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City Councilwoman Comes Out as Gay While Handing a Homophobic Bigot His Ass: WATCH

The city of Minot, North Dakota raised an LGBTQ Pride flag last week as part of a proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month. The flag-raising was delayed until September because of the COVID pandemic.

It also ticked off a lot of angry homophobes who brought their complaints to the Minot City Council. But one bigot didn’t expect to come up against Councilwoman Carrie Evans, who let the citizen have it.

Said Evans: “So Mr. Walker, if you’re not aware, and I think a lot of people in this room are not aware, and have come here just because this is a gay issue, I am proudly the first openly elected lesbian in North Dakota. So that is why I am not paying any heed to your crap!”

The Dickinson Press reported that Evans’ sexual orientation was not previously known to the public.

“We, the people. I’m the people. I live in Minot. I am a taxpayer,” Evans added, on a tear. “I am a person. I get to see myself represented on that flagpole just as much as the people who got the Juneteenth flag last month, as much as the POW/MIA will get later this month.”

Evans continued: “Every single person is entitled to see themselves represented. We are not some group of people who live in San Francisco or Seattle. We are HERE. We are your elected officials. We are your brothers. we are your sisters, and don’t tell me you’re not hatred or anger. That’s all I feel. I’ve had to listen to it for days now, as has the mayor and many of my colleagues. It is unacceptable!”

“This city is big enough for all of us,” Evans said, dropping the mic. “Me having a flag flying does not take away anything from your rights. But you know what it does for me? It shows me I live in a city that appreciates and embraces me, and my community. And I can live here and feel safe. That’s what it does. I’m sorry that it doesn’t make you feel comfortable, but we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going away!”

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Gretchen Whitmer Mouths ‘It’s Shark Week Motherf—ker’ Moments Before Going Live for DNC Speech: WATCH

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer spoke on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, but a moment recorded before her speech went live to networks has since gone viral.

Said Whitmer: “It’s not just shark week. It’s shark week (mouthing the word) motherf**ker. I have learned about the hot mic.”

Whitmer later owned the remarks, responding to a tweet from Michigan’s lieutenant governor.

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Parents of Matthew Shepard Cast Wyoming’s Votes for Joe Biden

Judy and Dennis Shepard were part of the DNC’s virtual roll call.

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ScreenshotsFrom the keynote address to the roll call of votes, LGBTQ people were front and center. Read More LGBTQ Nation

‘Newsweek’ Apologizes for Facilitating Kamala Harris ‘Birther’ Lies with Op-Ed by Former Chair of Anti-Gay Group NOM

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Earlier this week we reported that false “birther” conspiracies about Joe Biden’s vp pick Kamala Harris were already spreading on Facebook.

Now, Newsweek has apologized after it published an irresponsible and racist op-ed by the former chairman of the anti-LGBTQ hate group National Organization for Marriage (NOM), John Eastwood, who floated the same false claims in an opinion column titled, “Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility.”

After outrage over the opinion piece, Newsweek appended an apology.

Wrote Josh Hammer, Opinion Editor and Nancy Cooper, Global Editor-in-Chief: “This op-ed is being used by some as a tool to perpetuate racism and xenophobia. We apologize. The essay, by John Eastman, was intended to explore a minority legal argument about the definition of who is a ‘natural-born citizen’ in the United States. But to many readers, the essay inevitably conveyed the ugly message that Senator Kamala Harris, a woman of color and the child of immigrants, was somehow not truly American.”

“The op-ed was never intended to spark or to take part in the racist lie of Birtherism, the conspiracy theory aimed at delegitimizing Barack Obama, but we should have recognized the potential, even probability, that that could happen,” the editors added. “Readers hold us accountable for all that we publish, as they should; we hold ourselves accountable, too. We entirely failed to anticipate the ways in which the essay would be interpreted, distorted and weaponized.”

“As we said in our earlier note, this essay was an attempt to examine a legal argument about the difference between ‘natural born’ and ‘naturalized,’ the latter being ineligible to hold the office of president,” the editors continued. “In the days since the op-ed was published, we saw that it was being shared in forums and social networks notorious for disinformation, conspiracy theories and racist hatred. All of us at Newsweek are horrified that this op-ed gave rise to a wave of vile Birtherism directed at Senator Harris. Many readers have demanded that we retract the essay, but we believe in being transparent and are therefore allowing it to remain online, with this note attached.”

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‘Racist Nonsense’: False ‘Birther’ Posts About Kamala Harris Already Popping Up on Facebook

As Democrats celebrate Joe Biden’s historic pick for a running mate, Kamala Harris, false “birther” conspiracies about Harris are already spreading on Facebook.

Writes FactCheck.org: “Multiple posts on Facebook falsely claim that — in the event Biden is unable to serve out his term –Harris is ineligible to serve as president because she’s an ‘anchor baby’ whose parents are immigrants. Days before Biden had even announced his choice of running mate, the posts said: ‘Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his VP.’ The posts go on to claim, ‘If crazy Joe cannot serve his full term, Kamala cannot by constitutional law become President. She is an anchor baby, mother is from India, father is Jamaican, and neither were american citizens at time of her birth. That means the Presidency would fall on Speaker of the house. Recently Nancy Pelosi stated that she was next in line to become President. THAT in itself is reason to vote her out in November. Democrats have worked the whole scenario out and I believe that is why they chose Kamala Harris.’

The site continues: “In an email to FactCheck.Org, Josh Chafetz, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center who specializes in constitutional law, described the Facebook posts as ‘racist nonsense.’” 

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