Monday, October 23, 2017

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News Round-Up: October 23, 2017

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Some news items you might have missed:

• When you just really don't want it to be Monday (above).

• Trust and believe the Trump administration will point to low open enrollment numbers for Obamacare to prove the program is "imploding." What they won't tell you is the administration cut the education & outreach budget for enrollment awareness by 90% in an effort to sabotage sign ups.

• We celebrated Las Vegas Pride this weekend - check out tons of pics from the Pride Festival via The Advocate.

• Scottish tourist Jamie Harron was ordered to spend 3 months in jail in seriously homophobic Dubai for barely touching a man’s hip as he carried a drink through a crowded bar. After losing his job and spending thousands in legal fees, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum ordered Harron to be released. Think twice before traveling to Dubai.

• The upcoming Thor Ragnorak will feature not one but two LGBT characters.

• Russian singer Zelimkhan Bakaev was allegedly arrested and tortured to death by authorities in Chechnya due to “suspicions of homosexuality.”

• Out actress-pop singer Hayley Kiyoko's new single “Feelings” made a splash on TRL last week. Check out the video below.

CNN Trolls Trump Without Using His Name In New "Facts First" Campaign


CNN's new campaign "Facts First," is clearly meant as a commentary on Donald Trump's practice of repeating well-debunked lies (often in all caps) hoping they somehow morph into truth via repetition.

The text of the video reads:

This is an apple.
Some people might try to tell you it's a banana.
They might scream banana, banana, banana.
Or put banana in all caps.
You might even start to believe that this is a banana.
But it's not.
This is an apple.

Facts First.


AT&T Announces Winners Of "Live Proud On Campus" Scholarship Contest

In August, I wrote about AT&T's first-ever Live Proud on Campus scholarship contest.

The contest called on college students 18+ to submit a video pitch for an LGBT-supportive project they'd like to see at their schools.

The public voted on 15 semi-finalist videos, narrowing the field down to 6 finalists, and the Human Rights Campaign chose the 3 grand prize winners. To watch their submission video click on the hyperlinks.

Amy Kelley (University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania)
Leyth Swidan (Columbia University in New York)
Ryan Wells (Elon University in North Carolina)

The winning projects support the LGBT community and focus on LGBT equality, visibility and/or acceptance on college campuses.

Each of the winning students will receive a $10,000 scholarship, $2,500 in funding to execute their campus project, a semester-long mentorship experience with HRC to help develop their projects, and more.

Additionally, the winners will also be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend the HRC National Dinner on Oct. 28.

But wait - there's more! AT&T is will also contribute $25,000 to the Human Rights Campaign to support their continued efforts to uplift the LGBT community.

Big thanks to AT&T for the awesome support.

McCain On THE VIEW: "I've Faced Greater Challenges" Than Attacks By Donald Trump

Appearing on The View today, where his daughter Meghan is a new co-host, Sen. John McCain was asked if he was "afraid" of retaliation from Donald Trump after some of McCain's public statements about Trump.

McCain proceeded to laugh for a solid 15 seconds before shrugging, "I've mentioned that I've faced greater challenges."

McCain also took another veiled swipe at Trump's "bone spur" deferments from the Vietnam War, as well as Trump's attacks on Gold Star families and accusations that Barack Obama was not born an American.

Watch the clips below.

(h/t Boy Culture)

Megyn Kelly: I Know Women Complained About Bill O'Reilly At Fox News Because I Complained About Him

Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News star, told her Megyn Kelly Today audience on NBC that while Fox News Corp. promised many that the work environment for female workers would improve after ousting network head Roger Ailes, and hosts Bill O'Reilly & Eric Bolling, no real change has happened.

In an emotional address, Kelly confirmed to her viewers, "O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained."

Kelly also shared that victims are often bullied into silence through “fear of public shaming, including through the media.” She named names and pointed fingers at Irena Briganti, Fox’s media relations chief, who she says “is known for her vindictiveness.”

“To this day [Briganti] pushes negative articles on certain Ailes accusers like the one you are looking at right now,” Kelly said.

Watch below.

Kelly’s monologue comes on the heels of a bombshell report in the New York Times which revealed that O’Reilly paid a $32 million settlement to one woman, Lis Wiehl, just before Fox News resigned him to a huge new contract. Fox News was aware of the basic terms of the settlement, if not the exact amount.

Speaking on Glenn Beck's radio show today, Bill O’Reilly proclaimed he’s being attacked for political purposes and that it’s been a “horror show” for him and his family.

This past weekend, The New York Times reported that O'Reilly agreed to a $32 million settlement to a former legal analyst who had accused O’Reilly of harassment.

As has been said elsewhere - no one pays $32 million over false allegations.

Donald Trump Calls Widow Of Fallen Soldier A Liar

It's now day 8 of Donald Trump disrespecting a Gold Star family once again.

Myeshia Johnson spoke to Good Morning America about the now infamous phone call from Donald Trump regarding her husband's death that Johnson says was insensitive and hurtful.

Myeshia's husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed in action in Niger on October 4 of this year.

Here's part of Johnson's interview today.

Of course, rather than let this all go and be presidential, Trump had to fire back via Twitter this morning basically calling Johnson's widow a liar.

Other folks on Twitter had some thoughts on the issue as well:

Monday Man Crush

(via Instagram)

Brazilian TV personality and model Rodiney Santiago ain't afraid of no Monday.

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