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This Small Town Is Fighting Over the Usage of Pride Flags
For the past two years, rainbow banners had flown from lampposts on Main Street in the city of Heber, Utah, in celebration of Pride month. But when some residents complained that Pride and LGBTQ+ rights were political and did not represent the values or beliefs of the community, Yahoo News reports the city passed a new ordinance in August raising the costs and generally making it more difficult to continue the practice.
“It has pretty much eliminated the option of private citizens funding banners and requesting them to be hung on Main Street, unless they are able to get sponsorship from the city, the county or the chamber, and that sponsorship means some financial sponsorship,” Kelleen Potter, the mayor of Heber City and mother of two LGBTQ+ teens, explained.
The new ordinance requires any event or message promoted on the banners must be nonpolitical and not for profit. Additionally, banner applicants must first obtain sponsorship from the city of Heber, Wasatch County, or the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce before their application will be considered by the city. In the past, residents could apply to hang banners from the city’s lampposts for a few hundred dollars as long as they were noncommercial in nature.
“As a Christian, our family believes that marriage is between a man and a woman,” one woman is quoted as saying, while others claimed the flag and, by extension, LGBTQ+ rights, were political. Potter claimed she began receiving inquiries wondering if the previous banner policy allowed banners with other allegedly similarly political messages protesting abortion or pornography or featuring symbols associated with the Ku Klux Klan or Nazis.
This Small Town Is Fighting Over the Usage of Pride Flags
Rupert Everett complains that the transgender rights movement has ‘completely overshadowed’ gay issues
He criticised what he sees as an overly reproachful outlook among young people, and spoke of his fears of being “cancelled” for speaking about transgender issues.
“This might be the first time that the older generation has felt that they have to tiptoe around the younger generation and turn everything off,” he said.
While Everett claimed to support “wokeness” because “everything it stands for is, essentially, great,” he regretted that gay rights appear to have taken a backseat to trans issues, citing Russia’s recent move to ban same-sex marriage.
Rupert Everett complains
Marti Gould Cummings Wants Your Vote. But More Than That, They Want a Revolution
If you were going solely by that train wreck of a presidential debate on Tuesday night, it would be easy to lose some permanent measure of faith in the electoral system. One possible antidote to that hopelessness, though, is paying attention to the campaigns of the many local politicians who are furthering the fight to make America more equitable; one such politician is Marti Gould Cummings, a longtime activist and fixture of New York’s drag nightlife who is currently running for city council in New York’s Seventh District.
Cummings, who sits on the City of New York’s Community Board Nine and is an adviser on the NYC Nightlife Advisory Board, would be the first nonbinary person to hold public office in New York state if elected in 2021. This September, Vogue caught up with Cummings to discuss being one year out from their campaign launch, the challenges that COVID-19 has placed on nightlife, the need to defund the NYPD, and their vision for a more inclusive New York.
Marti Gould Cummings Wants Your Vote.
Lawsuits Challenge Virginia's Sexual Orientation Protections
High school bullies sing “For he’s a jolly good fa***t” after student comes out as bisexual
A gay man and his straight, female friend can be in a “conjugal relationship” that is legally recognised by Canadian courts thanks to a groundbreaking new ruling.
The decision, which involves a gay refugee to Canada and a straight woman he met at university overseas, expands the legal definition of what a loving couple can look like.
The two close friends, identified as AP and AM, had unprotected sex on a trip and the woman became pregnant. When the baby was born they decided to commit to each other and raise their child as a family unit, in spite of their sexualities.
However, when the gay man tried to sponsor the woman and their child to join him in Canada, their case was blocked by immigration officials who said their bond didn’t meet the definition of a conjugal relationship.
Gay man and straight woman
Church depicts Jesus as genderqueer with breasts, a beard and make-up so ‘everyone sees themselves in Christ’
The national church of Iceland has apologised for circulating a children’s Sunday school advertisement that depicted Jesus Christ as genderqueer.
The cartoon poster from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland shows a rosy-cheeked Christ with breasts, beard and make-up jumping in front of a rainbow.
Church depicts Jesus as genderqueer with breasts
United Airlines fills NFL, MLB flights with ‘young, white, blond’ female crew: suit
Maybe they should change their slogan to “Fly the Friendly — and very white — Skies.”
United Airlines packs its planes with young, white, blond, blue-eyed female crew — all chosen for their “sexual allure” — whenever the National Football League and Major League Baseball take charter flights, a new lawsuit alleges.
Meanwhile, flight attendants who are too old and too dark are barred from the plum routes, according to Bloomberg News, which reported the suit on Saturday.
United Airlines fills NFL, MLB flights with ‘young, white, blond’ female crew: suit
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Semitism in Sports and Hollywood?
Recent incidents of anti-Semitic tweets and posts from sports and entertainment celebrities are a very troubling omen for the future of the Black Lives Matter movement, but so too is the shocking lack of massive indignation. Given the New Woke-fulness in Hollywood and the sports world, we expected more passionate public outrage. What we got was a shrug of meh-rage.
When reading the dark squishy entrails of popular culture, meh-rage in the face of sustained prejudice is an indisputable sign of the coming Apatholypse: apathy to all forms of social justice. After all, if it’s OK to discriminate against one group of people by hauling out cultural stereotypes without much pushback, it must be OK to do the same to others. Illogic begets illogic.
Ice Cube’s June 10 daylong series of tweets, which involved some creepy symbols and images, in general implied that Jews were responsible for the oppression of blacks. NFL player DeSean Jackson tweeted out several anti-Semitic messages, including a quote he incorrectly thought was from Hitler (not your go-to guy for why-can’t-we-all-get-along quotes) stating that Jews had a plan to “extort America” and achieve “world domination.” Isn’t that SPECTRE’s job in James Bond movies?
Ice Cube calls Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a Judas for taking '30 pieces of silver' after the NBA legend criticized him and Nick Cannon for anti-Semitism which will damage BLM
Why Hispanic business owners are urging you to BUY-cott Goya products
The Goya Foods boycott is an insult to Hispanics, America’s largest minority group. Politicians and pundits — some Hispanic, many others painfully woke-white — are calling for a boycott of the largest Hispanic food manufacturer and distributor in the nation, a company that employs more than 4,000 people.
The Bodega and Small Business Association, which represents thousands of New York City bodegas, is not taking this lying down. We are urging our stores and customers to stock up on all of Goya’s great products.
We are calling for a Goya buycott.
Idris Elba says he doesn't 'believe in censorship,' racist shows and movies should not be removed
The 47-year-old actor told the Radio Times during an interview published Tuesday that he believes in free speech and sometimes that includes speech that might not be widely accepted.
"To mock the truth, you have to know the truth. But to censor racist themes within a show, to pull it – wait a second, I think viewers should know that people made shows like this," the "Luther" actor said when asked about his thoughts on removing content with offensive jokes.
While Elba said he understands networks may have removed racially insensitive content due to the Black Lives Matter movement, he believes there's a better way to go about addressing those films and shows.
"Out of respect for the time and the movement, commissioners and archive-holders pulling things they think are exceptionally tone-deaf at this time – fair enough and good for you," he said. "But I think, moving forward, people should know that freedom of speech is accepted, but the audience should know what they’re getting into."
'When the mob comes for them, it's going to be the lefties': Liberals FINALLY wake up to threat of cancel culture
Disney’s “Hamilton” is “inappropriate” according to evangelicals who are boycotting the film
Burger King workers stage strike after trans co-worker dies while working with COVID-19 symptoms
Staffers at the Santa Monica fast food restaurant retaliated after Angela Martinez Gómez died after being reportedly made to work a week even while displaying symptoms. Picketers, as well as the complaint, claimed that the company did not provide staff with protective gear.
One manager at the branch at 1919 Pico Boulevard allegedly blamed the death of Gómez, 42, of Oaxaca, Mexico, on hormone injections, KTLA5 reported.
Managers made Gómez carry on working for a week even while she spluttered, took frequent bathroom breaks and was visibly ill, the complaint said, before leaving her June 26 shift early.
Workers demanding union rights plan to walk off the job in nationwide Strike for Black Lives
Coronavirus brings tension and prejudice to Italy's beaches
Employees become enforcers of mask requirements as tensions grow
BLACK CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THE GOP
With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP. Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party...
LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.
Safety first. We fight for nothing if no one gets to enjoy it. 11-Jul-2020
Citing violent crime in Atlanta, Georgia governor declares state of emergency and calls up National Guard
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated as many as 1,000 National Guard members.
Kemp, a Republican, said the executive order follows "weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta."
The governor's statement says more than 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire over the extended holiday weekend, including five people who died.
One of the five deaths was that of an 8-year-old girl who was shot while riding in a car with her mother and another person. Secoriea Turner was killed Saturday night as the car tried to enter a parking lot that had illegal barricades, police said.
Brother of Little Rock mayor steals car with two kids inside: cops
At least 6 kids killed by gun violence over holiday weekend
Michigan 4-year-old shoots sister in head while parents were asleep
Grandfather of 11-year-old gun violence victim says police are not the problem: 'Go after the people that look like me that hurt people that look like me'
Please, I Beg You, a Moratorium on Even Joking About Celebrities Running for President
Billboard reports that Taylor Swift fans are trying to get her to run for president, a likely callback to the time West infamously jumped onstage at the MTV Awards to dis her Best Album win. “How about taylor swift as the president and selena gomez as vice president?” one fan tweeted. “okay so i need @JoeBiden to announce @taylorswift13 as his vice-president in order to defeat Kanye West & Trump. enough is enough. we’re tired af,” wrote another. A third wrote, “@taylorswift13 running for president, and winning obvi, would honestly be the end of all the kimye drama.”
Treasury reveals 700,000 of the companies and non-profits who got PPP bailout - with Kanye West company and Donald Trump lawyer's firm among those benefiting
Kanye West's late registration (again): Yeezy's 2020 bid is facing failure because he has missed key deadlines to get on the ballot
Britney Spears Fans Push #FreeBritney After Kanye West Runs For President -- He Was Hospitalized Too!
Black Women Are Getting Left Behind In The Black Lives Matter Movement
The #SayHerName campaign was created by the African American Policy Forum in December 2015. This movement was created to uplift the voices of Black women who have become victims of police brutality, established in an attempt to rectify the lack of coverage Black women received in comparison to men. Recent headlines make it more apparent than ever that this is still an ongoing problem. We are standing by as Black women fight for visibility, allowing the media to let another Black woman slip under the radar.
It’s important we adjust our allyship quickly, as Breonna Taylor is not the only woman who needs our action. Black Lives Matter activist Oluwatoyin Salau was just 19 years old, found dead in Tallahassee, Florida at the hands of Aaron Glee Jr. In the same week, we lost two Black trans women: Dominique Fells and Riah Milton. These and other Black women are not pawns for you to use for social activism points. None of these women have been fought for with enough fire and passion. Black women are not getting the attention they deserve.
Painful Reckonings About Black Lives Matter / Opinion
New York Attorney General Orders Black Lives Matter Foundation to Halt Donation Collection
If your idea of equality doesn't include black trans lives, it isn't equality
Taraji P. Henson on stigma over terms like 'strong black woman' or 'black girl magic': 'We're not fairies!'