The Republican controlled Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved a prohibition on school instruction before sixth grade on sexual orientation or gender identity — “Don’t Say Gay”— and also acted to have school districts tell parents about school library books with “sexually explicit” content.
The prime sponsor, Republican Sen. Scott Martin of Lancaster County, said the bill would “empower parents and increase transparency” because it also requires parents be notified of all health care services offered at the school as well as any well-being questionnaires, surveys or health screenings.3.0
Both Republican-driven bills will now go to the House for consideration.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has indicated he will veto the bills, should they reach his desk.
Republican idiot Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) suggested in a recent interview that Covid vaccines “may” give people AIDS. Johnson sat down with Todd Callender, whom the Wisconsin Examiner described as an “anti-vaccine attorney”.
Callender shared a wild theory with the senator: Covid shots are intentionally spreading HIV/AIDS to people who receive them. Callendar called the actions of the FDA “criminal,” and suggested action be taken against public health authorities. Johnson replied, “You’ve gotta do one step at a time, everything you say may be true, but right now the public [wrongly] views the vaccines as largely safe and effective, that vaccine injuries are rare and mild.”
This is not the first time Johnson, who is up for re-election this fall, has spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19 or connected the pandemic to AIDS. In December, on world AIDS day, Johnson said in an appearance on Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade’s radio show that Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “overhyped” the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
Congrats Ron for winning Most Hated Republican of the Day, surprisingly taking it from Samuel Alito.
Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed two floor bills to mirror Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law and to prevent minors from receiving gender dysphoria treatment. House Bill 1074 is modeled after Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, commonly referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. The legislation would prohibit educators or other school personnel from teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity for grades kindergarten through fifth.
If it passes the legislative branch then there is no doubt that Oklahoma’s christofascist Governor will sign it into law.
At least 20 states have introduced “Don’t Say Gay” laws this year, which have made waves around the country. But in a handful of states, versions of the legislation have existed for decades. According to the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), which tracks LGBTQ+ policy throughout the country, 19 percent of the country lives in a state with an LGBTQ+ curriculum ban. Most are in states with laws that predate Florida’s and Alabama’s. Still, most Americans are largely unaware of the fact that Florida is not the first state to pass such a law, advocates said.
At least 20 states have introduced “Don’t Say Gay” laws this year
But why are our LGBT rights organizations not fighting back? Has the curtain finally been drawn to show exactly how useless they have been and are?
Do not depend on HRC, GLAAD, or The Task Force. Their folly has been exposed.
We are all going to have to fight in this if we don’t want to lose what precious ground we have earned. Are you ready?
Thanks to Disney’s and the Human Rights Campaign’s inaction and failure fighting Florida’s republican controlled government which passed the states oppressive and harmful “Don’t Say Gay Bill” now other GOP states are following suit.
The bill, submitted by Representative Dodie Horton, would “prohibit discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity” in K-8 classes and keep instructors from discussing their own sexual orientation or gender identity with students in grades K-12. “I wasn’t aware of the need [for this legislation] until I looked at some things on Twitter and Facebook. t just solidified for us to protect our Louisiana children, as well. I started to pray about how we could protect our children here from inappropriate conversations until they are able to dissect it and old enough to understand it. I talked to my pastor and he challenged me and said, ‘we definitely need to do this.’”
If you are keeping count we now have “Don’t Say Gay” bills working their way through Florida, Tennessee, Idaho, Georgia and now Louisiana with variations of the bill in motion in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Indiana.
“Mehrdad Karimpour and Farid Mohammadi were both hanged in a prison in the northwestern city of Maragheh, around 310 miles away from Tehran, having been sentenced to death for ‘forced sexual intercourse between two men’. As per the Human Dignity Trust, Article 236 also provides that ‘tafkhiz’ – defined under Article 235 as ‘putting a male sex organ between the thighs/buttocks of another man’ – is punishable with 100 lashes, or the death penalty if the active party is non-Muslim and the passive party is Muslim. For women, it’s punishable with 100 lashes.”
Peter Tatchell, an longtime gay activist, told The Jerusalem Post, ‘Iran is one of a dozen Muslim-majority countries and regions that enforce Sharia law and impose the death penalty for homosexuality. The execution of these men follows a long-standing regime policy of the state-sanctioned murder of gay men, often on disputed charges after unfair trials that have been condemned by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
In February 2021, an Iranian cleric Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian claimed that the Covid-19 vaccine turns people gay, on messaging platform Telegram, to almost 210,000 followers.
According to The Jerusalem Post, Tabrizian wrote on the platform: ‘Don’t go near those who have had the COVID vaccine. They have become homosexuals.’
It is believed that between 4,000 and 6,000 gay men and women have been executed in Iran since the 1979 Revolution.
Iranian American journalist Karmel Melamed in a tweet called for ‘outrage’ from the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
A Florida bill that would limit classroom discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity and encourage parents to sue schools or teachers that engage in these topics is speeding through the GOP controlled state House and Senate.
The aptly nicknamed “Don’t Say Gay” bill by LGBT fear that if this bill is signed into law, it could act as a complete ban on the lessons on LGBT oppression, history and discussions about LGBT identities.
The two bills in the state legislature, HB 1557 and SB 1834, state that a school district “may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.” It also adds that parents who catch a violation of this rule can sue, seeking damages and reimbursement for attorney fees and court costs.
Florida GOP House Rep. Joe Harding, who is the sponsor of the legislation, hopes it will “reinforce the fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding upbringing & control of their children,” according to the bill’s text.
The bill is particularly troubling in a state where there have been tragic hate crimes committed against those in the LGBT community, including the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando in which 49 people were killed and another 53 wounded.
2021 was a record-breaking year for anti-LGBTQ legislation. More than 250 of these bills were introduced and at least 17 were enacted into law. All of which introduced into GOP controlled states.
Chambersburg, PA on Monday became the first town in Pennsylvania to repeal protections for residents against discrimination based on their sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender identity by a REPUBLICAN majority vote..
“By a 7-3 Republican-majority vote, the Chambersburg Borough Council made good on its pledge, repealing the ordinance citing a host of reasons, including redundancy in the ordinance and lack of muscle in its provisions. The ordinance, enacted just four months ago in October by a then Democratic majority, extended protections against discrimination toward gay, transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. – Penn Live
“We are a very diverse community,” said council vice president Bill Everly, “For that reason I don’t understand why we need to have special protections for people. I think by creating special protections for people we open the door for other protections for other people. I think we need to come together and not divide us. I think this would divide us.”
And so it begins
CALL THEM! It may not change the vote. But it will allow you to speak up and be counted against hate!
Borough of Chambersburg – 100 South Second Street – Chambersburg, PA 17201 – 717-264-5151
Jan. 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson says on ABC that the investigation has uncovered the insurrection “appeared to be a coordinated effort on the part of a number of people to undermine the election.” including GOP Congressmen.
Thompson, said his panel has evidence of interactions between members of the House and the rioters that day but not necessarily of a significant nature and said the committee wanted to hear from Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) about their activities, though he said it was not clear if his panel would or even could subpoena them.
When asked if the House Jan. 6 committee has found any significant evidence that members of Congress may be culpable in attack, chair Rep. Bennie Thompson tells George Stephanopoulos, “we’re in the process of getting to that.”
Funny but I seem to remember a video of Republicans giving the rioters tours of the Capitol in the days leading up to the Cracker Barrel Putsch despite the fact that tours were cancelled over COVID fears. That’s a good place to start for HARD evidence.
New: Jan. 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson says on ABC that the investigation has uncovered the insurrection “appeared to be a coordinated effort on the part of a number of people to undermine the election.”
About 100 members of the “White Nationalist” (see. White Supremacist, Nazi’s , and Republicans) group Patriot Front marched outside the Lincoln Memorial while chanting “reclaim America “while carrying flags, shields, and photographs show one banner reading “victory or death.”
Patriot Front leader Thomas Rousseau gave a speech near the Capitol reflecting pool while bystanders booed.
“Our demonstrations are an exhibition of our unified capability to organize, to show our strength. Not as brawlers or public nuisances, but as men capable of illustrating a message and seeking an America that more closely resembles the interests of its true people.
When I think Josh Hawley, masculinity is not the first thing that comes to mind.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) told “Axios on HBO” he’ll make masculinity a signature political issue, because he claims “the left” is telling men: “You’re part of the problem. Your masculinity is inherently problematic. As conservatives, we’ve got to call men back to responsibility,” Hawley said. “We’ve got to say that spending your time not working, spending your time on video games, spending your time watching porn online is not good for you, your family or this country. Asked during the . Axios on HBO” interview to paint a picture of his ideal man, Hawley said: “Well, a man is a father. A man is a husband. A man is somebody who takes responsibility.