Saturday, June 04, 2016

NEWS: Gays for Trump, Milk's Levi's, Capitalism & Gay Rights, Obama in Japan, How Many Americans Are Gay?

Meet The Gay Men Supporting Donald Trump For President
Gay billionaire Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and board member of Facebook, is one of at least three openly gay Republicans picked by the campaign of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump as delegates from California to the Republican National Convention. Gay former Bush administration official and communications company owner Richard ‘Ric’ Grenell and former California Log Cabin Republicans Chairman and management consulting firm owner Charles Moran were also named by the Trump campaign as Trump delegates from California. (Washington Blade)

Levi’s Launches First Global Pride Collection in Partnership with the Harvey Milk Foundation
When you think of “gay clothes,” Levi’s may not be the first brand that you think about. However, the international clothing powerhouse is about to change all that this summer. Everyone has that one pair of jeans that make your butt look amazing, and a tight pair of 501’s just might do the trick. From jean shorts, T-shirts, a collector’s jacket, and collectable patches, Levis is putting their money where their mouth is and coming out for equality in a big way. Next week, the company that literally invented blue jeans will launch their first ever Pride collection, The Levi’s x Harvey Milk Foundation collection, and they are partnering up with the Harvey Milk Foundation to help give back to the community that Milk represented and ensure his legacy lives on. Levi’s is a long-standing ally to the GLBT community, and they will commemorate the election and legacy of Milk, a gay rights hero who was assassinated in San Francisco City Hall along with Mayor George Moscone in 1978. (Lavender Magazine)

How Many Americans Are Gay? Inside the Efforts to Finally Identify the Size of the Nation’s LGBT Population
It’s estimated that tens of thousands of people were arrested for crossing such lines before the turn of the 20th century, during which time some states allowed the sterilization of so-called perverts. It wasn’t until 1998, the year Google was invented, that the Supreme Court struck down any remaining bans on sex between men. The years since have brought a rapid social transformation, with LGBT Americans increasingly accepted throughout society and accorded many–though far from all–of its legal protections. As the LGBT population moves into its full and equal place in public life, many people are asking an old question with new urgency: just how many LGBT Americans are there? After centuries in the shadows, many experts believe that we need a full accounting of the nation’s LGBT population and how they live for legal, economic and health reasons. Now, for the first time, a group of experts from 21 federal agencies are working on a project to figure out how to do just that. The results could pave the way for first-ever surveys of America’s sexual orientations and gender identities and influence everything from local laws to military policy to health care. (Time Magazine)

Capitalism, Not Socialism, Led to Gay Rights
Some historians like to claim socialist ideas helped bring about gay rights in the modern era. But they're mistaking academic theory for reality. Jim Downs is a historian at Connecticut College and Harvard. A specialist in the history of race and slavery, he has recently published a new book, Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, in which he tries to move recent gay history away from an excessive focus on sex and AIDS. Downs also has a new article in the digital magazine Aeon, in which he writes, "Throughout the 1970s, LGBT people theorised about the benefits of socialism in books and pamphlets and critiqued capitalism in the growing newspaper and print culture." He goes on to discuss "LGBT groups" and newspapers that "made socialism a leading subject of political interest in the movement." Most significantly he argues that "if you want to give credit for gay liberation and marriage equality, credit must also go to socialism." There are several things wrong with this. First, it's overstated. I was around in the 1970s, and I'd say that socialism was a pretty marginal part of the gay community or even the gay rights movement. Gay activists definitely leaned left, but they were focused on advancing gay rights through the Democratic Party. Second, there were gay libertarian writers around at the time, too, in academia, in the popular press, and oriented around the Libertarian Party, pointing out the benefits of free markets and the problems with socialism.Third, the use of LGBT is anachronistic. The term was hardly if ever used in the 1970s. (

Watch Video: Obama's Historic Visit To Hiroshima
(This program was published on May 27, 2016)
President Barack Obama is in the middle of a historic trip to Hiroshima, Japan. He is there to commemorate the bombing of the city by the US at the end of World War II. Join The Young Turks: Cenk Uygur, Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick), John Iadarola (ThinkTank), and Jimmy Dore, as they discuss this important and historic trip.