Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gay Pride Parades Sound a Note of Resistance - and Face Some

Gay pride parades Sunday in New York, San Francisco and other cities are spotlighting resistance to what participants see as new pressure on gay rights, while contending with the prospect of protests over the events' own diversity and direction.

In a year when leaders are anxious about new President Donald Trump's agenda, both the New York and San Francisco parades will be headed by groups more focused on protest than celebration. In New York, grand marshals — including the American Civil Liberties Union — were chosen to represent facets of a "resistance movement." 

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Chelsea Manning Takes Part in NYC Pride March

Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army Intelligence analyst who was sentenced to prison for sharing classified documents, on Sunday took part in her first Pride March since her early release last month.

The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted a picture of a smiling Manning on Sunday afternoon in New York City with the words: Happy first Pride March, Chelsea Manning! #NYCPride2017” 

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Meet the NBC Out #Pride30 Change Makers & Rising Stars

Meet the 2017 NBC Out #Pride30 innovators, change makers and rising stars. In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, our inaugural list recognizes and celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who are making the community proud. 

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Source: NBC News 

New York to Host Stonewall 50 / WorldPride in 2019

Illustration by Tom Mann

The Event Will Be the Largest International LGBT Pride Celebration Ever

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in 2019. In June 1969, LGBT community members held spontaneous demonstrations at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, considered by many as the catalyst for the modern LGBT rights movement. As part of the state’s commemorative efforts, cultural events will be promoted statewide and New York will host the largest international LGBT pride celebration in 2019 – Stonewall 50 / WorldPride. 

"The Stonewall Rebellion was a decisive moment in both LGBT and New York history, and by remembering these events and the movement's continued efforts today, this state and nation will be stronger than ever before,” Governor Cuomo said. "The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, coinciding with WorldPride, helps us recognize the efforts of the early LGBT rights advocates as we welcome visitors from across the United States and around the world to visit New York and embrace the rich heritage found at every corner of the state."

Governor Cuomo will convene a Stonewall 50 Commemoration Committee to encourage and promote cultural events to be held throughout New York State in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. The committee will include representatives from state agencies, LGBT community groups, museums and cultural institutions, and tourism professionals.

In conjunction with Stonewall 50, New York City will host WorldPride, the largest international LGBT Pride celebration, in 2019. The event, held in various locations worldwide, features parades, performances and festivals that promote LGBT pride.

Governor Cuomo announced that New York State and I LOVE NY LGBT will activate at key international and domestic Prides, and other LGBT events, throughout 2017 and 2018 to encourage everyone to visit New York State for Stonewall 50 and WorldPride New York. This will be a joint effort between the organizers of Stonewall 50 / NYC Pride (Heritage of Pride) to promote travel to the event and the state.

The Governor also announced plans for an I LOVE NY LGBT Welcome Center in New York City for the weeks surrounding the Stonewall 50 Commemoration and WorldPride. The welcome center will provide visitors with information on New York State’s LGBT destinations and the Stonewall 50 activities happening statewide.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Governor Cuomo has made equal rights a priority for his administration since day one, and these initiatives will be a tremendous way to celebrate New York State’s role in the LGBT movement. I applaud the Governor for his continued commitment to the state’s tourism industry – particularly the efforts to welcome LGBT visitors – and look forward to the commemorations planned for 2019."

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Gay Pride 2017 Dance Mix

A "From The G-Man" Special 

"Scorpio", aka From The G-Man managing editor Gary Glennell Toms, rocks the decks in support of the LGBTQ+ community, domestically and internationally, and the right for gay people to be treated with dignity and respect. Enjoy!

1. Born This Way (Secret Squirrels Remix) - A Scorpio Edit

2. The Player - First Choice (Mousse T & Boris Dlugosch Remix)

3. The Player - First Choice (The Moody Dub)

4. At The Club - Timmy Regisford feat. Lynn Lockamy (Morality Rates Extended Rework Mix)

5. Body - Timmy Regisford Mix (A Scorpio Edit)

6. Turn Me On - Nina Simone (Tony Humphries Vocal Remix)

This mix is protected under the "Fair Use Act" as a not-for-profit. All content and/or licenses owned by creators of the original work.

In addition, the artist, their estate, or owners of the original work will be duly compensated for the use of their work through YouTube advertising and/or monetization.

Cuomo Marches in 2017 New York City LGBT Pride Parade

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Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo marched in the 2017 New York City LGBT Pride Parade. The Governor also unveiled the design for New York's official monument honoring the LGBT community, those lost in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016, and all victims of hate, intolerance and violence. 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Design for Monument Honoring the LGBT Community Unveiled

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Governor Andrew Cuomo today unveiled the design for New York's official monument honoring the LGBT community, those lost in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016, and all victims of hate, intolerance and violence. Anthony Goicolea was named as the artist for the monument, which will be located at the western edge of Greenwich Village, in Hudson River Park. 

"This stunning design complements the landscape and communicates a timeless message of inclusion, and this monument will serve as an enduring symbol of the role New Yorkers play in building a fairer, more just world," Governor Cuomo said. "From Stonewall to marriage equality, New York has always been a beacon for justice and we will never waiver in our commitment to the LGBT community and to creating a more just and inclusive society. This new monument will stand up for those values for generations to come."

Following the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 158, establishing the LGBT Memorial Commission, with the mission to design and build a new memorial in honor of the LGBT community and the victims of the Orlando shooting.  The Commission issued a request for proposals in October 2016, and all submissions were judged on their interpretation and clarity of the theme, creativity and originality of depicted theme, quality of artistic composition, site compatibility, and constructability, among other factors.

The site specific design works in harmony with the existing attributes of Hudson River Park and promotes thought and reflection while encouraging people to unite in a communal environment.  It will feature nine modified boulders, some of which are bisected with a clear, laminated, borosilicate-glass with refractory components that act as a prism to create subtle rainbow patterns on the surrounding lawn and nearby objects.

Anthony Goicolea said, "I am honored to join Governor Cuomo and the LGBT Memorial Commission on this important project to remember those who have been victims of hate, violence, and intolerance, while celebrating the beauty of the LGBT community. This monument will serve as a communal space filled with light, color, and hope where the visitors can sit, mourn, love, and remember for years to come.  I am grateful to the Governor and his administration for the opportunity to be a part of this historic moment."

Terry DeCarlo, Executive Director of the LGBT Community Center Orlando, said, "I was very proud to stand beside Governor Cuomo when he announced this memorial last June directly after the Pulse tragedy. It warms my heart to see it taking the next step today as the governor announces the designer of the memorial, Anthony Goicolea. Thank you for honoring and including us here in Orlando and I look forward to joining you, and all New Yorkers, in celebrating the memorial's completion."

The commission is comprised of ten members appointed by the Governor, and is overseen and coordinated by Counsel to the Governor Alphonso David. LGBT Memorial Commission members include:

Scott P. Campbell, Executive Director Elton John Aids Foundation;
Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation;
Cristina Herrera, Founder and CEO of Translatina Network;
Thomas Krever, Chief Executive Officer of the Hetrick-Martin Institute;
Kelsey Louie, Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis;
Eunic Ortiz, President of the Stonewall Democrats;
Christine Quinn, CEO of Women and Need and marriage equality advocate;
Melissa Sklarz, Director, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund;
Beverly Tillery, Executive Director of the NYC Anti-Violence Project; and
Glennda Testone, Executive Director of the New York LGBT Community Center.

The Commission will work with the community and other stakeholders through the installation process.
Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Cuomo Delivers Remarks at New York City Pride Breakfast

SUNY SA Leaders March in New York City's Annual Pride Parade

 Student Assembly President Marc Cohen takes a selfie with student
leaders from across the system at the 2017 NYC Pride Parade. 
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New York City - Student leaders from the SUNY Student Assembly marched in the 48th annual New York City Pride Parade. The parade, a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, kicked off at noon in Midtown.
"Showing the world that SUNY is an open and accepting system is critical, especially in today's polarized political climate," said Student Assembly President and SUNY Trustee, Marc Cohen. "It's exciting to once again march in the parade with more than 300 of my colleagues from SUNY in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community!"
The NYC Pride Parade is the largest in the world, with tens of thousands of people expected to march. Led by four grand marshals, the theme of this years parade, “We are proud,” will aim to unite those marching, watching, and supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Carlos Cobo, the Student Assembly's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, was also encouraged by the message and turnout. "It's incredible to see so many members of the SUNY family in New York City for this amazing event, specifically the huge number of student leaders," he said. "I'm proud to be part of a system like SUNY."
The members of the SUNY Student Assembly marched in support of the “We are proud” movement. As the biggest Pride celebration in the world, the annual civil rights demonstration brings together a variety of activists, politicians, and communities to march for a common cause.
Tanja Aho is President of the Graduate Student Association at the University at Buffalo. She and her wife traveled across the state for the event. "Joining SUNY at the NYC Pride parade as a representative of UB means a lot to me, because we want everybody to know that we love every single member of our community, and cherish the diversity of it," she said. "We are proud to call New York our home, where people of color, trans and gender non-conforming people, and queer folks find more respect and acceptance than in other states."
Source: SUNY SA

Friday, June 23, 2017

In Memoriam: Gabe Pressman

Statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo

"Gabe Pressman always gave you the story straight, and always asked the tough questions that New Yorkers wanted answered.

"As people increasingly turned to TV for news, it was Gabe who became the most important and trusted face on New York City airwaves. He was a true pioneer in the industry. Gabe was the first TV reporter to bring a film crew into the street to cover news where it was happening.

"Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Gabe was the North Star for several generations of New York reporters, fighting doggedly to hold public officials accountable and to protect the rights of the press.

"I am deeply saddened by Gabe's passing, but know all New Yorkers will continue to benefit from the contributions he made over a lifetime that spoke truth to power." 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 

From The G-Man and The G-Man Interviews send condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Pressman. May they all find some measure of comfort in the days ahead, and may Mr. Pressman's legacy live on for generations. Thank you, Mr. Pressman. Rest in peace


Gabe Pressman's Interview with Martin Luther King Jr.

Source: NBC News

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Obama Rips The Senate GOP Health Care Bill


In terms sharper than anything else he’s offered in his post-presidency, Barack Obama lashed into Senate Republicans on Thursday for pushing a health care bill that he framed as fundamentally inhumane. 

“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” the former president wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.” 

“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family ― this bill will do you harm,” he added. “And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”

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Source: The Huffington Post 

The GOP Colluded With Racism to Hack North Carolina Election

An NBC News OpEd

While public testimonies of former intelligence agency directors and an Attorney General have provided made-for-TV drama in recent weeks, they have not yet furnished clarity as to whether a sitting President’s campaign helped Russia hack our 2016 electoral process.

Despite deep partisan divides, a consensus remains that hard evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia’s clear skullduggery would be unacceptable to Republicans as well as Democrats. With all eyes glued on Team Trump’s unfolding game of Russian roulette, however, many Americans appear to accept our homegrown hacking. 

Over the past month, while we watched “As the Trump World Turns,” four separate U.S. Supreme Court decisions made clear that Republicans in North Carolina intentionally subverted democracy through what the Court affirmed as a “racial gerrymander” and a voter suppression law that it said “almost surgically targets African Americans.”

Anyone outraged by the potential collusion of Team Trump should examine these final decisions from our highest court. Without the race-based election hacking that the Court now definitely outlaws, a Trump campaign would have never been possible. What’s more, our seven-year struggle to win this fight offers a deeply divided nation a clear way forward. 

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Source: NBC News

President Accuses Democrats of Obstruction on Health Care

Speaking at a White House event on U.S. leadership in emerging technology, President Trump says it would be nice to have Democratic support for the newly released Republican health care bill, but says they will not support the effort , and he accuses them of being obstructionists on the issue. 

Source: C-SPAN

The Case for Obstruction of Justice Against Trump

This video was published on YouTube on June 20, 2017. 

Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense. It was at the heart of Richard Nixon’s impeachment. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. Robert Reich explains that there's already more than enough evidence of probable cause to begin an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump.

Trump Tweets About Possible James Comey Tapes

President Trump has posted new tweets about the possibility that conversations between him and James Comey were taped. CBS News political director Steve Chaggaris joins CBSN with more details.

Source: CBS News