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D_choiRoadMore on the Dan Choi trial: "One of the most dramatic moments of Thursday’s trial session came when Choi played a video, while LaChance was on the witness stand, of the 2009 interview of Choi by Rachel Maddow, in which Choi came out as gay. He said the video would provide evidence helpful to his case. But with the lights dimmed in the courtroom and the video playing on several screens, Choi began to sob uncontrollably before shouting to the judge, 'The defense rests!' He then called on Facciola to immediately begin the closing arguments for the trial."

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RoadWhy the GOP is screwed: "There remains a split within the Republican Party between the secular consultant class and the social conservatives who make up a healthy portion of the party’s base. As Messina pointed out, recent history suggests that the base will prevail, even at the cost of harming the party’s electoral prospects."

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RoadNigerians watch Supreme Court on gay marriage: "As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the country's legal position on gay marriage, Nigerian leaders are re-asserting their position on the issue, advocating laws that further ban the already illegal practice.  Gay rights activists in Nigeria fear if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to uphold laws banning gay marriage in America, it will be an excuse to further squash gay rights in Nigeria."

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  1. The Dan Choi case was absolutely another example of the DoJ going WAY OVERBOARD. If they put this kind of effort into prosecuting banksters who nearly brought this country down with them, we'd be living in a much fairer and more just world.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 29, 2013 3:49:49 PM

  2. Regarding the potential collapse of "LGBT organizations" if marriage equality is achieved: My response is that there are no LGBT organizations. There are LGB organizations that have been manipulated and bullied into calling themselves LGBT and working on crossdresser bathroom issues, on taxpayer-funded hormone treatments for convicted murderers and on male access to womens' locker rooms.

    All of the so-called "LGBT" groups - HRC, Lambda Legal, GLAAD - are funded almost entirely by LGB people. They are run entirely or almost entirely by LGB people. Their volunteers are almost entirely LGB people. Trans activists do nothing to fund or help any of these organizations. Instead, they form their own separate groups, which exclude LGBs and which focus exclusively on T issues. And then they demand that LGBs fund those groups as well.

    So the real question is, would LGB groups collapse. The answer is no, since we would still need to pass ENDA. Why hasn't it passed yet? Because trans activists said that it would be better for LGBs to be vulnerable to discrimination if the bill didn't include them. And so, stuffed with "gender identity" provisions, it could not and did not pass. And millions of LGBs have suffered because of that.

    Posted by: Dana | Mar 29, 2013 3:51:11 PM

  3. Bacon condoms are anti-semetic...and here we are in the middle of Passover.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 29, 2013 3:51:12 PM

  4. Not so fast. All of J&D's products are Kosher certified. LoL

    Posted by: LiamB | Mar 29, 2013 3:58:49 PM

  5. The Monsanto thing is troubling, especially in light of the acceleration of the death of bees, probably caused by genetically altered plants with pesticides now as part of their make up. Without the bees,we die.

    Posted by: Felix | Mar 29, 2013 3:59:02 PM

  6. Well, ok, LiamB. I didn't know you could make pork Kosher.

    I guess if I put the bacon condom on a handsome Jew or Muslim and he doesn't put it on himself then he won't go to hell...or wherever Jewish and Muslim guys go when they've been bad.

    And I'll never learn to spell. SEMITIC, dammit.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 29, 2013 4:09:43 PM

  7. Depeche has aged pretty well, musically and (a bit less so) visually.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 29, 2013 5:05:11 PM

  8. Collapse of LGBT organizations? I can't wait until they're all gone because it will mean that no one gives a rip anymore about who's what.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 29, 2013 5:29:34 PM

  9. The cloth napkin and gilded charger circle-jerks can go. But, since there are still no protections against employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination in my home state, as well as an amendment banning recognition of same-sex marriages in the state constitution, somebody, somewhere had better be out there pounding pavement right along side me until all of that changes.

    Dana, LGBT individuals comprise about 5% of the population. The achievements we have made on "LGB rights," as you say, in our majority-rule society would not have been possible without straight allies standing with us and voting along side us. Of the 5% LGBT, a far smaller sliver comprise the 'T'. How will they ever earn the equality they deserve if we are not willing to stand with them, in turn?

    Or, is seeing beyond the end of your own nose too much to ask of you?

    Posted by: FFS | Mar 29, 2013 5:34:14 PM

  10. We'll there also be a collapse of glbt blogs?

    Posted by: Name: | Mar 29, 2013 6:10:11 PM

  11. Don't get me wrong - I love Dan Choi. He's a brave man. And it doesn't hurt that he's a total stud. But I worry that his meds may not be working.

    Posted by: bravo | Mar 29, 2013 6:21:36 PM

  12. Think NAACP, LGBT organizations won't collapse.

    Posted by: Patrick | Mar 29, 2013 6:32:02 PM

  13. @FFS:

    I agree with you. Straight people helped us as allies. LGB groups can help trans people as allies. But that is completely different from pretending that we are one "LGBT people" and that our organizations, founded, funded, staffed and run by LGBS, are really co-owned by Ts.

    Trans rights are primarily the responsibility of trans people. They have to get out there and do the same kind of work that LGBs did for ourselves for so many decades. They can't farm it out and put the responsibility on us.

    We can and should help them as we might help any other ally, but it isn't our obligation to do their work for them or to cede ownership in our organizations.

    Posted by: Dana | Mar 29, 2013 6:35:33 PM

  14. The Monsanto item has been debunked by Addicting Info, a progressive media website.

    Posted by: CD | Mar 29, 2013 8:46:20 PM

  15. Okay, Snopes and Salon have more detailed articles about the "Monsanto Protection Act" which in itself is a bit of misinformation conservatives are crowing over watching liberals eat each other.

    The United States doesn't have a line item veto and there are a lot of other things in that bill that are more important and sometimes you can't throw the country out with the bathwater. That's what Republicans do.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Mar 29, 2013 9:18:52 PM

  16. Dan Choi has some serious issues. The military is probably not the best place for him.

    Posted by: John Farmer | Mar 29, 2013 10:53:19 PM

  17. "Dan Choi has some serious issues."

    Let's see someone go through 2 1/2 years of government persecution (and the financial ruin that can come with that) and you not having some "serious issues."

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 29, 2013 11:45:39 PM

  18. Dan Choi is an American hero. Show some respect, John. Were you ever fired from a job at which you excel simply because you were gay? It's soul-crushing.

    Posted by: Matthew | Mar 30, 2013 12:46:09 AM

  19. I have never heard of anyone being financially ruined by a misdemeanor criminal case. I have always been self-employed, but I have once had to stand trial for a crime that I did not commit (unlike Choi) and was subsequently acquitted of (unlike Choi) and never did I choose to act as my own attorney or have to be carried out of the courtroom during recess because I was lying on the floor yelling and sobbing uncontrollably. I have worked in the mental health field for over ten years, and I'd be willing to bet all the money in my bank account that Choi suffers from a psychiatric problem wholly unrelated to his legal morass.

    Posted by: John Farmer | Mar 30, 2013 10:16:02 AM

  20. And when all the LGBT issues have been won, there may happen another catastrophe for our community just like the HIV which came out of the blue to wipe out half a generation.......and is that still not sufficient enough an issue to continue the LGBT raison d'etre ?
    Have we become so complacent that we think it's cured,,,,,,,,do we really think that the fight for new meds and an ultimate cure has been won or lost ?

    As long as our community is threatened there will be a need for LGBT organizations... don't hang up your protest shoes just yet.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 30, 2013 12:27:46 PM

  21. "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why Right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than Evil triumphant." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Thank you, Dan, for all you've done to speak Truth and affirm Love.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Mar 30, 2013 3:11:38 PM

  22. Choi did what far too many gay men refuse to do, which is stand up and defy injustice. The man has been through a lot and has utterly earned a long and peaceful rest. Thank you, Lt. Choi.

    as for LGBT Organizations Collapsing - that's the freakin' goal. PFLAG's finest hour will be when it's no longer needed.

    That said, marriage equality becoming the law of the land will not be the end of those organizations, nor the Movement. the goal is not legal rights. the goal is the end of closet culture and the ongoing prejudices against LGBT people.

    Ignore "Dana" the anti-trans coward. It's good old "Bill Perdue" again - spouting anti-trans bigotry and hatred under yet another pseudonym.

    you show me an anti-trans gay man and i'll show you a complete coward with no spine.

    we're all it together.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 30, 2013 3:28:17 PM

  23. The HRC ought to go out of business. It's a front and a cash cow for so-called "progressives" and has little of substance to do with progress in gay rights.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 31, 2013 11:18:10 PM

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