“HIV Carriers”: Trump’s National HIV Testing Day Statement

Trump and the AIDS epidemic - National HIV Testing Day statement

In what may be his first statement this month relating to any LGBTQ-adjacent issue, Donald Trump issued a statement today as a part of National HIV Testing Day. That statement not only omitted LGBTQ people, but labeled HIV+ persons as “carriers” of the disease. The statement doesn’t come as a surprise since he’s on schedule to potentially bring back the AIDS […]

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Supreme Court To Hear Case About LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Masterpiece Cakeshop

Yesterday the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. At the center of that case lies the question: does a private business have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people? We’ve covered Masterpiece at each stage of its legal journey over the years as business owner Jack Phillips insisted his religious beliefs should […]

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Religious Liberty And the Marketplace

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Most of us have heard the military admonition against “fighting the last war.” The point is obvious: generals and political actors need to evaluate and respond to the reality in which they live; getting stuck in the past–fighting the last war– is a formula for failure.That admonition also suggests one way of analyzing America’s current political situation. Much of our […]

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Mississippi Religious Liberty Bill HB1523 To Become Law

Mississippi HB1523

Despite at two lawsuits filed to stop it, Mississippi HB 1523 (also known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act”) may become law thanks to a federal appeals court ruling this week. The bill enables legal discrimination against same-sex couples, transgender men and women, and any unmarried couple who engages in sexual relations outside the boundaries of marriage. […]

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Why Democrats Lose: It’s All About Turnout

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Many Americans are convinced that gerrymandering–while admittedly a bipartisan offense–  has operated since 2011 to given Republicans power vastly disproportionate to their vote margins. (If you don’t believe that, read Ratf***ked). I for one am thrilled that the Supreme Court will take up the issue during its coming term, and I’m cautiously optimistic that the new statistical and analytical tools […]

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Trump: Making The AIDS Epidemic Great Again

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Throughout his short time in office, Donald Trump has done everything in his power to harm efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. These concerns began the during the inauguration when the digital transition not only removed all existing non-partisan information on AIDS awareness from the White House website, but also failed to keep the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) page active. […]

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Hate, not Economic Despair: Trump’s Rural American Victory

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As I noted yesterday, sociologists and historians tell us that economic insecurity and inequality provide fertile soil for racial and cultural resentments. Economic stresses don’t create those resentments, however. Like everything else, economic conditions are experienced through a cultural lens–that is, how we interpret economic circumstances and react to them depends upon the value structures and worldviews of the people doing the interpreting. When […]

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GA GOP Candidate Karen Handel Attacks LGBTQ Adoption Rights

Karen Handel

On the day before the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the Republican party’s efforts to elect Karen Handel are taking on new life from using Obama’s voice out of context to attack Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to using the shooting in Arlington to demonize all Democrats as violent and dangerous. Adding to that hyperbolic campaigning is a fundamental policy […]

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Google Trends & Hate Data: Not a Pretty Picture

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Vox recently reported on a research project that led to publication of a book titled “Everyone Lies.” If you are one of those people who suspects that humanity is filled with people who are anything but noble, it’s apparently the book for you. Stephens-Davidowitz was working on a PhD in economics at Harvard when he became obsessed with Google Trends, a […]

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