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Donald Trump pledges to sign anti-LGBTQ 'First Amendment Defense Act'
The law would make anti-LGBTQ discrimination legal among employers, businesses, landlords and healthcare providers on the basis of a religious belief.

Donald Trump has been courting the LGBTQ vote throughout this presidential election, claiming he would be the better choice for the community than opponent Hillary Clinton and promising to protect us from terrorism in his Republican National Convention speech. That argument gets harder to believe by the week, as he gives speeches at anti-LGBTQ events, sticks up for homophobic and transphobic legislation and surrounds himself with bigoted politicians and advisers. Now we have a new offense to add to the list.

Trump has pledged to sign the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), if passed by congress. It was first introduced in the House on June 17, 2015 and would effectively legalize anti-LGBTQ discrimination across the board, including among employers, businesses, landlords and healthcare providers, as long as they claim to be motivated by a firmly held religious beliefs.

It would act to overturn the executive order signed in 2014 by President Obama prohibiting anti-LGBTQ discrimination among federal contractors.

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In the early 1900s, people believed that smoking cigarettes turned you into a homicidal maniac. The belief was so common that ‘cigarette fiend’ became a valid defense for murder, and the term often accompanied an insanity plea. Source

A signed pledge card from the Primitive Methodist Anti-Cigarette League:

The New York Journal from November 14, 1899, about a case of “cigarette fiend:”

Www.Freedomtomarry.org

You all should go and sign the pledge to show support for same-sex marriage. You can also donate to the cause, contact state representatives, or just keep updated on all same-sex news stories! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND REBLOG

Troye Sivan’s Advice For Flawlessly Coming Out Of The Closet

You’ll need some skittles, confetti, and (of course) the support of friends and family.

posted on Oct. 9, 2015, at 8:32 a.m.

This Sunday is National Coming Out Day and Aussie singer-songwriter Troye Sivan is here to help you each and every step of the way.

When he’s not busy dropping new music (please stop and go check out the WILD EP immediately) and touring, Troye is an avid YouTuber with a massive following. The singer came out as gay to his fans in a personal YouTube video back in 2013 and has been outspoken about supporting the LGBT community ever since. Basically, this guy knows what he is talking about.

So Troye, how is it done?

1. Check that the coast is clear ~ outside ~ the closet.

Maybe you’ve been in there for a long time, maybe you just realized you’re in it at all — time to make your exit.

2. Ensure you have enough glitter and confetti on hand to make the announcement extra special.

The more confetti the better — purchase in bulk.

(Use glitter with caution: It will be quite difficult to remove from your clothing and hair.)

3. Take a few deep breaths, this stuff isn’t easy.

Practice what you’re going to say to yourself, to a mirror, to your cat. Saying the words out loud, even just to yourself, can be helpful.

4. Taste the rainbow, literally.

Gorging yourself on skittles will ensure a huge sugar rush gives you the confidence you need for when the big moment arrives.

*Record scratch* OK, wait. Come on Troye, can we hear some serious advice or what?

“It’s important to absolutely just take your time and make sure you’re in a safe and positive place,” the singer told BuzzFeed.

But, most importantly:

If you or someone you know is struggling with coming out, be sure to check out these resources:

The Trevor Project

It Gets Better

PFLAG

Crisis Text Hotline

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independent.co.uk
Campaign calls for movie lovers to watch one film by a woman a week
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Adam McKay, Ridley Scott, Todd Haynes, Steven Spielberg. There's a common theme in the BAFTA nominations for Best Director that were revealed this morning. This is not to say that the academy itself is necessarily guilty of favouring men, but rather that a complex system of sexism is endemic in the film industry that makes it much harder for women to secure the big projects.

“#52FilmsByWomen is a campaign by Women In Film aimed at combating it, “a fun way to bring attention to the many talented female filmmakers around the world, and a great way to spark a creative and interactive conversation.”

The organisation is asking cinephiles to sign up and pledge to watch one film by a woman a week for a year, and so far (at the time of writing) has 984 commitments.

“In our latest round of research, Exploring the Careers of Female Filmmakers: Phase III, we found that one of the barriers for female directors is a perceived scarcity of talent pool and experience,” the website states. “Many of those surveyed couldn’t name a female director. Can you believe that? There are over one thousand female directors on The Director List, 1300 female directors at the DGA  and 45 who have helmed a $25 million movie in the last 13 years.”

Read the full piece here

See the Women In Films page “52 Films” page here: http://womeninfilm.org/52-films/

Let this feminist punk make a kick-off suggestion: films by Penelope Spheeris (click here for her full filmography)

- The Decline of Western Civilization (L.A. punk documentary, 1981)

Suburbia (punk fictional drama with kids living in dystopian near future - TW for sexual assault. One of the kids is Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Wayne’s World 

The Beverly Hillbillies

For metal fans:

We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘n Roll

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years 

If you like comedies - Nancy Meyers (full filmography here)

The Intern

It’s Complicated

The Holiday

Father of the Bride

Private Benjamin

Or Elizabeth Banks - Pitch Perfect 2 (the movie is racist AF unfortunately)

Or Tamra Davis (full filmography here)

- Half Baked (a woman directed Dave Chappelle’s Half Baked? Awesome!)

Billy Madison

CB4

She also directed one of my all time favorite documentaries - The Punk Singer  

Or Penny Marshall (full filmography here)

Big

A League of Their Own

Riding in Cars with Boys

Or Amy Heckerling (full filmography here)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

National Lampoon’s European Vacation

Look Who’s Talking

Clueless

A Night at the Roxbury

Loser

Or Nora Ephron (comedy and drama below - full filmography here)

When Harry Met Sally…

Sleepless in Seattle

You’ve Got Mail

Silkwood 

- Bewitched

Julie & Julia

For Drama fans, we’ve got Sofia Coppola (full filmography here)

The Virgin Suicides

Lost in Translation

-  Marie Antoinette

Ava DuVernay (full filmography here)

Selma

This Is the Life

Ok, forget sorting by genres, here are some more great options:

Catherine Hardwicke (full filmography here)

Twilight

Lords of Dogtown 

Thirteen

Julie Dash (full filmography here)

Daughters of the Dust

The Rosa Parks Story

Mira Nair (full filmography here)

Monsoon Wedding

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

Mississippi Masala

Salaam Bombay!

Kathryn Bigelow (full filmography here)

Zero Dark Thirty

The Hurt Locker

K-19: The Widowmaker

Strange Days

Point Break

Julie Taymor (full filmography here)

Frida

Across the Universe

The Tempest

Lisa Cholodenko (full filmography here)

High Art

Laurel Canyon

The Kids Are All Right

Angelina Jolie (full filmography here)

-  In the Land of Blood and Honey

-  Unbroken

By the Sea

Earlier this year, President Obama called on the private sector to help eliminate unnecessary hiring barriers for the approximately 70 million Americans who have a criminal record. This week, 185 employers—including Walmart, Dropbox, and the University of Pennsylvania—have answered that call. By signing the Fair Chance Pledge, these companies are committed to making sure all Americans have a fair shot at a future. Check out the full list of employers: wh.gov/fairchancepledge

Celebrate International Literacy Day tomorrow!

Help your students “Lift Off to Literacy” by engaging them in an extra 60 seconds of literacy activities for 60 days.

Sign up to pledge your commitment, and you’ll receive this year’s activity kit. The kit is chock full of creative, cross-curricular ideas for how to spend those extra 60 seconds. Not only will you inspire a literacy habit in your students, but you could also win a super-cool NASA prize pack!

Will you join us on this mission?

Awesome poster by Dave Roman (yaytime)!

thinkprogress.org
Media Outlets Are Reporting 1 Million People Are Boycotting Target. Here’s The Truth.
No, a million people are not boycotting Target.

“News outlets are buzzing that a pledge to boycott Target over its transgender-inclusive policies is approaching 1 million signatures on Thursday. In reality, that number is unverifiable and almost certainly inaccurate. All that’s actually happening is that a hate group is getting a lot of free press.

The American Family Association (AFA), which has been designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, launched the boycott pledge on April 20 after Target issued a statement reiterating its promise that employees and customers can use the restrooms that match their gender identities.

But here’s what AFA doesn’t list on its site: who signed the pledge. It’s completely anonymous. There is no way of tracking the validity of the number of signers.

In fact, ThinkProgress successfully “signed” it three different times from the same web browser using the names “I disagree With this,” “I really think this is stupid,” and “This isn’t A real email.” All that it required was using a different email address each time. As the last name suggests, it was also possible to sign the pledge using a gmail.com address that does not even exist. Thus, there’s nothing stopping anyone else from doing the same to inflate the numbers, or even for AFA to do so to generate further buzz.

The important clarification is that this pledge is not a petition. Thus, the number does not represent an actual population of people. Such campaigns are frequently used by various advocacy organizations to build their email lists for future outreach efforts. At of its current total, the Target boycott counts at least three pledges that are not from people at all.

But even if it were a petition or there were some way to demonstrate the significance of the number of people who have pledged, that growing number should still be taken with a grain of salt. Past conservative boycotts, such as of Starbucks, have had little economic impact despite significant media attention. As several S&P Global Market Intelligence analysts have explained, companies like Target and Walmart are so big that it’s hard for boycotts to actually have any economic impact at all.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder responded to the boycott this week, saying, “We certainly respect that there are a wide variety of perspectives and opinions. As a company that firmly stands behind what it means to offer our team an inclusive place to work - and our guests an inclusive place to shop - we continue to believe that this is the right thing for Target.”

She pointed out that anyone who is uncomfortable using restrooms that welcome transgender people are free to use the single-stall/family restrooms that hundreds of stores already have.”

Read the full piece here

Check out the website to see how you can #standwithtarget: www.standwithtarget.com

More info:

​Why Target is taking stand on transgender people and bathrooms

Target Says Transgender People Can Use The Bathroom That Fits Their Gender Identity

David Koch had the Republicans in Congress sign a No Carbon Tax pledge because his pollution alone could cost him personally up to $40 billion. Spending well less than $1 billion a year on their political activities, the Koch Bros. have made a brilliant investment to defend their “killer business model.”