U.S. Denying Visas to Gay Men Fleeing Chechnya

U.S. Denying Visas to Gay Men Fleeing Chechnya

After the world learned last month that Chechnya had at least one (if not multiple) operating concentration camps targeting gay men, one of the first questions involved how world powers would react. Knowing the harm he’s already inflicted on the LGBTQ community just within his first 100 days, LGBTQ civil rights advocates did not expect Donald Trump to offer any solace or safety to those fleeing […]

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GOP Rep Contacts a Progressive Constituent’s Employer Over Activism

After learning one of his constituents works for a bank he’s received financial support from, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) wrote a letter to punish a progressive activist for speaking out publicly against him. In a letter dated March 21, 2017, Frelinghuysen – who serves as the new chair of the House Appropriations Committee  – contacted Lakeland Bank in New Jersey about Saily Avelenda (who up until […]

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MO Rep: Distinction Between Homosexuality & “Being a Human”

Rick Brattin

During a Missouri House discussion on a bill that would make it more difficult for individuals to sue corporations for discrimination, Representative Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) explained he sees a distinction between “homosexuality” and “being a human being.” The comment came as a response to an amendment to Senate Bill 43 that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. While the failure of the amendment is newsworthy […]

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Army Secretary Nominee: Public Health Care Harms Religious Conversion [UPDATED]

Mark Green

Speaking to a church group in 2015, Trump Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green argued that government-subsidized health care prevents people from turning to religion for assistance. That, in turn, is “an injustice that’s even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state.” The Washington Examiner initially reported on the comments: Mark Green, a state senator in Tennessee, told a church […]

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Trump’s Executive Order on Religious Liberty Was Thankfully Scaled Down

religious liberty executive order signing

Today, President Trump signed an executive order on “religious liberty” — a buzz-phrase that is code for “make everyone comply with my belief system.”  In it, Trump calls for less IRS enforcement of the Johnson Amendment, which prevents churches from politicking from the pulpit, not that they’ve been very successful in enforcing it anyway.  Since the law was enacted in 1954, […]

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The Age of Inhumanity

Historians will eventually affix a label to the time period we are living through (assuming, of course, that we do live through it); my predictive powers are considerably less than optimal, but I vote for “The Age of Inhumanity”–or maybe, “The Age of Assholery.” My exhibits, from just the past couple of days: Jimmy Kimmel recently delivered an emotional monologue about his […]

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KY: Damages Case Against Kim Davis Approved by 6th Circuit

Kim Davis

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court ruling stating a gay couple discriminated against by Kim Davis – the county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky – could not sue for damages. The 6th Circuit noted the judge “erred” in ruling damages claimed by David Ermold and David Moore were “moot” because marriage equality had become law and Davis […]

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Trump To Sign “Religious Liberty” Executive Order Thursday [UPDATED]

Trump anti-LGBTQ executive order

Donald Trump is expected to sign a ‘religious liberty’ executive order (EO) this Thursday as a part of the National Day of Prayer. The EO – originally leaked in February – was widely panned because of its broad language that would allow discrimination against the LGBTQ community. According to reporting at Politico, the language of the EO “hasn’t been dialed back much—if at all—since […]

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100 Days of Trump: Where Are Key WhiteHouse.Gov Pages?

100 Days of Trump: Where Are Key WhiteHouse.Gov Pages?

During the inauguration on January 20, the digital transition between the Obama White House and Trump White House websites occurred displacing issues, studies, and entire departments. While his supporters and surrogates explained the Trump administration had just begun and that those pages would assuredly return in some form, climate change scientists, LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activists, and left-leaning pundits all wondered aloud whether Trump intended to continue […]

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Sen. Mike Enzi Rationalizes Anti-LGBTQ Violence

Mike Enzi

Following a speech last week to students in Wyoming, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) used an anecdote to rationalize violence committed against members of the LGBTQ community. The statement came as a response to a student-initiated question about how he would make Wyoming live up to its moniker as the “Equality State.” Enzi spent much of his time at the school berating […]

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