Rep. Eric Swalwell: Devin Nunes’s Behavior Looks Like a ‘Cover-Up to a Crime’ — WATCH

Rep. Eric Swalwell: Devin Nunes’s Behavior Looks Like a ‘Cover-Up to a Crime’ — WATCH

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Rep. Eric Swalwell of California’s 15th Congressional District, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, continued to call for its chairman Republican Devin Nunes, also of California, to step down from leading an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, describing his behavior as “what a cover-up to a crime looks like.”

On the MSNBC program Morning Joe, Swalwell said that the work of the committee leading into last week had now been compromised. Nunes, a member of the Trump transitional team, had by his own admission visited the White House prior to his confused press conference on Friday that he had seen evidence that members of the Trump team had been under surveillance. The ranking Democrat on the Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-PA), has also asked for Nunes to recuse himself given his sharing of information with the White House while it is under investigation. It also has emerged today that Nunes canceled a scheduled hearing with former acting attorney general Sally Yates to avoid her disclosure of information related to the Russia probe.

Swalwell pointed out that a meeting at the Capitol and with more members of the committee of both parties would have been more proper, with its own facilities for reviewing classified information, and that visiting the White House is not undertaken lightly even by members of Congress: “This was done because the White House wanted it to be done, and this is what the cover-up to a crime looks like. We are watching it play out right now.”

The Hill adds:

Swalwell also raised questions as to why Nunes hasn’t wanted to share his source behind surveillance claims.

“A lot of [lawmakers] have said that we don’t need an independent commission because we’re doing the work in the House committee, on the Intelligence Committee, and so that’s always been the out for not having an independent commission,” Swalwell said. “So I’ve heard frustration that they don’t have that out anymore. So where do we go now?”

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GLAAD announces inaugural Rising Stars Grant Recipients

GLAAD announces inaugural Rising Stars Grant Recipients


GLAAD is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 inaugural Rising Stars Grants.

The GLAAD Rising Stars program, presented by Delta Airlines, Coca Cola Company, and Barilla Group, empowers and invests in the next generation of LGBTQ change makers, whose advocacy is changing their local communities and the culture at large. Grants are awarded annually to LGBTQ youth and support initiatives that champion intersectional LGBTQ issues, including racial justice, immigration rights, trans equality, and more.

All recipients will be recognized at the Rising Stars Luncheons taking place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on March 31, 2017 and the Hilton in New York City on May 5, 2017.

The Rising Stars Luncheon will be hosted by Hannah Hart with presenters Troye Sivan, Victoria Justice, Alexandra Grey, and Gigi Gorgeous, and featuring special appearances by Harmony Santana, Isabella Gomez, Angelica Ross, Zoey Luna, Elliot Fletcher, Cetine Dale, Jacob Tobia, Trevor Moran and Bobby Brooks, all of whom are notable for their contributions to LGBTQ visibility and fair representation in the media.

Recipients of GLAAD Rising Stars Grants will also attend the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City and Los Angeles, which honor media for fair and accurate representations of LGBTQ people and the issues that impact their lives.

Congratulations to the recipients!

2017 Rising Stars grant recipients


Aisha Bibbs

Aisha Bibbs is a senior majoring in Communications at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently serves as the marketing director for U of L’s LGBT Center, an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of LGBTQ identified students in the city. She plans to continue her studies in an MBA program this upcoming fall. As a Rising Stars Grant recipient, she will work to create mass media content, including the design of branding, training, and student resource materials, for both the university and the city of Louisville to further promote equality and inclusivity.


Lizeth Urdiales

Lizeth Urdiales is a senior majoring in Mexican American Studies with a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Lizeth is a Queer, Undocumented, Latinx, differently-abled student, and her work at UT Austin has predominantly surrounded assistance for Undocumented communities. Upon graduation, Lizeth will pursue an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and will use her role as a Rising Stars Grant recipient to empower Undocumented communities in the workplace by by creating awareness for workers’ rights abuses, and by building stronger relationships between Undocumented and U.S. Resident and Citizen allies regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, class, nationality, ability, and citizenship status.


C Mandler

C Mandler is a junior double majoring in Philosophy and Written Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. They run a campus DIY music venue called the Root Cellar, sing in their school’s sole a cappella group, and work as an Event Coordinator at the Difference and Media Project. They recently presented at Princeton University’s Compass Philosophy Workshop, which was specifically held for women, non-binary, and trans people in Philosophy, and are in the process of self-publishing their third book of poetry. C will use their role as a Rising Stars Grant recipient to continue to bring queer and trans musicians of color to Bard to perform, lecture, and workshop with students and faculty on campus and beyond.


Kylan Kester

Kylan Kester is a junior majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in International Affairs at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. On campus, Kylan serves as a fierce advocate for innovation and inclusion, and serves as an editor at large with LinkedIn’s Student Voices platform and The Huffington Post. Kylan prides themself as a global citizen who has been recognized for intersectional leadership and outstanding achievement by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Apple, Proctor & Gamble, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Black College Hall of Fame. As a Rising Stars Grant recipient, Kylan will build a holistic multimedia platform that speaks to the mission of diversifying the LGBTQ narrative by covering underrepresented stories on politics, entrepreneurship, world-travel, and technology.


Monique Swirsky

Monique Swirsky is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainable food production, and minors in entrepreneurship, leadership studies, and philosophy at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. In her community, Monique is a member of the NAACP, and is currently doing research on how to create more empowering college campuses for LGBTQ+ students in NC in the wake of House Bill 2. As a Rising Stars grant recipient she will establish an online and print news source focused specifically on highlighting stories of marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ people, people of color, and religious minorities, and emphasizing what allies of these communities can do to get involved and help combat active hate groups in Elon.


Joon Park

Joon Park is a junior majoring in Economics at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Intersectionality is Joon’s favorite word: they believe that the intersections of being a first generation college student from an immigrant family and their gender non-binary, queer, Asian, and Korean-American identities have played a pivotal role in shaping their lived experiences. Much of their activism focuses on fostering intersectional spaces, specifically for Queer/Trans People of Color. As a Rising Stars Grant recipient, Joon plans on strengthening the relationship between the queer alumni network and the current undergraduate LGBTQ+ student body at Boston College, and creating a robust, united front that can help facilitate the ongoing creation of intersectional and LGBTQ-inclusive spaces at their university.

March 28, 2017

Daniel Radcliffe, Spinach Heart, Paul Walker, Energy Independence, RuPaul’s Drag Race: HOT LINKS

Daniel Radcliffe, Spinach Heart, Paul Walker, Energy Independence, RuPaul’s Drag Race: HOT LINKS

Jared KushnerJARED KUSHNER. Trump son-in-law met Russian bank executives: “A Russian bank under Western economic sanctions over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine disclosed on Monday that its executives had met Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser, in December.”

NYC. Baltimore man who stabbed black man to death in midtown Manhattan gets terrorism charge: “James Harris Jackson, 28, faces life without parole if convicted of the charges filed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office Monday. Jackson allegedly stabbed bottle-collector Timothy Caughman, 66, Monday at 36th St. and Ninth Ave. at 11:30 p.m. He’d taken a bus to New York from Baltimore on March 17 specifically to kill black people in a place where he thought the act would get greater media attention, officials said.”

Trump Mexico City“ENERGY INDEPENDENCE” Trump to sign devastating EO on climate change: “This is just a sweeping devastating of climate protections that were already insufficiently robust. And this is the kind of policy that has effects that can’t just be unwound with the stroke of a pen sometime down the road.”

QUEERS. Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss launches series of original shorts for BBC Four: “Grouped together under the title Queers, the eight 15-minute monologues begin with The Man on the Platform, set in 1917 and written by Gatiss himself. The monologues will be staged at the Old Vic theatre in London in July before their television airings.”

James bluntJAMES BLUNT. The singer revealed what his hit “Beautiful” is really about: “‘You’re Beautiful’ is not this soft romantic f**king song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a f**king kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.”

MONTANA. House panel kills anti-trans bathroom bill: “But the Montana Family Foundation, a socially conservative group based in Laurel, said after the vote it will try to place the issue on the 2018 ballot anyway, through a voter initiative.”

GRACE AND FRANKIE. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda have a new business model for Donald Trump.

Lady Gaga RuPaulRECORDS. RuPaul’s Drag Race brought in nearly 1 million viewers, a record for the franchise after its move to VH1. “The telecast tripled its 8 PM time slot and more than doubled its viewership from last season’s debut on Logo. The Emmy-winning series moved to VH1 as part of the recent restructuring under the networks’ owner Viacom. The Season 9 premiere also performed well on social, scoring its highest Twitter volume ever, according to VH1.”

BARRY JENKINS. Moonlight director will write and direct Underground Railroad series at Amazon.

MALE MODEL TUESDAY. Colin Ryan. More here.

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BEATING HEART. Spinach leaf transforms into sheet of beating human heart cells. “WPI research team shows spinach leaves stripped of plant cells can become a vascular network to deliver blood, oxygen and nutrients to grow human tissues like cardiac muscle to treat heart attack patients. This green solution may solve the major problem now limiting the regeneration of large section of human tissues, bone, even whole organs to treat disease or traumatic injuries.”

PAUL WALKER. Two surfer dudes lobby for a Paul Walker statue at San Clemente pier.

TRAILER OF THE DAY. Daniel Radcliffe “The Jungle”.

TOO HOT TUESDAY. Milly Bean (and friends).

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Before Transgender Day of Visibility, Highlighting Trans Survivors of Violence

Before Transgender Day of Visibility, Highlighting Trans Survivors of Violence

Content note: This post discusses abuse and violence, including sexual violence, against transgender people. It does not describe specific acts of violence.

Each November, transgender people and our allies come together to mourn those transgender people lost to murder during the past year for Transgender Day of Remembrance. The victims we honor are a stark reminder that transgender people—and, at a far disproportionate rate, transgender women of color—face stunning and unacceptable rates of violence.

The importance of mourning murder victims, and commemorating their lives, cannot be overstated. It’s also vitally important to remember that an even greater number of transgender people experience nonfatal violence every year. The National Center for Transgender Equality’s U.S. Trans Survey, the largest-ever study of transgender adults, gives us a sense of just how common these experiences are. Among nearly 28,000 adults who completed the survey, nine percent had been physically attacked due to their transgender identity in the past year alone. One in 10 had been sexually assaulted in the past year, and almost half had been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.

When we think of violence against transgender people, we often think of attacks by strangers—a real concern, particularly with anti-transgender sentiment stirred up by laws like North Carolina’s HB 2. But transgender people often also experience violence from their own relatives and even their partners. In the U.S. Trans Survey, one in 10 participants who was out to their family had experienced violence from one or more family members, and more than half had experienced intimate partner violence. When it comes to sexual assault, the most common perpetrators are friends and acquaintances, followed by partners and strangers.

The risk for different types of violence seems to be based in part on a person’s other identities. In the U.S. Trans Survey, non-binary people and transgender men were most likely to experience sexual assault at some point in their lives, while transgender women of color were particularly likely to have been attacked in public by strangers, or to have been attacked with a gun. Stunning results from undocumented participants included a 24 percent rate of being physically attacked in the past year, and a 68 percent lifetime rate of intimate partner violence. These findings echo HRC’s Post-Election Survey of Teens, where young transgender and LGBQ people described harassment and fears of violence based not only on their LGBTQ identities but also on their race, immigration status, religion and other characteristics.

The factors that put transgender people at risk for physical attack, partner abuse and sexual violence are similar to those that increase the risk of murder: exclusion from economic opportunities; being pushed out of school; and perpetrators’ belief that transgender victims will not be taken seriously. HRC and the Trans People of Color Coalition’s 2016 report on anti-transgender violence, A Matter of Life and Death, explains how we can begin to address some of these root causes.

While key supports for violence survivors (including domestic violence shelters) too often fail to serve transgender survivors adequately, trans survivors have some protections under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA funds many programs for people who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence or stalking. These programs must provide equal services to everyone regardless of their gender or transgender status. They also cannot require transgender survivors to hide their gender identity in order to receive services. The National Center for Transgender Equality and National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs have more information on these rights.

Many services across the U.S., including a number of LGBTQ-specific programs, are already well-prepared to support transgender survivors. One such group is FORGE, which offers online self-help resources, a support network, and referrals to trans-affirming therapists. Local members of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs may also be able to help.

To learn more about HRC’s work to end violence against transgender people, read “A Matter of Life and Death,” a 2016 report co-published with the Trans People of Color Coalition.

Was This Veteran Lesbian Journalist Tossed Aside for Millennial Writers?

Was This Veteran Lesbian Journalist Tossed Aside for Millennial Writers?
Karen Ocamb

Karen Ocamb’s former boss gave an interview saying she was too old to write for Frontiers. Now Frontiers is bankrupt and she’s suing for discrimination, while helping start up the nation’s newest queer newspaper.