Prominent LGBT Lawyer Committed Suicide

Heartbreaking when someone feels that this is the only way to solve any problem.

Domingo Morales was not initially concerned when he got a text message from his mentor, David S. Buckel, at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, calling out sick.

Twenty-five minutes, later, Mr. Buckel sent him an email: “I apologize for leaving this world early and leaving you with some big challenges to tackle. But I have to at least try to make this planet a better place for having lived on it.”

Mr. Buckel, a nationally known civil rights lawyer and, in his final decade, a master composter directing the sprawling site at the Red Hook Community Farm in Brooklyn, set himself on fire around dawn Saturday in Prospect Park. It was, according to his suicide letter, to make a statement about people protecting the environment.

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Weibo Walks Back LGBT Ban

Power of the people! LGBT content should not be lumped with violent content.

China’s Weibo, the popular Twitter-like microblog site, has said it will not suppress LGBT content as planned, following a public outcry.

Thousands of Weibo users protested a three-month “clean-up campaign” that would have targeted LGBT content along with other subjects deemed obscene.

Over the weekend, people used hashtags like #Iamgay and #Ihavegayfriends, and many shared selfies and personal stories.

“My son and I love our country. No matter where we go, we always proudly tell people that we are from China,” wrote a Weibo user in Shanghai who said her son was gay in widely-shared post.

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iPastor: Masturbation is Gay Sex

Hoooooooooo boy! Religion is stupid.

A notorious internet pastor has warned men not to masturbate because it’s “sex with a man” and that’s gay.

High school football coach and internet pastor ‘Coach’ Dave Daubenmire, who has a surreal online following, made the comments on his ‘Pass the Salt’ livestream.

You’ve just got to say no to it, as hard as it is. If you’re very honest about it, masturbation is homosexuality.

“You’re having sex with a man. You’re putting images of a woman in your mind, but you’re having sex with a man.”

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AK Transgender Bathroom Bill Defeated

I’m thankful to the people of Alaska for doing the right thing and defeating such heinous laws. I am waiting for the day some asshole decides to question whether I was born a female. I will sue them for sexual harassment and anything else my lawyer can dream up. Guaranteed. I mean how do you know what gender anyone was born unless you follow them into the bathroom and look at their sex organs?

Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, have narrowly defeated a bill that would have stopped transgender people from using the bathrooms and changing rooms that correspond with their gender identity.

Nearly 53 percent of voters cast their ballots against Proposition 1, which was proposed by nonprofit Christian policy group Alaska Family Action.

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Hospitals are Making Strides for More Inclusive LGBT Healthcare

The government certainly doesn’t care about the LGBT community, so it’s nice to see some hospitals taking the initiative themselves. I told my old GP that I’m a lesbian and she was totally cool with it. Switched to a different GP, but haven’t told her yet. I remember visiting a Walgreens clinic a few years ago and when the doctor asked me if I needed the pill, I laughed and assured her that would never be necessary. She asked how I was so sure and, not knowing how else to say it (it was my first time revealing my sexuality to a physician), I said, “I’m the ‘L’ in LGBT.” She had no idea what I meant, soooo I had to spell it out.

Health care facilities across the U.S. are making “tremendous strides” toward LGBTQ-inclusive care, according to a new report by national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

The organization’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), now in its 11th year, found “remarkable progress” in areas including transgender-specific policies for patients, transgender-inclusive benefits for employees and LGBTQ-patient-care training for staff.

“This year has ushered in a new high watermark in LGBTQ inclusion in health care,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement.

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Art Teacher Fired for Being Gay

It’s a shame that one ignorant parent can destroy someone’s career. I’m glad that there are others standing up for her; others that see this woman’s true value. With so many art/music/writing programs being stripped by the government, teachers like Mrs Bailey are vital to the development of children. LGBT teachers are not interested in indoctrinating children in their lifestyle as we all understand we’re born as we are. Except transgender people. They were born in the wrong body.

Former students and parents from an elementary school in Arlington, Texas, say they are devastated a beloved art teacher was suspended after she told students she was married to a woman.

Stacy Bailey, who twice won teacher of the year at Charlotte Anderson Elementary, was suspended last September after the district “received complaints from parents about Ms. Bailey discussing her sexual orientation with elementary-aged students,” according to a press release from Mansfield Independent School District. The suspension was first reported by the Dallas Morning News.

“Parents have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation, etc,” the press release read.

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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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Help Tell Mike Pence to ‘Go Fuck Himself’

This is just brilliant.

The family of Vice President Mike Pence has a new children’s book coming out on Monday in which their pet rabbit Marlon Bundo explains his high-profile Washington job.

But the book, Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President, is already facing some hairy competition from “Last Week Tonight” and John Oliver

The HBO host had one of his writers, Jill Twiss, join forces with illustrator EG Keller to create a “Better Bundo Book” called A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo.