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Over 100 Anti-LGBT Bills Introduced into State Legislatures So Far In 2023

Over 100 Anti-LGBT Bills Introduced into State Legislatures So Far In 2023

Over 100 bills targeting LGBT rights have been filed in 22 states for 2023 so far all in Republican controlled states.

Texas has taken the lead with 36 such bills, according to Equality Texas, Missouri is next with 26, then North Dakota with eight and Oklahoma with six. 

A new slate of bills targeting drag performers has also emerged, likely in response to increasing protests in the past year against children attending drag brunches or Drag Story Hour, a national program started in 2015 in which drag performers read books to children at libraries, schools and bookstores

As right-wing politicians and media outlets have mainstreamed the use of increasingly inflammatory rhetoric against the LGBT+ community in the United States (New York Magazine, 8 April 2022Vox, 21 April 2022), anti-LGBT political violence has ramped up: with incidents of political violence targeting the LGBT+ community

Legislation Proposed Banning ‘Nonbinary’ Option on Kentucky Birth Certificates

Legislation Proposed Banning ‘Nonbinary’ Option on Kentucky Birth Certificates

On Tuesday the  Kentucky’s General Assembly opened its 2023 session. First up? A pre-filed draft bill could prohibit the use of “nonbinary” designations by people who identify as such on birth certificates issued in the state. People who identify as “nonbinary” do not identify with traditional male or female genders.

The legislation, which was pre-filed as an interim draft by Republican (of course) state Rep. Bill Wesley in mid-December, would “require the biological sex designation on a birth certificate to be either male or female.” and would also prohibit a nonbinary or any other symbol representing a nonbinary designation, including the letter “X.” 

The Kentucky legislature is controlled by Republicans in both houses, but the executive branch is controlled by Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, who has been critical of and vetoed other bills related to LGBT policy.

Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia allow an option outside of male or female, according to data from Movement Advancement Project (MAP), an LGBT think tank.

57+ LGBT Candidates Are Running For Congress

57+ LGBT Candidates Are Running For Congress

Via AXIOS

A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for all levels of office this year, motivated in part by red states passing scores of laws targeting LGBTQ people. LGBTQ voters are among the fastest-growing parts of the electorate, and also have higher turnout than other voters. Yet there are only 11 out LGBTQ lawmakers serving in Congress. At least 104 LGBTQ candidates have mounted campaigns for House or Senate seats this year. Some of those campaigns have already ended, but as of last week, 57 candidates are still actively running, according to data provided to Axios by the Victory Fund, which supports and tracks LGBTQ leaders.

It’s a very safe bet that most f these are ‘blue’ in affiliation as the GOP doesn’t recognize GAY. BUT Bisexual Krysten Sinema has proved that wrong in the past. So just to be safe. RESEARCH BEFORE YOU VOTE.

NYC’s Increasingly Problematic Mayor Appoints Anti-LGBT Politician to Top Position

Mayor-elect Eric Adams pledges to make NYC 'safer' and more  'business-friendly'

BitCoins, nepotism, telling NYC businesses to open all offices COVID be damned, harassment of the homeless these are just a FEW of New York City’s new Mayor Eric Adam most recent eyebrow raising antics. But now Adam’s has crossed the line by putting anti-LGBT far right wing DINO Rev. Erick Salgado.

In 2013 Salgado was endorsement from the antigay hate group National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit formed for the sole purpose of opposing same-sex marriage.

During a candidate forum, Salgado criticized his opponents for marching in Pride parade, and sold himself as the “only one who did not march” and as “the only one who [is] willing to say in public that I only believe in traditional marriage.”

But of course it gets worse.

Salgado objected to the Parks Department erecting statues in the Sheepshead Bay Holocaust Memorial Park in honor of non-Jewish victims of the Nazis, including LGBTQ people, calling it “a betrayal of the community and even worse, disrespectful to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust.”

Rumor has it that Adams is also considering appointing former New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera to a “faith-based” position in the administration, after backing off a previous plan to appoint him as the city’s top mental health official after his anti-LGBTQ views came to light, including once expressing support for a Ugandan law that would have seen gay people executed.

Who voted for Adam’s exactly and why?

Miss Lindsey Graham Has The Vapors Over Biden’s Speech: “Brazen Politicization” Fiddle Dee Dee

Miss Lindsey Graham Has The Vapors Over Biden’s Speech: “Brazen Politicization” Fiddle Dee Dee

Well the bitch, well the bitch, well the bitch is back!

Via Mediaite:

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wasted no time ripping Joe Biden for his speech remembering Jan. 6, accusing the president of “brazen politicization.” Graham disagreed with the tenor of Biden’s speech, which he blasted in a tweet that somehow invoked the Taliban.

This, of course, is very different from what Graham said a year ago [clip below] on the day of the Capitol riot. The senator claimed that he was done with Trump, moments after the extraordinary violence and mayhem of that day, as Congress was about to certify the former president’s defeat.

Miss Graham: The domestic terrorist attack a year ago was “politicized” the moment it happened, so pull your petticoats out of your ass and bless your poor little non-existent heart.

Twat

Texas Teenager Arrested for Murder After Using GRINDR To Lure Victims

Gay Texas City Councilman Removed From Office After Being Catfished On GRINDR For Nude Pics

Cross Coburn, a 19-year-old gay man who was elected as a councilman in Groves, Texas last year, was voted out of office this month after being catfished and blackmailed with his nude Grindr photos. A recall election took place on November 6th, and 62% of Groves citizens removed Coburn from office.

 In 2017, Coburn ran unopposed for the council seat but in early 2018 Groves’ City Hall received an anonymous package full of nude photos of him that had sent to someone on the gay sex app Grindr, the photo were also sent to local news channels. The “scandal” resulted in a petition to have Coburn removed from office, claiming he couldn’t live up to the city’s high “moral standards.”

 Coburn states that he was he was set up and blackmailed and that many signatures on the petition to remove him were forged. He also claims that Groves Mayor Brad Bailey and Councilman Kyle Hollier were behind the recall vote that claimed his job. When asked about the photo scandal in September, Bailey said that he believes public servants should be “held to a higher position”.

Texas Monthly suggested that Coburn was a victim of catfishing in an effort to remove him from office, as the photos were sent to local media after the city attorney mentioned in an internal email that only the citizens could remove Coburn in a recall election.

 Coburn is now challenging the recall and has filed a complaint in the District Court of Jefferson County, claiming that the petition to remove him was was forged. He’s also asked the state attorney to investigate.

Democrat Krysten Sinema Widens Lead Over Republican Challenger

RECOUNT 2018 – ARIZONA: Democrat Krysten Sinema Widens Lead Over Republican Challenger

Via The Hill:

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) widened her lead over Rep. Martha McSally (R) in the heated Arizona Senate race after a new round of ballots were tallied in the Democrat’s favor late Friday. 

Sinema more than doubled her lead over McSally with Friday evening’s latest tranche of results. The Democrat now leads her GOP challenger by 20,203 votes.

Earlier Friday, Sinema led McSally by just 9,163 votes out of nearly 2 million cast — a 0.48 percentage point lead. She now leads her opponent by just over 1 percentage point.

The vast majority of the votes tallied Friday came from Maricopa County, the state’s largest county, where there were an estimated 345,000 uncounted votes prior to Friday’s evenings results.

Friday’s new count came the same day a settlement was reached in a Phoenix courtroom that permits rural voters to have extra time to fix issues with their ballots.

Republicans alleged that some county recorders weren’t using a uniform procedure to make changes to mail-in ballots, specifically claiming that Maricopa and Pima counties improperly gave up to five days after Tuesday’s election to make those changes.

Counties will now have a deadline of Nov. 14 to make those fixes to problematic mail-in ballots.

If this move will have any real impact is yet to be seen.

Wilton Manors, Florida Elects All Gay City Commission and Mayor

Wilton Manors, Florida Elects All Gay City Commission and Mayor

The city of Wilton Manors, in South Florida will have an all-gay City Commission and a newly elected gay Mayor after Tuesday’s election.

Commissioner Justin Flippen was elected mayor, while the outgoing mayor, Gary Resnick, won a commissioner seat. Paul Rolli won the second commissioner seat in a four-candidate race.

The two other commissioners who form the five-person body, Julie Carson and Tom Green, are in the middle of their terms.

Commissioner Scott Newton, the only straight member of the commission, lost his re-election bid.

Data from the 2010 U.S. Census showed that Wilton Manors has the second-highest percentage of gay couples — behind Provincetown, Mass. — in the country.

Wilton Manors is the second city in the United States to have a city council with all gay members, after Palm Springs, California.

Tuesday’s election will also give Florida more openly gay and lesbian state legislators — three of 160 — than it’s had before.

Jennifer Webb, a Gulfport Democrat, became the first open lesbian elected to the state House of Representatives.

State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, the state’s first openly gay Latino legislator, won a second term on Tuesday.

State Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, who became the state’s first openly gay black legislator when he came out in August, didn’t have any opposition in his re-election bid.

FRC's Tony Perkins Whines: Democrats Want to Take Away Tax-Exempt Status From Loving Christian Hate Groups

FRC’s Tony Perkins Claims Liberals Will Become Violent If Dems Win The Midterm Election

Raw Story reports:

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on Monday agreed with President Donald Trump’s sentiment that Democrats will become “violent” if they are allowed to win midterm elections. During a dinner with evangelical leaders, Trump raised the specter of violence to motivate Christian voters.

CNN’s Erica Hill spoke to Perkins on Wednesday after he attended the dinner with Trump. “He did make reference to Antifa, which in many ways has become the face of the left,” Perkins told Hill.

“I’m going to stop you for a second there,” Hill interrupted. “It’s a reach to say that Antifa is now the face of the left. I think that would be a bit of a stretch.” Perkins replied, “When you talk about violence, the violence is on the left. You see Antifa — you don’t see evangelicals out there rioting.”

REALLY?

 

Donald Trump Defends GOP Jim Jordan as 4th Abused Wrestler Comes Forward

Just as a fourth former Ohio State University wrestler came forward Thursday to contradict Rep. Jim Jordan’s claim that he had no idea the wrestling team doctor was molesting athletes, serial groper Donald Trump came forward to defend him saying ““Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington.”

Via Reuters: 

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not believe allegations by several former wrestlers at Ohio State University coached by Republican Representative Jim Jordan that he was aware the team doctor was molesting them.

“Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington. I believe him 100 percent,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One while traveling to Montana.

Shawn Dailey, the fourth Ohio State wrestler to come forward said he was groped half a dozen times by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-1990s, when Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach. Dailey said he was too embarrassed to report the abuse directly to Jordan at the time, but he said Jordan took part in conversations where Strauss’ abuse of many other team members came up.

“I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. We all did,” Dailey, 43, told NBC News, referring to Jordan. “It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down”

Does anyone know has Democrat Kirstin Gillibrand has called for Jordan’s resignation? Or does she only eat her own party?

UPDATE:  5th Witness — Former UFC Champion — Comes Forward

Former UFC Champion Mark Coleman, says, “There’s no way unless he’s (Jordan) got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State.”