Former South Bend, Indiana mayor and U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has been sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He is the first openly gay secretary in our nation’s history. V.P. Kamala Harris administered the oath of office and his husband, Chase, held the bible.
Gay rights activist and political pioneer Harvey D. Milk used to say, “The number one enemy of gay people anywhere, anytime is being invisible.” The historic life and career of Secretary Pete has already been such a positive and powerful force for LGBTQ people everywhere. We will always welcome straight allies and leaders who are sympathetic to the cause of equality but I firmly believer that LGBTQ leaders will always serve our community and fight more effectively.
It’s no secret Turkey’s leadership is similar to that of Poland, Hungary, Russia (and much more), all of whose leadership is borderline fascist, and operate as a “Totalitarian Democracy“. As such, bigotry is both inherent and encouraged by these states, and under its umbrella of hatred, it undoubtedly includes homophobia. Poland; known for its “LGBTQ+ free zones”; Hungary, whose President belives homosexuals are predating on childen and is doing as much as possible to pass legislation to strip away the rights of its LGBTQ+ citizens, who already have little rights as is.
Meanwhile, Turkey is acting as if Trump is their president. By this, I mean that their president, Erdogan, and his political shit birds, are publicly embarrassing themselves with their ignorant and hateful words. They have identified peaceful LGBTQ+ protesters as their enemies. Four protesters have been arrested by state police at a Muslim ‘holy site’, and are accused for “inciting hatred in the population”. The President himself called these individuals “four LGBT freaks”, and has even labeled them as terrorists. Because exercising free speech to an oppressive and bigoted government that is using religion to justify its hatred is divisive and terrorism…
What ignited these protests was the President’s decision to appoint a personal and political friend as [di]rector of an university. Of course, the man has absolutely no relevant experience to his new position (sound familiar?), and being an ally to the President, he too is a homophobe piece of shit. This obviously didn’t sit well with students; 159 were arrested merely for displaying their flag and for insulting Islam. Fun fact: Turkey’s constitution states that it is secular; public officials and their political allies have no place perpetuating bigotry under the name of any religion, but since when has that stopped anyone?
I came across this short film again today and I wanted to give it a shout out. Please meet David and Jonathan! Here is the official synopsis: Two high school guys are in love. One’s Christian, one’s Jewish. A father disapproves, the other’s parents are thrilled. Who cares that it’s not perfect? They got this.
I’ve seen this clip a couple times but it wasn’t until this morning, over my morning cup of Joe, that it clicked: David and Jonathan!? That is too cute and too biblical! Lol. 🙂
Openly gay politician, and former mayor and presidential hopeful, Pete Buttigieg began his confirmation hearing in Washington, DC this morning. If successful, he will be the highest ranking LGBTQ official in the entire U.S. government. This is a historic day, both the country and our community, and we wish him all the luck and goodwill in the world! Here is Pete’s opening statement: