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John Oliver Asked Every Presidential Candidate If They’d Pass an LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

John Oliver Asked Every Presidential Candidate If They’d Pass an LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

The fight for gay rights is only just heating up.

June’s Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality was merely a battle, not the war. The current GOP primary battle royale is a constant reminder. The moment the gavel dropped, Republicans lashed out at the SCOTUS ruling. Stubborn county clerks in several states refused to hand out same-sex marriage licenses, legal consequences be damned. And young conservatives begged the country to respect their beliefs. According to an ardent few, judging homophobic people was persecution, too.

Just this weekend, actress Ellen Page stopped by the Iowa State Fair to put Republican candidate Ted Cruz on the spot about LGBT discrimination. Cruz cited a classic example: if a flower shop doesn’t want to serve gay customers it shouldn’t have to. Page vehemently disagreed. But the politician stuck to his spiel, confident that he’d debated her out of the ring. Onlookers felt otherwise, including John Oliver, who dedicated Sunday’s Last Week Tonight to the ongoing perils of being gay in America. Oliver runs down several cases of discrimination that look baffling in a vacuum, but under Cruz’s own logic, would fly in the president hopeful’s version of the county. In the end of the segment, the comedian reports that, when asked if they’d pass an LGBT anti-discrimination bill when they stepped into office, only four presidential nominees even bothered to return his phone calls. One was Rand Paul, who responded to Oliver’s inquiry with “We’ll pass. Thanks.”

Watch the segment and remember: the fight ain’t over.

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Straight White Man Says He’s The Victim Of A Hate Crime

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Straight White Man Says He’s The Victim Of A Hate Crime

Tim Querengesser was peacefully minding his own business, meditating in his local park, when he says a rock “the size of an apple” went flying past his head. “When it landed with a crack, a woman near me in the park screamed,” he writes in a new op-ed published in Toronto’s Metro News.  “A girl, no older than three, playing about 10 feet from where the rock came to rest, just stared, confused.

Querengesser turned around to see who had thrown the rock. That’s when he saw the man he had been talking to not five minutes earlier. “I had never met this guy,” Querengesser claims. “I was sitting on a park bench when he approached.”

“You know, you fags can’t take over this park,” the man allegedly said.

“He walked away, muttering things about ‘fags,’” Querengesser recalls. “Believing he was gone, I resumed meditating. Then, the rock.”

Querengesser wasted no time calling police. But by the time they arrived, the man was gone. Officers proceeded to ask Querengesser a series of questions about the incident:

“I hate to ask you this, but, are you gay?”

Most of me wanted to rage at the question.

“No,” I said.

“Well, if you were, I’d be investigating the guy for a hate crime.”

I nearly lost it, but said nothing.

Querengesser is upset because, as he puts it, “a man had targeted me, believing I was gay. Had the big, heavy rock connected, my brain would have been damaged.”

“Because I’m not gay, however, to the cop this man wasn’t a potential hate criminal but just an annoying hooligan.”

Querengesser, furious that “cop’s suggestion that I needed to be gay for there to be a crime made,” went home and did some research on what constitutes a hate crime in Canada. From a report by the Department of Justice, he learned that the definition of a hate crime varies from place to place, and that most victims of hate crimes are ethnic minorities.

“The justice report notes most victims of hate crimes are ‘not comfortable approaching the police,’” Querengesser notes. “I felt no discomfort with approaching the police.”

Querengesser acknowledges that this could be a result of the privilege he enjoys as a heterosexual, white male, but he’s still upset about it all.

“Another hate crime went unpunished,” he concludes. “One can only imagine how victimizing that police indifference or ignorance would have been for someone who was targeted for who they really are.”

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Trans teen Jazz Jennings targeted by hate group

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Trans teen Jazz Jennings targeted by hate group

The group have a major problem with Jazz Jennings and her attempts to “normalise the transgender lifestyle.”

One Million Moms – the right-wing protest group – have attacked a reality show featuring trans teenager Jazz Jennings, reports The Advocate.

The group – which does not have one million members (false advertising, anybody?) – claim that the TLC show ‘I am Jazz’ is “attempting to normalise the transgender lifestyle and make it appear OK while using a young cast member to lure a young audience.”

While many support the idea of helping the young trans community feel “normal”, One Million Moms clearly do not.

The comments were made in a post on the group’s website.

It also claims TLC “is attempting to desensitise America’s youth,” before attacking Jazz’s parents for supporting her transition “instead of giving guidance to the confused child.”

The group also urges its supporters to contact Revlon, which advertises on the show, and demand that the company end its sponsorship.

Jazz, now 14, has identified as female since her early childhood.

The teen – who has racked up millions of views for video I Am Jazz on YouTube – also heads a skincare campaign for Clean & Clear that celebrates diversity.

Nancy Daniels of TLC said: “Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique, and we’re proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC’s audience.

“Jazz may be known as an author and activist, but she’s first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life.”

The designated hate group have a long history of attacking LGBT public figures and their allies.

In 2013, the adamantly homophobic group took aim at US department store JC Penney, and their spokesperson, Ellen Degeneres, due to an ad featuring the openly gay TV presenter – and three elves.

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Lady Gaga Interview On Fame And Texas

Lady Gaga Interview On Fame And Texas

Growing Up In New York And Covered In Glitter, Lady Gaga Sits Down With About Magazine For The First Ever One-On-One Interview With An LGBT Texas Publication!

(HOUSTON) Dallas might have discovered her first at the ‘Round Up,’ but Houston’ LGBT media takes the gold for an exclusive interview.


As a little girl, she would sing along on her mini plastic tape recorder to Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lau per hits. She loved to get twirled in the air by her ‘daddy’ while jamming out to the sounds of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. The precocious child would dance around the table at her family’s fancy Upper West Side restaurant, using the breadsticks as a baton. But her favorite past-time was ‘innocently greeting new babysitters in nothing but her birthday suit.’

It’s no wonder that little girl from a good New York Italian family, turned into the exhibitionist, multi­ talented singer-songwriter with a flair for theatrics that she is today: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga!

“Where are you now?” I asked in a simple text message to Lady Gaga. It was any regular interview. A journalist, named Spencer had convinced me to arrange this interview. “You have too,” he begged. “She’s going to be bigger than Madonna,” he said.

2009 was a whirlwind for Lady Gaga. She had recently been nominated for her debut album titled ‘The Fame,’ and it was slowly giving her solidification as a new ‘Pop Princess.’

“I’m just going to try and change the world, one sequin at a time.”- Lady Gaga

“I am currently in Canada,” Gaga responded. “I have a show in Toronto tonight.” In detail, she told me about her tour, and being on the road with a couple bands she ‘absolutely loved.’

“I’m with three amazing bands, Chester French, White Tie Affair and Cinema Bizarre. It’ so great to have them on the road with me.” Then she said my name. “You should check them out, Cade. They are great live bands and talented too.”  I had to sit back and think a moment. It’s not every day Lady Gaga is texting you, let alone pitching you on ‘her’ opening acts.

By the time I had arranged the interview, Spencer had forced her entire album into my head. It was great! I was hooked. I had become a fan. Every song had a hook, and it would soon be igniting dance floors across the world. I wanted on the Gaga wagon!

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“The tour is playing some of the best places to hear live music,” Gaga says in a response. “I am playing everywhere from Wilten in LA to Terminal 5 in New York. All great venues to check out live music”

At the age of four years, old Gaga had mastered the piano by ear. When she was 13 she had written her first piano ballad. By the time she was 14, she was performing across New York’s open mic nights at the city’s Bitter End.

“I grew up in New York, even though I haven’t been home for some time now I still call it home.” She explains, hinting that the road, and tour, and publicity have kept her busy. “I love the energy and diversity, and the New York music scene. In fact, not sure if you know but ‘Just Dance’ came from my memorable nights out in New York.”

By the age of 17, Gaga would get early admission to the exclusive ‘Tisch School of The Arts’ at New York University, and when she turned 20 she had already wrote hit songs for none other than the ‘Pussycat Dolls.’ All before she even had her own album.

Of course in our back and fourth message-interview, I had to know what she thought of Texas. I did not know that just a few short weeks prior she had performed in Dallas.

“One of my personal favorite gigs ever was in Dallas,” Gaga replies. “The Round Up.  A gay two-step night.   I just got in the middle of the dance floor and went for it.” She says. “The boys went crazy. It went from two step line dancing to my disco stick …lol”.

Sadly Gaga explained that Houston would not be getting a stop from the ‘Fame’ tour. “Hopefully soon”! She says “I would love to be back and see you all soon”.

“But Houston, thank you for all the love and support. I can’t wait to be back and see you all.” ..xo Gaga

If you have not picked up, down loaded ‘The Fame’ album, do your self a favor and do it now. It will have you looking for the nearest dance floor.

She left me with a thought. Her personal plan. The larger picture. She doesn’t want to be a part of pop culture. She’s going to explore it inside and out. But until… “I’m just going to try and change the world, one sequin at a time.”

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