UPDATE: Suspect arrested in D.C. shooting

Police in Washington, D.C., have charged Darryl Willard with “assault with intent to kill while armed,” in connection with the shooting early Monday of a transgender woman in southeast D.C.

Washington, D.C. police are investigating the death of this unidentified person who was found wearing facial make-up and carrying a pair of light-colored heels

According to the Washington Post, after being shot at about 1:50 a.m. in the 2300 block of Savannah Street SE, the victim walked to the Seventh District Police Headquarters to report the crime. The Post reports that the victim knew her attacker and gave his name to police. Willard later turned himself in to authorities.

The victim, who is not named in the newspaper’s article, was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover from her injuries.

In the meantime, police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose body was found early Saturday, according to reports by the Associated Press. Police said that when the man’s body was found, he had makeup on his face and had with him a pair of light-colored high-heel shoes. The man appears to be Hispanic or Middle Eastern and between the ages of 25 and 30.

Police said they have no information on whether the dead man was gay or transgender, and that his body showed no signs of trauma.

The Monday shooting was the fourth time in less than two months that a transgender woman has been shot or shot at in the D.C. area. On July 20, Lashai Mclean died after being shot by a man who approached her as she walked with a friend in the city’s Northeast section. The man asked Mclean a question and then pulled a gun and shot her before she could answer, according to the friend, who was uninjured.

Eleven days later and just blocks away from the site of Mclean’s murder, a suspect approached another trans woman, asked for change and then pulled a gun and shot at her before she could answer. The shot missed and the woman was uninjured.

And in August, a D.C. police officer on medical leave was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he stood on the hood of a car and fired into the car containing two men and two trans women. One of the men was injured slightly in the attack.

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Rawlings campaign staffer declares victory

It doesn’t take a CEO to decipher these numbers. Mike Rawlings chats with campaign staffer Paula Blackmon on the patio of the Meddlesome Moth a few moments ago.

Just arrived at the Meddlesome Moth in the Design District, site of Mike Rawlings’ watch party. Despite the heat, there’s quite a crowd here on the patio, where Rawlings was making the rounds as I came in. Rawlings campaign staffer Paula Blackmon told me he’ll be speaking at 9 p.m. When I noted that early voting results look pretty good for Rawlings, Blackmon replied, “It’s over.”

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The one where Michael Geer lies about this site

Our initial post on Chick-Fil-A’s supposed partnership with the Pennsylvania Family Institute on its upcoming “Art of Marriage” seminar did one thing and one thing only: It showed the flyer for the event, noted PFI’s mention of Chick-Fil-A being a cosponsor, and told readers to plan their dining choices accordingly.

But leave it to the group behind the flyer to attack the messenger:

Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, says the post provoking anger towards Pennsylvania Chick-fil-A Chicken restaurants for “endorsing” its efforts are misleading.

“All in all it’s a trumped up story,” Geer told The Christian Post.

“Good as You,” a blog catering to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, posted a flier about PFI’s February event, The Art of Marriage, with a message asserting that Chick-fil-A was supporting the Pennsylvania group and its efforts to take down the state’s gay marriage plans.

The blog has gone so far as to create an online petition against the restaurant company.

Family Group: Gay Blog Gives Misleading Information About Chick-fil-A Co-Sponsorship [Christian Post]

Okay, let’s stop there. Because that last line is an outright lie. We never created a petition or called for a boycott. Any who did, did so on their own volition. But of course this Christian Post reporter never contacted me for comment.

So okay, moving on: Geer goes on to say:

Setting the record straight, Geer said Chick-fil-A is not sponsoring the event. “There are a couple restaurants that are giving us food,” he shared. The food, mostly chicken sandwiches, is for a day-and-half-long workshop for couples who want to strengthen their marriages.

According to Geer, the local Chick-fil-A branches involved were simply trying to “be good neighbors” to the marriage retreat being held at two local churches. “We didn’t even get any money,” maintained Geer. The food was freely donated to the churches hosting the marriage retreat.

Geer also denounced mentions in the blog and later homosexual magazine On Top for wrongly suggesting that Chick-fil-A’s corporate office, located in Georgia, is involved in the event. Despite restaurant creator Truett Cathy’s profession of faith, Geer says it was a local decision to give the food.

Family Group: Gay Blog Gives Misleading Information About Chick-fil-A Co-Sponsorship [Christian Post]

Okay, again, let’s stop at this, ANOTHER OUTRIGHT LIE! We never indicated to what level the claimed support reached. We tried making contact with Chick-Fil-A’s press people for comment on that matter, but no one ever got back to us (instead choosing to put out a Tweet saying they would comment — a comment that hasn’t come in the two days that have followed).

Again, all we did was so this, a flyer created by PFI:

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They are the ones who claimed the sponsorship, not us! A sponsorship that they tried to scrub once this caught fire.

And then, now, let’s wrap up with this from Geer:

“People should applaud institutions that want to strengthen marriage,” he stated. Geer expressed “disappointment” at online publications that would try to taint the meaningful event.

Family Group: Gay Blog Gives Misleading Information About Chick-fil-A Co-Sponsorship [Christian Post]

Yea, you wanna go there, Michael? Well, okay: In addition to PFI’s own work against legally married gay couples (like this writer and his husband), the national sponsor of this “Art of Marriage” concept, Family Life, features teachings like the following on its organizational website:

Help! My Child is a Homosexual - [FamilyLife.com]

and this…

Gay Marriages … What’s the Big Deal? – [FamilyLife.com]

and this…

“These days our media bombard us with the idea that God created and blesses other kinds of sex, like that practiced by homosexuals. You will need to share with your child that there is a radical homosexual element in our culture saying, “We’re going to be in your face. You’re going to see us kissing on television and in movies. We want to become acceptable.”

Our children must know that just because some group wants to validate their behavior, that does not make it right in God’s eyes. Our children need to learn how to hate the sin (see Romans 1:26—27) while loving the sinner.”

Teaching Your Teen About God’s Views on Sex [FamilyLife.com]

So Michael, can claim all you want that we are unfairly tainting you and PFI and Family Life and “The Art Of Marriage.” We will remain deeply disappointed in groups like yours and Family Life, who are trying to taint meaningful existences.




Good As You

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Surprisingly good DADT page on DOD Web site


The top story about the bill signing is entitled “Historic News.”




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Obama administration blocking Courage Campaign site, while Teabagger site is okay

Can’t wait to hear the excuse for this one.

From the Hill:

A progressive activist group in California is complaining that the Pentagon has prevented soldiers from accessing its web site in Iraq.

The group argues that Californians serving in Iraq who will vote on a series of ballot measures on Tuesday do not have access to the Courage Campaign “voters guide,” which might help them make decisions.

The Hill independently confirmed that the Tea Party Express site can be accessed on Defense Department computers while the Courage Campaign site cannot be accessed. Courage campaign said it has received information that web sites affiliated with the Traditional Values Coalition, California Election Forum and Christian Voter Guide through the Defense Department computers in Iraq.

And this had better not be the reason:

However, there could be other possible explanations for the blocked site, such as an automatic filter that sifts through specific words. The Courage Campaign site uses multiple references to “sex” (as in same-sex marriages) and “gay” (as in anti-gay, or gay rights). The site also contains information and action items on the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members.

And I don’t want to hear “it’s the Pentagon, not the President.” Is he in charge of his own administration or not?  We’d never have given George Bush a pass for something nasty “an agency” did to us.




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‘It’s really tough being different,’ says supporter of site aimed at treating gays differently

Just more loving supporters of the the National Organization For Marriage’s official Facebook page:

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Oh, NOMmers. Keep trafficking in the idea that the gay can be cured with a lozenge, and you might just have to find a pill to stop me from snorting!

Though considering the topic is a dead, persecuted human being and the reaction is reliably callous, NOM should probably be a little more concerned with how their staunchest allies treat this and other suicides, and not how he or she would theoretically treat gays.

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*REMEMBER: Just a few days ago, the official NOM F’book moderator replied “If the shoe fits” to a commenter who compared Obama to Hilter: NOM’s official Facebook page: ‘If [Hitler's] shoe fits‘ [G-A-Y]




Good As You

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LAUNCHED: HRC & Courage Campaign Collaborate On “NOM Exposed” Site

The Human Rights Campaign and the Courage Campaign today launched NOM Exposed, a site devoted to unmasking the players, major backers, and strategies of the National Organization for Marriage. Via press release:

As the National Organization for Marriage, or NOM, embarks on a fall election campaign to defeat candidates who support full marriage equality, the Human Rights Campaign, in collaboration with the Courage Campaign, unveiled “NOM Exposed,” a live, interactive website which reveals NOM’s deep anti-gay affiliations, its long connections to the Mormon and Catholic churches and its quest to keep voters in the dark about its financing.

At the same time, HRC announced the formation of the NOM Project to follow the ongoing political work and propaganda of NOM as it attempts to influence elections and legislative campaigns across the country. The project will be led by Kevin Nix, a longtime LGBT advocate and political and media consultant. A former communications director at both Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and the Family Equality Council, Nix also worked at Media Matters in the 2004 presidential cycle.

“NOM and its leaders project a message of tolerance yet NOM Exposed shows that behind the well-trained talking points is an anti-gay animus and moneyed connections that it is loath to reveal,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “This website is not static. Working with the Courage Campaign, we will be watching the campaign trail and documenting NOM’s political buys and bedfellows. We will connect the dots for voters.”

NOM Exposed is one of the most extensive takedowns of the enemies of the LGBT movement that I’ve seen on the web yet, and I’ve only just begun to dig in. Take note of the site’s “Rogue’s Gallery” and start from there.

Joe. My. God.

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DOMA repeal nowhere to be found on Democrats.org web site, weird DADT ‘sensible’ repeal

Jesus, the tire tracks on my back are really smarting today. The DNC has apparently boarded the bus that is driving over LGBTs and the immigration reform folks today with a lovely revamped site on “Civil Rights” that’s, to be charitable, going in the the wrong direction. I can’t help but cringe at the bitter irony of the logo:

Change that matters. Stands up for an ideal (if not civil rights, I suppose re-election is an ideal). And a tiny ripple of hope…well that sure sums it up doesn’t it, LOLOLOL?

OK, on to the content…keyboard protection on.

Civil Rights are not just abstract principles. They represent nothing less than our ability to provide for ourselves and our families and to live free from discrimination or persecution. For decades, Democrats have fought for these values, working to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to fully participate in our society-to live in a place where there are no second-class citizens, where each of us can go about our lives without fear of discrimination.

For too many though, this ideal is still far from a reality. Democrats are committed to:

  • Strengthening the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to better protect voting rights;
  • Enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which includes measures prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Ensuring full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples;
  • Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security;
  • Ending racial, ethnic, and religious profiling; and
  • Building a fair and more equitable criminal justice system that provides non-violent offenders a second chance at a rehabilitated life.

Wait – what happened to one of the promises candidate Barack Obama made during the campaign — repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act? Nowhere, people. Not a priority, not on the list anymore. I guess that went up in smoke with the whole “full civil unions” (where’s that going to come from?) hoo-hah.

And tell me what is a “sensible way” to repeal DADT? It sure can’t be by giving troops freepable surveys to fill out, non-confidential feedback e-boxes, and asking spouses what they think about enlisted homos moving next door. I guess “sensible” is whatever Bill Gates approves of.

This situation is so damn sad — and unnecessary from a PR perspective if you want to at least string along LGBTs to open the gAyTM. They aren’t even trying anymore.
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No Gilt-Free Shopping When You’re In Bed With Target: Spenders Revolt Against Designer Sale Site

Is everything Target touches turning to garbage? Already facing the wrath of America's gays, the retailer's disease is spreading to other companies teaming up with it. Just this week we saw protesters outside Andre Balzas' Standard Hotel in New York City, which was hosting Target's "kaleidoscope" fall fashion preview, furious over the corporate dollars flowing to Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Now they're sinking their fangs into the designer sale site Gilt.

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More info on Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas

If you’re interested in helping out with Saturday’s Prop 8 protest in Dallas but couldn’t make last night’s organizational meeting, there’s plenty of contact info and volunteer opportunities after the jump.

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