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LGBT reviews are in for Trump’s U.N. speech — and they’re bad

Experts fear respect for ‘sovereignty’ will lead to ignoring human rights

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President Trump speaks before the United Nations General Assembly. (Screenshot via CSPAN)

President Trump is receiving predictably bad reviews from LGBT foreign policy experts for remarks he made Tuesday before the United Nations in which he denounced “rogue nations” for bad behavior, taunted “loser terrorists” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea.

In his first address before the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Trump said respecting national sovereignty was paramount to U.S. foreign policy.

“Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world,” Trump said. “We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: To respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success.”

LGBT groups found that emphasis on sovereignty troubling because they appear to fly in the face of a U.S. policy seeking to secure LGBT rights overseas — even if that means demanding sovereign governments make changes to those laws.

Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global, took to Twitter to say Trump’s words about respecting sovereignty and other cultures were just an excuse to ignore anti-LGBT human rights abuses.

Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, said in a statement Trump’s repeated use of the word “sovereignty” in his speech “underscored that his political agenda promotes political isolationism and undermines the global cooperation that protects vulnerable people from natural disasters, corrupt governments, and civil war.”

“As an organization that serves as a watchdog on the U.N., we know that sovereignty is a term loaded with negative meaning,” Stern said. “Sovereignty is often an excuse for states to ignore their obligation to protect the human rights of individuals, especially those that are most marginalized and vulnerable.”

Also raising eyebrows was Trump’s use of the word “reform” in his United Nations speech as he reminded the international body the United States is responsible for 22 percent of its funding. (According to Politifact, that’s actually an understatement from Trump because many U.S. agencies support the U.N. outside the regular budget, including about $2.2 billion a year toward peacekeeping activities.)

“We also thank the Secretary General for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security, and prosperity.” Trump said. “Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process.

Stern said Trump’s use of the word “reform” in his speech is in fact “code for stripping the human rights system of much-needed resources.”

“We believe the only reform that is truly needed puts LGBTIQ people and all vulnerable groups at the center of U.N. governance, human rights, and programs,” Stern said. “The reform and resources we need would elevate the rights of the world’s most marginalized, open space for meaningful civil society participation, and invest in climate justice.”

Trump, who has issued a travel ban placing America’s refugee program on hold, also outlined a plan during his speech in which the United States would seek to repatriate refugees coming to its shores, saying that policy is better for both countries where people are fleeing and countries accepting the migrants.

“We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries,” Trump said. “For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.”

Eleanor Acer, director of refuge protections for the pro-LGBT Human Rights First, said in a statement the refugee policy Trump proposes is “a false and shortsighted choice.”

“The United States cannot simply write a check; it must provide actual leadership,” Acer said. “We must make clear to the countries that continue to host the overwhelming majority of the world’s refugees that the United States truly stands with them. We must demonstrate this commitment by helping to host at least a small portion of the millions of refugees in the world who desperately need resettlement. By abdicating this leadership, the United States contributes to global instability, leaves allies in the lurch, and ultimately thwarts U.S. interests.”

Although Trump said for the cost of resettling one refugee, the United States can assist more than 10 in their home countries, Acer said that figure is false and based on a now disputed study.

On the day before the speech, The New York Times reported Trump aide Stephen Miller sought to suppress a study from the Department of Health & Human Services that refugees, in fact, contributed $63 billion more in government revenue over the past decade than their cost.

To be fair, among the “rogue nations” Trump denounced during his speech was Iran — a nation that has a record of anti-LGBT human rights abuses and penalizing homosexuality with death. Although Trump didn’t explicitly mention the country’s hostility toward gay people, he did say the country was unfairly treating its own people.

“The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy,” Trump said. “It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people.”

Mark Bromley, chair of the pro-LGBT international Council for Global Equality, said despite those words Trump came up short in ensuring U.S. commitment to human rights in his address.

“Once again, the president failed to stand firmly for human rights,” Bromley said. “He spoke about our interests, but not in support of the traditional human rights norms that have long centered our country’s foreign policy.”

Other countries Trump denounced during the speech were North Korea for its continued advancement of nuclear weapon technology, Syria for its use of chemical weapons on its own people and Venezuela for abandoning democratic norms.

Ned Price, who worked under the Obama administration at the CIA and the National Security Council, said Trump’s speech “was a uniquely Trumpian address that was as dark and dystopian in places as it was childish and asinine in others,” but that was par for the course for this president.

“So much for the ‘adults’ around Trump acting as a moderating force,” Price said. “Where were they to caution against including schoolyard taunts in a major policy address? What we heard was a foreign policy that surrenders America’s position as the world’s leader, diminishes our credibility and alienates the same countries and institutions that we need to deal with threats like North Korea, terrorism and climate change.”

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  1. lnm3921

    September 19, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Look, we know the Fake POTUS cares NOT for GLBT, look how he ignored gay men being forced into concentration camps to be tortured in Chechnya! Yet you better believe if would NOT respect national sovereignty if they abused Christians! He would immediately condemn and threaten to intervene!

    Stop buying the BS that this liar and fraud actually will protect GLBT people anywhere! He just talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk!

    • Kemwit Tall Tree

      September 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Hysterical Trump hating is passe. Just saying.

      • lnm3921

        September 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm

        It’s not a fashion show, so I couldn’t care less about what you think is trending! Hysterical? Hardly!

        If you don’t like the truth then keep listening to the Fake POTUS!

        • Kemwit Tall Tree

          September 20, 2017 at 6:54 pm

          Just like Milo said, “Why are the fat and ugly hating on Daddy so much?”

          Don’t hyper-ventilate sweety!

          • lnm3921

            September 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm

            Milo the Pedophile? Are you a NAMBLA member, too? That Bee-yotch has no credibility!

            I’m not your sweetie but the truth about the fake POTUS never gets old like your face and body!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm

            Why have leftists turned into such sour, nasty scolds? People of your ilk are no fun at all. I’m truly happy about it, since the Left are a pushing people further and further to the right with all the insanity!

          • lnm3921

            September 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm

            Really? Your Fake POTUS is really charming and loving with his tweets against people isn’t he? I mean people like you are so delusional only seeing what you want to see in the “left” and ignoring the fact that you are just as bad if not worse!

            You really think your Fake POTUS isn’t seen as half-baked by many in the world? Aside from his outlandish claims, endless flip flops and constant lies?

            You enjoy your Fake POTUS’ recent antics siding with Schumer and Pelosi against the GOP, saying taxes may have to go up for the rich and giving DACA kids amnesty?

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm

            I find Trump to be extremely entertaining! Considering his past TV ratings, so do many others!!!! Don’t forget that latest poll where he gained six points in polling about his popularity!

            I’m sure that just like Ronald Reagan, Trump will be loved and revered when the history books are written!

          • lnm3921

            September 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm

            Reagan is loved and revered? By whom? He ignored the AIDS crises and many suffered in the community because of him!

            As for what Trump will be remembered for, likely one thing will be his mental deficiency like Reagan who had Alzheimer’s!

            He’s not on a reality show anymore! He like you doesn’t get that!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 20, 2017 at 7:43 pm

            When you leave your little bubble world, you’ll find out the Reagan is considered by HUGE swathes of the population as one of the best of presidents in history!

            What a cheap shot to attack another human being for a disease that they experience, being Alzheimers. Very low brow. Tsk, Tsk.

          • lnm3921

            September 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

            By conservatives maybe but few others! He’s your God not mine! Many who lived during that time period remember how callous Reagan was toward gay men during the AIDs crises. Reality is not a bubble! Those are the cold hard facts! Many good people lost their lives. Look at the number of panel on the AIDS quilt. He’s no hero within the GLBT community! You can’t revise history!

            Yes, like Trump isn’t the king of cheap shots but you give him a pass because he supports your agenda! Trump trashes everyone even his own party members whenever they cross him and don’t kiss his rear like you!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 20, 2017 at 7:54 pm

            So Reagan responsible for AIDS? No, don’t think so. How irresponsible and childish to blame him.

            GLBT community? It’s not monolithic, you live in a dream world that is no more. This isn’t 1977, it’s 2017. Gay men are more interested in tax cuts than Keynesian economics…..Get with the times baby!

          • lnm3921

            September 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm

            Reagan was the POTUS when the AIDS crises emerged and he showed no leadership or compassion in addressing it! Yes, he has lots of blame! The buck stops with the POTUS! Blood on his hands!

            That happened in the eighties stupid not 1977! Get a clue! No, conservatives are interested in tax cuts and voodoo economics! You aren’t my community. You’re only leeches enjoying the achievements that gay activists achieved for you. Without us, you’d be living double lives, with a phony wive as a cover while having back ally affairs. You’d also likely be dying of AIDS because it was activists through ACT UP that made the government do something!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 20, 2017 at 8:08 pm

            Duh…HIV is thought by medical researchers to have started spreading into the population in the late seventies. Its symptoms began to be recognized as a public health issue in the 1980s. Do your research and check yourself, cupcake.

            No, how ridiculous to blame Reagan for the AIDS crisis. How about all those guys who couldn’t keep it in their pants? They acted in a libertine manner and paid the price for their actions…a sad fact, but true.

          • lnm3921

            September 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm

            The disease wasn’t recognized as a problem until 1982. No one knew what was causing it then. HIV wasn’t even identified yet. It wasn’t known by anyone in the seventies. I don’t need to do research. I was there dummy! I lived through it so don’t you dare preach to me on it!

            What’s ridiculous and outrageous is you blaming the victims! They didn’t know what was causing it. It was being unsafe that infected people and not using common sense! You’re so naive and stupid! No wonder you vote Republican!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 20, 2017 at 8:24 pm

            Do some research cupcake, it’s now believed that the virus was impacting the population as early as 1976. Your anecdotal experience is of no consequence here.

            Those men who died, did so because of the sexual activity they engaged in, not because of anything Ronald Regan did.

            Why is it that men from your generation are so lewd and lascivious? Keep it in your pants for a change and maybe you’ll save some $$ at the clinic.

          • lnm3921

            September 20, 2017 at 8:30 pm

            Look fool, if Reagan had taken a lead in calling for Congress to fund research into what was causing the disease rather than tell people to practice abstinence then they would have found cures that would have kept people alive like we have now. Your spin on it is of no consequence like all your idiotic conclusions!

            You would be infected today and likely not live very long! Who are you trying to kid? You prude! Just because you you spank yourself because no one will have you doesn’t mean everyone else does or has to settle for just that!

            You think people aren’t having as much action today as then? How many apps and website are available to people today for hookups? Hello? Just because you’re too ugly to get some doesn’t men everyone else is! You’re sick and obnoxious! Again, you are a leech!

            And how dare you judge people from my generation! I don’t have the disease and know many people my age or older than don’t either! You judgemental loser!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 21, 2017 at 6:12 am

            The only action you are getting is with a mouse and screen, baby! LOL

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 1:19 pm

            Don’t you have a NAMBLA meeting to get to this week? I heard miss milo is keynote speaker!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

            You’re a sick pup Inm. You should seek help in many respects!

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm

            You’re a tired right-wing queen and beyond help!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 21, 2017 at 8:17 pm

            I still have 25 years before I get “tired”! Haven’t even hit the big 30 yet! The bit about being “right-wing”, yes darling I’ll claim that one for sure!

            I’m a HUGE fan of Marine Le Pen too! She’ll be Le Presidente of France one day in the near future!

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm

            Age has nothing to do with it. You were born tired and always will be! Your number is zero! People can croak at any age and with your mindset no doubt you won’t last very long! You leech!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm

            Oh BTW – keep an eye on the lovely lesbian Anne Marie Waters who is running for leader of UKIP in a few days. She has an agenda fashioned rightly after Daddy and is to the right of Mussolini!

            My how gay politics has changed since you were a youngster!

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 8:36 pm

            Yawn!?Yeah whatever pee wee Herman. Sounds like another loud mouth loser wannabe like miss milo and peter Boykin! Go back to what you do best….lay on your back with your legs spread apart!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 21, 2017 at 9:32 pm

            Inm …you’re such a goon. Is that what happens to the elderlies who look back on life with regret? (Fake tears from me)

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm

            Dymwit…You think ageism gives you power over me? I’m very proud of my life’s experiences, contributions and achievements and they have been rich! I’m forever beautiful and fierce while you’ll always be a nothing! Age cannot wither me nor custom stale my infinite variety while you’re simply rotten to the core. A lump of ugly remains a lump of ugly!

            Your fake POTUS is 71 years old isn’t he? Then by your standards he should be thrown into the trash! He’s toxic, nasty and brutish! He’s always been obnoxious!

            Save the tears for your pathetic self as you’ll have many as you age into a hag. That’s assuming if you live that long! I’m so glad not to be YOU! You right wing leech!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm

            Oh sure! You’re so proud and Hollywood wrote a screen play about your life….A biography called “Creep Show”. Heard of it?

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 9:54 pm

            I’m worth writing about and a best seller while you’re a blank page no one will publish!

            Halloween is around the corner, you’ll have plenty of horrible masks to wear like the fake POTUS or Kelly Anne Conway! Better still, go as yourself as that’s horrid enough!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm

            Ageism…..that’s not even a real word! LOL What a loser victim.

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 10:03 pm

            Clueless and ignorant can be added to your resume:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageism

            When it comes to the biggest loser you win every time you’re in the game!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 22, 2017 at 5:41 am

            Fake words! Just like Cisgender and intersectionality! Made up and mean nothing!

          • lnm3921

            September 22, 2017 at 9:07 am

            You people are getting so outrageous even calling vocabulary words fake that you render yourselves buffoons!

            Get a real education and may be you’ll understand that language evolves and words are added to dictionaries all the time as they do! It’s a common practice!

            Just because you live daily in denials doesn’t make it otherwise!

            You are one pathetic mess like your fake potus! You had better hope he can find you a dead end low paying job as you obviously are not suited for much else!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm

            Lol…a real education in the sciences doesn’t include post-modernist nonsense like “ageism” and “intersectionality”. Just the BS courses like gender studies and queer studies in the humanities!

            Not buying such nonsense, I’m too busy leading a rewarding life to latch on to such pathology!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm

            Going out to the clubs now! Put your Ben-Gay on and tuck yourself into bed!

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 10:06 pm

            Go for it. Stand around and be ignored as usual. You fade into the wall any place you go no doubt! We know no one is waiting for you in your bed!

            Keep the ben-gay for yourself when you pay for services

            and spread those legs again!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

            Inm = Clown show!

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 8:44 pm

            Oh and I see you couldn’t deny being a queen. Are you a Twinkie or a chub?

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm

            Kemwit tall tree? What kind of ef’d up name is that? Should be dymwit!

          • BruceMajors4DC

            September 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm

            You mean the government didn’t notice it until 1982. This does not help your case.

          • lnm3921

            September 22, 2017 at 6:18 pm

            The facts are the facts and you can never change them!

          • BigGaySteve

            September 21, 2017 at 4:43 pm

            Obama removing the HIV travel ban brought DRUG RESISTANT AIDS into the US last year via refusegees from Africa

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 9:09 pm

            You still whining about Obama? AIDS wouldn’t have become a global health crises if Reagan was not a failure at leadership and had taken a lead in calling upon Congress to fund and the Centers for Disease Control to find a cause and cure for it back in the eighties! Instead he listened to Gary Bauer his public policy head to ignore it as they labeled it a gay disease imposed upon gay men.

            Instead he wasted his entire Presidency judging gay men and telling them to practice abstinence which is pure incompetence. The surgeon general should have been encouraging people to use protection and be safe!

            Put down the donuts Steve and you won’t be so big! Then maybe you can start thinking for once!

          • TimCA

            September 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm

            “Obama removing the HIV travel ban brought DRUG RESISTANT AIDS into the US last year via refusegees from Africa”

            Nonsense! Do you have some reputable epidemiological study to back up that ridiculous assertion?

          • lnm3921

            September 25, 2017 at 10:46 pm

            Of course he doesn’t. He’s just another conservative blowing smoke from his rear end while thinking it doesn’t stink! I’m beginning to think they are all on LSD. Doesn’t that cause hallucinations?

          • BruceMajors4DC

            September 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

            Actually the Democrat supported FDA prolonged the AIDS crisis by denying patients new drugs.

          • lnm3921

            September 22, 2017 at 6:15 pm

            Speaking of drugs, you need to take yours as you are delusional again!!! They really should give you a court appointed guardian to manage you!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm

            Inm …you obviously forgot to take you psych meds! Hobble down to the pharmacy before they close! Don’t forget your oxygen tank!

          • lnm3921

            September 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

            Your diaper is obviously rancid and in dire need of changing as you can’t stop whining…..you leech!

            I’m sure I’m quite capable of hobbling you with the oxygen tank prissy missy!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm

            Newsflash! Limp-wristed lefty losers get their panties in bunch cause our president is a REAL American and a REAL man! Bwaaaaaaa!

          • lnm3921

            September 25, 2017 at 5:21 pm

            Words like newsflah are so trite. If my fist landed on your jaw there would be nothing limp about it.

            But we aren’t supposed to hit little girls.

            You make me think of the Steve Lawrence song…go away little girl.

            Won’t you go away (little girl)

            Wish you wouldn’t stay (little girl)

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 25, 2017 at 6:08 pm

            Not too concerned grandpa! I’m 6’2″ and work out every day. You’re just a joke and you know it!

          • lnm3921

            September 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm

            You can be anything on the internet can’t you miss bow wow! Your owner needs to take you to the vet to have you spayed and muzzled! A rabies shot would be too late since you are already foaming from the mouth!

            If I’m a joke you sure don’t show it since you keep replying to me! I’m obviously hitting the right nerves on you loser!

            As for grandpa, you would be lucky to live that long!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm

            Too bad for you that you’ll see a second Trump term! Get ready for a right-wing country for the next 50 years!

            We’re taking over, so step aside lefty!

          • lnm3921

            September 25, 2017 at 9:49 pm

            That’s what you thought when Reagan was in office but eventually we had Bill Clinton and Obama!

            The Pendulum swings back and forth from right to left. It’s never consistently one thing or the other. From McCarthyism we had Kennedy and LBJ. If we can emerge into liberalism after McCarthyism, we can emerge from Trump! It didn’t take 50 years either! He’s been a miserable failure unable to pass anything even Obamacare repeal! He can’t lead the GOP let alone an administration!

            The Fake POTUS is the worst in recent history and all it takes is a strong Democrat like Obama to get rid of him! Trump isn’t even popular with fellow Republicans since he’s has something ugly to say to almost all of them!

            Maybe some ANTIFA person will punch you in the face like they did Richard Spencer at one of his rallies and it will be caught on film. You and Miss Milo hopefully! Would love to see it and watch you cry like a little girl!

            Look miss lisper. Go play with your V JJ! That’s really all you’re good at doing. You’re endless replies only reinforce that liberals threaten you leach boy!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 26, 2017 at 6:39 am

            The difference between you and me is that I would never wish violence on another person no matter how much I disagree with them. You must be a real low-life to do such a thing, devoid of any empathy or concept of right or wrong! It’s called being a narcissist, heard of it?

          • lnm3921

            October 1, 2017 at 7:07 pm

            Yes, Bee-yotch, he’s called Donald J. Trump! Your Fake POTUS!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            October 1, 2017 at 7:23 pm

            God Bless Donald Trump who is making America great again! Love the Donald!

          • lnm3921

            October 2, 2017 at 6:29 pm

            He needs to go to Hades where all you conservatives were spit out from! Your fake POTUS failed again..this time to protect us from terrorism in Las Vegas!

            No longer can you conservatives whine to us that we haven’t been attacked since he’s been in office!

          • EastCoastJ

            September 20, 2017 at 9:58 pm

            In retrospect, especially, Trump will be appreciated for being just what was needed in the country at the time. Mostly for the raising of standards.

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 12:16 am

            Raising the rest of the standards from what to where? It all seems to be stuck in the muck and it’s getting more quagmired over time!

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm

            Raising the standards? What standards? To those of Al Capone? If you consider a 70 year old man taking tantrums like a child, bullying, belittling and threatening to be a standard. He is a shameful embarassment!

          • EastCoastJ

            September 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm

            An awesome 70-year-old man getting things done.

          • lnm3921

            September 25, 2017 at 10:44 pm

            What is he getting done? Dividing the country? Bringing us to the brink of war with N. Korea? Annoying other nations? His failure to pass anything through Congress? He’s a failure! Are you on LSD?

          • BruceMajors4DC

            September 22, 2017 at 5:52 pm

            Rofl. The weekly sewage covered troll is back. Milo says he was abused by a priest when he was a kid. That doesn’t make him a pedophile. Of course you Democrats who believe in disarming women and gays and defending rapist illegal immigrants against deportation are a little fuzzy on who is the criminal.

          • lnm3921

            September 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm

            Milo is a pedo, she advocated it and breibart dump her crusty behind over it!

            Further being gay and conservative is the true crime! You should all get life without parole!!!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 24, 2017 at 7:52 am

            Inm – you’re just a shrill dinosaur politically! All of the political momentum in the gay community is on the right now. Just get with the program and sit down!

          • lnm3921

            September 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

            Dymwit –you little twerp. Your program is cancelled so stick to playing with your dolls and stay out of the way of the adults before you get stepped on!!!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm

            Are you talking to me or your pet French Poodle? I’m certainly convinced that you are on pysche-meds now!

            A little loopey one would say!. Go take a nap!

          • lnm3921

            September 26, 2017 at 11:59 am

            I know you are dense and slow but try reading between the lines….I’m saying you’re a b!*t**!!. If it weren’t for censors I’d write it out for you. You should know the word as I’m sure many call you that!

            Talking to you puts anyone to sleep. Paint drying stimulates more than you!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 26, 2017 at 6:44 pm

            Interesting how you claim to be all about gay rights but use every bigoted antigay stereotype against me and other gay men because we disagree with you politically!

            Who’s the real homophobe? You or Donald Trump? You’re self-hatred shines through with every post!

          • lnm3921

            September 27, 2017 at 4:46 pm

            The cultural wars aren’t lovins for namby Pamby prissy boys who have it easy now because people like me had the guts to be out and fight for our rights when doing so was dangerous!

            It’s hardly self-hatred or homophobia to trash the likes you! You deserve it. If you want to destroy yourself that is your business but when your actions can harm me or my community then it’s mine!

            You are so ridiculous lecturing me on homophobia when you engaged in similar discourse with me and added ageism to boot as a weapon for opposing you! Grow a pair since yours evidently withered away with your legs so frequently In the air!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 28, 2017 at 5:37 am

            You were ‘out fighting for our rights’ doing what? Picking up guys on the pier? What a self righteous idiot! You didn’t so squat, other than squat!

          • lnm3921

            September 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm

            You are nothing but squat! We confronted homophobia instead of remaining silent and sucking it up. We fought to establish non-discrimination and harassment polices in schools and universities so students weren’t forced to abandon an education. We fought to establish shelters for gay youth that were forced out of their homes by their parents who wouldn’t accept them. We fought against police who would bash us on the streets and drag us to jail for simply being out.

            We fought for laws that banned discrimination in housing, employment and services. We fought to be able to be ourselves without being bashed or subjected to slurs when we walked out of gay bars or in gay neighborhoods. I’ve known people who’ve told me to my face they wouldn’t hire gays, rent to them or serve them either.

            We fought to end the stigma that it was to be gay that often cost us our friends, families, jobs and the fear or hatred that came with it! We fought to give gay people dignity and pride when so many people tried to tell us we were losers only able to become hair dressers, clerks, or wait staff but nothing more! We couldn’t be executives, professionals or successful at anything else!

            We fought for research and funding for the AIDS crises when everyone else ignored it so leeching like you weren’t losing their lives in droves! Roy Kohn for one!

            Meanwhile you pucee conservatives were marrying women and having affairs on the side as you were to weak to be out! Often bashing the advancement of GLBT rights as you supported your fellow conservatives! Look at Dennis Hastert or Mark Foley as good examples!

            You’re an ungrateful clueless little KHUNT who has no idea what you owe us for the kind of life you can enjoy now!

            At least I can pick hot guys, unlike you who can only pick up STDs! You judgemental prude!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 30, 2017 at 6:45 pm

            Listen Tricksie, the only thing YOU were fighting back in the day were STDs at the clinic.

          • lnm3921

            October 1, 2017 at 6:01 pm

            Obviously you’re bitter because I could and still can get hot men and all you can do is ride a rubber DIK you bought online you ugly right-wing piece of dog dhung! Save your pennies and pay for play!

            You are an STD you ungrateful leech! You are nothing more than a V-Wart on the communities rear end! Such warts can be burned off as you need to be!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            October 1, 2017 at 6:08 pm

            Now I have to hear about all those guys you meet at the restroom stop? Puhlease…. you have no shame!

            Sorry, I’m a married man and my hubby is the only man I need in my life (other than Jesus)!

          • lnm3921

            October 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm

            If so, I’m sure it will end in a bitter divorce! Thank a gay liberal for the fact that you can marry at all! We fought for it while all you fought for was to empower those that oppose recognition of gay marriages! Again, another example, of how we do all the work and you leech off the benefit!

            Marry Le Pen’s party opposes gay marriages and would like to reverse them in France to be illegal just like your social conservatives here!

            If your fellow conservative Christians had their way your marriage would be illegal and they would not accommodate you anywhere! Fact!

            Also thank Obama for being one of the few politicians that came out in support of it, risking his 2nd term in the process when most politicians wouldn’t dare!

            Jesus, PUHLEEZ…Mary! You’re enough of a mess without adding sanctimony to the mix!

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 3:38 pm

            WHen you can’t say something clever just regurgitate the same bs again!

            Go swish on down the road Dorothy in your in sun dress ANd be sure to shave your armpits and legs this time!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 21, 2017 at 4:47 pm

            You need to get out more often pops. Does the home take you on picnics to the park?

          • lnm3921

            September 21, 2017 at 6:01 pm

            Pops will take his strap And beat your behind!

      • BruceMajors4DC

        September 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm

        What else do the retards have?

        • EastCoastJ

          September 22, 2017 at 6:23 pm

          If they admit Trump did well at anything it tosses all their relevance (as malcontents) into the garbage.

          • lnm3921

            September 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm

            We can say the same about you and Obama! Who are you trying to kid! He supported marriage equality and put his 2nd term as Presidency doing so by supporting it before he got re-elected! That was a huge risk!

          • EastCoastJ

            September 27, 2017 at 11:49 pm

            That was a good thing Obama did.

        • Kemwit Tall Tree

          September 23, 2017 at 6:45 am

          You are right. The Left is pretty intellectually bankrupt. They’ve turned into a bunch of scolds and busybodies wanting to police everyone.

          • lnm3921

            September 27, 2017 at 8:44 pm

            Is that why Conservatives always whine about individual freedom while constantly trying to deprive people of their rights in the bedroom, or to control their own bodies?

            It was conservatives who instituted sodomy laws, anti-marriage equality laws, even putting up to a vote and try to control a woman’s right to choose not the left!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

            You’re so confused! Conservative? Do you really think Trumpism is conservative?

            LOL..He is a populist/nationalist you freaking idiot!

            It is an entirely different brand of politics, as you will find out!

          • lnm3921

            September 27, 2017 at 10:23 pm

            You’re all a-holes so I really don’t care what you define yourselves as, your agenda is sick! Is that you in the avatar? Wow, you are a flamer!

          • Kemwit Tall Tree

            September 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

            Lol…you can’t identify the picture in the avatar? LOL…You are really a rather unsophisticated loudmouth aren’t you?!

            Take a guess at who it is, brainstorm!

  2. BruceMajors4DC

    September 22, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Well, if the LGBT flaks did not like that speech that just proves their corruption and irrelevancy. They’ve been hiding and defending murders of gays from Cuba to Iran to the former Soviet Union for decades.

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Equality Act, contorted as a danger by anti-LGBTQ forces, is all but dead

No political willpower to force vote or reach a compromise

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Despite having President Biden in the White House and Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, efforts to update federal civil rights laws to strengthen the prohibition on discrimination against LGBTQ people by passing the Equality Act are all but dead as opponents of the measure have contorted it beyond recognition.

Political willpower is lacking to find a compromise that would be acceptable to enough Republican senators to end a filibuster on the bill — a tall order in any event — nor is there the willpower to force a vote on the Equality Act as opponents stoke fears about transgender kids in sports and not even unanimity in the Democratic caucus in favor of the bill is present, stakeholders who spoke to the Blade on condition of anonymity said.

In fact, there are no imminent plans to hold a vote on the legislation even though Pride month is days away, which would be an opportune time for Congress to demonstrate solidarity with the LGBTQ community by holding a vote on the legislation.

If the Equality Act were to come up for a Senate vote in the next month, it would not have the support to pass. Continued assurances that bipartisan talks are continuing on the legislation have yielded no evidence of additional support, let alone the 10 Republicans needed to end a filibuster.

“I haven’t really heard an update either way, which is usually not good,” one Democratic insider said. “My understanding is that our side was entrenched in a no-compromise mindset and with [Sen. Joe] Manchin saying he didn’t like the bill, it doomed it this Congress. And the bullying of hundreds of trans athletes derailed our message and our arguments of why it was broadly needed.”

The only thing keeping the final nail from being hammered into the Equality Act’s coffin is the unwillingness of its supporters to admit defeat. Other stakeholders who spoke to the Blade continued to assert bipartisan talks are ongoing, strongly pushing back on any conclusion the legislation is dead.

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the Equality Act is “alive and well,” citing widespread public support he said includes “the majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents and a growing number of communities across the country engaging and mobilizing every day in support of the legislation.”

“They understand the urgent need to pass this bill and stand up for LGBTQ people across our country,” David added. “As we engage with elected officials, we have confidence that Congress will listen to the voices of their constituents and continue fighting for the Equality Act through the lengthy legislative process.  We will also continue our unprecedented campaign to grow the already-high public support for a popular bill that will save lives and make our country fairer and more equal for all. We will not stop until the Equality Act is passed.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), chief sponsor of the Equality Act in the Senate, also signaled through a spokesperson work continues on the legislation, refusing to give up on expectations the legislation would soon become law.

“Sen. Merkley and his staff are in active discussions with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to try to get this done,” McLennan said. “We definitely see it as a key priority that we expect to become law.”

A spokesperson Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who had promised to force a vote on the Equality Act in the Senate on the day the U.S. House approved it earlier this year, pointed to a March 25 “Dear Colleague” letter in which he identified the Equality Act as one of several bills he’d bring up for a vote.

Despite any assurances, the hold up on the bill is apparent. Although the U.S. House approved the legislation earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee hasn’t even reported out the bill yet to the floor in the aftermath of the first-ever Senate hearing on the bill in March. A Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic aide, however, disputed that inaction as evidence the Equality Act is dead in its tracks: “Bipartisan efforts on a path forward are ongoing.”

Democrats are quick to blame Republicans for inaction on the Equality Act, but with Manchin withholding his support for the legislation they can’t even count on the entirety of their caucus to vote “yes” if it came to the floor. Progressives continue to advocate an end to the filibuster to advance legislation Biden has promised as part of his agenda, but even if they were to overcome headwinds and dismantle the institution needing 60 votes to advance legislation, the Equality Act would likely not have majority support to win approval in the Senate with a 50-50 party split.

The office of Manchin, who has previously said he couldn’t support the Equality Act over concerns about public schools having to implement the transgender protections applying to sports and bathrooms, hasn’t responded to multiple requests this year from the Blade on the legislation and didn’t respond to a request to comment for this article.

Meanwhile, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who declined to co-sponsor the Equality Act this year after having signed onto the legislation in the previous Congress, insisted through a spokesperson talks are still happening across the aisle despite the appearances the legislation is dead.

“There continues to be bipartisan support for passing a law that protects the civil rights of Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Annie Clark, a Collins spokesperson. “The Equality Act was a starting point for negotiations, and in its current form, it cannot pass. That’s why there are ongoing discussions among senators and stakeholders about a path forward.”

Let’s face it: Anti-LGBTQ forces have railroaded the debate by making the Equality Act about an end to women’s sports by allowing transgender athletes and danger to women in sex-segregated places like bathrooms and prisons. That doesn’t even get into resolving the issue on drawing the line between civil rights for LGBTQ people and religious freedom, which continues to be litigated in the courts as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected any day now to issue a ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia to determine if foster care agencies can reject same-sex couples over religious objections.

For transgender Americans, who continue to report discrimination and violence at high rates, the absence of the Equality Act may be most keenly felt.

Mara Keisling, outgoing executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, disputed any notion the Equality Act is dead and insisted the legislation is “very much alive.”

“We remain optimistic despite misinformation from the opposition,” Keisling said. “NCTE and our movement partners are still working fruitfully on the Equality Act with senators. In fact, we are gaining momentum with all the field organizing we’re doing, like phone banking constituents to call their senators. Legislating takes time. Nothing ever gets through Congress quickly. We expect to see a vote during this Congress, and we are hopeful we can win.”

But one Democratic source said calls to members of Congress against the Equality Act, apparently coordinated by groups like the Heritage Foundation, have has outnumbered calls in favor of it by a substantial margin, with a particular emphasis on Manchin.

No stories are present in the media about same-sex couples being kicked out of a restaurant for holding hands or transgender people for using the restroom consistent with their gender identity, which would be perfectly legal in 25 states thanks to the patchwork of civil rights laws throughout the United States and inadequate protections under federal law.

Tyler Deaton, senior adviser for the American Unity Fund, which has bolstered the Republican-led Fairness for All Act as an alternative to the Equality Act, said he continues to believe the votes are present for a compromise form of the bill.

“I know for a fact there is a supermajority level of support in the Senate for a version of the Equality Act that is fully protective of both LGBTQ civil rights and religious freedom,” Deaton said. “There is interest on both sides of the aisle in getting something done this Congress.”

Deaton, however, didn’t respond to a follow-up inquiry on what evidence exists of agreeing on this compromise.

Biden has already missed the goal he campaigned on in the 2020 election to sign the Equality Act into law within his first 100 days in office. Although Biden renewed his call to pass the legislation in his speech to Congress last month, as things stand now that appears to be a goal he won’t realize for the remainder of this Congress.

Nor has the Biden administration made the Equality Act an issue for top officials within the administration as it pushes for an infrastructure package as a top priority. One Democratic insider said Louisa Terrell, legislative affairs director for the White House, delegated work on the Equality Act to a deputy as opposed to handling it herself.

To be sure, Biden has demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community through executive action at an unprecedented rate, signing an executive order on day one ordering federal agencies to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Bostock v. Clayton County to the fullest extent possible and dismantling former President Trump’s transgender military ban. Biden also made historic LGBTQ appointments with the confirmation of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health.

A White House spokesperson insisted Biden’s team across the board remains committed to the Equality Act, pointing to his remarks to Congress.

“President Biden has urged Congress to get the Equality Act to his desk so he can sign it into law and provide long overdue civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ Americans, and he remains committed to seeing this legislation passed as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said. “The White House and its entire legislative team remains in ongoing and close coordination with organizations, leaders, members of Congress, including the Equality Caucus, and staff to ensure we are working across the aisle to push the Equality Act forward.”

But at least in the near-term, that progress will fall short of fulfilling the promise of updating federal civil rights law with the Equality Act, which will mean LGBTQ people won’t be able to rely on those protections when faced with discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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D.C. bill to ban LGBTQ panic defense delayed by Capitol security

Delivery of bill to Congress was held up due to protocols related to Jan. 6 riots

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New fencing around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented some D.C. bills from being delivered to the Hill for a required congressional review. (Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A bill approved unanimously last December by the D.C. Council to ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense has been delayed from taking effect as a city law because the fence installed around the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented the law from being delivered to Congress.

According to Eric Salmi, communications director for D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who guided the bill through the Council’s legislative process, all bills approved by the Council and signed by the D.C. mayor must be hand-delivered to Congress for a required congressional review.

“What happened was when the Capitol fence went up after the January insurrection, it created an issue where we physically could not deliver laws to Congress per the congressional review period,” Salmi told the Washington Blade.

Among the bills that could not immediately be delivered to Congress was the Bella Evangelista and Tony Hunter Panic Defense Prohibition and Hate Crimes Response Amendment Act of 2020, which was approved by the Council on a second and final vote on Dec. 15.

Between the time the bill was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and published in the D.C. Register under procedural requirements for all bills, it was not ready to be transmitted to Congress until Feb. 16, the Council’s legislative record for the bill shows.

Salmi said the impasse in delivering the bill to Congress due to the security fence prevented the bill from reaching Congress on that date and prevented the mandatory 60-day congressional review period for this bill from beginning at that time. He noted that most bills require a 30 legislative day review by Congress.

But the Evangelista-Hunter bill, named after a transgender woman and a gay man who died in violent attacks by perpetrators who attempted to use the trans and gay panic defense, includes a law enforcement related provision that under the city’s Home Rule Charter passed by Congress in the early 1970s requires a 60-day congressional review.

“There is a chance it goes into effect any day now, just given the timeline is close to being up,” Salmi said on Tuesday. “I don’t know the exact date it was delivered, but I do know the countdown is on,” said Salmi, who added, “I would expect any day now it should go into effect and there’s nothing stopping it other than an insurrection in January.”

If the delivery to Congress had not been delayed, the D.C. Council’s legislative office estimated the congressional review would have been completed by May 12.

A congressional source who spoke on condition of being identified only as a senior Democratic aide, said the holdup of D.C. bills because of the Capitol fence has been corrected.

“The House found an immediate workaround, when this issue first arose after the Jan. 6 insurrection,” the aide said.

“This is yet another reason why D.C. Council bills should not be subject to a congressional review period and why we need to grant D.C. statehood,” the aide said.

The aide added that while no disapproval resolution had been introduced in Congress to overturn the D.C. Evangelista-Hunter bill, House Democrats would have defeated such a resolution.

“House Democrats support D.C. home rule, statehood, and LGBTQ rights,” said the aide.

LGBTQ rights advocates have argued that a ban on using a gay or transgender panic defense in criminal trials is needed to prevent defense attorneys from inappropriately asking juries to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression is to blame for a defendant’s criminal act, including murder.

Some attorneys have argued that their clients “panicked” after discovering the person against whom they committed a violent crime was gay or transgender, prompting them to act in a way they believed to be a form of self-defense.

In addition to its provision banning the LGBTQ panic defense, the Evangelista-Hunter bill includes a separate provision that strengthens the city’s existing hate crimes law by clarifying that hatred need not be the sole motivating factor for an underlying crime such as assault, murder, or threats to be prosecuted as a hate crime.

LGBTQ supportive prosecutors have said the clarification was needed because it is often difficult to prove to a jury that hatred is the only motive behind a violent crime. The prosecutors noted that juries have found defendants not guilty of committing a hate crime on grounds that they believed other motives were involved in a particular crime after defense lawyers argued that the law required “hate” to be the only motive in order to find someone guilty of a hate crime.

Salmi noted that while the hate crime clarification and panic defense prohibition provisions of the Evangelista-Hunter bill will become law as soon as the congressional review is completed, yet another provision in the bill will not become law after the congressional review because there are insufficient funds in the D.C. budget to cover the costs of implementing the provision.

The provision gives the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the Office of the D.C. Attorney General authority to investigate hate related discrimination at places of public accommodation. Salmi said the provision expands protections against discrimination to include web-based retailers or online delivery services that are not physically located in D.C.

“That is subject to appropriations,” Salmi said. “And until it is funded in the upcoming budget it cannot be legally enforced.”

He said that at Council member Allen’s request, the Council added language to the bill that ensures that all other provisions of the legislation that do not require additional funding – including the ban on use of the LGBTQ panic defense and the provision clarifying that hatred doesn’t have to be the sole motive for a hate crime – will take effect as soon as the congressional approval process is completed.

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D.C. man charged with 2020 anti-gay death threat rearrested

Defendant implicated in three anti-LGBTQ incidents since 2011

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A D.C. man arrested in August 2020 for allegedly threatening to kill a gay man outside the victim’s apartment in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood and who was released while awaiting trial was arrested again two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill another man in an unrelated incident.

D.C. Superior Court records show that Jalal Malki, who was 37 at the time of his 2020 arrest on a charge of bias-related attempts to do bodily harm against the gay man, was charged on May 4, 2021 with unlawful entry, simple assault, threats to kidnap and injure a person, and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon against the owner of a vacant house at 4412 Georgia Ave., N.W.

Court charging documents state that Malki was allegedly staying at the house without permission as a squatter. An arrest affidavit filed in court by D.C. police says Malki allegedly threatened to kill the man who owns the house shortly after the man arrived at the house while Malki was inside.

According to the affidavit, Malki walked up to the owner of the house while the owner was sitting in his car after having called police and told him, “If you come back here, I’m going to kill you.” While making that threat Malki displayed what appeared to be a gun in his waistband, but which was later found to be a toy gun, the affidavit says.

Malki then walked back inside the house minutes before police arrived and arrested him. Court records show that similar to the court proceedings following his 2020 arrest for threatening the gay man, a judge in the latest case ordered Malki released while awaiting trial. In both cases, the judge ordered him to stay away from the two men he allegedly threatened to kill.

An arrest affidavit filed by D.C. police in the 2020 case states that Malki allegedly made the threats inside an apartment building where the victim lived on the 2300 block of Champlain Street, N.W. It says Malki was living in a nearby building but often visited the building where the victim lived.

“Victim 1 continued to state during an interview that it was not the first time that Defendant 1 had made threats to him, but this time Defendant 1 stated that if he caught him outside, he would ‘fucking kill him.’” the affidavit says. It quotes the victim as saying during this time Malki repeatedly called the victim a “fucking faggot.”

The affidavit, prepared by the arresting officers, says that after the officers arrested Malki and were leading him to a police transport vehicle to be booked for the arrest, he expressed an “excited utterance” that he was “in disbelief that officers sided with the ‘fucking faggot.’”

Court records show that Malki is scheduled to appear in court on June 4 for a status hearing for both the 2020 arrest and the arrest two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill the owner of the house in which police say he was illegally squatting.

Superior Court records show that Malki had been arrested three times between 2011 and 2015 in cases unrelated to the 2021 and 2020 cases for allegedly also making threats of violence against people. Two of the cases appear to be LGBTQ related, but prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not list the cases as hate crimes.

In the first of the three cases, filed in July 2011, Malki allegedly shoved a man inside Dupont Circle and threatened to kill him after asking the man why he was wearing a purple shirt.

“Victim 1 believes the assault occurred because Suspect 1 believes Victim 1 is a homosexual,” the police arrest affidavit says.

Court records show prosecutors charged Malki with simple assault and threats to do bodily harm in the case. But the court records show that on Sept. 13, 2011, D.C. Superior Court Judge Stephen F. Eilperin found Malki not guilty on both charges following a non-jury trial.

The online court records do not state why the judge rendered a not guilty verdict. With the courthouse currently closed to the public and the press due to COVID-related restrictions, the Washington Blade couldn’t immediately obtain the records to determine the judge’s reason for the verdict.

In the second case, court records show Malki was arrested by D.C. police outside the Townhouse Tavern bar and restaurant at 1637 R St., N.W. on Nov. 7, 2012 for allegedly threatening one or more people with a knife after employees ordered Malki to leave the establishment for “disorderly behavior.”

At the time, the Townhouse Tavern was located next door to the gay nightclub Cobalt, which before going out of business two years ago, was located at the corner of 17th and R Streets, N.W.

The police arrest affidavit in the case says Malki allegedly pointed a knife in a threatening way at two of the tavern’s employees who blocked his path when he attempted to re-enter the tavern. The affidavit says he was initially charged by D.C. police with assault with a dangerous weapon – knife. Court records, however, show that prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office lowered the charges to two counts of simple assault. The records show that on Jan. 15, 2013, Malki pleaded guilty to the two charges as part of a plea bargain arrangement.

The records show that Judge Marissa Demeo on that same day issued a sentence of 30 days for each of the two charges but suspended all 30 days for both counts. She then sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for both charges and ordered that he undergo alcohol and drug testing and undergo treatment if appropriate.

In the third case prior to the 2020 and 2021 cases, court records show Malki was arrested outside the Cobalt gay nightclub on March 14, 2015 on multiple counts of simple assault, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon – knife, possession of a prohibited weapon – knife, and unlawful entry.

The arrest affidavit says an altercation started on the sidewalk outside the bar when for unknown reasons, Malki grabbed a female customer who was outside smoking and attempted to pull her toward him. When her female friend came to her aid, Malki allegedly got “aggressive” by threatening the woman and “removed what appeared to be a knife from an unknown location” and pointed it at the woman’s friend in a threatening way, the affidavit says.

It says a Cobalt employee minutes later ordered Malki to leave the area and he appeared to do so. But others noticed that he walked toward another entrance door to Cobalt and attempted to enter the establishment knowing he had been ordered not to return because of previous problems with his behavior, the affidavit says. When he attempted to push away another employee to force his way into Cobalt, Malki fell to the ground during a scuffle and other employees held him on the ground while someone else called D.C. police.

Court records show that similar to all of Malki’s arrests, a judge released him while awaiting trial and ordered him to stay away from Cobalt and all of those he was charged with threatening and assaulting.

The records show that on Sept. 18, 2015, Malki agreed to a plea bargain offer by prosecutors in which all except two of the charges – attempted possession of a prohibited weapon and simple assault – were dropped. Judge Alfred S. Irving Jr. on Oct. 2, 2015 sentenced Malki to 60 days of incarnation for each of the two charges but suspended all but five days, which he allowed Malki to serve on weekends, the court records show.

The judge ordered that the two five-day jail terms could be served concurrently, meaning just five days total would be served, according to court records. The records also show that Judge Irving sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for each of the two counts and ordered that he enter an alcohol treatment program and stay away from Cobalt.

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