A reader shared that Rep. Bachmann never said the quote attributed to her above which on the one hand makes me feel much better and on the other makes me think – she strikes me as such an idiot that the quote seemed believable.
I try to keep my political ramblings to a minimum on this blog but this quote, if true, really bothers me. I may not like the Republican Party but there are a lot of intelligent people who I can have intelligent discourse with over policy and social issues who are Republicans, but they seem to be fewer and fewer each year.
Starting in the 2000 Republican Primary Presidential campaign, it seems like there was a move by some candidates to depict themselves as your average Joe. Since then, it seems like the Republican Party has increasingly embrace candidates who sound stupid. Why is there such an aversion to education and sounding intelligent? I can appreciate nobody likes a snob but the village idiot isn’t exactly a role model and that seems to be far more common these days.
My good friend wrote a call to action blog post earlier this week in reaction to the violence in Orlando last weekend and I wanted to share it.
Read and share: You Think You Know.
FACT: One of the survivors of the Orlando shooting could be fired from their job or kicked out of their apartment simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Throughout most of Florida, it is legal to fire someone or deny them access to housing or public accommodations because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).
I disagree with the modern interpretation of the United States’ second amendment, and I’m painfully aware of how out of step I am with the majority of Americans on this issue. As much as the tragedy in Orlando breaks my heart (and it really does), something changed in how I view my country after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre so while this tragedy infuriates me and I agree with the Daily News cover – I have come to expect so little from my country and even less from my politicians that all I have left are tears of shame.
I know that for many of you this video has been showing up on your news feed on Facebook, but I love this cheeky P.S.A. “A Bathroom Break” from Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein with the cast of Kinky Boots.
Here’s to hoping that we can put this foolish discussion behind us. I like to point out there have been more Republican politicians arrested for predatory behavior in bathrooms than the entire transgender community. So to paraphrase one of my favorite lines from Joan Rivers “Oh, Grow Up”.
Standing in stark contrast to North Carolina (boo, hiss) Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would ban discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations. You may recall this was the source of much discontent at last month’s Boston Spirit Magazine, LGBT Executive Networking Night when keynote speaker, Gov. Charlie Baker, was booed off the stage because he wouldn’t come out in support of the bill.
The legislation expands a 2011 state law that previously banned discrimination against transgender people in the workplace and housing. The legislation now heads to the MA House where it is expected to pass and will put MA in good company, joining 17 other states and D.C. that have already banned discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations.
Hat tip to David over at WGB where I first read about this.
Late yesterday the US Department of Justice (DOJ) warned North Carolina that significant aspects of the anti-LGBT legislation, officially known as House Bill 2 (HB2) violate federal civil rights law. Non-compliance with federal law could lead to North Carolina losing hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funding.
This follows the 4th Circuit’s decision that denying restroom access to trans students is sex discrimination under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act.
Learn more here.
The Republican Party is too media savvy to openly admit that they are using LGBT rights as a wedge issue but just because Republicans aren’t saying “we hate the LGBT community”, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. My parents always told me that actions speak louder than words. And one needn’t have the deductive reasoning skills of Sherlock Holmes to realize that the Republican Party sees targeting the LGBT community as a way to rally their fracturing party.
My parents always told me that actions speak louder than words.
Two weeks ago I wrote, Why the LGBT community still needs pride, after watching several southern states pass discriminatory legislation specifically targeting the LGBT community (many under the guise of “religious freedom”). At the time I wrote, “It seems like the South has declared war on the LGBT community.” Now I realize I was naive to blame this solely on the South. While the exact number of anti-LGBT legislation introduced in states in 2016 is up for debate, the trend cannot be disputed and it is happening all over the country.
This is troubling for me to watch, and I would imagine horrifyingly frightening for a young man or woman struggling to come to terms with their sexuality or gender. The Wisconsin Gazette recently published a state-by-state overview of anti-LGBT bills. You can check out what is happening in your state, here.
Anti-LGBT legislation seems to almost always be initiated by Republican state legislators. The chances of those bills becoming laws are increasingly likely if there are Republican majorities in the state house and a Republican governor. Since Massachusetts started recognizing same sex marriages in 2004 the Republican party has used marriage rights as a wedge issue – initially with a great deal of success but in recent elections to a lesser extent.
The 2015 US Supreme Court ruling recognizing our marriage rights coupled with the death of Justice Scalia has rallied conservatives who are using “Religious Freedom” as an excuse to legalize discrimination and to play on unfounded fears that the transgendered community is a bunch of predatory sickos who want to take over public restrooms – when the reality is more Republican politicians have been arrested for sex acts in public restrooms than trans people.