I believed I could work within the party and the Trump administration to shift the minds of those who most needed shifting. I made many trips to Washington to lobby and educate members of Congress, other Washington policymakers and powerful influencers.
These meetings were generally positive and almost always led to encouraging conversations. Despite the criticism I received from segments of the LGBTQ community for engaging with this administration, I remained hopeful for positive change.
Sadly, I was wrong. The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president. The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community. He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity.
He has made trans people into political pawns as he whips up animus against us in an attempt to energize the most right-wing segment of his party, claiming his anti-transgender policies are meant to “protect the country.” This is politics at its worst. It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me.
Boo-fucking-hoo, Caitlyn you fake human being. You are nothing more than an example of a person without empathy only changing their mind when it happens to them.
And notice not a single time did she write “the LGBT community at large was right.”
President Donald Trump did it his way — and Paul Anka will let him know it! A source close to the “(You’re) Having My Baby” crooner, 75, told Radar exclusively that he will buck the trend of most singers and perform his song “My Way” at the Inauguration January 20. . .with lyrics re-written for the incoming Commander-In-Chief!
“Paul was asked by the members of the Trump inauguration committee and he was only too happy to do it for his longtime friend,” said an Anka insider. “While everyone else was running scared from performing at the inauguration, Paul stood fast,” the source added. “He wasn’t about to be intimated by anyone!”
My first thought was Paul Anka is still alive?
Hundreds of thousands of millennials and Gen X’ers are currently Googling “Who is Paul Anka”
The 76 year old singers last appeared on the pop charts in 1983.
UPDATE: 6:52 pm
TMZ reports that Anka pulled out of doing it not for political reasons but because of family concerns. *Ehhhhhhhm*
Journalist of the Year First Place: J. Lester Feder, BuzzFeed News – Connected to Chris Geidner past winner.
Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media First Place: Trish Bendix, AfterEllen – Closely connected to NGLJA and Host of yearly “Media Convening”
The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism Steven Thrasher – Former Journalist of the Year Award Winner.
Excellence in Blogging Award
Rob Smith for“They Fought The Gays and The Gays Won: How The “Duck Dynasty” Stars’ Homophobia Destroyed Their Brand,” Queerty.com – Lester Brainwaithe who works at Queerty is a NGLJA Board Member and Queerty.com is a professional website with paid writers and sponsored content is not a BLOG.
Faith Cheltenham for “Bisexuals at the Gates,” Bilerico.com – Billerico.com is owned by Bill Browning NGLJA Board member and Cheltenham was one of the hosts for the “2015 Media Convening”
All in all a bunch of close knit “journalist hacks” who give each other handjobs every year so they can make believe that they are great.