News Round-Up: January 3, 2017

Fitness model Nick Sandell

Some news items you may have missed:

• Nick Sandell wishes you a shirtless Happy Happy New Year!

• Debra Messing says new Will & Grace episodes are not a done deal.

• Only 46% of Americans believe Donald Trump can handle an international crisis versus an average of 71% of his predecessors.

• Janet Jackson gives birth to her first child at 50.

• The Alabama NAACP is holding a sit-in at Sen. Jeff Sessions office until he withdraws his nomination for U.S. Attorney General.

• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed to offer free tuition at state colleges to hundreds of thousands of middle- and low-income New Yorkers.

• On New Year’s Eve, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking enforcement of federal protections that would have barred those in healthcare services to deny reproductive health services as well as services to transgender people based on “religious beliefs.”

• It’s been 159 days since Donald Trump held a press conference. Back in the summer days of the campaign, he excoriated Hillary Clinton for going 179 days with answering questions from the press. Hypocrisy?

Civil Rights Leaders Join Human Rights Campaign In Response To Orlando Massacre

Via press release:

HRC President HRC President Chad Griffin was joined by other civil rights leaders outside the Human Rights Campaign’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to respond to the horrific massacre at a Florida LGBTQ nightclub.

“While today is a day of mourning in the wake of this tragedy, I say to LGBTQ people living in every corner in this country and around this globe: Continue to be bold, be loved, and be proud,” Griffin said.

“There are mothers and fathers, spouses and partners, siblings and friends who aren’t thinking about any of that. They’re simply wishing they had just one more moment to say I love you. During this, their darkest hour, we as a nation must be their strength. We must be their comfort. And we must promise that the memory of those they lost will never, ever fade,” Griffin said.

Griffin was joined by Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality; Janet Murguía; President and CEO, National Council of La Raza; Cornell Brooks, President, NAACP; Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition; Judith Lichtman, of the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Brenda Abdelall of Muslim Advocates; Jorge Amaro, of the National LGBTQ Task Force; and María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino.

News Round-Up: April 11, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

• John Oliver on HBO’s Last Week Tonight took a look at how credit reports are ruining Americans lives.

• This porn website is blocking all IP addresses in North Carolina over the state’s new anti-LGBT ‘hate law.’ #NoPornForYouNorthCarolina

• Donald Trump’s kids aren’t even registered to vote.

• Activist and author John Corvino addressing the debunked “bathroom predator” myth as basis for anti-transgender laws:“The idea that this is about safety and security, it’s kind of like when somebody says that they ate all the ice cream in order to make room in the freezer.”

• The NAACP is planning a “sit-in” at the North Carolina legislature to protest the recent HB 2, which legalizes LGBT discrimination in the state.

• Vlogger Joe Santagato shares his 8th installment of “Idiots Of The Internet” rants. Love this guy.

NAACP’s Julian Bond Pens Op-Ed Supporting Marriage Equality In Mississippi

In an op-ed for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, NAACP chairman emeritus Julian Bond writes of safer spaces, civil rights and same-sex marriage in Mississippi:

“Mississippians know sexual orientation or gender identity shouldn’t matter when it comes to working hard and taking care of your neighbor. Mississippians know all children are valued, no matter who they are. And Mississippians know that above all, treating one another with dignity and respect is what counts.

“The fight for basic civil rights is not a quest for superiority or an unvoiced desire for power. It is, at its root, a battle to raise us all up. We all deserve the right to try and fail, move forward and fall back, and ultimately succeed on our own merits and individual gifts. But for many of us, our ability to dream of a greater and more brilliant future is limited by the color of our skin, the texts of our religious tomes, and the gender of whom we love and who we are.

“The push for full equality for all Americans has always come with hurdles and setbacks. But we are not dissuaded from our path. LGBT Mississippians and their families yearn for a better day, one that we can work together to create. Let’s begin right now.”

The entire essay is truly worth the read.

NAACP officially supports same-sex marriage

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations, is officially supporting marriage for same-sex couples.

The 103-year-old organization’s resolution may help garner support for gay marriage among black voters, who according to polls have been less inclined than whites to support same-sex marriage.

At a meeting Saturday in Miami, the board of directors of the NAACP passed a resolution endorsing marriage equality.

“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law,” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement. “The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people.”

Julian Bond: Gay rights are civil rights

CNN: Former chairman of the NAACP, Julian Bond reacts to efforts to drive a wedge between black people and same-sex marriage activists.

Thank you Julian Bond. Just because the phrase “civil rights” has been associated for a long time with the movement for equal rights for african-Americans in the 60s, doesn’t mean the fight now for gays and lesbians is not about civil rights. It is.

A marriage license issued by a civil government is a civil rights matter.

Any rights issued by a civil government are – by definition – civil rights. And every American should have the SAME civil rights.