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2 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - 5/4 open thread · 0 replies · +4 points

There have been two significant deaths among gay men in the past day or so.

Rock and roller Little Richard has died at age 87 from bone cancer. Born as Richard Wayne Penniman, the singer, songwriter, and pianist was famous over his seven-decade career for works such as "Tutti Frutti", "Long Tall Sally", and "Good Golly Miss Molly". Little Richard led a tortured and conflicted life alternating back and forth between embracing his gay identity and rejecting it due to his evangelical faith. He had a five-year marriage during which he adopted a son who would later serve as a bodyguard. He would later claim that his marriage and a previous, longer relationship with another woman included multiple partners and voyeurism.

The other is Roy Horn, born Uwe Ludwig Horn, who died at the age of 75 from complications due to Covid-19. He and his partner Siegfried Fischbacher, both naturalized U.S. citizens of German birth, formed the longtime Vegas musician and exotic animal act Siegfried & Roy. Their popular and highly attended performances came to an end in 2003 when Horn was attacked on stage by one of their white tigers severing his spine in addition to other serious injuries. Horn would eventually regain the ability to walk, but retained motor and verbal impairments. Horn and Fischbacher were romantically involved during part of their career, but rarely discussed their private lives. Following his death, Fischbacher said that "the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend".

7 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - 4/6 No new SCOTUS news... · 0 replies · +5 points

Words such as stupidity and idiocy have such negative, demeaning connotations. That is why so many people in the South, the Plains, and the Northern Mountains prefer more positive, uplifting words such as conservatism and freedom. Because she followed her stupid, idiotic, moronic ^conservative principles, she is now forever blessed with the full range of freedom she can possibly enjoy in a pine box six feet under especially if she was buried with her gun.

7 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - 4/6 No new SCOTUS news... · 0 replies · +2 points

The U.S. Supremes have ruled that mail ballots must be postmarked no later than April 7. This election, which is not just party primaries but a general election for judicial and local offices, is going to be a complete clusterf*ck. The following article lays out in detail what a nightmare it will be.

Nathaniel Rakich, FiveThirtyEight: What The Heck Is Going On With Wisconsin’s Primary?

9 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Brief SCOTUS update · 0 replies · +2 points

Playwright Terrence McNally died March 24 in Sarasota FL after contracting coronavirus at the age of 81. McNally frequently wrote about the lives of gay men in his plays. He was a survivor of lung cancer who subsequently suffered from COPD.

McNally won Tony awards for best plays for Love! Valour! Compassion! (1995) and Master Class (1996). He also won Tony awards for writing the books for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993) and Ragtime (1998). He won a Tony for lifetime achievement last year. He received three other Tony nominations.

He received an Emmy award in 1990 for the script of André’s Mother about a mother dealing with the death of her son from AIDS.

McNally is survived by his husband Tom Kirdahy, a Broadway producer and lawyer, whom he first married in 2003 and remarried in 2010.

Tim Teeman, Daily Beast: Terrence McNally, Tony-Award Winning Playwright, Dies of Complications Due to Coronavirus at 81

11 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - 3/3 Still no Title VII... · 3 replies · +1 points

Brady McCombs, Associated Press: Mormon students protest BYU stance on same-sex behavior

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Brigham Young University two weeks ago dropped a section from its strict code of conduct that had prohibited all expressions of homosexual behavior, bisexual music major Caroline McKenzie felt newfound hope that she could stop hiding and be herself. She even went on a date with another woman.

That optimism was pierced this week when administrators at the university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints clarified in a letter posted online Wednesday that “same-sex romantic behavior” was still not allowed on campus. The letter said the recent revision to what is known as the “honor code” didn’t change the “moral standards” of the church or the faith’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

McKenzie said it made her feel whiplash and that her religion was telling her she was dirty for who she is and unwanted by God. She’s reassessing whether she wants to finish her studies at BYU even though she loves her professors and the education she’s receiving.

“It’s psychologically damaging,” said McKenzie, 23, of Kaysville, Utah. “It has been a roller coaster the last couple of weeks. This last Wednesday pretty much destroyed me. It felt like I was drowning again.”


The Utah-based religion of 16-million members worldwide has tried in the last decade to create a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ members, while adhering to its doctrinal opposition of gay marriage. The faith, widely known as the Mormon church, teaches that while being gay is not a sin, engaging in same-sex relationships is against God’s commandments.

Church spokesman Doug Andersen said in a statement Friday: “The teachings of the church and the policies of our universities are consistent with eternal principles, and seek to encourage and strengthen relationships that lead to eternal covenants made with God. The church and its leaders continue to teach that though there may be disagreement on an issue or policy, we should treat one other with love, respect and kindness.”

Students who attend BYU in Provo, south of Salt Lake City, agree to adhere to the code of conduct known as the “honor code”, and nearly all are members of the church. Punishments for violations range from discipline to suspension and expulsion. The code bans other things that are common at other colleges, including drinking, beards and piercings.

The letter posted this week and an accompanying Q&A posted online don’t provide details about what same-sex romantic behaviors are and aren’t allowed. But it seems to shut the door on the idea that gay and lesbian couples will be allowed to kiss and hold hands on campus like their heterosexual classmates.

“Same-sex romantic behavior cannot lead to eternal marriage and is therefore not compatible with the principles included in the honor code,” wrote Paul V. Johnson, commissioner of the church education system.

12 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - 3/3 Still no Title VII... · 0 replies · +1 points

OMG! Former Rep. Aaron Schock comes out of the closet and announces he's gay!

Ellie Hall, BuzzFeed News: Former Republican Lawmaker Aaron Schock Has Come Out As Gay

In order to figure that out, all he had to do was ask anybody, well, everybody over the past 12 years to learn what was obvious.

Maybe he should have paid more attention to the clues.

12 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Still waiting on SCOTU... · 0 replies · +2 points

North Carolina Dem Gov. Roy Cooper will run against GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

12 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Still waiting on SCOTU... · 0 replies · +1 points

In the two seats Dems flipped in 2018, Lizzie Fletcher will face challenger Wesley Hunt in CD-7 while Colin Allred will face Genevieve Collins in CD-32.

In the districts Dems will be targeting, GOP incumbent Dan Crenshaw will face the runoff winner between Sima Ladjevardian and Elisa Cardnell in CD-2. Michael McCaul will face the winner between Mike Siegel and Pritesh Gandhi in CD-10. Chip Roy will face former gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis in CD-21. John Carter will face the winner between Christine Eady Mann and Donna Imam in CD-31. CD-31 is where Senate contender MJ Hegar nearly won two years ago.

12 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Still waiting on SCOTU... · 0 replies · +2 points

Here are the Dem and GOP nominees for the seats of the retiring GOP House members:

*CD-11 (Conaway): John Mark Hogg v. August Pfluger
*CD-13 (Thornberry): Gus Trujillo, Greg Sagan (runoff) v. Josh Winegarner, Ronny Jackson (runoff)
*CD-17 (Flores): Rick Kennedy, David Anthony Jaramillo (runoff) v. Pete Sessions, Renee Swann (runoff)
*CD-22 (Olson): Sri Preston Kulkarni v. Troy Nehls, Kathaleen Wall (runoff)
*CD-23 (Hurd): Gina Ortiz Jones v. Tony Gonzales, Raul Reyes (runoff)
*CD-24 (Marchant): Kim Olson, Candace Valenzuela (runoff) v. Beth Van Duyne

CDs 11, 13, and 17 will not likely be competitive in November. In CD-13, Jackson is the former White House military physician who thinks Trump only weighs 230 lbs. and had his nomination to the VA shot down for hand out pills to staffers like candy. In CD-17, Sessions is a former congressman from a different district while Swann has Flores' endorsement. Missing from the CD-22 GOP runoff is Pierce Bush, nephew of Shrub and Jeb!, while Dem nominee Kulkarni nearly beat Olson in 2018. In my district, CD-23, Ortiz Jones is the out lesbian who nearly beat Hurd in 2018.

12 weeks ago @ Equality on Trial - Still waiting on SCOTU... · 0 replies · +2 points

Granger, labeled a RINO despite being endorsed by the Orange Menace, won fairly comfortably. Her seat will be safe unless there is a blue tsunami in November.

Cuellar barely won which is a shame because he is an asshole. He will be safe in November.