Friday, May 31, 2013

Bam: President Obama Proclaims June As LGBT Pride Month

Prepare for a resounding noise across America, which will of course be Republican heads exploding. Yay!

President Obama has officially proclaimed the month of June 2013 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month.

The president wrote:
"This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done. Support for LGBT equality is growing, led by a generation which understands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." In the past year, for the first time, voters in multiple States affirmed marriage equality for same-sex couples. State and local governments have taken important steps to provide much-needed protections for transgender Americans.
My Administration is a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality. We extended hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity and repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." We lifted the HIV entry ban and ensured hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients. Together, we have investigated and addressed pervasive bullying faced by LGBT students, prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Federal housing, and extended benefits for same-sex domestic partners. Earlier this year, I signed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the implementation of any VAWA-funded program. And because LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration is implementing the first-ever Federal strategy to advance equality for LGBT people around the world.

We have witnessed real and lasting change, but our work is not complete. I continue to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as the Respect for Marriage Act. My Administration continues to implement the Affordable Care Act, which beginning in 2014, prohibits insurers from denying coverage to consumers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which addresses the disparate impact of the HIV epidemic among certain LGBT sub-communities. We have a long way to go, but if we continue on this path together, I am confident that one day soon, from coast to coast, all of our young people will look to the future with the same sense of promise and possibility. I am confident because I have seen the talent, passion, and commitment of LGBT advocates and their allies, and I know that when voices are joined in common purpose, they cannot be stopped."

H/T: Talking Points Memo

Video: 'SheZow,' the cartoon which is upsetting Conservatives

Because the uber-Conservative group Focus on the Family is not happy with this Australian cartoon, which is to be aired in America soon, we had to embed it here. The cartoon features a 12-year-old boy who finds a magic ring that transforms him into a legendary crime-fighting female superhero named 'SheZow'.



  Focus on the Family.

Morning Joe Panel on Fox's anti-woman rant, "That was like pasty, white men central"

A Pew Study showed that women are breadwinners for 40 percent of American households, which resulted Fox hosts exhibiting disturbing rhetoric. Dobbs, Erickson, etc, all weighed in, and it was so offensive that even Greta Van Susteren slammed her colleagues.

Joining in is the Morning Joe panel, with Mika Brzezinski saying, "The problem with our society or social order or whatever else it was that we were so concerned about was them! The cavemen! Who can't take it. They can't handle it!" "That was like pasty, white men central," she added. "What is going on?"