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All your favorite conservative pundits are headlining an LGBT RNC event for Trump in Cleveland!  It's called Wake Up!  Yeah!



http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/07/...rnc-event/



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The party is headlined by Milo Yiannopoulos, the outspoken gay conservative, and Pam Geller, one of the leading voices opposing the spread of radical Islam. Other VIP guests include Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, conservative author Ann Coulter, Tea Party leader Amy Kremer, long-time Trump loyalist and political consultant Roger Stone, among others.



“We have a message for America and the LGBT community,” said Chris Barron, former co-founder of GOProud, current head of LGBTrump, and an organizer of the event. “Radical Islam is the number one gay rights issue in the world, and Donald Trump is the only candidate taking this threat seriously.”



“LGBT Americans need to wake up — this election isn’t about bathrooms or who will bake our wedding cakes. This election is about life or death,” continued Barron. “It’s about confronting an ideology that seeks to exterminate LGBT people across the globe.”



So, are you going to wake up or not?!

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 Chris Barron


Any relation to John?

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Ahttp://time.com/4405261/gay-republicans-convention-rachel-hoff-platform/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

I feel terrible for this woman. This interview basically boils down to her saying: "Yes, my party believes that LGBT people are inhuman degenerates and that's upsetting, but no one has said it to my face, so I guess I'll stay a Republican."
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The NBA is taking the All-Star Game out of Charlotte over the HB2 Law:



https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/j...are_btn_tw



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“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the league said in a statement.



The league added that it hoped to announce a new location for next February’s events shortly. It hopes to reschedule the 2019 game for Charlotte if there is a resolution to the matter.



“We understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season. There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so,” Hornets chairman and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan said. “With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019.”



Charlotte's legislature, to be clear, is against the law.  Too bad the city's pockets are being hurt as well.

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An Alabama judge who wouldn't marry gay couples has been suspended for sending sexual messages to a woman:



http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/08/alaba...-messages/



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Archer, who has been married more than four decades, never had any physical contact with the woman, Haynes said.



“It was all on Facebook,” said Haynes.



The judge, who is not a lawyer, reached a settlement with judicial investigators in which he agreed to a six-month suspension without pay, Haynes said. The suspension will begin Monday provided the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, which hears administrative cases against judges, approves the settlement during a hearing, Haynes said.



“He will go back on full status in February,” said Haynes.



Archer, a Republican who took office in January 2013, is among the Alabama probate judges who quit performing marriages last year rather than allow same-sex couples to wed in his office. His staff does issue wedding licenses for same-sex couples, however.

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No marriages for them filthy, sinning gays, but cheating's on your hetero-wife's perfectly OK in the Lord's eyes?



...Yeah, got it, asshole.

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AA good Christian!
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Man fills lubricant dispenser with hydrochloric acid in Sydney gay club



Police say the dispensers had been targeted before and were alarmed


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/...14151.html




Thankfully no one was hurt, but that is insane.



On a lighter note, I don't think I've ever seen a lube dispenser in any of the clubs where I live and I'm kind of bummed out about that. It's a wonderful sort of practical application to lechery and just a great idea.

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Here's the North Carolina GOP's reaction to the NCAA getting out of dodge over the bathroom bill:





This isn't a parody. I repeat, this isn't a parody.

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A family judge in Kentucky said gay marriages are illogical and "just entertainment."



http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/natio.../90794982/

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couldn't happen soon enough....



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Roy Moore, Alabama Chief Justice, Suspended Over Gay Marriage Order



The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy S. Moore, was suspended on Friday for the remainder of his term in office for ordering the state’s probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage.



The suspension was imposed by the state’s Court of the Judiciary, a nine-member body made up of selected judges, lawyers and others. While the court did not remove Chief Justice Moore from the bench entirely, as it did in 2003 after he defied orders to remove a giant monument of the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building, it effectively ended his career as a Supreme Court justice. His term ends in 2019, and Chief Justice Moore, 69, will be barred by law from running again at that time because of his age.



The court was unanimous in its judgment, the decision said, because of both “his disregard for binding federal law,” exhibited in a January order to the state’s 68 probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and “his history with this court.”



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AI just saw a headline saying that "Wonder Woman is officially queer" (I don't know if that's even "true" or not or if it's a new thing or just a comics thing or something about the new movie...I just saw it) and I was taken aback because I always thought that "queer" was a slightly (if not completely) derogatory term. I guess it can depend on who's saying it or whom it is being said to or in what context, much like many other such phrases but....I was just wondering if that's offensive. I'm not gay or bisexual so I'm pretty out of the loop, so to speak...and I've never heard my nephew use the term...and he's the gay person that I have the most contact with (I'd ask him but his phone's shut off at the moment). So anyway, gay posters here...are y'all ok with that word?

I looked it up, and I guess it's becoming a more accepted word...but it also seems like something that could vary greatly depending on the individual...in any case, I'm not about to just start tossing it around. That's why I was kinda shocked to see it in a headline..
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AThere go my chances!
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A[quote name="Fraid uh noman" url="/community/t/150230/lgbt-thread/100#post_4144391"]I just saw a headline saying that "Wonder Woman is officially queer" (I don't know if that's even "true" or not or if it's a new thing or just a comics thing or something about the new movie...I just saw it) and I was taken aback because I always thought that "queer" was a slightly (if not completely) derogatory term. I guess it can depend on who's saying it or whom it is being said to or in what context, much like many other such phrases but....I was just wondering if that's offensive. I'm not gay or bisexual so I'm pretty out of the loop, so to speak...and I've never heard my nephew use the term...and he's the gay person that I have the most contact with (I'd ask him but his phone's shut off at the moment). So anyway, gay posters here...are y'all ok with that word?

I looked it up, and I guess it's becoming a more accepted word...but it also seems like something that could vary greatly depending on the individual...in any case, I'm not about to just start tossing it around. That's why I was kinda shocked to see it in a headline..[/quote]

It's a fair question Fraid, especially since it seems like forever it was 100% slur, but for a while now it's been reclaimed and used to encompass the entire non-straight community. Probably because it's a far better descriptor for being non-straight than "non-straight", and also probably because it rolls off the tongue better than LBGT.
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ASeems strange that the gay community would choose THAT word to reclaim because when it's used in ANY other context it seems to carry with it the implication that something is "wrong" or "not normal."
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AIt's not always purely pejorative. The Brits have a softer spin on it, where it just means "weird." Although that's falling by the wayside as the LGBTQ meaning gains prominence.

There's an old aphorism "There's nowt as queer as folk," which means "People are weird and life is a rich tapestry." It's also where the TV show(s) got their name.
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http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/11/asia/a...index.html



Too early in the morning for me to properly assess this, but it's a tricky one.

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A district attorney race in Texas got a little ugly:



http://www.click2houston.com/news/da-and...-interview



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AThe obvious rebuttal question is to ask how lesbians practice law differently from anyone else.
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I mostly bring this sexting story up because the teen was a minor regarding federal message laws at the time (17 is the age of consent in Louisiana), but the interview is certainly worth a watch:



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike...6056007d68



Mike Yenni has been investigated before for sexting men and women.

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A Florida man with a mental illness threatened a progressive church that tried to help him with a Pulse-style attack because it has helped the LGBT community:



https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post...097966ee14



The man has mental issues, but I bring this up because who knows what would've happened if people hadn't seen his Facebook posts?

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Married photographers go to court so they don't have to shoot same-sex wedding photos - http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/08/health/wedding-video-same-sex-couple-lawsuit-trnd/index.html?sr=twCNN120916wedding-video-same-sex-couple-lawsuit-trnd0635AMVODtopLink&linkId=32131763

As someone else noted, their picture looks like a same-sex wedding photo:

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North Carolina's bathroom bill could be ended, but it's already come at a price:



http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/...story.html



Republicans said they'll roll back the law only if Charlotte got rid of its ordinance.  Charlotte did so.  If Republicans will follow through with their promise remains to be seen (they've been melting down lately).

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A man who owns a Papa John's berated a gay couple for hugging:



http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/you-gay-...r-hugging/

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North Carolina's bathroom bill could be ended, but it's already come at a price:



http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/...story.html



Republicans said they'll roll back the law only if Charlotte got rid of its ordinance.  Charlotte did so.  If Republicans will follow through with their promise remains to be seen (they've been melting down lately).


​So, um, this isn't surprising, but the North Carolina legislature adjourned without repealing the bathroom bill.  Then, Republicans tried to blame Democrats days after Charlotte dropped the ordinance per the deal.  It's almost as if trusting North Carolina Republicans is foolish or something.



Seriously, what the fuck were Democrats thinking here?  They just won the governorship in part because of the bathroom bill and the LGBT community rallying around the party, but they went along with Republicans on this anyway.  And, in return, the same state party that just threw a temper tantrum because they lost the governorship went back on the deal.



Of course, people should be pissed off at the Republican Party, but Dems sort of threw the LGBT community under the bus here, thinking that the North Carolina GOP still believed in political norms, despite the glaring evidence that it doesn't.

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A transgender boy says he was kicked out of the Boy Scouts in New Jersey:



http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-...FB_CHBrand

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Missouri's LGBT community is bracing for a tougher legislature next year:



http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-...68379.html

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ICE is currently holding a trans activist in a private prison with a bad reputation for violence against LGBT people:



http://chicagoist.com/2016/12/30/ice_is_...cal_tr.php

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas is having a presser unveiling his own bathroom bill.  Here's the handout people were receiving beforehand:



https://twitter.com/PatrickSvitek/status...8198584321



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AThere's no money in public schools either, but it's not like we're ignoring...oh wait.
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Here's an article on Texas' bathroom bill:



http://www.dallasnews.com/news/lgbt/2017...hroom-bill



Dallas and Austin already have laws that protect transgender people, and they would be nullified.



The Texas State Chamber of Commerce has projected that the state will lose approximately $8.5 billion in GDP and about 185,000 jobs if the bill passes.

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John Kerry issued a formal apology for the State Department's past discrimination of the LGBT community:



https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/...266711.htm

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While John Kerry looks to make amends, Alabama has a different idea:



http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/09/alabam...ium=Social



Yep, Alabama's very own bathroom bill will require businesses in the state that have gender neutral bathrooms to hire attendants to guard the stalls.

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A[quote name="Iron Maiden" url="/community/t/150230/lgbt-thread/120#post_4205654"]While John Kerry looks to make amends, Alabama has a different idea:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/09/alabama-considers-placing-attendants-in-bathroom-in-latest-trans-bathroom-bill/?utm_campaign=atdailycaller&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

Yep, Alabama's very own bathroom bill will require businesses in the state that have gender neutral bathrooms to hire attendants to guard the stalls.
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Clearly no Battlestar Galactica fans in the Alabama legislature.

No joke, but one of the most subtle and awesome things about that show was the completely matter-of-fact treatment of gender and sexual equality.

Everyone showered together, because who gives a fuck when you're all adults. Women had sexual agency and got in the boxing ring with men because again who gives a fuck.

Never a preachy episode on any of it either - just the way it was.

Not a derail, just recently rewatched and seemed pertinent. Carry on.
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AI'd say 85% of future-set sci-fi treats basic human equality as a done deal. Even various dystopias tend to be based on economics rather than race or gender.

It's something to shoot for. It's why I choose speculative fiction.
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