Monday, October 23, 2017

Donald Trump Calls Widow Of Fallen Soldier A Liar


It's now day 8 of Donald Trump disrespecting a Gold Star family once again.

Myeshia Johnson spoke to Good Morning America about the now infamous phone call from Donald Trump regarding her husband's death that Johnson says was insensitive and hurtful.

Myeshia's husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed in action in Niger on October 4 of this year.

Here's part of Johnson's interview today.





Of course, rather than let this all go and be presidential, Trump had to fire back via Twitter this morning basically calling Johnson's widow a liar.



Other folks on Twitter had some thoughts on the issue as well:















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North Carolina Governor Issues Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination By State Agencies


North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order that prohibits any state agency, or contractors who do business with the state, to discriminate against LGBTs.

The executive order adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's list of protected classes at least in terms of state agencies or those who do business with the state.

Cooper told the media, "By requiring companies that contract with the state to have non-discrimination policies, the state can promote protections for more North Carolinians outside of state government."

Cooper is also proposing a settlement in the lawsuit challenging House Bill 2 and House Bill 142, the so-called bathroom bill and it's repeal legislation.

The proposal would allow transgender citizens use of public restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity.

A federal judge still has to sign off on that settlement.

Australia: Sydney To Offer Free Wedding Facilities For 100 Days Should Marriage Equality Pass


Should the "Yes" votes in the current postal survey regarding marriage equality carry the majority, and IF the Australian government then fulfills its promise of legalizing same-sex marriage, the city of Sydney will allow gay couples free use of prominent parks and buildings for 100 days to celebrate new same-sex marriages.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

A motion passed on Monday night will allow same-sex couples to hire community facilities, halls and parks for free for 100 days if same-sex marriage is legalised following the postal survey.

The offer will only be available for same-sex weddings, but existing bookings for straight couples will not be cancelled or moved to accommodate the expected influx.

Gay couples will still need to pick up the tab for audio visual services, catering and security, but will be able to hire facilities such as Paddington Town Hall free of charge.

However, Liberal councillor Christine Forster - who is gay and has taken a leading role in the "yes" campaign - voted against the motion after unsuccessfully trying to make it apply to straight couples as well.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Podcast: Transgender Folks Get Help In The Workplace; "Yes" Vote Leads In Australia's Marriage Equality Mail-In Vote


In this week's podcast:

• California's governor signs "first in the nation" legislation that will require training meant to help high unemployment among transgender people

• Donald Trump joked that Vice President Mike Pence wants to “hang" all gay people

• The "Yes to Marriage Equality" campaign in Australia appears to be leading

• Georgia state lawmaker considers quarantining HIV+ people

• Rentboy.com CEO goes to prison even as female escort websites continue without penalty

• Out Canadian country music artist Patrick Masse headlines Las Vegas Pride

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Georgia State Rep. Says HIV "Quarantine" Comment Was Meant To Be "Provocative And Rhetorical"

Georgia state Rep. Betty Price
Georgia state Rep. Betty Price caused an uproar this week when, during a study committee hearing, she suggested that HIV+ people should be quarantined since they aren't dying as "readily" as they used to.

The full quote:

“I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it. Is there an ability, since I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis and treatment of this condition? So we have a public interest in curtailing the spread. What would you advise or are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread?”

“It seems to me it’s almost frightening, the number of people who are living that are potentially carriers. Well they are carriers, with the potential to spread, whereas in the past they died more readily and then at that point they are not posing a risk. So we’ve got a huge population posing a risk if they are not in treatment.”

On Saturday, Price walked her comments back saying she was "taken completely out of context."

She issued a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution which read, in part:

I made a provocative and rhetorical comment as part of a free-flowing conversation which has been taken completely out of context. I do not support a quarantine in this public health challenge and dilemma of undertreated HIV patients. I do, however, wish to light a fire under all of us with responsibility in the public health arena - a fire that will result in resolve and commitment to ensure that all of our fellow citizens with HIV will receive, and adhere to, a treatment regimen that will enhance their quality of life and protect the health of the public.

You'll recall Price's husband recently stepped down as Health and Human Services Secretary after it was revealed he spent over $500,000 in private planes during his short tenure.

Presidential Approval: October Of First Year


A new CNN poll shows Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president in modern history.

At a dismal 37%, Trump ranks at the bottom of the last ten presidents.

Predictably, George W. Bush, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, was soaring at 88%.

Obama notched a 55% approval rating as the nation was just beginning to see action after the economic crash of 2009.

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