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Los Angeles LGBT Center Issues Statement On President's Anti-Muslim Tweets

LOS ANGELES - In response to President Trump's tweeted endorsement of the far-right, anti-Muslim group Britain First, the Los Angeles LGBT Center issued the following statement:

"The Los Angeles LGBT Center joins with the international human rights community to condemn President Trump’s endorsement this morning of far-right propaganda against Muslims.

"Tweeting videos spread by British extremists that further demonize Muslims opens the door for Trump’s supporters to target Muslims for acts of hatred and violence. This action is indefensible on many counts, but, put most simply, it is dangerous and obscene.

"The obsessive targeting of vulnerable populations by the president and his Administration has very real and violent consequences. Right now, one in five people who commit hate crimes in the United States reference President Trump by name.

"We must all stand against these vile acts of hatred directed against LGBT people, immigrants, people of color, women, Muslims, Jews, and many other vulnerable communities, and stand against the constant tide of normalization and encouragement that the president’s behavior grants to those who commit them.

"This is the time for all people of good conscience to say, ‘Enough!’"

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Federal Judge Rules Military Must Ignore Trump And Accept Trans People Starting January

The federal court judge who blocked Donald Trump’s ban on transgender military service people has now issued a court memo to clarify what the military is to do at this moment.

The judge issued the clarification memo just yesterday even though the ban was blocked back in October.

In the memo, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly writes that the military is to ignore Trump’s ban and begin accepting transgender troops by January 1 of next year.

As The Hill reports, the memo states: “that [Kollar-Kotelly’s] injunction means that the military must continue to follow the policies established by former President Barack Obama‘s ‘June 30, 2016 Directive-type Memorandum,’ which allowed transgender individuals to enlist beginning on January 1.”

On top of that, Defense Secretary James Mattis is to use “a six-month deadline to assess the role of transgender troops who are currently serving in the U.S. military.”

This memo is released a week after a second U.S. court blocked the ban because it violates the U.S. Constitutions’ equal protection clause and the guaranteed rights of service members to receive medical care.

Trump officially issued the ban back in August (after first tweeting about it).

Supposedly, he did not consult any currently serving military officials about the futures of what a 2016 RAND study says is somewhere between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender service members in active duty and 830 to 4,160 members on reserve.

(Though, the only other study estimating the number of transgender service members is a 2014 UCLA study, and it estimates that there are about 15,500 transgender service members to be enlisted on active duty, in the reserves, and in the National Guard).

In addition, Trump cited some of the reasoning for the ban as a way to cut “tremendous medical costs” for transgender people going through gender-reassignment surgery.

That said, the RAND study found that only 29-129 of the transgender service members would seek out medical treatment.

Richard Simmons Defends Transgender Defamation Lawsuit By Quoting Trump

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Did you know that Richard Simmons is going through a defamation lawsuit?

What happened was that Richard Simmons and his team discovered that the National Enquirer magazine ran multiple articles between June 2016 and March 2017. These articles had titles like “Shocking Sex Surgery” and spread the rumor that the fitness guru had gone under gender-reassignment surgery.

Credit: National Enquirer

Then in May, Simmons and his team filed a defamation lawsuit against the magazine stating that the articles were “cruel and malicious.”

But, American Media, which owns the magazine, is arguing back that it doesn’t count as defamation because there is no shame in being transgender. Thus, calling someone transgender shouldn’t be considered insulting or public image ruining.

But get this, Simmons and his legal team fired back by filing another lawsuit this past Thursday, and this time they cited Donald Trump.

They stated that in a time where the U.S. President will tweet intolerance towards trans people, the magazine used sensational wording like “exposing” and “bizarre” to sell a false and transphobic narrative.

Some of the specific wording that the prosecution used was:

“It is unclear why — if society (and AMI purportedly with it) so embraces the transgender community — that AMI would characterize its Articles as ‘exposing’ Mr. Simmons or use the word ‘bizarre’ to characterize his alleged new life as a trans woman,” states Simmons’ response.”

“Surely, if AMI’s readers rejected prejudice against trans people, such phrasing would not help sell magazines or promote internet clicks. AMI cannot at once cynically and deliberately publish falsehoods about Simmons that it touted to the world as ‘shocking’ and ‘bizarre,’ intentionally pandering to prejudice, and then righteously pretend that such prejudice does not exist.”

That said, perhaps the magazine really believed in its news and its stories. After all, Richard Simmons did suddenly disappear from public view for a few years. There are even websites and podcasts about it.

But, it seems that isn’t the case as the magazine continued to publish articles about this rumored sex change even after being sued.

In addition, media like the Enquirer were point fingers toward former masseuse and friend Mauro Oliveira as the source of the rumors.

They alleged/stated that Oliveira had become a stalker and said that he wanted to ruin what’s left of Simmons’s career and public image (if he wasn’t paid).

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That said, Simmons's team filed a declaration on Thursday with a statement from Oliveira where he says he never said such a thing.

"I was shocked and disturbed after discovering that the National Enquirer and Radar Online published cover stories claiming that Richard Simmons has transitioned into a woman and included the photos I supplied," Oliveira stated.

"Although I may have said that Richard Simmons's chest looks like the chest of someone who might be on hormones," Oliveira's statemend added, "I never stated that Richard Simmons is now a woman, had breast implants, or had sex-change surgery."

That’s as far as the case has gone and there’s no way to know which way the verdict will go. But we'll keep you updated if there's any change.

Note (8/19/2017): An earlier version of this post reported on the Oliviera stalking as if it was true, but thanks to his comments to Instinct, we have updated the article to include his statement and declaration.

Clay Aiken Regrets Defending Trump

After appearing on Celebrity Apprentice in 2012 and coming in second on the season finale, out singer Clay Aiken has been public about his support for our current president Donald Trump, who hosted the show. But since the events in Charlottesville have  transpired, Donald Trump’s comments on white nationalism are proving that the former reality show host turned Commander-in-Chief needs to hear that phrase he coined—“You’re fired!”

Aiken has come to the realization that his support for Trump was wrong and he should have never jumped on the “Make America Great Again” bandwagon--and he's claiming he never supported him! Like many other public figures and citizens, Aiken is getting a taste of what it’s like to have a racist bigot in the White House.

Here's what America's notorious runner-up is tweeting:

Republican Healthcare Bill Fails in Senate

The effort to undo the Affordable Care Act fell short of passing votes in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 after three Republican senators voted against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan. Republican senators Shelley Moore Capito (WV); Susan Collins (ME); and Lisa Murkowski (AK) joined Democrats and a few other Republicans in declaring they would not support the effort without a proper replacement for Obamacare.

If passed, the Republican Healthcare Bill would have affected patients with a long list of pre-existing conditions.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) mentioned:

“It’s time to move on. It’s time to start over. Rather than repeating the same failed, partisan process yet again, Republicans should work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long-term stability to the markets and improves our healthcare system.”

Trump told reporters at the White House:

"We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”

And as with everything else, the Donald took to Twitter to show his braggadocious persistence:

 

 

This failure leaves Trump without a significant legislative victory during his first six months in office.

A top Republican told CNN:

"He was playing with a firetruck and trying on a cowboy hat as the bill was collapsing and he had no clue.”

And due to Trump’s presence on social media, the people took to Twitter to comment