There is potential for federal legislation that guarantees protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans while yet shielding people of faith and good will from heavy-handed punishment by the government. But the “Equality Act” isn’t it.
If the next wave of the gay rights movement is a relentless attack on mom-and-pop businesses, all of the goodwill (and public support) for LGBT Americans built up over the years will rapidly evaporate.
— Gregory T. Angelo (@gregorytangelo) June 13, 2019
And I believe this Tennessee Cracker Barrel had every right to refuse to serve a Pastor who called for executing LGBT people, in the very same way that a Christian baker has every right to refuse to serve a gay couple for their same sex wedding. https://t.co/QjNOAdYCmI
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2019
The DC Dyke March banning flags and signs with the Star of David is #antiSemitic, plain and simple. Diversity is a tremendous strength of the community of #LGBTQ supporters. We call on the organizers to reverse this policy immediately: https://t.co/6Vg3xxcL6m
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) June 6, 2019
Progressive anti-semitism is on the rise, including on the LGBTQ left (and including among some secular Jewish LGBTQers whose religion is now progressivism). https://t.co/0To39GlPzu
— IGF CultureWatch (@IndeGayForum) June 8, 2019
I’m not anti-French. I just don’t believe France should exist. There’s a difference between anti-Frenchism and anti-Francism.
— Howard Lovy (@Howard_Lovy) June 7, 2019
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) November 17, 2018
Last year, LGBTQ activists complained that President Trump did not issue a pride month proclamation, although many high-ranking officials and executive departments did so, This year the president issued a statement, and LGBTQ activists complained about it. But of course.
As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019
You work overtime to make equality a partisan issue. Stop. You aren’t helping. Gays and lesbians know President Trump is for equality. Your list is ridiculous spin and all about your own survival. https://t.co/PmtqDYNsOa
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 31, 2019
This, from today’s print edition, is embarrassing for the Washington Post. Didn’t the editors realize that @realdonaldtrump said three days ago what they report him today as expected not to say? pic.twitter.com/yVTdAZidFQ
— Walter Olson (@walterolson) June 3, 2019
More. Obama was a more self-evidendently pro-LGBTQ rights president, as progressive activists view LGBTQ rigthts. But activists give Trump no credit for anything – from his convention acceptance speech pledging “to our protect LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression” (following the shooting deaths at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub) to openly gay appointments, to his administration’s raising the issue of the safety and security of gay people around the globe. Instead, efforts to find a workable balance between the rights of religious traditionalists not to face state coercion to provide creative services to same-sex weddings get denounced as “bigotry” and “hate” by progressives who have nothing but contempt for the rights of those whom they detest.
This is your friendly reminder that — despite all his faults — Donald Trump is the most pro-gay president in American history. https://t.co/aRm0ILsP0Q
— Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) May 31, 2019
“Internment camps” ?!?
This is what Trump Derangement Syndrome looks like. https://t.co/sdnPJb6CUI
— Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) June 2, 2019
— Red Alert Politics (@RedAlert) June 4, 2019
More Fake News from twisted gays. Only 3 out of 294 embassies requested to fly the gay flag. The rules state no flag except the stars and stripes may fly on the official pole. The embassies were told they could hang the gay flag anywhere else. SO HATEFUL https://t.co/MTOxqNlgCk
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) June 11, 2019
New comment policy: Comments that use obscene language will be deleted instead of edited. Repeat offenders will be blocked.
And a sympathetic view of trans weightlifters, via NBC News.
This is why we can't have nice things: following demands and disruptions from social justice activists, organizers decide to cancel the 2019 Edmonton Pride Festival https://t.co/QyPFGBZ7tI
— Walter Olson (@walterolson) April 11, 2019
Coming soon to a Pride march near you!
>>Global News has obtained a copy of an email sent out by the Edmonton Pride Festival Society explaining why the 2019 edition of the annual event, which aims to educate people and create a spirit of unity by celebrating gender and sexual diversity, has been called off. …
The society was presented with a list of seven demands including ending the Pride Parade and providing annual funding for Shades of Color and RaricaNow. …
“So no floats, no corporate, just community groups and it would be a protest march instead, and then they asked for each group to receive $20,000 a year in funding from us.”…
The Pride Society’s decision not to act on a call to ban police and military officers from taking part in the festival boiled over during the Pride Parade last summer.
The parade was stalled for about a half-hour when demonstrators blocked the route to demand that police, RCMP and military members be banned from marching in future parades.<<
I disagree with Mayor Pete on a number of policy issues, but it’s interesting to see the left struggle with whether his being gay is enough to make up for still being a white male, or to raise the issue of whether he is gay enough.
He’s spoken lovingly about his husband on national television, as an elected official, while running for President. All that aside, who the hell are you to judge or question anyone else’s pride or personal decisions on this front? Such a gross thread. 👎👎👎 https://t.co/GpYYoEQG2s
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 30, 2019
(The original tweet that Guy Benson and others in the thread were taking issue with has now been removed by the poster.)
The left is clearly of two minds on this, or maybe it’s liberals vs. progressives. Frank Bruni writes in the New York Times:
“The author is asserting that Buttigieg, 37, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., doesn’t come across as particularly gay, meaning . . . what? That he lacks stereotypical mannerisms? That his voice isn’t high-pitched? I’m kind of floored, because I and other gay people around my age (54) or older spent most of our lives educating people about the bigotry and inaccuracy of those very stereotypes and trumpeting the message — the truth! — that gay people can be every bit as buttoned-down and strait-laced as, well, Pete Buttigieg! Now his divergence from those stereotypes is deemed remarkable and in need of dissection? Strange days indeed.”
Some Cons saying Mayor Pete can’t be a Christian because he’s gay and some libs saying he’s not gay enough because he’s married, a capitalist, and was in the military.
Garbage takes all around. https://t.co/duxT1z5gnx
— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) April 11, 2019
Among LGBTQ folk, I have only heard white gay men excited for him. Meanwhile, not only have I not heard any support from him from a single LB or T person (or any LGBTQ person of color), many LGBTQ people I know are openly hostile to what he is offering…
— Steven W. Thrasher (@thrasherxy) April 14, 2019
The Human Rights Campaign is promoting legislation requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. HRC, in doing so, takes note that some employees without paid sick leave are LGBTQ.
The issue with HRC pursing a broadly progressive agenda is that when it fundraises among Republicans, it presents itself as a group focused on LGBTQ-rights advocacy. Yes, the Log Cabin Republicans support a broadly conservative GOP-driven agenda. They’ve got the name “Republican” upfront, and their mission is as much about lobbying support for Republicans as it is about lobbying Republican support for LGBTQ legal equality. The same was true, in reverse, with the now-defunct Stonewall Democrats.
But HRC was founded with a nonpartisan mission and for many years held to that in its congressional endorsements and fundraising (before it started supporting presidential candidates). If that had remained true, the Stonewall Democrats wouldn’t have been rendered redundant, and HRC would not have turned into an adjunct of the Democratic party.
More. From Equality California:
“Enacting gun safety reforms [sic] at the federal level is a top priority for Equality California. LGBTQ people and our allies are often the targets of bias-motivated gun violence.”
And since no LGBTQ people or allies use guns to defend themselves from hate crimes, no problem there.