So much has happened, and in many ways it feels impossible for me to not look at everything through the lens of the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. This is just one of those times where it’s as much as I can do to look at all the many ways America is, quite simply, falling apart right now. So this week’s Extra! Extra! is pretty much limited to American news: several angles of breaking down everything that’s horrifying about the insurrection, the Trump administration’s parting shots and how COVID continues to rage amid American incompetence.
The insurrection in DC on January and making sense of this chapter of the story of power in the US.
This week’s Extra! Extra! reports another bit of news that flew under the radar, this time regarding gun control (it’s not good, you guys). We also cover the heinous violence against three trans women in LA this week, USAID’s erasure of LGBTQ+ people and an update on what’s going on around the US regarding police violence and the protests. And then we turn to the elections – by which I mean Russia, Belarus and the US.
This week’s Extra! Extra! COVID-19 takes a look at how the pandemic continues to harm vulnerable populations around the world, the raging fight in the US over how seriously to take any of this, the state of stimulus packages during the pandemic and a look at LGBTQ+ rights during the pandemic.
It’s been a long week, you guys. This week’s Extra! Extra! covers all the news you didn’t even know was happening.
This is the week that the US finally reached the top of the global rankings in terms of number of confirmed cases; Congress just passed a stimulus package the likes of which, I truly believe, have not been seen in a long, long time, if ever. There is a much, much bigger world that is getting hit with COVID-19 right now, and I definitely want to turn to that. But there’s a lot to say in the US alone right now.
In South Dakota, we’re witnessing an alarming historical precedent: the first test of conservative legislation designed to block access to transition-related medical care, particularly puberty blockers, to trans kids and teens by criminalizing doctors who provide it to them.
Queer and trans Black women and femmes have the blueprint to defeat Georgia’s abortion ban. Alyssa Milano… does not.
Today the Supreme Court announced it will be deciding on an interpretation of federal law Title VII, and specifically whether the law should be understood as supporting workplace protections for LGBT employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or trans status.
It’s been a rough fucking week! Come hang out in here with the rest of us who feel like we’ve aged 25 years in seven days if you need it.
In a stunning clinic on how to make a major state decision with global implications with less gravitas and forethought than the finale of The Bachelor, Trump announced yesterday via Twitter that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being fired and replaced by Mike Pompeo, who has a concerning anti-LGBT record and sounds a lot like Mike Pence!
Last Friday the Georgia state senate passed a bill that will allow state-funded adoption agencies to refuse to place children with parents they disapprove of because of their religious beliefs.
The statistics on acceptance of LGBT people were generally staying the same or improving, until last year — when, as GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis puts it, “the acceptance pendulum abruptly stopped and swung in the opposite direction.”
I grew up in Roy Moore’s Alabama; his hatred and zealotry have no limits. Now, he’s headed for the Senate, and he’ll likely win.
During a never-ending cycle of negative news on our feeds, a failed discriminatory anti-trans bill is definitely something to celebrate.
I won a bet with Mitch McConnell and now he’s gotta pay up.
Circumventing Trump’s disastrous plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, 12 states and Puerto Rico make state rights great again by creating their own climate action group. That’s great news for queers, and anyone else who needs to survive on this planet.
Maybe the reason Trump wants to pretend nobody has studied the Civil War is because he knows even a cursory look at history will expose his tricks.
A lot of terrible, overwhelming things are happening for our community, right now. Let’s hold one another and try to understand what’s going on.
Trump is reportedly planning to sign a “religious liberty” executive order that has Mike Pence written all over it — in the meantime, over 200 members of Congress say they’ll just go ahead and file a bill that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act.
An appeals court found that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 backs Kimberley Hivey, who says she was discriminated against at work for being a lesbian. The case may make it to the Supreme Court — and be a game changer when it comes to anti-LGBTQ discrimination in Trump’s America.