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Rachel Maddow: How The ‘Ex-Gay’ Movement Has Harmed Every Gay Person’s Life

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Rachel Maddow last night delivered two excellent and in-depth segments about the “ex-gay” movement, how it came into being, and why the anti-gay right has been able to ruin lives because of so-called “ex-gay” science. Frankly, there is so much “connecting the dots” here, even I learned a lot.

Many modern-day LGBTs simply ignore news about the “ex-gay” movement because it’s quackery, but Maddow explains how anti-gay hate groups are actuality based on research from Dr. Robert L. Spitzer and others.

Maddow also interviews Gabriel Arana, who broke the story about Dr. Spitzer denouncing his 2001 study, thus effectively debunking the entire ex-gay industry. Arana’s story in The America Prospect, “My So-Called Ex-Gay Life,” may be Pulitzer-worthy. It’s that important.

What does the ex-gay industry have to do with you? Every anti-gay hate group, every anti-gay organization, much of religion, basically everyone who denounces homosexuality and LGBT rights, like marriage equality and the right to serve in the military, or the right to not be fired for being gay, stems from the ex-gay industry and their “work.”

This is the must-see TV you must watch. It’s fascinating and shocking and if more people knew about this, the state of LGBT rights and acceptance would be decades ahead.

You must watch both!

And after, read Wayne Besen’s excellent piece: “Commentary: Still the Iconoclast, Dr. Robert Spitzer Renounces His Infamous ‘Ex-Gay’ Study.”

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Ellison to Charge Three Other Ex-Officers Involved in George Floyd’s Killing and Increase Charge Against Chauvin

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will charge three fired Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, and will elevate the charges against the other fired officer, Derek Chauvin.

Charges against Chauvin will be increased from third degree murder to second degree murder.

“The other three officers at the scene — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — will also be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, according to the sources, who spoke on conditions of anonymity,” the Star Tribune reports.

“Thao was recorded watching as Chauvin continued to press on Floyd’s neck with his knee. Kueng was one of the first officers on the scene and helped pin Floyd down. Lane was detailed in earlier charges as pointing a gun at Floyd before handcuffing, and later asked whether officers should roll Floyd on his side as he was restrained.”

Floyd died of “mechanical asphyxiation,” an independent autopsy commissioned by the Floyd family concluded on Monday.

Ellison (photo) took over the case on Sunday.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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CDC Agreed to Work on Trump Campaign’s MAGA-Themed Face Masks – As Hospitals Were Desperate for COVID-19 Tests: NYT

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this past March reportedly agreed to help consult with Trump administration officials on the design of “Make America Healthy Again” face masks that would be given out to promote both public health and President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

The New York Times reports that Trump administration official in March “asked the agency to provide feedback on possible logos — including ‘Make America Healthy Again’ — for cloth face masks they hoped to distribute to millions of Americans.”

The initiative eventually fell through, but once source tells the Times that “CDC leaders agreed to the request.”

The discussion about Trump-branded face masks came at a time when hospitals across the United States were desperate to have more COVID-19 testing kits and protective gear for their staff members who were struggling to handle a surge in hospitalizations at the start of a pandemic that would go on to kill more than 100,000 Americans in less than three months.

“They let us down,” Dr. Stephane Otmezguine, an anesthesiologist who treated COVID-19 patients in Florida, tells the Times.

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Former President Barack Obama to Address the Nation on the Killing of George Floyd and the Nationwide Protests

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Former President Barack Obama will address the nation on Wednesday afternoon at 5 PM ET to discuss the killing of George Floyd and the protests that have taken over the nation. The broadcast will be part of a town hall, and will be live-streamed on his official website.

“It will be part of the former president’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Town Hall’ series, and with Obama will be former Attorney General Eric Holder along with other activists who are fighting for reform in policing,” NBC affiliate WTHR reports.

The former President over the past few days has been advocating for change via social media, and in a post on Medium:

It does not appear his remarks will be carried by the cable news networks.

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