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After Being Called ‘Faggot’ NBA Ref Comes Out To ‘Send A Message’ To Young Athletes



An NBA referee is being called a “hero” after being called a “faggot” by a player on the court. And he’s doing it to send a strong message to young athletes.

Bill Kennedy is an NBA referee. On December 3 he issued a technical foul to Sacramento Kings point guard Rajon Rondo. After Boston Celtics’ player Isaiah Thomas “shot the free throw, Rondo walked over to Kennedy and kept talking to him. Kennedy gave him a second technical foul and ejected him from the game,” Deadspin reports today.

And that’s when “Rondo called Kennedy a faggot, and multiple people on the court heard the slurs.”

Those slurs, specifically, according to Yahoo Sports, were:

“You’re a mother———- faggot. … You’re a f——— faggot, Billy.”

Rondo also, according to the report, “aggressively pursued” Kennedy.

Here’s the video. Kennedy is #55.

Now, Bill Kennedy is making an important statement.

“I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man,” Kennedy told Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. 

“I am following in the footsteps of others who have self-identified in the hopes that will send a message to young men and women in sports that you must allow no one to make you feel ashamed of who you are,” Kennedy said.

This is the most important issue when public figures come out.

In America today, so many people, especially, believe it or not, LGBT people, think coming out is not a big deal, it should not be reported on, and even, “who cares?” is tossed around, a lot – and by LGBT people sometimes, stunningly.

But Kennedy knows better, and, I suspect, most LGBT people do too.

NBA Player Who Called Ref A ‘F****t’ Says He ‘Didn’t Mean To Offend,’ Offers No Apology

Rajon Rondo, NBA Player Who Called Ref A ‘F****t’ Literally Copied His Non-Apology From Kobe Bryant

We know all too well that 40 percent of homeless children and teens are LGBT – often because their parents threw them out, literally, threw them away.

We know that LGBT people in general, but LGBTQ youth and teens especially think about and even attempt suicide far more than their non-LGBTQ peers.

And we know that internalized homophobia can play a huge role in this. Even when LGBTQ youth and teens are accepted by their friends, and their family, they don’t always accept themselves. And that can be disastrous.

Mashable today, in their report on Kennedy’ statement, calls him a “hero.”

“Comments like Rondo’s show there’s still a very strong stigma around homosexuality in the professional sports world, despite pubic declarations of support from league brass and marketing campaigns,” Mashable’s Sam Laird writes.

“That’s why Kennedy’s announcement is such a big deal. He didn’t just come out — he directly and publicly rebuked the culture that discourages people like him from living freely in the first place.”

Some may scoff at the “hero” claim, but if you are doing something that saves lives, I can think of no better word.

Let’s not forget, too, that equality for LGBT people may be a making advances in America, but the entire Republican presidential field is not only opposed to same-sex marriage, many, like Marco Rubio yesterday, are promising to install anti-gay justices on the Supreme Court to overturn the marriage decision.

And in well over 70 countries, being LGBT is illegal. In several, not only is it illegal, the penalty is death.

American sports are watched in nearly every country around the globe. When a figure like a player or a referee comes out, it changes the conversation and allows tolerance to slowly move in. And that, again, can save lives.


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Top Democrats Renew Call to End Anti-Gay Blood Ban as Red Cross Announces First-Ever National Shortage Crisis



Last week the Red Cross issued its first-ever warning of a blood shortage so dire it is calling it a “national crisis.” In response 22 top Democratic Senators signed a letter urging the FDA to once and for all end the ban on men who have sex with men donating blood.

The nearly four-decade old ban was instituted during the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis. In 2015 the FDA reduced the complete and total ban to one where gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men could donate blood if they had abstained from sexual activity for one year. In 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic raged, threatening blood shortages, the FDA moved to a three-month prohibition.

“If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, life-saving blood may not be available for some patients when it is needed,” warns the Red Cross, citing a 34 percent drop in supply, CBS News reports.

“Any policy that continues to categorically single out the LGBTQ+ community is discriminatory and wrong,” the group of 22 top Democrats, led by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), say in their letter. “Given advances in blood screening and safety technology, a time-based policy for gay and bisexual men is not scientifically sound, continues to effectively exclude an entire group of people, and does not meet the urgent demands of the moment.”

Blood Shortage MSM Donor Deferral Letter FDA HHS Jan 2022 Final by David Badash on Scribd


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‘Unprecedented’: Trump Tried to ‘Exert Extreme Partisan Influence Over the Census Bureau’ Docs Reveal



The Trump administration tried to exert tremendous influence over the 2020 Census, which is now being used in a nationwide redistricting program, often handing Republicans even stronger gerrymandered congressional districts and in some cases attempting to dissolve districts of Democratic members of Congress, while eliminating some majority-Black districts.

Then-President Donald Trump was directly and possibly “illegally” involved, as The Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law School’s nonprofit public policy institute, reports. The Trump administration also worked directly with an anti-immigrant group that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of nativist hate groups, a “think tank” devoted to anti-immigration efforts, and with an individual known for “promoting voter suppression efforts.”

“The Trump administration attempted to exert extreme partisan influence over the Census Bureau,” The Brennan Center reveals . It filed multiple Freedom of Information requests with at least ten federal agencies and was forced to sue the Trump administration when it unlawfully refused to produce the requested documents.

The Brennan Center adds that “career Bureau officials pushed back at those attempts. An email among senior officials at the Census Bureau from September 14, 2020, discusses the Commerce Department’s ‘unusually high degree of engagement in technical matters, which is unprecedented.'”

“Other records suggest that the Commerce Department planned to have Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross [photo, above] make personal calls to Republican state governors to urge them to provide state administrative records to the Census Bureau to ‘enhance the frame from which citizenship status is determined.’ (The Brennan Center did not uncover evidence that Commerce planned to make similar calls to Democratic governors.)”

Citing a “a complete lack of public transparency,” The Brennan Center reports “President Trump issued a memo in July 2020 stating that he would illegally attempt to remove undocumented populations from the apportionment count due at the end of December 2020.”

The Trump administration collected or attempted to collect an unprecedented amount of personal data targeting usesrs of welfare programs from dozens of states: “28 states had entered into agreements to share Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) records with the Bureau, 21 to share Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) records, 30 to share Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) records, and three to share driver’s license data.”

Our FOIA records show Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, emailing directly with Secretary Ross in December 2019. The Center for Immigration Studies is an organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-immigrant hate group that “has a decades-long history of circulating racist writers, while also associating with white nationalists.” The email also refers to a call from Secretary Ross.

The Center for Immigration Studies was founded by eugenicist and white nationalist John Tanton.

“Commerce Department employees were also engaging with the anti-immigrant Heritage Foundation,” The Brennan Center adds. “An email chain shows a Commerce Department official putting political appointee Nathaniel Cogley into direct contact with Heritage’s Hans Von Spakovsky, an individual the Brennan Center has previously flagged for his extensive background promoting voter suppression efforts.”


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‘You Singlehandedly Blocked the Emmett Till Antilynching Act’: Rand Paul Scorched Over His MLK ‘Commemoration’



Many House and Senate lawmakers are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today, but social media users are correcting the record of so many Republicans who are trying to use the late, great American civil rights leader and icon as a shield for their own egregious attacks on civil rights and Black Americans.

Take, for example, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, who posted this tweet attempting to paint himself as a bipartisan actor “working together for change” – which many were quick to provide proof of how he is not:

Sen. Paul’s Democratic challenger in the upcoming 2022 race, Charles Booker, offered some of the best examples:

Several others joined in to chastise the right wing Senator:


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