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March 17, 2020

GOP Leaders Snubs LGBT But Texas Democrats Go For Recruiting Them

For more than two decades, Texas’ GOP leadership has snubbed LGBT Republicans asking to participate in the annual state convention — a move that has some conservatives calling on the party to reconsider its exclusionary policies.

The rejection of LGBT conservatives, or Log Cabin Republicans, came again in February — with an added insult from a state GOP official who compared LGBT people to criminals in a social media post. Now Texas Democrats say they are reaching out to disillusioned Republicans who are turned off by the party's stance on LGBT rights.

Texas Democrats are positioning themselves as an “inclusive” political alternative, and the party is hiring its first-ever LGBTQ+ constituency organizer, said spokesman Abhi Rahman, who added that several former Republicans have contacted the party as a result of its outreach. 

“The Texas Democratic Party is open and inclusive, and we welcome anyone who wants to fight for issues that matter to all of us … regardless of what divides us,” Rahman said. “We are creating a movement that's diverse and inclusive that defeats Republicans up and down the ballot in 2020.”

Rahman is hoping they can draw more people like Paul von Wupperfeld, a former president of the Log Cabin Republicans in Texas, who left the GOP in the late 1990s after realizing the group’s fight for LGBT rights was a “lost cause.” None of the people who founded the Log Cabin Republicans in Texas are Republicans anymore, he said.

“What I say to the gay Republicans who I meet is, ‘Figure out what your priorities are,’” von Wupperfield said. “If you’d rather trade your civil rights for a tax cut, that sort of says where your priorities are.”

But other Republicans and political watchers said they aren’t projecting mass defections over the issue. 

Jason Vaughn, a conservative in Houston who is gay, said he doubts any Republicans will jump ship to the Democrats as a result.

“Just because you disagree with 5% of the Republican platform doesn’t mean we’re going to vote with someone we disagree with 95%,” Vaughn said.

The concerns about LGBT membership bubbled up in February when state GOP leaders again decided not to allow the Log Cabin Republicans to operate a booth at the state convention and a member of the State Republican Executive Committee compared LGBT Republicans to criminals.

“LCR’s unique identity is homosexuality which is in conflict with the principles & platform of the Republican Party,” Sue Evenwel wrote in a since-deleted Facebook comment. “The party would also not allow express advocacy groups for murders, burglars, adulterers or fornicators, yet there may be some among us dealing with those issues who are also Republicans working and voting for our candidates.” 

Evenwel did not respond to a request for comment. Asked about the party leadership's rejection, Michael Baker, current president of Log Cabin Republicans in Texas, said he'd rather focus on working alongside other Texas Republicans to ensure the reelections of President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.

The Texas Democratic Party was quick to frame Evenwel's post as another example of “hate and extremism within the Texas Republican Party.”

Vaughn said it's frustrating to see state GOP leadership disparage LGBT people, but he thinks the party is ultimately moving in a more inclusionary direction — however slowly that might be. In the meantime, he said he’s afraid the party will have a harder time recruiting new members.

“[Republicans] are not going anywhere, but it does make it harder to reach out to other people who lean right and hold conservative values, but they don’t see a place for themselves in the party yet,” said Vaughn, who is also policy director at Texas Young Republicans, which has backed the Log Cabin Republicans. 

The Texas LGBT conservative group has the backing of some high-profile Republicans like U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, and other younger Republicans.

“The Log Cabin Republicans have worked tirelessly for conservative causes and candidates,” Crenshaw said in a February statement. “They were there for me in 2018 when I ran for office, working hard and playing a significant role in our grassroots campaign.”

“Crossover voting … is entirely possible. But could [Democrats] actually get them to convert their party allegiance? That's a steeper hill to climb.”

— Don Haider-Markel, University of Kansas professor
Still, Democrats’ messaging on the Log Cabin Republicans conflict might convince some LGBT Republicans to vote for Democratic candidates in certain races, said Don Haider-Markel, a University of Kansas professor who studies LGBT political participation.

“Crossover voting … is entirely possible,” Haider-Markel said. “But could [Democrats] actually get them to convert their party allegiance? That's a steeper hill to climb.” 

With the state convention just a few months away – in a year when Republicans are fighting to hold on to their majority in the state House — this intraparty division is “horrible timing,” Haider-Markel said.

“If I was a Republican in Texas, my concern would not be, are LGBTQ folks going to switch parties — but are they going to turn out and vote on Election Day?” Haider-Markel said. “And if [Republicans] demobilize elements of their constituency by alienating them, even though that's going to be a small percentage of their overall vote, 1 or 2 percentage points is going to make the difference in a lot of elections in 2020.”

The state Republican Party did not respond to requests for comment.

While the state Republican Party grapples with its relationship with LGBT members, the issue is all but guaranteed to be a flashpoint at the May GOP convention — which is supposed to be a time of unity before November’s battle to maintain control of the Texas House. 

There, Republican delegates will elect their next state party chair, and support for the Log Cabin Republicans is already emerging as a sticking point.

Allen West, who is challenging Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey for the position, recently said of the group, “You can make the tent bigger, but at some point the stakes will get pulled out of the ground and the tent will blow away,” reported Quorum Report editor Scott Braddock.

Neither West nor Dickey respond to requests for comment.

Marco Roberts, secretary of Log Cabin Republicans in Texas, said he expects the issue will crop up at the convention in the form of debates over the Texas GOP’s platform. The state party opposes "any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values." But Roberts scoffed at the notion that Log Cabin Republicans would find a more tolerant home in the Democratic Party. 

Despite a few individuals’ ugly remarks, Roberts said it is “a lot easier” being gay in the Republican Party than it is being a Republican in the LGBT community, which trends Democratic.

“The pressure from our own [LGBT] community is a lot worse,” Roberts said. “It’s challenging, but not nearly as bad as it is being a Republican in our community.”

November 11, 2018

Tucker Carlson Seems to Have Assaulted a Gay Immigrant

Attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted that he is investigating an alleged assault committed by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and/or members of his inner circle.  The incident that apparently took place at a club in Virginia last month is at least partially corroborated through a video (seen below) — although no violence or assault is depicted in the video.
Avenatti also says that the incident “likely includes underage drinking in violation of VA law”.  He alleges that Carlson’s son and daughter were present and that his son committed assault and battery, while his daughter was “drinking underage” with Tucker’s “assistance and knowledge”. 
“We are attempting to locate additional witnesses and to identify those depicted in the video,” Avenatti tweeted. “In particular, we need assistance identifying the balding man that grabs the man seated at the bar. We anticipate charges being filed. Anyone with knowledge, pls contact us.”
The video, which can be seen above, was also tweeted by Avenatti.  It clearly shows Tucker Carlson repeatedly cursing, and telling another individual to “get the f–k out of here” several times.  What’s not seen or heard on the video but alleged by Avenatti is that Carlson also told an apparent immigrant to “go back where you came from”.
Avenatti went on to respond to an individual asking him what the video reveals, by saying, “You mean other than Tucker repeatedly cursing a guy out seated at the bar while a friend/associate of his makes a bee line for the guy, grabs him off his chair, and then threatens violence?” “Assault is [a] threat of violence. Battery is a physical touching,” Avenatti told Hillreporter. “There are both in the video,” he explained.
According to Avenatti, numerous witnesses were there and contradict any claims by Carlson that he was innocent in the matter.
Fox News reached out to Hill Reporter on Sunday, November 11, and provided a response from Carlson:
“On October 13, I had dinner with two of my children and some family friends at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. Toward the end of the meal, my 19-year-old daughter went to the bathroom with a friend. On their way back through the bar, a middle aged man stopped my daughter and asked if she was sitting with Tucker Carlson. My daughter had never seen the man before. She answered: ‘That’s my dad,’ and pointed to me. The man responded, ‘Are you Tucker’s whore?’ He then called her a ‘fucking cunt.’
My daughter returned to the table in tears. She soon left the table and the club. My son, who is also a student, went into the bar to confront the man. I followed. My son asked the man if he’d called his sister a ‘whore’ and a ‘cunt.’ The man admitted he had, and again become profane. My son threw a glass of red wine in the man’s face and told him to leave the bar, which he soon did.
Immediately after the incident, I described these events to the management of the Farmington Country Club. The club spent more than three weeks investigating the incident. Last week, they revoked the man’s membership and threw him out of the club.
I love my children. It took enormous self-control not to beat the man with a chair, which is what I wanted to do. I think any father can understand the overwhelming rage and shock that I felt seeing my teenage daughter attacked by a stranger. But I restrained myself. I did not assault this man, and neither did my son. That is a lie. Nor did I know the man was gay or Latino, not that it would have mattered. What happened on October 13 has nothing to do with identity politics. It was a grotesque violation of decency. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

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.”

March 14, 2018

House Republicans ReIntroduce Bill Pitting Religion Against LGBT

The First Amendment Defense Act, commonly known as FADA, has been reintroduced in Congress by Senator Mike Lee of Utah and 21 other Republicans — despite being called “harmful,” “discriminatory” and the “vilest anti-LGBT religious freedom bill of our time" by gay rights advocates. The bill, Lee said, is “designed to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals or institutions based on their beliefs about marriage.”
“What an individual or organization believes about the traditional definition of marriage is not — and should never be — a part of the government’s decision-making process when distributing licenses, accreditations or grants,” Lee said in a statement. “The First Amendment Defense Act simply ensures that this will always be true in America — those federal bureaucrats will never have the authority to require those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage to choose between their living in accordance with those beliefs and maintaining their occupation or their tax status.”
The bill was last introduced in the House and Senate in 2015 but did not make it out of committee. Jeff Sessions, now attorney general and then a senator from Alabama, was one of FADA’s original sponsors, and in December 2016, President-elect Donald Trump said he would support the legislation.
Donald Haider-Markel, a political science professor at the University of Kansas, said the reintroduction of FADA may be more of a political calculation by Republicans than a real attempt at getting the bill passed.
“It gets them on the record in favor, and they get a ‘no’ vote to pin on those Democrats in the general election," Haider-Markel said, adding that "it’s just as important for some Republicans to get a ‘yes’ vote on the record” to enhance their conservative credentials to stave off primary challengers from the right.
“There are plenty of analysts who are saying this is now Trump’s party, but there is still a divide in the party between hard-core (social) conservatives, and those that are more moderate, and the conservatives seem to mostly be behind Trump,” Haider-Markel said. “Their only chance to show their conservative chops on social issues is to get votes on social issues even if they won’t ultimately be successful.”
Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, a national gay conservative group, said his organization opposes the legislation.
“This is legislation that the evangelical lobbyists have prioritized,” Angelo said. “Outside of evangelical lobbyists, you're not hearing a clarion call for action on FADA from rank-and-file voters.” 
The current bill makes two notable changes compared with an earlier version. It excludes from the bill’s protections publicly traded for-profit entities, federal employees, federal contractors and certain health care providers. The bill also expands its scope to protect those whose religious beliefs put them in opposition to same-sex marriage or any marriage recognized under federal law. The new bill retains text, however, which frames the bill as responding to “conflicts between same-sex marriage and religious liberty.”
LGBTQ advocates say the legislation is not substantively different from previous versions and would roll back anti-discrimination protections for the community.
"The First Amendment Defense Act is harmful legislation that would legalize state-sanctioned discrimination and undermine key civil rights protections for LGBTQ people,” said David Stacy, government affairs director for the national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC). “Supporters of this legislation are using religious liberty as a sword to hurt LGBTQ families rather than staying true to our long tradition of it serving as a shield to protect religious expression from government overreach."
According to HRC, FADA would, among other things, permit individuals, nonprofits and many businesses using taxpayer funds to refuse service to same-sex couples; allow nonprofits and some businesses to deny gay and lesbian employees time off to care for a sick spouse, and permit government-funded shelters from housing same-sex couples.
Ian Thompson, a legislative representative with the American Civil Liberties Union, raised similar objections, saying FADA “opens the door to a wide range of taxpayer-funded discrimination.”
“It would let private companies and nonprofit government contractors — which includes a significant portion of social services providers — refuse to provide a service or benefit to people because they do not fit their definition of family, from same-sex married couples and their children, a single parent and their child, or an unmarried couple who are living together,” Thompson said in a statement. “Whatever the sponsors of this shameful legislation may say, this is a blatant example of using religion as a justification to discriminate.”
While Haider-Markel said the updated FADA bill could gain some traction in the House, he said it would likely fail in the Senate. Plus, he added, the expanded scope of the revised bill would make it nearly impossible to enforce.
“The language in this version seems so incredibly vague and very unlikely to stand up in any way, shape or form,” he added. “The whole thing just seems like a performance.”
by Julie Morea
NBC News
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November 9, 2017

GOP Tries to Pull LGBT Seniors from Survey to Improve Services But Dems Forced it Back On

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, along with Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Al Franken (D-MN) today introduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act to improve services available for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults. This legislation would build on the Older Americans Act to include LGBT seniors as a vulnerable population and permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

“We should guarantee all of our seniors access to the care that truly meets their needs and so I am proud to advance this legislation that will improve services and support for LGBT older adults,” said Sen. Baldwin. “Too many LGBT older adults carry the harmful physical and emotional health effects of having lived through a lifetime of discrimination. It is past time we do something about it and strengthen the Older Americans Act to better support our LGBT seniors.”

“Our laws and research are not current in addressing the unique needs of the aging generation of baby boomers,” said Sen. Bennet. “This legislation would provide LGBT seniors, who often face significant barriers to accessing health care, with targeted services and resources. By helping aging service organizations assist older LGBT adults and permanently establishing a National Resource Center, we will better meet the needs of the LGBT community.”

“LGBT seniors can face unique challenges and have few LGBT-specific resources to help them cope,” said Sen. Merkley. “It’s time to end that hurdle to services and pass the LGBT Elder Americans Act.”

“Our LGBT seniors helped build this country, and we owe them dignity and access to services that address their specific needs,” said Sen. Markey. “I am proud to co-sponsor the LGBT Elders Act to ensure all of our seniors receive the care they have earned and deserve.”

“We need to do all we can to support seniors in Minnesota and across the nation so that they can age safely and access vital programs that enrich their lives,” said Sen. Franken. “That’s why I’m proud to join my colleagues in this effort to make sure we address the needs of our LGBT seniors by improving the quality of specialized services, and establishing the nation’s first resource center devoted to older LGBT Americans.”

As the number of Americans age 65 and older surges over the next few decades, the number of LGBT seniors is estimated to double to three million by 2030. The available research shows that LGBT seniors have fewer sources of support compared to heterosexual individuals and, therefore, face higher poverty rates.

The LGBT Elder Americans Act, first introduced in 2015, would permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, which would be the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and support for older LGBT adults. The Center’s resources would include educating mainstream aging service organizations about the needs of LGBT seniors and providing educational resources to LGBT seniors, their families, and their caregivers. The Center would also work with LGBT organizations to ensure that the special needs of older adults are taken into account.

Additionally, the legislation would prioritize research and development grants for organizations working to improve LGBT health, long-term care needs, and access to culturally-responsive services.
This legislation is supported by Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE), the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.
A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR-1).    The text of the legislation is available here.

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