Hopeless

To Anyone Out there Following this blog:

I gotta say I feel pretty hopeless right now. This feeling comes on the heels of the revelation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire July 31, 2018. To me, this means an even more Conservative judge will be put in his place and everything that we have accomplished will be reversed in the blink of an eye. We see daily how this new megalomaniac in charge of this country has reversed every single thing that President Obama and others before him worked so hard to put in place. This includes marriage equality. I see everything we have ever accomplished – going all the way back to Stonewall – being erased.

At this point I feel that they should tattoo a number on my forearm and strip me of my identity. The megalomaniac in charge of this country admires dictators, so why wouldn’t he follow in the footsteps of Hitler?

I think I’m going to take a break from blogging for a few months. See where we are by year’s end. If things have improved then I will return. If not, I will close the blog permanently.

Your thoughts are welcome, as always.

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Oceans 8 Gay Undertones

I saw this movie opening day with my aunt and my cousin. My gaydar went off seeing the relationship between Sandra’s character, Debbie, and Cate’s character Lou. A current romantic relationship is not explored in the movie, but you do get a sense that they might have been more than friends at some point. If anything further were explored or revealed in an Oceans 9, I think we’d learn that Debbie is perhaps bi-sexual (as it was a guy she was dating that ratted her out to police) and that Lou is a Lesbian. However, what I loved most about this interview is how they are totally open to bringing Laverne Cox into their already diverse mix of actresses.

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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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SCOTUS Narrowly Sides with Baker

As difficult as this is, we must take the high road and not act hostilely either directly or indirectly, as with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Otherwise, things will go against us for the most ridiculous reasons, like in this case.

The Supreme Court sided with a baker who has religious objections to same-sex couples’ weddings in a narrow decision on Monday morning.

The long-awaited decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, however, mostly avoided the hot-button question of whether civil rights laws could force that baker, Jack Phillips, to make a wedding cake for such couples.

Instead, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision for the court focused on the fact that Phillips was treated with “hostility” by Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission — action that the Supreme Court ruled violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause.

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Gay Couple Stabbed Outside Denver Night Club

Sometimes I truly wonder if we live in a progressive country.

Two gay men were holding hands while walking home from a nightclub early Sunday morning in Denver when a man attacked the couple, stabbing them multiple times.

“We were just walking and I guess he didn’t like what he saw … that we were holding hands,” Chris Huizar, 19, told local outlet 9News on Sunday.

Huizar and his boyfriend, Gabriel Roman, 23, were walking home from a dance club called The Church just after midnight when the two said they heard a man yell “fuckin’ faggots” before he attacked the couple with a folding knife. Huizar was stabbed in the neck and Roman was stabbed in the hand and back before they were able to escape.

Gender Non-Conforming Valedictorian

Don’t give the kid an honor like valedictorian if you’re not going to allow that same student to give the commencement speech. It’s tradition. I’m sure it’s a small school where all the students are well-known, so you knew what Christian was like and deliberately chose to take this moment away from him.

The valedictorian banned from giving a graduation speech at his Kentucky high school believes the local church diocese stopped him from speaking because he’s gender nonconforming.

“Just myself being visible and existing has threatened them, in their minds,” Christian Bales, 18, told BuzzFeed News Monday, three days after his high school barred him from giving a planned speech at its commencement ceremony.

Bales, who said he often wears makeup and traditionally feminine clothing to school events, found out he would be valedictorian of Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, three weeks ago. The distinction meant he would be able to give a speech at the school’s graduation ceremony. His best friend, Holy Cross’s student council president Katherine Frantz, was also slated to give a speech.

But on Friday morning, Holy Cross’s Principal Mike Holtz called Bales’ and Frantz’s families to say that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, which oversees their school, had deemed their speeches inappropriate to read at that evening’s graduation ceremony.

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Jeers turn to Cheers for One NJ Couple

I must admit these guys are adorable. I hope they remain together. And I’m glad this situation turned out better than expected.

It was a clear, cool Friday night in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, and Theodore Vidal and his boyfriend, Colin Beyers, were walking back from their first prom together, holding hands in their navy blue matching tuxes and now-wrinkled pink bowties when they heard the raucous sounds of boys yelling ahead of them on the boardwalk.

They tensed and tightened their grips, preparing for the inevitable jeer, sharp insult, or crude joke that is usually lobbed at them in this part of town.
“It’s south Jersey. Guys pick on us for being gay a lot,” explained 17-year-old Vidal, a junior at Lacey High School. “It’s an area where you normally would get picked on and discriminated against.”

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Pulse Survivor Claims VP Wants LGBT People in Concentration Camps

I’d like to see that putrid piece of humanity try to put me in a camp. If it’s true that Ms Reid made homophobic comments, it can be allowed that people change their views on any number of subjects. I feel like so often we want straight people to accept us and understand us when they hate us, but then when they do see the light, no one is willing to accept it. Pence, on the other hand, is unrepentant.

Pulse shooting survivor Brandon Wolf has faced anger after saying that US Vice President Mike Pence wants to put gay people in “concentration camps.”

Wolf made the comments while talking to embattled MSNBC host Joy Reid, who has come under pressure over homophobic blog entries posted to her blog prior to her rise to fame.

Wolf – a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando who heads LGBT advocacy group The Dru Project – urged LGBT people to focus their fire on the Trump administration rather than Reid.

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