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Mom slammed for saying “Father Christmas” instead of PC-accepted, “gender neutral” Santa

Good grief, liberals are a whiny bunch. Why y’all always trying to control others’ language?

From NY Post: Haters say this un-PC mother deserves a lump of coal for Christmas.

An unnamed mom in Plymouth, England, says she’s being ridiculed online for calling Santa Claus “Father Christmas,” instead of a gender-neutral equivalent, PlymouthLive reports.

The local mother says she was discussing a kids’ Christmas book in a Facebook group when she used the name — and commenters began ridiculing her for it, telling her to use “Santa” instead.

“Santa is now seen as gender neutral,” the woman writes. “I was only referring to the book ‘Father Christmas’ by Raymond Briggs,” she says, adding, “but it’s left me a little confused/on edge about what we are aloud [sic] to say.”

Some defended the mom’s name choice. “Father Christmas is fine!” another mom wrote in the group. “We have always used that in our family!! Use what YOU want.”

“Carry on calling him Father Christmas, it’s your choice,” responded another.

One dad agreed on the premise of maintaining a British tradition. “It is Father Christmas, we are English not American! This gender neutral stuff is way out of hand,” he said.

The name Santa Claus is not as popular in England, where many Brits use “Father Christmas” or “Saint Nicholas.”

Others were firmly against the name, though. “I must be the only one who hates ‘Father Christmas’, I much prefer ‘Santa/Santa Claus,’ plus it’s easier for littlies to say,” writes one parent.

The mom who wrote ‘Father Christmas’ in the Facebook group, however, has decided to adopt the gender-neutral name. “I have a small child and don’t really want to raise him saying ‘Father Christmas’ if it’s hurtful to some,” she says.

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UC Berkeley students say there are 5 to an ‘infinite’ number of genders

These are the rotten fruits of “higher education”.

Will Witt of PragerU recently visited the University of California, Berkeley campus and asked multiple students on camera questions about how many genders there are, and if it’s okay for men to use the same bathrooms and locker rooms as women.

The first student in the video said there’s an “infinite” number of genders, and that “you can’t put things in boundaries. You can define yourself as whatever you want.”vOther students said there are “a spectrum of genders,” “five, six, maybe,” and “like 72-plus or something.”

While many of the respondents struggled to name genders other than male and female, the female student who said around 72 provided several terms: “Third gender, cisgender, agender, ciswoman, cisman, and nonbinary/other,” but admitted she could not name all 72 genders.

Asked if she believed that a man who identifies as a woman should be allowed to use the women’s restroom, one student said “Yeah” and that someone can be considered a woman even if they have a penis.

In 2016, UC Berkeley announced that “gender-inclusive restrooms” were going to be “part of all new campus buildings as well as significant renovation projects.” Berkeley’s Public Affairs department said at the time that “More than 40 campus buildings now have gender-inclusive restrooms, and more are on the way.”

H/t California Catholic Daily

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The “wokest” of parenting styles: Raising “theybies,” where children decide their gender

The parents believe that this parenting method could help shield the children from negative gender stereotypes.

Biology decides your gender, not your feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings.

This is child abuse.

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Man who identifies as female named NCAA Conference “Female” Athlete of the Week

From Daily Mail: A transgender female NCAA cross country runner has been named the Female Athlete of the Week.

June Eastwood, a University of Montana senior, has been named Female Athlete of the Week by the Big Sky Conference on Tuesday after excelling in a race held on October 19. At the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, California, the 22-year-old finished second in a group of 204 female runners.

The Big Sky Conference said she clocked a time of 20:86 in the 6km race and was instrumental in helping the team place seventh in the overall event.

Previously, Eastwood competed on the University of Montana’s men’s team before identifying as a transgender female and being allowed a spot on the women’s team.

As a man, she was a standout athlete throughout her younger years and won state titles in multiple men’s races. She competed in her first female division run on August 31 of this year.

‘(I’m) nervous and excited. Nervous for what that means and how people will react, but excited because I haven’t competed in 15 months, and excited to get this started,’ Eastwood told Bozeman Daily Chronicles.

The debate surrounding transgender athletes in sports, which are generally based on gender, has become a hot button issue in daily discourse.

Those who oppose transgender females competing in sports usually cite hormonal factors like higher testosterone levels in trans women and physiological features like height and weight. Supporters point out that sports of all levels have been categorized by gender and transgender females should compete in the gender division they identify as.

In June’s case, and other collegiate transgender athletes, the NCAA’s policy allows male athletes to compete in women’s athletics under certain guidelines.

The policy dictates that male runners who identify as transgender women must suppress testosterone levels for a full calendar year before competing in women’s sports.

In a 2011 handbook, the NCAA sought advice from medical professionals familiar with the ‘complexities of the transitioning student-athlete.’

It subsequently determined that it’s not warranted to assume: ‘that being born with a male body automatically gives a transgender woman an unfair advantage when competing against non-transgender women.’

However, other medical professionals have said that transgender woman have an advantage over cis-gendered women.

In a study in the Journal of Medical Ethics, they said there is little evidence to show testosterone mitigates past muscle mass. ‘In addition, the phenomenon of muscle memory means muscle mass and strength can be rebuilt with previous strength exercise making it easier to regain muscle mass later in life even after long intervening periods of inactivity and mass loss,’ the authors said according to the Daily Caller.

As it stands now, more research will need to conducted in the upcoming years to fully understand the several factors surrounding the topic.

After word of Eastwood’s accolade spread, people across social media had varying reactions.
Some people supported Eastwood and congratulated her on the accomplishment. One person wrote: ‘Honestly never thought I’d say this but “Go lady Griz!!” Congrats June!’

‘Looking forward to watching her run- she is an amazing athlete,’ another wrote. A Twitter user said: ‘Super excited and proud that June gets to experience this journey at the U of M. Best of luck!’

Others said the recognition was uncalled for. ‘This is hurting female competitors, and is completely unfair,’ one person said.

In May, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Equality Act, a policy that would requite all schools to allow male athletes who identify as transgender women to compete in women’s sports.

Regardless, Eastwood and the University of Montana team will be competing in the Big Sky Conference Championship.

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BBC teaches school-children there are more than 100 genders

Yesterday, our DCG posted about UK children as young as three getting “help” from the National Health Service (NHS) to change their gender via a simple Skype call.

The madness continues.

The state-owned and -operated British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently released a series of educational videos designed “in consultation with a PSHE education expert” for teachers to use with children aged 9-12.

Note: Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education is a school curriculum subject in England which focusses on developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to keep children and young people healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work.

The BBC educational videos tell children there are more than 100 “gender identities,” and that people who disagree “just don’t know any better yet” and can be arrested and imprisoned for disagreeing.

Joseph Curl reports for the Daily Wire, Sept. 16, 2019, that the videos feature young children asking questions to teachers on a variety of subjects, including human sexuality, gender, and relationships:

  • In one episode titled “Understanding Sexual and Gender Identities,” the BBC says gender is not a biological assignment, but rather reflects “who you are inside.” One teacher tells the children: “There are so many gender identities. So we know we’ve got male and female, but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now. You’ve got some people who might call themselves gender queer, who are just like, ‘I don’t really want to be anything in particular, I’m just going to be me.'”
  • In an episode called “The Big Talk,” a teacher tells children that they can be jailed if they are found to be “disrespecting or being hateful to people because of a difference that person perceives.”
  • The video includes Leo Lardie, a female-to-male transgender activist, telling the children about its “transition” and genitalia, and that the only way to happiness is to be “true about who I was, and let other people in on this.”
  • Another episode features a head teacher married to someone of the same sex, who suggests to the children that you “might be gay” if you like someone of the same sex “in a slightly different way than you do normally to your friends.”

The BBC “educational” video series has caused a stir in Britain:

  • Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend representing parents concerned about children and transgenderism, told the Sunday Times: “This is made-up nonsense. People are free to identify as anything they like, but this does not change the reality that there are only two sexes.
  • In a heated exchange with “gay” journalist Benjamin Butterworth who defends the BBC videos, Piers Morgan, former CNN host and nhe host of “Good Morning Britain,” asked, “Can I identify as a penguin at the Sealife Aquarium in London, that is currently being reared as gender-neutral, apparently has gay parents. Let me just say this, can I under this new world of self-identification, can I identify as a two-spirit, neutrois penguin?” Butterworth said, “Well, you’re not a penguin, use some common sense. That’s not a thing that happens.” But Morgan shot back: “How dare you tell me I can’t identify as that! How dare you offend me!” 

About the penguins, see DCG’s “Aquarium to raise ‘genderless’ penguin“.

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Socialist national convention in Atlanta descends into farce with complaints of gendered language & sensory overload

You can’t make this stuff up.

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, about 1,500 members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the largest socialist organization in the United States, had their 2019 national convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Here’s the live-stream video of the convention:

https://youtu.be/hWZA8u_BCbM

The socialist convention was an unintended farce, beginning with an outlining of the rules of the convention which included a prohibition on “aggressive scents”.

The speakers all addressed each other as “comrades.”

One of the first speakers is a self-identified “feminist” democratic socialist who describes herself as “compassionate,” then lauds her “comrades” across the country who recently raised $130,000 in a bowl-a-thon for “abortion access”. So much for “compassion”.

The murderous “compassionate feminist” was followed by a beta male delegate from Austin, Texas, in a red Bernie (Sanders) t-shirt, who began speaking by announcing “I use he/him pronouns,” then blabbered on about “working class power”. I seriously doubt Mr. Beta Male works in a factory. /Sarc

Beginning at the 54:00 mark in the live-stream video, the delegates sang “The Internationale” — the official anthem of the international socialist movement, calling on “workers” and the “servile masses” to rise from their “slumber”.

Then, a delicate-snowflake named James Jackson from Sacramento, CA, complained to the convention chair about getting “sensory overload” from too much “whispering and chatting” in the room.

Jackson said, ending every phrase and sentence in an up note, like a young girl:

Guys, first of all, James Jackson from Sacramento, he/him [his preferred pronouns]. I just want to say, can we please keep the chatter to a minimum? I’m one of those people who’s very, very prone to sensory overload, and there’s a lot of whispering and chatting going on, it’s making it very difficult for me to focus.”

As Jackson was speaking, several delegates waved “jazz hands” in the air instead of applauding because jazz hands are considered less “triggering” to those sensitive to loud sounds like applause.

The Chair said to Jackson, “Thank you, comrade.”

Within seconds, another male delegate stumbled to the microphone and yelled: “Point of personal privilege! Point of personal privilege!”

“Yes?” the chair asked.

Objecting to James Jackson addressing the convention as “guys,” the delegate shouted: “Please do not use gendered language to address everyone!

“OK,” the flustered Chair said.

FoxNews reports that later in the day, “sensory overload” Jackson repeated his complaint. He said:

“Quick point of privilege ONCE again! Hi, James Jackson, Sacramento DSA, he/him. I have ALREADY asked people to be mindful of the chatter of their comrades who are sensitive to sensory overload. And that goes DOUBLE for the heckling and the hissing. It is also triggering to my anxiety. Like, being comradely isn’t just for, like, keeping things civil or whatever. It’s so people aren’t going to get triggered, and so that it doesn’t affect their performance as a delegate.”

According to a new Fox News poll, 54% of U.S. voters thought the U.S. moving from capitalism toward socialism would be a “bad thing”, but 53% of Democratic primary voters said it would be a “good” development.

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Colorado State U. language guide: America, American, male, female among words to avoid

The Left’s language police is busy in taxpayer-funded Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Ethan Cai reports for Campus Reform, July 17, 2019, that the Inclusive Communications Task Force of Colorado State University (CSU) compiled an  Inclusive Language Guide, listing a slew of words and phrases to avoid, and appropriate replacements. The ostensible purpose of the guide is to help “communicators practice inclusive language and [help] everyone on [its] campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”

CSU denied that the Inclusive Language Guide is an official policy, required practice, political correctness, or grammar policing, but claims the Guide is merely “intended as a resource to help our campus community reflect our Principles of Community, particularly inclusion, respect, and social justice” and to help “everyone on our campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”

Below are some “non-inclusive” words to avoid:

  • “America” and “American”: The guide claims that since America is more than just the United States, referring to the U.S. as America “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.” The CSU guide suggests using “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.” instead of “American(s)”.
  • Gendered words and phrases to avoid include “male”, “female”, “ladies” and “gentlemen”, “Mr./Mrs./Ms.”.
  • “Straight”: According to the CSU language guide, the term “straight” when used to describe heterosexuals “implies that anyone LGBT is ‘crooked’ or not normal”.
  • The term “normal person” should be avoided because it “implies that ‘other’ people… are not whole or regular people.”
  • “Handicap parking” should also not be used because it offends disabled people by “minimizing personhood”. Instead of “handicap parking,” use the term “accessible parking”.
  • Other offensive words and phrases to avoid are “war”,  “cake walk”, “eenie meenie miney moe”, “Eskimo”, “freshman”, “hip hip hooray!”, “hold down the fort”, “starving” and “policeman”.

Aaron Allen, a third-year student at CSU, said: “What about the term ‘African-American’? Should I not use that term to describe myself?”

Azhar Majeed, spokesman for the free speech advocacy nonprofit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, told Campus Reform that while “it is possible that the speech of some students will be chilled if they are confused into thinking that the document represents official policy of the university . . . I think it would be unlikely that any student carefully reading the guide would be mistaken and led to believe they could face disciplinary action for their speech.”

If we go by precedents, despite Majeed’s assurance, CSU students have every reason to fear there would be “disciplinary” consequences if they refuse to abide by the Inclusive Language Guide. See:

Indeed, Nicole Neily, president of Speech First, points out that “even though these guidelines are suggested and not mandatory, they place students in the uncomfortable position of reciting politically correct talking points that they may not agree with. Words like ‘American,’ ‘male,’ and ‘female’ are used every day by billions of people around the world. When these students graduate, they’re in for a rude awakening!”

In a statement to Campus Reform, CSU spokesman Mike Hooker said:

The version that Campus Reform, the Collegian, and one of our employees have shared online was a preliminary draft that was still under construction/revision back in October when the student newspaper posted it, and the language in question was removed before the document was finalized and released in January by the people who wrote it. Attached is the final version of this guide which was created as a resource for members of the CSU staff who had specifically requested this guidance. The old (October) link from the Collegian which you have in your original story from Wednesday was the preliminary draft that was still under discussion among internal members of the involved group.  The preliminary draft was also posted by a CSU employee for discussion purposes back in the fall (not the final attached here that the people working on it eventually agreed on in January) and it never got taken down.

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Sunday Devotional: You were called for freedom!

Galatians 5:1, 13-18

Brothers and sisters:
For freedom Christ set us free;
so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters.
But do not use this freedom
as an opportunity for the flesh;
rather, serve one another through love.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement,
namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
But if you go on biting and devouring one another,
beware that you are not consumed by one another.

I say, then: live by the Spirit
and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. 
For the flesh has desires against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh;
these are opposed to each other,
so that you may not do what you want.
But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters…so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”

Let those words ring in your ears, and in the ears of all despots, in America and across the world, who are bent on imposing their will and dicta on us, always cloaked in the cover of “good” intentions, whether they be the Marxist false siren of utopian communism, or the neo-Marxist “climate change” save-the-world cultists, or the LGBT-pronoun cultural-Marxists of ivory-tower academe.

For our freedom comes not from men, but from God. As it is said in Sirach 15:14, 16:

God in the beginning created human beings
and made them subject to their own free choice….
Set before you are fire and water;
to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.

Thomas Aquinas conceived an act of free will to be any thought, word, deed, desire, or omission that comes from a person acting with full knowledge of what s/he is doing, “who is free to act or to refrain from action, and who gives the full assent of his will to the act.”¹ The essence of free will, therefore, is choice—the favoring of one thing and the eschewal of another—informed by reason.

But God’s supreme gift of free will does not mean license, the freedom to break rules or principles, to “do as thou wilt” — that first temptation “to be as gods” whispered by the serpent in the first Garden. As Sirach 15:17-20 reminds us:

Before man are life and death, good and evil,
whichever he chooses shall be given him.
Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.
The eyes of God are on those who fear him;
he understands man’s every deed.
No one does he command to act unjustly,
to none does he give license to sin.

The gift of free will is terrifying, for when it is exercised to evil, the consequences are disastrous.

Terrifying though it is, free will is given to humans (and angels) because only by freely electing to believe in, obey, honor, and love God do the preceding acts have authenticity and meaning. For what good is a love that is coerced? As St. Thomas put it, “Man has free will: otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain.”²

Choose wisely! Choose to be good.

Psalm 119:1-5, 10

Blessed those whose way is blameless,
who walk by the law of the LORD.
Blessed those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with all their heart.
They do no wrong;
they walk in his ways.
You have given them the command
to observe your precepts with care.
May my ways be firm
in the observance of your statutes!
With all my heart I seek you;
do not let me stray from your commandments.

May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

~Eowyn


¹Paul J. Glenn, A Tour of the Summa (Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1978), p. 99.
²Summa Theologia of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume One (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1947), p. 418.

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SJW Love Fest at Seattle Pacific University

WARNING: Watch this only if you have 2 hours of time to waste being completely pissed off.

The Players: an assortment of self-loathing white leftists

They are celebrating the first year of their new Social Justice Major at the university. The women and men in the audience are mostly white, an assortment of people interchangeable at any Peter, Paul and Mary concert on PBS. We know them. The women have that smug, smarter-than-the-world smirk, and all the males have been properly gelded, not a functioning testicle in sight…

…with the one exception of the properly licensed testicle operator,
the sanctioned Fearless Leader and tonight’s speaker, Tim Wise.

Tim Wise, like Noel Ignatiev before him, has made his bones prosecuting the inborn guilt of white people (especially white men).

He has books to sell at the back of the auditorium. Tim’s favorite SJW crowd pleaser: White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son. And there is a new favorite: White Lies Matter: Race, Crime, and the Politics of Fear in America. Along with these you can purchase from an assortment of other essays, sure to grant clemency to a white Liberal seeking redemption from the inherent evil of his/her DNA.

Did I mention that Tim Wise recently spoke at Harvard University, and opined that Christians should be locked up because they can’t function in the real world? 

Yeah, he said that. And he even used Noel Ignativ’s favorite excuse,
“I was just kidding… but maybe not.”

This hits extra close to home for me, as a relative near and dear to me has given up on college after 3 and a half years. He told me that at his new college he has been told in all kinds of ways that he is the enemy of everything good, for the reason that he is white and male, and worst of all, a Christian. He is a clear headed critical thinker, and that too has brought the wrath on him.

My relative had thought it would be good to see what’s happening at the historic college chapel with the Christian student club. The Christian club turned out to be invisible, either nonexistent or in hiding. And the historic chapel was being used for drag queen shows. Demons always like to throw a party when they can desecrate a formerly holy place; no exception here.

Tim Wise, like Noel Ignatiev, is of Russian Jewish descent, and they are both atheists.

Let’s add this up. They preach the same message. They have direct ancestors reaching back to the Bolshevik Revolution 100 years ago. Their actions are not those of honest debate and scholarship, but the actions of an agent provocateur, each lecture, a Molotov Cocktail of incitement to violent revolution. Looks like the very same principalities that deceived Russia 100 years ago are making a 100th anniversary attempt to repeat their success now in America.

So relieved I’m not white!
Wait! I am white?!!! 

Guess I had better run and hide. (NOT) No, we “white people” of all colors are ready to stand and fight, be it in the physical or the spiritual:

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
– 2 Corinthians 10:4

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Pelosi reveals liberal leftist agenda in Equality Act remarks

At the March 13 Democrat press conference that introduced H.R. 5 – Equality Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed a litany of  liberal, leftist goals she hoped Democrats would achieve. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), gave the initial remarks. Pelosi  gave the hallmark Democrat speech.

The following text is the official transcript of Pelosi’s remarks. The bold face highlighted text marks are mine.

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Pelosi Remarks at Press Event Introducing H.R. 5, The Equality Act

March 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Democratic leaders of the House and Senate for a press event introducing H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations and the use of federal funds. Below are the Speaker’s remarks

Speaker Pelosi. Senator Merkley! Thank you, Senator Merkley, I accept your kind words on behalf of our House Democrats who, overwhelmingly, support this legislation and I thank David Cicilline and the Members of the Task Force for their work to bring us to this day.

I remember full-well the day you described in the LBJ Room when we stood there, you taking the lead in the Senate, David in the House, and right between the two of you, John Lewis, John Lewis giving his imprimatur to the path that we were going down.

[Applause]

So, I thank you. It is a pleasure to welcome back Senator Schumer when he gets here, a former Member, and Senator Baldwin, a former Member of whom we are very proud, and thank you for your leadership, as well as Senator Booker, not of this House but certainly of this Congress who we are very proud of as well. I am proud to join all of you.

As I was listening to the comments that were being made, Congressman Cicilline – I think I decided to call you Chairman, you call everyone Chairman in the Majority – and Senator Merkley, I was thinking back on the path to this day.

When we first got the Majority, we said we had four goals we wanted to achieve. One was to pass the hate crimes legislation. Senator Baldwin was very much a part of that in the House, and Senator Schumer of course in the Senate, and then Senator Baldwin in both houses.

The next was supposed to be ENDA, end discrimination in the workplace, but we all came to the conclusion, led by the outside groups, that we should do the repeal of ‘Don’t Act Don’t Tell’ next. So, that rose to number two on the agenda, not in terms of importance but in terms of chronology and in getting the votes. So then, with the help of so many of you, we repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

[Applause]

Next was marriage equality, which the courts happily recognized – marriage equality. So, we had one left, ENDA. But everybody just said, why should we be ending discrimination in the workplace? What about in every place – in housing, in every place?’

So, that’s when Mr. Cicilline stepped forward and said, ‘We’ll open the Civil Rights Act.’ Not a small thing to do, and that’s why Mr. Lewis and the Congressional Black Caucus and all of our Members were so important in getting behind that fully so here we are today.

Here we are today. We are proud to stand with Members from both sides of the Capitol to take a momentous step towards full equality for LGBTQ Americans and for our country. We take great pride in serving with a record-breaking ten LGBTQ Members in the Congress. We are happy about that.

[Applause]

Let us once again salute David Cicilline, a champion for equality. Thank you, Senator Merkley, for your tireless leadership in the Senate.

Our inside maneuvering, though, is only possible because of the success of the outside mobilization, so I want to join David Cicilline and Senator Merkley in acknowledging the work of our outside friends who made this possible.

[Applause]

Advocates and allies have always made the difference: in passing fully-inclusive hate crime legislation, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Act, defeating the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act – remember that horrible thing? And more. Forget about it.

Again, your mobilizing and organizing will make the difference, once again, so I thank all of you for that. Let me just say on that score, that many of you have reported to us that many in corporate America and in the business community are behind the Equality Act, and I think that is going to be very important.

[Applause]

Our Founders, in their wisdom, wrote in our beautiful preamble to the Constitution ‘the blessings of liberty.’ They talked about the blessings of liberty which were to be the birthright of all Americans. That’s why I am especially upset that, last night, we were all sickened and saddened to see the President revive his hateful transgender service ban. No one with the strength and bravery to serve in the military should be turned away – turned away – so sad.

I had some trans in uniform folks here for the State of the Union Address, and they were so saddened because they have a high percentage of participation in our military, and to have that not get its full respect and, in fact, lessened by the President’s actions – so, we have important work to do in fighting to defeat this disgusting ban and we will succeed.

[Applause]

While the President betrays our values with his ban, the Congress is bringing our nation closer to equal liberty and justice for all with the Equality Act. Sexual orientation and gender identity deserve full civil rights protections – in the workplace and in every place, education, housing, credit, jury service – you want jury service? In public accommodations. That is why we are proud to stand with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, many of whom are here with us, Bobby Scott, Sheila Jackson Lee. You will be hearing from Bobby Scott.

We are proud, as David said, that this bill has nearly 240 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House. We look forward to a swift, strong and successful vote on this bill. And now, it would have been my pleasure – did he come? Okay, Chuck is on the way.

[Laughter]

Is that okay? He will be here shortly. I am pleased to welcome back to the House side, a place where we took great pride, where she was first lesbian to be elected to the Congress of the United States. How proud we are of Tammy Baldwin.

~ Grif

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