By Johnny Trlica
Our President took a little flak recently when he was quoted in Golf Magazine referring to the White House as a “ real dump.” That could explain why he has spent so much time away from there, instead spending nearly every weekend at one of his own resorts, at great public expense.
But is the White House really a dump? Trump may have gotten this one right. After all, dumps are filled with rats, usually occupied by low life hooligans and are full of leaks.
Here is a bit of what we’ ve been reading at HoustonRainbowHerald.com.
Violet S’Arbleu crowned Miss Gay Texas America
Drag is more popular than ever as witnessed by the enormous popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race and nearly every gay bar (and some straight ones) now hosting drag shows on a regular timetable. HoustonPress’ Sam Byrd recently wrote a feature-length article on a drag pageant; it’ s all about Houston’ s Violet S’ Arbleu, the newly crowned Miss Gay Texas America.
Previous winners of the Miss Gay Texas America pageant include Hot Chocolate (1978), Tasha Kohl (1982), Sabrina Delorean (1983), Lauren Taylor (1996), Kofi (1998), Tara Dion (2001) and Kara Dion (2012), and Dessie Love-Blake (2014).
In speaking of the 43 year history of the pageant, Violet S’ Arbleu told HP: “ Honestly, I’ m just so humbled and thrilled to have the honor to join those ranks and represent the system this year.”
S’ Arbleu, AKA Jacob Chaput, said, “ I’ m looking forward to leaving a mark on Miss Gay Texas. I won this year because I was the most aware of who I am, and that led me to success. I want to encourage others to do the same, to think about who they are, and show who they are.”
Read the entire story at HoustonPress.com.
President moves to ban transgenders from military
It all started with a tweet: “ After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” The Tweeter-in-Chief had spoken.
While tweets are not law, the content of those tweets has been made into “ A Guidance Policy for Open Transgender Service Phase Out” by White House staff and the White House Counsel approved the policy as legal “ guidance,” reports the LosAngelesBlade.com.
An unnamed source speaking to The Blade said, “ The administration want[s] to get rid of transgender service members as fast as they can.” The military should encourage early retirement and fire transgender people up for promotion in order to purge the military of the estimated 15,000 transgender people working for it, the report stated.
Trump’s DOJ says Title VII does not protect gays from discrimination
Yes folks, elections really do have consequences. CNN reports: “ The Justice Department filed an amicus brief Wednesday [July 26] saying that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not cover employment ‘ discrimination based on sexual orientation.’”
The DOJ filed the brief in the case of Donald Zarda, who had filed suit against his former employer Altitude Express in a case that questions whether sexual orientation is included in Title VII’ s protections.
Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.”
According to the DOJ’ s brief, “ The sole question here is whether, as a matter of law, Title VII reaches sexual orientation discrimination. It does not, as has been settled for decades. Any efforts to amend Title VII’ s scope should be directed to Congress rather than the courts.”
It concluded that “ Title VII does not prohibit discrimination because of sexualorientation.”
The American Civil Liberties Union blasted the DOJ’ s position as a “ gratuitous and extraordinary attack on LGBT people’s civil rights.” The ACLU promised to continue the fight in the courts.
Former Texas governor Mark White dies at 77
“ Do right and risk the consequences.” That quote was attributed to Sam Houston but was used frequently by Mark White. The former Texas Governor died August 5 at his home in Houston, reported KTRK Channel 13. He was 77.
The Democrat championed public education reforms that included the landmark “ no-pass, no-play” policy for high school athletes during his single term in office, 1983-87.
“ He cared about Texas deeply,” his son said. “ He realized that this wasn’ t about getting re-elected. This wasn’ t about being popular. This was about making Texas a better place.”
“ His tenure as governor came during the stormy economic times of the early- to mid-1980s, which led Mark to do two things that are an everlasting credit to his rich legacy—he laid the groundwork for diversification of the Texas economy, and he made significant investments in improving education in our great state,” said former President George H. W. Bush.
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