Goodbye ’16 – Hello ’17

As we kick 2016 to the curb:

In 2017, we need more “16 going on 17/dancing in the gazebo” kind of moments.

If it starts raining, keep dancing.

Lift your voices because we need to be heard.

Make noise. And when you get the side-eye, get louder.

Don’t just lean forward, step forward.

Better still – step up.

Be out. Be out there. Be proud.

And if the grocery store runs out of black-eyed peas on New Years’ Eve, buy the damn red beans, throw the rest of the Christmas ham in, and move on. Flexibility is the key to success.

Let’s go, kids.

YouTube Filmmakers Present Trailer For 2016: The Movie

YouTube filmmakers Friend Dog Studios present their trailer for the fictional (or not?) film, 2016: The Movie. 

The clip presents the year 2016 as the “scary thriller” that was – complete with celebrity deaths and unexpected election results.

Via Entertainment Weekly:

The clip, which takes the calendar year and turns it into a scary thriller, begins on Dec. 31, 2015, with a happy couple ringing in 2016 with kisses and wishes for a prosperous new year, new home, and ever-growing relationship. But things go wrong fast: “You want know who died today?” asks a creepy voiceover, teasing the terrible events to come.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Top 10 New Posts On The Randy Report In 2016

Some regular readers have emailed me asking for a round-up of the “Top 10 New Posts,” strictly by the numbers, on The Randy Report in 2016.

Now, there were several archived posts from past years that got a lot of love, too. But I’m keeping this list to only new posts in 2016.

I know I’m a day early, but, what the hell. Here’s what readers clicked on the most this past year:

1. Funny: Aussie Commentary On Men’s Olympic Diving

2. Louis C.K. On Donald Trump: “It Was Funny For A While But The Guy Is Hitler”

3. Super-Statistician Nate Silver Predicts Crushing Win By Hillary Clinton

4. Olympic Gymnast Danell Leyva Stands Up For LGBT Rights “Make America Gay Again”

5. U.S. Gymnast Danell Leyva Puts On A Show At Rio Gala Gymnastics

6. Anderson Cooper’s Emotional Tribute To 49 Killed In Orlando Shooting

7. Vice President-elect Mike Pence Gets More Than A History Lesson At HAMILTON On Broadway

8. Naked Cubs Pitcher Jake Arrieta Explains The Art Of Pitching

9. Donald Trump Explains His Sexist Comments: “I Never Thought I Would Run For Office”

10. Pastor Steven Anderson: “The Good News Is There’s 50 Less Pedophiles In The World”

Matt Baume: 2016 Wasn’t All Bad

Matt Baume reminds us that there were significant advances for LGBTs in 2016, and then shares his thoughts on how to KEEP those advances in 2017. Hint: stand up and make some noise!

From Baume: “Do we have to do a year in review for 2016? This was a rough one, but what if I told you there were some really great milestones for LGBTs this year? It’s true! Amidst all the bad news, 2016 had some real bright spots. And 2017 could have more — or it could be much, much worse.”

Viral Video: Google Year In Search 2016

See what the world searched for in 2016.

Google assembles news stories that captivated the world — including Brexit, the election of Trump, the Orlando shooting and Syria.

While the video begins with darker subject matter, the stories shift to more uplifting moments of the year, ending with the words “Love is out there. Search on.”

Donald Trump Has 1 Florida Field Office – Hilary Clinton Has 51

Donald Trump doesn’t believe you need voter data and field offices to win a presidential election.

For instance, in Florida Trump currently has one field office.

One.

By comparison, back in 2012, Mitt Romney had 24 offices in Florida by June 2012.

It’s worth mentioning, however, that the Trump campaign says they do have three RVs working as “mobile field offices” on the move in the state helping to organize Trump voters.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has 51 field offices in the Sunshine State. Thirty-two were opened in the last month alone.

As many political pundits have noted, Trump’s path to victory in the electoral college has to include Florida. It’s pretty much a “do or die” state for him. Currently, Clinton leads Trump in Florida by about 3 points according to the Real Clear Politics poll average.

Also worth noting that there are 259,000 more registered Democratic voters than Republican. So, Donald is going to need every Republican vote he can get. And that’s where field offices show their value in terms of GOTV efforts.

(source)

Moderators For Presidential Debates Announced

The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the moderators who have been selected for the four showdowns scheduled between now and November 8th.

These are all highly qualified, fair people. No one will call anyone on this list biased.

From CBS News:

NBC News’ Lester Holt will moderate the first presidential debate, scheduled for Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

According to the CPD, the debate will be divided into six segments of about 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate.

CBSN anchor and CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano has been named the moderator of the vice presidential debate, which will take place on Oc. 4, 2016 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. It will be the only veep forum between Democratic Sen. Kaine of Virginia and Republican Gov. Pence of Indiana.

Quijano will be the first anchor of a digital network to moderate a national debate in a general election campaign. In the vice presidential debate, the time will be divided into nine segments with about 10 minutes of discussion on each topic, and the moderator alone will determine the questions to be asked.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz will ask questions of the candidates in the second debate on Oct. 19 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

This debate will take the form of a town hall meeting, where half of the questions will be posed directly by participants. The other half will be asked by the moderators. Town hall participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace will moderate the third debate on Oct. 19, which will be held at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus. The third debate will take the same format as the first forum.

Michelle Obama Covers NY Daily News

It says much that after First Lady Michelle Obama’s rafter-raising speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, the New York Daily News quickly swapped out an already planned snarky cover (regarding frictions at the DNC) to highlight and praise the First Lady.

The Advocate Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

The Advocate endorses Hillary Clinton for president

For only the second time, The Advocate has endorsed a presidential candidate, and unsurprisingly, the noted LGBT news outlet voices strong support for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

From The Advocate:

Clinton is a calm, deliberative leader with decades of public service experience and an impressive command of policy, detail, and the concerns of overlapping minority communities. Whereas Trump alienates women, Muslims, immigrants, and LGBT people, Clinton’s record as a U.S. senator is marked by bipartisanship, and her campaign is marked by inclusivity.

To imagine that the election result is a foregone conclusion — that Clinton will handily and easily defeat Trump in November without serious effort on the part of an engaged electorate — is a mistake. The U.K.’s Brexit vote is an example of left-leaning activists and voters wrongly assuming that voters will exercise “common sense.”

There is no foregone conclusion. There is no obvious outcome. But there is only one capable candidate in this election, and only one candidate who is a champion of LGBT causes. That clear and necessary choice is Hillary Clinton.