President Barack Obama made history Tuesday night by acknowledging and mentioningÂ lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in his State of the Union address.
It was an exciting evening, andÂ an historic evening, as President Barack Obama delivered a rousing, optimistic, and feisty State of the Union address. While all the world is talking about his unscripted slam of Republicans, who cheered when he announced he has no more campaigns to run (“IÂ know, because I won both of them” was his quick retort,) more important was the President’s acknowledgment ofÂ lesbian, bisexual and transgender people for the first time ever in aÂ State of the Union address.
“As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when weâ€™re threatened, which is why Iâ€™ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained,” the President told Congress. “Itâ€™s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world.Â Itâ€™s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims â€“ the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace.Â Thatâ€™s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.Â We do these things not only because theyâ€™re right, but because they make us safer.” Â
“I listened to the State of the Union with bated breath. President Obama’s public recognition of transgender people in his State of the Union address was historic,” Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center in California,Â told The Huffington Post. “It is time for the American public to become aware of our stories and struggles both at home and around the globe.”
Twitter certainly noticed too:
“We condemn the persecution of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.” Obama making first #SOTU reference to trans people.
â€” Janet Mock (@janetmock) January 21, 2015
This is the first time an American president has said transgender in the State of the Union. It’s both a small and a huge step forward #SOTU
â€” Sara Lang (@SaraLang) January 21, 2015
â€” Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 21, 2015
Instagram, lesbian, transgender, were used for the first time in a #SOTU address
â€” Sunni (@SunniAndTheCity) January 21, 2015
First-ever #SOTU mentions of lesbian, gay, transgender. Also: Instagram.
â€” JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) January 21, 2015
â€” Calvin Fleming (@calvinfleming) January 21, 2015
Boehner snorted four times when Obama said â€œgay, lesbian, bsexual and transgenderâ€ #SOTU
â€” Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) January 21, 2015
Our president just used the word transgender in #SOTU.
â€” Aimee Giese (@Greeblehaus) January 21, 2015
Image: Screenshot via YouTube
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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre
On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.
CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.
“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.
“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.
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Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
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Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
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The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
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