Bipartisan Lawmakers Attempt To Write Trans Military Service Into Law

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives is looking to protect transgender military service members with a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The amendment, if adopted, would codify the Obama-era open-service policies into law, thus blocking Donald Trump’s proposed ban of trans service members.

The proposed amendment to the NDAA was drafted by Democratic Reps. Jackie Speier (Calif.), A. Donald McEachin (Va.) and Susan Davis (Calif.) and moderate Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), whose son is transgender.

The House Rules Committee, which will determine which amendments will actually get a vote on the floor of the House, is set to meet Monday and Tuesday this week. Votes on the NDAA are scheduled for later this week.

As you may recall, Donald Trump surprised folks when he tweeted from out of nowhere that he wished to place a ban on transgender service members in the U.S. military.

In August of last year, Trump told reporters that he was "doing the military a great favor" by attempting to ban trans service members.

In October, a federal judge effectively blocked Donald Trump's proposed ban on transgender service members in the military saying the ban was "driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally."

Last month, top military leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps said they have seen no evidence of morale, discipline or unit readiness problems with transgender troops now serving openly in the military.

Trump's ban is currently in legal limbo as four different federal courts have placed a hold on the executive order.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington observed while Trump says he consulted “generals and military experts” about the trans military ban last year, his lawyers couldn’t name one general or military expert that he actually talked to. 

In her injunction against the ban, Judge Perchman wrote that the proposed ban was “devised by the President, and the President alone.”

(image via Flickr/photographer Ted Eytan)

Randy Rainbow Parodies Disney Classic "Rudy And The Beast"

Here’s a little pick-me-up for Hump Day - political satirist Randy Rainbow shares his musical take on Rudy Giuliani’s recent media meltdown set to the title song from Disney’s 1991 animated classic, Beauty And The Beast.

Tales about his crimes
Taller than a tree
Michael Cohen defends
Then on Fox and Friends
Rudy spills the tea...

It's the magical media bromance we knew we never needed.

Watch the "tale as old as time" unfold below.

Happy Hump Day!

18 Republican Lawmakers Say Donald Trump Deserves A Nobel Peace Prize

18 Republicans from the House of Representatives are campaigning for President Donald Trump to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

After North Korea announced that its working along with South Korea for an end to the war between the two countries, many people were amazed. Even more were surprised when North Korea shared that it will stop its nuclear testing.

During the heat of the conversation, many pointed their fingers towards Donald Trump and stated that he was the cause of these new revelations. One of the reasons for this is that Trump’s new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un secretly three weeks ago.  

That said, many are also pointing out that the collapse of North Korea’s nuclear test site probably had some influence on North Korea’s announcements.

Despite that last note, several Republican lawmakers are pushing for Trump to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. 18 House Reps from the Republican party have joined together to nominate Trump for the prize.

“Although North Korea has evaded demands from the international community to cease its aggression for decades, President Trump’s peace through strength policies are working and bringing peace to the Korean peninsula,” write the lawmakers in their nomination letter. “We can think of no one more deserving of the Committee’s recognition in 2019 than President Trump for his tireless work to bring peace to our world.”

Leading the charge of the nomination is Rep Luke Messer from Indiana, who has something to gain from Trump’s nomination.

Messer is preparing for a big primary this coming Tuesday. He’s trying to become the GOP nominee for a spot in the U.S. Senate. If he wins, he will then face Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly for the position in November.

Republicans vying for the GOP nomination have been trying to appease to Trump supporters, and Messer’s pursuit of a Nobel Peace Prize for Trump may be the extra push he needs to win.

We’ll see if Messer and Trump win or lose their respective races.

Kathy Griffin Takes Back Her Apology for Trump Decapitation Photo

Kathy Griffin is taking back her apology almost a year to the day after she posted a photo of her holding a decapitated photo of President Donald Trump

The legendary comedian, who was present for the White House Correspondent's Dinner this past weekend (and had quite a lot to say about it, as seen on her epic Twitter thread), stopped by The View on Monday morning to discuss why she is rescinding her apology.

“I take the apology back. And the sons, Don Jr. and Eric,or as I call them, Eddie Munster and Date Rape (she spoke similarly of them in our exclusive interview here). Look, I’m not holding back on this family. This president is different. And I have been through the mill."

"I wanted to make a statement about what a misogynist he is," she continued. "And also I remember the eight years of the photos of the Obama lynching, and nobody said anything. Right? That was all okay. Facebook. That was all on Facebook. People were going to rallies with pictures of Hillary’s head decapitated at Trump rallies.”

See the rest of her interview here.  Do you think she is smart for rescinding her apology right as her career is doing another major 180?




Should Celebrities Support Kanye West's Trump Endorsement?


Kanye West recently returned from a Twitter hiatus with a vengeance - making up for lost time with rapid-fire tweets creating a straight-up mind meld with his followers, sharing everything from details regarding his shoe line Yeezy, his management shakeup, his life in The Sunken Place with wife Kim Kardashian, and, most notably, the "dragon energy" he shares with Donald Trump. 



This was proceeded by multiple posts feverishly aligning Kanye with Trump, and now West's fans - including his Hillary-supporting wife Kim, are having to mitigate West's political tweets in this polarizing climate. Is he simply shaking up the status quo? Boldly exercising his First Amendment Rights? Or is he normalizing the bigotry and hate that Trump has expressed through moves such as the trans military ban? 

Depending on which of Kanye's celeb pals you talk to, the answer could be any of the above. His wife defended Kanye, stating

He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America? Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card?

Chance the Rapper initially seemed to support Kanye as well, tweeting:

Black people don’t have to be democrats.

But he later expanded on his statement after the president called out Chance as an ally:



Outspoken Democrat John Legend texted Kanye urging West to think twice before he supported the president, but days later was caught partying with West. Now Kanye has released the pro-Trump (and possibly pro-trolling his critics) song "Lift Yourself" featuring the rapper T.I. While T.I. is not a Trump supporter, he is on the track, and by proxy is supporting Kayne's message (even if he offers a counterpoint in the song.)

Does coming for Kayne simply add up to a modern-day witch hunt, or should his famous friends hold him accountable for molding impressionable young minds? Whatever the case, West will always have one very famous supporter...



GASP: Which RuPaul's Drag Race Queen Voted for Trump Allegedly?

There's a new mystery on RuPaul's Drag Race, and no it doesn't involve which queen will utter the words "Miss Vanjie" next.

It looks as if one of the queens from season 10 may have voted for our current president Donald Trump.  One particular Twitter user took a screenshot from contestant Asia O'Hara's Instagram story, with the caption "Wondering if I should release which season X Queen voted for Trump..." 

Of course, this particular Twitter user decided to pair it with a photo of last week's judge Shania Twain, who found herself in a hot mess express kind of a situation over the weekend when she said that she would've voted for Trump had she been a citizen, but it does raise the question as to who Asia is actually talking about.



Who do you think voted for Trump (allegedly) from this year's cast, and why? 

Roseanne Contests Trump's Claims Of Reboot Ratings Boost - "It's All Me!"

Roseanne Barr has a storied and well-documented past of supporting both Donald Trump as well as acknowledging some of the more creative conspiracy theories of the far right. I.e., allegedly, the idea that Democrats are Satan-worshiping child-molesters. Barr's Roseanne revival scored massive ratings and even earned her a personal congratulatory phone call from her pal, Trumpinator himself. 

But that congratulatory attitude of Trump's soon turned to self-congratulatory as he boasted about his contribution to the show's success during a speech in Ohio, according to The Hill:

Look at ‘Roseanne'! Look at her ratings! Over 18 million people [watched] — and it was about us! The fake news hasn’t quite figured it out … but they will.

The folks at TMZ stormed Roseanne at LAX airport on Tuesday to get her thoughts on Trump's comments, to which she simply stated:

Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha ha. It's all me.

Trump has the skin thickness of a grape, and he usually doesn't take too kindly to any comments that could be construed as negative. Just last week, Roseanne tweeted:

President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere. notice that. I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now.

This was supposedly in reference to a 4Chan conspiracy theory - the one about satin-worshiping liberals - that Barr had briefly addressed in a since-deleted tweet. But even as one of the relatively few celebrities whole-heartedly supporting Trump, I wouldn't be surprised if her declaration of being solely responsible for the series reboot's success comes back to haunt her. It's just great to know that the President of the United States has something to occupy his time. 


Bernie Sanders Considers Presidential Run, Again! 

Bernie Sanders Considers Presidential Run, Again! 

Is He The One To Defeat Trump? 

#HELP! Like most of America – especially more than a handful of the LGBTQ community – I'm a little terrified of Donald Trump running our country. I mean, seriously, where the heck am I supposed to start with the nonsense? Honestly, at this point, I really don't even care he had an affair on his wife with a porn star. It's the mass amount of lies, a revolving door of White House officials, and the whole...starting a nuclear war with Dictators which terrifies me more. We all know recently he banned some Transgender people from joining the Military – which is confusing – and still, the presence of Mike Pence haunts me at night. I may be in an unpopular opinion here, per usual, but I would much rather see Trump in the White House than someone who openly believes the LGBTQ community can be changed with conversion therapy. Either way, it's like choosing between gonorrhea and the clap: Either way, you're screwed. After Hillary Clinton's shocking loss in the 2016 Election: Who could be the person to usurp the Trump Administration?  

According to New York Daily NewsBernie Sanders may be entering the 2020 Presidential Election! Alright, here come your torches and whatnot I'm sure! But, I was definitely more for Sanders than Clinton when the election began and after an embarrassing loss for the Left; are we going to push a familiar face – and one who potentially could've beat Trump in the Electoral College? Sanders represents Independents and gained a plethora of votes for Clinton after his loss. However, some of us who were feeling the bern, didn't follow through with our votes for the Left – or Right. Allegedly, Sanders wants to be fully prepared before he announces his official decision he will be in the running again in two years. Sanders will be 78-years-old should he run: Making him the oldest President ever during their time served.  

Is Sanders the best candidate to represent for the Democratic party come 2020? Is there anyone else the Donkeys are eyeing as we near closer and closer? Please, no celebrities: Oprah Winfrey included. For the love of God, we need a lifeline – and someone who will take the W.  

This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers. 

Pentagon Details Trump's Infuriating New Trans Military Ban


In July of 2017 Donald Trump fired off a series of his notoriously well thought out, researched tweets that feel as though they're generated by a Megalomaniac Magic 8 Ball (available at a White House near you!) that declared a ban on all transgender people serving in the military.

The tweets caused an uproar in the LGBTQ community, as well as in all communities comprised of people who aren't horrible, but even after Trump attempted to take things further in August of 2017 - working diligently to overturn the Obama Administration's 2016 policy allowing transgender people to serve our country - the original plan was stalled until this year. According to Time, the White House administration declared in 2017 that the Pentagon had "until March 23, 2018" to enact a new trans military bad.



Well guess what yesterday was. In a not-so-surprising move for this current White House administration, in the 11th hour we now have details about the new policy recently signed by Trump, and while an outright ban on all trans people was rescinded, the new one lets transphobia ring true with enough concessions to potentially make the policy stick. A memo from the White House states that under the new policy:

...transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.

[military personnel must be] stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex prior to accession [or] not require a change of gender [in order to serve]. 

Those who served under the Obama administration are also exempt from the new policy. The White House memo continues:

This new policy will enable the military to apply well-established mental and physical health standards -- including those regarding the use of medical drugs -- equally to all individuals who want to join and fight for the best military force the world has ever seen.

Trump's new transgender ban will still have to go through the federal courts, so nothing is final as of yet. The fact that we are attempting to turn away people willing to fight for our country is unfathomable, unconscionable, and unpatriotic, and just shows how desperate Trump is to rally his far right supporters.

Do You Date Outside Your Political Party?

Do You Date Outside Your Political Party?

Are You With Him?

Which led me to wonder, can there be sex without politics? I’m a gay Millennial who essentially grew up in the age of the Internet. Hell, by the time I was 8 years old I had already been sneaking into AOL chatrooms pretending to be someone I definitely wasn’t: An “18-year-old, female from Arizona” – essentially the only other state I knew existed besides my own. Sue me, I was imaginative…or just wanted to be treated as a girl.

Over my short life, I’ve witnessed the internet and social media take over the world. Everyone has an opinion – and your opinion doesn’t necessarily have to be tasteful, since there is likely another Keyboard Warrior who will come to your defense. Case in point: The Election. Ever since Donald Trump was miraculously elected into The White House, I’ve encountered countless anxieties on social media and in life. There still isn’t a day which passes when I’ll spot someone ranting to: “Delete me if you’re a Republican!” Granted, I’m using proper punctuation, a lack of emojis, and less aggressive language. During Thanksgiving 2017, I was scrolling to find many people we’re proclaiming they screamed at Republican family members and the like. It sounded a little far-fetched, but our voices are much louder on social media than they are in reality. I began to question: Do politics make a person?

I’m a registered Democrat, but openly Libertarian- who voted for Hillary Clinton. I see nonsense from all political parties, yet swing more left depending on the topic. In no way am I a Trump Supporter – I’m not insane – but, I can clearly understand why the Republican party, in particular, has been so popular in history, especially as more modern Republicans begin to evolve further from their traditional values. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying to see both sides to any argument – and this fully crosses into politics as well. Should I be denied a date with someone because I’m Libertarian? Furthermore, should I deny someone because they are a Left or Right-Wing Radical?

As you may already know, Trump Supporters have their own dating website, so luckily I won’t be running into anyone criminally disturbed. To be honest, I don’t believe I even know many gay Republicans, anymore, but I’m still open to going on a date with anyone on the Political spectrum, so as long as they aren’t trying to bring me out to dinner in a high-pressure timeshare sales meeting to join their mindset. I’ve made up my own and love my neutral standing, as it has kept me sane since the 45th President has changed our lives. I don’t think many would agree with me. I know at least a hundred people who wouldn’t even be kind to someone who is in a different political party from them. Jeez, a simple look at some Facebook comments will have people being called snowflakes and worse.

Is dating someone within your political party important to you?

This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine.  Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.