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Win A Free Copy Of One Of The Most Important Books About The LGBT Civil Rights Movement



Michelangelo Signorile’s new book, “It’s Not Over,” launches today. Here’s how you can win a free copy.

Veteran journalist Michelangelo Signorile hasn’t just been writing about the LGBT civil rights movement for decades, he’s been helping to move it forward.

I first met Mike in 2009, about a year after The New Civil Rights Movement launched. Mike graciously invited me onto his SiriusXM radio show to talk about The Great Nationwide Kiss-In, an event I created to respond to the growing number of same-sex couples who were arrested just for kissing in public. At the time it felt like an epidemic, and it was not only ridiculous that it was happening, but these arrests were “illegal,” because there was no law to support them. 

Mike was kind and gracious and generous and helpful, and truly interested in what we were doing. 

And that’s Mike. Today, not only does he have his SiriusXM radio show, now on their Progress channel, but he’s the editor-at-large of the Huffington Post’s Gay Voices vertical. His editorials are always a must-read, because more than any other journalist today, Signorile consistently espouses the very accurate – even when it doesn’t feel like it – viewpoint that our fight is not over yet.

its__not_over_cover.jpgAnd that’s the point of his new book, aptly titled, It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality.

As a journalist and an advocate for LGBT and progressive issues, one of my greatest concerns has been that as soon as we win marriage, many LGBT activists, and more worrisome, many LGBT people and allies whose voices have been instrumental in the national conversation to advance equality (if you’re reading this, I’m probably talking about you!), will think it is over, and stop advocating, stop talking, stop demanding.

Mike’s book makes clear, time and time and time again, that we cannot afford to do that.

I’ll be honest: It’s a great read, but even for me, at times it made me uncomfortable, because I have sometimes thought, “Let’s not go after this issue, we’re winning, what’s the point?”

And the point is, the moment we relax, the moment we let conservatives and the religious right get away with anything, is the moment we start to lose.

Our rights are neither guaranteed nor permanent.

Some of them exist thanks to President Barack Obama’s executive orders, but we know that his successor, especially if they are a Republican, can and possibly will void those orders.

This book is, in my opinion, one of the most important books about today’s LGBT civil rights movement.

It’s a must read, and it’s a book I desperately hope everyone gets a chance to read, because we need everyone to continue the fight for equality.

If you think it’s over, you really need to read this book. If you agree it’s not, you should read it anyway and share it with others.

It’s Not Over launches today, and you can buy it now on Amazon, or at your local book store.

Mike has also generously offered to give three lucky NCRM readers a free copy.

Here’s how you can enter to win a copy of It’s Not Over:

First, make sure you have registered your email address at The New Civil Rights Movement.

Second, send us an email [ promotions at ] from that registered address, with “It’s Not Over” in the subject line. 

That’s it – totally simple.

The “contest” runs from now until Thursday at 6:00 PM ET. If we get your email before then, you are entered. If not, sorry, but go buy a copy of the book anyway – it’s worth it.


Fine print: You will need to have sent us the email from a valid email address you have access to so we can contact you if you win. We’ll need to get your name and mailing address to send you the book. If you win we will share that information with the publisher, who will send you the book.

Full disclosure: The New Civil Rights Movement is not being compensated in any way (unless you click on the link above to buy from Amazon, in which case we’ll make a few pennies, maybe) for this. We just believe in the book and have great respect for Mike Signorile.


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Fox News Host Suggests Trump ‘Force’ Court to Throw Him in Jail – by Quoting Him



The Fox News host who targeted a juror serving on Donald Trump’s criminal New York trial is now suggesting the ex-president should violate his gag order and “force” the court to throw him in jail, by quoting the Fox News host.

Jesse Watters came under fire earlier this week for profiling juror number two, sharing possibly identifying information published by a myriad of reporters but then using that information to pass judgment on her ability to serve.

“I’m not so sure about juror number two,” Watters concluded on Fox News.

Jurors, at the judge’s direction, were to remain anonymous, for their protection and the protection of the trial.

The judge excused her, after she said she felt she was not able to be impartial because friends and family were calling her asking if she had been chosen to serve on the Trump trial, after the media blitz.

New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan admonished the press for reporting the information, but some news outlets appeared to ignore his warning.

Watters on Wednesday “did a segment with a jury consultant, revealing details about people who had been seated on the jury and questioning whether some were ‘stealth liberals’ who would be out to convict Trump,” the Associated Press reported.

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Trump later posted Watters’ quote on his Truth Social platform, leading some, including New York prosecutors, to ask the judge to cite him for allegedly breaking his gag order.

Judge Merchan ordered Trump to not mention witnesses, jurors, prosecutors, court staff, or the family members of prosecutors and court staff, CNN has reported.

New York prosecutors told Juge Merchan Trump has violated the gag order at least ten times.

“Prosecutor Christopher Conroy described the ‘most disturbing’ example as a social media message Trump posted on Wednesday evening quoting a Fox News host as saying, ‘They are catching undercover Liberal Activists lying to the Judge in order to get on the Trump Jury,'” Politico reports.

That host was Jesse Watters.

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Friday afternoon, Watters appeared to egg Trump on, urging the ex-president to violate the gag order.

“I would make them put me in jail,” Watters said on Fox News. “I would have a tweet about something perhaps I said on ‘The Five’ or ‘Jesse Watters Primetime,’ and I would force them to throw me in jail.”

Watch Watters’ remark below or at this link.


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Gaetz: ‘Corrupt’ Republicans Could ‘Take a Bribe’ and Throw House to Dems, Blocking Trump Run



U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) says some of his fellow House Republicans would “take a bribe” to throw the razor-thin GOP majority to the Democrats if a far-right faction calls up a motion to oust Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, allowing Democrats to hand the gavel to the Minority Leader, Hakeem Jeffries. he warned if that happens, Democrats would immediately declare Trump ineligible to be President, pack the U.S. Supreme Court, and pass numerous laws like the American Rescue Plan.

“I do believe in a one seat majority there could be one or two or three of my colleagues who would take a bribe in one form or another in order to deprive the Republicans of a majority at all,” Gaetz said Friday on his podcast (video below.)

He added, “the risk that one or two of my corrupt Republican colleagues might take a bribe, take a walk, feign an ailment and flip this thing to the Democrats is a risk that is too high for me at this time.”

Gaetz’s fellow far-right Florida Republican member of Congress, Anna Paulina Luna, told listeners, “I heard that when, if and when the motion vacate is introduced, that there will be immediate resignations of a couple of more moderate members of Congress. And in the event that that happens, that ultimately means it does go to a Democrat speaker.”

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) last month filed a “motion to vacate,” which she can use at any time to force a vote to oust the GOP Speaker, Mike Johnson. U.S. Rep. Tim Massie (R-KY) and just today, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has signed on as co-sponsors.

Congressman Gaetz told listeners if Democrats do take the House through a force vote to remove Johnson, Democrats would “be declaring Donald Trump an insurrectionist and setting up a barrier to him being able to become the president United States.”

“That’ll be their leadoff hitter, and then the chaser to that shot will be a massive spending package that looks a lot more like the American Rescue Plan. They will blow past every concept of every cap ever imagined. You’ll be looking at Universal Basic Income, you could be looking at packing the Supreme Court.”

Watch a short clip of Gaetz’s remarks below or at this link.

READ MORE: ‘Stop Bringing Up Nazis and Hitler’: Marjorie Taylor Greene Smacked Down by Democrats

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Jeffries Vows Democrats Will Ensure Ukraine Aid Passes as Johnson Defectors Grow



Democratic House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries vowed Friday the majority of Democrats will support Republicans’ Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and Gaza foreign aid legislation as Republican Speaker Mike Johnson lost support of another member of his conference to a faction determined to oust him.

“Democrats will provide a majority of our majority as it relates to funding Israel, humanitarian assistance, Ukraine, and our allies in the Indo Pacific,” Minority Leader Jeffries said. “It remains to be seen what Republicans will do in terms of meeting the national security needs of the American people, but it was important for House Democrats to ensure that the national security bills are going to be considered.”

Despite Republicans having a one-vote majority, more Democrats on Friday voted to move the critical and long-awaited foreign aid bills forward than did Republicans.

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The 316-94 vote included 165 Democrats and 151 Republicans voting yes, and 55 Republicans and 39 Democrats voting no.

Axios’ Juliegrace Brufke posted the list of Republicans voting against their party’s legislation.

Calling it a “rare” moment in modern congressional history to have to rely on opposition party votes to pass legislation, BBC News reports Speaker Johnson’s “hold on power is tenuous, and the legislators who oppose him – and his bid to provide aid to Ukraine – occupy some key positions within the House’s power structure.”

Amid the procedural vote to move the foreign aid funding bills forward, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, a far-right Republican of Arizona, announced he is joining Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), and Congressman Tim Massie (R-KY) in formally announcing their will vote to oust Speaker Johnson.

Gosar, like Greene, is reportedly a Christian nationalist. In 2022 CNN reported his “lengthy ties to White nationalists, [a] pro-Nazi blogger and far-right fringe received little pushback for years.”

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“We’ve been very honest in our assessment of the situation from the beginning,” Jeffries on Friday also declared. “At the appropriate time as House Democrats, we will have a conversation about how to deal with any hypothetical motion to vacate.”

“Moscow Marjorie Taylor Greene, Massie, and Gosar are quite a group. But central to our conversation is to make sure that the national security legislation in totality is passed by the House of Representatives.”

Watch the videos above or at this link.


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