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July 22, 2016

RNC 2016: Anti Gay Platform At Odds With Gay Friendly Speech

2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena and the closing night red white and blue balloons drop.

The 2016 Republican National Convention wrapped up their proceedings last night reminding us that the GOP is still the party of wealthy old white men. Seven out of nine speakers on Thursday night were millionaires and billionaires, including gay Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel.

by Roy Steele

Cleveland, Ohio --- After three days of chaos and disunity in Cleveland, the Republican Party wrapped up their quadrennial gathering last night with an acceptance speech by their nominee for President and the requisite balloon drop. The majority of delegates at the Quicken Loans Arena were ready to cheer, dance and have a party.

There was little talk about Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech, and just a few whispers about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) being booed off the stage, with just a passing mention of the missing host state governor John Kasich (R-OH). The GOP candidate for Vice President, governor Mike Pence (R-IN), was largely a wall ornament during the festive proceedings.

July 16, 2016

Election 2016 Video: It Makes No Sense But Trump Picks Pence

Trump for president campaign logos. The Friday logo (left) and the Saturday logo (right)

A bumbling and stumbling Donald Trump campaign chose a boring homophobic midwestern governor as his running mate. During the announcement in a New York midtown hotel, Trump rambled on about himself and almost forgot the reason why the press was assembled there.

by Roy Steele

History won’t be kind to Donald Trump. Under normal circumstances, with a credible candidate for president, rolling out the announcement of a running mate is usually a finely choreographed affair. Watching today’s press event confirmed that the Trump campaign is understaffed and overwhelmed, and everything about the announcement of his running mate seemed amateurish and unprofessional.

July 15, 2016

Trump's VP Pick Mike Pence: Don’t Fund Gay HIV Treatment Programs

Donald Trump (right) and Mike Pence (left) in the GOP Clown Car (center) and 'Mike Pence is a fraud and he's masquerading as a Christian' in the right corner.

by Roy Steele

Last year the state of Indiana was in the news for all the wrong reasons. A Republican state legislator quietly introduced a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill that was adopted in both houses of the legislature in March of 2015, one month before oral arguments would be heard by the Supreme Court in the landmark gay marriage case (Obergefell v. Hodges et al.), where they ruled that marriage is a fundamental right for all Americans.

July 14, 2016

For The Last 8 Years Gay People Were Rammed Down Their Throats

Former Minnesota Rep. Michele 'Bozo' Bachmann  (R-MN)  with a caricature by Donkey Hotey and the background of the image is the American flag. Graphic design by Roy Steele for jiveinthe415.com
Former Minnesota Rep. Michele 'Bozo' Bachmann (R-MN) graphic design by Roy Steele for jiveinthe415.com and Michele Bachmann caricature by Donkey Hotey

“You get another four years, another eight years, of this progressivism, of this infatuation with Islam, and caving to all things Islam, of the LGBT community rammed down our throats, rammed down the throats of the churches, and that’s going to intensify a thousand times more with a Hillary Clinton administration.”

By Roy Steele

Some people are so sensitive. Especially about religion and politics. They feel that our gay Kenyan born Muslim President has forced Sharia law and Islamic values into our culture, and that he rammed the sinful behavior of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) heretics down their throats and in their face. Many evangelicals think that electing Donald Trump is their only hope to maintain a caucasian Christian society, because Hillary Clinton will force the entire country to become ‘Godless.’

There's one evangelical purveyor of doom that occupies a very special place in my big gay heart, solely because she’s terrified of gay people. I’ve missed her silly remarks, and the rambling incoherent thoughts and outrageous conspiracy theories. This former member of Congress has never been able to pronounce ‘United States’ properly. She says ‘Unina’ States and still wouldn't know a fact if her life depended on it. Some things never change.

July 12, 2016

Republican Party Platform 2016: Gay People Need Not Apply

The Republican National Convention Platform Committee 2016 with the text "No Gays" and "Queers Not Allowed" and "LGBT people go home"

Meeting in Cleveland, the Republican Party Platform Committee was asked by a gay member of the committee, even if you oppose gay marriage "CAN YOU NOT AT THE VERY LEAST STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHT NOT TO BE KILLED?" The Republicans thought about it and said NO - they can’t condemn anyone who murders or executes LGBT people. And Donald Trump said he would look out for gay people. Right. And I'm the fairy godmother.

by Roy Steele

Cleveland, Ohio --- Republicans continue to be obsessed with denigrating and debasing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, and their bigotry was on full display in the midwest this week. I’m not sure when we became subhuman creatures from the deep, but that’s how they view the LGBT community and that’s how they treat us. They want to roll back any and all progress we’ve made related to civil rights and marriage equality, and their wanton disregard for the Constitution and the law is both remarkable and disgusting.

July 10, 2016

GOP Culture War Continues Attacks On LGBT People And Gay Marriage

A gravestone that is etched with 'R.I.P. Republican Party 1854 - 2016'

The Republican Party alienates women, immigrants, people of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, which is not a smart move if you want to win elections. The latest salvo in the culture war comes from Wisconsin.

by Roy Steele

In 2011, Alex Rowlson wrote a story for a Canadian LGBT publication called Fab, that was critical of gay men for expressing a bias within the context of searching for a sex partner or life partner or a ‘friend with benefits.’ The article was entitled Not just a preference - Alex Rowlson goes head-to-head with the troubling terminology of our desires. Alex wrote:
We’ve all been there. 
You visit a hookup or dating website, cruise somebody’s profile and are confronted with the list: no fats; no femmes; no Asians; no blacks; masc only; my age or younger; str8-acting, you be too; non-scene; and on and on. What we find is a lot of hate when all we want is head. 

July 8, 2016

Speaker Ryan Has Gay Latino And Black Blood On His Hands

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has gay latino and African-American blood on his hands.

The Republican old white men running Congress refuse to act on gun violence or gun control because they don’t care about gay, black or brown people.

by Roy Steele

Like many of my lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friends and contemporaries, I grew up at a time that was marked by loss and tragedy. The AIDS pandemic at the end of the last century was marked by great personal loss which was devastating for our community, and the death and dying touched us all.

Homophobia, ignorance, fear, misinformation, and anti-gay hate, allowed politicians and government officials to ignore the public health crisis and look the other way. If there was a “gay cancer” claiming the lives of our dear friends, they didn’t care because they didn’t feel the loss. Senators stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and said we deserved to die because of our “immoral lifestyle.” They said we brought this deadly disease on ourselves, and falsely claimed it was God’s retribution for our sins.

July 2, 2016

Donald Trump’s Racism Is Wholly Unacceptable And Disqualifying

Donald Trump (pictured right) is the candidate for Racist-in-chief and the quote “I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
The Republican Party presumptive nominee Donald Trump has a long history of racist remarks.

by Roy Steele

In the week after the Orlando massacre, I had the television on and was startled to hear Donald Trump shouting LGBT during a speech he was struggling with. He isn’t used to saying LGBT, and his remarks were insincere. He even managed to mangle the simple acronym. I guess we can add the gay community to the list of groups he is pandering to.

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