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Barney Frank Criticizes HRC President Chad Griffin's Apology to the Trans Community for ENDA 2007

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In an interview with The GA Voice, Barney Frank sounds off on Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin's recent apology to the transgender community for HRC's endorsement of a stripped down version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act back in 2007 that did not provide gender identity protections alongside sexual orientation.

That bill, introduced by Frank, passed the House 235-184 but was never voted on in the Senate. 

Said Frank:

Chad Griffin’s one of those people whose political judgment seems to be off. The fact is that HRC and I and everybody else were for an inclusive bill in 2007. The issue was we did not have the votes for an inclusive bill. It wasn’t a failure of will. Then the question was, was something better than nothing? Was it better to pass a bill that was protective of lesbian, gay and bisexual people or pass nothing? We tried very hard.

JohnsonPeople have this mistaken view of the civil rights movement and say, ‘Well the black people never compromised, they got the whole thing.’ That is just silly nonsense. The first civil rights bill that was passed in ’57 was fairly moderate but it had some good things, and then one passed in ’60, and then one passed in ’64. People are now saying, ‘Well we don’t want ENDA to be just about employment, we want it cover housing, etc.” Well that national federal civil rights bill that Lyndon Johnson signed in 1964 that we’re all celebrating today didn’t include housing! Housing didn’t come until a separate bill was passed after Martin Luther King was murdered in 1968. The notion that you can win your entire victory at once is historically and politically flawed.

The transgender community had this mistaken view that if Nancy Pelosi waved a magic wand, transgender would be included. And we were insisting to them that, look we don’t have the votes, help us lobby. Instead of trying to put pressure on the people who were against them, they thought they could just insist that we do it. We said, ‘We’re trying, but we need your help.’

Frank goes on in the interview to discuss how the topic of trans rights has come a long way in the seven years since then, as well as reveal what he misses most about being a congressman - the friendships and the ability to influence policy. 

Check out the full interview HERE


Anti-Gay Activist Mat Staver Is Not (Repeat, Not) Anti-Gay - VIDEO

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Wingnut Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver is very unhappy that he is perceived to be an anti-gay bigot, reports Right Wing Watch.

This is the same Liberty Counsel that has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the same Mat Staver who was listed by Human Rights Campaign in a new report that exposes some of the most vitriolic activists in the U.S. promoting anti-gay bigotry abroad.

Nonetheless, at this weekend's annual Values Voter Summit, organized by anti-gay bigots Family Research Council, Staver fumed over a letter sent by various civil rights and LGBT groups to Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus, asking party members to not participate in the conference, citing the anti-gay extremism of its sponsors.

Liberty Counsel is among the hate-in’s sponsors but Staver is not very happy about being labeled an anti-gay extremist.

According to Staver, he is being attacked merely for believing marriage is “the union of one man and one woman."

"For me believing in something that is that obvious. I am considered by some groups to be a hater. But I hate no one. I hate no one, but I believe in God's truth and I will not be silent in the face of intimidation."

In an effort to prove that he is not an extremist, Staver goes on to liken himself to Jesus when he turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple.  With a flourish, he also declares that the very idea of same-sex marriage “is an absolute lie from the very pit of Hell” - and of course, dangerous to children.

But he’s not homophobic.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Liberty Council also hosted a panel discussion at the Values Voter Summit warning that the U.S. "nanny state" will soon start targeting anti-gay Christians for NSA surveillance.

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Minnesota's First Openly Transgender Candidate Paula Overby Releases Campaign Video - WATCH

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Paula Overby, who is believed to be the first openly transgender person to run for Congress from Minnesota, has released a Western-themed campaign video “This Is Paula Country.”

A quality assurance analyst from Eagan, Minnesota, Overby ran uncontested for the Independence nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.

Pulling no punches, Overby, who is running for 2nd District Minnesota, says:

“People are fed up….We need to bring back freedom, individual liberties and individual responsibilities. We need representation that represents the people.  We have one of those representatives who really is not doing very much in Washington. [Republican incumbent John Kline has] forgotten what its like to live in our district.  I think it’s time to send that Representative back to Texas.”

According to ontheissues.org, Kline has voted against gay employment protections, was twice in favor of amending the constitution with a gay marriage ban and has a 0 percent rating on gay issues from the Human Rights Campaign.

Earlier this month, Bill Maher announced that he will personally target Kline for defeat this November because he has voted to repeal Obamacare fifty-four times and is against - among other things - raising the minimum wage, stem cell research, same-sex marriage and funding for climate change studies.

Watch Overby’s campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New HRC Study Shows Bisexual Youth at High Risk

FlagA new study from HRC explores the challenges faced by bisexual youth.

To start with what may seem obvious, bisexual youth face greater adversity than their straight counterparts. On average, bisexuals report more harrassment and more unhappiness; 79% of non-LGBT youth say they have a supportive family member in the household, a mere 44% of bisexual youth report having one.

It may or may not come as a surprise, but the study finds many bisexual youths do not even always feel accepted by the LGBT community; bisexual youth often feel that other LGBT people, especially homosexuals, dismiss them as "confused" or just going through "a phase."

It's an idea we're all familiar with — that bisexuality is just a stepping stone to coming out. In fact, the study's findings could well indicate this happens frequently: there were higher percentages of bisexual students among middle school students than there were among high school students.

However, for the truly bisexual students — those not easing coming out as gay — accusations of "being confused" (etc) continue from peers and adults.

Bisexual youth also face comments saying they are promiscuous, that they are seeking attention, or even that bisexuality is "not real."

Check out the stats and particulars of the study, embedded AFTER THE JUMP...

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Scott Lively Says New HRC Report Is 'Deliberately Trying to Incite Murder Against Me'

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Anti-gay troll Scott Lively is speaking out against the HRC's newly released report titled The Export of Hate - which exposes some of America's most vitriolic anti-gay activists and their work promoting bigotry abroad.

Naturally, the report provides extensive coverage of Lively's international efforts in Uganda, Europe, and Russia - but Lively just sees it as the HRC putting a "hit" on him and the other big name bigots in the U.S.

Writes Lively:

I believe they are now deliberately trying to incite murder against me and every other person on their enemies list.  That might have sounded a bit paranoid in years past, but post-Corkins it is just cold hard fact that some “gay” activists are incited to murder by inflammatory leftist rhetoric.  The HRC knows that, and yet their rhetoric in this Exporting Hate publication is MORE inflammatory than the SPLC’s rhetoric the drove Corkins over the edge!

Because I am a Bible-believing Christian I am not afraid of death.  But neither am I volunteering for martyrdom.  As of today I am for the first time going to start taking precautions against the possibility of being assassinated by agents of the LGBT movement.  For one thing, I will no longer publicize my travel schedule in advance.

And I am demanding a retraction and public apology from both HRC and SPLC.  To both of them I insist: STOP INCITING HATE BEFORE YOU GET PEOPLE KILLED!!!!!

There's a sad irony to Lively's last sentence, considering the abundance of hate he has incited abroad that has undoubtedly contributed to actual deaths - those of innocent LGBT people.

You can read his vile column in full, HERE.

[via Right Wing Watch


Human Rights Campaign Exposes Extreme Anti-Gay American Activists

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a new report that exposes some of the most vitriolic activists in the U.S. promoting anti-gay bigotry abroad.

These extremists claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS; that LGBT people are luring away children; that acceptance of LGBT people will lead to the destruction of the family; and that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being gay.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e170bc2970d-800wiHRC points out that these anti-gay activists often secure audiences with heads of government and their spouses, testify before politicians, build relationships with community leaders and other prominent citizens, lobby United Nations delegates, get involved in the drafting of national constitutions, and intervene in international court cases that affect the lives and rights of LGBT people.

The report titled The Export of Hate, which focuses on dangerous homophobe Scott Lively and others, details their connections and associations, nations in which they are active publicly, available information about their resources and examples of their public bigotry and hatred of gay people.

Lively has been accused of crimes against humanity for inciting anti-gay hatred in Uganda and aiding in the passing of their "Kill the Gays" bill.

The report also exposes the "work" of Benjamin Bull, Jordan Sekulow, Peter La Barbera, Paul Cameron, Sharon Slater, Robert Oscar Lopez, Brian Brown, Larry Jacobs, Brian Camenker, Mat Staver, Michael Brown, Janice Shaw Crouse and Scott Stirm.

Ty Cobb, HRC Foundation’s director of Global Engagement, said:

“Hate is not an American value, and we must expose and fight these individuals and their extremist allies. This is a destructive group of activists spreading anti-LGBT rhetoric, promoting laws that criminalize LGBT people, and seeking to restrict their speech and those who support them.  Although their views may find little traction in the United States, public opinion in many other nations makes their words and global advocacy fundamentally dangerous.”

Read the full report here.


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