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A man in Richmond, Virginia went to the hospital suffering an asthma attack after he discovered his car vandalized on Halloween night with the words “GAY MOVE DIE”. Police confirm to 8News they have launched a hate crime investigation after the words, “GAY MOVE DIE,” were spray-painted on a man’s car in the North Highland Park neighborhood.Gay/Lesbian News
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Justin Fairfax is running against state Sen. Jill Vogel Holtzman (R-Fauquier County) in the race to succeed Lieutenant Gov. Ralph Northam. (Photo courtesy of Justin Fairfax)

Marriage rights for same-sex couples and other LGBT-specific issues remain front and center ahead of next weeks elections in Virginia.Lieutenant Gov. Ralph Northam, who is running against former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe, on Oct. 23 appeared alongside Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish and others at Freddies Beach Bar in Crystal City.

Northam specifically applauded Attorney General Mark Herring for his 2014 decision not to defend Virginias constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Danica Roem, a transgender woman and former journalist who is challenging state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) in the 13th District, also spoke at the event.

We need to welcome people to Virginia, said Northam. It shouldnt matter your sexual orientation. It shouldnt matter the color of your skin, the country you come from or the religion that you practice. We are all in this together. Lets welcome people to the commonwealth of Virginia.

Herring: Same-sex marriage right thing

Republican John Adams is challenging Herring, a Democratic former state senator from Loudoun County.

Adams has repeatedly attacked Herring over his support of marriage rights for same-sex couples in Virginia.

The Republican in 2016 told members of the Virginia Beach Tea Party the state House of Delegates should have impeached Herring after announcing he would no longer defend Virginias marriage amendment. An Adams campaign ad that features Carol Schall and Mary Townley one of the plaintiff couples who challenged the states same-sex marriage ban in federal court and their daughter at a press conference with Herring is currently airing on D.C. television stations.

Herring told the Washington Blade on Monday during a telephone interview that Adams doesnt accept as valid the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell case that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples across the country.

It goes beyond his personal belief that same-sex couples should be marry, said Herring.

Marriage equality is the right thing for Virginians and their families, he added.

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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) speaks at Equality Virginia’s Commonwealth Dinner in Richmond, Va. on April 16, 2016. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Herring in 2015 said Virginia law gives local school boards the authority to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies. He and attorneys general from 18 other states and D.C. on Monday filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of a gay couple who argues they have the right under Colorados nondiscrimination law to purchase a wedding cake from a Christian baker in spite of his religious beliefs.Anti-discrimination laws in the commercial marketplace ensure equal access to goods and services and protections against the harms of discrimination, Herring told the Blade. Those are protections for everyone.

Adams campaign did not return the Blades request for comment.

Fairfax praises Gavin Grimm, criticizes GOP opponent

Justin Fairfax is running against state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Fauquier County) in the race to succeed Northam as lieutenant governor.

Fairfax on Tuesday told the Blade during a telephone interview that Gavin Grimm, a trans former Gloucester County High School student who filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Districts policy that prevented him from using bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with his gender identity, is incredibly brave. Fairfax also described President Trumps decision to ban trans people from the military as an awful and horrific ban.

A federal judge in D.C. on Monday ruled the White House cannot enforce the policy while legal challenges to it make their way through the judiciary.

People are really rejecting that type of discrimination, Fairfax told the Blade.

Vogel, who currently represents the 27th Senate District that includes the city of Winchester and portions of Loudoun County, publicly supports marriage rights for same-sex couples.

The Fauquier County Republican in 2013 voted to confirm Richmond Circuit Court Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland as Virginias first openly gay jurist and has backed measures that would have banned discrimination against LGBT Virginians in employment and housing. Vogel earlier this year and in 2016 voted for two religious freedom bills that critics contend would have allowed discrimination against them.

As a strong supporter of tolerance and freedom, Jill Vogel believes that the same constitution which protects same-sex couples right to marry also protects the free exercise rights of ministers, who should not be compelled to participate in a religious ceremony which violates their sincerely held religious beliefs, a spokesperson for Vogels campaign told the Blade in August in response to a question about LGBT Virginians for Vogel, a group that supports her campaign. Jills vote on a bill to protect ministers does not contradict her opposition to discrimination. Rather, it reflects her live-and-let-live world view which holds that government does not belong in either the bedroom or the church.

Vogels campaign did not respond to the Blades request for comment for this story.

Fairfax pointed out Vogel was among those who attended a Virginia Beach rally on Sunday during which Corey Stewart, the Republican chair of the Prince William Board of Supervisors who once chaired Trump’s campaign in Virginia and narrowly lost to Gillespie in June’s Republican gubernatorial primary, mocked Roems gender identity.

Jill was there, said nothing, Fairfax told the Blade. Yet Jill claims to be a friend of the LGBT community.

Roem: Marshalls hypocrisy truly knows no bounds

Former President Obama and former Vice President Biden in recent weeks have both campaigned with the Democratic ticket. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) appeared with Fairfax and Herring in Richmond on Sunday.

Washington Post-Schar School poll that was released on Tuesday indicates Northam is ahead of Gillespie by a 49-44 percent margin with Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra in third with four percent. The poll also notes Herring and Fairfax are ahead of their Republican rivals by a 49-43 percent margin.

Observers note the result of the Virginia statewide races will be a referendum on Trumps first year in office. Roem would also make history as the first openly trans woman seated in a state legislature if she were to defeat Marshall on Nov. 7.

Marshall, who has represented the 13th District since 1992, is among the General Assemblys most vocal opponents of LGBT rights. He has also repeatedly attacked Roem over her gender identity throughout the campaign.

Campaign flyers that Marshall distributed last week used male pronouns to describe Roem. Voters in the 13th District earlier this month received anti-trans robocalls from the American Principles Project, an organization that opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples and champions other conservative causes.

Marshall in an email he subsequently sent to his supporters included a link of a 2015 interview with American Principles Project Chair Sean Fieler in which he said society is wrestling with the idea of whether or not we want to accept that people exist independently of their bodies as really the transgender community is claiming as we should. Fieler, who lives in New Jersey, donated $20,000 to Marshalls campaign on Sept. 11.

Delegate Marshall’s hypocrisy truly knows no bounds: Saying that I’ve made my gender an issue while he spends two mailers attacking me for being trans and standing up for LGBTQ kids and misgenders me while he’s at it, said Roem in an Oct. 28 email.

Both Fairfax and Herring applauded Roem when they spoke to the Blade.

Shes running a great race, said Fairfax. There could not be a more stark contrast to Bob Marshall, who has made his career about discrimination.

Equality Virginia and the Human Rights Campaign are among the organizations that have endorsed Roem. They also back Northam, Fairfax and Herring.

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Danica Roem canvasses in the Sudley area of Manassas in Prince William County, Va., on June 20, 2017. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: San Juan mayor struggles to help people with HIV/AIDS
 

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Nov. 1, 2017. (Washington Blade photo by Tom Hausman)

Editors note: This is part one of a two-part interview with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz the Washington Blade conducted on Nov. 1, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in D.C.The mayor of the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan on Wednesday said her government is doing everything it can to help people with HIV/AIDS in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Carmen Yulín Cruz noted to the Washington Blade during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center there is a clinic for adults and children with AIDS in San Juan. She said officials stocked up on medications and other supplies before Maria made landfall on Puerto Ricos southeast coast on Sept. 20 with 155 mph winds.

We bought a lot of medication which we may or may not be able to get reimbursed for, but who cares, Yulín told the Blade. We would have not been able to keep people alive if we had not done that.

She said the clinic which the San Juan Department of Health operates reopened two weeks after Maria made landfall. Yulín told the Blade it was not operating at its full capacity, but (it was) at least dispensing medication to people.

When you keep dialysis away from people or cancer treatment or AIDS treatments, youre taking away their livelihood, she said.

Yulín said her government is also working with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to identify people with HIV/AIDS who need generators and bring them to their homes in order to keep (them) living with oxygen and so forth. She told the Blade the clinic also gives them food and water when they pick up their medications or see their doctor.

Besides that we have made sure that they have been called or visited to ensure their livelihood and their safety, said Yulín.

Maria made landfall less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma brushed Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. commonwealth.

Nearly 68 percent of Puerto Ricans remain without electricity and 18 percent of the islands 3.4 million residents lack access to safe drinking water more than a month after Maria made landfall. The hurricane also caused significant damage to the islands transportation and communications infrastructure.

Food and Friends has pledged to donate at least $30,000 to Bills Kitchen, a San Juan-based organization that provides meals to Puerto Ricans with HIV/AIDS. Many of them especially those who live outside of San Juan remain unable to obtain medications because of the damaged infrastructure.

In San Juan we have everything under control, Yulín told the Blade during an interview after the press conference ended.

She added the more than two dozen community-based organizations who are working across Puerto Rico are canvassing the neighborhoods and ensuring that what (people with HIV/AIDS) need is solved.

The American people have been there for us

Yulín is among the most vocal critics of the federal and Puerto Rican governments response to Maria.

President Trump attacked her in a series of tweets last month after she criticized his administration.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long on Oct. 8 told ABC News Martha Raddatz that his agency filtered out the mayor a long time ago and said it doesnt have time for the political noise. Whitefish Energy Holdings a company based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinkes hometown of Whitefish, Mont., that signed a controversial $300 million contract with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to help rebuild the islands power infrastructure last week threatened to withdraw its linemen from San Juan after Yulín publicly criticized it.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló on Sunday urged the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, which is known by the acronym PREPA, to cancel its contract with Whitefish. PREPA Executive Director Ricardo Ramos on the same day announced it would do so.

Yulín and Brock on Wednesday were scheduled to testify at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Maria, but it was abruptly cancelled.

The American people have been there for us, Yulín told the Blade after the press conference. It has been the federal government that has been slow and inadequate.

She declined to comment on whether the Rosselló administration has done enough to help people with HIV/AIDS. Yulín during the press conference repeatedly criticized Trump over his response to Maria.

President Trump has dedicated himself to insulting Puerto Ricans, throwing paper towels, calling us ingrates, she told reporters in Spanish, specifically referring to Trump throwing rolls of paper towels to a crowd at a church in the San Juan suburb of Guaynabo on Oct. 3.

We know the difference between a people with a big heart and a president with a big mouth, added Yulín.

Gutiérrez: People are dying of AIDS in Puerto Rico

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) who also spoke at the press conference described Yulín as a woman who stood up to power and spoke to power and who has been marginalized . . . and demonized and belittled. The Illinois Democrat who is of Puerto Rican descent also said Yulín is an important voice and one that everyone should listen to.

When she said Puerto Rico was dying and was in need of help, she was right, said Gutiérrez. Six weeks later we have yet as a nation to respond the richest, most powerful nation in the world and there are still babies without formula, and there are still people that dont have insulin or refrigeration. Theres still people who are dying of AIDS and cant get to their medicine and there are still hospitals that are going to be on the verge of collapse because they continue to run on generation systems.

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Russia sought to influence LGBT voters with Buff Bernie ad
 

Russian propagandists sought to influence LGBT voters with a “Buff Bernie” ad. (Photo public domain)

The highly anticipated dump of social media ads Russian propagandists used to influence the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton was made public Wednesday, revealing at least one ad aimed at titillating gay voters with a buffed up version of her opponent in the Democratic primary.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee dumped the ad featuring “Buff Bernie” an image of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wearing a speedo and with generous muscles as part of the larger dump of the social media ads through which Russia sought to influence the election in favor of Donald Trump.

“You can color your own Bernie hero!” the ad says. “There is a new coloring book called ‘Buff Bernie: A coloring book for Berniacs’ is full of very attractive doodles of Bernie Sanders in muscle poses.’”

The book isn’t fictitious. Copies of the book, written and illustrated by Nicole Daddona, are still available online for $15.

The ad quotes Daddona as saying she “wanted to stop taking this own thing too serious.” That’s an actual quote from the author from a Buzzfeed article on her coloring book.

“The coloring is something that suit for all people,” the ad continues. “I totally agree with her. I recently heard some hateful from the Hillary supporters about Bernie Sanders and his supporters, so I really love the idea of this color book. I think that Bernie would love it.”

The ad was distributed on the account of “LGBT United,” one of the many social media accounts through which Russia distributed propaganda and one geared toward influencing LGBT people and LGBT rights supporters. Other accounts, such as “Being Patriotic,” “Woke Blacks,” “Blacktivist,” “South United,” and “Army of Jesus,” were aimed at other groups of American voters.

According to metadata the House Intelligence Committee also made public, the ad of Sanders in the buff wasn’t terribly successful. It received a total of 848 impressions and 54 clicks.

Others ads were likely more successful. According to the Daily Beast, more than 70 millions people may have ads linked to Russian propaganda accounts during the 2016 election.

Although intelligence officials have said Russia’s intent was to influence the election in favor of Trump, the ad seems more geared toward a Sanders victory in the Democratic primary. The metadata shows it was purchased and distributed in March at the height of the primary season, not the general election.

The “Buff Bernie” wasn’t the only Facebook ad from the “LGBT United” account unveiled by the House Intelligence Committee. Also included is an ad promoting an event against the Westboro Baptist Church, a vehemently anti-gay group known for picketing the funerals of soldiers with signs reading “God Hates Fags.”

Yet another ad from the “Heart of Texas” social media account seems to target social conservatives by inflaming fears over LGBT rights. The ad features a split image of a Pride flag combined with a picture of an Islamic terrorist in the shape of the United States superimposed over the Texas state flag.

“Fellow Texans! It’s time to say a strong NO to the establishment robbers,” the ad says. “It is unacceptable for us to see them ruin all we’ve been building for decades. For centuries. The establishment thinks they can treat us like stupid sheep but they are wrong. We wont put up with this anymore.”

Also unveiled by the House Intelligence Committee was a list of Twitter feeds run by Russian propagandists seeking to influence the election. On the list is @lgbtuni, which seems to be the Twitter account for “LGBT United.”

The House Intelligence Committee unveiled the material on the same day tech leaders from Facebook, Google and Twitter testified before Congress as part of the committee’s investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the committee, said during the hearing the ads the committee made public Wednesday are a representative sample of Russian propaganda seeking to undermine Clinton’s bid for the White House.

“Russia exploited real vulnerabilities that exist across online platforms and we must identify, expose, and defend ourselves against similar covert influence operations in the future,” Schiff said. “The companies here today must play a central role as we seek to better protect legitimate political expression, while preventing cyberspace from being misused by our adversaries.”

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Gay U.S. ambassador Daniel Baer is running for Congress. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key).

A gay former U.S. ambassador who served under the Obama administration has launched a campaign to run for Congress, shifting his focus from tangling with representatives of Vladimir Putin overseas to President Trump at home.

Daniel Baer, who served in the Obama administration as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, announced on Tuesday his bid to succeed retiring Rep. Ed EarlPerlmutter (D-Colo.) in representing Colorados 7th congressional district.

Were at a pivotal moment, Baer said in a statement. We need bold new ideas and a commitment to stand up for our Colorado values. Working together, we can put our communities and our country on a path toward success in the 21st century.

Baer accompanied his announcement with a video titled Are we doing everything we can? declaring his candidacy. Among the images in the video is a picture of Baer and his spouse, Brian Walsh.

Under the Obama administration, Baer served not only as U.S. envoy to OSCE, but deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, where his portfolio included LGBT international human rights issues. After his appointment as U.S. ambassador, Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry took over the issue at the State Department.

In his role at OSCE, Baer represented the United States in talks with envoys from Russia a country known for hostility to LGBT rights. At one time, the Russian government called on Baer to step down for tough comments he made abut the country, but Baer says in the video he still managed to get things done with them.

During a 2014 interview with the Washington Blade, Baer said he never felt that his sexual orientation has been an issue for Vladimir Putins representatives at OSCE.

Just like being gay, working with the U.S. ambassador is not a choice, and Im ready to work with all of them, Baer said.

Baer joins a crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in Colorados 7th congressional district, including State Sen. Andy Kerr, State Sen. Dominick Moreno and State Sen. Brittany Pettersen. No Republican candidate have formally declared yet.

As tough as things are, Im an optimist, Baer said. I believe in the power of Colorado common sense, and I believe that we can make our democracy work for everyone. The American dream must be part of our future, not a nostalgic memory from our past. We all worry about the divisions in our American family. The best way to build bridges, to mend our rifts, and to lift each other up is to roll up our sleeves and start making progress, rebuilding the middle class, and digging deep into the bottomless well of American optimism. Lets do this.

 

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The Russian LGBT Network in a report it published on July 31, 2017, says it has evacuated 64 people from Chechnya. (Photo by Alexxx1979; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A Russian LGBT advocacy group says it has evacuated 64 people from Chechnya over the last four months.A 31-page report the Russian LGBT Network released on Monday notes those it has helped leave the semi-autonomous Russian republic in the North Caucuses were relocated to shelters in central Russia. The Russian LGBT Network, which is based in St. Petersburg, also said more than 130 people from Chechnya and neighboring republics have requested assistance of a different nature because of the persecution from the local authorities and hostile relatives.

Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, in April reported Chechen authorities have arrested more than 100 men because of their sexual orientation since the beginning of the year. At least three of these men reportedly died after their arrest, while others have been beaten and tortured and sent to secret prisons.

They threw me to the floor and beat me, said a person identified as I.J. in the Russian LGBT Network report. They beat my chest and my face with their feet, and they hit my head against the floor.

I.J. also told the Russian LGBT Network he thought authorities were going to rape them as they took off their clothes. A person identified as A.B. said authorities forced them to watch a video of them torturing a man by inserting a hollow tube and a piece of barbed wire into his anus.

They enjoyed the torture, said A.B. We were forced to beat others up and to electrocute them. They instructed other inmates to do whatever they wanted with us.

Novaya Gazeta reporter Elena Milashina contributed to the report, which indicates Chechen authorities have begun to target lesbian women. The Russian LGBT Network also notes dozens of gay Chechens may have been killed by their relatives in so-called honor killings.

U.S. remains deeply concerned about crackdown

The ongoing crackdown against gay and lesbian Chechens has sparked widespread outrage around the world.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in April said the U.S. is disturbed by the crackdown. The State Department has also urged the Russian government to conduct an investigation.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are among the world leaders who have condemned Chechen authorities. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told the Washington Blade last month the State Department has raised the crackdown in conversations at the highest levels, even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) in June during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing he has not discussed it with Russian officials.

Neither Tillerson nor President Trump has yet to publicly condemn the crackdown.

Tillerson on Tuesday made no mention of Chechnya when he spoke to reporters about relations between the U.S. and Russia during a State Department press briefing.

The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the situation in the republic of Chechnya, where credible reports indicate at least 100 men have been detained and tortured with some killed on the basis of their sexual orientation, a State Department official told the Blade on Tuesday in a statement.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said last month during an interview with HBOs Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that gay people dont exist in the republic. The Russian LGBT Network has also expressed skepticism over the Kremlins claims it has launched an investigation into the crackdown.

Nauert on July 18 described Kadyrovs comments as very concerning and upsetting to us. The State Department official with whom the Blade spoke on Tuesday stressed the U.S. categorically condemns the persecution of individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis.

We urge Russian federal authorities to follow through on its promise to conduct an independent and credible investigation into these reports, and hold any perpetrators responsible as soon as possible, added the official. We also urge Russian federal authorities to speak out against such practices and take steps to ensure the release of anyone wrongfully detained.

Media Matters criticizes lack of Chechnya coverage

The Russian LGBT Network released its report a day before Media Matters for America published a study that notes there have only been three significant mentions of the Chechnya crackdown in the six major networks evening newscasts between April 1-July 31.

A segment of NBCs Nightly News broadcast on April 23 focused on Chechnya. CNNs The Lead with Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper 360 highlighted the anti-gay crackdown on April 24 and May 4 respectively.

Chechnyas brutal attacks against and murders of queer men in the region have become an international human rights issue, but the American public would not know that by watching the evening news, said Media Matters. Though NBC’s and CNNs pieces provided solid reporting, one package on each network’s evening programming over a four-month span is not enough, and the utter silence of ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox News does a disservice to their viewers.

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