Republican Lawmaker Who Compared Gay People to Rapists Faces Lesbian in Re-Election

Earlier this month, Republican lawmaker Jason Lewis made disparaging comments about the LGBTQ+ community on his nationally syndicated radio program, The Jason Lewis Show. On his show he said:

"The law, the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, simply means this: that people who find themselves in similar circumstances must be treated in a similar way... you must discriminate against all smokers, you must discriminate against all rapists. So if the law says that we're not going to allow three people to marry, then you've got to treat everybody the same way. No three people can marry. Same is true for gay marriage."

On the same radio talk show, he claimed that gay marriage leads to incest and that discrimination against gay people can't exist because "our gay friends have incomes that are much higher than the median." However, this coming midterm election, Lewis faces a strong LGBTQ+ rights activist. Democrat Angie Craig, who ran unopposed to challenge Lewis, was confirmed as the party's pick for the Democratic primary this past Tuesday. If she wins in November, she will become the first LGBTQ+ member of Congress from Minnesota, she is backed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

Her site's bio explains:

"Raised by a single mom in a mobile home park, Angie Craig never expected to run for Congress. ... Angie is running for Congress to build a better Minnesota- where every member of every family gets a fair shot at an outstanding education, a good job, and a better life."

Make sure to vote in your midterm elections to make a difference.

h/t: PinkNews, Inver Hills News

What's The Big Deal About Lesbian Sheriff-Turned-Governor-Nominee Lupe Valdez's Missing Gun?

Lupe Valdez has already made history. In 2005, Valdez made headlines as she ran for Dallas County Sheriff as an openly gay Latina democrat… and won.

Since then, Valdez has been remembered for being a living landmark when it comes to LGBTQ advocacy and activity in politics and community services. That has skyrocketed her towards an attempt at Texas governor, but one mistake during her exit from the sheriff’s office may now be her undoing.

The problem is that Valdez has been running on a tight gun control campaign. She even wrote for the Houston Chronicle that, “Many of the ideas like increased mental health counseling and enhanced security are essential."

Now according to the Washington Post, her own gun has gone missing.

Back on December 31 of last year, Valez left her job as sheriff. When doing so, she had to return a state owned Beretta 9mm that she had borrowed from the range masters. Unfortunately, they have now reported that the gun is missing and has been classified as lost or stolen.

“Once I was notified that my weapon was not accounted for, I did my due diligence to locate the weapon. To my knowledge, my weapon was misplaced during the transition,” Valdez said to the Dallas Morning News.

“As a leader, I take responsibility for any error that happened during my transition regarding my weapon,” Valdez added. “I take gun ownership seriously and I have cooperated with the department.”

What makes this worse is that Valdez earlier presented the idea that people should be held accountable for the misplacement and reckless security of their guns.

That said, it hasn’t been announced if Valdez will need to pay for the missing gun (which costs about $649.99).

Of course, her political opponent has used this for an opportunity to attack.

Incumbent Governor Greg Abbott (R) wrote on Twitter, “Lupe Valdez wants to run the state of Texas but can’t even keep track of her gun? Texans deserve better.”

Not one to blink, Valdez says she will continue to fight for gun reform despite these recent events.

“I promise this: I will not stop talking about common sense gun reform and will not be strong armed by my opponent to silence the debate on gun violence and responsible ownership,” she said.

But, news coverage has had a field day with this situation (as seen above). This is certainly a bad lok for her campaign.

Will this event cause an irreversible hitch in Valdez’s path towards the governor's seat? We’ll find out in November.

h/t: The Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle

CW Casts for an Out Lesbian Batwoman

Actress Ruby Rose known for her work on Orange is the New BlackXXX: Return of Xander Cage, and John Wick: Chapter 2 has been cast in an upcoming Arrow-verse crossover for the CW. For the past few years, the CW has expanded its television DC universe with shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl under the guidance of gay producer Greg Berlanti.

Mr. Berlanti's experience as a member of the LGBTQ+ community has led to more inclusive characters on the CW such as a lesbian character on Supergirl and an interracial couple on The Flash. Last month at Comic-Con, CW announced they had cast television's first transgender superhero with Nicole Maines on Supergirl. Today, news broke that the CW has cast Ruby Rose as Batwoman and that the character will be an out lesbian; this decision marks a monumental moment in television history.

Since news of the announcement, producers have revealed they were seeking a lesbian actress and were happy to cast Ruby Rose who has been an out lesbian since the age of 12. The episode is set to be a crossover within the CW television Arrow-verse with hopes of a spinoff series for the character. The Vampire Diaries' Caroline Dries who is also an out lesbian is set to write the script.

Ruby Rose can be seen in Warner Brothers' upcoming movie, The Meg.

Couple Surprises Each Other By Proposing At Same Time

Becky McCabe had everything all planned for her proposal to girlfriend Jessa Gillaspie: visit a favorite place (Memphis Zoo), pose for a pic, drop to one knee and pop the question.

But when the moment came, a very surprised Gillaspie screamed and had to take a step back as she began to search through her purse. 

“What are you doing?” the person taking their photo asked.

Gillaspie then pulled out a ring of her own, showing McCabe had her own plan to propose as well.

“I guess that’s a yes!” McCabe exclaimed.

They basically proposed to each other at the same time! 

The cell phone video of the dual proposals has gone viral with tons of folks, including Good Morning America, picking up the charming story.

The happy couple wants the whole world to know how much they love each other and they appreciate the outpouring of support.

“We had no idea this would blow up so quickly!” Gillaspie shared via Facebook. “But I can’t say I’m not thrilled, because all I’ve ever wanted was for Beck and the world to know how much l love her. We are overwhelmed with all of the positive responses. Really, you guys have no idea how much that means to us!”

Watch the moment below.



Jennifer Aniston Set To Star As First Lesbian President For Netflix

Jennifer Aniston is heading to the White House in Netflix’s upcoming comedy, First Ladies.

Netflix has announced that Jennifer Aniston and comedian Tig Notaro are set to star in the political comedy playing the most powerful couple in the world: president and first lady. Aniston will play POTUS and Notaro will play FLOTUS.

We’ve seen a few female presidents in movies and TV up to now, but never a lesbian couple taking up residence at the most famous address in the world.

The project was pitched by Notaro and her wife Stephanie Allynne, who will also write the screenplay.

According to the log line, "First Ladies is a political comedy about America’s first female President and her wife, The First Lady. When Beverly and Kasey Nicholson move into the White House, they’ll prove that behind every great woman... is another great woman."

While the script hasn’t been written yet, the streaming network has already lined-up producers including Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, Adam McKay, and Betsy Koch as well as Aniston and Notaro.

New Survey Shows How Many Chicagoans Identity As LGBTQ! 

According to Chicago Pride, the results from a first-of-its-kind study were released by the Chicago Department of Public Health. Among the numbers, the study shares that 7.5% - or 146,000 citizens – identify as LGBTQ! Hell yeah! The report was done to gather information to help the progress of the LGBTQ community in Chicago and to inform the city we're here to stay – well, some of us – and our needs must be on politician's priority list. Out of the mass number released, over ten thousand identify as Transgender. 

I am proudly from the Southside of Chicago, Illinois, which is more or less sometimes known as the slums. I've been gifted into having blood in my veins that has been passed down for several generations of Chicagoans.

Throughout my childhood, I longed for the days where I would eventually meet someone like me, you know, gay.

Although I had been a ruthless child, chatting with gay men online when I was literally in third grade, it wasn't until I reached the age of 14 and decided to make a Myspace profile when I eventually befriended others who were of like age and openly gay. Being a gay teenager in the mid 2000s was definitely not what it is now. 

Even though I decided to be a black sheep of my family and move away from the Windy City, I represent every which way I can. But while I was in Chicago, I dreamed of expanding my friendships and meeting people just like me. Fortunately, it wasn't long into my teenage years when I began to discover a plethora of gays far and wide, all hailing from the same city but different skin colors, voices, and levels of flamboyancy. After attending what was then known as Fag Frat parties (hosted by a slew of older men who targeted youth to celebrate their sexual orientation) I transcended into the beautiful abyss which we all know as Boystown: Chicago's primarily LGBTQ neighborhood. Those colorful streets have essentially raised me into the man I am today - chaos potentially included. I have always stated Chicago gays are the most welcoming, and most real in the nation. I mean, I did literally write a parodied version of Boystown into a self-published novel, Paused. But, I didn't realize how many of us LGBTQ citizens there truly are in Chicago! 

The estimates found that 138,000 adults identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual while 10,500 identify as transgender. Some adults fell into both groups.

In addition to the number of rainbows peeps inhabiting the city, the report also shares that Lesbian women are more likely to be smokers, LGBTQ youth are not getting wellness check-ups (which I completely agree), and male and female youth who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are more likely to report being physically forced to have sex.

Does Gallup need to redo its poll?

h/t: chicago.gopride.com