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Self-proclaimed “Queen of Media” Perez Hilton claims to have been assaulted by Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am and their operations manager early yesterday morning. Hilton admits he called Will.i.am a “f*cking f*ggot.” This, after Hilton publicly called now-former Miss California Carrie Prejean a “b*tch.” (Hilton reportedly said, “I called her the B word, but I was thinking the C word.”) Hilton reportedly used that “C word” slur back in 2006 during an argument with a photographer.

Hilton has made a career out of “outing” people and out of being crude. (Being crude includes his video on YouTube entitled, “My Penis.”) But that’s evidently not been good enough for him. Recently, Hilton posted sexually explicit photographs of screenwriter, director, film, television producer, and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black on his website. Did Black, who has done a great deal of good for the LGBT community, deserve to have private images of him having sex posted for the public to see? Could Hilton not control himself or think of what good he would do his community by not publishing the photographs?

Well, reaction to Hilton’s latest incident – sluring Will.i.am – has been swift. Those, like me, who said “Perez Hilton does not speak for me,” after the Miss California incident were lambasted. But now, it seems he’s gone too far. (Interesting, why is it the world will defend Perez Hilton even when he calls Carrie Prejean a b*tch and uses the “C word,” but when he calls Will.i.am a “f*cking f*ggot” the world finally gets it?)

The New York Times’ Jeremy W. Peters in, “Why the Gay Rights Movement Has No National Leader,” writes,

“The gay movement has always had a problem of achieving a dignity or a moral imperative that the black civil rights movement had, or the women’s rights movement claimed,” said Dudley Clendinen, who co-wrote the book “Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America” and now teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University. “Because this movement is fundamentally about the right to be sexual, it’s hard for the larger public to see that as a moral issue,” he said.

“By contrast, the moral authority that leaders like Dr. King, Ms. Friedan and Ms. Steinem could claim — and the fact that Americans did not look at them and imagine their sex lives — made it easier to build respectability with the public.

I disagree that our movement is about the right to be sexual – we don’t need anyone’s permission for that – our movement is about the right to be treated and perceived as equal. But Clendinen makes the correct point about respectability and dignity and the moral imperative of civil rights.

Perez Hilton takes all our hard work, all our struggles, and throws them out the window. Just as the DOJ’s DOMA brief took our movement back several decades, so does Hilton. Every time Perez Hilton makes news, the perception of gays and the gay rights movement suffers.

GLAAD – the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, issued a statement Monday condemning Hilton’s slur and asking “media outlets to avoid repetition of the slur in their coverage of this story.”

Does anyone else find it odd that Hilton wrote on Twitter,

Is there a gay bar that we can go to with GaGa now that like has a balcony or some place to have fun but be safe?

His next tweet was two hours later, reporting the assault:

I’m in shock. I need the police ASAP. Please come to the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel now. Please.

I checked Twitter. I couldn’t find another time Hilton asked for a “safe” place to go.

On Twitter, the hashtag sentiment “#unfollowPerezHilton” has been gaining increasing popularity.

It’s time the gay community starts to call it like it is. Equality also means treating those within our community equally. And that means not supporting those who do not support us, regardless of who they are. Perez Hilton does not help us. Perez Hilton does not support us. He is a selfish, crude, media whore. It’s time we started listening to someone who speaks for us, to us, about us, in a responsible and respectful way. In a way that helps our cause. Not hurts our dignity.

Perez Hilton does not speak for me. Perez Hilton does not represent me, or my community. It’s time the gay community started respecting itself enough to stop supporting him.

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‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”

“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”

Critics aren’t buying his claims.

Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.

“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.

“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.

“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.

Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor got up and left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”

Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.

“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up  $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.

Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:

And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”

“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then.  He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”

“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”

 

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‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns

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The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.

Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”

That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”

“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.

“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”

Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.

“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.

“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”

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Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender

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A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.

“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.

“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”

Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.

That hypothetical 18-year old, or, in the case of this week’s horrific tragedy, an actual 18-year old, buying two AR-15 style assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition within three days of their 18th birthday, gunning down 21 people including 19 elementary school children, cannot reverse any of those decisions.

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