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#NationalComingOutDay

A lot of you know I’m a fierce ally to my LGBTQ friends & community.

I’ve been offline today because I had both a heartbreaking and life altering experience I want to share about someone near & dear to me who came out today.

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Today, I received a frantic call from a family member from out of town who told me one of his best friends who lives in my town had been kicked out of his house. “What? Why?” I asked. “He came out to his mom. She kicked him out, he has no where to go…”
#NationalComingOutDay
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“…He doesn’t know what he’s going to do. It was really bad. She wants nothing to do with him ever again…”

“Tell him to call me,” I said. “Tell him to come over here. He can stay as long as he needs to.”

#NationalComingOutDay
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I LOVE that #Section377Verdict starts with a quote from Goethe (also Schopenhauer and Stuart Mills but GOETHE): barandbench.com/wp-content/upl…

#loveislove #lovewins
"...the sustenance of identity is filament of life. It is equivalent to authoring one's own life script where freedom broadens everyday. Identity is equivalent to divinity."

#Section377Verdict
"Denial of self-expression is inviting death."

This!!!! This.
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When I was 12, I kissed a girl for the first time. I didn’t know what it meant.
When I was 14, I self-harmed for the first time. I didn’t understand why I felt so alone and so different.
When I was 16, I held a girl’s hand for the first time. I wasn’t sure why my heart was beating so fast.
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#Section377: Judgment by Supreme Court of India today post 11 am. Second pronouncement in less than five years. #GaySex
#Section377: Full court reference in honour of Justice Bharucha and Justice VA Mohta still in progress.

Judgment will be delivered after that.
#Section377: Full court reference concludes.

Court will re-assemble at 11.30 when the judgment will be pronounced.
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I’m not a tiny bit surprised by what this includes. I am quite a bit surprised by how blatant it has become.

This is the one of the first solid, self-driven nails in the coffin of Evangelical Christianity‘s irrelevance.

statementonsocialjustice.com
The #SocialJusticeStatement is a hard line in the sand for any progressive, justice-oriented Christian who has attempted to work with evangelicals in the past. They will no longer accept your work. They will no longer accept your driving beliefs.
In the #SocialJusticeStatement evangelicals have successfully severed any practical ties to mainstream Christianity and their version of this religion will die with them. I’m flabbergasted and, in a way, a little relieved.
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I wish I knew how to get through to my trump supporting father that...
His granddaughter is bi-sexual trump nor GOP support LGBTQ! She has and will be continue to persecuted against! Is that ok with him? #LoveIsLove
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I wish I knew how to get through to my trump supporting father that...
His grandson is on the autism spectrum & education cuts will affect his support. When pre-existing conditions are part of HC system & he will lose benefits. He supports a bully who mocked disabled.
I wish I knew how to get through to my trump supporting father that...
He supports a racist man and administration that stands by neo-nazis, when we ourselves are Jewish & should know better! They carry torches chanting ‘Jews will not replace us’! Is that ok?
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Sessions announces 'religious liberty task force'. The DOJ has rolled back institutional support for protecting rights for LGBTQ Americans while increasing support for Christains (let's be real, the admin isnt protecting anyone's right to say allahu akbar) thehill.com/regulation/adm…
The DOJ defending Christains instead of the #LGBTQ Americans is a farce. Show me the young Christian children bullied to suicide bc of his religion, the reverend denied service, the church choir group denied housing, the Christain mother fired bc she loves Jesus. #LoveIsLove
Im done giving family & friends a pass. There is one party which believes I deserve all of the same rights, protections, dignity, and respect straight Americans are entitled too and another party which believes the bible says I am a sinner. There are no other issues. #LoveIsLove
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There's one takeway from this that everyone seems to be missing

Is that 79% a sign of trust in @POTUS or a sign of distrust in the IC?
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Trump has been working his way through the party reformatting the platform

What it means to be a Republican has changed as a result of @RealDonaldTrump
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We saw this in the run up to the election as the neocons threw their lot in behind Hillary

The same Neocons obstructing in the house & senate right now
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The House Appropriations Committee, passed an amendment allowing taxpayer funded adoption agencies to deny LGBTQ families the ability to adopt a child based on religious objection.

We can't allow this blatant discrimination!
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#LGBTQ
#LoveIsLove
lgbtqnation.com/2018/07/rule-m…
Amendment is on Dept of Labor, Health, Human Services, Education funding bill
If it remains in final bill, it cuts 15% fed adoption funding to states, localities that penalize adoption agencies refusing to place kids in fams conflicting with agency’s religious beliefs/convictions
“House Rs are pandering to their far-right base at expense of LGBTQ people/kids in need of home
Rather than focus empowering fams, uniting
Rs on House Appropriations Committee voted to give child welfare agencies license to discriminate against qualified potential parents”
-Lucas
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🏳️‍🌈TODAY’S PRIDE HERO🏳️‍🌈
Daniel Keenan Savage
(b. October 7, 1964)

Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) is an American author, media pundit, journalist, newspaper editor, national sex advice columnist(Savage Love), and activist for the #LGBTQ community.

#LGBTVoices
#PrideMonth
Dan Savage was born in Chicago, IL. He was raised Roman Catholic & attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North. He has said he’s "a wishy-washy agnostic" and an atheist, & still identifies as "culturally Catholic." He holds a BFA from the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.
Savage was living in Madison, WI when a friend, Tim Keck who co-founded The Onion, mentioned that he was moving to Seattle to launch a new alt newspaper, @TheStranger.

Savage made a comment that every newspaper should have an advice column— he was hired to write one: Savage Love
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🏳️‍🌈 TODAY’S PRIDE HEROINE 🏳️‍🌈

Tammy Baldwin @tammybaldwin
(born February 11, 1962)

U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. She served 3 terms in the Wisconsin 78th AD. From 1999-2013 she represented WI 2nd CD in the U.S. House of Representatives. 1/

#PrideMonth #LGBTVoices
Tammy Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. 2/

#PrideMonth #LGBTVoices
Baldwin graduated from Madison West High School in 1980 as the class valedictorian. She earned a B.A. degree from Smith College in 1984 and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989. She was a lawyer in private practice from 1989 to 1992. 3/

#LGBTVoices
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@jeffsessions, @PressSec
Fine, Let's get Biblical.
"LET MY PEOPLE GO!"
"Whatsoever you did to the least of these, you did to me."
"You have scattered my flock & driven them away, & ... not attended to them."
"WHEN THE WICKED RULE, THE PEOPLE GROAN!"
#KeepFamiliesTogether
@PressSec
@jeffsessions
"Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money." #LetsGetBiblical #KeepFamiliesTogether
"The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought... w/ force &harshness you have ruled them." #LetsGetBiblical #KeepFamiliesTogether @jeffsessions @PressSec
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🏳️‍🌈 TODAY’S PRIDE HERO 🏳️‍🌈

Richard Isay (1934-2012)

American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author and gay activist

Thanks to his courage, Dr. Isay laid the foundation for the legal and medical rights gay people have today.

#LGBTVoices #PrideMonth #LoveIsLove
Isay is considered a pioneer who changed the way that psychoanalysts view homosexuality and had an enormous influence on much of the HIV movement and its participants today.

“He made the field see that their view was based on ideology, not evidence”
Dr. Isay contested the medical treatment of homosexuality as an illness. And, in 1992, with the help of the @ACLU, they threatened the American Psychoanalytical Association with a court case and lawsuit re: discrimination of gay people in the field of psychoanalysis.
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Do not give up on a relationship unless you have exhausted all of your options.**

If you have harmed trust, do the work to rebuild it by sincerely asking the person/hearing how you can rebuild the trust; then do the work they asked of you.
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If there is a breach of trust, it is on the person who has breached it to show care & respect in action to repair before their hurts can be addressed - most relationships can be saved.

**excluding domestic violence, sexual abuse, etc. (2/10)
There are many reasons you were attracted to this person, committed to them, (and they to you) honor it. Honor the precious time of your lives you have dedicated to one another. Understand how you experienced yourself with them in the beginning & use that as a source. (3/10)
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Hi @KMWhite18 et al, I'm a day late, but here it goes...

Day 1, #LGBTWIP

I'm Remy, just an average, middle-aged gay guy.

I write MM erotic fiction, probably best aligned with the paranormal subgenre.

Book Fave: What Belongs to You

@Tehrakians
Day 2, #LGBTWIP

A gay MM mashup of A Christmas Carol (minus the Christmas) with the movie Ghost.

#LGBT #LGBTQ #amwriting #gayerotica
Day 3, #LGBTWIP

Your MC in 5 objects:

- high school locker room
- old, broken watch
- bottle of Scotch, top-shelf
- tattered, frayed map
- run-down house in a decrepit neighborhood

#LGBT #LBGTQ #amwriting #gayerotica
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#MarchForwardMA @MarchForwardMA wins. We have been assessing statements from hundreds of chapters and orgs regarding #WomensMarch #AntiSemitism. We can conclude this statement is the most shockingly offensive yet. Comments are equally disgusted. #EpicFail facebook.com/MarchForwardMA…
"We acknowledge that much of the demand to ‘condemn’ or ‘renounce’ Farrakhan is not itself a call to work for justice on behalf of marginalized communities, but is merely performative. We are not merely performative allies together in this movement." @MarchForwardMA #VictimShames
The Comments:

"All good. This was the last straw.
Check out We Are March On (@WeAreMarchOn): twitter.com/WeAreMarchOn?s…"
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1/ Can we please address the
🐘elephant🐘 in the room?

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) votes with Donald Trump 97% of the time. That's what we call a #RubberStamp politician.

But the cracks in her façade are starting to show... And her propaganda is losing its power.

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2/ FiveThirtyEight tracks the voting records of politicians. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' track record indicates she is not someone who can even think for herself... let alone someone who understands the folks in #WA05.
projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-trump…
3/ CMR doesn't really stand for issues... she's more of a placeholder. Let's take a look at her robotic & ineffectual "representation".

Let's start with preventing gun violence: I give her a negative score on this for not only doing nothing to preserve #2A *AND* make us safer...
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