Tag Archives: LGBTQ

Pence And Trump No Love For The LGBTQ Community, Refuse To Fly Rainbow Flag

(AP) – Vice President Mike Pence says keeping rainbow flags off of U.S. embassy flag poles is the right decision. At least four embassies had requested to fly the rainbow flag in honor of LGBT Pride Month, but were rejected by the State Department.

Pence told NBC News Monday that he supports having the American flag as the only one flying at our embassies, despite how passionate he and President Trump are to serve every American.

Under the Obama Administration, embassies could fly rainbow flags as long as they were smaller and flown below the Stars and Stripes.

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San Francisco City Attorney Sues Trump Administration Over New Health Rule

(San Francisco, CA-AP) — A San Francisco city attorney is suing the Trump administration over a new federal rule that would reportedly allow health care staff to refuse medical treatment to members of the LGBTQ community.

The suit was filed yesterday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera in U.S. District Court, and claims the new so-called “conscience” rule would reduce access to health care for a number of groups including women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The lawsuit claims the Department of Health and Human Services exceeded its statutory authority by creating the new rule, and violated provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit seeks to have the rule declared unconstitutional, and seeks a court order to prevent it from taking effect.

Police Scold Jussie Smollett For Fake Hate Crime Attack

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Police are attempting to unravel the alleged attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett. The saga began in January, when Smollet told police he received a racist and threatening letter that obtained a white powder. That “substance” was later determined to be aspirin. Then about a week later, the actor, who is black and gay, claimed he was assaulted by two white men in masks, wearing pro-President Trump hats who hurled racist and homophobic slurs. Smollett also claimed his attackers attached a small noose around his neck. The alleged attack became an international news event, with plenty of high-profile celebrities, politicians, and even President Trump expressing outrage. Chicago Police, the FBI, and other agencies launched a massive investigation.

About 48 hours later, police said they reviewed hundreds of hours of video footage, but were unable to find any direct evidence dealing with the attack. They also said Smollett turned over some, but not all, of the phone records detectives requested as part of their investigation. Smollett continued to say the attack was real, telling ABC’s Good Morning America that people would believe him if he was “attacked by black or Muslim guys.” On February 13th, Chicago police picked up two men at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport they identify as Nigerian brothers who are persons of interest. The next day, there were news reports that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack. Police denied those reports.

On February 15th, things took a major turn. Police said the “trajectory of the investigation” has “shifted” after cops released the two brothers without charges. Police wanted to re-interview Smollet, but the actor refused. Police seemed to ramp-up their investigation and unconfirmed reports starting swirling that Smollett would soon be arrested. Then this morning, Smollett was charged with filing a false police report. A very somber Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who is also black, said Smollett staged the attack only to increase his salary. Johnson added Chicago didn’t deserve this “publicity stunt” and he was upset Smollett used the dark symbol of a noose. He said Smollett paid the brothers 35-hundred bucks to stage the attack and added that he believes Smollett mailed the original letter to himself.

Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Report

(Chicago, IL) – The attack on Jussie Smollett has finally come full circle and not in a good way as he is now being charged with filing a false report that registers as a class 4 felony.

It was a freezing cold late January night in Chicago, when Jussie Smollett said that he went to a local store close to his apartment to get something to eat at around 2 in the morning.   What happened next was honestly random, but in this world that we live in now, no-one is surprised by anything that happens.

Jussie, sitting on top rated show Good Morning America, shedded tears as he told Robin Roberts about an attack he suffered in which two masked men hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, beat him, threw some type of chemical liquid on him, and looped a rope around his neck in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood while yelling this is MAGA country.

Jussie, defiantly told Robin, “He punched me in the face and I punched his ass back.”  Encouraging other members of the LGBTQ community to not be afraid when confronted with adversity.  It was a good story.  One of bravery in the face of racism and hatred towards gays and black people in a tense political time for the United States.

But there were still a lot of holes …questions? Who in their right mind was out in Chicago going to get something to eat in the middle of a storm that hit Chicago with below freezing temperatures. Who??…..again who….has that much hatred for someone that they stand outside of his apartment in freezing cold temperatures hoping that their target will surface on the outside.  Armed with bleach and rope, would he come out or nah? And how was it that Jussie could say for certain that the men captured on surveillance video were in fact the men who attacked him? How was he so sure? Oh…because he was there.

One thing that was odd to me, Jussie said, as he was having this candid discourse with Robin, if I tell the truth……stop right there.  IF you are telling the truth, whether they believe you or not should never enter your mind.  Forget his reluctance to give up his phone records, we can all understand his reasoning behind that.  But at the point in which the portion you do give… produces nothing…red flags. How hard is it to show that your manager, friend or whoever was on the phone with you at a certain time of the night/day.  A screenshot would suffice.

By the time authorities identified the two people of interest on the surveillance video who turned out to be minorities and not white.  The …”This is MAGA country” verbiage became questionable.  But at the point in which they flat out told authorities Smollett planned the whole thing….all consideration stopped.

Now, to be fair, before they cooperated, the brothers told the cops they were friends of Jussie’s and were shocked to hear about what happened to him. LIES?  When they realized their falsities weren’t working they seemingly spilled all the details.  From how Jussie had sent hate mail to himself and was upset that it didn’t get a lot of attention. They  went on to detail the course of events for the night of the attack and at the end of the gab fest it was concluded that Jussie had possibly orchestrated the whole attack.

After word spread that he allegedly set the whole thing up, video surfaced of the two brothers purchasing ski masks, gloves and a red hat in a store the day before the attack. and police wanted another word with the Empire star. Are they telling the truth? Did Jussie really stage a class 4 felony attack for attention? Time will tell……

In the meantime, he’s officially being charged with filing a false report and is due in court tomorrow at 1:30pm.

 

 

Jussie Smollett Says He’s Angry At The Attackers, And The Attacks

(Chicago, IL-AP) — Empire actor Jussie Smollett is answering questions about being the victim of a hate crime attack for the first time on camera. In an interview with Good Morning America airing today, Smollett said he’s angry at the attackers, but also the attacks. He said he was surprised that people doubted he was telling the truth.

The openly gay African American actor said that he believes the two men in a photo released by Chicago police are the men who attacked him. The interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts is Smollett’s first since the attack.

Chicago police are interviewing two persons of interest in connection to the attack on  Chicago P-D says it made contact with two possible suspects, but have not taken them into custody.

Their identities are not yet being revealed. He claims two men yelled racist and homophobic slurs, attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured a liquid on him that smelled like bleach. Authorities have not been able to find any surveillance video of the attack, but say the investigation is ongoing.

Georgetown Lowers Tuition So Gay Teen Can Attend

(Jacksonville, FL) – Georgetown University is also going to help a Florida teen who was kicked out of his Jacksonville home by his family because he’s gay. Last February Seth Owen said his Southern Baptist family gave him an ultimatum that he attend their church or get out.

The 18-year-old valedictorian had been accepted to Georgetown but needed help to get there without his family’s support. His story went viral and more than 140-thousand dollars was donated to his GoFundMe page. But, he was still short 20-thousand dollars. Georgetown is now lowering his out-of-pocket contribution to nothing.

Owen issued a statement thanking the public and Georgetown. He said he hopes to use the GoFundMe account set up by his biology teacher to create scholarships for others in his situation.

Scarlett Johansson Pulls Out Of Transgender Role

(SL) – Actress Scarlett Johansson is backing out of a movie in which she was going to play a transgender man. She dropped the movie because of heavy backlash from the LGBTQ community over the casting choice.

Trans actors criticized Johansson for taking the role, citing that it’s hard for trans people to get work as it is.  She was set to play real-life trans man Dante “Tex” Gill in director Rupert Sanders’ upcoming crime drama Rub & Tug. Tex was a trans man who ran a prostitution ring out of his massage parlor in the seventies.

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In her statement, Johansson said, “In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project…. I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”