The Womenâ€™s March ‘Set the Tone With Their Leadership and It Is Our Intention as a Community to Follow Their Lead and Play Our Part’
Drawing inspiration from last weekâ€™s Women’s March on the capital â€“ and in hundreds of cities around the world â€“Â activist David Bruinooge has begun planning The National Pride March, an LGBT march of solidarity on Washington, D.C. Coinciding with D.C.â€™s Pride event the march is scheduled for June 11, 2017.
â€œI thought the gay community should be doing something like [the Womenâ€™s March] to follow up on the momentum,â€ Bruinooge, an openly gay New York resident told the Washington Blade. He cited that he was inspired by the countryâ€™s women who â€œ[took] to the street [to get] their voices heard.â€ D.C.â€™s Womenâ€™s March in particular, which was echoed in 60 countries and on seven continents, became the largest inauguration-related demonstration in U.S. history and easily exceeded the attendance of Donald Trumpâ€™s inauguration.
â€œThey set the tone with their leadership and it is our intention as a community to follow their lead and play our part,â€ The National Pride March Facebook event page reads, advising that the event is all-inclusive and peaceful. Bruinooge said that he chose June 11 for the event as it coincides with D.C.â€™s Capital Pride Festival, which reportedly had an estimated 275,000 in attendance in 2016.
Bruinooge contacted Ryan Bos, the executive director of the Capital Pride Alliance, who expects the march and the D.C. Pride events to complement one another, with the intent that the march begin in the morning and end at the site of the Pride festival. â€œ[Capital Pride Alliance] obviously [has] the infrastructure and the mass support to help this become a reality,â€ Bruinooge said.
The LGBT community is no stranger to marching on the nationâ€™s capital. The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the first major LGBT march on D.C., took place on October 14, 1979, partly in response to the assassination of openly gay politician Harvey Milk. The last, the National Equality March in 2009, took place on October 11 of that year and coincided with National Coming Out Day.
The Trump Administration is already no stranger to protests and demonstrations, and many members of the LGBT community joined the Womenâ€™s March, in D.C. and across the world. So why now, and why should the LGBT community take the lead on visible opposition to the current administration?
Setting aside Mike Pence, arguably the most anti-LGBT politician in modern U.S. history, and even the twelve bills that have been filed across nine states targeting transgender people, one need only look to this small sampling of post-election examples to find the answer:
1.Â Potential Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Donald Trump nominated Jeff Sessions for the role of Attorney General. Sessions, whose past racially-charged comments kept him from being confirmed to the federal bench, has voted for a Constitutional ban on marriage equality, against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, spoke in opposition to SCOTUSâ€™ ruling on marriage equality, voted against repealing â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tell,â€ and even voted against the Violence Against Women Act and against expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation, gender and disability. If confirmed, Sessions would lead the U.S. Department of Justice, which is tasked with the fair and impartial administration of justice.
2.Â Potential Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Donald Trump nominated Tom Price for the role of Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price falselyÂ said that â€œpromoting the homosexual agendaâ€ has a â€œtremendous medical health impact and economic impact.â€ He also voted against repealing the ban on LGB people serving openly in the military, against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and called SCOTUSâ€™ ruling on marriage equality â€œnot only a sad day for marriage, but a further judicial destruction of our entire system of checks and balances.â€ If confirmed, Price would be responsible for overseeing nearly 80,000 employees, and be responsible for policy across the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
3.Â LGBT Youth are experiencing a spike in bullying and harassment.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released the results of its post-election survey of 50,000 people, ages 13-18, which is believed to be the largest survey conducted of its kind. The survey found that 70% of respondents have witnessed bullying, hate messages or harassment since the election. Over the last 30 days, 50% of transgender youth reported feeling worthless most of the time, with 36% having personally been bullied or harassed and 56% percent having changed their self-expression or future plans due to the election. Almost 50% of LGBT youth said that theyâ€™d taken steps to hide their sexual orientation or delay their coming out.
Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos for the role of Secretary of Education, who donated $200,000 to Michiganâ€™s ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage, and whose family donated more than $800,000 in funding to Focus on the Family, an anti-LGBT organization which supports conversion therapy to change a personâ€™s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
4.Â Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Gore.
Donald Trump selected John Gore for the key role in the Department of Justiceâ€™s Civil Rights Division. Gore defended the University of North Carolina in its legal challenge to the stateâ€™s anti-LGBT law HB2. â€œHB2 places transgender North Carolinians in harm’s way and bans cities from passing non-discrimination protections, which has cost the state more than $600 million,â€ HRCâ€™s Legal Director Sarah Warbelow released in a statement. â€œPresident Trump appears to be assembling an anti-LGBTQ team to lead the very agency charged with ensuring every American is protected from discrimination.â€
I will be making my Supreme Court pick on Thursday of next week.Thank you!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Donald Trump announced (unsurprisingly) via Twitter that he will name his nominee for the Supreme Court next week. While Trump said he is â€œfineâ€ with same-sex marriage because itâ€™s â€œsettled law,â€ moments later he spoke in opposition to â€œsettled lawâ€ in Roe v. Wade. Heâ€™s previously vowed to nominate a justice â€œin the moldâ€ of the late, vehemently anti-LGBT Justice Antonin Scalia, and last week met with a judge believed to be one of his top candidates for the position: a man who has likened same-sex sex to â€œprostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia.â€
Given that the State Department website has removed John Kerryâ€™s historic apology to former State Department employees who were fired for being perceived as LGBT, and given that at the time of this publication, the Trump Administration has yet to replace any mention of the LGBT community that it removed from the White House website, itâ€™s clear that the LGBT community must stand together in solidarity.
â€œWe urge all supporters, friends, and family to descend on D.C. for the Pride 2017 weekend (June 8-11th) to make sure our voices are heard,â€ The National Pride Marchâ€™s event page reads. â€œIf you cannot attend the March in Washingtonâ€¦ we urge you to reach out to your local Pride organizations to assist in creating solidarity through your existing Pride events. Letâ€™s make this truly a â€˜National Pride Marchâ€™ that spreads from coast to coast and shows solidarity through our Pride movement.â€
At the date of this publication, the National Pride March event page lists that 17,000 people will be attending, with 70,000 interested in the event. Additional event details can be found at their event page, here.
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‘Jesus Was Not a Socialist!’ Fox News Panel Explodes Over Jesus Christ’s Political Views
Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was “more of a socialist” than a capitalist.
During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is “antithetical to Christianity.”
But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.
“We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison.”
“You do not have to be a socialist to be a Christian!” Jeffress shot back. “Socialism is antithetical to Christianity and if they nominate Bernie Sanders, they are not going to be able to attract any faith voters.”
“I totally disagree,” Dawkins-Haigler retorted. “People would have said that Jesus was more of a socialist than anybody we’re talking about today.”
The remarks stopped Fox News host Pete Hegseth cold.
“Why was Jesus a socialist?” he exclaimed.
“Because Jesus did not sit with the establishment, he overturned tables of the tax collectors, he sat with people who were lepers,” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “He made sure he healed people who people thought should not have been healed.”
“So we have to be very careful how we use this language and try to take ownership of who God is,” she added.
“That’s a big claim,” Hegseth interrupted again, giving the floor to Jeffress.
“No! Jesus was not a socialist!” Jeffress opined. “He said render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s. He was compassionate. Church is to be compassionate, but you don’t have to believe in socialism, which is nothing but communism light and is absolutely is opposed to everything that is Christian.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses
President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.
Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.
National security adviser Robert O’Brien tells ABC in interview to air tomorrow that he hasn’t seen any evidence of Russia seeking to help Trump. Asked whether Russia might be helping Sanders, he says reports could be credible. “That’s no surprise. He honeymooned in Moscow.”
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 22, 2020
O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:
It is disgraceful for the national security advisor to lie about intelligence and spin it into a partisan attack. Trump will use the full weight of the intelligence community to try and win this election. https://t.co/aDu0uGWGmK
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) February 22, 2020
Trump doesn't have advisers anymore, only enablers.
— Cam Kay (@canmore2018) February 22, 2020
The next phase is starting and it's scary.
— JeriB (@knittingamma) February 22, 2020
I'm sorry. THIS is not a security advisor response. This is a Trump edict. The facts have been shredded.
— Patriot🇺🇸Citizenmdg (@Clancy_Dew) February 22, 2020
So even the NSA is just a campaign hack for Trump now
— Mark Gray (@rich29uk) February 22, 2020
Such a good little Trump soldier.
— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) February 22, 2020
Aaaand, the ruse is over before it begins. O'Brien is no national security advisor. He's just a Trump schill & our nation is less safe as a result.
— Jeff Meyer (@meyerjef) February 22, 2020
Can anyone really trust anything trumps installed cronies have to offer anymore?
— James Lewis (@jlewis019) February 22, 2020
Such an odd talking point.
Yes, Bernie Sanders celebrated his honeymoon in Russia.
But if you think that matters, wouldn’t you point out that President Trump hosted the Miss Universe pageant there in 2013 and has sought to build a Trump Tower in Moscow? https://t.co/zp7I9HHI4V
— Shelby Holliday (@shelbyholliday) February 22, 2020
I know the Trumpsters think they are being terribly clever here. But this only amplifies that Sanders directly condemned any interference while Trump can't even muster the gentlest criticism of Putin. The contrast is really something… https://t.co/dq02sXikNn
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) February 22, 2020
politicization of US intel agencies kicking into high gear with eight months to go https://t.co/g7A8xfrYdz
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) February 22, 2020
Yes Sanders honeymooned in Moscow as opposed to Trump who held a beauty pageant in Moscow, took money from Moscow investors, hired aides linked to Moscow, heaped praise on Putin, and publicly asked Russia to get his opponent’s emails in the midst of the 2016 election campaign. https://t.co/4uThdP4GB3
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 22, 2020
To keep your job in the Trump administration you have to act like a partisan hack even in jobs that were not traditionally held by hacks. Grenell will fit right in with O’Brien and Pompeo. https://t.co/ASgriIKMXm
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) February 22, 2020
This NSA may not know much about foreign policy but he certainly knows how to deliver talking points written by his boss. https://t.co/hdUkrTyYIc
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 22, 2020
This will get worse. Using intelligence agencies to attack Democratic rivals. Also, has Trump ever admitted Russia interfered? Criticized Putin? Nope? Thought so. https://t.co/LuINoUFH5f
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 22, 2020
Weird, because Robert O'Brien said in 2016 during the primaries that Trump had a "bromance" with Putin and that Trump played up, "how chummy he will be with Vladimir Putin if he is elected."https://t.co/hR7JRvURzA
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) February 22, 2020
Internet Heaps Praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for His ‘Must Watch’ Destruction of Rod Blagojevich
CNN’s Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his “fiery rebuke” of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were “bullsh*t.”
During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.
Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.
As former President Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich put it: “At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper ‘s fiery rebuke of Blagojevich’s narrative could not have been more necessary. This is what real journalism looks like.”
You can see similar comments — as well as video — below:
At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper's fiery rebuke of Blagojevich's narrative could not have been more necessary.
This is what real journalism looks like. https://t.co/gjO4CW2aFH
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 22, 2020
1. To completely lack empathy for disenfranchised people to the point of malice until you, yourself, are forcibly placed in the exact same position as the people in question
2. To get your ass handed to you on live TV by Anderson Cooper
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) February 22, 2020
I could watch this 1,000 times. Bravo Anderson Cooper. This is the kind of take down I expect from you at all times.pic.twitter.com/FhztC95Atd
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 22, 2020
Listen & learn from Anderson Cooper. Journalists interviewing Donald Trump must confront his lies w/ total, in-your-face, incisive criticism. America’s absurd acquiescence to Trump’s frauds & media manipulations end now. Force the issues. Demand answers.
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) February 22, 2020
Oh my god. I’m finally watching this. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Anderson Cooper this livid. Even when he was calling out that homophobe attorney general in Florida. Wow. https://t.co/vFySKr5rAe
— John Aravosis🇺🇸 (@aravosis) February 22, 2020
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 22, 2020
I am floored by Anderson Cooper’s masterful interview of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He laser focused on Blago’s incredible hubris, hypocrisy, and lies.
He did everything but make the shriveled up ex-con beg for mercy.
This segment should be shown in all journalism classes. pic.twitter.com/OtEj9LpJuv
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) February 22, 2020
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) February 22, 2020
Cathartic. A display of real, passionate journalism and truth-telling by @andersoncooper. He deserves a lot of credit here.
*This* is what we should be incentivizing in reporting. Not robotic neutrality.
The audience cares when the journalists care.https://t.co/GQ6QgMeA18
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) February 22, 2020
In the age of Trump, scumbags thrive.
They all run the same Trump playbook of acting like they’re the real victims.
Watching Anderson Cooper not let Blagojevich get away with it is a small win for decency. https://t.co/s7c7261lNR
— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) February 22, 2020
Anderson Cooper went to TOWN on Rod Blagojevich: "you have an obligation…to admit what you did was wrong…you're creating a whole new alternate universe of facts and that may be big in politics today, but it's still frankly just bullshit." pic.twitter.com/87c1Fkg0rN
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 22, 2020
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