Michael Lucas, the Islamophobic founder of Lucas Entertainment has announced that in 2020 he will stop performing in adult films. Founded in 1998 he has performed in more than 233 scenes.
But what we found more interesting is in the interview Lucas stated,“I never considered myself a Democrat or a Republican,” however, that has not stopped him from espousing Republican policies and candidates over the past decade.
Michael Musto who interviewed Lucas pointed out, “Somehow, people perceive you as a gay Republican, and I think that’s one of the reasons some people dislike you,” Lucas responds, “I saw that on the industry blogs. Of course, I was pretty outspoken in the past about my support for Israel and opposition to radical Islam, both issues I used to associate more with the Republican party.”
Then there’s a 2012 Yahoo News article that says, “Lucas, by the way, considers himself a conservative, votes Republican and donates generously to several libertarian and right-wing causes. And when he casts a ballot in the November election, he hopes it will be for Mitt Romney.”
Lucas has always considered ‘the issues” more important than political affiliation. But the most Republican position Lucas holds is his contempt for Islam and Muslim culture.
He dismissed in a 2010 column for The Advocate all of the Islamic cultures by stating “whatever that may be” (even though Muslims invented algebra, coffee and surgery). In 2016, he wrote a column that ran both in the far-right website Brietbart.com and the gay magazine Out defending gay men who vote Republican.
In a podcast for the right-wing conspiracy theorist, Arron Klein Lucas referred to all Muslims as anti-gay “barbarians,” even though American Muslims support same-sex marriage more than Evangelical Christians.
The Russian-born Lucas admits he voted for Clinton in 2016 since he considers Trump to be beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republicans are “extremists.” Since nearly 20% of the world, population self-identifies as Muslim, and many men share his opposition, therefore, it’s un-American.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently named a new director for the Office of Public Affairs. Kerri Kupec was named to basically be their spokesperson, and she just happened to work for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a LGBTQ hate group.
ADF is a legal group designated as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It regularly takes on court cases representing clients who discriminate against LGBTQ folks. The ADF supports the criminalization of sodomy, Russia’s “gay propaganda” law and the right to fire or refuse service to LGBTQ people.
The ADF has asked the Supreme Court to hear two cases that just might roll back LGBTQ rights.
Kupec’s appointment wouldn’t be so concerning except for the fact that it continues the Trump Administration’s habit of advancing anti-LGBTQ bigotry in its ranks.
In May 2018, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), another SPLC certified hate group, was appointed onto the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a federal commission “dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.”
In July 2018, the Trump administration held a U.S. Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom led by the Secretary of State. During the ministerial meeting, Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced that African laws criminalizing LGBTQ identity are a form of “religious freedom.”
In January 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which exists almost entirely to allow medical professionals to oppose abortion and discriminate against LGBTQ people.
These moves are largely bits of red meat that Trump throws to his religious conservative base. Remember, 81% of evangelical voters voted for Trump in 2016.
Donald Trump and his dysfunctional administration has asked the Supreme Court directly to make a ruling on a proposed transgender military ban.
The lower district and federal courts have heard arguments to the ban, and have ruled in favor of the challenges. Because of this, the Trump administration is not able to implement the policy to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
There are several challenges in front of the courts, for example, the DC Circuit will hear arguments in December regarding the ban.
But this did not stop Solicitor General Noel Francisco from filing petitions with the Supreme Court. The petitions are asking the Court to make a ruling on the issues to three cases. If the justices take up the issues, their final ruling would decide it and remove all cases before the Federal courts system.
Typically, the Supreme Court will not take and/or hear cases that have not gone through the lower courts, but instead, consider previously issued opinions by lower court judges.
History of the ban
The proposed ban was first announced last year in July. One month later, he issued a memorandum that would end trans service that would have started at the beginning of 2018. However, there was immediate criticism against the policy and several lawsuits were filed challenging it.
To date, the first court to hear a case ruled against the policy and the judge in an opinion said that trans troops must be allowed to join. So, in March 2018 Trump issued a new policy which was a watered-down version.
The issue of the ban still remains tangled in the court system. Some trans people have been able to join the military, and others face obstacle after obstacle.
So, now Trump a petition before the Supreme Court will get the matter out of the labyrinth of the courts.
Trump vs judges
This past week Trump got into a Twitter dispute with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts. Ranting about the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and referred to one judge as an ‘Obama judge’. Roberts, therefore, issued a shark rebuke to Trump’s comments.
‘We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,’ he said.
‘What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.’
Trump responded to Roberts’ on Twitter
By John Gallagher
One day after the election, President Donald Trump has asked for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation. While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would normally step in to Sessions’ shoes, the administration has named Matthew Whitaker Acting Attorney General.
Whitaker will take over the department – and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Rosenstein, a regular target of Trump’s ire, would no longer be in charge of the investigation.
He is also a conservative Christian with a long history of anti-LGBTQ bias. While Sessions used the Department of Justice to attack LGBTQ rights nonstop, Whitaker will likely take it to the next level.
Whitaker launched his political career in Iowa in 2002, campaigning for state treasurer. He also ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination to the Senate in 2014. In that campaign, Whitaker billed himself as “a Christian who regularly attends church with his family.”
As might be expected from that description, Whitaker has an affinity for the religious right. “I have a Christian worldview,” he said during his 2014 campaign. “Our rights come from our Creator and they are guaranteed by the Constitution.”
That includes a Christian-right view of the law. Whitaker has said that judges should be “people of faith” who “had a biblical view of justice.”
In case you were wondering how Whitaker would apply that view, there’s ample evidence. From 2004 to 2009, he was a U.S. Attorney in Iowa. In that role, Whitaker targeted Matt McCoy, the state’s first out gay legislator.
Whitaker brought extortion charges against McCoy, claiming that McCoy threatened a company with loss of Medicaid contracts if it didn’t pay him.
“There’s no allegation that he would have been successful or had any sway with the state Medicaid office,” Whitaker said. “It’s merely the threat that was made.”
McCoy denied the charges, saying that the company owed him $2,000 for a business deal that went sour.
The jury agreed with McCoy – and quickly. It took only two hours for jurors to reach a not guilty verdict, and that included the time the jurors took for lunch. McCoy still serves in the Iowa legislature.
The case against McCoy was transparently flimsy. It didn’t help that Whitaker’s office insisted that the main witnesses for the prosecution wasn’t on the government payroll, only to have to admit that he was.
Whitaker also espouses exactly the kind of views that Trump embraces. He called for a special prosecutor to look into the controversy about Hillary Clinton’s email server and he said that Trump made the “right decision” to fire Comey.
Whitaker has publicly stated that the Russia investigation has “gone too far” and is widely expected to kill it to protect Trump.
Written by: John Gallagher. LGBTQ Nation. 07 November 2018
A Republican state lawmaker has admitted that he wrote a manifesto for a holy war that calls for supporters of gay marriage to be murdered.
Rep. Matt Shea, a pro-Trump Republican who represents the 4th district in the Washington state House of Representatives, on Wednesday admitted that he wrote four-page document, titled the “Biblical Basis for War.”
The manifesto outlines a plan for a Christian “holy army” to conduct a biblical war against non-believers, carrying out a “census of all able bodied males” aged 18 to 45.
Those who agree “must pay share of work or taxes,” the document explains, before adding: “If they do not yield – kill all males.”
The document was published by the Spokesman-Review after being leaked by associates of Shea. It is unclear when precisely the document was penned.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told the Spokesman-Review on Wednesday that the document was “a ‘how to’ manual consistent with the ideology and operating philosophy of the Christian Identity/Aryan Nations movement.”
Knezovich was given the document in August, and “gave it straight to the FBI.”
The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force told KHQ that the document is being reviewed.
Shea, a strong opponent of LGBT+ rights, uploaded a Facebook Live video after the Spokesman-Review broke the story, claiming the story was planted by the “Marxist and Islamic counter-states” to discredit him.
He then admitted writing the document, claiming it was “a summary of a series of sermons on biblical war in the Old Testament as part of a larger discussion on the history of warfare.”
Shea added: “This document, in and of itself, was not a secret. I’ve actually talked about portions of this document publicly.”
Shea is up for re-election in November 6’s midterms, facing Democrat Ted Cummings.
Cummings wrote on Facebook: “This man does not represent my views and I am embarrassed that he is my current representative.
“Eastern Washington is top great for fear and hate! Let’s vote this man out of office!”
His campaign added: “Matt Shea supporters want their money back, meanwhile there has been a steady stream of donations all morning to his challenger. People all across the state and nation are saying NO to hate!”
Shea has held the seat since since 2008, winning re-election every two years. The candidate did not face a Democrat opponent in 2008, 2010 or 2014.
In 2012 and 2016, the only elections where he has faced a Democratic opponent, Shea won the district with 56 percent and 64 percent of the vote respectively.
Anti-gay Christians are suing a Texas library over drag queens reading books to children. Christ Followers argue that taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund the Dray Queen Story Time at the Freed-Montorse Neighborhood library in Houston.
The group believes it’s unfair because the library will not permit ‘man-woman marriage storytelling hour’ as reported by the Houston Chronicle.
RADAR Productions has been staging the Drag Queen Story Hour at the library for two years now.
But listed as defendants for the lawsuit are the library director and Mayor Sylvester Turner.
The group filed the lawsuit against the Texas library on Friday (19 October), when they also rallied outside the federal courthouse.
Christ Followers also opposed marriage equality, as well as motions to lift bans on trans people using gendered bathrooms they self-identify with.
One of the members of the group is anti-gay activist Chris Sevier. He tried to do the exact same thing at a Louisiana library last month too.
Sevier previously also filed a lawsuit to be able to marry his laptop. His logic is that same-sex marriage is as unnatural as marrying a machine or an animal.
He’s previously said: ‘The state is not doing anyone any favors by encouraging people to live that [gay] lifestyle.’
Sevier also previously co-wrote a bill in South Carolina calling for all same-sex marriages to become ‘parody marriages’.
He claims LGBTI people are all members of a secret shadow religion – Secular Humanism.
Five men have settled with the city of San Jose who were discriminated against when police arrested them in targeted undercover sting operations.
The City Council approved a $125,000 payment to each of the men to avoid a federal lawsuit filed in November 2017. Between 2014 and 2015 undercover police arrested six men on misdemeanor lewd-conduct charges at Columbus Park.
However, a judge dismissed the charges against all the men after determining the police had violated their equal protection rights by selectively discriminating the men involved. Five of the men filed a federal lawsuit last year.
Bruce Nickerson, who is an LGBT rights attorney who said he as “extraordinarily pleased” with the settlement and praised the City Attorney’s Office and the police department for their quick response to the lawsuit.
“I want to give them full credit for their response,” Nickerson said. “They were good faith personified.”
As part of the settlement, the city must abide by several conditions.
The Mercury News reports:
Under the settlement, the city must also meet a Nov. 12 deadline to provide Nickerson with a five-year list of “individuals other than the Plaintiffs, who were arrested by the San Jose Police Department, pursuant to ‘sting” (undercover) operations” that lead to similar charges as the plaintiffs. The city is also required to cooperate with Nickerson’s request with the Santa Clara County Superior Court “to discover information about factually similar arrests by the SJPD during the last five years.”
“They’re going to continue to search the database for past cases and clients who would have been class members,” he said. “We may be able to resurrect those cases.”
While Brazil is in the midst of a very contentious presidential election, there is some good coming out of the country politically. This good comes in the form of Érica Malunguinho.
Érica Malunguinho made history as the first trans woman to win a spot in state congress in São Paulo. Malunguinho was one of more than 50 trans people running for office during the 8 October election.
According to AfroPunk, the 36-year-old was raised by a single mother in a small household with her extended family. She was surrounded by a lot of African and Indigenous culture growing up. Her mom was the only educated member of the family and worked as a nurse to support everyone.
‘We all knew we were Black, but when you’re Black in Brazil, you also suffer racism within the family,’ Malunguinho told AfroPunk. ‘We were always comparing who had the widest nose, or the nappiest hair.’
Soon after finishing high school, Malunguinho moved to São Paulo and began living as a woman.
‘I was always trans. I was living a gay life and a trans life at the same time.’
Over the next decade, Malunguinho earned several degrees and was married twice. Formerly an educator, she is now working to fight Brazil’s racism in the political sphere.
In 2016, she opened Aparelha Luzia, an urban community space created for black people to celebrate their culture and heritage.
‘[Malunguinho] wanted to create a cultural space in São Paulo where black people could freely celebrate their blackness and maintain the longevity of black culture while feeling protected,’ writes Kiratiana Freelon for OkayAfrica.
‘The space hosts events almost every night of the week: intellectual get-togethers, hip-hop battle session, black kid’s playdates, everything. More than 200,000 people have passed through its doors.’
‘Malunguinho’s win is a major milestone for Brazil’s black and LGBTQ communities,’ writes Damola Durosomo for OkayAfrica. ‘Her win is seen as a source of hope for minority groups in the country who fear their rights are under threat by highly controversial candidates like Bolsonaro, who won the first round of votes on Monday and who many consider “a risk to democracy.”’
Former student Ricky Windmann said he was sexually abused by Peter Modica, a janitor at the Catholic boys school, the New Orleans Advocate reports.
Windmann claims the abuse began in the 1970s when Modica led him into the maintenance office and forcibly performed oral sex on him.
The New Orleans Advocate reports:
The janitor would go on to sexually abuse the adolescent several more times in the ensuing years… Similar incidents would unfold every few weeks or so for a couple of years. Monica’s assaults eventually escalated into anal rape - including on time when a school fair was unfolding within earshot.
Windmann tried to resist, however, Modica would say it was ok and urged him not to tell anyone. “If you say anything, who’s your mom going to believe, me or you?” Windmann recalls Modica saying.
According to the New Orleans Advocate:
Windmann said he’s never forgotten the despair her felt the two times other adults at Jesuit witnessed the abuse but didn’t get him help. The first time it happened, Modica was abusing Windmann in the on-campus Chapel of the North American Martyrs. A layperson came in, someone Windmann didn’t know. That Person simply said, “Goddamn it, Pete,” before leaving.
But that is nothing compared to what happened when witnessed a second time. While Modica was raping Windmann, Rev. Cornelius “Neil” Carr walked into the room.
The New Orleans Advocate reports:
A priest, Windmann thought, would surely put Modica in his place. Instead, the priest walked over, put one hand on the middle of Windmann’s back and said, “Relax.” Then Carr began masturbating as Modica continued to rape him, Windmann said.
Jesuit quietly paid Windmann a $450,000 settlement six years ago, just around the time, the school settled two other abuse claims involving two other former employees, details of those settlements remain sealed. Windmann decided to speak out after the school failed to disclose his settlement or publicly acknowledge the sexual abuse he suffered. “We know that there’s systematic and institutionalized abuse of children …and (ending) this should be the top priority,” he says. “I was born a Catholic. This is my church. We, the parishioners, the abuse victims, need to take our church back because that’s what Jesus–what God–would want us to do.”
Brazil has hit an all-time level of violent deaths among LGBT people.
According to a new report, 445 LGBT Brazilians died in 2017 a 30% increase from 2016 according to Grupo Gay de Bahia an LGBT watchdog group.
387 were murders and 58 suicides. One example is Dandara dos Santos, a transsexual woman who was beaten to death. A video of her being kicked and beaten circulated on social media with those around her using homophobic slurs.
Brazil is considered one of the most violent countries in the world with a record 62,000 homicides in 2016. Luis Mott, an anthropologist, and president of Grupo Gay de Bahia state that much of the violence can be contributed to the countries prominence of ultra-conservative politicians, most who are connected to the powerful evangelical caucus in Congress.
“It’s a discourse that destroys solidarity and equates LGBT people to animals,” he said.
Homophobic speech is not a federal crime in Brazil, while state and municipal laws are never enforced or effective.
“In the last decade Brazil looked to produce policies that could protect vulnerable groups like gay and trans people but they mostly failed, due to lack of investment or change in vision of policy,” said Jurema Werneck, executive director at Amnesty International Brazil.
To the world, Brazil’s image is perceived as an inclusive nation that is home to the world’s largest gay pride parade and gay marriage is legal.
But the country has a long and strong conservative steak as well: one of the leading candidates in this year’s presidential election is former army captain Jair Bolsonaro who has said that gay children can be “beaten straight”. And Victório Galli last year said that Mickey Mouse was a homosexual infiltrator and Disney was an apologist for “gayness” sending subliminal messages to children.
This past September, a Brazilian judge approved gay “conversion therapy”, just a week after an exhibition of gay art was canceled.