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  • Obama’s Biggest Failure (race relations)

    07/10/2016 6:04:53 AM PDT · by Salman · 58 replies
    City Journal ^ | July 9, 2016 | Steven Malanga
    When the country elected Barack Obama president in 2008, those of us who disagreed with many of his policy ideas were nonetheless consoled by the fact that his victory illustrated that America had moved well beyond institutional racism. Certainly the fact that Obama had succeeded in both a hard-fought Democratic primary and a general election meant that the country was ready to move past the intense focus on race in our national politics. Boy, were we wrong! Rather than seeing his own victory as a significant advance in American social life, Obama and those he appointed to his administration vigorously...
  • Chelsea Manning critiques US military reforms for transgender personnel

    07/02/2016 6:12:27 PM PDT · by Salman · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1 July 2016 | Ed Pilkington
    Chelsea Manning has made an impassioned critique against the US military’s new rules allowing transgender people openly to serve in the armed forces, arguing that the reforms fall short of true equality. As the highest-profile transgender individual in the armed services today, Manning’s criticisms carry particular weight within the debate around opening up the military. The army soldier said she responded to the defense secretary Ash Carter’s announcement of the rule change on Thursday with initial relief, followed by a dawning concern. Writing for the Guardian from her prison cell in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she is serving a 35-year...
  • Study: schools that give away condoms see more teen births, not fewer

    06/15/2016 5:06:04 PM PDT · by Salman · 16 replies
    Vox ^ | June 15, 2016 | Sarah Kliff
    In the early 1990s, with panic over the AIDS epidemic rising, hundreds of school districts began making condoms more accessible to students. The hope was to encourage students to practice safe sex and better protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. A new research paper suggests that decision may have backfired. It finds that access to condoms in school led to a 10 percent increase in teen births. The effects were concentrated in schools that offered condoms with no required counseling. Those schools also saw that gonorrhea rates for women rose following the condom programs.
  • Crossing the 'abortion desert': Women increasingly travel out of their states for the procedure

    06/02/2016 8:15:20 AM PDT · by Salman · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2016 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    When she discovered she was pregnant, the 22-year-old aspiring veterinarian started calling abortion clinics in her home state of Oklahoma. It was a short list – there are only two, and neither could get her an appointment quickly. Unemployed, no car, and still living with her parents, Pearl thought about trying Texas, but knew the state had also recently tightened restrictions on clinics. ...
  • List of Republicans planning to skip Cleveland convention

    05/30/2016 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Salman · 139 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 30, 2016 | Fox
    The following is a list of prominent Republicans who say they’re not planning to attend the Republican National Convention -- based on responses from their offices and previously published reports: Former President George W. Bush Former President George H.W. Bush 2008 Republican presidential nominee and Arizona Sen. John McCain 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 2016 presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval Wyoming Gov. Matthew Mead South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Kansas Sen....
  • Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Gay Marriage for Clergy

    05/22/2016 5:38:16 AM PDT · by Salman · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2016 | AP via ABC
    The Church of Scotland has voted to let its ministers enter same-sex marriages — though saying it "maintains its traditional view of marriage between a man and woman." At its general assembly, meeting in Edinburgh, voted Saturday to allow congregations to "opt out" from traditional teaching if they wish to appoint a minister or a deacon in a same-sex marriage.
  • Hillary Clinton Speaks at Trayvon Martin Foundation, Calls Trump's Gun Policies 'Dangerous'

    05/22/2016 5:27:48 AM PDT · by Salman · 80 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | May 21, 2016 | Julie Pace
    Donald Trump's gun policies are "not just way out there" but "dangerous" and would make America less safe, Hillary Clinton said Saturday. "This is someone running to be president of the United States of America — a country facing a gun violence epidemic — and he's talking about more guns in our schools, he's talking about more hatred and division in our streets," the likely Democratic presidential nominee said of her presumptive Republican rival. "That's no way to keep us safe." ...
  • More Than 100 United Methodist Clergy Come Out As LGBT

    05/12/2016 7:44:46 PM PDT · by Salman · 174 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/09/2016 | Antonia Blumberg
    Dozens of Methodist clergy members took a stand for equality on Monday in the hope that their church will re-evaluate discriminatory policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals during its 2016 General Conference, which begins on Tuesday. More than 100 pastors, deacons, elders and candidates for ministry in the United Methodist Church released a letter publicly coming out as LGBT just one day before the church’s top policy-making body convenes in Portand to consider roughly 1,000 legislative petitions.
  • Mitt Romney Takes Meeting About Third- Party Run

    05/07/2016 4:19:11 PM PDT · by Salman · 81 replies
    Newser ^ | May 7, 2016 | Michael Harthorne
    (Newser) – Mitt Romney and William Kristol met privately "over glasses of water" Thursday to discuss running a third-party candidate and the possibility that candidate might be Romney himself, the Washington Post reports. Kristol, a conservative commentator and editor of the Weekly Standard, has been a major part of the #NeverTrump movement, according to Time. “[Romney] came pretty close to being elected president, so I thought he may consider doing it, especially since he has been very forthright in explaining why Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should not be president of the United States,” Kristol tells the Post. Romney announced...
  • Full Interview: Former Abortionist Speaks Out Against Abortion

    04/03/2016 10:16:16 AM PDT · by Salman · 1 replies
    The New Modern Man ^ | Feb 26, 2016 | Dr. Anthony Levantino
    Dr. Anthony Levantino, a former abortion doctor turned pro-lifer has released a series of videos that could turn the entire debate on abortion on its ear. Using medical animations, the videos graphically display each of the procedures that are used in an abortion. In a compelling interview about the videos and the reason he wanted to produce them, Dr. Levantino explains some of the gut-wrenching details of one of the over 1,000 abortions he performed before turning against the entire idea of abortion.
  • Gay Tech Executive: Why We're Leaving Georgia

    03/01/2016 8:22:02 AM PST · by Salman · 77 replies
    RSN ^ | 29 February 16 | Kelvin Williams
    Last Friday as I was watching the casket holding the body of Justice Antonin Scalia being carried up the stairs, I posted on social media that I was watching just to see if the pallbearers could make it up the steps without dropping him. I can’t lie — I didn’t feel one ounce of sadness learning of Scalia’s death. How could I? This would be the chance to get a progressive-leaning court, finally. But a friend of mine, Steve Ruge, commented, "You’re not watching this?" and provided me a link to the Georgia Senate’s live stream.
  • Detroit woman couldn't get inept 911 operator to send a cop to her house ...

    02/21/2016 7:58:11 AM PST · by Salman · 45 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | February 20, 2016 | Laura Bult
    A Detroit woman phoned 911 and got a not-so-smooth operator. Angie Butler said she couldn't get a clueless 911 operator to send a cop to her home while an armed man stood on her porch. The Michigan mom got a knock on her door at 2:30 a.m. Thursday night by a man with a gun, claiming to be a cop. "He's out here saying he's the police and he's wearing an orange jumpsuit, like a prison jumpsuit," Butler told local network ClickOn Detroit. But, the plea for help fell on deaf ears. "So I call 911 and say, 'I've got...
  • When Hillary Clinton Killed Feminism (Maureen Dowd in NYT)

    02/14/2016 6:51:34 AM PST · by Salman · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | FEB. 13, 2016 | Maureen Dowd
    WASHINGTON — THE Clinton campaign is shellshocked over the wholesale rejection of Hillary by young women, younger versions of herself who do not relate to her. Hillary’s coronation was predicated on a conviction that has just gone up in smoke. The Clintons felt that Barack Obama had presumptuously snatched what was rightfully hers in 2008, gliding past her with his pretty words to make history before she could. So this time, the Clintons assumed, the women who had deserted Hillary for Barack, in Congress and in the country, owed her. Democrats would want to knock down that second barrier. ...
  • If Hillary is Elected President and Indicted, Can She Pardon Herself?

    01/31/2016 5:09:29 AM PST · by Salman · 63 replies
    Reason ^ | Jan. 30, 2016 | Joshua Swain
    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay stirred rumors last Monday when he told Newsmax his friends at the FBI are ready to indict presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information over a private insecure server while Secretary of State. Whether the FBI is going to indict her—or if Delay even has friends—isn't known for sure. What we do know is that the State Department is withholding seven email chains from public release due to "top secret" content.
  • US to lack full space launch capability beyond 2019 without Russian engine

    01/28/2016 6:45:29 AM PST · by Salman · 35 replies
    Space Daily ^ | Jan 28, 2016 | Staff Writers
    Full US space launch capability may be delayed beyond 2019 if it cuts its supply of Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines, US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. "Industry tells us... [they can] make 2019 for an engine, but I must say an engine alone will not get us to space. It needs to be integrated with a rocket, it needs to be tested, it needs to be certified, and to get all of that done, to have a launch capability will be longer than 2019," James said. The United States currently relies...
  • Biden urges U.S. business in Davos to lean on anti-gay states

    01/21/2016 8:02:03 AM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 20, 2016 | Carmel Crimmins
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged executives in Davos to use their influence to drive change in countries where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face repression, putting gay rights at the heart of this year's meeting. The issue is on the official agenda for the first time at the World Economic Forum, where political leaders from countries that discriminate against gay people, such as Nigeria and Russia, schmooze business leaders and billionaire investors. ... He said he and President Barack Obama privately raise the issue of repression of the LGBT community when they meet political leaders. "I have had...
  • Victory Congressional Internship ("LGBT")

    01/17/2016 8:11:41 AM PST · by Salman · 11 replies
    Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute ^ | 2015 | Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute
    The Summer 2016 Victory Congressional Internship application is open! The Victory Institute's Victory Congressional Internship and Victory Congressional Fellowship are developing the next generation of out public leaders. Each summer, the Victory Congressional Internship brings outstanding LGBT college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including: An eight week Congressional internship with a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus or an LGBT-friendly member of U.S. Congress to learn firsthand about the federal legislative process An educational and leadership development program to learn about the legislative process and careers in policy-making In December, students will attend the Victory Institute's...
  • Time for transgender rights opponents to give up the fight

    12/28/2015 4:36:18 PM PST · by Salman · 79 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12-27-2015 | The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board
    Ever since California's law to protect the rights of transgender students went into effect two years ago, opponents have tried to whip up fear and confusion about what they see as the scary new bathroom rules, under which they say that any child of any gender may wander into any old restroom whenever they want. Voters, however, aren't buying it. For the second time, backers of a ballot initiative to overturn the law have failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. It's time they gave up the fight. Lawmakers in 2013 passed the School Success and Opportunity...
  • Ilias Kasidiaris: You Won’t Turn Greece into a Ghetto of Illegal Immigrants

    12/26/2015 7:23:56 PM PST · by Salman · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 13, 2015 | Ilias Kasidiaris (speaking in paliament)
    Follow the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHF_2sfs6bk Video of outburst in Greek parliament, with English subtitles.
  • US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino

    12/03/2015 4:22:50 PM PST · by Salman · 29 replies
    AP via Asian Correspondent ^ | 2nd December 2015 | AP News correspondent
    <p>OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine has been found guilty of killing a transgender Filipino after discovering her gender in a hotel in the Philippines last year.</p> <p>Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted Tuesday of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl in the hotel they had checked into after meeting in a disco bar in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. Court clerk Gerry Gruspe said Pemberton was sentenced to up to 12 years in jail.</p>
  • Obama’s quiet transgender revolution

    12/01/2015 10:11:52 AM PST · by Salman · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2015 | Juliet Eilperin
    Years before the White House was lit in rainbow colors celebrating the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage, President Obama used a routine bureaucratic tool that ended up significantly changing the government's understanding of gender and how it can be changed. The process began during Obama's first year in office when he issued a memo in June 2009 instructing agencies to extend to same-sex couples some benefits that the spouses of federal employees receive. Over time, that directive led to a decision by the Social Security Administration to greatly lower the threshold requirements for changing one's sex on official government...
  • Gay Marriage Is Legal but Not on Tribal Lands

    11/27/2015 7:33:10 PM PST · by Salman · 37 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | Felicia Fonseca
    Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up. That day never came. The Ak-Chin Indian Community doesn't recognize same-sex marriages and has a law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together. So Pablo voluntarily gave up her tribal home and now is suing the tribe in tribal court to have her marriage validated. "I want equal opportunity," Pablo said. "I want what every married couple has."...
  • UN fight for internet control lined up in Brazil

    11/14/2015 12:12:39 PM PST · by Salman · 4 replies
    The Register ^ | 13 Nov 2015 | Kieren McCarthy
    The end of this year will see yet one more effort by some governments to grab greater control of the internet when the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York. As an appetizer to that main event, the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place this week in Brazil and at the center of the debate was how decisions over the internet's future evolution should be made. Will it be "multistakeholder" which means that everyone including governments, business, the technical community and civil society has an equal say? Or will it be "multilateral," which means that governments will be...
  • Major donors consider funding Black Lives Matter

    11/13/2015 9:03:39 AM PST · by Salman · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/13/15 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Sarah Wheaton
    Some of the biggest donors on the left plan to meet behind closed doors next week in Washington with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and their allies to discuss funding the burgeoning protest movement, POLITICO has learned. The meetings are taking place at the annual winter gathering of the Democracy Alliance major liberal donor club, which runs from Tuesday evening through Saturday morning and is expected to draw Democratic financial heavyweights, including Tom Steyer and Paul Egerman. The DA, as the club is known in Democratic circles, is recommending its donors step up check writing to a handful...
  • Nadia Bolz Weber: A pastor for America's outsiders

    11/05/2015 3:50:48 PM PST · by Salman · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 July 2015 | Jane Little
    At the House for All Sinners and Saints in the US city of Denver, a foul-mouthed tattoo-loving Lutheran pastor who was once a Pagan, an alcoholic and a stand-up comedian, is reinventing church. Nadia Bolz Weber walks through the glass doors and immediately commands attention. She is 6'1" (185cm), has short, salt-and-pepper hair slicked back from her face, wears dark pink lipstick, and her bare arms are well-toned from many hours spent lifting weights in the gym. There is no dog collar this morning. But I get a clear view of her trademark tattoos. Elaborate, colourful images extend all the...
  • The Vatican Synod on the Family is over and the conservatives have won

    10/24/2015 6:45:39 PM PDT · by Salman · 19 replies
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 24 October 2015 | Damian Thompson
    This afternoon the Vatican Synod on the Family amended and approved the final document summing up three weeks of chaotic and sometimes poisonous debate – much of it focussing on whether divorced and remarried people should be allowed to receive communion. The majority view of the Synod Fathers is that they don’t want the rules changed. They especially don’t want one rule to apply in, say, Germany and another in Tanzania. Pope Francis has just given a cautiously worded (but also, alas, rather waffly) address in which he acknowledges as much ...
  • Kenyan President on Obama’s Push for Gay Rights: Africans ‘Have More Pressing Issues’

    10/19/2015 9:09:00 AM PDT · by Salman · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 19, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Kenya’s president told CNN over the weekend that the United States’ pressure on his country to ensure gay rights is not in sync with where his society is. On his summertime visit to the country, President Obama spoke with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta privately on the issue and publicly in a joint press conference. “As an African-American in the United States, I am painfully aware of the history of what happens when people are treated differently under the law,” Obama said then. “I’m unequivocal on this.” “I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this. I believe in the principle of...
  • Argentina's Biggest Province Says 1 Percent of Civil Servants Must Be Transgender

    09/20/2015 8:02:27 PM PDT · by Salman · 16 replies
    Vice ^ | September 18, 2015 | Gabriela Gorbea
    The suburban province surrounding the capital of Argentina has passed a law requiring that 1 percent of local government employees be transgender, a measure that proponents said would help a traditionally marginalized group have access to steady jobs ...
  • How the pro-life movement is winning — even with Obama in office

    09/09/2015 7:31:47 AM PDT · by Salman · 3 replies
    Vox ^ | September 8, 2015 | Sarah Kliff
    Abortion rights activists have long cheered Barack Obama's presidency as a "historic victory for women's health." But the reality has been rather different. Since 2010, getting an abortion in America has become significantly harder. States passed a record 205 abortion restrictions between 2011 and 2013, more than the entire 30 years prior. As a result, many abortion providers are closing down. One survey, from pro-life group Operation Rescue, estimates that 87 separate locations ceased to perform surgical abortions in 2013. These changes are a clear result of pro-life mobilization in the Obama era. ... There's a clear catalyst behind the...
  • Brewers minor-leaguer makes baseball history by coming out publicly as gay

    08/18/2015 4:58:29 PM PDT · by Salman · 47 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug. 15, 2015 | Tom Haudricourt
    For so long, David Denson desperately wanted to reveal to his baseball teammates that he is gay. He just never envisioned it happening in such impromptu and unstructured fashion. A first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers' rookie affiliate in Helena, Mont., Denson had just entered the clubhouse a month or so ago when a teammate jokingly referred to him using a derogatory term for a gay male. It was the kind of profane, politically incorrect banter heard in that environment since team sports have been around. That teammate had no way of knowing Denson actually is gay, but the 20-year-old...
  • Human tissue firm cuts ties with Planned Parenthood after videos

    08/16/2015 9:59:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/14/15 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    StemExpress, one of the tissue companies that works with Planned Parenthood, is cutting its ties with the women’s health organization after a series of sting videos that have prompted congressional inquiries. “We value our various partnerships but, due to the increased questions that have arisen over the past few weeks, we feel it prudent to terminate activities with Planned Parenthood,” the company said in a statement. “While we value our business relationship with Planned Parenthood, that work represents a small percentage of our overall business activity and we must focus our limited resources on resolving these inquiries.” The small biomedical...
  • 32 Years Before Marriage Equality, Bernie Sanders Fought For Gay Rights

    07/24/2015 2:19:21 AM PDT · by Salman · 2 replies
    Queerty ^ | Dan Tracer
    These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a Democrat with any sort of antigay platform — hell, even the Republicans are starting to realize that to be relevant in 2015 and beyond, you’ve got to move past the “gay issue.” But these are only very recent developments. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton may be champions of same-sex marriage now, but you don’t have to go far back to find a time when they weren’t. And hey, we’re happy to have their evolved support. “A decade ago politicians ran against LGBT rights; today, they’re running towards them,” Obama said once...
  • EU to push for same sex marriages to be accepted across continent

    07/06/2015 2:59:14 PM PDT · by Salman · 14 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 30 Jun 2015 | Matthew Holehouse
    Same sex marriage should be legal across Europe, a senior EU official has said, as he gave his backing to campaigners who argue that unions should be recognised under freedom of movement rules. Frans Timmermans, the vice president of the European Commission, said it was a "disgrace" that some European countries do not recognise same-sex partnerships formed elsewhere in the union. The Commission, the executive arm of the EU, should lobby for same-sex marriages across the 28-nation bloc, he said. It follows calls from campaigners for same-sex relationships to be enshrined under EU freedom of movement rules. ...
  • A Texas minister set himself on fire and died to ‘inspire’ justice

    06/28/2015 3:20:51 PM PDT · by Salman · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lindsey Bever
    One Monday in June, 79-year-old Charles Moore, a retired United Methodist minister, drove to Grand Saline, Tex., his childhood home town some 70 miles east of Dallas. He pulled into a strip mall parking lot, knelt down on a small piece of foam and doused himself with gasoline. Then, witnesses said, he set himself on fire. ... The Tyler Morning Telegraph obtained a copy of the suicide note from Grand Saline police. In it, Moore lamented past racism in Grand Saline and beyond. He called on the community to repent and said he was “giving my body to be burned,...
  • One World Trade Center to light up in a rainbow (NYC)

    06/28/2015 11:38:27 AM PDT · by Salman · 94 replies
    Politics on the Hudson ^ | June 26, 2015. | Joseph Spector
    In recognition of the the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the country and New York City Pride Week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today he has directed that the lights on One World Trade Center’s 408-foot spire to shine in a rainbow on Sunday night. In one of his top accomplishments as governor, Cuomo pressed the state Legislature in 2011 to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state in the nation to do so and leading other states to follow suit. Cuomo’s statement: “New York has been a leader in the fight for marriage equality, and...
  • Gay marriage ruling a win for LGB, but transgender woes persist

    06/28/2015 7:25:52 AM PDT · by Salman · 21 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jun 27, 2015 | Matt Kwong
    For marriage-equality activists, Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage rights for LGBT couples was an occasion for good cheer. But even as the pink-label Champagne flowed and the sounds of a long-sought victory throbbed inside New York's historic Stonewall Inn, their transgender brothers and sisters marched on, chanting in the sun just blocks away. Marriage equality is all well and good, Elliott Fukui said, but it was no time to party for dozens of trans activists. Not even close, he said. "The battle for trans rights has been neglected by the mainstream LGB movement," said Fukui, program co-ordinator for...
  • Young Delta, Utah man robbed, had ‘Die Fag’ carved into his arm, forced to drink bleach

    06/14/2015 4:25:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 114 replies
    Gay Salt Lake.com ^ | June 11, 2015
    A young man in Delta, Utah alleges he was robbed, had “Die Fag” carved into his arm with a knife, and was forced to drink bleach on a Saturday night in late April, but it doesn’t stop there. Five days later, the words “Die Fag” were spray-painted on his and his family’s house. And this week, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through his window and his house was spray-painted again, this time with “You’ll Die. Burn Fag.” ... “I went out to take out the trash, and when I came back in, I thought it was strange that I didn’t...
  • Stop Calling Trans Women "Male"

    06/06/2015 11:11:45 AM PDT · by Salman · 138 replies
    Freethought Blogs ^ | June 1, 2015 | "Zinnia Jones" (Zachary Antolak)
    Calling trans women “male” is like the background noise of transphobia. It comes from many directions, and it’s pretty much constant. On one level, it’s a lazy invalidation of who and what we are, offered up by armchair biology fans who insist that trans women are always and forever “male”. On another, it’s unwittingly perpetuated rhetoric by people trying to provide 101-level explanations of what it means to be transgender while unaware that they may be causing even more confusion. And, of course, it’s overtly weaponized as a rallying cry of those looking to keep our genders from being recognized...
  • Burke: Michael Sam signing with CFL historic moment

    05/26/2015 6:06:42 PM PDT · by Salman · 44 replies
    AP ^ | May. 26, 2015 | AP
    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Brian Burke believes the Montreal Alouettes signing of Michael Sam is a tipping point in professional sports. The Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, who co-founded You Can Play in memory of his late son, says the arrival of the openly gay player in the CFL will be a watershed moment. "I think it's huge," Burke told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. "To me, this is one of those 20, 30, 40 years from now, people will look back and say 'remember when Michael Sam signed with the Alouettes?' "We know we have gay athletes in...
  • Wells Fargo Commercial: Learning Sign Language (lesbians adopt a deaf child)

    05/23/2015 10:07:49 AM PDT · by Salman · 8 replies
    Wells Fargo verified YouTube account ^ | Apr 23, 2015 | Wells Fargo verified YouTube account
    A couple learns a new language to welcome a new addition to their family. See how Wells Fargo is always there to help you prepare financially for life’s biggest moments.
  • New video presents the faces of LGBT "everyday heroes" to the world (official UN video)

    05/23/2015 9:58:54 AM PDT · by Salman · 20 replies
    UNHCR official website ^ | 15 May 2015 | The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
    The 2 minute video features everyday people filmed in their workplaces and homes - among them a fire-fighter, a police officer, a teacher, an electrician, a doctor and a volunteer; as well as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, a long-time ally of the LGBT community. Singer Sara Bareilles is lending her support to the initiative: her iconic song “Brave” provides the video’s soundtrack.
  • Oregon County Wants “Zero Suicide:” Really?

    05/17/2015 8:45:19 AM PDT · by Salman · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | May 15, 2015 | Wesley J. Smith
    I am a big believer in suicide prevention. But the movement has been derelict in struggling against blatant suicide promotion from the so-called “death with dignity” movement. Here’s another example: Suicide preventers in Washington County, Oregon are pushing for a zero suicide rate. From the Oregon story: Suicide can be prevented. That was the takeaway message at the Washington County Suicide Prevention Council’s Summit of Hope on Wednesday, May 13. “The reality is individuals don’t want to die by suicide as much as they want to end the anguish and pain they are experiencing,” said David Covington, an expert on...
  • 3D Printed Ultrasound Image Lets a Blind Mother See Her Baby Before He's Born

    05/11/2015 5:22:21 PM PDT · by Salman · 7 replies
    Boing Boing ^ | 2015-05-11 | John Farrier
    Tatiana Guerra, 30, will soon give birth to her son, Murilo. She's blind, so she can't see the fuzzy results of a sonogram. To promote the Huggies diaper brand in Brazil, the ad agency Mood created a 3-dimensional model of her son as he appeared in a sonogram. It then surprised Guerra with the model, giving her a wonderful glimpse of her son that she could touch and study with her fingers.
  • Official Identifies One Suspect in Attack at Texas Anti-Islam Event

    05/04/2015 9:57:31 AM PDT · by Salman · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MAY 4, 2015 | By MANNY FERNANDEZ and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA
    GARLAND, Tex. — One of the two gunmen who were killed Sunday after opening fire at an event where people were invited to present cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was identified on Monday by a law enforcement official as a man who had previously been labeled by the F.B.I. as a jihadist terrorism suspect. Police officers shot and killed the man, identified as Elton Simpson of Phoenix, and his companion Sunday evening, outside the Curtis Culwell Center, at an event organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a New York-based group that also uses the name Stop Islamization of America....
  • Clap your hands, baby announcement.

    03/31/2015 2:24:30 PM PDT · by Salman · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 26, 2015 | Jen Cardinal
  • 19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting

    03/28/2015 3:29:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 27, 3015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Indiana has come under fire for a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R) that would allow businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. The NCAA has voiced its concern ahead of Final Four in Indianapolis next week, there are calls to boycott the state, and Miley Cyrus has even weighed in, calling Pence a name that we can't reprint on this family Web site in an Instagram post. But Indiana is actually soon to be just one of 20 states with a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, according to the National Conference of State...
  • Boy Got a Haircut Like His Military Step-Brother, School Suspended Him

    03/28/2015 7:46:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 137 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 27, 2015 | Robby Soave
    There is nothing quite like the petty despotism of the public school system. A boy from McMinnville, Tennessee, was suspended after coming to Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School with a haircut deemed inappropriate by the principal. It was a "high and tight" military-style haircut that the boy had requested so that he would look more like his step-brother, an active-duty soldier. The principal did not budge, leaving the boy's mother no choice but to shave his head so that he could come back to school.
  • Muslim members of the Waffen-SS 13th division at prayer during their training in Germany, 1943

    03/17/2015 4:26:22 PM PDT · by Salman · 21 replies
    The photo is taken during the division training at Neuhammer. The romantic notions that Himmler had about the Bosnian Muslims were probably significant in the division’s genesis. He was personally fascinated by the Islamic faith and believed that Islam created fearless soldiers. He envisioned the creation of a Bosnian SS division constituted solely of Bosnian Muslims in a manner similar to the Bosnian divisions of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Many of these soldiers came from Bosnia, and it was a conscious decision to fight the Communist Partisans and the nationalist Chetniks. The Nazis tried to cater to the Muslim religious...
  • My Night at Jerusalem's First Public Drag Show

    02/21/2015 12:32:46 PM PST · by Salman · 26 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | February 17, 2015 | Elisheva Goldberg
    “Did you see the drag show?” I asked a friend at last night’s Winter Noise Festival. “Yeah,” he responded, “did you see the racist a**holes?” Last night, in the hippest corner of Jerusalem’s city center, young Jerusalemites made history. They held the city’s first-ever public and municipally sponsored drag show. For four years running, the Winter Noise Festival has held public events every Monday night in February, pushing the city’s religious-conservative limits. Last night’s drag show took place amidst well-quaffed street musicians (including a klezmer marching band) and cave-bar dance parties (heavy on beards and vintage outfits), and was advertised...
  • Identity politics has created an army of vicious, narcissistic cowards

    02/21/2015 11:45:25 AM PST · by Salman · 12 replies
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 19 February 2015 | Brendan O'Neill
    Has there ever been a more petulant mob of moaners than that which is currently hurling abuse at Peter Tatchell? On Twitter, which is where these people live, self-styled queers and gender-benders are insulting and even threatening to kill Tatchell, the man whose risk-taking and street-fighting over 40-odd years helped to secure their liberation, to create a society in which they could live and speak freely. And how do they repay him? By tweeting their fantasises about him being murdered for being a ‘fucking parasite’. Tatchell’s crime in the eyes of the PC thought police was to have signed a...