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Indiana School Board Member Says 'Cry Me a River' Over Trans Suicides
Activists in Evansville, Ind., caught a school board member on video appearing to dismiss their concerns about safety for LGBTQ kids.
This week, ten members of the Tri-State Alliance — a social service and educational organization serving LGBTQ communities in southeastern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky — attended a board meeting of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation to ask for greater protections for queer students.
After the meeting, the activists confronted school board members, according to posts on the group’s Facebook page.
The Tri-State Alliance says board member Ann Ennis claimed there was no support on the board for addressing suicide concerns among trans students.
On a video posted to the group’s Facebook page, Tri-State Alliance President Wally Paynter can be heard calling Ennis transphobic.
Trans Woman Sues Pharmacy for Revealing Her HIV Status
Utah school fires substitute teacher who told 5th-graders 'homosexuality is wrong'
Ellen and Science Confirm: Rich People Only Care About Themselves
Surprised that Ellen DeGeneres was seen yukking it up with George W. Bush at a football game last weekend? Don’t be! Rich people love hanging out with other rich people. So, since Ellen’s a multimillionaire, the 43rd President of the United States is a multimillionaire, and Charlotte Jones Anderson—the Dallas Cowboys’ Executive Vice President who invited both of them to Sunday’s game—is a multimillionaire, it actually all makes perfect sense that they’d all want to socialize together.
Still, it is confusing to think about how DeGeneres, one of the nation’s foremost openly gay celebrities would, could look past Bush’s years of using the bully pulpit to advocate against LGBTQ rights—not to mention, uhhhh, the unnecessary wars he started in Iraq and Afghanistan, which have killed millions of people and traumatized countless others.
Ellen tried to explain away the cognitive dissonance of all this on her talk show Monday morning, saying that “just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.” But disagreeing about the Bush administration’s ongoing legacy of global violence against Muslim people seems like more than just a difference of opinion.
Does Ellen not understand why people are disgusted by that video of her and W. palling around at the football game? Does she just not care?
(Paul continues on with the observation that "the love of money is the root of all evil." 1 Timothy 6:10 Miller emphasizes that "it is the love of money that is the obstacle to faith, not the money itself." Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!")
Are the rich more selfish than the rest of us?
BEING RICH MAKES YOU MORE SELFISH, FINDS STUDY
Millennials Aren’t That Into God, Patriotism, or Having Kids: Poll
Voting Republican has become an activity analogous to reminiscing about air-raid drills or complaining incessantly about back pain: ordinary for boomers, but a marker of eccentricity among the young.
In 2016, Donald Trump commanded the support of only 28 percent of voters under 30, according to Pew Research. His disapproval rating among Americans under 35 currently hovers around 70 percent. And millennials’ antipathy for our Republican president isn’t personal; the Fox News grandpa-in-chief might be especially unappealing to the rising generation, but the kids don’t have much use for the GOP’s kinder, gentler reactionaries, either. Less than 30 percent of millennials wanted Republicans to retain control of Congress last year. And in broader measures of generational opinion, both millennials and Gen-Zers evince higher levels of support for liberal ideological premises and policy proposals than any older cohorts.
This is a big problem for the GOP. For a while, a rightward drift among boomers — combined with millennials’ woeful turnout rates — kept Republicans from paying much of a price for refusing to update its agenda for the rising generations. But in 2018, the oldest Gen-Zers entered the electorate, and millennial turnout surged. As a result, for the first time ever, millennial, Gen-Z, and Gen-X voters collectively cast more ballots than boomers or “silent types” for the first time ever in a midterm election.
This state of affairs leaves the Republican Party with three options for preserving its medium-term competitiveness in national elections: Adjust its platform to better meet the demands of younger voters, ramp up voter suppression efforts, or pray that the kids will age out of their liberalism.
Michigan police officer investigated, on paid leave after KKK items found at home
A Michigan police officer is under investigation and on paid administrative leave after potential buyers of his property toured his home and found items inside related to the Confederacy and the Ku Klux Klan.
Robert Mathis, who is black, and his wife, Reyna, toured the home of Officer Charles Anderson, a member of the Muskegon, Michigan, Police Department. On the tour they were confronted with multiple Confederate flags, and a framed document in one of the upstairs bathrooms.
That old, yellow paper turned out to be an application to the Ku Klux Klan.
Straight Pride Organizer: 'We're a Totally Peaceful Racist Group'
Shocking video shows Florida cop shoving handcuffed suspect face-first into concrete wall
The world wonders what's happened to America
What happens to a country that is an idea, when that idea turns ugly?
Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the United States has been the leader of the free world economically, militarily, but also -- as communism and fascism fell by the wayside -- as an idea.
They went too far in Iraq in 2003, got too greedy before 2008, and let Syria down in 2013. But still, the US' obsession with painstakingly transparent self-analysis, allocation of blame and rooting out failure, got it back on top. However much you hate it, the idea seemed to justify its existence.
But this has been a difficult month. Well, a difficult year. Actually, scratch that too: everything since November 2016 has been discombobulating. I recall watching American expats, Europeans, Lebanese aghast in Beirut when Donald Trump won. It seemed to them like the wheels were coming off civilization. But surely, they could not forever, as the idea of the United States was designed to be tamper-proof?
WOMAN THREATENS TO PEPPER-SPRAY MAN BECAUSE HIS DOG WASN'T ON A LEASH, QUESTIONS HIS CITIZENSHIP: 'ARE YOU FROM THIS COUNTRY?'
A Massachusetts man has posted a video online showing a white woman threatening to pepper-spray him and his dog and asking "are you from this country?" because the animal was off its leash in a park.
The man, who asked to only be identified as Mohamed, recently moved to the Jamaica Plain area of Brookline, Boston. He posted the video of the woman confronting him on Facebook on August 5, where it has since been viewed more than 20,000 times.
"This happened today at a park in Boston because I didn't have my dog (who isn't bothering anyone) on a leash," Mohamed wrote. "She wanted to pepper-spray me, my dog and also sprinkled in some 'you're not from this country hope you got your paperwork' before she called the cops. Goes to show some folks really don't like us."
My 10-Year-Old Son Yelled ‘Speak English!’ To A Stranger
Partygoers wore blackface and colonial garb to an event -- at Belgium's controversial Africa Museum
Montana boy, 13, slammed to ground at rodeo after keeping hat on during national anthem
A 13-year-old was seriously injured when a man at a Montana rodeo slammed him to the ground after the boy did not remove his hat during a playing of the national anthem, authorities said Tuesday.
Curt James Brockway, 39, was arrested on suspicion of felony assault on a minor following the alleged attack at the rodeo at the Mineral County Fair on Saturday.
Man Who Fractured a Kid’s Skull for “Disrespecting” the National Anthem Is Blaming Trump
New survey says young Americans trust professors more than they trust military, police, or church leaders
A new survey from the Pew Research Center reports that younger Americans trust their college professors more than they trust the military, police, and church leaders. Older Americans, however, have more trust in public servants than they do in college educators.
The survey, which was published Tuesday, was part of a study called " Trust and Distrust in America." The Pew Center conducted the study in 2018 on a sample group of 10,618 Americans from four different age groups — 18-29, 30-49, 50-64, and 65-plus.
According to the findings, 74 percent of those in the 18-29 age bracket trusted college professors, while just 69 percent trusted the U.S. military, 67 percent trusted police officers, and 50 percent trusted religious leaders, respectively.
Reagan called President Nixon to slur Africans as ‘monkeys.’ Of course there are tapes.
It was October 1971, and the United Nations had just voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China.
Then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan was infuriated that delegations from Africa did not align themselves with the U.S. position — that the U.N. should recognize Taiwan as an independent state — and wanted to get President Richard Nixon on the phone. He was apparently disgusted after watching delegates from Tanzania celebrate the U.N. decision to support Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.
“To see those, those monkeys from those African countries — damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Reagan said.
Nixon replied with a big laugh.
Trump approval rating jumps to highest level of his presidency in Washington Post/ABC News poll
President Donald Trump's job approval rating reached its highest level since he took office in polling conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, according to a survey released Sunday.
Forty-four percent of Americans say they approve of the job Trump is doing as president in The Washington Post/ABC News poll, which was conducted from June 28 to July 1 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. That was 5 points higher than his approval in a poll from April, and it surpassed his previous high of 42% in April 2017.
Fifty-one percent of Americans say he is doing a good job on the economy, which is ranked as a highly important issue for 82% of adults heading into the 2020 election.
Jimmy Carter Goes There, Calls Trump an Illegitimate President
Does Federal Law Protect LGBTQ People? This Poll Reveals A Serious Misconception
According to a new survey, almost half of all Americans wrongly believe that federal law protects LGBTQ people from discrimination. In a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday, 45% of respondents incorrectly claimed that federal anti-discrimination protections apply to LGBTQ Americans, when in fact, no such protections exist due to longstanding opposition from conservatives.
“When you talk to people across the country, regardless of where they stand on LGBTQ equality, so many don’t know that in 30 states LGBTQ people are still at are risk of being fired solely because of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” Charlotte Clymer, the Human Rights Campaign's press secretary for rapid response, told Reuters. “These things are flying under the radar for most Americans.”
BEING GAY IS LINKED TO THESE BIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS, SCIENTISTS SAY
Years and Years star Dino Fetscher on the “vital importance” of LGBTQ representation
This Dad Gave Out Hundreds of Hugs at the Pittsburgh Pride Parade, and the Photos Are So Emotional
Africa is doing better on LGBTQ rights than you think
Christian hate-preachers plan anti-LGBTI conference during Orlando Pride
Human rights in the US are worse than you think
A new report examining human rights in the United States and around the world has just been released, and its findings are disturbing: The US is doing abysmally in several key categories, including the right to freedom from extrajudicial killing, the right to participate in government, and the right to be safe from the state.
Of the 12 human rights categories, from press freedom to quality of life, measured by the Human Rights Measurement Initiative — a global nonprofit data analysis organization based in Wellington, New Zealand — there are several in which the US has “strikingly poor results,” according to the report’s authors.
It’s a worrying sign that for all its resources and reputation for democracy, the US is not doing all that well in the world when it comes to human rights.
In fact, when compared with five other high-income Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries the group looked at — Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United Kingdom — the US performs worse than average on empowerment rights, such as the right to participate in government, and on the right to be safe from the state.
Anti-LGBTQ Sentiment Is Rising Around the World
If only the greatest problem facing the LGBTQ community today were that two gay rats couldn’t get married in Alabama. For those not following the world of children’s television with great enthusiasm, the Alabama affiliate of PBS chose not to broadcast an episode of the children’s program Arthur in which Mr. Ratburn marries his longtime male friend Patrick, an aardvark chocolatier. Some people have complained that they would have difficulties explaining the content of such an episode to their children.
I agree—it could be distressing to have to explain to a child that rats are not sophisticated enough to have weddings, let alone become chocolatiers. Explaining that same-sex couples get married, however, should be a breeze. It happens every day. If your child does not understand what a wedding is, you can show them the end of nearly any Disney movie.
But the public pushback on a seemingly harmless episode of Arthur is just one instance of the discomfort that many people still feel with LGBTQ people being considered equal under law. Very recently, Trump’s Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a rule that would allow housing that receives federal funds—such as homeless shelters—to discriminate against transgender individuals.
Homophobic mommy blogger apologizes to LGBT youth leader
Alabama mayor apologizes for Facebook post about killing LGBTQ community
Chris Evans says Straight Pride Parade organizers are trying to 'bury' their 'own gay thoughts by being homophobic'
CHILDLINE RECEIVED OVER 6,000 CALLS FROM YOUNG PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH GENDER AND SEXUAL IDENTITY IN 2018
YouTube Says Homophobic Harassment Targeting a Popular Host Doesn't Violate Its Policies
Pulitzer Winner Jose Antonio Vargas Still Wrestles With Being Gay
Vargas came out about his immigration status publicly in 2011 and has since devoted his entire career to fighting for the rights of undocumented people.
Now Vargas is ready to focus more energy on himself, starting with his sexuality. "I'm trying to understand the gay thing," Vargas says. He makes a point to say that he's 38 years old and has never had a serious romantic relationship. Being undocumented has colored his entire life, even his personal relationships he's still discovering.
On this week's episode of LGBTQ&A, Jose Antonio Vargas talks about becoming more comfortable with his queerness, why the mainstream media's coverage of immigration is so dangerous, and the silver lining of the Trump era.
Poll: Most Voters Don't Believe U.S. Is Ready for a Gay President
A new poll shows mixed feelings about the presidential prospects of Pete Buttigieg.
Only 36 percent of voters believe that the United States is ready to elect a gay man as commander in chief, according to new results posted by Quinnipiac. Fifty-two percent said the country is not ready, and the rest did not know or did not wish to respond.