FBI Study Shows 20% Of Hate Crimes Due To Sexual Orientation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report today which revealed that 20% of hate crimes in 2013 were due to bias based on sexual orientation.

Of the 1,402 hate crimes in 2013 based on sexual orientation, 60.6% were classified as anti-gay bias.
The total number of reported hate crimes in 2013 (5,928) was down slightly when compared to 2012 statistics which saw a reported 6,573 hate crimes.

Candi & Randy Show: “New Beginnings – Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014”

Great show with my co-host Candi Fox on The Candi & Randy Show.

Candi and I wrap up the year that was 2013. We talk Duck Dynasty, LGBT progress, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears and much more.

This show is my last appearance as a regular host of The Candi & Randy Show. No fights, no disagreements – just life is pulling both Candi and I in many directions, and in honoring my commitments I had to make a decision to take a hiatus from the show.

I’m so thankful to my fab co-host Candi for teaching me so much over two and a half years about hosting a radio show, interviewing guests and learning to open up when it comes to “talk radio.” I couldn’t have had a better time.

I’ll be back as a guest host when Candi might need me, and happy to do so.

Listen in as Candi and I recap the year that was 2013 and look forward to what 2014 holds for us all.

By the way – we are almost at half a million listeners.  So if you hit play and listen to the first minute I’d be very appreciative as that gives us the “hit”… Plus, we’re pretty fun 🙂

Current Entertainment Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with CandiXRandy on BlogTalkRadio

Gallup poll: President Obama and Hillary Clinton “most admired” in America

America’s two most prominent Democrats President Obama & Hillary Clinton – are again America’s most admired man and woman by wide margins.

Via Gallup:

For the sixth consecutive year, Barack Obama ranks
as the Most Admired Man among Americans, and Hillary Clinton is again
the Most Admired Woman.

Both won by comfortable margins. Sixteen percent
named Obama, compared with 4% each for former President George W. Bush
and Pope Francis; Clinton (15%) finished ahead of television personality
Oprah Winfrey (6%), first lady Michelle Obama (5%), and former Alaska
Gov. Sarah Palin (5%).

Viral videos of 2013: Indiana bigot Diana Medley meets Billy Madison

Huffington Post Gay Voices has assembled a great list of viral videos of 2013 that related to the LGBT community.

Randy Report readers will remember many of them featured here.

I had to post this one again for it’s seemless editing and creativity in commenting on the Indiana Special Ed teacher Diana Medley, who back in February made headlines for her anti-gay statements. The video makes use of footage from the 1995 movie “Billy Madison,” and the famous line “everyone is now dumber.”  How appropos for Ms. Medley’s idiotic comments.

Head over to HuffPost Gay Voices for more 2013 fun.

AFER recaps the year that was 2013

Recap of 2013 from the folks at the American Federation for Equal Rights:

In 2013, AFER took our case against Prop 8 to the US Supreme Court. Standing with us was an unprecedented groundswell of support, including you.

It was the first time a marriage case for gay and lesbian Americans had ever been briefed before the nation’s highest court. And we won.

Gay and lesbian couples can now get married in the most populous state in America.

AFER continues to fight for marriage equality in federal court with a case in Virginia. Our Plaintiffs are two couples. They are represented by two of the nation’s best attorneys.

See you in 2014!

Merry Christmas to all!

Michael and I send our best wishes to everyone for the bestest, most fab, uber-wonderful Christmas ever!

Bruno the wonder dog and Tyler, Bandit & Bear send you visions of dog treats in your dreams.

Merry merry everyone!

Top 10 searches on Google in 2013

Google has compiled a list of the top 10 topics that people wanted to know most about in 2013.

Celebrity deaths, tragic bombings, and the Harlem Shake.  From The Daily Beast:

This year, Google says, the number one trending term for all of 2013 was “Paul Walker.” He was the steely-eyed American actor who was tragically killed in a fiery car crash this past November. The news swept the Internet by storm, as it was revealed the Fast and Furious star had been traveling in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT after attending a charity event.

Following Walker, at #2 on the list, was the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon, colloquially called the “Boston Marathon bombing.” Three people lost their lives that day. 264 others were injured. In what became a week-long news event, federal authorities and the Boston police searched for the alleged culprits, eventually killing one and wounding the other in an overnight gun fight in a Boston suburb, and leaving the world seeking answers (many of which have yet to be found).

Here’s the full list of Google’s national top trending searches of 2013:

1. Paul Walker

2. Boston Marathon bombing

3. Nelson Mandela

4. Cory Monteith

5. iPhone 5s

6. Government shutdown

7. James Gandolfini

8. Harlem Shake

9. Royal baby

10. Adrian Peterson