In case you haven’t heard, there was a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard early this morning. Thirteen people including suspect Aaron Alexis have died so far, and more are wounded. It is unclear if there was only one shooter, or if other shooters were involved. President Obama said in his address that an investigation would be held into this “cowardly act,” and the victims will be honored.
When addressing the issue of Russia and it’s anti-LGBT ways, President Obama made sure to point out that Russia is not the only homophobic country out there. There are more who are just as bad, and many more who are much, much worse. BuzzFeed put those countries together in one nifty graphic, pictured above, and then detailed what the consequences are for being gay for every single country.
Click here to read where just visiting a country can get you in prison, and even stoned to death.
Last night President Obama sat down and had a lengthy conversation with Jay Leno about a wide range of current events. President Obama spoke on the recent closures of U.S. embassies, his recent birthday, the NSA, Russia giving asylum to Edward Snowden, and finally a response on Russia’s new anti-gay laws.
Here’s the question posed by Leno about the anti-gay laws in Russia:
“I’m surprised this is not a huge story. Suddenly homosexuality is against the law. I mean, this seems like Germany. Let’s round up the Jews, let’s round up the gays, let’s round up the… I mean it starts with that, rounding up people who you don’t like. Why is more of the world not outraged by this?”
Yesterday was Father’s day. It can be an emotional day for many who are apart of the Queer community. Many no longer have a relationship with their fathers, and sometimes that’s just how life goes. Not every father deserves the respect or love of his children. I hope those who still talk to their fathers and grandfathers thanked them yesterday, and I hope everyone else still had a fun day nonetheless.
First there’s a super cute introduction by some twin daughters of a lesbian couple. Then President Obama talks about the accomplishments in equality the administration has passed so far, including protections for LGBT victims in the Violence Against Women Act, hospitals accepting Medicare/Medicaid must treat LGBT patients the same, and ends by urging Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
“If all men are created equal then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
We have some great videos for you today. President Obama finished his press conference this morning by answering a question about Jason Collins’ recent coming out, Ellen gave her support in usual hilarious fashion, and finally Collins’ interview about coming out with ABC. Watch all three after the jump!
President Obama briefed the country today on what we know about yesterday’s bombings, which still isn’t much. However just like he said, “The American people refuse to be terrorized.” You can keep up with constant updates over at NPR.
We still do not know who was responsible, so please, please refrain from jumping to conclusions that it was made by certain religious factions or sect of people.