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RoadNigerian hotel restaurant serving human meat: "A Pastor who was among the people who tipped off the police on Thursday said: 'I went to the hotel early this year, after eating, I was told that a lump of meat was being sold at N700, I was surprised. So I did not know it was human meat that I ate at such expensive price.'"

RoadBarbara Walters named her vibrator "Selfie".

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StamosRoadJohn Stamos Twitter-lickin' good.

RoadTom Hardy brought his beard to the BAFTAs.

RoadJennifer Nettles talks to PrideSource: "Within the gay community, the courage it takes to be one's authentic self - even if you're viewed as different - is inspiring. Consequently there is definitely a connection in that degree of authenticity - and doing it because you gotta be who you are - that connects my music with the gay community."

RoadGOP Congressman Jim Bridenstine stands by while Tea Party supporter calls for Obama's assassination.

RoadRussia, post-Sochi: "Konstantin Yablotskiy, president of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation in Moscow, had hoped activists would be able to sponsor a “pride house” in Sochi, where gay visitors would find a welcome. The Vancouver Winter Olympics had one. “Registration was denied here,” he said. 'No, nothing has changed because of the Olympics,' he said. 'What will happen after the Olympics, we’ll see. People are very frightened. Many LGBT people think the situation will be worse after the Olympics. There is a panic in the community, especially among those who are partly or almost out, those who are active.' Their fate, he said, now lies with the larger world. 'Don’t stop paying attention to us after the Olympics,” he said. “What happens depends on you.”

RoadHow a 'scientific statement' convinced Uganda's president to sign the anti-homosexuality bill.

RoadNOM endorses Pastor Mark Harris for U.S. Senate.

Cordova-goffRoad17-year-old Pat Cordova-Goff, a senior at Azusa high school in California, shows what being an honor student is all about: "She is a member of the cheer squad and is Azusa High School's student body president with a 4.0 grade average. Pat is also the founder of Azusa's Gay Straight Alliance. She is now on her way to be the state's first transgender student to play high school softball on a girl's team."

RoadCandy Crush Saga maker King files for IPO: "King’s filing reveals the Candy Crush effect in stark detail: in 2012 the company’s revenues were $164.4m and its net profit $7.8m, but in 2013 those figures rose to $1.88bn and $567.6m respectively."

RoadTyler Curry believes gay rights and trans rights should be separated: "Although the discrimination against trans people by the gay community is unintentional, it is the reason the "T" should be removed from the LGBT. Gay men often use the slur because they believe it's a part of their collective community vocabulary. Just as we take liberties by using our own gay slurs as we chose, we mistakenly use the slurs aimed at trans people and whose objections are brushed off as political sensitivity."

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  1. Regarding the trans student from CA, the post says that "She is now on her way to be the state's first transgender student to play high school softball on a girl's team."

    And how is this fair to the girls on that team and on the opposing team? You can tell by looking at that pic that "she" has muscles and and upper body build that real teen girls don't have. Cordova-Groff's body had 16 or 17 years of male development, which "she" will be able use to pound the softball with "her" male muscles. This puts all the other girls' teams at a disadvantage and also eclipsing the accomplishments of the real girls on that team.

    This is one more example of how "trans rights" and "gender theory" works to the detriment of women and girls. I am not saying that trans students shouldn't participate in sports and have a chance to shine, but there needs to be consideration for other people's rights too.

    Posted by: Kate | Feb 18, 2014 3:53:53 PM

  2. Pat Cordova should play softball in a recreational league. Not fair or appropriate for a biological male to compete in girl's athletics. Stories like this set Trans people back.

    Posted by: Brian W. | Feb 18, 2014 4:02:06 PM

  3. I don't agree with everything in that Tyler Curry piece. But the main idea, that LGB and T should be separated, is 99% correct.

    I say 99% and not 100% because in reality tLGB and T already are separate. They always have been separate. We don't need to separate them so much as we just need to recognize reality.

    From the 60s to the 90s, throughout that whole period of gay liberation and gay rights, there was no usage of LGBT. In the mid- to late-1990s, a group of queer academics and trans activists colluded to invent LGBT. The queers disliked the idea of civil rights and wanted to make the gay movement more radical. The trans activists wanted to capture the gay movement and lay claim to its money and political capital.

    These 2 groups then imposed it on LGBs across the country with no debate or discussion. Because LGBT is artificial, it took time, effort and a willingness to suppress debate in order to impose it. That process took about 5-10 years.

    But with the internet, people are now free to discuss this without fear of harassment by trans and queer activists.

    Posted by: Matthew | Feb 18, 2014 4:10:47 PM

  4. Tyler Curry's article was ambiguous. The last sentence reads:

    "Transgender people still suffer from the bullying, discrimination and injustice from which many gays and lesbians have long since moved on. Now, more than ever, it's time for the LGB to start championing the 'T.'"

    I think this was his point, more than complete separation of the T from the LGB movement. Each community faces unique battles, and we need to work together to overcome the adversity faced by each group of the LGBT community.

    As an aside, I'm not sure gender identity and sexual orientation protections are mutually exclusive. Most non-discrimination laws protect gender identity and expression. That is, both actual and perceived gender identity. On the same token, many laws protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation protect actual and perceived homosexuality, bisexuality, and heterosexuality. As such, a straight male who is discriminated against because someone perceives him to be gay is protected. Just as a female who is perceived to be trans would be protected.

    Posted by: Hunter | Feb 18, 2014 4:42:43 PM

  5. Hunter-

    The issue isn't whether the 2 groups can or should work together on certain issues (they should). The issue is whether the 2 groups are inextricably bound together as a common "people" (They aren't.)

    Also, the issue isn't whether sexual orientation and gender identity are mutually exclusive. They aren't. Everyone has both a sexual orientation and a gender identity. The issue is whether the two concepts should be deliberately fused together in order to uphold the ideological/political contrivance called "LGBT." Also at issue IMO is the harm that comes from telling the world that being gay is linked, by definition, with being a hermaphrodite, a transsexual or a crossdresser. Similarly, there is the question of the harm caused by telling the world that being transgender means, by definition, being linked to homosexuality. I say that fusing the 2 concepts this way is dishonest, promotes stereotypes, and damages both LGBs and Ts.

    Posted by: Matthew | Feb 18, 2014 4:54:26 PM

  6. So sorry to hear about the death of the founder of Devo. This band had a huge impact on my music tastes.

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 18, 2014 4:56:47 PM

  7. Scalia will likely take pride in -at least- his ostensible prescience regarding the inevitability of same-sex marriage... as if the other justices were clueless that their earlier decisions would provide the legal precedent for legalizing gay marriage nationwide!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Feb 18, 2014 5:08:19 PM

  8. Hannity, Gingrich, Cruz, and the Duck Dynasty guy, there's an enlightened dinner party! Pigs at a trough.

    A $5,000 tip? I guess the waiter was straight.

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 18, 2014 5:20:31 PM

  9. Oh, a Huffington Post article... you might have said so, so I could avoid giving them needless traffic.

    Tyler Curry advocates more separatist nonsense, and it should be treated as such. Still, I'll respond to some points that annoyed me, anyway.

    Our biological roots are the same. Our communities have significant overlap. Our enemies target us for the same reasons. We have been at the center of each other's activism. We are each other's family.

    I don't use the word "tranny", but I know that there are even transgender people who do.

    1. Let's not pretend that there aren't transgender porn stars who make their living advertising themselves as "trannies". And STOP right there. Before you say they're "just porn stars", does that mean their work isn't valid, that their opinions don't count? LGBT people aren't about sex-shaming.

    2. Also, there are transgender actors who proudly appear in film with "trannies" in the title, as those "trannies". Again, who are the word police to overrule what these people have to say?

    3. Kate Borenstein (whose transgender opinion apparently counts less than that of a cisgender man) says about "tranny" that "It was a name that said 'family' ... let’s get back to using tranny as a uniting term amongst ourselves." (not to say that she likes the film...)

    Tyler Curry says "There is a difference between sexual orientation and gender identity" No, there isn't. These (along with butch/androgynous/femme, top/vers/bottom) are all interrelated aspects of gender. (There is no "identity"... you're losing your credibility, Tyler.) It all the same continuum, in the brain's biology.

    Rather than shrinking LGBT down to LGB (and then what, to LG and back to G?) we ought to be expanding the concept, as I believe Chelsea sort of did at HRC to include straight people, particularly in places around the world where their lives are scripted for them by conservative culture and religion.

    When there are problems, we work them out together.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 18, 2014 5:54:38 PM

  10. Well, RANDY, I completely disagree with you about there being no difference between sexual orientation and gender identity. Where in the world are you getting that from? Despite your claim, sexual orientation is NOT an aspect of one's gender.

    And, huh, there "is no gender identity?" Seriously, what? Are you claiming that trans men ARE male, and that trans women ARE female? If so, what makes them so if not their individual gender identity?

    Personally, I don't think the issues of gays (inclusive of lesbians and bisexuals) overlap quite enough with those of transsexuals to be joined at the acronym. In any event, the join is pretty much only at the acronym, so I don't see much harm in it. To the extent the groups support each other vigorously, that's great. But for all the reasons Tyler Curry stated in that piece, and more, I really don't think LGB and T should be lumped together.

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 18, 2014 6:27:04 PM

  11. Lol! Randy thinks that the LGBTTSQITSAAPLFSGL community is too limited, and wants to expand it to include straight people "in places around the world where their lives are scripted for them by conservative culture and religion."

    Awesome idea, Randy! You are clearly a deep thinker. We can now include the nearly 2 billion straight people living in rural China and India! HRC can deliver postcards throughout Hunan province and Kashmir, welcoming these folks to the community and explaining to them that they now share a common identity with hermaphrodites, genderqueers and genderfluid panssexuals from San Francisco. Of course, since our community would now be 98% straight peasant farmers, HRC and Lambda Legal probably will need to switch focus to crop production issues and rural electrification.

    Please keep the ideas coming, Randy!

    Posted by: Liam | Feb 18, 2014 7:14:34 PM

  12. Stamos needs to get out of the closet and get it over with. Really.

    Posted by: TyInTennn | Feb 18, 2014 10:57:09 PM

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