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Top Broadway HIV/AIDS Group Is First To Boycott NYC Gay Hosts Of Ted Cruz By Canceling Event

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has just announced it is canceling an event it had planned for next month after the event space owners hosted a fundraiser for Ted Cruz.

When Parkview Developers Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, two gay, rich, NYC real estate magnates, decided to host a fundraising event for Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz, perhaps they didn’t understand the backlash that meeting would produce. The men, formerly a couple and now business partners, owe their fortune to the many LGBT people who frequent their gay-focused properties, including The OUT NYC, a hotel in the trendy and heavily-LGBT populated Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. The iconic XL gay bar and nightclub makes its home at The OUT NYC as well.

The pair also own a reported three-quarters of the commercial real estate in the predominantly gay-getaway of Fire Island – where they are planning an “OUTpost Pines Hotel” – along with several dozen other properties in New York City, including the NYC club 42West.

Today, decades-old non-profit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS released a statement announcing they are canceling a May event scheduled for 42West, in response to Weiderpass and Reisner’s hosting of Sen. Cruz.

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Cruz has been a vociferous and strident anti-gay activist, who only recently claimed the LGBT community and its allies who opposed Indiana’s discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act were “waging a jihad.” On Thursday, the Tea Party Republican Senator introduced legislation that would make it constitutional to ban same-sex marriage.

“It is with regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s edition of the Broadway Bares Solo Strips fundraiser, which was scheduled for May 10 at the NYC club 42West. We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community, as reflected in an April 23 New York Times story and an April 24 follow-up post,” Executive Director Tom Viola said in the statement.

“It is a rare instance where the actions of a donor negatively impacts us as an organization and potentially jeopardizes our relationship with others whose support is integral to our success,” the statement continues, suggesting that Weiderpass and Reisner’s hosting of Cruz has made them toxic to the community. “But when it does occur, in a way that’s blatantly against all we stand and work for, we can’t pretend it doesn’t come with consequences. Silence is not a neutral position. It is complicit.”

The group, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars since its inception in the late ’80s, was also quick to point out the cancelation, and distancing from Weiderpass and Reisner, was not “partisan politics or punishment,” but rather in keeping with their mission of “doing what’s right to ultimately ensure that our commitment to the men, women and children we serve cannot be questioned.”

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Busted: Steve Bannon Admits He Helped Plot Jan. 6 Trump Rally to ‘Kill Biden Presidency in the Crib’

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Conservative broadcaster Steve Bannon admitted on Wednesday that he had plotted with President Donald Trump to “kill the Biden presidency in the crib” ahead of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

During his Warroom broadcast, Bannon played clips of journalist Robert Costa and Bob Woodward explaining how events unfolded prior to the Jan. 6 riot.

“You look at January 5th, we discovered that Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist, was there at the Willard Hotel blocks from the White House with Rudy Giuliani, having an almost war-room-type meeting with other Trump allies the eve before the January 6th insurrection,” Costa recently explained to MSNBC. “And Bannon had actually been in close touch with President Trump for days before January 6th. Based on our reporting, he privately told President Trump to have a reckoning on January 6th. And he said to the president, it’s time to kill the Biden presidency in the crib.”

Bannon seemed proud to confirm that the conversation had taken place.

“Yeah, because his legitimacy,” Bannon said of Biden. “42% of the American people think that Biden did not win the presidency legitimately.”

“It killed itself,” he continued. “Just look at what this illegitimate regime is doing. It killed itself. OK? But we told you from the very beginning, just expose it, just expose it, never back down, never give up and this thing will implode.”

Watch the video below from Real America’s Voice.

 

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Far Right Pastor Says There Are More Gays Than Ever Before Thanks to a ‘Demonic Spirit That’s Come After Our Seed’

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A right wing mega-church pastor who falsely claims Donald Trump won re-election “by about 80 million votes” says more Christian children than ever before identify as LGBTQ, making clear he believes that is bad.

Pastor Kent Christmas, who shares his ministry with his wife Candy, appeared on stage before thousands of his followers and declared, “never have Christians’ children been more taken over by homosexuality, than they are right now,” as Right Wing Watch reports (video below).

The vast majority of Americans support same-sex marriage and equal rights and responsibilities for LGBTQ people.

Christmas blamed a “demonic spirit that comes after our seed” for the increase in people who identify as LGBTQ.

“If I asked each and every one of you to stand that has a son, daughter, or a niece or a nephew, or a brother or sister, that is gay, half of you would stand up in this building, because it is a demonic spirit that’s come after our seed and the church that God has raised it up in this hour is going to have authority over that.”

In 2018 Christmas acknowledged his son is gay, and said, “I know that he wasn’t born that way.”

He claims his son is no longer gay, and is now married with a wife and children.

“I watched the Holy Ghost deliver him and set him free,” Christmas said.

Last year a study published by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that “non-transgender LGB people who experienced conversion therapy were almost twice as likely to think about suicide and to attempt suicide compared to their peers who hadn’t experienced conversion therapy.”

It goes on to reveal that more than eight out of ten Americans who were subjected to dangerous conversion therapy “received it from a religious leader.”

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New Florida Surgeon General’s First Act: Allowing Students Exposed to COVID to Attend School With No Restrictions

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He hasn’t even been confirmed yet by the Florida state Senate but Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Governor Ron DeSantis‘s new Surgeon General, on Wednesday signed an executive order that changes state policy on school attendance for students who have been exposed to COVID-19.

The order, which replaces an August 6 order by Dr. Ladapo’s predecessor, declares that students who have been exposed to COVID-19 can continue attending school in-person, as long as they are asymptomatic. It also repeatedly states that parents have sole discretion on how children are educated – in person or virtually – and on masks, effectively eliminating any locally-ordered mask mandates.

“The school boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Alachua and Leon counties [had] challenged the Aug. 6 rule, which did not include the new provision about parents or legal guardians having ‘sole discretion’ about opting out of school mask requirements,” the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reports.

Those lawsuits are now effectively null and void because of the new order.

Dr. Ladapo, who opposes mask and vaccine mandates, has likened the focus on getting Americans vaccinated to a religious obsession, and supports treatment of COVID-19 with drugs that are neither approved for use against the coronavirus nor have been proven to be effective – namely the livestock-dewormer Ivermectin and the malaria-drug hydroxychloroquine. He also appeared in the infamous viral video with a discredited doctor mocked as the “Demon Sperm” physician.

 

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