Showing posts with label Gay Politician. Show all posts
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November 9, 2018

Colorado the Anti Gay State 10 yrs Ago Elects A Gay Governor


                                                                           
 Gov elect Rep. Jared Polis 

The midterm election results pouring in on Tuesday night included a number of significant demographic milestones.
Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will be the first Native American women to serve in Congress. Capitol Hill will have its first Muslim congresswomen with Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. And Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) will be the first openly gay person elected to serve as a state’s governor.
Polis, an entrepreneur and five-term member of Congress from Boulder, beat Republican Walker Stapleton by six points in Colorado’s gubernatorial contest. But Polis’s splash into the history books is all the more significant considering the ugly track record of the state he has been elected to run.
Since the early 1990s, Colorado has played a key role in the battle for LGBT rights. The state was dubbed the “hate state” because of a 1992 law that sparked international backlash and boycotts. But the same legislation teed up a landmark 1996 U.S. Supreme Court decision that helped lay the groundwork for marriage equality. 
“It’s a historic win — not just for the LGBT community but for the state of Colorado,” Annise Parker, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, a nonprofit group supporting LGBT politicians, told the Denver Post on Tuesday. “The fact that the state of Colorado, in 25 years, has gone from being dubbed the ‘hate state’ to a place that can elect someone who is not just openly gay, but publicly gay, that’s historic.”
Polis has been open about his sexuality since arriving in Congress in January 2009. His mother and father founded a greeting card company that later sold for hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the Denver Post. One of the wealthiest members of the House, with a reported estimated wealth of $387 million, Polis earned a reputation in Washington as a tech-savvy public education advocate.
Polis has two children with his longtime partner, and he has never downplayed his orientation on the campaign trail — a sign of the shifting public perception in a state that has tossed off its Old West past in favor of a progressive identity. 
“Colorado is a state that values diversity,” he explained to the Denver Post before the midterm elections. “We’re willing to elect people that are going to do a good job for our state regardless of their background. . . . I think it’s exciting to show how far the LGBT community has come that it doesn’t stand in the way of being elected to the highest office in the state.”
Colorado’s ignominious “hate state” nickname starts with a fiery Colorado Springs car salesman named Will Perkins. Reacting to city ordinances banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, Perkins and a group of evangelical Christians formed Colorado for Family Values in 1991.
“Too many people have bought into the idea that homosexuality, as they call it, is genetic, that there isn’t anything they can do about it,” Perkins once told a group of followers, according to Denver’s Westword. “I’m here to tell you that there are only two flavors of mankind: male and female. There is no such thing as a homosexual.” 
To combat the legal protections, Perkins and his group launched a ballot initiative called Amendment 2. The referendum claimed anti-discrimination laws granted “special rights” to gays and lesbians, and aimed to ban such legal protections.
“They were talking about not wanting to give gay people special rights, but they were doing it by basically taking away rights,” University of Denver professor Kris McDaniel-Miccio recalled to Westword in 2017. “Everybody held their breath wondering if this was going to catch fire in other states, as well as Colorado.”
On Nov. 3, 1992, Colorado passed Amendment 2 by 53 percent. An immediate outcry followed from civil rights groups and activists. Celebrities such as Barbra Streisand spoke out against the amendment, according to Westword. In Colorado, business owners outraged over the law called for a boycott of their own state. 
“We have called for a global boycott,” one Denver businesswoman told the Christian Science Monitor in 1992. “Don’t come here for recreation. Don’t come here for business. The governor and the people need to realize that basic civil rights are fundamental. Creating change through a boycott is only one means of demonstrating the power of the people.”
According to the Monitor, a month after Amendment 2 was passed, the number of canceled conventions in Denver alone because of the boycott totaled more than $6 million.
Eventually a lawsuit was filed against the amendment on behalf of a gay man named Richard G. Evans who worked for the Denver mayor. As the case — Romer v. Evans — crawled up the federal court system to the Supreme Court, observers from across the country tuned in because similar proposals were on deck in other states. 
“It was a political issue, in that Amendment 2 was being cloned, so all eyes were on the results of the Supreme Court,” Mary Celeste, a lawyer who worked on the case, explained to KUNC radio in 2016. “If we lost there, then these initiatives would come forward across the country.”
In May 1996, the Supreme Court ruled that Colorado’s law was unconstitutional by a 6-to-3 majority. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy touched on themes that would turn up decades later in his famous Obergefell v. Hodges opinion, the case legalizing same-sex marriage.
Regarding Amendment 2, Kennedy wrote that the law “is at once too narrow and too broad. It identifies persons by a single trait and then denies them protection across the board. The resulting disqualification of a class of persons from the right to seek specific protection from the law is unprecedented in our jurisprudence.” 
Despite the eventual implosion of the 1992 amendment, Colorado has also played a more recent part in the struggle for equality.
In 2012, a cake shop owner in Lakewood, Colo., refused to serve a gay couple on religious grounds. The resulting Supreme Court decision — Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission — sided with the business.
Many legal observes watching the 2017 case picked up echoes of the state’s earlier gay rights court battle.
“What I find really fascinating about Amendment 2,” McDaniel-Miccio told Westword, “is that we’re reliving it again in 2017.”

October 6, 2018

Is Lindsey Graham Being Blackmailed?---Follow Up About Arrest Today


Follow up at bottom of page(10/06/2018)-Reposting with new information as promised.








I would like to invite you to read a page in which it tries to explains why Senator Lindsey Graham Senator from South Carolina (originally I wrote North Carolina, they look the same to me) has done about faces on important critical isssues on his voting at the Senate. Yes all politicians do but this site believes it knows the reasons and to me it makes sense but I need more proof. I remain non commited with this page but do believe that Graham's sexuality has something to do with his erratic change of views and then the trend of disparaging speeches he makes about the democrats or people on his opposite side, just like Trump which he used to say a bunch of truthful things but nobody was saying them at the time. I was personally surprised when Graham being one of the first one to give his negative opinions about Trump at the beginning of Trump's campaing latter on became his number one defendor in congress and with the american people. 

His offensive sickening speach about democrats  on Friday (like if democrats were the only on on that room at capital hill) and how discusting we are. And over what? A judge. Important yes. But even the most rabid republicans in that senate hearring room did not get up to say what Graham said. He was using words that I've only heard Trump say  but now it was Graham saying the same words about democrats in the hearing on judge Kavanaugh.

Disaagree? Sure. But to go all the way out to be offensive? Why? That hasn't been him except he has done the flip flop in other occasions. 

As a gay man myself I know he is in the closet. I do run a very high "gaydar" but is more than that. The only time it bothered me (He was gay) was when he was backing Pres. Bush with with keeping of DADT (Dont ask don't tell) in which it allowed members of the services to serve if they kept quiet, which is an impossible thing to do. If it was a taste of clothes you put on and take off, yes. But being gay is part of the person's chromosonal identification. You can't hide it all the time, particularly if you are between 18-38 when your testastrome levels are at their highest as an adult. Sooner or latter it will show and you will be out on your young gay ass. That's precisely what happened. Gays were being dismissed out of the armed forces at numbers never before reached. Even experienced F14 and F16 pilots in which the government has invested millions and cannot duplicate the service member were being kicked out. If someone didn't like you, you were dead.  Many were being blackmailed. It was esy to. It was easy to even rape someone if you had a picture or a letter, email, tweet.

Senator Graham was 1000 percent against relaxing or erasing this law passed by a veto proof majority GOP's and signed by Bill Clinton at 12 midnight at the white house. Actually if was his friend Senator from Arizona McCain recently passed, which might have had some influence in his tapping down Graham on this issue. That's when my interest on Graham came to be. Before I could not care if he was a dunkey that used rose water to smell worse. But this struck a chord of what Washigton is. A bunch of people without morals. Not everyone is like that of coarse but I know there are a lot of them. Actually is the American people's fault. On any issue the average american has at least three serious opinions. One for the neighbor, one for the bar buddy or church buddy and another for the ballot on the day of the elections, that is if they vote at all. 

This is a page that explains very well Senator's Graham behaviour which is similar to what people say about Trump and Putin. I will give you the page and you will be your own judge. I had a lot on Graham but no longer did. After Obama was elected and DADT was elinated as a law of the land, the last man on earth I wanted to think of was this Queeny sounding senator. (My apologies to any man that sounds femme. Sounding femme is not a problem. Sounding femme and going against others that are like that it is a problem and that is what I just mean). This is a real page own by a real company.

{Is Lindsey Graham Being Blackmailed ?}


It is not my intention to rehash this man's past which it's mainly on the internet but not all,  becuse this is an old gooze and has been around for a long time. Long before computers. But to connect the way he votes in the past present and future to something other than a just a dishonest, misleadding character this I will do. I will try to do. If you have information I can use you can send it to a private email adresss; 
adamfoxie@Outlook.com 
Make sure you fill out the "reference" on top of the email so it wont go in the junk file. Better yet "DADT" will make sure I get it faster.
Thank you!  🦊Adam


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.@LindseyGrahamSC on Hillary Clinton: "The email investigation was a joke... if you had done what she had done, we would not be talking... there are people sitting in jail doing far less than her."

Calls for appointment of second special counsel to re-investigate

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FOLLOW UP


I would like to add some information that was posted today about the arrest of a capital Hill  Senate worker. He Wrote more than was legal about this queen Lindsey Graham and got arrested and fired. 
I can say this man is a hippocrite and a queen that votes when he has a chance against his own people because the people of South Carolina know him and don't care. It's like the core supporters of Trump. They already know most things about Trump but don't care. Even the NY Times report about He and his father cheating the government. Ask a New Yorker if they are shock. His father almost went to jail with Donold J and then is grandfather did go to jail. These have never been nice law abiding citizens. They have been snakes taking advantage of the public and cheating the government. The Trump's did not find out a better way to do business but a better way to legally(?) cheat in businesss and don't pay taxes. They have worked with the mafia and against the Unions (those not ccontrol by the mafia). In this country even the bottom of the barrel dirt gets a chance to come on top without even cleaning it's underear and play the game of how wonderful they are. People know the dirt but it didn't matter. And yes the media has been a fake media because they felt inlove with Trump and did not do their jobs and now they want to say the opposite so people don't beleive them.
Now you can see how they sold all this stupid information about the Clinton's when it was Trump and his dad doing the stealing. When his dad died Donald had the loot. As a result we have people who stopped getting HIV meds in Haiti, Phillipines and parts of Africa.  The Clinton's had to stop the foundation that did so much good.The media would not stop reporting the same thing and ignoring Trump. But look now the baby the offspring is hatch (the Media had) with Putin and is turned on them!
They (Clinton's) had a foundation that collected money with other well known millionaires to help and develop new tchnologies to get water out of the sand and the sea. Meds and vaccines. Did they steal from it? I don't know and I don't care because they were producing. It was not like Trump's foundation that collected money to buy paintings and pay for their own bills.


(NPR.org)
Capitol Police have arrested a man accused of publishing to the Internet restricted personal information about South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Jackson A. Cosko of Washington, D.C., who identifies as a "Democratic political professional" on his LinkedIn page, was charged with making public restricted personal information, witness tampering, second-degree burglary, threatening interstate communications, unauthorized use of a government computer, identity theft and unlawful entry. 
Last week, Gizmodo reported that personal information for GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of the Senate Judiciary Committee was posted online as the lawmakers heard testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. 
Information including home addresses, private cellphone numbers and more was reportedly added to the lawmakers' respective Wikipedia pages in a series of edits. Home addresses of politicians are generally public information, thanks to campaign filings, but their personal cellphone numbers are not. Screenshots of the personal information circulated throughout Twitter. 
Wikipedia tracks each edit a page receives on a public revision history log, including the edit's IP address.  On his LinkedIn page, Cosko, 27, lists experience as a legislative correspondent and technology systems administrator at the Senate. He is also a graduate student studying cybersecurity policy and compliance at George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science. 
Politico reports that Cosko was working as an intern in the office of Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas at the time of his arrest and that he has since been fired.
Capitol Police say their investigation continues and that additional charges may be added.
~I didn't print that stolen information but printed the URL for a page that confirms Lindsey Graham was being black mailed and left it to my read to make  a final decission but in the age of the of TRumpie dirt, there isn't much to doubt anymore.

 I hope we hurry up and hit bottom to see if maybe there is one decent man in this country that can give people a sence of dignity when they do the riht thing.Soon people will be saying, "I followed the law did the right thing and I feel like a fool"

🦊Adam




August 30, 2018

Dave Robinson A Gay GOP Sex Cadet Says Multiple Partners is the Reason For Gay Suicides

Gay GOP official under fire for linking LGBTQ suicide rates to number of sex partners
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Dave Robinson, the communications director for the Salt Lake County Republican Party, is facing criticism after he linked suicide rates in the LGBTQ community to the number
 of sexual partners, a person has had.

During a meeting with The Salt Lake Tribune’s editorial board, Robinson, who is gay, recalled a previous conversation he had in which he sought to defend the Republican Party’s relationship with the gay community.

“I said, you can own your own business, you can run for office — I don’t think there’s a better time on this planet in history to be gay than right now,” Robinson said to the Tribune.
Instead of enjoying a celebratory dinner with family recognizing the passage of Historic National Legislation for suicide prevention, I have to react to this.

Mr. Robinson, you do NOT speak for me. Bigotry in any form is unacceptable. Disappointing is not a strong enough word.

When pressed about the high suicide rates among those in the LGBTQ community, Robinson said he thinks “it has more to do with the lifestyle that the gays are leading
 that they refuse to have any scrutiny with.”

He then went on to note that he knows members of the LGBTQ community who have been involved with “over 2,000 sex partners” and said he believes that could be contributing to “some of the self-loathing” in the community that turns people to
committing suicide.

“You talk to some of these people that have had grundles of sex partners and the self-loathing and basically the unhappiness and the self-hatred level is tremendously high,
” he said. “The gay community really needs to start having some conversations
within their community, saying, how is our lifestyle affecting our mental health?”
The communications director also said the increase in the availability of PrEP,
a kind of pre-exposure prophylaxis used to prevent HIV, could be causing an increase in STD rates by causing members of the LGBTQ community to engage in unprotected sex like “bunny rabbits” and leading to mental health issues that can lead to suicide.
Robinson’s remarks prompted criticism from many other Republicans who
denounced his controversial claims.

“I am angry that someone who purports to speak for Republicans has made such inappropriate, inaccurate and hurtful comments,” Salt Lake County Council Chairwoman Aimee Winder Newton said in response to Robinson’s remarks to the Tribune. “This has caused our LGBTQ friends heartache and has been counterproductive in our fight
against suicide.”

Sen. Daniel Thatcher (R) also condemned Robinson’s remarks in a post on Twitter.
“Instead of enjoying a celebratory dinner with family recognizing the passage of Historic National Legislation for suicide prevention, I have to react to this,” Thatcher said on Twitter. “Mr. Robinson, you do NOT speak for me. Bigotry in any form is unacceptable. Disappointing is not a strong enough word.”
Robinson defended his comments after he was notified by the Tribune they would be published on Tuesday.

“I stand by my position that multiple sexual partners lead to increased risk of STD and HIV, which affects one’s mental, physical and financial health, which leads to a higher
 risk of depression which leads to a higher risk of thoughts of suicide which leads to
higher suicide rates,” Robinson told the newspaper in an email.
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Let me just add that I know the empty feeling of being younger and letting other guys like you and wanting to be liked and be close to another man without having one of myself.

It is an empty feeling when you have to leave the bed at the certain time because he is finsihed with you or he leaves you alone on your own bed. 

Would someone kill themselves for that reason? I don't know but I do know that guys don't killed themselves because they are wanted and are invited to share someone else's body.

They might do it because nobody wants them but that is another topic.Some like not having strings attached and love!! leaving in the morning and going back to being single.. 

I stopped doing that and was able to settled down because I felt uncomfortable jumping from one to the other. I found someone (the wrong someone but at least I settle down). 

There are other things a gay man goes thru, awful hurtful things like bullying to non acceptance by your parents or your friends....those are the reasons they kill themselves.

Psychiatric associasions have found this type of rejection is conducive to loosing your self esteem and getting lost mentally. I think it's obvious this gay republican never went throught those things otherwise he would not be taking the church (any church) position which is we all go jumping from bed to bed and that bring all the problems. Its not that easy to diagnose suicide. This man is totally wrong and since he is gay and republican I can understand his idiotic thinking.
🦊Adam

August 7, 2018

There is a Larger Wave Than Ever of LGBT Candidates Running For Political Office in The US






A record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender candidates are running for office in November, as the Trump administration and state-level politicians have moved to roll back some legal protections. 



Sharice Davids, a leading Democrat in a top congressional primary in Kansas on Tuesday, is a lesbian and Native American who wants "L.G.B.T. people sitting in the room while decisions are being made."CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times
By Liam Stack and Catie Edmondson


KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sharice Davids, a leading Democrat in a key congressional primary election on Tuesday, finished a White House fellowship in the early months of the Trump administration. As a lesbian and a Native American, she became convinced that hard-won progress on issues like gay rights and the environment would erode under Mr. Trump, and thought Kansans in her district might support her as a counterforce to the president.

​”We had to focus on getting more people elected to decision-making positions because that’s the way that we offset someone who wants to destroy the E.P.A. being appointed to run the E.P.A,” she said, referring to Scott Pruitt, Mr. Trump’s now-departed agency administrator.

Ms. Davids is among more than 400 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender candidates running for office this year — a record number, according to groups that track such data. Most are Democrats, and several are mounting anti-Trump congressional bids with a message broader than gay rights. Ms. Davids says she talks mostly about issues like health care and only had one exchange with a voter who questioned whether a gay person could win.

Around half of these candidates are running for state offices, a priority for activists who say many of the most important civil rights battles are happening close to home. In 2017, more than 120 bills described as “anti-L.G.B.T.” were introduced across 30 states, including adoption laws and so-called bathroom bills, according to the Human Rights Campaign. By January, 12 of them had become law. 

“We have seen a clear correlation between the presence of our legislators and passage of that legislation,” said Annise Parker, the former mayor of Houston and the chief executive of the L.G.B.T.Q. Victory Institute, a bipartisan group that tracks and supports gay and transgender candidates.

Ms. Davids and other candidates are also pursuing a new kind of political strategy that treats sexuality, race, and gender as campaign assets that intersect with their criticism of Mr. Trump, their warnings about lost progress on civil rights, and their policy ideas. 

Like many racial minority or female candidates this year, many L.G.B.T. candidates are aiming to appeal to broader audiences than campaigns of the past, when gay candidates often ran in predominantly gay areas and tailored their pitches to those communities. Today, L.G.B.T. candidates might tout a law enforcement background to appeal to the political center or campaign with their spouses and children to underscore an interest in policy issues important to parents. 

The Districts Are Mostly White. The Candidates Are Not.  
“I am sure there are going to be older people who are concerned about my being out or being a woman or being a pro-choice candidate or something,” said Ms. Davids, who is running in a six-way primary in the Third Congressional District, which covers Kansas City and its environs, including one of only two counties in Kansas that voted for Hillary Clinton. “But I wouldn’t be running if I thought that number was so high that it was unrealistic to be electable.” 

Many of the candidates are running in states far from liberal areas on the East and West Coasts. They include Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who is seeking re-election; Representative Jared Polis, who is the Democratic nominee for governor of Colorado; and Representative Kyrsten Sinema, who is running in the Aug. 28 Senate primary in Arizona.
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 Representative Jared Polis, a gay man, is the Democratic nominee for governor of Colorado.CreditRyan David Brown for The New York Times

There are also many first-time candidates like Ms. Davids in Kansas; Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman running in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary to be governor of Vermont; and Rick Neal, a former humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan and Liberia and current stay-at-home dad in Columbus, Ohio.  
 
Rick Neal for U.S. Congress

 
Mr. Neal won the Democratic primary in the 15th District of Ohio and will compete in November against Representative Steve Stivers, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mr. Neal said some voters were “naturally curious” about how he would appeal to people who “may not be comfortable” with his sexuality.

“I just talk about what I want to work on and what I want to do for people,” he said, citing issues like campaign finance reform and improving access to health care.

Mr. Neal said his campaign had gone smoothly, except for the day someone put a sticker for a white supremacist group on a lawn sign in front of his home. He has two African-American daughters, ages six and nine, and called the incident “pretty unsettling.” 

“I guess at the end of the day a gay guy with an interracial family running for Congress is a little bit like waving a red flag in front of a bull for some folks,” he said. “I felt like they were trying to intimidate us and that’s just not going to work.”

 Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, is running in the Democratic primary to be governor of Vermont.CreditWilson Ring/Associated Press
 
The rising number of L.G.B.T. candidates comes at a time when the Trump administration has moved to roll back protections for gay and transgender people. Its actions have included an attempt to ban transgender people from serving in the military and a Justice Department decision to argue that the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not protect gay workers.

A shift to the right is also looming on the Supreme Court with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative jurist, to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote many of the landmark gay rights cases decided by the court in recent years.

There are roughly 500 openly L.G.B.T. elected officials in the country, including one governor and seven members of Congress, the Victory Institute said in a recent report. That is 0.1 percent of elected officials.

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” said Jessica Gonzalez, who is running unopposed for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives to represent the 104th District, in Dallas County. She said L.G.B.T. lawmakers could “definitely make a big difference.”

Ms. Davids, of Kansas, agreed. “Having L.G.B.T. people sitting in the room while decisions are being made, and sitting there as peers, will shift the conversation,” she said. “I think it’s important that the lived experiences and the point of view of L.G.B.T. folks be included in conversations that affect all of us.” 

Despite the growing number of candidates, Andrew Reynolds, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who tracks those numbers, said he was “not convinced there will be a dramatic increase in the number of statehouse members.”

“It’s not like a massive rainbow wave that will dominate news stories,” he said.

There are 13 states — largely in the Midwest and the South — where no gay or transgender people serving in the legislature. The experience of candidates there point to the challenges that remain.

 
Michael Aycox, 30, who ran in a Democratic primary this spring in a Mississippi district that President Trump won by 24 points, was the first openly gay congressional candidate in the state’s history. He lost by almost 40 points.

Mr. Aycox, a police officer whose campaign proposed greater federal support of veterans, said he faced opposition from other Democrats who told him it was too early for Mississippi to elect a gay congressman.

“I had 17 death threats,” Mr. Aycox said. “My community respects me, but they’re going to stand with their religious beliefs every day. Religious beliefs are the governing framework for this state.”
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Michael Aycox ran in a Democratic primary this spring in a Mississippi district that President Trump won by 24 points. He lost by 40 points. CreditPaula Merritt/The Meridian Star, via Associated Press
While most of the candidates are Democrats, Peter Boykin, 40, the founder of Gays for Trump, is running for North Carolina’s Legislature as a Republican focused on issues like education. He said the party had “totally embraced” him. 

“The L.G.B.T.Q. the community has been brainwashed that the Democratic Party is for their best interests, and it’s not the case,” Mr. Boykin said, pointing out that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton initially opposed gay marriage.

Mr. Boykin acknowledged that the Republican Party has “some issues” with respect to gay rights, but he said working with “these so-called homophobic senators” is more effective than taking a combative stance.

That is why some, like Ms. Davids, said they were running for office in the first place: to get different kinds of people engaged with the political process.

“We are going to elect more women this year, we’re going to elect more people who are L.G.B.T., we’re going to elect more people who are people of color,” said Ms. Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American tribe in Wisconsin. “This midterm election cycle is our opportunity to demonstrate who we are as a country.”

Liam Stack reported from Kansas City, Kan., and Catie Edmondson from Washington.

Today Tueasday is elction day for the following:
Voters in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Washington State are heading to the polls....
Dont Stay home and Bitch! Go Vote and make a difference because it starts on local elections. We can change the country before more damage is done!!

May 29, 2018

This Gay Mayor Changing The Status Quo in Catholic Poland


 Robert Biedron is one of Poland's young, rising political stars. He's an atheist in perhaps Europe's most Catholic country and its only openly gay politician. And now he is being viewed as a frontrunner for Poland's presidency.
Robert Biedron in his mayor's garb in Slupsk
 Robert Biedron was Poland's first openly gay MP before becoming mayor of Slupsk







"I'm a dreamer. I was born in a very traditional, conservative part of Poland. I am gay and being an atheist, it wasn't easy for me," says Mr. Biedron, mayor of Slupsk, a city about 18km (11 miles) from the country's Baltic Sea coast. 

He is being talked about as one of the leaders of a new progressive political movement that is being organized. 
A former Polish President, Aleksander Kwasniewski, has urged him to run for president in 2020. Opinion polls put him third behind the popular incumbent, Andrzej Duda, and the ex-prime minister and current European Council President, Donald Tusk. 

'Beaten up on the street'

Robert Biedron has made his political career to date seem surprisingly easy. A left-wing former gay rights activist, the 42-year-old became Poland's first openly gay MP in 2011 and then Slupsk mayor in 2014. 
"As an MP I was beaten up four or five times on the street," he says. 
Robert Biedron with his partner"Now, they are all smiling at me and greeting me." Several minutes later a man does exactly that. The mayor points out that a few years ago things would have been different. 
"They would probably have said 'You faggot', or they would spit at me. Today, they say 'Good Morning Mr. Mayor' and this is a sign of change."
Robert Biedron has been with his partner for years and has had an impact on how Poles view homosexuality
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Polish attitudes to homosexuality are evolving but gay marriage is still outlawed, unlike in many Western European countries. That's galling for Mr. Biedron, who as mayor marries many couples. 
"I'm extremely jealous because I see their happiness. I'm 15 years with my partner and it's still a dream. It's not fair that in 2018 two adults cannot get married if they love each other and are committed to each other," he said. 

Conservatives in charge

Poland is governed by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which in 2015 became the first party since communism ended in 1989 to win an outright majority. And for the first time no left-wing party got into parliament. 
PiS won on a platform of conservative, patriotic and Roman Catholic values, married to anti-elitism and state support in the form of increased child benefit, subsidized housing and free medicines for senior citizens.  Since then, the government has infuriated many liberal Poles by consolidating control over the public media, civil service, and prosecutors. 
Its reform of Poland's judiciary prompted the European Commission to launch an unprecedented rule of law investigation, amid concerns that democracy was becoming endangered. The measures hand the PiS-dominated parliament, the justice minister and the president more power over the selection of judges. 
Officiating at weddings is an important part of Robert Biedron's role as mayor
Wedding photoDespite this, PiS easily remains Poland's most popular party. That is not the case in Slupsk, a city of more than 90,000 in north-western Poland. 
"Poland is not only devoted to a conservative, populist, authoritarian political party," says Mr. Biedron, who has taken a pay cut, reduced the city's debt by tens of millions of zlotys, boosted spending on education and social housing and is building a new theatre. 
He has also taken a red sofa out onto the street to chat to constituents.  
Is Poland ready for a gay leader?
His critics say he has no real programme and is mostly about PR stunts. Renata Kim, a journalist for the Polish edition of Newsweek, believes he may have difficulty extending his local popularity nationwide. 
"I think it's too early for an openly gay politician to become an important figure in politics," she argues. 
"We are a very conservative society. People are not ready to accept such a person as their president or prime minister," she adds. 
He has however had an important impact on attitudes to homosexuality in Poland. 
"I saw him speaking to young people at a music festival and he was just a hero, he was a star. They listened to him like they would listen to a prophet and this was for me a sign that homosexuality is becoming a normal thing in Poland."


May 17, 2018

Mississippi Democrat Running For Congress Speaks Out on Being Gay and Proud

This is an article my server caught on gay
 politicians. I found a politician running for office 
and putting it out there like he should, that he
 is gay! 
This article is from  
,  on  the Clarion Ledger
Democrat Congressional candidate Michael Aycox wants to put it out there: Yes, he's gay.
An investigator with the Newton Police Department, Aycox said he's heard whispers of folks questioning his sexuality. It's no secret, he said, but he views his sexuality with the same relevance as his hair color. 
However, he's also aware that he is the first openly gay candidate in a Mississippi congressional race. 
Aycox is one of two Democrats on the ballot in the June primary for Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District seat. Neither he nor Michael T. Evans, a current state representative, is the front-runner for gaining the seat in the Republican-dominated race but, at first glance, they're pretty similar politically.  
In a crowded race — with eight candidates vying for one seat —  distinguishing one candidate from the next on policy can be difficult. The five Republicans largely agree on issues such as gun rights and abortion. 

Aycox and Evans both agree on the importance of supporting members of law enforcement and the military, the need for quality infrastructure and funding education. That's where the similarities end.
Aycox is a supporter of same-sex marriage. He married his husband, Mario, in New York's Central Park in 2013, before same-sex marriage was legal in Mississippi. 
Evans believes marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman.
Aycox, a 30-year-old Navy veteran, and Mano wrre living in Florida at the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville.  when Aycox had an interaction with his Mississippi congressman that eventually spurred him to run for office. 
Aycox was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2016 and reached out to 3rd District U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper's office for help with his medical treatment. Aycox said he was disappointed with Harper's response time and vowed to one day run against him. Although Harper chose to vacate the seat this term, Aycox said he wants to run for office so he can be a congressman that's "easy to get in touch with."
After a medical discharge in June 2017, the couple moved back to Mississippi and settled in Aycox's hometown of Newton. They have a black lab, Sasha, they rescued from a local humane society and a garden full of tomatoes. 
Mario, who serves in the Florida Air National Guard, is preparing to be deployed, so Aycox has been doing the majority of his stump speeches solo. But, he said, he's encouraged by his husband's support from afar. 
Evans, his Democratic opponent, is a state representative and chicken farmer and has been married 25 years. He and his wife, Heather, "pick up eggs for a living." The two have three poultry houses for Pico Foods. 
Evans' colleagues at the Capitol call him "Big Country," but he said folks back home call him "Worm."
After being elected to his second term, Evans, 42, retired from being a full-time firefighter in 2016 but still serves as a volunteer firefighter. 
As a representative, Evans initially voted in favor of HB 1523, a controversial bill that allowed businesses to deny services to people based on religious beliefs. He voted "nay" on the second vote, after the bill had been amended because he felt the bill was "controversial" and "brought a lot of negative attention to our state."
"I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman but, I'm the type of person, I really don't care what anyone else does with their life, that's just my Christian belief," he said. "What anybody else does that's their own business, really."
Evans is in his second term as a state representative. While he voted for HB 1523 the first time, he's not sure if he would again.
"I think people should have the right to express their religion or their non religion," he said. "I don't know if I'd vote for it again or not. I don't know if anyone has been refused services on that bill. I haven't had anyone tell me that it has. Once we voted on that bill, I have not heard anything else about it, nothing."
Aycox said he doesn't understand how anyone could look at HB 1523 and not see the potential ramifications it could have on LGBTQ Mississippians. He gets emotional when he talks about giving stump speeches and meeting constituents who feel they've been discriminated against because of their sexuality. 
"1583 literally shoved the community into the closet under penalty of law," he said. 
While he told his parents about his sexuality when he was 20 years old and lived openly as a gay man, Aycox said he didn't feel the need to tell people "I'm gay." That changed after a recent event hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. Aycox said he felt encouraged being surrounded by other members of the LGBTQ community and wanted to speak out on their behalf. 
"Until the campaign, I never really 'came out.' I didn't," he said. "This is me. It's not who I am, it doesn't define me, it's just a part of me. It's like having brown hair, it doesn't change who I am...I didn't do this to be the voice of the LGBT community. I did this for change. I did this to make a difference."
With his farming background, Evans said he hopes to have an impact for rural farmers. He has strong feelings, he said, about the recent tariffs proposed by President Trump and is strongly opposed. 
"I think the tariffs are going to hurt our farmers," Evans said. "I don't want to go back to soybeans going back to be $2 a bushel again."
Evans hadn't raised enough money to report campaign finances in April but said he's since raised between $5,000 and $6,000. 
People should vote for him, he said, because he can relate to hard-working Mississippians. 
"I'm strong on health care, education, infrastructure, I've always been a big supporter of the teachers, our law enforcement, I'm strong on all that," he said. "I think people will vote for me because I line up with what the rural Mississippi voters think. I'm just an average Mississippian and I can relate to everybody."
Aycox, who's raised around $2,300 in campaign funds, admittedly has zero political experience. He's betting on that fact appealing to voters to win the June primary. 
"The reason I'm the people's candidate is because we've got lawyers, we've got doctors, we've got all these people who are playing the political ballgame and forgotten where they've come from," he said. "I appeal to the blue collar workers, and the white collar workers. I believe in service before self."
Sarah Fowler at 601-961-7303 or sfowler@gannett.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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