News Round-Up: January 3, 2019

Anyone got that 'post-holiday bloat?' I love this artist (above) on Instagram. Goes by the moniker Silverjow and his art has so much character and humor. I'm looking to interview him soon. Check out his stuff here.
Holiday weight gain I can get behind…

Some news items you might have missed:

• Anyone got that ‘post-holiday bloat?’ I love this artist (above) on Instagram. Goes by the moniker Silverjow and his art has so much character and humor. I’m looking to interview him soon. Check out his stuff here.

• Day one of the new Congress, Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia proudly displayed the transgender flag outside her office on Capitol Hill.

• Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona was sworn in today as the first openly bisexual senator in US history. I’m totally not being sexist here, but can we get an ‘amen’ for her awesome swearing in outfit??? #smokin

• The CW has given the green light to a pilot for Batwoman, starring Ruby Rose as the out lesbian crimefighter.

• Comedian Kevin Hart is scheduled to appear on ELLEN this coming Monday, most probably as part of his apology tour for homophobic tweets that led to his stepping down as host for the upcoming Academy Awards.

• New York City now offers a non-binary option on birth certificates. Additionally, New Yorkers will no longer need a letter from a physician or an affidavit signed by a licensed health care provider to change their gender on their birth certificate.

• After folks questioned whether Madonna had gotten butt implants (thanks to photos from her New Year’s Eve appearance at the Stonewall Inn), Madge took to Instagram to take a swipe at the rumors riffing on her hit 1985 movie: “Desperately Seeking No Ones Approval.”

Donald Trump Calls For ‘New Election’ In Arizona As Democrat Lead Holds

Donald Trump

Donald Trump, clearly having been told Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has pulled ahead of Republican Martha McSally in the still-undetermined U.S. Senate race in Arizona, took to Twitter to rant about non-existent ‘electoral corruption.’

Tuesday night it appeared McSally would be the victor, but as early votes are now being counted along with absentee votes, Sinema has taken a lead of over 8,000.

An average of final polls going into the election showed Sinema with a slight lead.

“But it is interesting — it always seems to go the way of the Democrats,” Trump said today. “Now, in Arizona, all of a sudden, out of the wilderness, they find a lot of votes. And she’s — the other candidate — is just winning by a hair.”

Try telling that to Al Gore.

Republicans in Arizona are trying to stop having the votes counted there saying, in part, that if signatures on someone’s voting history don’t match, the vote shouldn’t count.

Of course, there are lots of reasons why signatures may not match: illness, age, being in hurry. My signature certainly doesn’t match my voter registration card from when I signed up 14 years ago here in Nevada.

There were plenty of responses on Twitter, but here’s the only one you really need to see.

Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema Could Be First Bi U.S. Senator

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona

 Last night in Arizona’s primary election for the upcoming fall mid-terms, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, Kyrsten Sinema is the first openly bisexual member of the House.

She is the first openly bisexual candidate to run for the Senate from Arizona, and should she win in November, would be Arizona’s first female Senator.

But another woman stands in her way.

Rep. Martha McSally clinched the Republican nod in the race for GOP Sen.Jeff Flake’s seat, who announced early that he would not be running for re-election.

McSally was forced to tact far to the right to defeat her primary opponents, former state Sen. Kelli Ward and virulently anti-immigration former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who appeared to split the more extreme fringes of the GOP.

McSally was the first woman to pilot a fighter jet.

HRC released the following statement on Sinema’s victory in the Arizona primary:

“HRC proudly supports pro-equality champion Rep. Kyrsten Sinema — a strong, effective leader who puts solutions first and fights to ensure every Arizonan has a shot at the American Dream,” said HRC Arizona State Director Justin Unga. “The stakes in November could not be clearer. In the coming weeks, HRC will continue mobilizing more than 800,000 Equality Voters and tens of thousands of members and supporters in the state to turn out for Sinema.”

The Republicans currently have a slim one vote edge in the Senate. They can only afford to lose one seat in the Senate without losing control of the chamber.

As I’ve written before, this year marks a big uptick in the number of LGBTQ people running for public office at various federal, state and local levels.

Arizona elects first openly bisexual member of Congress

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Vernon Parker in the race for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, CNN projected Monday.

Sinema’s win in the newly-created district adds one more seat to the list of pick-ups for Democrats in the House, putting the breakdown at 234 Republicans, 196 Democrats and two independents.

Sinema, a former state senator, had 48.1% of the vote compared to Parker, the former mayor of Paradise Valley, at 45.3%, according to the office of Arizona’s Secretary of State on Monday.

Sinema is the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

She will be the only out LGBT female in the House in the 113th Congress and only the second out LGBT female in Congress.

Tammy Baldwin, who served in the House since winning her seat in 1998, was elected to the Senate in Wisconsin this past Tuesday. Sinema will, however, be joining the largest group of out LGBT lawmakers on the Hill in the nation’s history. In addition to Baldwin and Sinema, out Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado and David Cicilline of Rhode Island were re-elected and Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Mark Takano of California also were elected to Congress.