Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Has Extreme Anti-LGBTQ Positions

When an individual sits on the bench as a judge - in any court - the responsibility is to be fair and unbiased in applying the law. The public needs to know judges don’t bring their own personal judgements into the courtroom.

Which is why many in Wisconsin are concerned about the candidacy of State Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn for the state Supreme Court.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, in 2016, Hagedorn helped found the Augustine Academy in Merton, Wisconsin.

The private religious school bans students, teachers, and parents from being in gay relationships.

The school's statement of faith declares that "Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church." 

The school’s Code of Personal Conduct (listed in the school teacher application) specifically dictates no “immoral sexual activity” which is defined as “any form of touching or nudity for the purpose of evoking sexual arousal apart from the context of marriage between one man and one woman.”

Violations of the code of conduct could result in teaches being fired. And students face possible removal from the school should they or their parents be discovered violating the rules.

It isn’t unusual for a private, faith-based school to have such policies.

However, Hagedorn’s close relationship to the school, which he still oversees, gives pause as to how neutral he would be as a judge on the state’s highest court.

In that the nonpartisan court hears cases that involve LGBTQ discrimination based on “deeply held religious beliefs,” it’s difficult to see Hagedorn putting his personal beliefs aside in such cases.

Analiese Eicher, executive director One Wisconsin Now, expressed her concerns that Hagedorn “remains intimately associated with an organization that actively discriminates against the LGBTQ community.”

Stephan Thompson, a member of the schools board of directors, defended Hagedorn saying he “treats everyone fairly under the law.”

"He is running for the Supreme Court to protect religious freedoms for all Wisconsinites, regardless of faith," added Thompson. "Yet the latest smear is just another example of attacks on his own faith."

But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has previously reported on blog posts made by Hagedorn while in law school where he once described the overturning of an anti-sodomy law as a possible foundation to legalize bestiality.

In 2005, he wrote, “The idea that homosexual behavior is different than bestiality as a constitutional matter is unjustifiable.”

Hagedorn has stated he sets aside his personal beliefs as a member of the state Appeals Court, and would continue to do so if elected to the Supreme Court.

(h/t Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Ellen Page's Epic Slam Of Trump/Pence Administration Goes Viral

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, out actress Ellen Page became emotional as she spoke about the damage Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have inflicted on the LGBTQ community.

The appearance began on an upbeat note as Colbert congratulated Page on her one year anniversary of marrying her wife.

Colbert asked how she sees the current environment in Hollywood for LGBTQ people since she publicly came out five years ago, because, Hollywood = Progressive, don't you know?

Page couldn't stop herself from smiling even as he finished the question.

"I mean, look, there's clear evidence that it has changed, that there's some progress; that there's some more representation," said the former Oscar nominee. "But honestly, I think we really need to hurry up."

After talking on environmental issues and the disproportionate way climate change affects marginalized people, Page segued into a passionate takedown of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, connecting their hateful, incessant attacks on LGBTQ people to the violent hate crime on Empire actor Jussie Smollett earlier this week.

“Sorry, I’m like really fired up tonight. But it feels impossible to not feel this way right now, with the president and the vice president, Mike Pence, who, like, wishes I couldn’t be married.

"Let’s just be clear: The vice president of America wishes I didn’t have the love with my wife. He wanted to ban that in Indiana, he believes in ‘conversion therapy,’ he has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the [governor] of Indiana.

“Connect the dots. This is what happens. If you are in a position of power and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused and they’re gonna kill themselves, and people are going to be beaten on the street.

"I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you can meet. I am lucky to have this time and the privilege to say this.

"This needs to f**king stop.”

The silence between Page's thoughts is raw and palpable. Kudos to Colbert for not jumping in.

And as the 31-year-old ended her impassioned plea, the audience erupted in a roar of approval.

The clip has been trending on Twitter for several hours. Watch below.



Armed Protester Attempts To Disrupt Drag Queen Storytime In Houston

A protester armed with a gun barged into a Houston public library this past weekend in an attempt to disrupt Drag Queen Storytime.

James ‘Doc’ Greene Sr., who was previously issued a trespass warning by the Houston Public Library for similar protests, entered the Freed-Montrose Library on Saturday at 1:45 p.m., just minutes before the monthly story time event was to begin.

When Greene refused to leave, library management called the police for help.

A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department told Outsmart Magazine, “A manager asked us for assistance because [Greene] was banned from the library, and would not leave when he was asked.”

“He was previously banned for filming children at the library, and has been known to cause disturbances,” she added. “Several officers had to escort him out.”

Greene, a conservative radio host for Raging Elephants Radio, was disarmed by the police, put in handcuffs, and placed in a police car. At that point, he began to complain of chest pains.

An ambulance was called and Greene was transported to a local hospital.

At some point after the police arrived, Greene began recording the incident. He posted part of the video to YouTube where you can see he questions why he was being ejected from the library.

 “How am I trespassing?” asks Greene in the video. “I want the law, I want to see the law. How many cops does it take to tell me what the law is?”

“You were given a trespass warning,” an officer responds. “They have requested you to not be on the property anymore.”

After several minutes of citing his status as a taxpayer and “member of the press,” at the 4:10 mark, Greene is shown the trespass affidavit but he disregards it.

The police then escort him out of the building where he declares for the camera, “We have a bunch of homosexuals that are molesting children, and they are doing it with your help.”

The District Attorney declined to press charges.



Organizers of Drag Queen Storytime say protesters are nothing new for the event, which features drag queens reading to children and their parents to encourage imagination and creativity.

On January 3, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal dismissed a lawsuit by anti-LGBTQ activists who were attempting to stop the events.

In fact, Drag Queen Storytime has become so popular it was recently announced that there will be additional readings added to the schedule.

Click here for a full schedule of Drag Queen Storytimes at the Houston Public Library.

(h/t OutsmartMagazine, Houston Chronicle - Image via Facebook)

Politician Calls Being Gay 'A Fashion Trend'

Australian politician Bob Katter told the media recently that being gay is merely ‘a fashion trend' in an effort to blame marriage equality for suddenly creating new wave of gay people, reports Newsweek.

Campaigning in the northwestern state of Queensland, the eccentric member of Parliament from northern Australia said, “In my whole life up to 50, I have never seen or heard of a homosexual person.”

A strange statement since the politician’s very own brother came out to him when he was 18-years-old.

Saying he “didn’t want to waste any time on it,” Katter declared, “Now, it’s fashionable, it’s just like a fashion trend.”

“Tomorrow there’ll be another fashion,” he added.

He also criticized anti-bullying campaigns calling them 'pro-homosexual.'

The 73-year-old has a history of mocking the gay community.

In 2014, he denied the existence of LGBTQ people in his electorate.

During the public campaign for same-sex marriage in 2017, he accused LGBTQ folks of ‘taking’ the word gay from the straight world.

He also made a strange ‘Jekyll/Hyde’ comment to the press saying “People are entitled to their sexual proclivities. Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom as far as I’m concerned.”

Then, in an odd twist of tone, added, “But I ain’t spending any time on it because in the mean time, every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in North Queensland.”



It probably won’t surprise you to learn that after years of being a member of Australia’s National Party, he separated himself from his colleagues and began his own, self-titled political party, Katter’s Australian Party.

(h/t Newsweek)

Netflix Says 'No' To North Carolina Over Anti-LGBTQ Laws

North Carolina just can’t get its act together regarding anti-LGBTQ laws.

And now, according to StarNewsOnline, the state may have just lost $60 million in revenue thanks to the inaction of state lawmakers to repeal those laws.

Streaming giant, Netflix, was looking to shoot a new series, OBX, in the Tar Heel state but balked thanks to HB 142.

The law, enacted in 2017 was meant to be a ‘fix’ on previous legislation HB 2, which marginalized transgender people by requiring them to use public bathrooms that align with the gender on their birth certificates.

HB 142 partially repealed HB 2, but left in place bans on local communities passing their own anti-discrimination laws through 2020.

Ten episodes of the new project have been ordered by Netflix, and Jonas Pate, who created the show, wanted to shoot in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. But the ban on local municipalities enacting their own legislation is a sticking point for Netflix.

“This tiny law is costing this town 70 good, clean, pension-paying jobs and also sending a message to those people who can bring these jobs and more that North Carolina still doesn’t get it,” Pate said.

Pate added that the production is projected to spend in the neighborhood of $60 million in whatever state the series shoots.

Pate, and his brother Josh, have previously created the NBC series Surface, which was shot in Wilmington.

But this past weekend, Pate found himself scouting sections of Charleston, South Carolina, for the new production.

Freshman state Sen. Harper Peterson, a Democrat from Hanover, hopes to see the issue addressed this week as the state Assembly is in session. 

“That is a decision the legislature has to make and realize that it is one more opportunity we are losing if we don’t,” Peterson told StarNewsOnline. “We have to get back and be competitive with other states. It just hurts to see a production about North Carolina go to South Carolina.”

OBX is described as a coming-of-age story that follows four teens in the Outer Banks whose lives are changed when a hurricane cuts off all power to the islands.

“When these lifelines for teens like phones and Snapchat are gone, it really reorients the generational divisions,” says Pate.

(h/t StarNewsOnline)

LGBTQ Brazilians Worry Marriage Equality May Be Revoked Under New President

Even though same-sex marriage has been legal in Brazil since 2013, LGBTQ couples are hurrying their wedding plans before right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro is sworn into office as the country’s new president.

Bolsonaro, often referred to as the “Donald Trump of the Tropics,” has been virulently anti-LGBTQ his entire career and campaigned on a promise to defend “the true meaning of matrimony as a union between man and woman.”

Bolsonaro's campaign already seems to have begun to influence public opinion and actions.

Comparing 2017 to 2016, anti-LGBTQ murders are up 30% (387 in 2017 vs. 327 in 2016) according to local LGBTQ advocacy group Grupo Gay de Bahia.

And openly lesbian city councillor Marielle Franco of Rio de Janeiro was murdered in March of this year.

All of this and Bolsonaro's impending presidency has led to a 66% spike in same-sex weddings in November according to The New York Times.

In Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, 57 same-sex weddings were celebrated during the first ten days of December compared to 113 in all of December 2017.

Aline Foguel set a date for her wedding to her girlfriend Carolina Zannata right after Bolsonaro’s landslide victory. She, like many in the LGBTQ community, worries that the new far-right president’s ascension will give permission to homophobes to openly air their hateful, divisive rhetoric, possibly leading to violence.

“People now have this open homophobic discourse that they were too embarrassed to say before,” Ms. Foguel told the Times. “I’m so afraid of reliving a past that I thought we had already conquered. I’ve had panic attacks.”

The Brazilian Bar Association’s head of sexual diversity, Maria Berenice Dias, urged same-sex couples “who want to get married to hurry up and formalize their union before the end of the year.”

And it’s not just marriage equality Brazilian LGBTQs are concerned about.

Noah Beltramini, a transgender man, not only rushed to marry but also to officially change his name and gender identification after a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year allowed.

“It wasn’t something I was worried about before,” said Beltramini. “But with Bolsonaro I feel completely vulnerable.”

(h/t The New York Times)

Tanzania Governor Declares Witch Hunt Against Homosexuals in African Province Dar es Salaam

I’m writing this on Halloween. Not to sound like a downer, but this is a reminder that nothing is scarier than reality.

Paul Makonda, governor of Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, announced on Monday an anti-gay witch hunt, threatening to arrest and prosecute people suspected of being homosexual. This government round-up will begin Nov. 6.

“I have information about the presence of many homosexuals in our province,” he told the press. He called on citizens of the province to report any information about homosexuals.

Makonda has held the office since 2016, and he is a fervent Christian. He said on Monday that homosexuality "tramples on the moral values of Tanzanians and our two Christian and Muslim religions.”

Makonda said that he expected backlash from foreign governments, but insisted he’d “prefer to anger those countries than to anger God.”

“These homosexuals boast on social networks,” he said. “Give me their names. My ad hoc team will begin to get their hands on them next Monday."

Homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania; same-sex activity between men is punishable by as much as a life sentence.

Per the country’s penal code, it is criminal to have “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature.”

On the grounds that they promote homosexual activity Tanzania stopped providing healthcare to AIDS patients last year.

An estimated 33,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2016.

Police in Dar es Salaam arrested 12 men suspected of homosexual activity last year. Over four million people reside there.

For more on this, including some jaw-dropping facts about anti-gay discrimination and violence in other African regions, go to Pink News.


Trump Administration Will No Longer Grant Visas To Same-Sex Partners Of Diplomats

In reversing a nine-year policy begun by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Trump administration continues to demonstrate hostility to same-sex couples.

Beginning Monday (October 1), the U.S. State Department will require same-sex partners of staff of international organizations based in the U.S. to be married in order to qualify for a proper visa.

The policy change will affect foreign employees of organizations like the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

From the State Department’s website on G-4 visas: “Effective immediately, U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that we adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses.”

The State Department issued a statement saying the policy change is meant to “help ensure and promote equal treatment” between straight and gay couples. In order to obtain a G-4 visa, straight couples are required to be married.

The difference for same-sex couples, however, is that in many of their native countries same-sex marriage, or even homosexuality, is illegal.

Of the 193 United Nations member states, only 25 have recognized same-sex marriage. And then there are countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran which have death penalties for being gay.

And, as Fabrice Houdart, a human rights official at the United Nations told NBC News, “The policy seems to presume that same-sex partners should be able to easily visit the United States on a tourist visa where they could get married. But for people in many countries, particularly poor and conservative countries like the ones that do not permit same-sex marriage, obtaining a tourist visa to visit the United States is extremely difficult.”

Under the new policy, the partners of United Nations workers, for example, that are not legally married will have 30 days after the new year to either get married or exit the United States.

So, what do these couples do?

The choices available to them are to abandon their careers here in the U.S. or get married here only to face possibly severe penalties back home.

Former Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, called the move “needlessly cruel & bigoted” via Twitter.



And the Human Rights Campaign followed up saying the policy change “reflects the hostility of the Trump-Pence administration toward LGBTQ people and our friends and allies.”

“It is hatred, and it is unacceptable,” the HRC added.



(h/t NBC News)

(image via Flickr/Paul VanDerWerf - CC License)

Anti-Gay Adoption Amendment Defeated In Congress

On Wednesday this week, an amendment that would have legalized discriminating against LGBTQ adoptive and foster parents was thankfully dropped from the fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill for the Departments of Education, Defense, Labor and Health & Human Services.

The Aderholt amendment, named for its author, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), was similar to recently passed anti-LGBTQ laws in Oklahoma and Kansas.

The provision would have given faith-based adoption and foster care agencies that receive taxpayer dollars the legal right to turn away prospective parents that didn’t “fit” within an agency’s religious doctrine.

The Family Equality Council, which worked to defeat the amendment, noted the legislation “also required states to allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny a broad range of child welfare services to foster children based on religious or moral beliefs, cutting their funding if they did not comply.”

This could have included not only LGBTQ people, but folks who might be single or of a different faith.

In addition to opposition in the House, 40 U.S. Senators led by Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon issued a letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee expressing their disapproval of the provision saying it would never gain approval in the Senate.

The discriminatory legislation drew criticism from a wide range of civil rights organizations and child welfare groups. Voice for Adoption, Lambda Legal, PFLAG and the Family Equality Council were among over 300 groups that came together in their opposition to the amendment.

In a statement, The Human Rights Campaign praised Congress for defeating the provision.

“Fortunately, Congress has rejected this harmful effort to discriminate against LGBTQ people while disregarding what is in the best interests of children,” said HRC government affairs director David Stacy. “Congress should be focusing on ways to help children in the child welfare system find homes rather than creating needless obstacles for prospective parents, effectively shrinking the pool of qualified folks who want to provide children with a loving home.”

(h/t Advocate.com)

Conservative Activist Linda Harvey Says Gay Sex Ed Is Wrong Because It Leads To Oral Sex

Poor straight people. According to a conservative activist, they are not get enough head.

As shared over at JoeMyGod, Anti-LGBTQ activist Linda Harvey has popped up on the internet again to share more hateful rhetoric.

We won’t share too many details about who Harvey is, simply because we’d then be promoting her, but know that she’s a very vocal and angry advocate for extreme conservative views. If you’re thinking, “Why are you spreading hate or giving her a platform?” Well, it’s mostly because what Harvey says is so stupid that it’s funny.

Recently Harvey wrote an article on Barbwire titled Kids Tutored in "Pleasure" Despite STD Epidemic, itself incredibly conservative, to rant about how teens are having sex and dancing with the devil (I’m paraphrasing, of course).

While all that’s pretty standard for conservative rhetoric, it’s these next few words that caused a few social media posts and articles to pop up as a response.

“Let’s not forget the deadly contribution of ‘LGBTQ’ advocates who demand ‘inclusive’ sex ed — i.e., lessons that outline in detail how kids can engage in anal and oral sex, the sex practices of homosexuals,” she wrote.

She then said:

“These lessons often encourage masturbation and pornography use. The “gay” community explodes over any attempt to restrict homosexual access to youth. But the evidence is everywhere that their influence is despicable.”

She added:

“Responsibility in sex is unpopular among today’s ‘hip’ educators. Bowing to social justice warriors, rabid feminists and ‘LGBTQ’ advocates, abstinence is discarded as the equivalent of racism. Never mind that this reasoning is short on reality and long on mythology.”

Of course, many people on the internet had a few thoughts on these words from the queen of hate-mongering.












What should our kids be taught in sex education? Clearly Linda Harvey has no clue.

h/t: JoeMyGod