Cruz won’t let up on anti-trans ‘bathroom predator’ myth

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Live Coverage of Today’s May Day Protests…

by Ansel Herz May Day, circa 2013. Ansel Herz ...is happening today on Twitter: Follow me (@ansel) and photographer Alex Garland (@AGarlandPhoto) for the latest. The El Comite march for wo... more…

Faroe Islands legalize same-sex marriage

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It’s May!

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Gender-neutral restrooms at Leominster High

GSA members estimate there are as many as 30 nonconforming students throughout the high school. Colvin admits there are a lot of terms to be juggled and that referring to everyone the proper way can get confusing. While educating other students is one ... more…

Ahead of May Day, Seattle Police Blame Protesters for Injury Caused by Their Explosive Devices

by Ansel Herz A blast ball explodes next to Seattle Times reporter Paige Cornwell, ducking, on the left. Alex Garland Last year, Seattle police were strongly criticized for the indiscriminate use of dozens of blast balls—small grenades that explode and emit tear gas—on May Day protesters. The blast balls injured a bystander named Jerry Savage, a Seattle Times reporter, and two street medics who are now suing the department. One man found an unexploded blast ball in the gutter. The Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), the city's in-house watchdog, found in an investigation that police had improperly used the weapons by throwing them over people's heads and into the middle of crowds—but the OPA didn't hold any individual officers responsible for misconduct. On Friday, I asked Sean Whitcomb, the department's longtime head spokesperson, whether the SPD has learned any lessons or will be doing anything differently with blast balls during tomorrow's May Day protests. He evaded the question and talked instead about the department's existing training and use-of-force policies. When I mentioned that one of the blast balls injured a Seattle Times reporter last year, Whitcomb stopped me and disagreed: One of them burned a Seattle Times reporter's foot last year. Did it? Yes. Are we sure about that? Because I heard back and forth that that may not have been a blast ball, but rather a firework. There's a video of a blast ball going off right next to her foot. Not a homemade firework? Not a homemade firework. Because I thought that went to OPA and it was not determined to be a blast ball. Maybe you should call Pierce [Murphy] on that. I remember that narrative distinctly. And I had heard things contrary to that since then. Paige Cornwell, the Times reporter who covered May Day last year, went to the hospital for burn treatment later that day. "I haven't heard from the police department regarding any investigation," she said. Cornwell never filed a complaint; the OPA never investigated her specific case. OPA Director Pierce Murphy told me Whitcomb is mistaken, and referred me to this passage of his report (PDF) on May Day 2015: "Some of the reported injuries, especially those involving burns and/or ankle and calf injuries, may have been the result of blastballs detonating in close proximity." Murphy did, however, review the video above during his investigation. "It has characteristics of being a blast ball," he said, cautioning that he couldn't say for sure what it was. "There are two detonations. There's the visible detonation that you can see on the ground in front of her. That would be consistent with a blast ball." The lack of accountability here is mind-blowing. To review: OPA does an after-action report on May Day and declines to hold specific officers responsible for anything. But the agency indicates that blast balls were used inappropriately and that they caused injuries. After last year's May Day fracas, police chief Kathleen O'Toole asks an outside group—the Center for Policing Equity—to conduct a review of how Seattle police respond to protests. The group hand-picks which protesters it surveys in the fall. On Friday, the department couldn't offer any timeline for the report's release. And Murphy said O'Toole has not responded to his December letter raising concerns about last year's May Day tactics. Meanwhile, the public face of the SPD believes the OPA exonerated his department in one of the key examples of a blast ball injuring an innocent bystander. He tries to blame the injury on demonstrators instead. Happy May Day, everyone. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] more…

KINKY BOOTS to Take Part in The Shubert Theater’s ‘Art in Action’ Project in New Haven

This year with KINKY BOOTS, the theatre has teamed up with the Co-Op High School Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) to confront the gender stereotype issues that children face every day. The project, "KINKY BOOTS: You Can Change the World When You Change Your... more…

Your Weekly Roundup: Miscarriage, Beyonce, and Making the Most of May

by Jessica Fu Your roundup of this week’s most widely-read, shared, and discussed stories. LILY PADULA • Angela Garbes wrote a stunning piece on miscarriage—rarely a topic of discussion in part due to the discomfort it may evoke. She asks: What might we gain if we listened more to women about their experiences with pregnancy loss? • Today is Independent Bookstore Day. Here’s a handy guide on how celebrate your local literary resources. • What do you get when an exclusive group of people gathers for a “Homelessness Solutions Dinner”? Not solutions for homelessness. That didn’t stop these thinkfluencers from trying, however. The irony of them seeking solutions at a members-only clubhouse adjacent to thousands sleeping on Seattle’s streets was missed by no one.When life gives you lemons... • You must have heard by now: Last weekend, Beyonce released Lemonade, her widely anticipated, widely acclaimed visual album. Larry Mizell Jr. calls it "breathtaking." On Blabbermouth, Ijeoma Oluo describes its devastating power. Artist C. Davida Ingram calls it a kaleidoscopic view of blackness. And did you know: one of its directors is an artist currently showing work at the Frye? • It’s game over for the city, says Charles Mudede: He predicts that Seattle is now on an irreversible course towards becoming the next San Francisco. Readers wish it weren’t so, but many concur. What do you think? • It’s gonna be May. Here are the best events this month that you should get tickets for. Or if the only event you’re really looking forward to is Cinco de Mayo, here’s how you optimize that, too. Jason Hirata: We don’t eat food. We eat systems of global circulation. The Stranger • Over at the Henry Art Gallery, a Seattle artist is wrestling with corporate food systems (and their hungry victims). “Corporations today produce beggars and then sponsor charity programs, lending logos and spare cash to scenes of need,” Jen Graves writes in her review. • Wanna do something this weekend but don’t have the money? The cheapest and easiest things to have been compiled for you right here. Already know that what you want is a good movie? The best ones screening in Seattle this weekend are compiled right here. Enjoy the sun this weekend. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] more…

Why the Word “Marriage” Matters

“…I may yet live to see gay marriage become a reality in the United States in my lifetime. And wouldn’t that be something.” This is the end, the last post on Marriage Equality Watch. For this occasion, we thought we would resurrect a column from the first week of MEW, back in January 2008, before […] The post Why the Word “Marriage” Matters appeared first on Marriage Equality Watch. more…

The Last Marriage Equality Watch – April 30th

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy! POP CULTURE: Star of the X-Men movies franchise Shawn Ashmore has said he would play his Iceman character if he were gay. full story BANGLADESH: The killing of two gay […] The post The Last Marriage Equality Watch – April 30th appeared first on Marriage Equality Watch. more…

Kerry urges Bangladesh to investigate murders of LGBT activists

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Trump Rally Delayed By Riots in Orange County

by Dan Savage Protestors take over hotel parking lot while #DonaldTrump speaks inside at #CAGOPConvention pic.twitter.com/UaGuFjEAFA— Bob Redell (@BobNBC) April 29, 2016LATimes: Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate. Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle, and at one point tried to flip a police car. One Costa Mesa police officer was struck in the head by a rock thrown by a protestor, authorities said. The officer wasn't injured because he was protected from by his riot helmet. Some are saying riots help Trump. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] more…

Last-Minute Plans: 55 Free, Cheap, And Easy Things To Do This Weekend

by Stranger Things To Do Staff Don't miss the Taco Libre Truck Showdown on Sunday. Courtesy of Mobile Food Rodeo Procrastinators, rejoice: There are loads of cheap and easy entertainment op... more…

Allison Janney Makes a Surprise Appearance at a White House Press Conference Today as Her West Wing Character

by Christopher Frizzelle .@AllisonBJanneyAKA CJ CreggAKA Bonnie on @MomCBSdrops by the White House press briefing. https://t.co/TK4NJ7TEyM— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 29, 2016NPR: The real White House West Wing felt a bit like the fictional one at the center of the NBC television series The West Wing for a brief moment on Friday afternoon. Posing as her character C.J. Cregg, who was the press secretary in the critically acclaimed show that ran from 1999 until 2006, actress Allison Janney took a surprise turn on the podium to the delight and surprise of the real White House press corps. She was there "to call attention to the opioid epidemic," she told the press corps, adding that the issue means a lot to her personally. "Her current show on CBS, Mom, deals with drug addiction and its struggles," NPR adds. Now, apropos of nothing, let us bask in 50 seconds of Janney brilliance in Primary Colors, the Mike Nichols movie based on the anonymously written book about Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. She plays a flustered, flirtatious school librarian and, even though she's in the movie very briefly, her scene, lasting from the 1:20 mark to the 2:10 mark, leaves a permanent impression. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] more…

Savage Love Letter of the Day: Undercutting Remarks

by Dan Savage I just got dumped. The back story, I'm a lesbian in my mid twenties, and I had been seeing this girl for about 10 months. At the beginning of the relationship, she said that while she liked me and wanted to continue seeing me, as a masters student (and someone dealing with a lot of personal/family problems in the last two years) she wasn't able to commit to a full on relationship, and had to prioritize school and herself. This all was fine with me, since my pervious relationship had been deeply co-dependent, and I have had a bad habit of putting my relationships first, and myself second, so dating someone who had other things going on in her life seemed like a good and healthy change for me. Fast forward to the nine month mark. I've gotten myself accepted to grad schools, gotten a promotion at work, and have some exciting projects coming up. She quit smoking, was doing great at school, and while her financial situation was a little unsure, generally she seemed to be doing well. We were spending 2-4 nights a week together, usually one weeknight and the weekend. As her time was more restricted due to school, I usually asked her when/if she had time to hang out, and I would work around her schedule. We had a great sex life, I felt independent, and I also felt in love. While we hadn't talked about it getting more serious, it just naturally seemed to be getting more serious. While I know I was definitely holding back, I refrained from planning things too far into the future, or counting on her too much. Then she started making plans for the summer, talking about camping, and renting air BnB's, she introduced me to her family, and we had plans to meet my family in a few months. She also proposed we plan a trip together once she was finished school. Everything seemed great and easy. I was stupidly happy. Then, not three weeks after I met her family (which went really well, and she said I got along with them better than any of her exes), we get in a fight about a haircut of all things. Specifically, I said my hairdresser might do a bit of an undercut to help me grow out my Cameron Esposito style side mullet. She had been planning to get a side mullet, then said I'd be copying her, and that I always copy her. When I told her that accusation hurt my feelings, she didn't acknowledge me, and then refused to talk about it, and basically stormed off. She didn't message me for over 24 hours, and so I initiated contact and asked if we could talk about our fight. She agreed, and I went into the conversation expecting an apology. Instead I got a "I feel unsure about where our relationship is going, and am feeling pressure for it to be building towards something, which I can't commit to." I felt completely blind sided. I told her if she didn't want it to be more serious she was sending mixed messages, to which she replied that she wasn't quite she what she wanted, and had been trying to "test out a more serious relationship" before realizing she wasn't ready for it, and didn't want to waste any more of my time. I still can't quite figure out what happened. Was she never THAT into it, and had been seeing if taking it more seriously would change how she felt about me? Or did it start to get serious and she freaked out? I know if this was her response to an argument about a haircut, that this is for the best. I just can't help but over analyze where I might have gone wrong. I can't tell if she had been secretly resenting me for months, or if she was making up reasons to push me away. Do I dare hold out hope she'll change her mind? Undercut P.S. I totally got a revenge undercut. Do you want her to change her mind? If 1. she wants you back and 2. you take her back, U, you would constantly have to worry being getting dumped a second time (or third or fourth time) for some seemingly-and-very-likely random/completely bullshit reason. Unless your ex comes through with a really good explanation for her meltdown—were her parents pressuring her to marry you? did she see a particularly triggering episode of SYTTD?—and that explanation comes bundled with an apology and some breakthrough insight into herself, you shouldn’t want her back. Okay, maybe I'm not being fair to your ex. She did give you an explanation: She's not ready for a relationship (that's an explanation, yes, but it's almost always a bullshit explanation and/or a white lie meant to spare the dumpee's feelings), and she wasn't really dating you, U, she was using you to test herself—she was dating you to see if she was ready for a real relationship. That seems like a pretty shitty thing to do to someone, IMO, and it brings me back to my original point: Why would you want her back? Look on the bright side: there are worse things than being young (to be in mid-20s again!), single (congrats on getting dumped!), flush (congrats on the promotion), and in grad school (tons of lesbians in grad school). Get out there, rock the side mullet, and have some fun. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] more…

I, Anonymous: Soy Gross

by Anonymous STEVEN WEISSMAN Don't eat those. I know they look a delicious golden brown, but you don't want to put one in your mouth. Those only taste good if you have never eaten a hamburger. I know they look like fish sticks, but they're not. They are made of soy. It said to brush them with oil and bake them. There is nothing about them that you would like. Their texture is bad; their taste is bad… more…

Lesbian Without ID Shoved Out of Women’s Restroom by Male Cop

by Dan Savage O brave new world, that has such assholes in it. Towleroad: A viral video apparently showing a lesbian being kicked out of a women’s bathroom for failing to show I.D. and prove her gender has reignited conversations about the dangers of so-called ‘bathroom bills.’ In the video, police can be heard demanding to see I.D. from a woman dressed boyishly while other individuals shout, “This is a girl.” ... The video began to take off on social media in the wake of North Carolina passing its anti-LGBT bill, HB 2. As we’ve reported, HB 2 bans people from using bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity. While the video undoubtedly has relevance to the debate over ‘bathroom bills’, it does not seem to be directly tied to North Carolina or HB 2. the video was apparently recorded and originally posted long before North Carolina passed the legislation. Snopes says it's authentic, Mediaite says “its relevance to the current debate is undeniable.” [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] more…

Mayor signs youth suicide prevention bill

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