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Tuesday Night’s Vice Presidential Debate Was A Slap In the Face To LGBT Americans

Tuesday Nights Vice Presidential Debate Was A Slap In the Face To LGBT Americans

Last night’s Vice Presidential debate between Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana was sloppy, obnoxious, contentious mess, and probably the most childish Vice Presidential debate in American history.   What was supposed to be the nice-guy tête-à-tête was instead a snippy, tit-for-tat exchange.  In the key of conventional politics Mr. Pence’s most controversial moment as a national figure — and the biggest stumble of his political career — came after he signed a law in Indiana that critics had warned would allow businesses to discriminate against gay men and lesbians. Facing an enormous backlash, Mr. Pence first defended the law and then walked it back. The episode seemed likely to tarnish him as a national figure in a lasting way.

But neither Tim Kaine nor the debate moderator, Elaine Quijano of CBS News who lacked the strength to control the two over-grown prep schoolboys raised the issue Tuesday night. The lone mention of gay rights came when Mr. Kaine noted that Mr. Putin “persecutes L.G.B.T. folks and journalists”.  

That is all. The only mention.  That in itself was deplorable, insulting, and a major disappointment.

Quijano, did ask about bias among our police force against African-Americans, for confronting Pence about how exactly his boss plans to deport millions of people. But to not ask Pence about his level of responsibility for a culture of hate against LGBT people is itself irresponsible. To instead ask Pence about how his faith plays a role in his governing only adds to the insult.  And because of this Pence now appears likely to escape the 2016 election without any extensive airing of this formative anti-gay moment in his career doing not only a disservice to the LGBT America but to all voting Americans as well.

Since Mr. Kaine and Elaine Quijano  seemed to ”overlook”  Pence’s extreme views on homosexuality, here’s a rundown:

*In 2015, Pence signed a law that would allow business owners to legally turn away LGBT people on the basis of their “religious freedom”

*He opposed federal funding for low-income people suffering from HIV/AIDS…

*Unless funding was also “directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” In other words, Pence advocated for conversion therapy.

*He campaigned against adding LGBT protections to hate crime laws

*He said “homosexuality is incompatible with military service“

*Naturally, he’s against same-sex marriage—he tried to block it once it was legalized in his state of Indiana

“Societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family,” Pence said in 2006.

But to be fair Kaine has never been a die-hard LGBT advocate politician.

Kaine came out in favor of marriage equality in 2013, just two weeks after his would-be boss announced her support. Up until then, when it came to marriage equality, Kaine was a cross between a pretzel and a waffle.

It began in 2001, when Kaine expressed his support for “civil benefits” for gay couples, something he made clear was not marriage or civil unions. When Massachusetts legalized same-sex weddings in 2003, Kaine issued a statement that went further than necessary in distancing himself from the court ruling.

“Marriage between a man and a woman is the building block of the family and a keystone of our civil society,” Kaine, who was lieutenant governor at the time, declared. It has been so for centuries in societies around the world. I cannot agree with a court decision suddenly declaring that marriage must now be redefined to include unions between people of the same gender.”

The real test came in 2006, when Kaine was governor. By veto-proof margins, the legislature passed a bill to put an anti-marriage amendment on the ballot. Kaine opposed the measure, saying it went too far in forbidding civil unions, but he signed it nonetheless.

Fast forward to 2012, while running for his Senate seat.  Kaine proclaimed himself in favor of “relationship equality.” Did that mean marriage? Well, not exactly.

“The labels get in the way of the issue,” Kaine said.

All of this was the classic attempt of a middle-of-the-road Democrat to find a middle-of-the-road solution. He was trying to split the baby. Unfortunately, we were the baby.

And last night Tim Kaine didn’t even split us.  He ignored us.  He ignored LGBT Americans. Purposely.

 

 

Sanders Campaign Issues Statement Against Statewide Anti-LGBT “Right To Discriminate” Laws

Sanders Campaign Issues Statement Against Statewide Anti-LGBT Right To Discriminate Laws

Sarah Scanlon, director of LGBTQ outreach for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, issued the following statement on Friday about state-based, legislative efforts to discriminate against LGBTQ people:

After the Supreme Court’s historic decision last year in favor of marriage equality and continued actions to decrease the marginalization of LGBTQ people across the country, we’re seeing major backlash from those who believe that discrimination should be legal in our country​. That is unacceptable.

​North Carolina’s H.B. 2, Mississippi’s H.B. 1523 and Missouri’s S.J.R. 39 are extreme and discriminatory. Every American deserves equal treatment under the law and every transgender person should be able to use the bathroom that matches their identity. The sole intent of these bills​, and those like them, is to allow people to discriminate against LGBTQ people. We stand in solidarity with all of the local LGBTQ advocates and their allies who have worked tirelessly against these measures. This country has made remarkable progress on LGBTQ rights in the fifty years since Stonewall, and we are not turning back now.

As mayor, Sen. Sanders was one of the first in America to sign a local anti-discrimination housing ordinance. Sexual orientation and gender identity should not be the basis for employment or housing decisions. As president, Sen. Sanders will work to ensure protections under our civil rights laws are extended to all LGBTQ people.

Hillary? Your court.

NOTE: Back2Stonewall.com at this point HAS NOT officially endorsed either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton to be the 2016 Democratic presidential campaign candidate at this time.

 

AIDS Activist from Across the U.S. Call upon Presidential Candidates to Make Ending the Epidemic A Priority

Hillary Clinton 2nd AIDS apology

 

One positive thing did come out of Hillary Rodham Clintons disastrous rewriting of gay  history when she claimed that Nancy and Ronald Reagan “stated the national conversation about AIDS”.  One is that it the real truth about the Reagans callousness and ignoring of a disease that killed over 200,000 gay men during his Presidency was finally brought to light on a national level.  And the second was the emergence of priority calls to find a cure for the epidemic that continues to this day 35 years later without an end in sight.

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AIDS Advocates from Across the U.S. Call upon Presidential Candidates to Make Ending the Epidemic Priority

Secretary Clinton’s mischaracterization of the Reagan Administration on Friday, March 11, sparked nationwide upset from HIV/AIDS advocates, service providers, people living with HIV, and loved ones of those lost to the epidemic. But it also has created an opportunity to bring HIV/AIDS to the forefront of the conversation during this campaign season.

A group of 70 advocates, including high-level staff at some of the most powerful AIDS service organizations and advocacy groups in the country, have signed onto a letter [attached -rw] urging Secretary Clinton to appoint an HIV advisor to her campaign, to meet with HIV community leadership, announce a commitment to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States by 2025, and support ending the global AIDS pandemic.

“Secretary Clinton’s mischaracterization of the Reagan Administration was deeply hurtful, especially to those of us who advocated for our dying loved ones during that time. But now we have an opportunity to challenge all of the presidential candidates to publicly announce their commitments to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S,” said longtime activist Peter Staley, co-founder of Treatment Action Group.

“Tremendous strides have been made since the 1980s. With today’s advancements in testing, treatment, and prevention, including PrEP, the once-a-day pill that has 99% effectiveness in keeping those most at risk for HIV transmission negative, we can effectively end the epidemic, even without a cure. This is a social justice issue. To end AIDS, we need to expand access to care for all people regardless of socioeconomic status or geography,” said Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works, one of the largest community-based AIDS service and advocacy organizations in the country.

Clinton’s political record reflects a commitment to HIV/AIDS, and most notably, she was first to publicly set the global goal of an “AIDS-free generation” during her remarks at the National Institutes of Health in 2011.

The letter was delivered to Clinton Campaign Headquarters on Tuesday, March 15, and the signers of the letter look forward to a response and productive dialogue. Similar letters are being delivered to all of the 2016 presidential candidates.

Jose Abrigo, Staff Attorney, LGBTQ/HIV Advocacy Project, Queens Legal Services
ACRIA
ACT UP New York
African Services Committee
AIDS Action Baltimore
AIDS Alabama
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Albany Damien Center
Amida Care
AVAC
Bailey House
John Barry, LMSW, Executive Director, Southern Tier AIDS Program
BOOM! Health
Rebecca Botting
Bronx Parent Housing Network
Reginald T. Brown, M. Ed., Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, VOCAL-NY Community Leader
Central New York HIV Care Network Coalition for Homeless Youth
JD Davids, TheBody.com
Sharen I. Duke, Executive Director and CEO, AIDS Service Center NYC (ASCNYC)
Sergio Farfan, Louisiana Latino Health Coalition for HIV/AIDS
Ingrid Floyd, Executive Director, Iris House
Miasha Forbes, Human Rights Activist and Founder, Just for Us: Gender Diversity Project
GMHC
Health GAP
Health People
Hispanic Health Network
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance
Housing Works
Brian Hujdich, Pozitively Health Coalition
Human Rights Campaign
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation
Carine Jocelyn, CEO, Diaspora Community Services, Brooklyn, NY
Marsha Jones, the Afiya Center
Howard Josepher, LCSW, President & CEO, Exponents
Jacquelyn Kilmer, CEO, Harlem United
Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
Latino Commission on AIDS
Latinos in the Deep South
LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
Matthew McMorrow, former Director of Government Affairs, Empire State Pride Agenda
David Ernesto Munar, CEO, Howard Brown Health
National Black Justice Coalition
National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
NMAC (formerly known as the National Minority AIDS Council)
OASIS-Latino LGBTS Wellness Center
Chuck Peterson, Executive Director, Clare Housing, Minneapolis, MN
Michael Emanuel Rajner, Wilton Manors, FL
Kyle Rapinon, Esq., Director of Survival and Self-Determination, Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Elana Redfield, Attorney and LGBTQI Activist
Dr. Margaret S. Reneau, Director of Programs, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
Eric Sawyer, Founding Member—ACT UP, Co-Founder Housing Works, Inc. & Health GAP, Inc.
Virginia Shubert, Shubert Botein Policy Associates
Southern Tier AIDS Program
Peter Staley
Rev. Moonhawk River Stone, M.S., LMHC, RiverStone Consulting, Schenectady, NY
Daniel W. Tietz, Chief Special Services Officer, NYC Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services
Treatment Action Group
Trillium Health/Rochester
Peter Twyman, CEO, Keep a Child Alive
Andrew Velez, ACT UP New York
VillageCare
Tom Viola, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
VOCAL New York
Washington Heights CORNER Project
David W. Webber, Attorney
John Wikiera, Central NY HIV Care Network
Terri L. Wilder, MSW
Doug Wirth, President/CEO, Amida Care
Young Black Gay Leadership Initiative (YBGLI)

Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s Former Secretary Of Labor Endorses Bernie Sanders For President

Robert Reich

 

In what can only be viewed as a slap in the face to the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, Bill Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor from 1993-1997 has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.  Reich  is also a celebrated author, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, and a respected political economist.

In June, Reich wrote that he did not feel that he could endorse any candidate stating  that.  As chairman of the board of Common Cause, a non-partisan citizens’ group dedicated to getting big money out of politics, he didn’t feel free to endorse any candidate.

But now that has changed.

I endorse Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. He’s leading a movement to reclaim America for the many, not the few. And such a political mobilization – a “political revolution,” as he puts it — is the only means by which we can get the nation back from the moneyed interests that now control so much of our economy and democracy.

This extraordinary concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the very top imperils all else – our economy, our democracy, the revival of the American middle class, the prospects for the poor and for people of color, the necessity of slowing and reversing climate change, and a sensible foreign policy not influenced by the “military-industrial complex,” as President Dwight Eisenhower once called it. It is the fundamental prerequisite: We have little hope of achieving positive change on any front unless the American people are once again in control.

During his tenure as Secretary of Labor Reich implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), successfully promoted increasing the minimum wage, successfully lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act, and launched a number of job training programs.

There has been no new if weather Reich will join Sanders at any upcoming campaign events.

Sen. Lindsey Graham Says He’s “91% Sure” That He’ll Run For President – Gurl PLEASE!


Graham Gay

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday in New Hampshire that  there is a “91 percent” chance that he will seek the GOP Presidential nomination in 2016, saying he is a proven Capitol Hill problem solver who has “got something to offer.”

Graham told Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, who asked if the senator was being serious ” I’ve got to put the means together.

For his part, Mr. Graham, a “confirmed bachelor”  knows that a serious run would take him through his home state, the third major prize along the primary route.

“If I didn’t think I could win South Carolina, I wouldn’t be talking to you [about the race],” he told Wallace.

Graham also said Marco Rubio will be president one day, whether it is in 2016 or sometime later.

“I like Marco,” he said. *wink-wink – nudge nudge*

Ms. Graham’s “91 percent”  comment comes after fellow Republican Carly Fiorina, a former business executive, said there’s a “90 percent” chance she will run.

And I’m 100% sure Miss Lindsey will lose.

Source:  The Washington Times