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How the First LGBTQ Mariachi Became an Outlet for Advocacy
What social power does music have? Where does that power come from?
Mariachi musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez found out the hard way—first through discrimination, ridicule and professional blackballing among their musician peers, then via the challenging path of advocating for the acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender people in the mariachi world.
14 evocative images of naked and semi-naked men in protest of Trump (NSFW)
‘There’s so much to be outraged by everyday with regards to this administration – unless you are really paying attention and follow specific news feeds, the policy changes which negatively effecting the LGBTQ community go unnoticed.’
Ron finally added: ‘Many people, straight or gay, are unaware of the steady dismantling of our rights and protections. I hope through this project raises some awareness.’
Gay Star News
Dwayne Johnson Lets His Daughter Paint His Nails, 'Cause He Has "Papa Bear Priorities"
Dwayne Johnson is a busy man, but that doesn't stop him from making time for his three daughters. The 46-year-old actor recently shared a photo on Instagram, from when he was on the way out the door for work and his 2-year-old daughter Jasmine insisted he "really needed" his nails painted. Dwayne, ever the dutiful dad, couldn't say no when she looked up at him with "her mama's gorgeous blue eyes." Aw!
Former Writer Saw Bert And Ernie As 'Loving Couple,' Sesame Workshop Disagrees
New life was breathed into a perennial debate this week, when a former Sesame Street writer revealed that not only did he consider beloved characters Bert and Ernie to be a gay couple, but he used his own relationship as creative inspiration.
On Sunday, Queerty published an interview with Mark Saltzman, who worked on the show in the 1980s and 90s, asking him if he thought of Bert and Ernie as a gay couple.
"I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman said. "So I don't think I'd know how else to write them, but as a loving couple."
For black women at church, it's more than the Aretha eulogy
A black pastor's controversial eulogy at Aretha Franklin's funeral laid bare before the world what black women say they have experienced for generations: sexism and inequality in their houses of worship every Sunday.
Ladies, I'm with you... but if you really feel disrespected by your church leave and don't subject your daughters to becoming future ragdolls to an antiquated society. God belongs to the heart. 09-Sep-2018
Hundreds Arrested in Multiday Protests of Supreme Court Nominee
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Senate this week was frequently disrupted as protesters were removed from the hearing room by police, with more than 200 people arrested.
Protesters are removed during the fourth day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2018.
In an unusually intense episode of civil disobedience on Capitol Hill, the four-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was targeted for “creative resistance” by liberal activist groups, said Linda Sarsour, Women's March board member.
“This is a travesty of justice! Adjourn the hearing!” Sarsour, 38, yelled on Tuesday morning as she was the first to be taken out of the hearing room by police officers.
Obama calls on California to rise up against ‘anger and division’ of Trump and GOP
Read the full transcript of Obama’s fiery anti-Trump speech
Barack Obama is done holding back.
The former president unloaded on President Trump — by name — and Republicans in Congress during a blistering speech at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Friday, urging students in the audience to vote in an election he called a turning point.
“It did not start with Donald Trump,” Obama said. “He is a symptom, not the cause.” But he went on to criticize Trump and Republicans in Congress at length, calling out coziness with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Trump’s tweets about the Justice Department investigating Republicans, the president’s reluctance to criticize Nazi sympathizers after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and more.
“Republicans who know better in Congress — and they’re there, they’re quoted saying, Yeah, we know this is kind of crazy — are still bending over backward to shield this behavior from scrutiny or accountability,” he said.
A rush transcript of Obama’s remarks is below...
Sarah Michelle Gellar Shares Funny Marital Advice on 16th Anniversary with Freddie Prinze Jr.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes wishing you had a club and spade?
That’s the advice Sarah Michelle Gellar jokingly suggested after 16 years with her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. in honor of the couple’s anniversary.
Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain
President Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.
The Washington Post
Watch John McCain defend Barack Obama against a racist voter in 2008
Gay cop makes shocking claims against San Francisco Police Department in sexual harassment lawsuit
The San Francisco Police Department is once again being accused of homophobia and harassment.
In a lawsuit filed last Thursday, 28-year-old officer Brendan Mannix accuses members of the San Francisco Police Department of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination based on his sexual orientation, and retaliating against a whistle-blower.
Mannix says he was subjected to homophobic remarks by colleagues about his sexual orientation, including calling him a “queen” and “too dramatic” and making disparaging comments about his masculinity.
When Mannix tried reporting the behavior, he says the department made no efforts to acknowledge or stop the harassment and instead retaliated against him by not providing him backup while on patrol and giving him “unfavorable assignments at the station.”
Vatican’s Response to 1,000 Children Abused by Priests? ‘No Comment.’
On Wednesday morning, Pope Francis stood in the window of the apostolic palace looking over St. Peter’s Square and blessed the crowds that had gathered for the Catholic celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. He talked about saints and heaven and sent his prayers to the victims of the bridge collapse in the northern Italian city of Genoa the day before.
But the pope didn’t mention the latest horrific news revealed about his church: that a Pennsylvania grand jury had just handed down a damning 1,356-page account of rampant abuse that involved 1,000 kids, 300 priests, and 70 years of silence. “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this,” the report began. But there was no sign Wednesday that Pope Francis was listening. He offered no prayer for the victims of his own churchmen who have been suffocated under a veil of complicity and shame for decades.
The Daily Beast
CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN ACCUSED OF GROPING TEEN GIRLS AT PALM DESERT WALMART
Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up
Sexual assault survivors react to report condemning alleged abuse by hundreds of ‘predator priests’
COURT APPROVES LAWSUIT AGAINST MORMON CHURCH OVER ALLEGED RAPE
Chicago-area megachurch paid $3.25M over child sexual abuse
Investigation Finds Lesbian Professor Sexually Harassed Gay Student
Mormon Church Reaffirms Opposition to Gay Relationships
Immigrant teens were strapped to chairs and had bags put over their heads. Virginia just decided that’s not abuse.
Todd Bridges on Death of 'Diff'rent Strokes' Co-Star Charlotte Rae: "I'm the Last One Left"
For a generation of latchkey kids growing up in the 1980s, Charlotte Rae was more than just a sitcom character. Her Edna Garrett was a surrogate maternal figure, raising her teenaged wards — first as a housekeeper on Diff'rent Strokes, then as a prep school administrator on its spinoff The Facts of Life — with a firm, if frazzled, hand.
But for Todd Bridges, who played Willis on Strokes, Rae — who died Aug. 5 at 92 — was no surrogate. She was the same nurturing and ebullient woman who appeared on the screen.
"She was always so bright and bubbly and had so much energy," recalls Bridges, now 53. "So much energy that we almost didn’t know how to deal with her. It was almost as if every time was the first time she was acting — that’s how excited she was."
Obama: ‘Men Have Been Getting On My Nerves Lately’
At a town hall meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama called on women to take more positions of power.
Former Porn Director: Sexual Harassment of Young Male Performers Is an Industry-Wide Problem
Shortly after Bryan Schwandt — owner of the twink porn studio BoyCrush — was accused by three of his porn performers of rape, coercion and harassment in late April, a fourth performer, Cole Claire, came forward with similar accusations (link NSFW). Schwandt announced his retirement from the company (link NSFW), but former gay porn director Kevin Clarke says that sexual misconduct with performers is an industry-wide problem that can’t be fixed by performers alone.
Yellowstone Boss Says He's Being Forced Out for Disagreeing With the Trump Administration
Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent said Thursday that he’s being forced out as a “punitive action” following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers in neighboring Montana.
Superintendent Dan Wenk announced last week that he intended to retire March 30, 2019, after being offered a transfer he didn’t want. He said he was informed this week by National Park Service Acting Director Paul “Dan” Smith that a new superintendent will be in place in August and that Wenk will be gone by then.