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This season Saturday Night Live provided a weekly outlet for the madness that occurred up through the election and in its aftermath. And now that it’s on hiatus for the summer, its absence isn’t only tough on the viewing public. Kate McKinnon, who had a stellar year portraying Hillary Clinton, Kellyanne Conway, and most recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is having an especially difficult time without the outlet to weigh in on politics, she told Seth Meyers on his show just hours after Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. 

Of course, Meyers seized the opportunity to ask McKinnon to interpret the testimony as Sessions, whose actual testimony relied heavily on the “I can not recall” trope. 

Happy for the opportunity to channel the events, McKinnon screwed up her mouth into Sessions’ weird tiny v-shaped mouth or “turtle mouth” as she explained it to Meyers, and began to deliver a series of one-liners based on Sessions’ testimony. 

Skewering the AG’s inability to remember how many times he’d met the Russian ambassador McKinnon said, “…And Sergey Kislyak, I only met him two times. Okay, three times… But the third, the third time was in a men’s restroom and we was just talking about what a trial it is to get soap out of those electric soap dispensers.” 

When questioned about why he failed to take any action when former FBI Director James Comey expressed concern about one-on-one conversations with Donald Trump, Sessions essentially told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Comey could handle himself. But McKinnon’s version of events was much more entertaining. 

“As for Jim Comey, he asked me to keep Trump out of his way, and said I didn’t respond,” McKinnon said. “But the truth is, I didn’t hear him. Now, this guy’s about 6’8” and I had heard a sound above my head. I thought it was a cicada.” 

Watch McKinnon take on Sessions below. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/6/14/kate-mckinnons-jeff-sessions-testimony-better-one-he-gave

A woman who survived the attack at Pulse almost a year ago died Monday in a head-on collision in the Orlando area.

The death of Jahqui Sevilla is less than two weeks before the Orlando community comes together for a day of remembrance on June 12 honoring victims and survivors of the attack. Sevilla is the second survivor of the massacre to die for unrelated reasons afterward.

Sevilla, 20, died in a crash after losing control of her Mitsubishi Lancer, crossing the median of State Road 417, and crashing head-on into a Dodge Durango, according to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes. Soroya Matias-Roth, a 53-year-old woman driving the Durango, also died in the crash. Three other people in Matias-Roth’s vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Montes says alcohol was found in Sevilla’s vehicle, despite the fact the driver was too young to legally drink. Police await toxicology reports but suspect the crash was alcohol-related. Officials determined Sevilla was at fault in the crash.

Many of those in the Orlando community connected to the Pulse shooting mourned Sevilla on social media. “My heart is so broken with the loss of such a beautiful, pure soul,” Pulse owner Barbara Poma wrote on Facebook. “You are so loved, and I was blessed to have gotten the chance to be in your life.”

Pulse Orlando also posted about Sevilla: “Our hearts are heavier today but we will never forget that beautiful soul and how it lifted us in times of need. We are thinking of all of her loved ones during this difficult time.”

Sevilla had been at Pulse along with several other teammates with the Orlando Anarchy Women’s Football Team. Cory Connell, boyfriend to one of the members of the team, was killed in the attack. The Anarchy posted remembrances of Sevilla on Facebook following her death.

Sevilla’s online profile indicated she was a student at Orlando Medical Institute and worked at Universal Studios’ Cabana Bay Beach Resort. She originally hailed from Memphis, Tennessee.

Sevilla’s passing comes as Orlando and the Pulse community in particular prepare for a Day of Remembrance. Three vigils are scheduled at Pulse on June 12, a year after gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in a mass shooting before being killed by police. Besides the gunman, 49 others were killed and 68 were injured. A vigil was scheduled scheduled at 2:02 a.m. on June 12 this year to mark the moment the shooting began a year prior. It will be open only to survivors and family members of those killed in the attack. Two other vigils will be held later in the day.

Sevilla became the second person to survive the shooting only to die later for unrelated reasons. Chris Brodman, a 34-year man who was able to flee the club after the shooting began, died three months later at a party in Tampa. Brodman had a Pulse logo tattooed on his chest to remember victims of the attack. An autopsy later showed Brodman died of a rare brain aneurism, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Brodman’s death frequently gets acknowledged in Orlando references to the fallen as “49+1.” 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/world/2017/5/31/woman-who-survived-pulse-dies-car-accident

LISBON, July 4 (Xinhua) — Portuguese police suspect that the arms theft at the Tancos arms depot in central part of the country was planned and that the stolen weapons have already been moved out of the country, according to Portuguese Expresso newspaper on Tuesday.

Investigators from Portugal’s Anti-terrorism and Organized Crime Unit (UNCT) and Military Police (PJM) are questioning all military personnel with links to the arms depot in Tancos, some 130 km northeast of Lisbon, where a large quantity of firearms and ammunition was stolen last Wednesday, including 57 kilos of plastic explosives, a quantity of tear gas, 44 rocket launchers and over 130 hand grenades.

There are currently no suspects for the crime, but sources close to the investigation say they have no doubt that there must have been help from inside the military base and that the robbery is connected to organized crime.

Furthermore, the sources say it is very likely that the stolen material is no longer in Portugal and is probably either in Spain or Morocco.

Investigators are trying to establish a link to an assault on a shooting range in the South of France committed 24 hours after the robbery in Tancos, as well as two similar cases reported at military bases in Lyon, France and Stuttgart, Germany.

During a meeting on Monday in the Spanish city of Seville, Portuguese Minister for Internal Affairs Constanca Urbano de Sousa asked for collaboration from counterparts in Spain, France and Morocco to assist in a case that has already crossed international borders.

Europol is also involved in the investigation that has already led to the dismissal of five military commanders responsible for security at the Tancos depot. This followed the publishing of a report by the Portuguese army’s commander-in-chief that pointed to suspected “internal collaboration.”

It is likely that the thieves already knew of the inadequacy of surveillance systems at the depot, plus it also seems that they were well aware of the times of routine security checks being conducted on the premises.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has already asked for a full investigation into possible links between the Tancos raid and two other incidents that occurred in the last two years in other NATO countries, one of which took place just a few months ago.

Article source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/04/c_136417288.htm

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“Quando o dia começou, a rua estava quase deserta. Lentamente, as pessoas começaram a aparecer. A pouco e pouco voltaremos à normalidade”, conta ao DN Miguel, um dos responsáveis pelo primeiro quiosque das Ramblas, logo à saída da estação de metro da Catalunha, onde os terroristas iniciaram o seu rasto de violência. “Medo? Não tenho nenhum. Trabalho aqui há mais de 20 anos e vou continuar a vir todos os dias”, atira, com uma naturalidade quase desafiadora, reservando poucas palavras para descrever “o grande susto” que testemunhou. Ainda é cedo para avaliar o impacto do atentado no seu negócio e “só o futuro dirá” se haverá consequências. Um dia volvido e as receitas já se ressentiram, mas Miguel sabe que “não é um dia normal”. Nesta altura, os turistas parecem mais interessados no aparato que os rodeia do que em comprar uma lembrança de Barcelona.

Por entre a multidão que se acercava do quiosque, esquivando-se dos planos das dezenas de jornalistas que se desdobravam em diretos de televisão, ouvimos um casal falar português. “Estamos em Barcelona há quatro dias e já tínhamos passado por aqui, mas quisemos voltar para prestarmos também a nossa homenagem. Estar perto de um acontecimento destes faz-nos pensar, mas não podemos mostrar medo”, explica Rui Silva, que tinha aproveitado o dia da tragédia para visitar um parque de diversões com a namorada.

Como estes portugueses, muitos outros turistas acorreram às Ramblas durante a tarde de ontem, em sinal de manifestação ou de apenas curiosidade, mostrando que não se deixam vencer pelo medo. “Sou de Berlim e vivi de perto o atentado do ano passado. Por isso, fiz questão de vir aqui para demonstrar a minha solidariedade com os espanhóis. Não nos podemos deixar derrotar por atos terroristas”, diz-nos outro turista alemão, Oliver, num inglês quase perfeito.

Quando o ambiente aparentava já estar mais calmo, irrompeu uma manifestação de um grupo de extrema-direita, a julgar pelos cartazes com mensagens xenófobas. Os Mossos d”Esquadra (polícia catalã) rapidamente se mobilizaram para acompanhar este grupo, composto por algumas dezenas de pessoas, mas a sua intervenção não chegou a ser necessária. Um outro grupo de manifestantes prontificou-se a abafar o seu ruído com alguns cânticos antifascistas, aos quais os presentes foram aderindo com vigor. Duas bandeiras com as cores do arco-íris, símbolo da comunidade LGBT, surgiram então diante dos primeiros manifestantes, provocando um momento de euforia na multidão.

A onda de aplausos que se escutou nessa altura foi uma prova mais de como estas tragédias têm também o condão de unir as pessoas contra alguns preconceitos e atos de discriminação, mesmo quando o mais fácil parece ser condenar o todo pela parte. Uns metros à frente, indiferente a tudo isto, um trio de jovens distribui “abraços grátis” com um brilho nos olhos. E assim ajudou muita a gente a sentir-se reconfortada pelo calor de Barcelona, que ontem voltou a levar a melhor sobre o medo.

Em Barcelona

Article source: http://www.dn.pt/mundo/interior/barcelona-uniu-se-para-marchar-contra-o-medo-8714628.html

Dozens of gay and bi men have been imprisoned, tortured, and even killed in the Russian province of Chechnya. While our own president has yet to speak out about the atrocities, people all over the world have called for action; specifically for Chechnya to end the terror and for other countries to provide refuge to the gay community there.

Human Rights First has compiled a video of international response to Chechnya, which features music from Melissa Etheridge. “Activists are underscoring the importance of international efforts to relocate the victims of these abuses, who continue to be persecuted throughout Russia,” Human Rights First’s Shawn Gaylord said in a statement. “As a country founded as a refuge to the persecuted, the United States must be part of efforts to provide safe haven to the victims of these horrific attacks.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/world/2017/5/24/how-world-responded-chechnya

Foto shoc e parole come “matanza” ovvero carneficina, orrore, campeggiano sulle prime pagine dei giornali spagnoli e internazionali. Dal El Pais ai britannici Guardian e Times che titola: “Il male colpisce ancora”.

Dalla Gran Bretagna alla Francia, dall’Italia alla Grecia, i quotidiani raccontano la giornata di terrore vissuta nel cuore di Barcellona. Niente diatribe politiche, notizie sportive, gossip di mezza estate.

I media dedicano pagine e servizi su uno dei più gravi attacchi della storia della Spagna. Testimonianze, ricostruzioni, commenti di esperti. C’è anche chi ha scelto, come La Razón, di avere una prima pagina nera, listata a lutto. Un giorno di sangue che ha fatto rimpiobare l’Europa nell’incubo del terrorismo islamico.

Article source: http://it.euronews.com/2017/08/18/barcellona-le-prime-pagine-dei-giornali

One of the dogs available for adoption at a previous Bark Around the Block. Photo: Berkeley Humane

BARK AROUND THE BLOCK The fifth annual Bark ( Meow) Around the Block, Berkeley Humane’s free adopt-a-thon and street festival will be held on Saturday. Over 200 animals are available from over 20 Bay Area rescue shelters (adoption fees are waived or reduced), along with food, drink, live music and entertainment. Friendly dogs (harnessed and leashed) are welcome. In addition, you can help raise money for Berkeley Humane by buying raffle tickets: over $10,000 worth of prizes will be awarded. Berkeleyside is a sponsor of Bark Around the Block. Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ninth and Carleton.

BERKELEY ART MUSIC FAIR The first (and potentially annual) Berkeley Art Music street fair launches on Saturday, on Fourth Street from Bancroft to Allston Way. Several dozen local artists and small businesses will have booths, and a stage will feature live music from new, young, local performers, ranging from hip hop to indie to rock. In addition, there will be a skateboard run and a children’s section. An adult-only drinks and lounge area with ID check will be to the left of the stage. The fair is being hosted by OuttaPocket and Le Vanguard. Saturday, Aug. 19, 2230 Fourth St.

RAMANA VIEIRA Fado, Portugal’s famous ballad tradition, deals with love, loss and redemption. On Saturday, Ramana Vieira brings both old world classics of fado and original compositions to The Back Room. Born in San Leandro to Portuguese immigrant parents, Viera pursued a more typical music education until she reconnected with her routes on a spontaneous trip to Portugal. Now the newspaper Mundo Portugues describes Vieira as the “new voice of Portuguese world music.” Together with her quartet, she performs a repertoire that incorporates traditional fado (which means fate), American theater, and blues. Saturday, Aug. 19, 8 p.m., The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave.

YOUTH 2 POWER Works from Berkeley High School and Oakland students submitted for the Congressional Art Competition will be displayed at Warehouse416 on Saturday as part of the Third Saturday Art Murmur walking tour (the walking tour starts at Warehouse416 at 2 p.m. All of the students met with Congresswoman Barbara Lee when the works were first displayed earlier this month. Saturday, Aug. 19, 1-5 p.m., Warehouse416, 416 26th St., Oakland.

SPARK SERIES The Freight Salvage features three songwriters on Friday night, spanning a range of styles. Maurice Tani, a veteran of the California Americana scene, is known for his “wry/rye-to-romantic” songwriting. Aireene Espiritu mixes Latin and African rhythms, folk, bluegrass and inspirations from gospel music. Oakland’s Joe rut plays a lyrical and “subtly hallucinatory” Americana/alt-country tapestry. Friday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m., Freight Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St.

Don’t miss other events covered on Berkeleyside:

Brilliant: ‘Black Odyssey’ at Cal Shakes

Article source: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2017/08/18/list-five-things-berkeley-weekend-aug-18-20/

As the White House hunkers down in the midst of the expanding Russia scandal, press briefings are becoming less frequent and the once-daily sightings of press secretary Sean Spicer a thing of the past. When Rosie Gray, a reporter for The Atlantic, asked Trump adviser/despised Breitbart cofounder Steve Bannon why Spicer is no longer hosting daily briefings, she received this response:

“Sean got fatter.”

Well, isn’t that rich. Whether Bannon is speaking for himself or the president wasn’t clear, but many weren’t amused.

While Donald Trump himself is known to regularly denigrate the appearance of women (e.g., Rosie O’Donnell, former Miss Venezuela Alicia Machado), he’s also highly critical of how his male staffers present themselves. Trump reportedly did not approve of Spicer’s appearance during his first press briefing, and his look was sharpened after the president’s critiques.

Spicer did appear for Tuesday’s press briefing, and while he wasn’t asked about Bannon’s remark, he was questioned about his future with the communications department:

“It’s no secret we have had a couple vacancies, including our communications director who has been gone for a while. We have been seeking input from individuals as far as ideas they have. We have been meeting with potential people who may be of service to this administration. I don’t think that should come as a surprise. But we are always looking for ways to do a better job of articulating the president’s message and his agenda.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/6/20/steve-bannon-fat-shames-sean-spicer

A new gay bar in Vermont has changed its name after the old one caused a community wide conversation about transphobia.

The bar, announced earlier this year in Winooski, was called “Mister Sister.” Although the bar’s owner said his business is trans-inclusive, the name became the topic of a town hall meeting at the local LGBT center. 

The bar’s owner announced a name change this week when he said it became clear that the name “Mister Sister” was bringing out transphobia from others. 

“A trans woman wrote me a kind letter and explained that the problem here is much bigger than myself or the name of the bar,” wrote Craig McGaughan on the bar’s Facebook page. “She sent me link to many messages from folks claiming to support MS using public forums to create hate toward the trans community. I am a trans ally and when faced with the fact that this issue has created a platform for trans people to be blatantly abused, I had to act.”

The Pride Center also reported that it had observed a “resurgence of violently transphobic sentiments.” 

“I’m outraged that anyone has attacked the trans community under the guise of supporting me or the bar,” wrote McGaughan.

The bar is now renamed as The Bridge Club as a nod to the historic Winooski Bridge, to building bridges between communities, and because of the irony of going to The Bridge Club to party.

Two board members resigned from The Pride Center when it did not immediately condemn the bar’s original name, instead calling for the town hall and further discussion. The former board members called the name “hate speech,” reports the Burlington Free Press. The newspaper said some supporters of the bar saw the name as an inclusive term from the history of the LGBT movement. 

Instead of getting further locked into two warring sides, McGaughan said a change was needed.

“I realize now that I mistakenly listened to the fight rather than the pain,” he wrote on Facebook. “I apologize to anyone that feels personally affected by the actions of myself or the bar. I’m choosing to forgive and would ask for forgiveness in return.”

The Pride Center’s executive director, Susan Hartman, told WFFF the community welcomes the name change. She said some considered the old name “an innocent funny little phrase” but “many people have been harmed deeply by it, and that was a message we needed to hear.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/business/2017/6/25/name-bar-had-community-talking-about-transphobia

Abounding Prosperity, a Dallas LGBT center that primarily serves black gay and bi men and transgender women, was damaged Friday morning in a fire that investigators say was the work of an arsonist.

A back office at Abounding Prosperity’s building was gutted, and there was heavy smoke damage to rest of the structure, Dallas TV station WFAA reports.

Dallas-Fire Rescue officials said the fire appears to have been intentionally set. The arsonist apparently broke through the center’s back gates and used an accelerant to start the fire. Witnesses said they saw a man driving erratically away from the site about 6 a.m. Friday. Police and fire authorities are still searching for suspects.

The center, which operates out of a renovated home, provides counseling, medical, and STD prevention services to an estimated 2,000 people each year and seeks to address health, social, and economic disparities affecting queer black men. Its services are on hold while the staff deals with the fire damage

One of its clients, Marcus Simpson, has been relying on Abounding Prosperity since he was a teenager. Whoever committed the arson is “a monster,” he told WFAA. “I mean, to see them do something like this in a small community that’s trying to help build the community, it’s sad.”  

Although authorities are unsure of the arsonist’s motives, Abounding Prosperity CEO Kirk Myers told the station he believes the perpetrator wanted to intimidate the people the center serves. “You know where my mind immediately goes is that the political climate in the world we’re living in today is creating an atmosphere where this sort of activity could be acceptable in someone’s mind,” Myers said. Before the incident, the center had not received any specific threats, he said. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/crime/2017/7/07/dallas-lgbt-center-damaged-arson-attack

Kevin Carnell is more than just an Instagram star (with nearly 80,000 followers). The 25-year old is also an activist — seen biking at the 2015 and 2016 AIDS/LifeCycle wearing only a small, tight Speedo and a smile. Carnell ended up raising $10,000 for people with HIV while on the ride. Expect him again next year too. But don’t let his sexy snaps fool you. Carnell wasn’t always so confident.

After dealing with low self-esteem and poor body image all his life, Carnell finally came out five years ago, explaining to The Advocate that he wanted to find a way to love himself and embrace who he was without the sexual attention of others.

“I would sleep with [guys], using my body with the hopes of being desired and kept — only to be tossed aside for the next best thing. It wasn’t the best decision, but it was something that I needed to learn.”

[ Related: 23 Photos of Kevin Carnell’s Life, Friends, and Remarkable Physique ]

He goes on to say that his fitness journey came about by making a promise to himself that he’s worth more.

“If I wanted to be happy with how I viewed myself, I needed to set a goal and start from within,” he admits. “[Fitness] shaped how I saw myself, without the input or advice from others. When I see myself every morning, I only have one person to answer to, one person to compare myself to, and one person to impress. It was never about having the perfect body. It was about having the perfect mind-set for how I viewed my body.”

He says he looks back at “old photos of myself and I’m so happy to see my journey … I’m happiest knowing I was able to chisel the way I viewed myself and value the importance of my self-worth, aside from sexual attention. I don’t have a goal weight, goal bench press max, etc. I push myself to the limits I am comfortable with and go off of how I feel. Our bodies and our time on this earth are temporary, so I’m looking to make the most of it.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/current-issue/2017/7/06/how-fitness-changed-his-life

You’re not alone in needing a break from the news. That’s the message in the latest Orbitz ad, released today and starring one of the most adored news breaks on the internet: Randy Rainbow.

The Advocate has been a fan of Mr. Rainbow at least since 2016, when we wrote that “Political Provocateur Randy Rainbow Is the Best Thing About the Election.” In his new ad, the out comedian sings an original song, joined by the likes of Bianca Del Rio and Margaret Cho. Watch the very LGBT-inclusive travel ad, “Come See the Great Big World,” in the video below. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/media/2017/5/09/need-news-break-randy-rainbow-made-orbitz-ad-video

Foto shoc e parole come “matanza” ovvero carneficina, orrore, campeggiano sulle prime pagine dei giornali spagnoli e internazionali. Dal El Pais ai britannici Guardian e Times che titola: “Il male colpisce ancora”.

Dalla Gran Bretagna alla Francia, dall’Italia alla Grecia, i quotidiani raccontano la giornata di terrore vissuta nel cuore di Barcellona. Niente diatribe politiche, notizie sportive, gossip di mezza estate.

I media dedicano pagine e servizi su uno dei più gravi attacchi della storia della Spagna. Testimonianze, ricostruzioni, commenti di esperti. C’è anche chi ha scelto, come La Razón, di avere una prima pagina nera, listata a lutto. Un giorno di sangue che ha fatto rimpiobare l’Europa nell’incubo del terrorismo islamico.

Article source: http://it.euronews.com/2017/08/18/barcellona-le-prime-pagine-dei-giornali

Jimmy Carter assinou 70, Bill Clinton 50. Já Barack Obama ficou-se pelas 39.

Truman rubricou 55 em 100 dias. No mesmo tempo, Roosevelt meteu a sua assinatura em 76.

Posto isto, pode dizer-se que a matemática não é o forte de Donald Trump. Pelo menos a matemática legislativa.

Article source: http://www.dn.pt/mundo/interior/trump-diz-que-foi-o-que-assinou-mais-decretos-mas-esta-enganado-8644449.html

The head of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, who is also the woman who organized the meeting between campus sexual assault survivors and advocates and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Candice Jackson, apologized Thursday to survivors for borderline rape denial comments she previously made, according to Politico. But she fell short of apologizing for also inviting men’s rights groups that include rape denialists to speak with DeVos regarding Title IX guidance for students, families, and institutions on the topic of sexual assault.

Jackson, an attorney and a sexual assault survivor who, during the election, helped organize meetings between women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and Donald Trump, an accused rapist and a man who admitted to grabbing women without consent, deeply offended survivors when she told The New York Times, “The accusations [of campus sexual assault] — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'”

Jackson issued a written apology that said her statement “poorly characterized the conversations I’ve had with countless groups of advocates. What I said was flippant, and I am sorry.” 

But her apology was not enough for survivors and advocates. “There’s no way to take it back, unfortunately,” Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women’s Law Center, told Politico. “It’s been put out there. The only thing they can do now is exercise the leadership and spending a lot of time rejecting the rape myths they propagated this week.”

While the meeting between survivors and DeVos reportedly last 15 minutes longer than scheduled, and each woman was afforded an opportunity to share her story, the fact remains that the Education secretary also carved out time to hear the stories of former students who’d been accused of rape who were accompanied by the men’s rights groups the National Coalition for Men and the Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE), an unrepentant group of rape denialists that espouses the belief that rape is a hoax. 

“It’s hard to share your story in any environment, but when you hear the sort of rape myths put out there from a department official, they still came and shared their stories,” Graves told Politico regarding the meeting. “The reason they’re willing to come here today is because they’re deeply worried we are going to roll back all the progress we’ve made.”

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/7/13/betsy-devoss-colleague-apologizes-borderline-rape-denial-comments

Orlando officials rallied this morning around the rainbow flag and remembered the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting that occurred this day last year. 

As the Orlando Gay Chorus prepared to sing at a midday vigil at Pulse, which has been closed since the attack, a ceremony was held Monday morning in front of the Orange County Administration Center in downtown Orlando and marked the first Orlando United Day. There, a segment of the Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag, sewn by late flag maker Gilbert Baker and once draped across the entirety of Key West, Fla., was unfurled on the outside of the building.

“I can tell you candidly 10 years ago we would never be able to fly this flag or we would not be able to do it without a flood of outrage,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said.

The decision to fly the flag Monday incited one phone call of complaint in a community of 1.3 million, Jacobs said, and two protestors showed up to protest the government’s “complicity” in “scandal” by flying the flag, but the move widely was applauded in the Orlando area. Mark Ebonhoch, executive director of LoveIsLove Key West and the steward of the flag in recent years, lost his friend Eddie Sotomayor Jr. in the attack last year. He believed Baker would be honored to see the flag fly in Orlando, and noted Baker’s satisfaction last year when the flag flew days after the attack.

At a vigil midday, Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said that while terrorists aim to damage American society, the attack last year, which ISIS claimed credit for, only served to make it stronger. “Isn’t it interesting that it had the opposite effect?” he said at the vigil. “It brought us together in unity and love.”

Those comments were echoed by U.S. Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat representing the Orlando area. “We will always be Orlando Strong,” she said. “Hate is not welcome and will never be.” 

 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/crime/2017/6/12/how-orlando-commemorated-pulse-massacre

Chi è Vito Troilo

Giornalista pubblicista. Caporedattore, oltre che responsabile della redazione sportiva, di Bisceglie in diretta.
Si occupa di cronaca, attualità, politica e spettacoli oltre che di sport. È grande appassionato delle tematiche che riguardano l’Europa orientale.
Ha praticato calcio, pallacanestro e atletica leggera, è stato allenatore e dirigente di pallacanestro. Ha cominciato a scrivere articoli all’età di 10 anni. Ha collaborato con diversi quotidiani, tv, radio e riviste specializzate. Ha realizzato centinaia di telecronache e radiocronache sportive. Cura uffici stampa e campagne promozionali.

Article source: http://www.bisceglieindiretta.it/giochi-studenteschi-exploit-della-battisti-ferraris-la-squadra-maschile-e-alle-finali-nazionali/

Since taking office in January, Donald Trump has proven time and time again with his Tweets that he’s a wiz at dissembling, deflecting, and projection. One of his frequent, seemingly favorite targets is Hillary Clinton, considering how much blame he’s laid at her feet in during his 140-character tantrums. But early Monday he trained his obsession with the Clinton family on daughter Chelsea Clinton, and she clapped right back with a cheerful yet searing response on Twitter. 

News outlets and Twitter users began to call out the rather unusual precedent he set by allowing his daughter, Ivanka Trump, a woman who was not elected president and who lacks the experience and background, to sit in for him with world leaders during the G20 Summit, the BBC reports. Trump doubled down and not only refused to acknowledge that seating Ivanka between the British prime minister and the Chinese president while he left the room was problematic around issues of diplomacy, but he lashed out on Twitter and dragged Hillary and Chelsea Clinton into something that had nothing to do with them.

 

To back up his assertion that he’d done nothing wrong asking Ivanka to be privy to the conversations of world leaders while he purportedly met one-on-one with the Indonesian president, he pulled German Chancellor Angela Merkel into the conversation. 

 

 

But Chelsea Clinton, who enjoys a strong Twitter presence and who actually earned a Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford, was not about to allow Trump’s speculation about how her mother would have seated her at the G20 summit to stand. Not only did she call him out for his gross assertions in the nicest way possible, she also fired off a zinger that called him out for possibly doing damage to the country while Ivanka was handed the keys to the kingdom. 

Trump has not repsonded to Chelsea Clinton’s Tweet, but it’s still only Monday. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/7/10/chelsea-clinton-clapped-back-trump-his-outlandish-tweet-about-her

Activist Desiree Fairooz was convicted in May of disorderly and disruptive conduct and for acting unlawfully on Capitol grounds for laughing during Jeff Sessions’s Senate confirmation hearing for attorney general, but a judge in Washington, D.C,. threw out the conviction Friday and ordered a new trial, according to Buzzfeed News.

Fairooz, 61, was arrested January 10 for bursting out in laughter when Republican Sen. Richard Shelby remarked on Sessions’s “clear and well-documented” record of “treating all Americans equally under the law.” 

Detailing the arrest that occurred during the Sessions hearing, Fairooz said she was with fellow activists Tighe Barry and Lenny Bianchi, who were also arrested and convicted. They had already been removed from the room by the time a rookie police officer attempted to force Fairooz from the premises, reports HuffPost. As officers hauled her out of the room she shouted, “Do not vote for Jeff Sessions,” which the foreperson of the jury that found her guilty said was the reason she was arrested. However, she would not have been forcibly removed from the room if she hadn’t been caught laughing. 

Before Chief Judge Robert Morin vacated the conviction and granted a motion for a new trial Friday, Fairooz faced a possible sentence of up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine. 

Morin tossed out the conviction when prosecutors said in closing arguments that “laughter alone was enough to merit a conviction,” Fairooz’s attorney Samuel Bogash told Buzzfeed News. 

“What [Morin] said was that the laughter alone was legally insufficient to convict someone of disorderly or disruptive behavior on Capitol grounds, or disrupting Congress,” Bogash said. “He doesn’t know whether they convicted her for a legally sufficient reason or a legally insufficient reason.” 

An activist and mom from Arlington, Texas, Fairooz amped up her resistance with the women-led activist group Code Pink, formed in 2003 to oppose George W. Bush’s Iraq war, and has since protested with the group on countless occasions. She’s been arrested up to eight times for protesting previously (usually with the knowledge that her protest was actionable). 

A status hearing for Fairooz has been scheduled for September 1, according to Buzzfeed News. 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/7/14/conviction-tossed-woman-convicted-laughing-during-sessions-confirmation

Two Democrats in Congress have introduced a bill that would allow same-sex couples married before the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down to file amended federal tax returns for additional years, possibly bringing many of them refunds.

After DOMA’s section 3, barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, same-sex couples could file joint federal tax returns for the first time. President Obama directed his administration to let married same-sex couples file amended returns for previous years to the extent allowed by law, which meant those who believe they would have received a refund if filing jointly in 2010, 2011, or 2012 could submit an amended one.

The Refund Equality Act, introduced today by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Richard Neal, would let couples file amended returns back to the date of their marriage. That would bring them access to an estimated $67 million in refunds, said the lawmakers, both from Massachusetts, which in 2004 became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

“For nearly a decade, legally married same-sex couples had to file their taxes as single persons, often paying more taxes than they would owe if they could file as married,” Warren said in a press release. “This bill is a simple fix to allow same-sex couples to claim the tax refunds they earned but were denied because of who they love.”

“All legally married couples in this country deserve to be treated equally,” added Neal. “This bill would codify into law an important correction that would enable same-sex married couples to go back and claim the tax refunds and credits for which they qualify. The Supreme Court has ruled as such, and now it’s time for Congress to act and make sure all Americans are treated with the fairness and equality they deserve under the law.”

Thirty senators and 39 House members, almost all Democrats, are cosponsoring the legislation. Not all married same-sex couples would benefit from its passage — those in which both spouses have similar incomes would likely not receive a greater refund by filing jointly rather than separately, the Washington Blade notes. But others would see larger ones.

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/7/13/new-tax-bill-could-bring-refunds-many-same-sex-couples

Nikki Haley took to Twitter on Sunday to express dismay at being booed when she encountered — either on purpose or accidentally — the Pride parade happening in New York City.

The former South Carolina governor and Donald Trump’s current ambassador to the United Nations posted a cryptic tweet that sparked thousands of responses. Haley wrote that she and her son “were booed by patrons saying hateful things as we left lunch” during the Pride parade. “Our country is better than this,” she said of being booed, adding hashtag #HateNeverWins. 

On Instagram, Haley posted a photo of herself and her son, plus 10 other friends who she said were there when Haley was booed (somewhere in the West Village, according to commenters). 

“Fun hanging out with this group today as we took on the Pride Parade in NYC,” she wrote, adding hashtags #SCTakesOnNYC, #TeamHaleyUN, and #BooedButSmiling.

Fun hanging out with this group today as we took on the Pride Parade in NYC. #SCTakesOnNYC #TeamHaleyUN #BooedButSmiling

A post shared by Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) on Jun 25, 2017 at 5:09pm PDT

Haley was the first member of the Trump administration to speak publicly against the torture and murder of LGBT people happening now in Chechnya. GLAAD exacted pressure for days until she issued a statement as U.N. ambassador. The president, meanwhile, has said nothing. 

Haley couldn’t seem to figure out why she would’ve been booed by LGBT people, but Twitter was there to help. 

First, there seems to be a dispute about the amount of booing that Haley experienced.

Many others were sympathetic to the booing. Thousands of responses to the tweet are posted. Here’s a sampling:

The Log Cabin Republicans also responded to the tweet. 

 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2017/6/25/nikki-haley-was-booed-ny-pride-and-cant-fathom-why

Above: Owen and Blue on the verge of becoming parents. Their daughter, Finley, was born on May 24.

Since 2009, lesbian photographer B. Proud has documented over six dozen long-term LGBT couples for her First Comes Love project. The ensuing book featured a foreword by Edith Windsor (whose Supreme Court case largely ended the Defense of Marriage Act). A gallery exhibition is touring the country now and the project has inspired a song, music video, and documentary.

“I feel that it’s the transgender community that now needs the most attention,” says Proud, whose new project focuses on trans and genderqueer people in love. “I’m doing this with a purpose. For me, changing laws does not change people’s minds. It’s only through understanding that people learn to accept. The transgender community needs our understanding, protecting, and celebrating right now.”

She hopes her photos capture “the beauty of the many configurations of couples and families that blossom from love and that truly make our world a better place. There are trans children out there who need hope and protection. I hope that my work will help to give them that.”

“There are many versions of what makes a family,” says Proud, who has met LGBT families from around the country. “At one of my recent exhibitions in Yakima, Wash., two men came and brought their children — nine of them, all different ages and races. One of the fathers cried in my arms, thanking me for showing his children that there were other families like theirs.”

Jonah and Deejay (pictured with their biological daughter, Anuhea below) are engaged to be married next October. Jonah works for the post office and is a female illusionist. Deejay is a photographer and DJ who provides security at Piranha Night Club in Las Vegas.

Deejay says the couple is sometimes asked “vulgar” and “personal questions about our family and how our daughter came about… ‘Where’s the womb? Where’s the girl? Who’s the dad?’… If you don’t know us there’s no reason for you to judge the way that we live or the way that we made our family!”

“I have seen such deep love and commitment on my journey with these projects,” Proud says. “It was such an incredible experience to photograph Owen and Blue [above] while Owen was experiencing labor pains. I felt, firsthand, the anticipation and joy coming from these soon-to-be fathers. It is both a challenge and an honor to attempt to share that feeling with the world. I am blessed to be able to give these couples and families a voice.”

Above: Jonah and Deejay with their daughter Anuhea.

Browse, donate, participate, or learn at FirstComesLove.org.

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/current-issue/2017/7/12/b-proud-giving-trans-families-voice

After Showtime announced on Tuesday the return of its lesbian soapThe L Word, fans have continued to erupt in joy. The L.A.-set drama ended in 2009, and although in its absence a handful of series have explored the emotional and physical intimacy of queer female characters, from Orange Is The New Black to The Walking Dead, for many the void has yet to be filled. The reboot finally brings back a show where queer women are at the center of nearly all the storylines.

 

 

For other fans, the return of the series has highlighted the cultural divides between different generations of queer women, as well as hope for an even more progressive and empowering series for the LGBT community. 

 

 

 

 

Others see The L Word reboot as an opportunity to pass the torch of representation and acceptance onward, or just plain celebrate.

 

 

 

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/television/2017/7/12/fans-are-freaking-out-over-l-word-reboot

Terror attacks wreaked havoc in London this weekend. But that hasn’t stopped Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester Concert.

The event began as planned Sunday evening at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, as a show of support for the victims of terror. Last month, an explosion killed 22 fans and injured over 100 at the end of Grande’s concert in Manchester, England.

One Love Manchester features performances Grande, Katy Perry, the Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Coldplay, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and more. Proceeds support the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Watch it live below.

Article source: https://www.advocate.com/music/2017/6/04/watch-ariana-grandes-one-love-manchester-concert-live

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One of the best parts of any episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race is when she tells the leaving queen to “sashay away.” In English, it’s not terribly mean — and it rhymes. Everybody knows that rhyming lessens the meanness! (Assuming it’s not, you know, battle rap.)

But while Netflix Portugal’s translation does indeed rhyme, it’s way more vicious. In this version, RuPaul’s subtitles tell queens “Adeus, vai-te embora, ninguém te adora.” Which, translated means “Bye, go home, nobody loves you!”

Dang. Just think how mean that would sound if it didn’t rhyme.

These words are a little shocking from RuPaul’s mouth (or, well, the text below her mouth). Especially considering one of her most famous quotes is “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” Though, we suppose the implication is that the queen is being rejected because no one loves them, and thanks to the transitive property, that means they don’t love themselves?

But still — even if it’s true, you don’t say that to someone!

To be fair, translation is really tricky. It’s not just a matter of translating the words. A trip to Google Translate will show you that. There’s also loads of contextual clues and cultural references that’ll be easy to miss.

For example, one famous translation error is in the Italian version of George Orwell’s novel 1984. In the original text, the opening line is “It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.” In English, that says a lot — English speakers tend to relate to 24-hour time as militaristic. We even call it “military time”!

However, in early Italian versions, the translators didn’t understand the reference, and translated it as the clocks striking “one.” (Recent Italian editions fix this.) While technically correct — 1300 hours is 1:00 p.m. — it removes all context. It takes a subtly surprising line that gives insight into the world of the novel and makes it ordinary.

Other countries have their own translations of “sashay away.” For example, in France, it’s “défile jusqu’à la sortie” — “parade to the exit.” It doesn’t rhyme, but at least it’s less likely to make someone cry.

It’s worth noting too, this isn’t the translation for all Portuguese-speaking countries. In Brazil, English expressions are more common, so they leave “sashay away” untranslated.

Article source: https://unicornbooty.com/sashay-away-portuguese/

A Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment anunciou hoje durante a final Brasil da Liga Latina de Injustice 2 que Ed Boon, diretor de Injustice 2 e um dos criadores do consagrado game de luta Mortal Kombat estará na Brasil Game Show 2017.

O anúncio foi feito através de um comunicado enviado pelo próprio Ed Boon , em que ele anuncia que está empolgado com a visita ao Brasil e em poder voltar à BGS para reencontrar os fãs.

Edward J. Boon trabalhou por mais de 15 anos na antiga Midway, que após ser adquirida pela Warner Bros. mudou de nome para NetherRealm Studios. Boon, juntamente com John Tobias, criou a série Mortal Kombat, na qual trabalha até hoje como produtor executivo, além de emprestar sua voz característica ao personagem Scorpion.

Atualmente, Ed Boon é diretor de Injustice 2, o game de luta que possibilita a criação e personalização de versões definitivas de super-heróis e supervilões icônicos da DC Entertainment. O game está disponível para PlayStation 4 e Xbox One, nas plataformas física e digital, totalmente em português e com versão brasileira exclusiva.

Para mais informações, fique de olho nos canais da Warner Games Brasil no Facebook, YouTube e Twitter.

Patrocinado

Article source: http://cosmonerd.com.br/games/noticias-games/warner-bros-interactive-entertainment-vai-trazer-ed-boon-para-bgs-2017/

Il nuovo Molfetta Calcio, oltre al presidente Corrado Azzollini, comprende anche Peppino De Nicolò, Ennio Cormio, Saverio Bufi, Paolo de Gennaro e la new entry Agostino Divella.

Esclusa, invece, la partecipazione nel Molfetta Calcio del notaio terlizzese Salvatore D’Alesio, negli anni passati dapprima al Terlizzi e poi al Monopoli, che continuerà ad essere un semplice simpatizzate della formazione biancorossa. «Lui non fa parte assolutamente della compagine societaria – ha chiarito il ds Gianluca Frascati davanti alle telecamere di Telesveva – però chiaramente c’è un rapporto di grandissima amicizia, anche con me personalmente».

«A noi – ha concluso il direttore sportivo biancorosso – fa piacere che lui venga e porti un po’ di allegria, però lui non fa parte assolutamente della compagine societaria».

Article source: https://www.terlizziviva.it/sport/molfetta-calcio-esclusa-la-partecipazione-del-notaio-d-alesio/

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One of the best parts of any episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race is when she tells the leaving queen to “sashay away.” In English, it’s not terribly mean — and it rhymes. Everybody knows that rhyming lessens the meanness! (Assuming it’s not, you know, battle rap.)

But while Netflix Portugal’s translation does indeed rhyme, it’s way more vicious. In this version, RuPaul’s subtitles tell queens “Adeus, vai-te embora, ninguém te adora.” Which, translated means “Bye, go home, nobody loves you!”

Dang. Just think how mean that would sound if it didn’t rhyme.

These words are a little shocking from RuPaul’s mouth (or, well, the text below her mouth). Especially considering one of her most famous quotes is “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” Though, we suppose the implication is that the queen is being rejected because no one loves them, and thanks to the transitive property, that means they don’t love themselves?

But still — even if it’s true, you don’t say that to someone!

To be fair, translation is really tricky. It’s not just a matter of translating the words. A trip to Google Translate will show you that. There’s also loads of contextual clues and cultural references that’ll be easy to miss.

For example, one famous translation error is in the Italian version of George Orwell’s novel 1984. In the original text, the opening line is “It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.” In English, that says a lot — English speakers tend to relate to 24-hour time as militaristic. We even call it “military time”!

However, in early Italian versions, the translators didn’t understand the reference, and translated it as the clocks striking “one.” (Recent Italian editions fix this.) While technically correct — 1300 hours is 1:00 p.m. — it removes all context. It takes a subtly surprising line that gives insight into the world of the novel and makes it ordinary.

Other countries have their own translations of “sashay away.” For example, in France, it’s “défile jusqu’à la sortie” — “parade to the exit.” It doesn’t rhyme, but at least it’s less likely to make someone cry.

It’s worth noting too, this isn’t the translation for all Portuguese-speaking countries. In Brazil, English expressions are more common, so they leave “sashay away” untranslated.

Article source: https://unicornbooty.com/sashay-away-portuguese/

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None of us would ever want to experience any of the classic “goodbye” phrases on reality TV: “Pack your knives and go,” “You’re out,” “The tribe has spoken”… all these eliminations are rough. And it turns out the phrase “Sashay away” from RuPaul’s Drag Race in Portuguese might be the most brutal one of all.

Whenever a contestant gets eliminated from Drag Race, RuPaul (in perfect RuPaul fashion) tells them to “sashay away.” And we have always loved that as an elimination line. But Twitter user Phi_lipi noticed something. If you watch the show in Portuguese, the phrase becomes a little less fun.

Turns out “sashay away” translated in Portuguese makes RuPaul’s Drag Race pretty savage.

YIKES, that is seriously harsh. We know RuPaul can be tough on the show, but damn. “Sashay away” becomes “Bye, go home, no one loves you.” According to the Twitter user, this is the translation that appeared when he watched the show online in Portugal.

Article source: http://hellogiggles.com/portuguese-translation-rupauls-drag-race-sashay-away/