Politics

Gay and Middle Eastern in post-Orlando America

These are my reflections from the past 36 hours about the Orlando massacre.

These are my reflections from the past 36 hours about the Orlando massacre.

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Letter to the Editor: politicizing the San Diego Orlando rally

The San Diego memorial rally for the victims of the Orlando attacks

[Editor's note - the "profanity and vulgar language" the writer of this letter is referring to is the statement made by LGBT activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez who said in his speech, "With all due respect to Donald Trump, it’s time for you to shut the f**k up!”]

 

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 

Targeted act of a terrorist’s hate

Pulse, like most LGBTQ nightclubs across the country, was more than just a place to dance and drink.

June is LGBTQ pride month and parades and festivities abound month-long. Pride 2016 is particularly important because it marks the one-year anniversary of “Obergefell v. Hodges,” the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Boston Pride was last week with its signature Pride Parade extravaganza on Saturday.

Black comedian says goodbye to Obama using a racial slur

President Obama gets called the n-word by comedian at send-off dinner

What was expected  to be a friendly and light-hearted skewering of political and media elites at the White House correspondents’ dinner by Larry Wilmore, comedian and host of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,”  turned into a night of off-color remarks, edgy jabs where you heard moans and groans. 

Pope’s damaging message to trans teens

Pope Francis gives his apostolic exhortation

Pope Francis’ long-awaited apostolic exhortation — “Amoris Laetitia,” or “The Joy of Love” — was just released. 

The good news is that he urges church leaders to be pastors rather than church bureaucrats. The request wasn’t surprising because Pope Francis immediately taking the reigns of the Catholic Church displayed a pastoral countenance to his papacy. 

Massachusetts isn’t Mississippi, but we too have no trans accommodation bill

Massachusetts may not be as progressive as one would like to believe.

Mississippi and North Carolina can now be added to the list of states codifying transgender discrimination.

To date, only seventeen states across the country have passed non-discrimination bills protecting transgender citizens in public spaces. Shockingly, Massachusetts isn’t one of them.

Mississippi may look like Bart Simpson, but not as clever

Mississippi looks just like Bart Simpson, but not as progressive

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has made it official. On Tuesday, he signed into law making it legal for businesses and organizations to refuse service to LGBT people based on the institution’s religious beliefs.

This also allows businesses to sanction bathroom access, dress codes, grooming and public changing facilities.