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The Wing Founder Calls Out Gay Politician for Posting Shirtless Photo
One of the founders of elite women’s club The Wing publicly criticized New York City’s openly gay City Council Speaker for sharing a picture of a shirtless man on social media.
Audrey Gelman, who co-founded The Wing with Lauren Kassan in 2016, tweeted a screenshot of a recent Instagram post shared by Corey Johnson, who has served on New York’s City Council since 2014 and as City Council Speaker since 2018.
Johnson’s post, shared just after midnight on Friday, depicts an unidentified man who isn’t wearing a shirt. [UPDATE: Johnson is dating the man in the picture, his office confirms.] Gelman tweeted her screenshot of the photo approximately eight hours later, calling out what she perceived to be a sexist double standard.
“Corey Johnson, the NYC Council Speaker, posted this photo on social media at midnight,” Gelman wrote. “If a woman elected official did this, they wouldn’t have a job in the morning.”
Mario Lopez apologizes for 'ignorant' comments about parenting and gender identity
TV personality Mario Lopez has apologized for comments made during a recent podcast appearance in which he said it was "dangerous" for parents to allow their children to pick their gender identities at young ages.
"The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were," Lopez said in a statement to CNN. "I have been and always will be an ardent supporter of the LGBTQ community, and I am going to use this opportunity to better educate myself. Moving forward I will be more informed and thoughtful."
The former "Saved By the Bell" star made the remarks last month on a podcast hosted by conservative personality Candace Owens.
In the discussion, Owens brings up what she calls one of the "weird trends" of Hollywood parents allowing their children to pick their gender identity.
We need to stop telling people how to feel. We all have a right to an opinion and forcing ridiculous notions down sober people's throats isn't going to fix your children. We are supposed to guide our children into making the best decision not agree with it because it makes parenting easier. Geez, maybe he feels like a girl because Uncle Harry has been secretly diddling him. I wanted to be many things. Zero is the total that bled into my life. The more society makes people apologize for an opinion the more they will hurt us. This is all going to look ridiculous in the future when it blows in our faces. 31-Jul-2019
Here's why a federal judge tossed Nick Sandmann's $250M defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post
A federal judge in Kentucky tossed Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann's massive defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post on Friday.
What did the judge say?
U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman said the Post was within its First Amendment rights to publish the subjective opinion of Native American Nathan Phillips, whose account of what happened on the Lincoln Monument fueled outrage against Sandmann and his classmates.
"The Court accepts Sandmann's statement that, when he was standing motionless in the confrontation with Philip's his intent was to calm the situation and not to impede or block anyone," Bertelsman said in a 36-page opinion.
"However, Phillips did not see it that way. He concluded that he was being 'blocked' and not allowed to 'retreat.' He passed these conclusions on to The Post. They may have been erroneous, but … they are opinion protected by the First Amendment. And The Post is not liable for publishing these opinions, for the reasons discussed in this Opinion," he added.
Republican Congressman Wants to Defund PBS Over Gay Rat Wedding
Just when you thought gay ratgate was over, another right winger is still pressed about a children’s television show.
Republican congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado is calling on the government to defund PBS following a May episode of beloved children’s show Arthur in which the title character’s teacher, Mr. Ratburn, married another man in a beautiful ceremony. Lamborn, in a column for The Daily Signal, wrote that “PBS writers deemed it appropriate to preach their liberal views on same-sex marriage to America’s young children.” Man, I’ve got to start reading this website!
“Taxpayers now know with complete certainty that the goal of the PBS cartoon is to impart social liberalism to children,” Lamborn continued. “Enough is enough. It is time to stop sending our hard-earned tax money to support programming that is objectionable to many Americans.”
Prosecutors: Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to pursue affairs
The Right-Wing Is Weaponizing Gender Panic
The Trump Administration’s leaked gender memo, the recent transgender military ban, and the expansion of the global gag rule aren’t coincidences. They are part of a well-coordinated, funded global movement designed to control our communities by restricting the rights and bodily autonomy of women, LGBTQI communities, and people of color — eerily reminiscent of Reagan era oppressive tactics.
For LGBTQI communities, this kind of backlash is not new. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, the Reagan administration demonized our communities, as did right-wing forces around the world, spreading the false notion of the "gay plague" and blaming men who have sex with men for the transmission of the HIV virus. LGBT people were denied equal access to healthcare, faced intense violence, were stigmatized, stripped of basic rights, and often forced into the shadows. But we fought back.
Today, we know the far-right are sewing those same seeds of paranoia, creating gender panic with the use of an intentionally ambiguous organizing framework termed "gender ideology"by some and "anti-gender ideology" by others. Originating in the 1990s, gender ideology is a construct that depicts efforts to expand rights for women, LGBTQI people, and people of color, as radical, dangerous, and elitist, arguing that we are a threat to traditional family values.
Catholic Church Orders School to Cover Pride Mural, Calling It 'Obscene'
A Catholic priest in Hackensack, N.J., ordered a charter school that leases the school grounds from his church to cover up a Pride mural in the school cafeteria, calling it “obscene” because it included an homage to Keith Haring’s interlocking male symbols. And the 16-year-old student at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in nearby Garfield who painted the mural took to Twitter to express her frustration.
“So ... my school’s owned by a Catholic Church and they want me to take down my Keith Haring mural that supports the LGBT community,” wrote the student (who did not want her name published), according to the North Jersey Record. “They think it’s inappropriate and wrong for a school setting. I’m heartbroken and I really never thought this could actually happen. Please help.”
Catholic university students blamed for homophobic attack in France
Anti-LGBTI violence still acceptable in many countries, new study shows
Texas Governor Risks His Laptop to Save Chick-fil-A’s Right to Be Homophobic
VIDEO: WHITE MARYLAND POLICE OFFICER USES N-WORD WHILE TRYING TO DISPERSE GATHERING OUTSIDE MCDONALD'S
Maryland police are investigating a video that was posted to social media this week showing a white officer using a racial slur while addressing a group of black men.
The incident took place yesterday outside a McDonald’s on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring shortly after 10:30 a.m. One of the men who recorded footage, Barry Tucker, told WRC-TV they had been waiting to be picked up for work when they were accused of trespassing.
Tucker told Fox 5 he was waiting with two of his brothers and a co-worker when officers from the Montgomery County Police Department approached them for questioning.
As the interaction continued, one white female officer was heard using the n-word at the men. As shown in bodycam footage, she said: “Hey, you want to get out of here fast, right? So if we have more people, y'all n****** been trying to something.” The officer then claimed she had been mimicking the men’s language, saying: “What I am doing is repeating your words.”
Michigan officer fired after video shows him striking teen
A POLICE TRAINING PROGRAM HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
Police arrest man for his bumper sticker boasting about an ‘obscene’ sex act
FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED FOR REFUSING TO REMOVE ‘I EAT A**’ STICKER FROM HIS TRUCK GETS CHARGES DROPPED
Teachers posed with noose at California school, sparking outrage among some parents
Porn is being blocked across all of the UK. Here's why people think it's a terrible idea.
Some of the world's biggest porn sites are about to go dark in the UK.
The government is going to introduce new a law that will require sites, like PornHub, to introduce effective age verification blocks, making sure people under the age of 18 cannot access them.
The law which has come to be known as the "porn block" was introduced as part of the Digital Economy Act in 2017. Quite when it will be formally rolled out is unclear, with the government denying reports it will be next month.
The regulation has been backed by Britain's largest children's charity the NSPCC, but has also sharply criticised for being poorly-thought-out and potentially damaging to privacy and freedom of speech.
"It would appear the government thought this was a cost-neutral freebie that they could get away with very easily without realising the potential impact it would have on privacy and data security," said Myles Jackman, a UK obscenity lawyer.
South Carolina school rejects 4th grader’s essay supporting LGBTQ rights
Elizabeth Foster, the principal of Anderson Mill Elementary School — a public school in the town of Moore, South Carolina (population 13,739) — reportedly rejected the inclusion of a 4th grade student’s essay promoting LGBTQ-acceptance from a book of student essays “on society.”
The principal believed the 10-year-old student’s essay would “make other parents upset … due to the type of school this is, the people that work here and the students and families of the students that go here,” creating an “undesirable situation at the school,” according to a lawsuit filed in federal court by the child’s parents.
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME Muslim parents encourage kids to chant outside primary school for promoting ‘gay lessons’
Whoopi Goldberg defends Liam Neeson amid racism row: ‘He is not a bigot’
Whoopi Goldberg has defended Liam Neeson amid a racism row caused after he told The Independent he once roamed the streets with a cosh, wanting to kill a “black bastard” after someone close to him was raped years ago.
The actor and co-presenter of US series The View waded in on the backlash surrounding Neeson’s comments and said she believes he’s not racist as she’s “known him a pretty long time” and “would have recognised” his bigotry.
“People walk around sometimes with rage, that’s what happens,” she said. “Is he a bigot? No. I’ve been around a lot of real bigots. I can say this man is not one.”
Michelle Rodriguez Says Liam Neeson Can’t Be Racist Because of the Way He Kissed Viola Davis in ‘Widows’
TERRY CREWS DEFENDS LIAM NEESON AFTER RACIST ‘BLACK B******’ COMMENTS
Writer Bret Easton Ellis Thinks 'Black Panther' Is Being 'Shoved Down Our Throats'
"No superhero movie has ever gotten a Best Picture nomination," he said. "But believe me, Disney is doing everything in its power to make sure this happens. Even though there is no one out here in La La Land I've met who thinks Black Panther is that good as a movie. Yet, as a piece of representation, they are supporting it."
CNN Sues Trump Over Suspension of Jim Acosta’s WH Credentials
CNN is suing Donald Trump, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Jim Acosta’s hard pass away in order to have Acosta’s credentials restored.
CNN reports: ‘The lawsuit is a response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service “hard pass,” last week. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban. The suit is being filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning, a CNN spokeswoman confirmed…The six defendants are all named because of their roles in enforcing and announcing Acosta’s suspension.’
White House must restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass, judge rules
Georgia Legislator, Arrested At Work, Says She Was ‘Singled Out As A Black Female Senator’
Georgia state Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) was arrested along with more than a dozen other protesters at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon at a demonstration asking the state to “count every vote” from last week’s gubernatorial election. Protesters shouted “Let her go!” as Williams was handcuffed while the General Assembly was in session.
Williams, a civil rights advocate who organized domestic workers for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of justice and spent about six hours at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.
“There are countless Georgians who cast their ballots and still don’t feel like their voices are heard,” she said in a statement after being released. “I joined them down on the floor, and I was singled out as a Black female senator standing in the rotunda with constituents.”
Grumpy man threatens to sue town for removing his ‘straight pride’ flag
Yesterday we told you about the Canadian village of Chipman which pissed people off by flying a “straight pride” flag. The village council took down the flag after a day of citizen complaints, but now CTV News has reported that Glenn Bishop, the man who originally asked the Chipman council to fly the flag, is considering legal action for his flag being removed.
According to CBC.ca, Bishop approached Chipman Mayor Carson Atkinson two months ago to request permission for the city’s main flagpole to fly his straight pride flag.
“I made it very plain at that meeting that there was no animosity against the gay pride people at all,” Bishop said. “I know most of them.”
He added, “I’m very disappointed. Why should I not be allowed to fly my flag? That’s disgraceful. This is disgraceful. This is discrimination against straight people.”
Police Removed A Texas Yard Sign Showing A GOP Elephant With Its Trunk Up A Woman's Skirt
Police in Texas removed an anti-Republican political sign from a woman's yard Tuesday night last week, amid nationwide rancor over the Senate's vote on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.