News Round-Up: June 24, 2020

Some news items you might have missed:

CBS Sports: Major League Baseball is set to return starting either July 23 or 24, the league has announced. It’s worth noting that 40 MLB players and staff members reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus in recent days.

Billboard: Former President Barack Obama is set to deliver a special message to the LGBTQ community for the 3rd annual Stonewall Day virtual event. He will be joined by major stars such as Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and more, who will be offering their own messages of support, while pop superstars Kesha and Hayley Kiyoko will take to the digital stage for special performances. The Stonewall Day 2020 livestream on Logo’s YouTube and Facebook pages from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Friday, June 26.

NewNowNext: Also on Friday, the cast of FX’s Pose will reunite for “Pose-A-Thon,” a commercial-free, one-hour online kiki with the cast and creative team of Pose. The event will raise awareness for three LGBTQ organizations: GLSEN, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. The “Pose-A-Thon” will air Friday, June 26 at 10pm ET on FX, Freeform, and the “Pose-A-Thon” website.

New Music: Lauv drops a surprise new EP titled Without You. The 4 tracks were all written and produced during quarantine. The global hottie also releases the quarantine made video for “Dishes,” the totally chill-vibe lead track for the EP. p.s. He also recently launched Breaking Modern Loneliness, an episodic podcast where each episode is a new open forum discussion on all things human relationships, mental health, and technology.

Zillow: The massive real estate website has announced all Zillow listings will now provide information regarding local LGBTQ protections to help home buyers and renters identify which communities provide protection for all. Currently, only 22 states and the District of Columbia have laws against housing discrimination that include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Reuters: American approval of Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has dropped to the lowest level on record since Reuters/Ipsos polls started asking the question at the beginning of March. With new COVID-19 cases surging, 58 percent said they disapproved.

Out: Actor and activist Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, Star Trek: Discovery) offers this subtle reminder that at the young age of 46-years-old, he ain’t playing.

Survey: Trump Has Lost Support In Every State Since Inauguration

Bad news for Donald Trump in the latest Morning Consult survey which shows Trump’s approval rating has failed to improve in a single state since Inauguration Day. And that includes those states he won easily last November

Based on 472,032 interviews of registered voters across each state and Washington, D.C., over 8 months from January 20 to September 26, and the survey provides insight into how Trump’s approval has changed each month since Inauguration Day.

That’s a very large survey sample, not just a few thousand.

Just a few samples from the survey:

In states where Trump won by the thinnest of margins, his approval has dropped significantly. This should really concern Team Trump as there will be no reelection if this trend continues:

• Michigan: -22% net percentage point change
• Wisconsin: -18%
• Pennsylvania: -16%
• North Carolina: -18%
• Arizona: -26%

Where Trump’s approval has dropped most since January:

• Illinois: -30 net percentage point change
• New York: -30%
• District of Columbia: -29%

Where Trump is most popular:

• Wyoming: +26% net approval
• West Virginia: +24%
• Alabama: +23%

Where Trump is least popular:

• District of Columbia: -60% net approval
• Hawaii: -33%
• Massachusetts: -31%

Much more info including how Trump has fared in your states over at Morning Consult.

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Louisiana: State Senator Karen Carter Peterson Rips Gov. Jindal A New One

After Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “top legislative agenda” failed to make it out of committee (another “Religious Freedom” law), the governor decided to issue an executive order “that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

This did not go over well in Louisiana. The governor’s negative job rating has dropped all the way down to 64.7%.

But the best part of the story is this blistering speech from the floor of the state Senate by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson.

Ms. Peterson does NOT hold back in her opinion. I like this woman. Watch below: