Showing posts with label Gay Community. Show all posts
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October 26, 2018

LGBT Flyers With (Pulse Shoot) Assault Rifle and Trump Pics were Sent to Nashville Gay Bars


The acronym “LGBT” typically stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. However, flyers sent to Tennessee gay bars last week with the acronym emblazoned on them were not interpreted by the local community to be supportive of gender and sexual minorities.
Gay bars in Nashville received pamphlets with the acronym and images of the Statue of Liberty (L), a gun (G), a beer bottle (B) and President Donald Trump (T). The gun pictured in the flyer, an assault rifle, is similar to the one used in the shooting at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, advocates pointed out. Melvin Brown, the owner of Stirrup Sports Bar, found the flyer Thursday in his bar’s mailbox. He called it “disturbing” and said whoever created it was sending a “very deliberate” threat.
“We live in a post-Pulse world in the LGBTQ community, especially in the bar scene,” Brown told NBC News. “To see somebody send a postcard that had a picture of the weapon used in one of the deadliest assaults in this nation’s history, and one that happened at an LGBTQ bar, and to send that image to LGBTQ bars, to me is not a coincidence.”

Image: antigay LGBT flyers being sent to gay bars in Nashville
The envelope of an anti-gay LGBT flyer sent to a gay bar in Nashville recently. Courtesy Melvin Brown

The flyer was sent to at least four gay bars in the area, according to WTVF NewsChannel 5. The return address on the mailing is that of an empty parking lot, and the sender signed the flyer “MAGA,” an acronym for President Trump’s popular catchphrase: “Make America great again.”
Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, said the flyers were mailed for intimidation purposes and could be politically motivated. He explained that many gay bars — including Stirrup Sports Bar — host voter registration drives.
“This has a very aggressive tone about it,” Sanders said. “It doesn’t use many words, but it uses a lot of images I think are meant to threaten us. The community's message back is, ‘Yes this is frightening, but we’re going to turn out and vote regardless.’” Kris Mumford, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, told NBC News the department is aware of the incident but said there is no investigation at this time. Mumford did, however, say the department has dispatched additional officers to patrol Church Street and other areas where gay bars are located.
Brown said he has no idea who could have sent the flyer to his bar, but he confidently said if their intent was to “scare,” “intimidate” or “threaten” the LGBTQ community, “it won’t work.”
“It will galvanize,” he said. “People will respond in ways that are positive and uplifting because that’s the way we choose to live our lives.”

September 23, 2017

CEO's Neighbor of Kathy Griffin Lost 25%of Bonus for His Anti Gay and Griffin Tirade

 Kathy Griffin, fighter for LGBT Marriage and Jeffrey Mezger, Real Estate Mogul

 You can be a Republican and you can be an anti LGBT Republican, as a matter of fact it usually makes news when someone with a regonisable name for being a republican says they believe in equality for Gays and Lesbians. Jeffrey Mezger is probably a Republican and anti gay. It is his right to be both. What is not his right according to the people that allow him to earn lots of money is to be a loud mouth against any particular group (LGBT)or well kown person(Griffin) with a following . Why? Self explanatory, it cost money with people who follow the famous person when they refuse to buy from you and your company. Jeffrey's tirade against Kathy Griffin and Gays was professionally unjustified no matter how much this guy loves Trump and has contributed to his campaing. If he was hurt he should have given the billionaire more money or stay at the Trump Tower more. He could not do that; You see it seems Jeffrey has a bigggg😆 mouth with a big softie heart for the billioniare on a tweeting war with the other billinaire head of North Korea(with the bomb💣) I call this story the bomb. The details are very interesting:    adamfoxie*

The bonus of Jeffrey Mezger, one of the most powerful people in real estate, will be slashed by 25% after he went on an anti-gay tirade against his neighbor, comedian Kathy Griffin.

Mezger, the CEO of homebuilder KB Home, used multiple homophobic and sexist slurs against Griffin and her partner. The tirade was caught on a security camera and a two-minute clip was published on Tuesday by HuffPost.

"Let's declare war, ass---- ... Let's bring it on, you b----," Mezger said during one of the tamer parts of the security camera audio recording.
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The verbal outburst occurred last weekend after Griffin and her partner called the police to report a noise disturbance on Mezger's property.

KB Home (KBH) revealed on Thursday that its board of directors decided to cut Mezger's 2017 bonus by 25%. It warned him that a similar incident will result in his firing.
"Mr. Mezger's recent behavior in his personal dealings with a neighbor is unacceptable and a negative reflection on KB Home," the directors wrote in a filing. 

But KB Home's board, which is responsible for holding its CEO accountable, stopped short of firing Mezger, its chief executive since 2006.
The board said Mezger "has always conducted himself in a professional manner" during his tenure at the company. It also said Mezger has the "full and complete confidence" of the board.

KB Home's board is led by Dorene Dominguez, who serves as its chair. It also includes Melissa Lora, president of Taco Bell, and BET founder Robert Johnson.
Some think the board didn't go far enough.

"Any CEO who goes on that kind of a tirade deserves to be fired," said Sandra Davis, chief executive of MDA Leadership Consulting. She called the 25% bonus cut a "small slap on the wrist."
Davis, who advises companies on management issues, said KB Home's board had an opportunity to show a commitment to inclusion and diversity.

KB Home did not respond to a request for further comment.
In a statement provided to HuffPost, KB Home said Mezger apologized for "losing his temper over a supposed noise complaint involving his three young grandchildren in his swimming pool around 8 p.m. on Saturday, while they were being supervised by their mother and grandmother."
"He apologizes for the language he used," the statement said, "as it does not reflect who he is or what he believes."

Griffin was fired by CNN in May after posting a photo of a bloody head resembling that of President Trump. During the tirade, Mezger alluded to Griffin's firing from CNN, which occurred after she posted the bloody photos resembling Trump. Griffin has apologized for the incident, which Trump said the comedian "should be ashamed of herself" for.

Mezger called Griffin a "bald" anti-gay slur who Trump "kind of put the heat on."

CNNMoney (New York)

May 28, 2017

Trump The Gay Community's Big Bad Bro

Happy bithday little bro🤡

The Orwellian nightmare that is the Trump administration just tapped a new recruit. John M. Gore will lead the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Justice, as the legal blog Above the Law reported late last week. Gore is a litigator at Jones Day, a Washington-based firm that has been aiding the 45th president’s transition effort. Gore is the second attorney from the firm to make the move to the DOJ. He follows Noel Francisco, an appellate litigator at Jones Day, who will serve as the department’s principal deputy solicitor general.
Putting Gore, who has little experience in defending individuals’ rights in a position where he will be expected to do just that, isn’t just rank cronyism, the kind Trump promised to fight if elected president. It is also a significant affront to the LGBT community.
Gore famously defended the University of North Carolina in a suit brought by the federal government over enforcement of House Bill 2, the state’s controversial anti-LGBT law. The college took a different approach than former governor Pat McCrory, who continued to defend the bathroom bill in the face of widespread criticism, including from the state’s attorney general. UNC claimed that it was not actually following the law, which mandates that trans people in schools and government buildings use restrooms that correspond with the sex they were assigned at birth not their gender identity.
This is despite the school’s initial claims it would follow the law, which UNC’s president, Margaret Spellings, later backed off from.
In a statement issued following Gore’s appointment to the DOJ, Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, noted the “disturbing” subtext of the choice. “At the core of the Justice Department’s mission is defending our civil rights,” Keisling said. “Mr. Gore’s only civil rights experience is in defending violations of civil rights.”
Comparing the situation to the novel “1984,” Jon Davidson of the Human Rights Campaign argued that there’s a twisted irony to Gore’s nomination. The litigator is one of many Trump appointees whose backgrounds appear totally at odds with their post (like tapping a charter school advocate to run the U.S. public education system). Davidson, who currently serves as the organization’s legal director, added that putting Gore in the DOJ goes even further.
“We’re going to have a Department of Justice that will not be doing justice,” Davidson said.
For those unfamiliar with the Office of Civil Rights, the department is tasked with upholding the nation’s civil rights laws, which include everything from the Fair Housing Act to federal nondiscrimination laws. Although allegations of identity-based discrimination are generally handed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, such a matter would fall into the DOJ’s hands if the government was the party responsible. Davidson said that during the Reagan and Bush administrations, these types of claims were seldom investigated.
“We’ve been here before,” Davidson said. “Under those presidencies, the Civil Rights division was not much of a force for suing for equal rights for Americans. Instead it put its energies elsewhere, including trying to defend the so-called rights of people to discriminate.”
Given Trump’s support of the First Amendment Defense Act, it’s likely that the DOJ will retreat to its discriminatory past. The bill, which is extremely similar to a law passed by Vice President Mike Pence in 2015 when he was the governor of Indiana, would allow business owners to deny services to LGBT customers based on their belief that marriage is solely between one man and one woman. That legislation, which will be debated in Congress this year, is co-sponsored by former Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, who may soon serve as Gore’s boss in the DOJ. Trump tapped Sessions as his pick for attorney general, although he has yet to be confirmed.
Because Gore worked on the HB2 case in private practice, the district DOJ guidelines on conflicts of interest would likely preclude his further involvement in the debate over trans bathroom rights in North Carolina. Carcaño v. McCrory, the lawsuit against UNC filed by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Joaquin Carcaño, is currently pending trial in federal court.
What Gore could do, however, is file in a number of pending cases amicus briefs that are also known as a “friend of the court” brief, when a firm or individual offers its legal guidance on a case to which it is not a party.
Later this year the Supreme Court will hear G.G. v. Gloucester, a case in which a trans student in Virginia, Gavin Grimm, sued his local school district for access to the bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity. Although the Obama administration announced last year that it would be extending its interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to include protections for transgender youth in schools, Pence has already promised to roll that back. It’s unlikely that under a Trump administration and a DOJ run by Sessions, Gore’s legal opinion on trans rights will be cause for celebration.
In addition to the Grimm case, the DOJ will also oversee two other important cases affecting the LGBT community. One is over the federal government’s definition of Title IX; the other is part of the national battle over Obamacare. A Texas judge ordered a preliminary injunction last month halting adoption of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, a provision that would prohibit any “health program or activity any part of which received funding from HHS” from discriminating on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
There’s a crucial distinction, though, between these cases and the upcoming Gavin Grimm trial: The DOJ is actually named as a party in these suits, and that’s not a good thing. Gore’s boss voted against the ACA in 2010.
Gore could do further damage to federal legislation in his new role, as Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, explained. “The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Violence Against Women Act both provide explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity,” she said. Both of these laws could be in jeopardy if the new head of civil rights elects not to enforce them.
We know where Sessions, who has a long track record of fighting equal rights, stands on these laws. He has voted against reauthorizing Violence Against Women Act and against recognizing sexual orientation and gender identity in national hate crime legislation, believing that cases of anti-LGBT bias attacks were already being handled appropriately.
With Gore, his stance something of an open question. What we do know, however, is that he has spent his entire career attacking the rights of marginalized communities. The litigator has repeatedly defended states accused of discriminatory redistricting designed to pack voters of color into districts where their numeric power can be neutralized — as has been the case in Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia.  The Intercept reported in two of those states that Gore “also intervened on behalf of Republicans to defend new voter ID laws, rules civil rights group have assailed for reducing participation rates among African-Americans.
Following the removal of all references to LGBT people from the White House’s website, gay advocates believe that Gore’s appointment — which does not require confirmation by  Congress — is another sign that the Trump presidency will devastating for queer people. The POTUS most recently signed an executive order instituting a hiring freeze on all federal jobs outside of national security, which will impact the restaffing of departments like the Office of National AIDS Policy. There’s been little good news for LGBT individuals in the past week.
“This certainly signals to the LGBT community that the incoming administration does not take the community’s needs seriously,” Warbelow said, “and may not intend to be a government for all Americans.”

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