LGBT Candidate Winners in Mid-Terms

Let’s celebrate this return to the Cafe with a highlight of the LGBT winners in this mid-term election cycle.

At the National level:

Colorado has it’s first openly gay governor in Jared Polis.
Kansas elected it’s first Lesbian and Native American to congress in Sharice Davids.
New Hampshire has it’s first gay member of Congress in Chris Pappas.
Another Lesbian was elected to Congress representing Minnesota, Angie Craig.

At the state level:

New Hampshire has a pair of transgender women elected to its House of Representatives – Gerri Canon and Lisa Bunker
Kansas also has Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard added to its state legislature.
Malcolm Kenyatta is the first black gay man elected to Pennsylvania’s legislature.
Teri Johnston is Key West, FL’s first lesbian mayor.

And finally, though he is not gay himself, Zach Wahls – who you may recall defended his two moms in 2011 to the Iowa House of Representatives now represents Iowa Senate District 37.

We also saw Massachusettes vote to protect transgender rights.

So not only did the Democrats take back the House of Representatives, both LGBT candidates as well as women in general, won BIG across the country.

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Defender of Lesbian Moms wins Iowa Primary

This is amazing and so awesome that he’s taking things in a new direction.

As a 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student, Zach Wahls stood before the Iowa House of Representatives and gave an impassioned speech defending his two lesbian mothers. A video of the speech went viral, amassing millions of views.

Seven years later, Wahls is hoping to occupy a seat in the very chamber where he made his viral plea. The 26-year-old got one step closer to his goal on Tuesday when he secured the Democratic nomination for Iowa Senate District 37.

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States Banning Conversion Therapy

So so thrilled to see this as reality!! We don’t need to be “fixed” as there’s nothing wrong with us.

A record number of jurisdictions this year are taking aim at conversion therapy for minors: an attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity through tactics as obvious as hypnosis or as subtle as inducing shame.

Almost 50 bills have been introduced in 24 states targeting conversion therapy, which has been discredited by dozens of medical associations and child-welfare institutions. On Tuesday, 11 of them — including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Counseling Association — released a letter urging states to make such bills a priority.

“Being LGBTQ is not an illness,” said Xavier Persad, legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ rights advocacy group. “It is false that being LGBTQ is wrong and a disorder.”

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No Real Policy Banning Trans Troops?

According to this Buzzfeed article, despite what everyone is saying, there’s no new policy set in stone. What people are flipping out over – and rightfully so – is the potential content of a policy that could appear.

When a federal judge in Seattle holds a hearing Tuesday over President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban, she will face an odd question: Does the Trump administration even have a policy banning transgender troops right now?

No, not in writing. Not anywhere, technically.

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Make America Gay Again

This is brilliant. Cheers to whoever these neighbors are!!

The residents who live next door to the Colorado home where Vice President Mike Pence is staying with his family for the Christmas holiday posted a rainbow “Make America Gay Again” banner. They placed the banner on a pillar that is at the end of both homes’ driveways, according to the Aspen Times.

“You couldn’t miss it,” Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione said of the sign that was reportedly hung by the daughters of the couple who live in the home. The people who live next door apparently were a bit apprehensive about hanging the banner in front of the law enforcement and Secret Service officers that were stationed there. “He was real sheepish and thought he might be confronted by the Secret Service or deputies who’d tell him he couldn’t do it,” Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said. “When they said, ‘We’re not here to control your free speech rights,’ they came out with chili and began feeding them.”

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Judge Overrides Transgender Military Bill

This is in no way meant to disrespect any transgender soldiers currently serving or wanting to serve in any branch of the military, but I don’t understand why you’d want to risk your life and livelihood for a country who doesn’t respect who you are as a living breathing human being. Is it that you come from a family with a history of military service? Is there some other reason I’m unable to think of? There are so many in this country, starting at the very top of the “food chain” who, quite frankly, abhor your existence, yet you’re willing to defend them. That’s pretty selfless of you, whoever you are. I hope that someday the people who hate you so much have a change of heart somehow, but I doubt it will be in my lifetime. Anyway, the good news is that you will no longer be banned from serving if you so choose.

The Trump administration must accept transgender recruits into the military by Jan. 1, a federal judge ruled Monday.

The decision prevents a ban on enlisting new transgender troops that the administration had sought to implement after an earlier injunction against the president’s order.

“The court will not stay its preliminary injunction pending defendants’ appeal,” Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote Monday.

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PA State Lawmaker Proclaims Straightness

What a douchebag!! Just because someone touches you on the arm does not mean that he (or she) suddenly thinks you’re gay. If you have to stop a meeting to proclaim to one and all that you’re a heterosexual, perhaps you’re not. We’ve seen lots of evidence that the most vocal haters are the ones deepest in the closet.

A meeting of Pennsylvania state legislators that was supposed to be about a land-use bill went wildly offtrack Tuesday when a conservative lawmaker felt the need to loudly proclaim his heterosexuality.

Everything seemed business as usual until Rep. Matt Bradford lightly touched Rep. Daryl Metcalfe on the arm during Tuesday’s discussion. Metcalfe responded by interjecting, “Look, I’m a heterosexual. I have a wife, I love my wife, I don’t like men — as you might. But stop touching me all the time.”

“Keep your hands to yourself,” Metcalfe continued, as Bradford began to laugh. “If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle who might like it. I don’t.”

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Homophobic Hate Group No Longer Silenced

This story is a bit old (last month), but still worth sharing. Thanks to the man occupying the White House, every good thing done in the last 8 years or longer is undone. The man has no impulse control. Funny, though, how he can do shit like this, but We the People aren’t allowed to express our hatred/strong dislike of him. Hypocrisy is rampant in the 21st century.

Donald Trump has become the first president to address the conference of a recognised anti-LGBT hate group.

Trump addressed the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit – classed as a “hate group” – as he told the crowds their anti-LGBT views would no longer be silenced.

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Gay Man to Challenge Kim Davis in Election

If a transgender woman can win an office in Virginia (state level) and Minnesota (city level), I say this man should go for it with all the gusto he can manage. People full of hate like Kim Davis will soon learn. Of course Alabama is proof that criminal actions or spending time behind bars isn’t a hindrance for thousands of voters.

A man refused a license to marry his fiancé by Kim Davis is preparing to stand against her in next year’s election.

Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis is set to re-run for election in 2018, despite her extreme opposition to LGBT rights and being put behind bars for contempt of court.

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