- January 2023
2022 brought the LGBTQ community some emphatic highs and lows.
The lows included Brittney Griner's arrest in Russia, Florida's Don't Say Gay law, a blizzard of anti-trans legislation across the nation, violence and threatened violence against drag events and Prides, and the murders at Club Q in Colorado.
The highs included the Biden administration securing Griner's release, the electoral rainbow wave, and the passing of the Respect for Marriage Act.
As to George Santos, the recent discovery that the apparently gay congressman-elect is a serial fabulist belongs in the category of the year's lows.
Or the year's low comedy. Take your pick.
- December 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law on Tuesday at a jubilant celebration that featured U.S. singer Cyndi Lauper performing "True Colors" in front of thousands of supporters on the White House lawn.
- August 2022
How the heck can Joe Biden call America First conservatives a threat to democracy with a straight face and a dry diaper? He's the one who has allowed millions to invade our southern border. He's the one who is robbing hardworking Americans to pay for Karen's daughter's degree in lesbian dance theory.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO)
Source: "Hannity" on Fox News
Cartoon by Bill Bramhall
- July 2022
Thursday offered a bizarre juxtaposition. Two wildly successful lesbian American athletes, two starkly different lots.
Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe went to the White House to receive the Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden.
Basketball superstar Brittney Griner went to a Russian court to plead guilty on drug charges.
Rapinoe's fiancée attended the White House ceremony.
Griner held a photo of her wife as she entered the Russian court.
After the ceremony, Rapinoe flew to Mexico to rejoin the American national team, who celebrated her.
After the hearing, Griner returned to her jail cell, where, at best, assorted insects kicked up their heels.
At the White House, Rapinoe's white suit had Griner's initials stitched into the lapel, linking the two women on a day that Alfred Hitchcock might've directed and Rod Serling should've introduced.
- March 2022
Let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, it was a roller coaster ride of rip roaring reasonableness!
Stephen Colbert of "The Late Show" on Joe Biden's State of the Union address
- February 2022
Yet again, it's our fault. How do we live with ourselves?
According to Media Matters, right-wing media figures are having a fine old time pinning the Russian invasion of Ukraine on queers. If your head hurts trying to make the connection, I'll do it for you. Now that I've taken ibuprofen.
President Joe Biden's repeal of the ban on trans soldiers, along with the military's diversity training and general "wokeness," have all combined to weaken American forces to the point where Russian President Vladimir Putin saw his chance to invade Russia's neighbor.
On a Fox News show, Pete Hegseth claimed Americans have been "running around talking about genders and reparations," so "as a result, [Putin] thinks this is his moment to make an aggressive move."
Fox contributor Lisa Boothe tweeted, "America is weak. No one is afraid of us with dementia man in the White House and our focus is flying pride flags around the world."
Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire podcast said it was "not a coincidence that this has happened after Biden spent his first year in office focusing primarily on wokeness and intentionally making our military weaker and more feminine." He later added that Biden was attempting to “fill our military with lesbians who can’t do three pushups."
I wouldn't want to be Walsh when some lesbian sergeant challenges him to a pushup contest.
So thanks to integrating LGBTQ people into the military, American forces have been neutered, and Putin took advantage.
As these rightist talking heads blame us for the invasion, Christian fundamentalists, our usual accusers, haven't joined in.
Maybe they're just mad they didn't think of it first.
- January 2022
Yesterday in his speech on the one-year anniversary of the Capitol attack, President Joe Biden pinned responsibility for the riot on his predecessor's "web of lies about the 2020 election." The former president's "bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution."
That was my favorite line, because I believe it's dead-on accurate. Donald Trump is 75 percent ego, 20 percent bile, four percent Filet-O-Fish and one percent mushroom weenie.
- November 2021
President Joe Biden had a colonoscopy today, and as is customary when a president goes under anesthesia, he temporarily transferred power to his vice president. That made Kamala Harris the first woman in history to serve as president.
Her term lasted 85 minutes.
It's a start.
- October 2021
It's Oct. 11, so that means it's National Coming Out Day.
I'm a lesbian. You're shocked.
Today also happens to be Columbus Day. President Joe Biden issued the customary presidential proclamation honoring Christopher Columbus, along with Italian Americans, but Biden also issued the first-ever presidential proclamation marking today as Indigenous Peoples' Day.
It seems to me this is a lot of social and political pressure to put on one day. I hope we can come together as a united nation tomorrow to celebrate that most important of events, National Gumbo Day.
- June 2021
President Joe Biden yesterday signed a law designating Orlando's Pulse nightclub as a national monument. Also yesterday, at a Pride commemoration event in the East Room, Biden declared, "Pride is back at the White House." Pete Buttigieg, the gay transportation secretary, spoke too, as did 16-year-old Ashton Mota, an Afro-Latino transgender teen. Faces in the room included Rachel Levine, a transgender assistant health secretary, and Bree Fram, a transgender lieutenant colonel.
A year ago, then-President Donald Trump had bravely proclaimed June as National Homeownership Month.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high.
Source: the White House
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