Showing posts with label Gay Politician. Show all posts
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November 30, 2016

The Most Powerful Man in NY is Gay so It Can’t be the Mayor








Alphonso David knows something about political instability, popular upheavals and the fear that comes after. David has served as Governor Andrew Cuomo's chief counsel since 2015 and has worked under the man in various capacities for almost a decade. But he was born in Liberia; his wealthy family, targeted for belonging to the doomed political establishment, fled the African nation when he was ten during a violent military coup. David has lived freedom — and had it taken away.

Donald Trump's presidency has much of the country unnerved, David included. He is a Democrat, after all, a black and openly gay man negotiating a new reality of triumphant white nationalism. But as the man tasked with turning Cuomo's ideas into law, David projects calm. New York — now a deep blue island in a sea of red — will be leaning on its local leaders to guard against the most savage incursions of a Trump administration, and it will be partially up to the governor’s cerebral fixer to get the job done.

“He brings a combination of intellectual firepower and political smarts which is not always common among lawyers in Albany,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat who has worked closely with David.

David, 46, doesn't resemble your average Cuomo lifer — a burly, tough-talking, outer-borough operator like former executive deputy secretary Joe Percoco, who was likened to a member of the family before he was hit with federal corruption charges earlier this year. Close Cuomo aides are often brawlers, happy to berate lawmakers and reporters alike. David is every bit the bulldog Percoco was, but the resemblance stops there (one former aide described David, a yoga practitioner and fitness freak, as "ripped"). He comes with a law degree from Temple University, a clerkship with a federal judge, and experience as a staff attorney at Lambda Legal and running his own anti-addiction company in California. And unlike Percoco — and Cuomo — he's not going to scream at you over the phone. "He's very congenial," said Dr. Hazel Dukes, the president of the NAACP New York State Conference, “whether you agree with him or not."

In 2008, after his stint at Lambda, David joined Attorney General Cuomo's office as a special deputy AG for civil rights. At the time, Cuomo was waiting in a line for the governorship that had just gotten one shorter in the wake of Eliot Spitzer's prostitution scandal. With Spitzer gone and an ineffectual David Paterson in his place, it was only a matter of time before it was Cuomo's turn at the service window. After his boss’s election in 2010, David joined the administration as its principal adviser on civil rights; after Cuomo's second win, in 2014, David ascended to his current official posting as Cuomo's chief in-house lawyer — arguably the third most powerful position in Albany.

Over the past six years, Governor Cuomo has simultaneously thrilled and disgusted progressives. In 2011, the governor battled a Republican-controlled Senate to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage, an accomplishment that sent Cuomo's approval ratings soaring and increased chatter that he'd run for president someday. Still, there remained a segment of the left that was deeply distrustful of the governor: A Clintonian triangulator through much of his first term, Cuomo mocked the idea of raising taxes on the wealthy, bullied public-sector unions, and, far from continuing to provide a check against them, went on to empower Republicans in the Senate.

David hews more or less to the administration's overriding and often ruthless pragmatism, viewing himself as less an enforcer and more the man who takes the governor's will and makes it a reality — sometimes provoking the left's ire in the process. He was the brains behind an executive order that divested the state from all companies aligned with the BDS movement, a decision that drew heavy fire from Palestine activists. And on other issues, like granting clemency for prisoners, David has been Cuomo's steely ambassador, disappointing advocates who expected more from him. “He lacks empathy, and he's robotic," said Allen Roskoff, a clemency activist and president of the New York City–based Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a major fundraising organ for LGBTQ and other progressive causes.

But don't tell David that Cuomo isn't sufficiently progressive. "It's unfair," he said of the criticism. "If you look at the governor's record and compare it to anyone else's, not only the actual policies but the impact they have, there's no comparison."

That record has much to do with David himself: During the gay-marriage fight, he crafted legislation that helped tamp down the infighting between rival gay-rights groups that had plagued past efforts. And if a Cuomo initiative faces opposition from the left, he's the guy the governor calls in to "neutralize" it, according to one progressive insider. For instance, when activists pressured Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate instances of police-involved killings of civilians, David was the go-between. And when tenants'-rights activists accused Cuomo of not doing enough to protect them as rent laws came up for renewal in Albany, they met David. “If you're an advocate or a progressive leader — if you've done well or you've created a campaign seen as a threat to Cuomo — then you'll get a call from Alphonso," said the insider.

Whether Cuomo makes the decision to run in 2020 is uncertain. Just after the election, however, he claimed to stand in defiance of President-elect Trump's coming regime, anointing New York as a refuge for those who could come under attack. It could have been one of his occasional paroxysms of progressivism, or merely a play for position with the kingmakers of the Democratic Party — in a quote to the Daily News, the state's GOP chairman, Ed Cox, told "Andrew" to "give it a break." Whatever the ends of the governor's maneuvers, one thing is clear: David's role as the dogged right hand on the left's mobilizing issues under a hostile presidency. "We have a responsibility as public servants to ensure that our laws and our policies are fairly and evenly applied in this new world order," said David. “We have an even greater responsibility to make sure New Yorkers are not marginalized or targeted."

 ROSS BARKAN

October 1, 2016

Married Conservative Louisiana Politician Outed with 17 Yr Old Boy





 L) Mike Yenni R)Alex Daigle and he’s 19 now


A married conservative politician from Louisiana has been outed for allegedly dating a 17-year-old boy he met at a Catholic high school.

The FBI is currently investigating allegations that Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni sent sexually explicit texts to the teenager he first met at a Catholic high school function last year. The encounter, which happened in the middle of Yenni’s successful 2015 campaign to become Jefferson Parish President, was confirmed by the teenager. Yenni, 40, was the  mayor of Kenner at the time.


WWL-TV reports that FBI agents have interviewed at least four individuals about the sexually explicit text messages between Yenni, 40, and a young man who was 17 at the time and is now 19.
The teen tells WWL-TV that a mutual friend, who was 19 at the time, helped Yenni connect with him.

The teen says they began texting and talking on the phone, but soon after, the politician came to visit him at his job at a mall food court. Yenni, who is married and has a young child, arranged to meet the teen in a mall bathroom where he gave him some designer underwear to try on. They kissed briefly.
The texting progressively became more explicit over time.

WWL-TV adds:
The youth provided WWL-TV what he says are copies of the text exchanges that were recovered after they were deleted, on the condition that the station not directly quote from them. Printouts of the messages appear to indicate they came from a cell phone account linked to Yenni in multiple online search engines. WWL-TV called the number in June and got the same outgoing voicemail message, featuring Yenni’s voice, as could be heard on Yenni’s official parish cell phone at the time.
The phone listed on the printouts of the text messages is not billed to taxpayers.

According to printouts of those texts, Yenni tells the teen he wants him naked.

Days later, Yenni writes to ask the 17-year-old if he’s worn the underwear Yenni bought him. Yenni says he wants to see him model it.

Then Yenni texts the teen to say he wants to perform a sex act on him that night.

The youth, who is openly gay and is now in college, said in an interview with WWL-TV that he wants to expose Yenni’s behavior because he finds it disturbing.

While the youth was initially flattered and intrigued by Yenni’s overtures, he said the texts and phone conversations began to make him uncomfortable, such as one proposing three-way sex with him and the 19-year-old mutual friend.

“He asked me to go with him to his house in Oxford (Mississippi),” the youth said, where records show Yenni owns an apartment there. “Also, the way he would describe the sexual things he wanted to do to me. And he asked me to be a secretary or assistant in his office; that way I could be with him and not be questioned.”

Just a few weeks after the sexting began, in June 2015, the teen says he broke off communication and blocked Yenni’s number.

Yenni has not been charged with a crime, but WWL-TV notes that Yenni could face federal charges:
Under Louisiana law, the age of consent is 17, meaning Yenni would have committed no crime if he had had sex with the youth – something the youth said did not happen. But ironically, one question is whether Yenni’s texts proposing such activity could violate a federal law designed to protect children under 18 from obscenity.

The federal law bars the use of a telecommunications device for “the transmission of any comment, request, suggestion, proposal, image, or other communication which is obscene or child pornography, knowing that the recipient of the communication is under 18 years of age, regardless of whether the maker of such communication placed the call or initiated the communication.”

Former U.S. Attorney Harry Rosenberg speculates that may be the law the feds have been looking into.

The law has been challenged in the past, and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, Rosenberg noted. Still, it’s rarely invoked, both because obscenity can be hard to define – and is often defended as free speech under the First Amendment – and because it’s hard to prove the sender knew the recipient was under 18.

As to whether Yenni knew how old the youth was, the teenager says he established his age in one of his first phone conversations with Yenni.

“It was the phone call where he told me who he was, and I told him I was 17,” the youth said.

Yenni’s response, according to the teen, was: “I know the laws.”



August 9, 2016

Openly Gay Minister in Serbia, Thank You EU!



                                                                       
Minister Ana Brnabic 
Serbia's prime minister-designate said Monday that his new government will include an openly gay minister for the first time in the conservative Balkan country.

Aleksandar Vucic said his future Public Administration Minister Ana Brnabic does not hide her sexual orientation. He says he is aware it may draw public attention in a country where gays often face harassment.

"I am only interested in her results in the hard work that lies ahead," Vucic said, while announcing the composition of his new Cabinet. "She has exquisite energy and I am looking forward to working with her."

A gay rights group hailed Vucic's move, describing it as a "historic moment in Serbia and a huge step in building a society of equal chances." The Gay Straight Alliance group added that political inclusion of gay people is important for reducing discrimination and promoting tolerance.

Vucic's center-right government is expected to be voted into office by the end of this week, more than three months after the April 24 snap election.

Serbia has pledged to boost gay rights as it seeks to join the European Union. Gay marches in the past few years were held under police protection because of threats from extremists.

AP

                                                                             

Thank You EU!

While Brexit has dominated the headlines since the UK’s referendum, other states continue to aspire to join the European Union and are presently working toward accession. Jim Fitzgerald writes on the EU’s efforts to promote equality law reform in Moldova, which signed an Association Agreement with the EU in 2014. He notes that although there has been substantial progress in establishing new legal protections, there still remains much to be done in implementing these new laws in practice. 
In the wake of the UK’s historic referendum decision in favour of leaving the EU, a great deal has been written about the economic impact – for both the UK and the EU – of Brexit. This overwhelming focus on Brexit and its fiscal implications is both inevitable and understandable, given the scale of the expected impacts, but ultimately, it can obscure the many other benefits of the EU to its member states and the wider world.
One such area of benefit is that of equality and non-discrimination. The EU has been a significant force for the advancement of equality within the EU’s member states. In the UK, for example, the first statutory prohibitions of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, religion or belief, and age in the UK were introduced in order to comply with the EU Employment Equality Directive. Likewise, the UK has also played a central role in expanding equality law in the EU: as William Hague and others pointed out during the referendum campaign “the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 inspired the European Union to adopt EU-wide measures to tackle workplace discrimination against disabled people”.
Even outside the EU member states, the EU has been arguably the biggest single driver of equality law reform in the world in the last decade. This is true both on the European continent, where the EU has insisted on reforms in its negotiations with countries seeking to associate or accede, and more broadly through its European Union Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which supports projects to promote equality and combat discrimination across the globe.

July 29, 2016

Ship Being Name After Legendary Harvey Milk


 
 Harvey Milk Spent 1951-55 as being a sailor
 
 
The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News.

The July 14, 2016 notification, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.

The Secretary of the Navy’s office is deferring additional information until the naming announcement, a Navy official told USNI News on Thursday.

Mabus has said the John Lewis-class – named after civil rights activist and congressman Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) – would be named after civil rights leaders.

Other names in the class include former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren whose court ruled to desegregate U.S. schools, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, women’s right activist Lucy Stone and abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth.

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 1.10.13 PMMabus has also named ships in the past for other civil rights icons, including the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ships USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) and USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14).

Milk came from a Navy family and commissioned in the service in 1951. He served has a diving officer in San Diego during the Korean War on the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake as a diving officer until 1955. Milk was honorably discharged from the service as a lieutenant junior grade.

Following his service, Milk was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors and was the first openly gay California politician to be elected to office. He was killed in office in 1978. When Milk was shot he was wearing his U.S. Navy Master Diver belt buckle.

Over the last several years, there have been pushes from California politicians to have a ship named for Milk since the 2011 repeal of the Department of Defense’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” policy.

Naming a ship after Milk, “will further send a green light to all the brave men and women who serve our nation that honesty, acceptance and authenticity are held up among the highest ideals of our military,” said Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk in a statement to San Diego LGBT Weekly in 2012.

August 1, 2015

Israeli Likud Party MP Comes Out Gay After Stabbings




MK Itzik Shmuli of the Zionist Union party 
 
MK Itzik Shmuli of the Zionist Union party came out of the closet on Friday, a day after a stabbing attack at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade injured six people.
 The lawmaker penned a column in the Hebrew language Yedioth Ahronoth daily, under the headline: “The knife is raised on my community.”
 “We cannot be silent any longer,” wrote Shmuli. “We cannot be silent any longer because the knife is raised on the entire LGBT community — my community — and it won’t stop there.”
The column was Shmuli’s first public comment on his sexuality, which was the subject of some speculation last December when a prominent LGBT activist urged Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog to dismiss the closeted MK in his party.
In a column on the Mako news website, Gal Uchovsky had urged Herzog to wrestle with the “elephant in the room.”
Security forces reach for an ultra-Orthodox Jew attacking people with a knife during a Gay Pride parade Thursday, July 30, 2015 in central Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Security forces reach for an ultra-Orthodox Jew attacking people with a knife during the Gay Pride parade in central Jerusalem, July 30, 2015. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
“Bougie, if you view yourself as the next prime minister of Israel, you must also deal with the elephant, and suggest one of the following two options: Leave the closet, or leave the Knesset,” he wrote, using Herzog’s nickname.
“Want to stay in the closet? No problem, stay at home. Want to be a Knesset member? Then there is no closet,” he wrote. Uchovsky also termed the situation “a disgrace,” “ridiculous,” and “shameful.”
Uchovsky did not name the Shmuli by name, and asked in a postscript that readers refrain from posting the Knesset member’s name in the comments, out of respect.
The column, which Herzog reportedly refused to address, drew ire from Zionist Union MKs.
Member of Knesset Micky Rosenthal claimed at the time that Uchovsky’s column was “vulgar,” according to Channel 2. “I think he really exaggerated this time. Most of his claims, in my eyes, are unfounded,” he said.
Participants of the gay pride parade in Jerusalem flee knifeman Yishai Schlissel, July 30, 2015. (screen capture: Channel 2)
Participants of the gay pride parade in Jerusalem flee knifeman Yishai Schlissel, July 30, 2015. (screen capture: Channel 2)
Meanwhile, MK Nahman Shai urged the activist to respect the privacy of the Knesset member in question.
“A person is allowed to protect their privacy and sexual identity, as reason and common sense dictate,” he said.
Six people were stabbed Thursday at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade by an ultra-Orthodox assailant who committed the same crime 10 years ago. Yishai Schlissel had been released from prison three weeks ago. Two of the six victims, a teenage girl and a 26-year-old man, remain in serious condition.

May 15, 2015

UK ‘Comes Out’ of Elections with 'Gayest Parliament' in the World



Gay MPsGetty•Rex Shuttlecock
SNP's Mhairi Black, Tory Mike Freer and Labour's Wes Streeting are all openly gay

Following last week's general election there are now 32 openly gay, lesbian and bisexual (LGB) MPs out of 650 - and there were 155 candidates.
They represent five per cent of the House of Commons which is close to the proportion of Brits estimated to be LGBT - between five and seven percent - says University of North Carolina LGBT Professor Andrew Reynolds in the New Statesman.
The UK has overtaken liberal countries like Sweden and the Netherlands who have 12 and 10 MPs respectively.
Both the Conservatives and Labour have 12 LGB MPs each while the SNP has seven, ranging from high profile Edinburgh QC Joanna Cherry to the UK's youngest ever MP, Mhairi Black, who is just 20-years-old.
The Tories put up more openly gay candidates than other party, with 39 men and three women. 
Analysis shows the 50 competitive Tory LGB candidates did considerably better than their straight colleagues, with 72 per cent having a larger vote share increase than the national trend, and three times the Conservative average.
Worries of a backlash over David Cameron's support for marriage equality were laid to rest and voters proved sexual orientation was of little consequence.
Prof. Reynolds said: "In some places, being an out gay man or woman seems to have actually helped the candidate's personal vote. 
"But the impression I gained from being on the doorsteps with LGBT candidates, from multiple parties and in both urban and suburban constituencies, was that, if it mattered at all, the candidates’ sexual orientation was of little consequence to the average voter."
Out of the 10 seats Labour took from the Conservatives, three were won by LGB candidates, including Wes Streeting and Peter Kyle, who took two of the biggest Labour swings in Ilford North and Hove respectively.
While the other two parties have more LGB MPs overall, the SNP can proudly say at 12.5 per cent they have the highest proportion of LGBT MPs anywhere in the world.
The 155 LGBT candidates came from a spread of parties - 42 Tories, 39 Lib Dems, 36 Labour, 21 Greens, seven UK, seven SNP, three Plaid Cymru and one from the Alliance party of Northern Ireland.
Yesterday the UK was named the most progressive country in Europe in terms of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and interest (LGBTI) people.
Britain met 86 per cent of the criteria laid down by international human rights organisation ILGA-Europe which analysed countries based on a range of issues including legal protection from discrimination, measures to tackle hate crime and rights for transgender and intersex people.
Belgium came in second with 83 per cent and Malta was third with 79 per cent.
Unsurprisingly Azerbaijan was worst with a shocking five per cent, followed by Russia, Armenia, Ukraine and somewhat surprisingly Monaco, who all came in at 11 per cent or under.

May 6, 2015

Cojones in Turkey! First Applies for Gay Marriage Now He is Running for Office


 
 
Barış Sulu has made history twice. Four years ago, he and his partner became the first gay couple to apply for a marriage license in Turkey; now he’s running as the first openly gay candidate for a seat in Parliament. 

The 37-year-old LGBT activist describes himself as a lifelong fighter. As a young boy, he waged a solo-campaign against nuclear energy, writing to dozens of Turkish newspapers to oppose the construction of a reactor. After coming out at 17, Mr. Sulu became active in Turkey’s burgeoning LGBT-rights movement. Two decades later, he’s still at it.
Sulu’s partner is Aras Güngör, a gay transgender man who is still considered a woman by the government. Hoping to draw attention to the need for marriage equality, the couple attempted to formally tie the knot in 2011 but were refused by Turkish authorities. 
“What we want is to be recognized as equal citizens of this country,” says Sulu, a candidate with the People’s Democratic Party, a new leftist party. “Society is ready for a change and I believe the time is now for someone who’s open about his identity to fight for LGBT issues in Parliament.”
Although he faces an uphill battle, Sulu’s candidacy speaks to the LGBT community’s rising profile in a largely conservative Muslim society. Yet activists caution that progress on gay rights in Turkey is still stymied by a dearth of legal protections, persistent discrimination, and anti-LGBT violence.

A growing movement

For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, life in Turkey is full of contradictions. Homosexuality was decriminalized in the Ottoman era, but the Turkish Army considers it a “psychosexual disorder” and bars gays from serving. Sex-change operations are legal, but only when preceded by sterilization.
While Turkey now stages the largest gay pride parade in the Muslim world, there are no laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Turkey’s solution for combating discrimination inside jails is to segregate sexual minorities in “pink prisons.” 
“The Turkish state has, for the most part, gotten around to accepting the idea that LGBT people exist, but there’s a major problem in recognizing that these individuals are human beings who have rights that need to be protected,” says Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International's researcher on Turkey.
LGBT-rights organizations have grown more numerous and better organized — buoyed, in part, by the their prominent role in the antigovernment protests here in 2013. That’s helped pave the way for more visibility for LGBT figures. Two years ago, rights activist Michelle Demishevich made headlines when she became Turkey's first openly transgender TV reporter, although she was later dismissed from her job. Meanwhile, one of Turkey's most famous singers, Bulent Ersoy, is a transsexual woman who fronts a Pepsi advertising campaign.
But without legal protections, the thaw in cultural attitudes means Turkey remains a hostile place for LGBT people. “We face discrimination every single day in the workplace, in schools, and at hospitals,” says Sulu. “The one little space where gays and transsexuals have been pushed into is the entertainment sector, as long as they avoid political statements — but it’s very limiting and isolating.”
With no legal safeguards, discrimination is rampant in the workplace, classroom, and heath centers, as well as in access to public services. Many LGBT people are forced to conceal their identities out of fear of the consequences.
Activists say the prejudice also extends to the courtroom, where statutes relating to “public morality” and obscenity are often interpreted in ways that discriminate against gays. The latest blow came last month, when Turkey’s highest court banned “oral, anal, group, gay or lesbian” pornography on the grounds that it contained “unnatural sexual behavior.”

No laws, no justice

For LGBT people, Turkey can be a deadly place. In 2008, Ahmet Yildiz – an openly gay young man – was killed by his father, the first gay honor killing to receive widespread media coverage. While accurate statistics are difficult to come by, rights groups counted at least 41 hate-based murders of LGBT individuals between 2010 and June 2014, according to a report presented to the United Nations earlier this year.
“Unfortunately, this is a common story in Turkey, where there LGBT people suffer both from violent attacks and the lack of recourse,” says Firat Söyle, a prominent human rights attorney who works on LGBT cases, including the murder of Mr. Yildiz. “There are no laws, therefore there is very little justice.”
Transgender men often suffer the brunt of the violence. Many struggle to find legitimate jobs and are forced to turn to sex work where they are vulnerable to harassment or worse, says Kemal Ordek of the sex worker advocacy group Red Umbrella. 
Harassment and violent attacks outside the sex industry are also common. On Saturday night alone, four transgender women were attacked in the cities of Istanbul, Kocaeli, and Izmir.
Turkey’s law against hate crimes doesn’t include provisions for sexual orientation or gender identity. If elected, Sulu says he’ll fight for legal protection from this kind of discrimination, and to broaden the definition of a hate crime.

Wedding on ice

For Sulu, the most formative and experience has been his struggle to get married. While Turkey has no law explicitly against gay marriage, officials refused to grant the couple a license, forcing Sulu’s partner to undergo a series of humiliating medical examinations. They sued the Ministry of Health for discrimination in a case that is still in the courts. 
Since then, Sulu has founded the Trans Consulting Center, an organization that offers legal counseling and emotional support for people during their transition process, and lobbies to overturn laws that discriminate against transgender individuals.
Even if Sulu wins and other leftist candidates make inroads in the June 7 parliamentary elections, enacting meaningful reforms will be difficult. “It’s been clear, especially in recent years, that this government has taken a very hostile position towards any protections for LGBT people,” says Mr. Gardner. 
Turkey’s top leaders see gay rights as a threat to traditional values. A former state minister described being gay as a “disease” that needed to be cured. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said it’s at odds with the “culture of Islam,” declaring that the Turkish public is “not ready” for laws protecting the LGBT community.
Sulu bristles at the notion: “If not now, then when?”
 pic: Umit Bektas/Reuters/File

January 8, 2015

Michael Grimm Looses website and office by The Clerk of The House. Gay Dem.Matt Titone still supporting Grimm??



  Those looking for information on their former congressman, Michael Grimm, may be unable to find it, as the website for his congressional office has been replaced with one  from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Grimm is the second consecutive congressman in the Island Boro of the City of NY., forced to resign because of lies and corruption on Grimm’s part and to the contrary to his remarks, “Every body does it” the IRS was not in agreement nor most people of integrity that know well that this is not why these guys are sent to Congress. To lie and cheat. Grimm was always anti gay and anti immigration following the Tea party line. But he was very honest and pro law and order bring up his past as an FBI agent (but no body knows why he can could no longer work there. Let wondering minds answer that one)

The other Representative who had to resign, What’s his name? Yes that one Vito Fossella, the tall one who used to carry his little girl around on his shoulders to campaign for family values when gays where being told by GOP that they had none. He Cheated on his wife and for a bunch of years he had a girl friend with one kid unknown to his wife living in between DC and Staten Island.  The things these two guys had in common with Grimm: They are both Young and Republicans and representatives of the Tea bag party on their district. They are liers, corrupted and an embarrassment to the Institution and their party. 

Grimm stayed on until he could no longer keep on serving using this as leverage for his sentencing some say. If he would have not run he would have given a fellow Republican the chance to run against a weak democratic contender and probably keep the district for the GOP. But just like he wasn’t thinking about anyone else except his butt when he decided to not pay income taxes for illegals he had working for him, the same illegals he and his party drag out through the floor of  Congress all the time and have appropriated enough money to built a wall to no where to try to make harder for women and children to cross the border but not for anyone else. The contractor putting the fence endorsed putting the fence very strongly by lobbying the republicans members of congress.
To make this expensive soap opera complete guess who is been backing Grimm “ I give him the benefit of the doubt” Matthew Titone said after the guy was convicted. Well he is a state politician Titone is, a Democrat, gay and from Staten Island. Why is he being so supportive of Grimm?

 I don’t understand or maybe I understand too well! I would imagine this would be the opportunity to remind the public about the quality of politicians The South side of Staten Island and Brooklyn are sending to represent them. It’s obvious he does’t care is not his fight and after all I have never seen Matthew as the sharpest tool in the political shead. Titone is the perfect example of a candidate that does not deserve the backing of his base (gay) Voting for the next door neighbor or for one that has the same religion  as you or the same sexual orientation as Titone sometimes is NOT the smartest thing to do. There is nothing he is done for the gay community except show up at rallies and follow the media around. This also is a message being sent out to the gay community that one does not need to vote for a gay candidate like before. We needed to put those hum bers there to have leverage in the political field and show Gays could be elected like everyone else. Some Gay candidates(very few) have sold out in other states. You have had the gay community vote for a gay marriage supporter young republican than the incumbent Dem gay candidate. We should pick the one who is going to be better for the job.  If they are gay is wonderful but if a straight candidate is going to be the better, one should go for the better one. Being gay should no longer be a ticket for those that want to be politicians that they are guarantee an endorsement by the community. We should do smart Voting!

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Grimm resigned from office on Monday after pleading guilty to one count of felony tax fraud, and the clerk's office took over control of his district offices and the staff.
One can find very little information on the former congressman himself on the new website. The old website had Grimm’s biography, a district map, recent announcements and press releases, among other things.

The new website details how the clerk's office will oversee the district offices in Washington, D.C., Staten Island and Brooklyn. Those offices will remain open and staffed to help with constituent services while the congressional seat remains vacant.
Staff answering the phones on Tuesday, Grimm's first day out of office, identified the office as the 11th Congressional District, no longer as the office of Congressman Michael Grimm.
The interim status of the office and the vacant seat continues until a new congress member is elected in a special election sometime this year.

Under the U.S. Constitution, Gov. Andrew Cuomo must call for a special election to fill the vacated seat. The election must take place within 70 to 80 days of when he announces it. However, the governor has discretion as to when to call for a special election, which could prevent it from taking place until the next general election in November.

Since there is no congress member for the 11th Congressional District, the clerk's website explains that, unlike an elected representative in the House, the staff can't discuss positions on public policy with constituents. The website urges those in the 11thCongressional District to contact their U.S. senators to "express opinions on legislation ... or wait until a new Representative is elected and takes office."
Out of 435 members of the 114th Congress, Grimm’s is the only vacancy currently.

December 2, 2014

Polish Voters Elect the first Gay Mayor



Polish voters have elected the country’s first openly gay mayor. Robert Biedron won a runoff election over the weekend with 57 percent of the vote in the northern city of Slupsk, the local election commission said.
                                                                                   

Biedron, a member of the Your Move party, ran as an independent in Slupsk, a city of about 100,000 people near the Baltic Sea, taking on a candidate from the governing right-wing Civic Platform party, which has opposed gay rights in the past. In 2011, Biedron, a political scientist by trade, made national and LGBT rights history by becoming the EU member state's first openly gay member of parliament - the same year that Poles voted in Anna Grodzka, the country's first transgender lawmaker.
"When you really want something, you can move mountains," the 38-year-old, who had campaigned on the slogan "Change, finally," told reporters after his win on Sunday.
Though many also know Biedron as a gay rights activist, he drew broad appeal by promising citywide free Internet access and emphasizing energy efficiency. Earlier this year, the national news weekly Polityka listed Biedron, who plans to commute to the city hall on bicycle, as one of Poland’s 10 best lawmakers. 
'Optimistic and happy'
Ninety percent of Poles identify as Roman Catholic, though fewer and fewer currently head for the pews on Sundays. When Poland joined the European Union in 2004, the capital, Warsaw, still banned gay rights marches and media and society largely treated homosexuality as a taboo topic.
Since then, acceptance of gay men, lesbians and transgender people has grown, if slowly. Warsaw successfully hosted a pride event in 2006, though that act itself continues to draw homophobic protesters even as the event itself grows and the country becomes less-known for anti-LGBT discrimination than it was in the past decade. 
"I see how fast Polish society has learned its lesson of tolerance," Biedron told The Associated Press news agency in an interview two days before Sunday's run-off election. “So I am very optimistic and happy with Polish society - and proud."

Polen Politik Anna Grodzka
In what the media called "the Biedron effect," a number of other candidates came out publicly before the nationwide local elections, which took place in two rounds over the past two weeks. None of the others won seats, but rights activists still found their willingness to come out encouraging and speculated that their overall showing was poor because the mostly young candidates had short political CVs and ran as members of smaller center-left parties that had little support.
mkg/mg (AFP, AP) 

November 5, 2014

One gay honest politician that looses, One bad dishonest gay politician that wins, Matthew Titone is one

This is a letter I received in one of adamfoxie blog International email addresses from Christine Quinn. She ran against our current mayor for that position, which she lost, previously she was the council President at City Hall.

I never mind receiving letters from her because she answers her mail if you write to her. I was a victim in a hate crime and writing to her for help in a situation in which there was no arrests on the perps of the crime while they walk freely in my neighborhood and my building…I almost got arrested myself by gun-ho cops from 122 pct in Staten Island, who almost arrested me just because I had bumped into one of the perps and by just calling 911 got me in trouble. 

When I saw one of the perps from the window of my living room, I ran out with just my cell. Left my wallet, only took cell and keys. Bad mistake. Almost got arrested by responding rookies and the one with the biggest mouth or in charge did not like situations in which  the claimant or victim of a  hate crime is gay, in other words this servant of the community enforcer of the law was homophobic.  When an uncle of the guys which at the time lived in my building told the cops a different story, he became the victim! Somehow he was more believable than I and they put me on handcuffs. and were taking to the square car. Thanks for the security on my building  who responded when they saw me in handcuffs, otherwise I would have been arrested on top of everything else with no id in jail. They set the story straight with the cops.   This was a comedy of Dante’s Inferno!!!!

 Mrs. Quinn with her assistant and liaison to the gay community Erik Bosch called the right people because within days of being in contact with her office the first arrest took place. Never even got a call from Titone after a visit to his office and phone call. When Finally he responded after being cornered by me in front of media he said he was busy in Albany with the budget. It was nice that I was able to cornered him in front of the media, it seems he had no time to tell his secretay send  a note, “  don’t do problems with cops or hate crime victims event though I talk real good at their meetings, so send him the card with the rainbow and me holding it with bear hands.”
By the way Erik went on to work with Governor Cuomo to help pass the gay marriage law in NY State.We know the success on that endeveur.

 Both perps got arrested even though when the second one was arrested he said hello by breaking another window on my car forcing me to pay up to today for garaging my car. There was going to be no way that after seeing those guys trying to destroy my car while calling me a fogott, I was going to give them a get out of jail pass

I am posting in here her letter to me and my response to her. It comes at a good time because it gives the opportunity to say that because a politician is gay does not makes him/her the better candidate. I learn the hard way the lesson that one has to look at their record, not just at what they say.
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Dear Mrs. Quinn,
I know you are so proud of the Mrs. part!! me too for you,.

Thank you! I did vote straight down democratic raw except with Mr. Mathew Titone.
 (Right) Mathew Titone
 Instead to Matthew Titone I wrote in the bird which is legal in NYS, they are the same size but the bird is real and quieter
Just because you are gay it does not make you a good person or caring politician. This is someone in politics using his being gay with the community as a stepping stone towards his own career advances. I personally have found this out to my dismay; One thing is told be told we got a bad politician on our community, the other is to find out face to face. It was so sad he had no one opposing him on this election. I just wrote in a candidate, Had I been younger for a new career, I would have gotten into politics just to run against this puss pimple in the community.

I sincerely love you because I know your history and record. One of the worse disappointments I had in the last two years was to see you not become mayor. The people we listen to sometimes makes us or break us no matter how good we are. I hope you come back. The problem with you is that you are to honest to be a politician. Well this system is better than some.

Love you, Adam Gonzalez 

Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 00:06:40 +0000
From: general@quinnfornewyork.com
To: adamfoxie@Outlook.com
Subject: Tomorrow is our chance to act


Adam --  At age 16 my grandmother left Ireland and boarded the Titanic.
It was over 100 years ago when Nellie Shine left home. Filled with dreams of freedom and opportunity for the family she prayed to have, she bought a third-class ticket to a place she could make those hopes and dreams come true: New York.
She was one of the few girls from steerage to make it off alive. For all the cries of “women and children first!” more male passengers from first class made it off the ship than women and girls from third.
As I was growing up, my grandmother didn’t talk much about her ordeal, but she did once explain how she survived. "When the other girls dropped to their knees to pray—I took a run for it.”
In the chaos and terror of that sinking ship, my grandmother was faced with a choice: either stay and wait for others to save her, or do something to keep herself alive.
In that moment, she chose to act.
Like my grandmother, we can’t wait for others to bring about the change we want; we have to do it ourselves. My grandmother wanted to create a better future for her children. I want the same—for all the children in New York.
That’s why I’m supporting the Women’s Equality party and am asking you to do so as well.
We aren't standing in the bottom of a sinking ship grasping for every last chance at life. But just because we aren’t facing icebergs and freezing water doesn’t diminish the importance of the challenges we face. We’re not drowning, but many women are fighting to survive.
Last year, the Legislature in Albany blocked passage of the Women’s Equality Act. Thanks to their refusal to act, women have been denied access to opportunity, denied equal pay for equal work, denied the ability to live their lives free from harassment, and denied a state law defending their right to choose if and when to have children.
The Women’s Equality Party gives us a chance to take our destiny into our own hands. Instead of waiting for someone else to come along with a lifeboat and save us, we can take control of our own future.
We’ve made a lot of progress since my grandmother’s time, but it's not nearly enough. We can no longer stand idly by while our rights are sidelined. It's time women received equal pay for equal work. It's time we did something to protect against pregnancy discrimination. It's time and past time for a political party whose sole mission is to fight for women first.
Tomorrow I am going to honor the heroism and grit of New York women like my grandmother by taking a stand for equality by casting my vote for Governor Cuomo and Kathy Hochul on the Women's Equality Party line. I hope you'll join me and do the same.
Here’s how you do it:

1. Look up your polling place.
2. Decide when to go and figure out how to get there.
3. Encourage your friends to vote WEP. Or, even better, bring someone with you.
It’s simple. It’s important. And it can help us make history.
Women have been told for years to wait our turn, that our time front and center would come. I think we've waited long enough.
Christine C. Quinn


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Quinn for New York · United States 

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