Chuck Todd nailed why Trump’s SOTU just didn’t cut it for so many Americans.

February 4, 2018

NBC’s Chuck Todd has an issue with President Trump’s first State of the Union address. It’s not that it was a bad speech, necessarily. It’s just that the Donald we all know didn’t give it. Speaking on MSNBC after the State of the Union, Todd dove into why Trump’s inauthentic speech failed to deliver. Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM. “It is hard to judge these speeches because we…

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An anti-gay pastor tried to visit Jamaica. The entire country said, ‘No thanks.’

February 4, 2018

Steven Anderson is infamous for his hateful statements against Barack Obama, the LGBTQ community, and many others. But when the Arizona preacher tried bringing his divisive message to Jamaica, the country’s leaders responded with a message of their own — stay home. Anderson is the pastor of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, which the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled an “anti-gay hate group” based on Anderson’s statements celebrating acts…

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Her son came out. She called a gay bar for advice. The delightful convo went viral.

January 29, 2018

Kara Coley, a bartender at Sipps in Gulfport, Mississippi, got an unusual phone call on the job last week. Photo courtesy of Kara Coley. “Good evening,” Coley answered. “Thank you for calling Sipps!” A woman on the other end of the line asked, “Is this a gay bar?” Sipps welcomes everyone, Coley explained to her, but indeed attracts a mostly LGBTQ crowd. “Can I ask you a question?” the caller…

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Judge Aquilina was iconic during the Nassar trial and deserves a major round of applause.

January 26, 2018

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has handed down a prison sentence that aims to put Larry Nassar in jail for the rest of his life. “I just signed your death warrant,” Aquilina told Nassar on Jan. 24 as she read his sentence for charges of abusing at least 150 girls to whom he gave medical treatment in his role as a physician for the USA Gymnastics national team and Michigan State University….

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Christian Bale shares why white men should step aside in favor of diverse voices.

December 25, 2017

Christian Bale — aka Batman and one of America’s most notable “psychos” — just said what we’re all thinking when it comes to white men of privilege. While doing press for his latest movie, “Hostiles,” Bale and the film’s costars dropped into the AOL series “Build” for an in-depth interview. During the 30-minute conversation, the topic turned to the political state of the U.S. Bale doesn’t see our divisiveness rooted…

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20 things Mike Pence did while you weren’t looking and why it matters.

November 14, 2017

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images. With the exception of an infamous trip to see Hamilton last November and a controversy about whether it’s OK to dine with women other than his wife, we’ve heard relatively little about Vice President Mike Pence since the election. In May, CNN even ran a story with the headline, “Mike Pence’s Disappearing Act.” He’s a heartbeat away from the presidency and seems interested in following…

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A depressing trend is emerging from our collective reaction to mass shootings.

November 12, 2017

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images. Remember the shooting in Texas? By the time you read this — a month later? A week later? Perhaps just two days later — what happened in Sutherland Springs will be a fading memory (where is Sutherland Springs, again?). We’ll have mostly forgotten those who lost their lives and why they aren’t here anymore. We won’t remember that the youngest victim was 18 months old….

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Trans woman Danica Roem beat her anti-trans opponent by focusing on … roads. Seriously.

November 12, 2017

“To every person who’s ever been singled out, who’s ever been stigmatized, who’s ever been the misfit, who’s ever been the kid in the corner, who’s ever needed someone to stand up for them when they didn’t have a voice of their own … this one’s for you,” said Virginia delegate-elect Danica Roem during a fiery victory speech on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Roem is a transgender woman, but her gender…

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Sen. Chris Murphy’s sobering mass shooting reality check will have you calling for action.

November 7, 2017

“The paralysis you feel right now — the impotent helplessness that washes over you as news of another mass slaughter scrolls across the television screen — isn’t real,” wrote Sen. Chris Murphy. “It’s a fiction created and methodically cultivated by the gun lobby, designed to assure that no laws are passed to make America safer, because those laws would cut into their profits,” the Connecticut Democrat continued. As many other…

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Bullies told this boy Irish dancing was ‘for girls.’ An NFL player disagreed.

November 3, 2017

It all started with a mother desperate to help her son. Carl Tubbs, 12, of Des Moines, Iowa, has been taking Irish dancing lessons for four years — and he’s really good at it. According to ABC News, Carl spends extra time practicing during recess at school to help him get ready for competitions. But there’s one big problem. Carl’s choice of hobby has made him a target for school bullies….

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Kevin Spacey chose a pretty terrible moment to come out as a gay man.

November 2, 2017

There’s never a bad time to start living your truth as an LGBTQ person. But, as actor Kevin Spacey’s watershed coming-out moment shows, there are certainly some not great times to share that news with the public — like, for instance, when you’re protecting yourself against allegations you molested a teenager. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images. On Oct. 29, actor Anthony Rapp alleged Spacey had made unwanted sexual advances toward…

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Chechnya is still killing gay men. Now a prominent Russian singer may be dead.

October 28, 2017

In August, Russian singer Zelimkhan Bakayev traveled from Moscow to Chechnya to celebrate his sister’s wedding. Then, he vanished. His online activity came to a halt; his Instagram account was deactivated. With few options and even fewer answers, his mother called on Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov last month to provide clarity, desperate to know what had happened to her son. How does a high-profile Russian singer simply … disappear? It’s…

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A powerful, poignant post about men’s role in the #MeToo movement went viral.

October 20, 2017

Actor Jim Beaver. Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images. In a heart-wrenching Facebook post, actor Jim Beaver (“Supernatural,” “Deadwood”) described being molested by a superior while serving in the U.S. military. But, as he poignantly noted, the #MeToo movement wasn’t created for people like him. And that’s OK. The #MeToo hashtag has flooded Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in recent days as millions of women have shared their personal experiences with sexual…

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Why don’t women come forward after sexual assault? This comment nailed it.

October 16, 2017

“Why didn’t she say anything sooner?” It’s the question that frustrates sexual assault prevention advocates and discredits the victims who bravely come forward after they’ve been targeted. Stars Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow — who both disclosed to The New York Times they’d been sexually harassed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein years ago — are among the latest women now having to trudge through a predictable wave of victim-blaming following…

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This lieutenant general’s incredible speech against racism is a must-watch.

October 4, 2017

U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria has responded to an incident of racial harassment on campus with a powerful message. Days after news reports surfaced about five black cadets being targeted with racial slurs on dorm room message boards, Silveria delivered a speech to roughly 5,500 cadets, airmen, and academy staff. He set out to make it clear that what happened was unacceptable and, in the process,…

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A Sandy Hook mom’s emotional response to Las Vegas puts mass shootings in context.

October 4, 2017

Nelba Márquez-Greene knows what it’s like to lose a loved one in a mass shooting. On Dec. 14, 2012, her 6-year-old daughter Ana Márquez-Greene was shot and killed during the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Ever since, Márquez-Greene and her husband, Jimmy Greene, have been tireless advocates for gun safety. They’ve called on Congress to take action to mitigate future mass shootings — only to have their concerns brushed…

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Obama’s heartfelt post on DACA is going viral.

On Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to wind down former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Announced in June 2012, DACA was implemented to give undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children some peace of mind while Congress worked on a longer-term solution to the country’s immigration woes. After the Trump administration announced that it would be ending the program over the next…

September 7, 2017
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Houston’s mayor sent a blunt message of support to undocumented immigrants fleeing Harvey.

A truck driver estimates the depth of the water surrounding him near an abandoned truck. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images. With President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown looming and Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects still unaccounted for, many undocumented Houstonians were left to wonder if it was safe to leave their homes and seek help during the storm. But Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is also a lawyer, is standing up for…

August 30, 2017
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