News Round-Up: November 14, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• You know what gets you over Hump Day? A dog. Or, more dogs. And InstaHunk Dan Tai (above).

• Rapper Yung Miami has said she would ‘beat’ her son if he came out as gay.

• Donald Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors for the second year because no one likes him.

• LGBT people made up 6% of voters in the midterm elections and 82% supported Democratic candidates.

• A gay Baltimore fitness trainer was murdered in his own apartment.

• Scotland will be the world’s first country to teach LGBTQ inclusivity and history in all public school nationwide

Chicago the Musical celebrates 22 years on Broadway today!

I was lucky to be part of the Broadway cast as one of the earliest replacements. The show would end up hiring me 14 times from 1998 to 2013 to get down in ‘all that jazz.’ Thank you, Ann Reinking.

This pic was from my last stage appearance in 2013 at the Hollywood Bowl in Chicago as I turned 50. #TheGiftThatKeepsGiving #BlackSexyClothes

Florida Orders Recounts For 3 Races Including Governor & Senate

And the recounts in Florida have been ordered!

Via the Orlando Sun-Sentinel:

After receiving unofficial election results from all 67 counties, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Saturday officially ordered machine recounts in three statewide elections – U.S. Senate, Governor and Agriculture Commissioner.

Now, county election officials will feed ballots into machines to recount the results in those races. The second round of results is due to the state by 3 p.m. Thursday.

If the results show a margin of 0.25 percent or less, which appears to be the case in the most heated race between U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott for Senate, a hand recount is ordered. Results from a hand recount would be due Sunday, Nov. 18 at noon.

The votes cast in the U.S. Senate race were within 0.15 percentage points, a margin of less than 13,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast.

The Trumpster is none too happy about the news:

Top Trending Search On Google Today Is…?

The Twitter account for Google Trends reports the top trending search term on Google - up 3,350% - is "Dónde votar" ("where to vote").

My favorite thing today (and it’s way early).

The Twitter account for Google Trends reports the top trending search term on Google – up 3,350% – is “Dónde votar” (“where to vote”).

Google Trends added in a follow up tweet that three of the top five searches were:

Polling place: +350%
Voting: +300%
Election day: +300%

Find your ELECTION DAY POLLING PLACES AND TIMES HERE!

Remember you have the right to vote! If anyone tries to stop you, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-687-8683.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Randy Rainbow Riffs On ‘Wicked’ In Election Eve Reminder “Voting”

Just in time for the midterm elections, political satirist Randy Rainbow shares a 'Wicked' election eve reminder.
Randy Rainbow has a reminder for you

Just in time for the midterm elections, political satirist Randy Rainbow shares a ‘Wicked’ election eve reminder.

Riffing on “What Is This Feeling?” from the blockbuster Broadway musical, Rainbow urges everyone to get out and vote!

If you want the privilege to whine
Don’t just tweet, lament, and opine
Put some make-up on and
Get your ass in line

“Good luck at the polls tomorrow, everyone. May the Schwartz be with you!”

Watch below.

RuPaul Wants You To #SissyThatVote!

In a new video, RuPaul encourages fans to make sure they register to vote and then show up to vote on November 6.
RuPaul wants YOU to vote

In a new video, RuPaul encourages fans to make sure they register to vote, and then actually show up on November 6 to vote in this year’s midterm elections.

“Do you love RuPaul’s Drag Race?” asks Mama Ru. “Well, we love giving it to you. And here’s how you can give back: Go to vote.gov to find out how you can register. And then, on November 6, you better vote, sis!”

News Round-Up: January 30, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• Nick Jonas covers Clash Magazine (in sexy leather pants) for a piece that chronicles his creative evolution from boy bander to A-list pop music artist/actor. #ThirstTrap

• San Francisco’s oldest gay bar closed its doors this past Sunday after 108 years. #OurHistory


Party drug GHB is making a comeback (witness the death of reality star Joel Taylor last week). Click over to The Gaily Grind for lots of good info on the dangers of the drug.

• A new study shows a “vote by mail” program across the U.S. would increase voter participation in elections.

• Following Donald Trump’s “State of the Union” address, the Human Rights Campaign’s Sarah McBride will join other equality activists for “The People’s State of the Union response over at NowThisNews.

• I recently featured out singer/songwriter Calum Scott’s new music video for his soaring romantic anthem, “You Are The Reason” here on The Randy Report.

But sometimes you want a little more pep in your giddy-up. So, check out the newly-released bouncy John Gibbons remix of “You Are The Reason” below.

NSA Document Indicates Russia May Have Attempted To Hack 2016 Voting Systems

The Intercept is reporting that a top-secret National Security Agency document indicates Russian government hackers may have attempted to hack more than 100 local election systems before Election Day 2016.

Russian military intelligence executed a cyber attack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.

The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure. The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light.

The report indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document.

According to Huffington Post, the leaker of the document has been arrested.

A government contractor in Georgia was arrested this weekend after a classified National Security Agency report was leaked on an alleged cyberattack attempt by Russian military intelligence officers on a voting software company and local election officials.

Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old federal contractor for Pluribus International Corp. who had a top secret security clearance and was working at a government agency, was arrested by FBI agents Saturday at her home in Augusta, Georgia, according to the Justice Department.

Hillary Wins Guam!

USA Today reports that the tiny U.S. island of Guam has voted (15 hours ahead Eastern Standard Time), and Hillary Clinton has won by a huge margin of 71.63% versus Donald Trump’s 24.16%.

Residents of the island have correctly picked the winner of every White House race since 1984.

While Guam residents are American citizens, they have no actual bearing on the national election since the island has no representation in the Electoral College.

Earlier today, just after midnight, Hillary also won the famously “first in the nation” vote in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. The vote in the tiny hamlet was four votes for Hillary, two votes for Trump, one vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson, and one write in vote for Mitt Romney.