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Jeb Bush blames Obama for Republican vitriol against LGBT rights

‘The Republican Party responded by trying to out-polarize the president’



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Jeb Bush, gay news, Washington Blade

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) blames Obama for the Republican Party’s ant-LGBT vitriol. (Washington Blade file photo by Lee Whitman)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may have had an abysmal showing in the Republican presidential primary, but that isn’t stopping him from blaming President Obama for GOP vitriol against LGBT rights.

In an op-ed published Friday in the Washington Post, Bush explains his lack of support for Donald Trump, who’s set to accept the Republican presidential nomination this week in Cleveland, saying he isn’t the future the Republican Party.

But Bush blames Obama’s policy decisions and efforts to act as his own when Congress won’t as the reason why Trump rose to prominence.

“Eight years of the divisive tactics of President Obama and his allies have undermined Americans’ faith in politics and government to accomplish anything constructive,” Bush writes. “The president has wielded his power — while often exceeding his authority — to punish his opponents, legislate from the White House and turn agency rulemaking into a weapon for liberal dogma.”

Among Obama’s executive actions are signing an executive order barring federal contractors from engaging in anti-LGBT workplace discrimination. The Obama administration undertaken has numerous actions on behalf of LGBT rights that a President Trump could undo under his administration.

It’s these executive actions Bush says are to blame for the Republican Party attempting to “out-polarize the president” with vitriol against LGBT people as well as other minority groups.

“In turn, a few in the Republican Party responded by trying to out-polarize the president, making us seem anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker and anti-common-sense,” Bush writes.

The same week Bush published his op-ed, the Republican Party drafted a national platform that critics have called the most anti-LGBT ever. Among other things, it seeks to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of same-sex marriage, supports barring transgender people from bathroom use consistent with their gender identity and endorses widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy.

For his part, Bush said during his failed presidential campaign support for traditional marriage — code for opposition to gay nuptials — should be “a core American value” to protect children born in poverty.

“It’s talking about being formed by one’s faith, it’s at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, committed child-centered family system is hard to imagine,” Bush continued. “So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide, I don’t know what they are going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”

h/t Instinct Magazine

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  1. Brian's Ions

    July 17, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    He’s a hateful little man who is but the latest spokesperson for Bush family values and hypocrisies.
    For his part, Bush said during his failed presidential campaign support for traditional marriage — code for opposition to gay nuptials — should be “a core American value” to protect children born in poverty.**

  2. britain

    July 17, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    No kne is listening to your crap anymore.

  3. Brooks Austin

    July 17, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    This is ridiculous. The GOP has always hated LGBT people. It was Bush’s brother who ran for president by vowing to add in a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality nation wide, and last I checked, that was at least a decade before Obama ever won the election. It’s sheer revisionist history for Jeb Bush to make it seem like the radical bigotry of the GOP is some modern invention that’s all the fault of liberals while ignoring all their past history of opposing everything from hate crime laws to DADT repeal.

  4. Debra Robinson

    July 18, 2016 at 12:24 am

    As told by the rest of argument he is one and the same Republican who is anti everything. “In turn, a few in the Republican Party responded by trying to out-polarize the president, making us seem anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker and anti-common-sense,” Bush writes. Your problem is not LGBT. We are not violent, we do put others down, we just wish to live and be treated as a fellow human being. You and many of your fellow Republicans are haters, you are not Christians. Christianity is about loving others as you love yourself. Our government is about our people and treating them equally. You may claim to practice any religion you want but you may not force your beliefs on others. Otherwise,
    your just another terrorist looking to be a dictator. Who made you GOD ‘s spokesperson?

  5. customartist

    July 18, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Jeb is not the first Republican to utter the rich-with-hypocrisy accusation that OTHERS are “divisive”. Republicans swore from the start of the Obama Administration that they would do everything that they could do to make him fail, and they followed through on that threat beautifully. What pray-tell are the Republican Congress and Senate getting paid for?

    Republicans defy their very own Constitution by fighting to keep Certain citizens from their guaranteed rights to equal protection. Republicans are Anti-American Treasonists.

  6. Im Just Sayin

    July 18, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Using Jeb Bush’s logic…. if the federal government had not meddled in slavery then we would not have had lynchings, the Klan or the need for Jim Crow laws.

  7. Kashell

    July 18, 2016 at 10:20 am

    “In turn, a few in the Republican Party responded by trying to out-polarize the president, making us seem anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker and anti-common-sense,” Bush writes.
    He (and 99% of all Republicans) are already anti-all of those things. He is a despicable, miserable pile of garbage. He should do us all a kindness and take his archaic way of thinking and leave the country. Or play with matches. Either or is fine; I just don’t want to see his mug in the news unless it’s about something worthy.

    • fifthdentist

      November 12, 2016 at 10:36 am

      No, he should douse himself in gasoline, THEN play with matches.

      • Chris Harper

        November 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm


  8. Culture Club Warrior

    July 18, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    He must not remember his brother’s 2004 reelection campaign.

  9. Joe_Buddha

    July 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    If Pres. Obama would just stop presidentin’ while black, he wouldn’t be so gosh darned divisive!

  10. Foodahz

    July 19, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Read the GOP platform for 2016. Page 31. You’ll see exactly where the vitriol flows from.

  11. Leslie Gray

    July 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Duh Bha never had very many cattle on his central Texas rent a ranch. Is that because gathering up a herd of cattle is called a ’round up’ and he was afraid he might wither? None of the shrubs are smart enough to find their way out of a burning phone booth. And, we still have to listen to the other idiot brother mansplaining their bigotry away.

  12. Mariah Miracle

    July 21, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Jeb evidently hasn’t been paying attention these last 7 1/2 years. His party has done everything they could possibly do, obstructing anything, and everything, President Obama has tried to do, to make this a better country for everyone. Not just the elite like Jeb. If anyone has been divisive, and polarizing it’s people like Jeb. People like Jeb only want rights for people who think like they do. Well Jeb we are all apart of the Human Race. We all have a right to live our lives the way we choose, without government interference. Your party wants to dictate how other people live. America is a melting pot, not everyone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth like you were. Stay out of Americans private lives and MYODB!

  13. JJSchwartz

    August 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Bush junior’s blame game reminds me of when I was nine or ten and got into some trouble and was called on it. Being a little kid what did I do? I blamed my sister, “If Karen hadn’t done that I wouldn’t have …” The GOP seems to be populated by immature, self aggrandizing children. Grow up, children!

  14. nobleknight2

    August 22, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Hey, they blame him for everything else…but how is someone’s ignorant and hateful behavior not the product of being reared by ignorant and hateful parents??

  15. msaxie

    October 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Jeb Bush, Our beloved President Obama did not make you hate. You did that all on your own. Own it!

  16. David Schultz

    October 17, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Screw Jeb. That sounds like something a a bigot would say. He should take a hint from the rest of his family and turn his back on Herr Drumpf. What was Jeb promised by Trump? Promising someone a cabinet or staff position in return of support is against election laws.

  17. Mark Cichewicz

    December 30, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    To think the Republican Party has gotten where it is by supporting the UNborn child and condemning LGBTQ will never make sence to me. As rude as they are I naturally would think both causes would be wast of their time.

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Pete Buttigieg calls out Tucker Carlson over attack

Fox News host mocked transportation secretary over paternity leave



U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (Washington Blade file photo)

Appearing remotely on MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace’s politics program Friday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for the attack on his parental leave.

“This attack is coming from a guy who has yet to explain his apparent approval for the assassination of Harvey Milk, ” Buttigieg said.

During his Thursday evening program Carlson said, “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child—paternity leave, they call it—trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how that went. But now he’s back in office as the transportation secretary and he’s deeply amused, he says, to see that dozens of container ships can’t get into this country.”

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‘Mercenarismo’: El delito que la Seguridad del Estado de Cuba usa para presionar al activista LGBTQ Raúl Soublett

Se realizó la interrogación el 9 de octubre



Raúl Soublett López ((Foto cortesía de Twitter de María Matienzo)

Tremenda Nota es el socio mediático del Washington Blade en Cuba. Esta nota salió en su sitio web el 9 de octubre.

LA HABANA — El activista LGBTIQ+ Raúl Soublett López fue amenazado este sábado durante una entrevista con la Seguridad del Estado con un proceso penal por “mercenarismo”.

“Cualquier tipo de lucha en #Cuba puede ser criminalizada. A Raúl Soublett López ahora lo quieren procesar por mercenarismo y la notificación se la hace un tipo que tiene tanto miedo que no da ni su nombre real”, denunció la periodista María Matienzo en sus cuentas de Facebook y Twitter.

Según Matienzo, el argumento de la Seguridad del Estado para probar el «mercenarismo» de Raúl Soublett es una serie de videos contra el racismo y la homofobia que produjo el activista.

Al menos uno de esos videos fue publicado por Tremenda Nota.

Camino al Código de las Familias, uno de los videos de Raúl Soublett señalados por la Seguridad del Estado como “mercenarismo”

La Alianza Afro-Cubana, una organización independiente que coordina el propio Soublett, informó este viernes que el activista había sido citado en la mañana del sábado para una entrevista con “agentes de la Seguridad del Estado” en una unidad de policía ubicada en Playa, La Habana.

En coincidencia con la citación, este sábado Raúl Soublett debió asistir a la universidad, donde cursa el último año de una licenciatura en Pedagogía.

María Matienzo advirtió en Facebook que “las citaciones con menos de 72 horas de antelación son ilegales también”.

El mismo día que citaron a Soublett, el presidente Miguel Díaz-Canel se reunió con activistas LGBTIQ+ y funcionarios del Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual (Cenesex). Malú Cano, la coordinadora de la red TransCuba, que fue una de las invitadas, calificó el encuentro como una evidencia de la “voluntad política de avanzar en el reconocimiento de los derechos de las personas LGBTIQ+”.

Matienzo, que también es lesbiana, observó la coincidencia entre ambos incidentes.

“Ante una comunidad #LGTBIQ que se reúne con el poder en #Cuba, quieren procesar al activista @RaulSoublett”, observó en Twitter.

El propio Soublett posteó en Facebook: “Mientras hay activistas LGBTIQ+ que no se les escuchan, que los acosan, los citan para interrogatorios ilegales, en fin. Esa es la Cuba de ponle corazón. Hipócritas”.

El pasado 25 de febrero, Raúl se reunió con la Seguridad del Estado y acabó autoagrediéndose como resultado de la presión.

“Fue interrogado por más de cuatro horas, según me describe las cuatro horas más horribles de su vida, en la cual usaron los más bajos recursos de intimidación, chantaje, coacción y sobre todo mucha violencia tanto psicológica como verbal”, relató en esa ocasión el periodista Héctor Luis Valdés Cocho.

Según el Código Penal vigente en Cuba, el delito de “mercenarismo” consiste en incorporare “a formaciones militares integradas total o parcialmente por individuos que no son ciudadanos del Estado en cuyo territorio se proponen actuar” a cambio de “un sueldo u otro tipo de retribución material”. 

Las sanciones previstas para estos casos son hasta 20 años de cárcel o muerte. 

Un experto en Derecho consultado por Tremenda Nota, que pidió reservar su identidad, considera que “esta amenaza no pasa de ser un recurso de tortura psicológica”.  “Ese delito es improcedente en este caso y eso sería obvio para cualquiera”, añadió. 

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Texas House approves anti-trans youth sports bill

HB 25 now heads to state Senate



GenderCool Project leader and Trans activist Landon Richie (Photo courtesy of Landon Richie)

Texas House Republicans were able to push through the anti-trans youth sports measure Thursday evening after hours of emotional and at times rancorous debate, passing the bill in a 76-54 vote along party lines.

Under the provisions of Texas House Bill 25, all trans student athletes in grades K-12 will be prohibited from competing on sports teams aligned with their gender identity. The bill will now head to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.

The Texas Tribune reported that the University Interscholastic League, which governs school sports in Texas, already requires that an athlete’s gender be determined by the sex listed on their birth certificate. Republican Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, the author of HB 25 has said the bill would simply “codify” existing UIL rules.

However, UIL recognizes any legally modified birth certificates. That policy could accommodate someone who may have had their birth certificate changed to match their gender identity, which can sometimes be an arduous process.

HB 25 would not allow recognition of these legally modified birth certificates unless changes were made because of a clerical error. It’s not clear though how it will be determined if a birth certificate has been legally modified or not. According to the UIL, the process for checking student birth certificates is left up to schools and districts, not the UIL the Tribune reported.

“To say that tonight’s passage of HB 25 is devastating is an understatement. For the past 10 grueling, exhausting, and deeply traumatic months, trans youth have been forced to debate their very existence—only to be met by the deaf ears and averted eyes of our state’s leaders,” Landon Richie, a GenderCool Project leader, University of Houston student and Transactivist told the Washington Blade after the vote.

“Make no mistake: This bill will not only have detrimental impacts on trans youth, who already suffer immense levels of harassment and bullying in schools, but also on cisgender youth who don’t conform to Texas’s idea of ‘male’ or ‘female.’ To trans kids everywhere: you belong, you are loved, you are valued, you are deserving of dignity, respect, care and the ability to live freely as your true and authentic selves, no matter where you are. We will never stop fighting for trans lives and a future where trans kids are unequivocally and unwaveringly celebrated for who they are,” Richie said.

“The cruelty of this bill is breathtaking, and the legislators who are pushing it forward are doing irreparable harm to our state. Texas is a place where people value freedom and respect for diversity. This bill is a betrayal of those cherished values, and future generations will look back on this moment in disbelief that elected officials supported such an absurd and hateful measure,” Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights told the Blade. “The families of these kids deserve better, and the burden is now on the rest of us to do everything in our power to stop this dangerous bill now,” he added.

During the debate on the measure, state Rep. James Talarico, (D-Round Rock), a former middle school teacher, began his remarks by apologizing to the trans kids and families who have gone to the Capitol time and time again this year. He tells the chamber he speaks now as a legislator, and educator, and a Christian.

He quoted Republican Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, the author of HB 25 who said “if one girl wins a game, it’s worth it.” He says he has a different moral yardstick. “If one trans kid dies for a trophy, this bill is grotesque.”

He ended speaking to his “fellow believers” in the chamber. “The worst part in these hearings have been in hearing the Bible used against trans kids to support these bills. Even tonight, ‘God’s law’ was used to present an amendment.” He then quoted the first two lines of the Bible, where God is referred to with two different Hebrew words, one masculine/one feminine. “God is non-binary.” He then prevented an interruption in the chamber and continued telling trans kids that he loves them.

Fellow Democratic state Rep. Jessica González, (D-Dallas County), vice-chair of the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus asked the chamber how many trans Texas kids they are willing to hurt. She reminded her fellow representatives that cisgender women and girls will also be hurt by the bill. She shared a personal story about being outed in high school by a friend, having her locker, home, and car vandalized and losing all of her friends. “Kids are cruel.”

González told lawmakers that her brother encouraged her to try out for soccer, and she was bullied with comments like “shouldn’t she be trying out for the boys’ team.” She went from feeling a bit accepted to being an outsider again. She then reflected on carrying those feelings into adulthood and said that this bill will have long-term affects on trans kids. She asked legislators to listen to the stories of the trans kids who have bravely testified, saying kids will contemplate suicide or complete suicide.

Representative Diego Bernal, (D-San Antonio), told the chamber that some representatives can’t wrap their heads around knowing that there is no problem but there is *real* harm to trans kids, and for whatever reason, that’s not enough it seems to stop moving these bills.

He said that he has heard “if they already have mental health issues and suicide ideation, this can’t make it worse” and “if the debate is harming them, let’s just vote.” The he breaks down the Texas statute’s definition of bullying, telling lawmakers, “The bullying statute doesn’t have an intent requirement. It doesn’t matter if you don’t mean to cause them harm. We are bullying these students. Know that by law … our own definitions and our own words, we are. And we don’t have to.”

“Texas lawmakers voted today to deliberately discriminate against transgender children. Excluding transgender students from participating in sports with their peers violates the Constitution and puts already vulnerable youth at serious risk of mental and emotional harm,” Adri Perez, policy and advocacy strategist at the ACLU of Texas said in a statement to the Blade.

“There is no evidence that transgender kids pose any threat. It is indefensible that legislators would force transgender youth and their families to travel to Austin to defend their own humanity, then blatantly ignore hours of testimony about the real damage this bill causes. Trans kids and their families deserve our love and support—they’ve been fighting this legislation for months. Texans will hold lawmakers accountable for their cruelty,” she added.

The statewide LGBTQ+ advocacy group Equality Texas in a tweet after the vote said; ” We will not stop fighting to protect transgender children.” Then added “We’ll continue to educate lawmakers—replacing misinformation with real stories—and demand the statewide and federal nondiscrimination protections we need to prevent further harms.”

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