,” said Hiram Sasser, deputy chief counsel for First Liberty Institute. Alliance Defending Freedom did not respond to multiple interview requests. By pairing religious freedom law with their moral agenda, Christian conservative legal organizations have hurt religious liberty’s reputation, Laycock said. “A claim that abortion or same-sex marriage should be illegal for everybody is not a religious liberty claim. It is a claim that conservative Christian morality should be imposed by law on everyone else,” he said. 
However, linking cases with moral concerns is a powerful political and fundraising strategy. When selecting cases, the firms consider whether an issue will play well in the press and catch the attention of potential donors, Bennett said. “They’re looking for cases that set a precedent and earn them a little money in terms of fundraising,” he said. The groups profiled in “Defending Faith” bring in anywhere from $300,000 to $48.3 million in annual revenue, according to Bennett’s research.

'White House, Pentagon discussing transgender ban' & other Thur midday news briefs

Pentagon, White House Discussing Transgender Ban - Trump may make his base happy should he follow through with this mess, but his base won't save his monstrosity of his political career. I promise you that.
One Million Moms Vs Disney Junior Channel - The fact that One Million Moms generally fail when it raises the alarm about shows and such would be more hilarious if we don't take into account that the group is always trying to shut down any visibility of same-sex families.

TeeTee Dangerfield Is 16th Known Trans Woman Killed In U.S. This Year - Why joking about murdering transgender women is NO joke.

Gay journalist who helped uncover Chechnya purge faces deportation - Come to America and gives us more details about what you know.
Family Research Council thinks lying about transgender troops is a Christian value - My post from yesterday. The Family Research Council lies about the LGBTQ community because very few raise a big fuss about it.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Family Research Council thinks lying about transgender troops is a Christian value

Tony Perkins and his group lie about trans soldiers defending their freedoms.

I feel secure in saying that repeatedly, I've proven on this blog that the Family Research Council, in spite of all its claims of being a "Christian" organization, has no problem with spreading outright lies and distortions in its quest to stamp down on LGBTQ equality.

However, in FRC's quest to keep it's sacred cow Donald Trump safe in the White House, the organization is obviously picking up his main bad habit; telling lies so pathetic that it takes no effort in refuting them.

Today's Washington Update FRC put out defending Trump's sad attempt to ban transgender men and women from the military is  a perfect example. The amount of lies and misdirection the Family Research used in just two paragraphs of the post left me shocked. In over 10 years of tracking and calling out the group, I thought I had seen the full length of its audacity. Apparently I hadn't:

Liberals have spent the last week insisting that Donald Trump's military policy is wrong -- but they certainly haven't come up with any compelling reasons why. While conservatives point to a laundry list of problems from the potential $3.7 billion price tag to "sensitivity" training, the Left's only defense seems to be trotting out photos of a former Navy SEAL Christopher (now Kristin) Beck. No one argues that Beck served his country with distinction -- but he never did so as a woman. He identified as a new gender after he was discharged, and even then, didn't publicly "come out" until two years later. As Donna Carol Voss points out in a great column for the Federalist, "6 Ridiculous Arguments in Favor of Transgender Soldiers," it's "disingenuous to say Beck is the first female Navy SEAL when that career ended two years before Christopher -- who was known for his beard -- transitioned to Kristin. There has never been a female Navy SEAL, only a male Navy SEAL who retired and took feminizing hormones."
Ask a liberal how Obama's policy actually improves readiness, and they'll respond one of two ways: with a personal story or a personal attack. Why? Because there hasn't been a single scientifically-based, rational military argument for it. Without psychology, top brass, or even popular opinion on their side, the Left resorts to a tired playbook -- distractions and name-calling. Fox News's Tucker Carlson found that out in his debate with New York Congressman Sean Maloney (D). Like most liberals, Maloney's go-to justifications for Obama's were Beck and transgender empowerment. Apparently, he thinks the military's job isn't winning wars but putting people on the path to self-actualization.

There are so many lies and misdirections here, I need to number them.

'Evangelical right continues to eagerly debase themselves for Trump' & other Wed midday news briefs

POTUS Shield: Trump’s Dominionist Prayer Warriors and the ‘Prophetic Order of the United States’ - Okay, make as many jokes as you like about Trump's "POTUS Shield," (POTUS Shield? That man needs several exorcisms) as long as you read this People for the American Way's report on the conservative evangelicals who see Trump as a way to "bring about the reign of God in America and the world." Don't laugh it off. They could bring immense problems to a lot of folks, especially the LGBTQ community.

The 7 Most Mind-Boggling Moments From Donald Trump’s Wall Street Journal Interview - Yes. THIS guy. That's who those so-called Christian people in the above news brief  are depending on. Is this real life or a vulgar graphic comic book? 

American Muslims Are Now More Accepting Of Homosexuality Than White Evangelicals - All I will say is that in America, the Muslim community has never given me problems. It was always the members of so-called Christian communities. 

Evil in Russia: Gays are being systematically eradicated from the republic of Chechnya - Siiigh!

Matt Barber: Republicans Will Have Blood On Their Hands For Defeating Transgender Surgery Ban - Gosh, he is such a "drama bitch."

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Oblivious homophobia starring the Benham Brothers

Remember the so-called victims of the "radical gay agenda," David and Jason Benham. They were going to get a show on on HGTV in 2014  until the network found out that they had a history of attacking the LGBTQ community. Their show idea never got off the ground. Since that time, they have been going around the country continuing to whine about the alleged gay agenda (which turned off HGTV in the first place), but with the added claim that they were shut down and persecuted because they are Christians.

That's the story they like to tell. But thanks this video by GLAAD, which presents their claims and a few additions, there is a more balanced view  of the controversy. In watching it, I'm sadly struck by the fact that these boys are so wrapped up in their egotistical view of their "faith" that they can't comprehend the reality of why they got into so much trouble. You were talking about people, guys. Men, women, children, families. You were not talking about intangible concepts.

'Trump and Texas transphobia face huge backlash' & other Tue midday news briefs

Dozens Of Texas Businesses Tell Governor To Ditch ‘Bathroom Bill’ - Both this and the last news brief are like glorious pinpoints of light in a cloudy darkness. Our job is to expand the light.

Abstinence-Only, "No Promo Homo" Sex Ed Keeps Queer Teens In The Dark - A thing which harms out LGBTQ kids - getting no decent sex education knowledge. 

Linda Harvey: Sleepovers, Summer Camps Endanger Children With ‘Moral Corruption’ And Homosexuality - Linda Harvey "done lost her damn mind."

Watch Incredible LGBT Poets Spit Fire at Brave New Voices - This is awesome.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Religious right groups, figures debasing themselves to ignore Trump's many disasters

With the latest White House firing - "potty-mouth" Scarmucci lasted only 10 days - and very low approval numbers, as well as a long list of missteps and policy failures in a short length of time, we should admit that Donald Trump is a disaster.

Seriously, he's the worst thing to come to D.C. since the British during the War of 1812. At least Nixon got some things done and his administration was simply crooked. Trump's Administration is crooked and incompetent. It's as if Americans were so high on drugs on Election Day that they chose to elect the Three Stooges reborn into one braggadocious, hideously coiffed body.

However, Trump still has his fans. Eager to keep the access his administration has given them (OMG, they have us on speed dial!!!), evangelical conservative groups, i.e. the religious right, have  been recasting the Orange Disaster to their supporters as the Second Coming of the Biblical king David (minus the Bathsheba incident), Davy Crockett (portrayed by Fess Parker), and every character John Wayne played in one of his movies (who wasn't killed at or before the conclusion of the movie).

 It's just downright embarrassing that in midst of so many ugly moments (Scarmuccci's insane New Yorker interview, Trump's ridiculous attempt to ban transgender men and women from serving in the military, the sacking of Reince Preibus and Scarmucci, Trump's constant public humiliation of his own attorney general, Trump's failure to repeal Obamacare,Trump advocating police brutality . . ), groups like the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, and other "religious" groups and leaders think no one is noticing them debase themselves.

'Reuters poll - Americans support transgender soldiers' & other Mon midday news briefs

Majority of Americans think trans people should be able to serve in the military - Regardless of what one may think, this country's reputation for fairness always manages to shine through the nonsense.

Jeff Sessions’ Assault On Gay Workers Revealed Yet Another Lie He Told At Confirmation Hearings - I never liked Sessions and I never trusted him.

Laverne Cox fires back at comedian who joked about killing trans women - The entire thing is seriously some screwed up shit. The "transgender women are always trying to trick men" lie is no different than the "gay men want boys to molest" lie. 

'I'm The Scary Transgender Person the Media Warned You About': Parents Raise Gender Non-Conforming Kid - Yes we do need more education about transgender children. 

Editor's note - It is with a bit of sadness I say the final item: I only saw her in two films when I felt mesmerized by her power. She wasn't in the first one for more than five minutes. And in this one - not that good of a movie - she was stunning. I love this scene and copied her in it so many times. RIP Jeanne Moreau:


Email punctuates religious right hypocrisy about Trump

At the end of a week punctuated by embarrassing and public infighting in the West Wing, Trump advocating police brutality, a ridiculous attempt to ban transgender troops ignored by the Armed Forces because it was done via a tweet, and a failed attempt to take healthcare away from millions of Americans, the Family Research Council sent a very unfortunate, but probably ironically accurate email:

The above announcement says less about Trump and more about the Family Research Council and the rest of Trump's evangelical supporters. Other than gloating - then remaining silent when the entire thing proved to be disastrous - about Trump's ban of transgender soldiers in the military, the religious right has been silent during this week regarding the rest of  his "conduct."

Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post puts it better:

“The religious right, which intones ‘Judge Gorsuch, Judge Gorsuch!’ when confronted with the series of Trump abominations, should do some soul-searching,” she wrote. “Was this trashing of the White House, assault on civil language and conduct and contempt for the Constitution (the one the religious right thinks is so important that the new Supreme Court justice must protect it) worth it?”

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What you need to know about anti-LGBTQ hate groups and their bigotry

'How They See Us,' a crash course on the anti-LGBTQ groups hoping to grab power under Trump.

Due to recent attacks on queer equality by the Trump Administration and the boasting of the religious right and anti-LGBTQ hate groups (such as the Family Research Council) that they played a hand in these attacks, I think it's time  to pull out information from the archives of this blog. We need a crash course in what we are dealing with.

In 2013, I published a free online booklet, How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America.

How They See Us breaks down how organizations like the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, and others exploit religious beliefs, fear, and junk science to demonize the LGBTQ community.

An excerpt says the following:

  . . . their idea of Christian values seem to rely heavily on forgetting the ninth commandment against bearing false witness because these groups have declared war on the gay community and their weapons are propaganda designed exploit fear and religious beliefs. Through a clever use of junk science, misrepresented scientific work, outright lies, or . . . demeaning images, they work to stand as a roadblock to any advancement of gay equality by stigmatizing the gay community and falsely labeling homosexuality as a threat to societal order and wellness. And what’s worse, they use the religious belief which designates homosexuality to be a sin as a free license to sugarcoat their tactics as mere “expressions of their personal religious beliefs” and label every question regarding these tactics as an “attack on their religious liberty” or an attempt to “silence” them. What these groups do is nothing new and it’s certainly nothing Christian or moral about it. When any group spreads propaganda, it’s always “in defense” of something and it usually scapegoats a group undeserving of such hostilities. Whether it be the defense of “Southern culture,” the “German homeland,” or “Judeo-Christian values,” it all adds up to the same thing - isolating an innocent group as the essence of evil and claiming that if only said group were put in its place, the world would be a better place.

A key part of  How They See Us spotlights images from a 1986 anti-gay comic book which sought to show the so-called dangers of the so-called “homosexual lifestyle” through stereotypes brought to life via an artist’s pen. I compare the ugly images in that comic to statements made in recent years by members of religious right groups.

In addition, I also show the subtle ways anti-LGBTQ groups push horror stories about the queer community, as well as distort science, to promote the the false idea that being gay is a "dangerous lifestyle."

With Trump in the White House, these groups can cause a lot of mischief. But so can we. With more power comes more scrutiny. In the past, they could get away with playing the "religious beliefs" card. However, as a recent Newsweek article has shown, there is a lot more spotlight focused on them.

With that spotlight comes a need to educate about these groups. The main thing being everything they do and say is a smokescreen. When they talk about "protecting the safety of women and children" "military readiness," "religious liberty," or "protecting marriage and American values," it all comes down to one thing - keeping the LGBTQ community underfoot,  powerless, demoralized both physically and spiritually, and above all, with no rights.

How They See Us is free and available for anyone to read and download via the link.

Read it, download it, share it.

Friday, July 28, 2017

'Anti-LGBTQ right trying to send message to queer community' & other Fri midday news briefs

A friend of mine, Matt Baume breaks down Trump's ridiculous trans ban and does something else which I think is required viewing AND repeating. Beginning at 3:20 of this video, he gives a history lesson of the times the anti-LGBTQ right have attacked out community from marriage equality to HIV/AIDS to claiming that we will harm children. Baume basically says all of these crusades weren't necessarily from ignorance but a deliberate attempt to send a message to us. And he is right on point. 

Transgender Military Ban: The Rise of Anti-LGBT Hate Groups in Trump's White House - Newsweek finally gets with the program and shines a bright light on anti-LGBTQ groups which now have immense power via Trump. Good article (although for ego's sake, I wish the reporter had talked to me. I got a gallon of tea to spill on the Family Research Council and other like minded groups. As they get more powerful, they become more vulnerable to public scrutiny.)

Trump, the 'most pro-LGBT Republican nominee in history,' takes a wrecking ball to LGBTQ rights - Or at least tries. We are at war, brothers and sisters. Not open warfare yet. Never in a situation of violence. This war is about position and we will not lose. 

Court: Violence law unfair to gay South Carolina couples - Meanwhile, we won a huge victory down here in South Carolina. 

13 Kids, 2 Dads - Reminder. No matter how they try, they cannot defeat us, push us back into the closet, nor keep us from living our lives based upon OUR terms.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Family Research Council deluding itself, spinning lies about Trump's disastrous ban

Family Research Council's Tony Perkins

This afternoon featured more incompetence from Donald Trump and chaos over his tweeted ban of transgender men and women serving in the military.

And one fact came into focus. It was something we all suspected and now it is official. When Trump tweeted that he consulted with generals and military experts before the ban, he was lying through his teeth.

You don't have to believe my word.

According to CNN:

The Joint Chiefs of Staff, including chairman General Joseph Dunford, were not aware President Donald Trump planned to tweet a ban on transgender service members, three US defense officials told CNN -- the latest indication that top military leaders across all four service branches were blindsided by the President's announcement. For now, Dunford has informed service members that there will be "no modifications to the current policy until the President's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidelines." "In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect," Dunford wrote in a memo to the military that was obtained by CNN. "As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions."

You read that last part right. For now, there will be no ban.

Politico reiterated this point:

Dunford's message was seconded later in the day by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' chief spokeswoman. "The Department of Defense is awaiting formal guidance from the White House as a follow-up to the commander in chief's announcement on military service by transgender personnel," Dana White said. "We will provide detailed guidance to the department in the near future for how this policy change will be implemented. "ThedDepartment will continue to focus on our mission of defending our nation and ongoing operations against our foes, while ensuring all service members are treated with respect," she added. The Pentagon's position underscored how the military, like legal experts, does not consider the president's social media pronouncements policy.

That's the real world. In the fake world created by the religious right, groups like the Family Research Council continue to make Trump look like the second coming of John Wayne while omitting his incredible incompetence.

News Brief Special - Transgender troop ban shaping up to be another monumental disaster for Trump

James Corden Rips Donald Trump’s Trans Military Ban In The Most Musical Way - See above

Joint Chiefs: No change in transgender policy until Trump sends Pentagon direction - In other words, no ban as of yet. Why? Because you DO NOT make Armed Force policy through a tweet!!!! Proving yet again, as Anderson Cooper did yesterday in a must see video, Trump lied about consulting with generals before making that awful policy.

OnPolitics Today: Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips cost more than trans soldiers' health care - Speaking of another distortion Trump made in his tweet regarding costs . . . 

  Watch a transgender former Navy SEAL explain the disruption Trump's military ban on trans service members will have on the military - Damn right. 

American Medical Association Says Military Trans Ban Isn’t ‘Medically Valid’ - PREACH!!!!!!!

Transgender Airman Defies Trump: ‘Try To Kick Me Out Of My Military’ - Two snaps up! 

The Daily 202: Growing GOP backlash to transgender troop ban underscores Trump’s political miscalculation - Yep! Even the GOP is pissed. 

Trump's trans military ban eschews years of research in favor of junk science from a hate group - Dear sadity, blase, snobby, cliquey Beltway media journalists, the Family Research Council is a hate group because of crap like this. So what if the group doesn't outright call for the deaths of the LGBTQ community. Their lies and distortions undermine our lives and create chaos such as this. 

Editor's note - My eyes and ears are open about other issues and problems, such as Trumpcare and the situation regarding the Texas legislature and its attack on the trans community. However, I feel that Trump's attack on our trans men and women in the military is right now the singular shining example of all of the lies, distortions, and scurrilous behind-the-scenes maneuvering which got him elected and is now creating monsters we are having to fight. It is also a perfect example of the astounding incompetence of the fool who is now situated in the White House.

 Stay awake about EVERYTHING.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Anderson Cooper proves Trump's ban on trans people serving in the military was built on lies

Everyone needs to see this video of Anderson Cooper taking down Trump's reasoning for banning transgender men and women from serving in the military. It's accurate, succinct, and proves that Trump basically told a bunch of lies Watch it. Retweet it. Share it. Cooper breaks everything we need to know and talk about in less than five minutes.

Anti-LGBTQ talking head wants gays to be next group kicked out of the military

According to Right Wing Watch, members of anti-LGBTQ and religious right groups are practically giddy with happiness over Trump's decision to kick transgender soldiers out of the United States Armed Forces.

Matt Barber
If you are a glutton for punishment, you can read the link. To me, however, one comment stood out. It was from Matt Barber, a spokesman for the anti-LGBTQ hate group Liberty Counsel and editor of an online crapfest called BarbWire:

Next step? Prohibit all open sexual deviancy in the ranks of the armed services. The military is no place for extremist San Francisco-style socio-political activism. Such social engineering destroys national security, troop morale and unit cohesion. It also violates natural law, settled science, and God's moral law. President Trump did the right thing today by prohibiting those suffering from the gender dysphoria mental disorder. Individuals with other mental disorders and even flat feet cannot serve in the military. It's a privilege not a right.

For those asking, yes Barber means eliminating gays from the military. Barber has a long,ugly history of demonizing the LGBTQ community in some of the worst ways possible, including:

telling other religious right activists that they must talk in all sorts of awful terms about gay sex, claiming that the "ick" factor of it is the "Achilles heel" of the LGBTQ equality movement.

sending out the following disgusting tweet during Obama's 2011 State of the Union address:

and sending out this equally hideous tweet protesting the inclusion of gays in the Boy Scouts:

I've learned not to discount the audacity of the anti-LGBTQ right so I say with all seriousness that I have no doubt that some of them are dreaming about eliminating gays from the military.

But even if Barber's desire is only a pipe dream, the fact that Trump empowers homophobes like him remains. That in itself is a danger to the LGBTQ community in every realm of American life.