Hollywood and beyond has exploded with deeply sad reactions to the apparent suicide death of comedic genius Robin Williams. But not all have been sympathetic. For instance, in an OMG! illustration of just how crass the political world has become - Chris Fields, deputy chair of Minnesota's Republican Party, responded to a tweet lamenting Williams' death Monday, posted by the state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party social media director, with a promo for Jeff Johnson, the Republican candidate for governor, according to Bluestern Prairie which documented the subsequent fallout in the Twitterverse.
Rep. Karen Bass, ranking member of the impossibly named House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, was greeted warmly by In the Meantime Men's President Jeffrey King on Saturday, Aug. 9, before a town hall meeting at The Carl Bean House in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. It was an afternoon of truth-telling and solution-seeking as the former community activist talked about the historic U.S.-African Leaders Summit and how local African-American activists might respond to the spate of anti-Homosexuality Laws hurting LGBT people in 37 African countries.
What a huge difference 10 years can make. In 2004, Ohio was the fulcrum for a wave of anti-gay marriage laws that Karl Rove successfully orchestrated to get President George W. Bush re-elected. Last Thursday, Ohio was one of four states with challenges before a three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn those bans.
The LAPD now considers the death of Ramon Estrada (pictured above) a homicide, though they have not yet officially determined the fatal attack to be a hate crime. Estrada, 36, died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital on Monday after being taken off life support. He had been in a coma for a month since being found severely beaten after leaving the Gold Coast Bar in West Hollywood. Doctors told his partner Michael Shutt
This is August. Everyone's on vacation. Except not really. In fact, the world seems on fire: U.S. airstrikes in Northern Iraq against the terrorist Islamic group ISIS; Israel battling the terrorist group Hamas on the Gaza Strip; Ukraine is still fighting pro-Russian rebels and Dutch observers have given up getting full access to the MF 15 crash site; and President Obama preparing to issue an executive order to help deal with the immigration crisis on the U.S. border with the influx of unaccompanied undocumented migrant children fleeing violent gangs in Central America. That executive order could be grounds for impeachment, Congressional Tea Party Republicans insisted, before going on a month-long recess. So in the grand scope of things in a world gone mad, what does the life of one already marginialized individual matter if she is helplessly stuck and invisible to colliding forces?
This one's just for fun, a mental health break for politicos. But of course, it's also sagely strategic. Fomer First Lady, former Senator from New York, former Secretary of State, former candidate for president
This is a very big day. A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati, Ohio will hear marriage arguments in five different cases challenge marriage bans in four different states
The historic White House-African summit was overshadowed by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, keeping the presidents of Sierra Leone and Liberia home to deal with the crisis. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan decided to attend anyway, despite the climbing death toll in his country and the region. President Obama apparently refused him a private meeting, but it remains unclear if anyone from the Obama administration or State Department pulled aside and upbraided Jonathan, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni or any of the 30 other invited leaders from African nations that criminalize and severely punish homosexuality. Rep. Karen Bass, whose district includes portions of Los Angeles, Culver City and Little Ethiopia is one leader who is taking the continent's anti-gay laws very seriously. Since Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act was signed into law by Museveni last February, Bass, a ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, says she has been talking about the laws to a number of African leaders, many of whom have sought her out. (A new report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Human Rights First indicates that 37 of Africa's 54 countries have laws criminalizing homosexuality.) Now she is holding a free, public town hall on Saturday, Aug. 9 at The Carl Bean House in West Adams to update the community on the laws and consider what the LGBT and religious communities can do in response. Museveni made it clear that the overturning of the infamous anti-gay law on a technicality by Uganda's constitutional court on Aug. 1 had ""nothing to the do with""
LGBT marriage activists have been waiting for this. Taking the action he announced last month he would take, Utah Attorney Gen. Sean Reyes filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court requesting a review of Kitchen v. Herbert, the case that struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban. On June 10, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, by a vote of 2-1, upheld a lower court's ruling. After District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby found the ban unconstitutional, more than 1,000 same-sex couples rushed to get married (pictured above) before the Supreme Court intervened and stopped the marriages, pending an appeal. ""My responsibility is to defend the State Constitution and its amendments as Utah citizens have enacted them,""
Sen. Ricardo Lara
The White House still plans to hold the long-planned, unprecedented summit Aug. 4-6 with nearly 50 leaders from African countries starting Monday, despite the deadly outbreak of the Ebola
This man, identified as Reginald Anthony Klaiber, 24, has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with a possible hate crime enhancement for stabbing a 15-year-old transgender girl in the back while riding the Metro Green Line train in Washington, D.C., late Wednesday afternoon. The unidentified girl's friends told D.C. News 4 that Klaiber
What are the chances? Good, for California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, as it turns out. The elected line of succession is out of state, and out of the way for the day so Atkins can fulfill her duties as Acting Governor, the first LGBT person in California to hold that august position. Yup, as
An estimated 300 people crowded into David Cooley's lovely backyard in Hancock Park for the annual Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Garden Party on Sunday, this year hosted by their new partners, the L.A. LGBT Center. GLEH's merger with the Center last April was enthusiastically applauded by seniors and GLEH leaders at the event. ""I think it's marvelous,""
LGBT members and allies of the National #Not1More Deportation Campaign are sitting in at the offices of the LGBT Equality Caucus asking that caucus members
Sometimes Supreme Court Justices say the darndest things. People still chuckle over and quote Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart
There are two more days for Congress to get something done before it leaves for August-plus recess, and 99 days before the November elections when elected officials in what many think is the worst “Do Nothing Congress” in history may—or may not—have to explain their taxpayer-funded inaction.