Atlanta Gay Bar Burkhart’s Closes Following Racist Online Posts

Burkhart's Pub in Atlanta, Georgia

Following viral national attention last month, Burkhart’s Pub in Atlanta, Georgia permanently closed this week. The uproar began after owners Palmer and Mary Marsh published explicitly racist social media postings on their personal Facebook accounts. As we reported last month, the owners publicly posted racist messages such as: “If the South had won, we would be a hell of a lot better off.” […]

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Selective Amnesia: Mike Pence’s Anti-LGBTQ Record

Adam Rippon criticizes Mike Pence over his Anti-LGBTQ Record

Mike Pence targeted the first openly gay US Winter Olympics team this week denying his record of anti-LGBTQ activism while serving as governor of Indiana. Criticizing Vice President Mike Pence’s lengthy anti-LGBTQ record, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon refused to meet with the former Indiana governor. Thereafter, Pence fired off two tweets denying his anti-LGBTQ record (calling it “fake news” and “misinformed”). Commenting […]

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Rose McGowan Launches Anti-Transgender Verbal Attack

Rose McGowan has an Anti-Transgender "Breakdown"

Rose McGowan, who has a history of transmisogyny, homophobia, and racism, went on an anti-transgender tirade at a Barnes & Noble book reading on Thursday after Transgender Advocates for Revolution founder Andi Dier asked what she was doing to support transgender survivors of sexual abuse. Dier referenced McGowan’s transmisogynistic conversation with RuPaul in which McGowan claimed that transgender women didn’t truly live […]

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Missouri: Legislation Would Restrict Marriage to Churches

GOP Rep TJ Berry proposed HB 1424 to redefine marriage.

Newly proposed legislation in Missouri would restrict the institution of marriage to those who attend church by changing the legal definition of marriage. House Bill 1424, sponsored by State Representative T.J. Berry (R), would change all mentions of marriage in Missouri law to “domestic union,” effectively reserving the term ‘marriage’ for religious institutions. Background This is the third time Berry […]

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The Shade of it All: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Season 3 Episode 1

[Given the darkest timeline nature of events over the last year, we’ve decided to institute a new weekly section called #FunFridays. Because we all need a laugh…desperately.] In case you missed it last night, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 3 kicked off last night – and it started with a bang…or rather, a few death drops, some velcro and a lot of […]

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Atlanta Gay Bar Owners Face Racism Allegations

Burkhart's Pub in Atlanta, Georgia

The owners of Burkhart’s Pub in Atlanta, Georgia face allegations of racism after social media postings dating back to 2015 emerged this week showing a troubling pattern of derogatory language about people of color. Owners Palmer and Mary Marsh – both open Trump supporters – haven’t denied allegations against them and in at least one recent Facebook post, appear to have […]

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Coming to VH1

Rupaul All Stars

[Given the darkest timeline nature of events over the last year, we’ve decided to institute a new weekly section called #FunFridays. Because we all need a laugh…desperately.] If you’ve never watched an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in its 9 years of existence, you’ve been missing one of the most important segments of the LGBTQ community condensed into reality television format. While it’s […]

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New “Religious Freedom” HHS Division Puts Women’s & LGBTQ Health at Risk

The Trump administration announced the creation of a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) division devoted to "conscience and religious freedom" (CRFD for short).

The Trump administration announced the creation of a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) division devoted to “conscience and religious freedom” (CRFD for short). Building on a steady pattern over the past year in placing the concept of religious liberty over other aspects of rule of law, the new division will be “responsible for OCR’s national conscience […]

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Vistaprint Sued For Sending Gay Couple Religious Literature

Vistaprint sued by Borg and Heasley over anti-gay religious materials sent instead of wedding programs

On the eve of their wedding, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg received a package from Vistaprint with what was supposed to be wedding programs. Instead, they received anti-LGBTQ religious material warning them about temptation entitled, ““Understanding Temptation: Fight the good fight of the faith.” After receiving the wrong materials, the couple had to place another order – at their own […]

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Trump’s Religious Freedom Day Proclamation is Problematic

Trump Religious Freedom Day proclamation

In his Religious Freedom Day proclamation, Donald Trump made a consequential and problematic statement placing religious liberty above rule of law. Were this a ceremonial gesture meant as a statement of goodwill and not one in a line of related actions and statements, it wouldn’t be cause for concern. Given this administration’s statements, actions and directives, however, today’s proclamation offers yet […]

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