This week Paul Ryan announced that he would not run for re-election; which set off a mad dash to see who might replace him as House speaker. Rep. Steve Scalise (R) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R) were both seeking the highly prized placement. The Speaker of the House is third in line of succession to the Presidency. However Scalise has withdrawn his name, and that just leaves McCarthy.
When it comes to Republicans these days; it usually a case of degrees of awfulness. When weighing both men McCarthy is just as awful as Scalise. For example, McCarthy has a 100% voting record from the Family Research Council and has been a starch opponent of marriage equality.
One of the lowest moments is when he stopped legislation to uphold President Obama's executive order banning job discrimination. The measure did have the votes to pass, but McCarthy pressured seven Republicans to change their vote, thus killing the bill. Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) who sponsored the measure believed that Republicans held the vote open for a long period of time and this allowed them to change the outcome while the vote was already underway.
“They literally snatched discrimination from the jaws of equality,” Maloney said. Maloney actually approached McCarthy as he was pressuring his colleagues, and McCarthy told him to get back to his side of the aisle.
“I told him, ‘What side am I supposed to stand on in support of equality?’” said Maloney, New York‘s first openly gay congressman. “It was disgraceful.” Democrats shouted “Shame” as the vote tally was completed, but clearly, McCarthy is a man without any shame.
Ryan has stated that he'll remain in the Speaker position until the end of his term, however, pressure is building for him to step down sooner. Allowing McCarthy the possibility of becoming Speaker of the House. McCarthy might have to wait, Republicans are in a panic that they might lose both houses of Congress this November.
If McCarthy thinks that his being named Speaker is going to be easy he should hold up; far-right Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R) is bouncing the idea of challenging McCarthy for the position.
McCarthy lost the support of the Freedom Caucus when he made a bid to become Speaker on the grounds that he was insufficiently conservative. The Freedom Caucus is a small group but has enough votes to deny McCarthy to needed voted to become Speaker. If this happens, Scalise just might step in, and truth be told he's no better.
There has been a lot of talk about the migrant caravan coming to the U.S.- Mexico border from Central America. It has been reported that the caravan is carrying LGBT people who have been persecuted in their own country.
Neta, a non-profit organization with the assistance of the caravan organizer Pueblo Sin Fronteras posted a video on Facebook. The video shows the vast diversity of sexual and gender identities. This is a direct call to stop discrimination and violence against women and LGBT people in Central and South America.
It is important to point out that the reasons for the caravan is vastly different than what has been stated by the Trump administration. “The purpose, they say, is not to encourage Central American migration, nor to ‘storm’ the U.S. southern border,” The Hill reports. “Rather, by traveling in large numbers, the caravans provide protection for Central Americans who are vulnerable to abuse as they cross through Mexico.”
According to The Hill, the abuse includes “extortion, rape or even kidnapping by gangs and drug cartels,” And there is no evidence that members of the caravan are perpetrators, as Trumps stated last week. “There is almost no actual evidence on which to base this claim,” The Washington Post reports, adding. “There don’t appear to be any mainstream news reports of a rape epidemic taking place in the caravan. The only mentions of rape with regard to the caravan in recent days, in fact, refer to criminal behavior that the migrants have been trying to escape in their home countries or along the route.”
It is not uncommon to see migrant caravans crossing during the Christian Holy Week (the week before Easter), as this caravan set out. Some are indeed seeking asylum in the United States, most are wanting to call attention to the violence in their home countries.
Most caravans consist of roughly 200 to 300 people, this year the number is about 1,500 mostly because of current developments in Honduras, “where gang violence has made the murder rate one of the highest in the world,” The Arizona Republic notes. Many in Honduras are outraged over last year's presidential election where incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez (A U.S. ally) defeated his challenger, and many believe the elections were stolen.
The human right organization The Latin American Working Group (a coalition of groups) issued a report highlighting election fraud, and denouncing U.S. policy toward the nations. “We are reaping what we sow in Honduras: a failure of the international community including the United States to take a strong stance against repression is intensifying the human rights crisis in the country and contributing to the outflow of refugees,” executive director Lisa Haugaard said in a press release.
Australian (New South Wales Waratahs) rugby player Isreal Folau who was against same-sex marriages in Australia decided to take to twitter and had to share “I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage.” If that comment wasn't enough he decided to make another one about LGBT individuals and has gotten him into some hot water.
It appears that last week on Instagram a follower posted a question to Folau; “what was gods plan for gay people?” and his replay was; “HELL.. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Well, it appears that Folau comments haven't gone over to well with Rugby Australia or the New South Wales Waratahs. They are demanding an explanation from him and have since denounced the player.
Folau is now whining that he is somehow how being 'persecuted" after his comments and they shared on twitter the following: “blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
This might be the time for him to review the Rugby Australia's inclusion police.. It reads as follows: “Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players, officials, volunteers, supporters and administrators have the right and freedom to participate regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and without fear of exclusion. There is no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game and our actions and words both on and off the field must reflect this.”
He is scheduled to meet with officials on Tuesday. Wonder what his explanation will be?
Reggie Bullock who plays for the Detroit Piston's us using his fame as a major NBA player to bring awareness to LGBTQ equality in memory of his sister.
His sister Mia Henderson was murdered in Baltimore; Henderson was a trans woman. Since 2014 Bullock, who is straight, cannot make sense of the extreme violence and struggled to understand the transgender community.
Well, he and his team have just announced that they are partnering with GLAAD and other members of the LGBTQ community to encourage open conversation about inclusion in the NBA and elsewhere.
During a game against the Atlanta Hawks he wore Equality shoes and on the sole of the shoes was his sisters name.
If you remember last summer he posted on his Instagram page a picture of his rainbow watchband. With the following caption (in part): “You are free to choose how you live, so I choose to stand for equality in the community and inclusion of all human beings.”
The man who was charged with Henderson's death was acquitted by a jury two years ago. Bullock who refused to dwell on that, instead is focused on remembering his sister's memory and doing what he can to make the world more compassionate for LGBTQ people. “A lot of people joke and do all these type of things about those type of people,” he said in a 2016 radio interview. “But me, it touches me, because I had a [sister], I had a person who was that way.
I'll just leave with this quote from Bullock; “I have come to accept trans people because I loved my sibling.”
Returning to Lifetime for a third season UnREAL is a behind the scene drama of Everlasting; basically, a Bachelor-esque reality show run by sociopaths. Jeffrey's character is basically is the show's queer black moral arbiter.
He came out to his agent when he was 21 and started auditioning for parts “I knew 10 years ago that I primarily wanted to play queer characters,” he says. “The few times I played straight it was just so obvious how uncomfortable I was making the producers.”
Jeffery stated that it's important to have diversity when dealing with a show-within-a-show and his character “He feels a responsibility—that if he wasn’t there, having contestants’ backs, particularly female contestants of color, things would be worse. I don’t think he’d be able to walk away knowing they’d be systematically destroyed.”
“I’d be watching TV with my white friends and they’d be able to say, ‘Oh, that’s me, I’m just like her, I’m just like him,’ ” says Bowyer-Chapman, who originally trained to be a gymnast and worked for years as an international model. “I never saw myself in mainstream representations.”
He knows that landing a part as a gay character on an Emmy-nominated series is a major coup and a positive direction for queer black representation on TV. However, he admits that he gets calls from agents who would like him to be "less gay", all in an attempt to book straight roles.
But he prefers to play gay characters he stated that “even if I never played a gay character again, I’d find another platform to use my voice.” and “There were so many queer black bodies in the industry that didn’t feel safe coming out and being themselves for fear of physical safety or abandonment,” Bowyer-Chapman says. “They were living in a state of self-protection. That hasn’t been studied enough, but it’s time we started documenting it. And living openly.”
Gus Kenworthy an Olympic skier was seen wearing a 'Make America Gay Again' hat while in PyeongChang for the Winter Olympics. The out skier has been vocal about his support for LGBT rights - while at the same time speaking out against the head of the US Olympic Delegation, Vice President Mike Pence.
Kenworthy has vowed to skip the White House reception for the athletes, stating “When we have people elected into office that believe in conversion therapy and are trying to strip trans rights in the military and do these things that are directly attacking the LGBT community, I have no patience.” So the skier decided to take direct aim at the current administration by wearing a 'Make America Gay Again' hat. He wore the hat while making a video to support the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT non-profit. “I am a huge supporter of the Human Rights Campaign because they’re a huge supporter of me. “It’s been an incredible Olympics – we’ve seen so much change, so much progress, and so much visibility for the LGBT community, and that’s been incredible. “I don’t think we would be anywhere near where we are without all the hard work the Human Rights Campaign has done. You guys have changed lives, you have saved lives, and I cannot thank you enough.” He stated.
Two openly gay captains were wed at West Point on January 13, 2018. 26-year old Vincent Franchino married 20 year-old Daniel Hall, this is a historic first for the military academy. they were married at the West Point Cadet's Chapel and the wedding marks a another historic first for the famed U.S. military academy.
Both serve as Apache helicopter pilots at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas - they were married in uniform and exited the chapel under a archway of sabers held by other West Point attendees. Hall used his own saber to cut their wedding cake, a gift from his grandparents.
The two met in August 2009, Hall was a senior and Franchino was a freshman. They reportedly began dating in February 2012 just five months after the official repeal of the U.S. ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual military service-members known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Due to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy they couldn't admit their mutual attraction when they first met. “Through mutual friends at West Point, they each learned the other was gay,” Hall said, “and though we were attracted to one another, we couldn’t say or do anything about it.”
Hall would become Franchino's mentor in a program pairing younger cadets with other older ones on a desired career path. After the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the couple would share their relationship online with their families.
According to the men they have been called "faggots" while holding hands in public. Their biggest worry is when they serve apart at separate locations. Both would try to date other people for awhile instead of having a long-distance relationship, but they would eventually reunited.
Tegan Zayne a adult gay porn star accused Topher DiMaddio of rape this past Sunday via a lengthily Twitter post. He stated the reason for his post was to address a serious issue in the gay adult industry that is often ignored.
In his post Zayne relays a story that revolves around a scene both actors filmed for CockyBoys two years ago. Zayne claims that DiMaggio strongly pressured him to have sex the night before the scene was filmed. Zayne stated “belittled and degraded” by the experience and was “told how I’m such a girl.” Further more he's seen a lot of stories come out about the #metoo thing,” and “but it’s (sic) feels like no one cares about the male victims, or the sex workers. As someone else said “rape doesn’t exist in this line of work”, and it couldn’t be more true.”
DiMaggio denies the event ever occurred and stated to QueerMeNow (don't look up this link at work) “He’s crazy and twists stories. He was so happy to film with me even the next day. It’s sad. I’m not going to give it any attention.” CockyBoys released a statement "Tegan Zayne did not tell them about the alleged rape the day after, and his post today is the first time they’ve heard the allegation.”
Tegan Zanye did post a tweet that mentioned the rape, but he just released a detailed acocunt this past Sunday.
HERE IS THE COCKY BOY SCENE THEY FILMED
This Past Tuesday the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that all 20 member countries in Central and South America must legalize same-sex marriage (at best confer the legal rights associated with it).
The Court was established in 1979 by the Organization of American States, which are a comprised of several countries in Central and South America. It is the judicial enforcer as outlined in the American Convention on Human Rights, a document that outlines provisions for “personal liberty and social justice based on respect for the essential rights of man.”. Currently the there are 20 countries which include: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay.
The court reached it decision when Costa Rica asked the court for its opinion on if property rights extended to same-sex couples. Seven Judges from the court said that member nations “must recognize and guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the same sex.” The ruling is legally binding to all member countries, in-affect legalizing same-sax marriage (or rights associated with it).
There was no language on how each country needed to go about legalizing marriage equality - and there doesn't appear to be a deadline for doing so - the court rebuffed evangelical and conservative political forces opposing LGBT rights in Central and South America.
The Court also ruled that Costa Rica must allow transgender people to change legally change their name and gender marker on government-issued identification documents. While this is clearly a monumental win for LGBT rights, several of the countries listed above have policies forbidding members of the LGBT community to donate blood, adopting children, joining the military or having access to housing, employment and public accommodations.
A gay couple celebrating their engagement never thought that they would be booted from a Uber as reported in Pink News. The Texas couple were heading home from a friends house, and after peck on the lip were asked to get out of the Uber drivers car, apparently it was in the middle of know where. Allegedly the driver told the couple he couldn't stand them.
I wasn’t doing anything that I wouldn’t have done in public,” he said. I’m not going to embarrass myself or my fiance by any means.
This is not the first time Uber has come under fire for alleged homophobic drivers. A San Francisco couple was also asked to get out of an Uber in 2016, apparently for the same reason. Last January a gay student and his friends were asked to exit a Uber after kissing, according to GPB. For Magill and his fiance they were left at the corner of 59 and New Castle right next to the concrete sound barrier. He also stated that "I was super disappointed" and "Even the ones I could tell were not so comfortable with carrying us, they were very respectful." and will never use them again.
Both Magill and the driver reported the incident and Uber is investigating the matter.
So, here is the issue that arises. While I don't think that the couple would lie about the situation. We were not in the car, therefore, only three people know what happened. As a rule when in a taxi, Uber, Lyft I never would show public affections. For the simple reason you have no knowledge of the driver. They could be homophobic, and can eject you form their vehicle. Now he should have found a safe spot to kick them out, and not left them in the middle of know where. If you're going to provide a public service you have to expect that your clients are going to come for all aspects of life. This is an issue Uber needs to address a.s.a.p.
So, what do you think?
h/t: Pink News