Tag Archives: LGBT Politics

Michigan LGBT Rights Ballot Initiative Falls Short Of Signatures Needed

Biden Administration Backpaddles on LGBT Equality Act Promise: It Might Take More Than 100 Days

Last October Joe Biden made a promise to the LGBT community on the campaign trail.

To help achieve our vision of equality, I will make enactment of the Equality Act a top legislative priority during my first 100 days — a priority that Donald Trump opposes. This is essential to ensuring that no future president can ever again roll back civil rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, including when it comes to housing.”

This week on a conference call with a group of unknown LGBT activists the Biden transition team is now stepping back from that promise. One of the main concerns sources from the call said is the incoming administration now fears that they don’t have enough votes in the Senate to pass the bill with the razor thin new Democratic majority,  That coupled with Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate, the confirmation of Biden’s cabinet, and the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is what Biden’s transition team is blaming on the possible delay.

The transition team was quick to point out that that Biden on his first day in office Jan. 20 would direct the Defense Department to dismantle the transgender military ban and that it may take an entire year before the Pentagon is completely able to undo the ban, which Trump initiated by tweet in July 2017.

It’s noted that many of the LGBT activists were accerpting of the delay with minimal pushback. One activist did say . “The notion that our government can only focus on one thing at a time isn’t acceptable. You can’t have the agenda and policy goals that Biden does and not have the process to move faster.”

The original version of The Equality Act was introduced to Congress in 1974 by Belka Abzug and has been used as a campaign promise by Democratic Presidential hopefuls for over the past 40 years and while introduced to Congress in one form or another has always failed.

Senate Armed Services Committee Advances Eric Fanning as First Gay Army Secretary

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The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary. Fanning is the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service.

President Obama nominated Fanning to the post last September

Eric served as the Army secretary’s principal adviser on management and operation of the service, with a focus on the budget. He was undersecretary of the Air Force from April 2013 to February 2015, and for half a year was the acting secretary of the Air Force

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today applauded the vote, and called on the full Senate to quickly schedule a vote on the nomination.

“This is truly a groundbreaking achievement for the LGBT community and a monumental step forward for our military”. – Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.)

“I want to applaud my Senate colleagues for their recommendation to confirm Eric Fanning as the new Secretary of the Army,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) “This is truly a groundbreaking achievement for the LGBT community and a monumental step forward for our military. Not only is Eric the most qualified, but he will ensure all our service members are treated equal regardless of who they are or who they love.”

Despite the Armed Services committee approval the road ahead is not entirely clear for Fanning.  Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., last year placed a hold on his nomination to protest the Obama administration’s efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility

“The Senator’s hold on Eric Fanning is not personal,” Roberts spokesperson Sarah Little said in a statement Thursday. “The Senator has asked the Administration to provide a guarantee that detainees will not wind up in Kansas, as he was able to do when this issue first arose in 2009. This request has been articulated to John McHugh, before he left office as Secretary of the Army, to those working closely on the ‘plan,’ and to Secretary Carter on several occasions. He remains committed to stopping the president from moving a single detainee to the U.S. and will continue to use all legislative tools at his disposal to do so.”

 

Todd Akin Is Anti-Woman AND Anti-Gay

Republican Senate Candidate for Missouri and current Republican Congressman, Todd Akin has made national headlines for his controversial statements at the Missouri KTVI-TV station Sunday about women’s rights.Akin made a completely ignorant statement about rape:

 “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said. “But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

But Akin has made uneducated and asinine regarding LGBT rights as well. This is what he had to say about the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell as repealing the archaic measure was an attempt from Democrats to pus a “social agenda”

“The president has repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and he’s now using the military as campaign props to advance the gay agenda. My sons and our sons and daughters didn’t volunteer to be part of some political agenda; they volunteered to protect our freedom in America.”

Oh wait, there’s more. Akin also has made negative comments about gay marriage:

“From a practical point of view, to preserve our civilization and society, it’s important for us to preserve marriage–Anybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived.”

Akin has also voted for DOMA (Defensive of Marraaige Act) including a measure he attempted to push last year that would prevent military chaplins and other religious officials from marrying same-sex couples as well as prohibiting same-sex marriages of any kind from being performed on military bases and facilities. Akin also voted twice for the Federal Marriage Amendment that wanted to define marriage while voting against EDNA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) .

President for the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin released a statement on Akin’s view about LGBT rights:

“He’s against any kind of relationship recognition for same-sex couples; he’s made remarks that are demeaning to LGBT families; he voted against the historic repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and he refuses to support workplace protections. Todd Akin is no friend to anyone who has experienced discrimination and is looking to their elected officials to protect their rights under the law.”

Many politicians  have publicly spoken out and denounced Akin’s response on rape from both party lines. Jerame Davis of the Stonewall Democrats said that Akin should “resign from office with all due haste.” Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas even commented that Akin’s statement is  “wrong, offensive and indefensible”. Even the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee has withdraewn the 5 million dollars set aside to help Akin’s campaign for election.

Ohio’s Citizens For Community Values Uses Lies and Trans Panic In An Attempt To Defeat Bowling Green, OH

I have warned people so many times about just how dangerous that Cincinnati’s Citizens For Community Values which in reality is the Midwest arm of Focus on the Family and Tony Perkin’s Family Research Council really are,  and the damage that they do. 

Now, the CCV is once again  using lies and “trans panic” in an attempt to get voters to go to the polls on November 2nd and repeal Bowling Green’s Ohio Ordinances 7905 and 7906, expanding non-discrimination protections  include: gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV status among other characteristics. The Unlawful Discrimination Ordinance extends protection in employment, public accommodation and access to public education. The amended Fair Housing Ordinance adds the new classes to existing City law and was passed by Bowling Green City Council in 2009 which the CCV helped get petitioned to be on the ballot this November to be repealed.

As part of the lies that the CCV is using to get people to the Polls to vote no on Ordinances 7905 and 7906 they are using the disguting “trans panic bathroom senario” which is spelled out in this email sent by the CCV President Phil Burress (above pictured left)  that’s being sent to members using trans fear to raise money for this hateful organization..  (Continued after the jump…)

Dear Friends,

Our friends in Bowling Green, Ohio, need our prayers and support. Homosexual activists are once again wanting SPECIAL RIGHTS, but what the Bowling Green City Council did is far beyond anything else I have seen in Ohio and could be coming to your city next.

Here is an example of what could happen:

You and your young daughter, planning for her first day of school, go to the mall to look for clothes. While there, your daughter leaves you to go to the restroom. After just a few moments, she comes back with a frightened look on her face and wants to leave quickly. It is obvious she is very distressed. As a concerned parent, you try to comfort your child, seeking to calm her distress while trying to learn its cause.

Once you leave, as she settles down, you begin to ask questions.

“What happened? Did someone try to grab you?”

“No,” is her reply.

“Did you see something wrong?”  There is a long pause. Finally you ask, “Sweetheart, what is it that made you upset and not want to go back?”

You are caught speechless and bewildered by her reply:

“Mama, there were men in the girls bathroom wearing dresses!”

This is a conversation that parents might have to have with their children in Bowling Green in the near future. When the Bowling Green City Council passed ordinances 7905 and 7906, they created the environment that will make this scenario real in our places of public accommodation.

Imagine having to explain to your young, impressionable child that she has to accept having this situation be a normal part of being in Bowling Green.

Imagine having to continually wonder if your child may be entering a public restroom where an adult of the opposite sex may be inside, all because our elected officials want those with gender identity confusion to feel comfortable using the public restrooms of their preferred gender.

If special interest groups get their way, you won’t have to imagine it; you will have to live it.

Citizens of Bowling Green will have to face investigations and penalties for failure to comply with the ordinances, whether it be in providing public accommodations, hiring, or rental of property.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Concerned citizens of Bowling Green came together and petitioned to have these ordinances put to a public referendum. They agreed and signed the petitions to allow the referendum to move forward.

Now we have to make sure we educate and encourage Bowling Green voters to come to the polls on November 2nd and vote “NO” on Ordinances 7905 and 7906.

It is vital that we are able to educate the voters of Bowling Green on the dangers of having these ordinances go into law, and to encourage and secure enough voters so that these ordinances can be overturned.

We can be successful in defeating these ordinances if you are willing to join us in this effort.

A majority “NO” vote on November 2nd will cancel these ordinances and send a strong message to the Bowling Green City Council that their community does not want to have outside special interests from New York attempting to frame their laws so that they can move their homosexual agenda forward.

Your involvement and support will be the key to success. Will you please consider making a contribution to our effort of $25, $50, or even $100 or more to help them make sure that their children will not have to face the scenario described in the opening of this letter?

You can send your tax deductible gift to Citizens for Community Values, ——————.. Let’s help make Bowling Green a better place to live, work and raise a family. Will you stand with us for Equal Rights, Not Special Rights, for all of Bowling Green’s citizens?

Sincerely,

Phil Burress
President
Citizens for Community Values

This is NOT a “bathroom bill” and Buress’s letter is nothing more than blatant fear-mongering to defeat Ordinances 7905 and 7906 and raise some quick “hate cash” . Personally, I don’t spend time checking out other people’s private parts in public restrooms. Unless they are cute guys.  What REALLY creeps me out is when fathers bring their young daughters into Men’s restrooms because they are afraid to leave them outside  Now thats CREEPY.

The scary bathroom trick is the same one that was used in the 1930s to warn against “Bolsheviks breeding in your washroom.” Opponents of the Equal Rights Amendment trotted out the old saw again in 1970s, warning that equal rights would lead to men and women sharing public bathrooms.  

Christomaniacs like the CCV point to the potential danger of crossdressed and/or trans women predators in public restrooms, and yet the folks who purport that anti-trans Bathroom scare can’t point to any examples of trans people ever being involved in anything like that and have to use some false scenario’s/ 

Well lets use some REAL scenario’s to why maybe Phil Buress, Tony Perkin’s The CCV, and Christomaniacs of his ilk should not be able to use public restrooms.

The Los Angeles Times had a story yesterday (November 2, 2009) entitled Clerk at religious bookstore arrested on peeping charge

A clerk at a Christian bookstore in Simi Valley was arrested on suspicion of peeping after Simi Valley police found a video camera hidden in a bathroom at the store, authorities said today.

Officers were called to the Family Christian Book Store in the 2900 block of Cochran Street on Sunday afternoon after a 40-year-old woman and her husband reported finding the video camera, said Simi Valley Police Sgt. Dwight Thompson.   After examining the video, investigators determined that 28-year-old Joseph Moreaux had gone to the restroom just before the victim to hide the camera and record her while she was inside…

And, this isn’t a particularly new story when it comes to piety. Remember October 20th’s Protect Us From The Male, CVS Managers Who Support Keeping Trans Women Out Of Women’s Restrooms?

The CVS Pharmacy manager who allegedly admitted Friday to filming women in his store’s bathroom was an active participant in the 2008 charter amendment to “keep men out of women’s restrooms.”

Jonathan Matheny, 27, was charged with one count of video voyeurism after a customer told police she had discovered a cell phone equipped with a camera under a pile of tissues in the CVS bathroom at 125 S.W. 34th St.

If you want to talk about predatory behavior lets talk about the Christomaniacs.  The ones who like and fear monger against the LGBT Community and our trans brothers and sisters.

People of Bowling Green   DO NOT FALL FOR THESE LIES. VOTES YES ON ORDINANCES 7905 and 7906.  And send a message to the CCV that fear mongering and anti LGBT hate is WRONG

And people of Ohio and the Midwest do not trust or support the Citizens for Community Values.  They are evil and perverted Christians who will do their best to spread hatred and homophobia for fun and profit.  Do not trust them and most of all  not discount them or take them lightly.  They are dangerous and need to be stopped.