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Perhaps hoping to appeal to young voters, Washington DC's Catholic Archdiocese commissioned Father Kevin "Kev" Regan for their 90-second long ad against Maryland's Question 6, the passage of which will bring about marriage equality.
Watch Regan employ his oratorical skills and espouse "the gift of sexuality" - heterosexuality only, of course - all the while preaching discrimination AFTER THE JUMP.
Halloween and Sandy are brewing a special kind of stir-craziness in D.C., NBC News reports.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
UPDATE: The horse-man has been identified.
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Following a recent spike in anti-trans hate crimes, the District of Columbia recently launched a new campaign aimed at combating anti-transgender discrimination.
In their first ad, unveiled today at BuzzFeed, the city introduces us to Kisha, who tells us, "I love wandering through Smithsonian museums, eating on H Street with friends, and going to shows at Howard Theatre."
She goes on: "I’m a transgender woman and I’m part of DC. Please treat me the way any woman would want to be treated: with courtesy and respect."
Kisha says her first experience with true discrimination came when she left the house, "Growing up in a household with a single mother and nine siblings, my mother always taught us about equality. When I started living as a transgender woman outside of the home, [that] was the first time I saw the discrimination [against LGBT people]." She also told the site that she believes the campaign will finally put relatable faces on transgender people.
"People will see transgender people," she said." They’re going through everyday life, everyday struggles — the same as straight people, rich people, everyone. Getting the message out there … is going to be great." Let's hope so.
Some more information on the shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington D.C. this morning in which a security guard was shot. The local NBC affiliate is reporting that there were Chick-fil-A promotional materials in the shooter's backpack. He hasn't yet been identified.
“The security officer here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said. “He did his job. The person never made it past farther than the front door.”
The shooter entered the building at 801 G Street NW at around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. He approached the front desk and said he was an intern before pulling a Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun from a backpack. The guard confronted him, and they had an altercation before the shooter fired, striking the guard in the arm. Despite his injury, he gained control of the weapon and held it on the suspect.
Authorities found two loaded magazines with 15 rounds each in the suspect's backpack, as well as Chik-Fil-A promotional materials, NBC4's Jackie Bensen reported...
...The suspect's name has not yet been released, but he is from the D.C. area and was born in 1984, NBC's Pete Williams has learned. The suspect apparently took the Metro downtown and parked his car at a Falls Church Metro station, Williams said. It's not currently clear whether it was East or West Falls Church.
Watch MPD Chief Cathy Lanier make a statement, AFTER THE JUMP...
Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has made his views about Chick-fil-A known, on Twitter:
The WaPo reports:
Earlier Friday, Gray declined to take a stand on the company, saying he needed more time to review its position on gay rights. But administration officials noted Gray has been a strong supporter of gay rights. In 2010, when he was council chairman, Gray helped legalize same-sex marriage. Last month, as mayor, Gray signed into law what he called one of the nation’s toughest anti bullying laws.
Gray waded into the Chick-fil-A debate even though the company does not have a big presence in the city and has no known plans for an expansion. Though the company’s Web site lists nearly two dozen locations in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, the only location in the District is on the grounds of Catholic University.
Gray later responded to Twitter users about his statement, adding: "What's embarrassing about supporting equal rights for your gay fellow Americans?...This is about more than their CEO's personal opinions. They also give hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-gay groups...I said I oppose them, but cannot legally bar them...Because they give significant amounts of $$ to organizations that actively oppose equal rights for gay people."