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Twitter Users Not Having Trump’s “Excuse” For His Failed UK Visit

Late last night, Donald Trump tweeted out his excuse for why he wouldn’t be visiting London. And as is the usual, he’s blaming Obama for it.

As you might have guessed, many people on Twitter responded unfavorably to Trump’s tweet. Several were quick to point out that it wasn’t Obama who sold the old embassy, but former president Bush Jr.

On top of that, responses also liked to remind the president that its not like many Londoners (or Englishmen for that matter) wanted him to visit anyway.

In fact, the massive protests against the U.S. president's visit may have a factor, or be the sole reason, that he didn't cross the pond.

Over all, Donald Trump tried to share fake news again to make himself seem important and right. And, Twitter was there to point out how wrong he was (again).

h/t: PinkNews

Rapper Eminem Under Fire For Leading A "F*** Trump" Chant During A Concert

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Rapper Eminem is making headlines because of a chant he made insulting Donald Trump.

The rapper was performing at the Reading Festival in Reading, England this past Saturday and was recorded in the moment.

During the performance, Eminem said:

“So Reading, I’m not about to stand up here and use this fuckin’ stage for some kind of a platform to be all political and shit, and I don’t want to cause any controversy so I won’t say no names — but this mother f*** Donald Trump I can’t stand!”

Eminem then led the audience in a chant of “F*** Trump” before starting the song "White America."

The thing is that Eminem probably doesn’t care if we or Billboard report on this incident. In fact, if Donald Trump were to respond to the moment (which, let’s be honest if Trump got wind of this it’d be 50/50 on if he’d tweet about it), Eminem would do nothing but laugh.

You can watch the video down below (skip to 10 mins).

Gays For Trump Will March With 'Deplorable Pride'

Earlier this year, Charlotte-based Republican LGBT group Deplorable Pride, were denied a spot in the city’s annual Charlotte Pride parade. The group was denied participation in the city's largest parade because of their planned 27-foot-long float that would depict a drag version of Melania Trump with others wearing long blue evening gowns that read "Make America Great Again" reports the Charlotte Observer. Now, the Gays for Trump group is planning to protest 30-minutes prior to the parade.

A statement on the group's website reads:

Come and show your support for your fellow Trump supporters who are LGBT and are being persecuted by their own gay community. Please help us show that intolerance is not acceptable.

A spokesperson for Charlotte Pride has commented about the organization's right to not include those who exclude others from American society.

The statement by Charlotte Pride reads:

In the past, we have made similar decisions to decline participation from other organizations espousing anti-LGBTQ religious or public policy stances. Charlotte Pride envisions a world in which LGBTQ people are affirmed, respected, and included in the full social and civic life of their local communities, free from fear of any discrimination, rejection, and prejudice.

Charlotte police is prepared for the protest and what it could mean for spectators and visitors to the highly popular pride event.

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus To Fight Trump Hate By Touring Red States

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The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is starting to rev up in preparation for their latest tour.

The chorus, which is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is preparing for their Lavender Pen tour this coming fall.

The tour, which is being shared with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, will take them through towns in several red states like Jackson, Birmingham, Knoxville, Greenville, and Charlotte. These will be the main cities where the major concerts will take place.

In addition, they will have smaller and more intimate visits with schools, churches, government buildings and more to spread the message and share the meaning of The Lavender Pen Tour.

But what is that message and meaning? Well, you’d have to look back to both November of last year and to the very origin of the chorus, and we were lucky enough to speak with Tim Seelig and Chris Verdugo, the SFGMC Artistic and Executive Directors respectively, about both topics.

“The day after the election. Wednesday morning, we all woke up in a phase of disbelief,” Verdugo noted while remembering the inception of the tour, “we received an email from our board president saying we should reconsider our touring abroad.”

And as Seelig remembered the email’s content went something along the lines of, “Why are we spending this much money when we are really needed at home?”

Credit: Screenshot Youtube @SFGMCVideo

You see, the chorus had already planned to do a tour in China, but as soon as the Trump administration won they knew their plans had to change.

As Verdugo remembers, “We didn’t know what would happen with a Trump presidency, but we knew that it would cause a lot of strife. We knew that if we were already, even under the Obama administration, still under trouble in the south… we knew that the situation was only going to get worse.”

That’s when the idea for the Lavender Pen tour was born. The tour’s plan is to travel to parts of the American South and to bridge a gap between two different cultures and populaces of the American people.

But why title it the Lavender Pen? Again, we have to look at the chorus’s origins.

In 1977, out politician Harvey Milk sponsored a gay civil rights bill. He worked with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone to make that bill an official law, and when Moscone did sign it in he did it with Milk’s lavender pen.

Then in 1978, a group of gay men gathered to start a chorus. This would eventually become the first choir in the world to openly promote and focus on sexual orientation. But, it wasn’t all smooth sailing at the start.

 

“A hundred gay men in one room and a fight broke out. Can you imagine?” Seelig, who joined the choir ten years later, reminisced sarcastically, “They were fighting about what to call it and settled on two names. ‘Men About Town’ or ‘San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.’ At the end, SFGMS prevailed.”

But, the San Francisco gay community was soon rocked by Harvey Milk’s death. Then, at the candle light vigil, the chorus had its first performance and sang Holly Near’s “Singing for our lives”

That is why this tour is titled after Harvey Milk’s famous lavender pen, and why his spirit surrounds both the tour and the chorus.

In addition, the chorus cherishes the fact that their two goals are music and mission. As Seelig states, “We are a music organization and also an activist organization.”

So, the chorus may may perform multiple songs from its musical repertoire like “Amazing Grace,” “If You Were Gay” from Broadway show Avenue Q, “Dance with the Storm” by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, or their new rearrangement of Holly Near’s “Singing For Our Lives.”

But in addition to that, the chorus will work on several community projects and have several conversations with locals and leaders. They will sing at LGBTQ conferences, give seminars about HIV/Prep and trans issues at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and participate in interfaith services.

“We’re having interfaith services, lunch with the people and attendees afterwards, and we’re gonna get to talk a lot about religion,” Tim Seelig explained, “I come from the south and the only way to expect any kind of political change in the South is through the church.”

Chris Verdugo, Ed / Credit: Screenshot Youtube @SFGMCVideo

And when asked which event they were most looking forward to, both directors answered that it would be the march across the bridge in Selma.

Verdugo later elaborated more on how that day will go in more detail:

“On Monday of the tour we’ll leave Jackson for Selma. We’ll meet at the AME church and have a gathering there. There will be some speakers, then we will head down to the park for lunch, and then we will meet the mayor who will address everyone who is there. It will include everyone in Selma, and CEO’s who are flying in. One of them is bringing his three young daughters. It’s so impactful that this will be the intersection of race and LGBT issues.”

These events show the heart behind the Lavender Pen tour and behind the spirit of the chorus. In addition, their true intention is to not only exchange music and conversation with the communities they visit, but it is also to help them.

All proceeds raised from the event will remain in the towns through the several beneficiaries and organizations that are supporting and interacting with the chorus during this tour. This is just another way that the chorus is bridging the gap between music and mission.

“Culture has always been a support for social change,” Chris Verdugo pondered, “It is our artists and musicians who have always pushed the envelope to help our society to see very clearly… Not just music but spoken work, painting, singing, and pop music. I think that’s really important.”

If you wish to support the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Lavender Pen tour, and the many organizations associated with the tour, you can click here to go to the SFGMC website and donate.

Former President Jimmy Carter To Trump: Stop With The "Warlike Rhetoric" To North Korea

Former President Jimmy Carter has released a statement online in which he criticizes the White House's lack of effort towards finding a peaceful solution to the increasing hostile North Korea.

In the statement, he spoke about his past experiences with negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea and how this current administration should be making similar efforts to keep things civil. 

Or at the very least, to not post at 8AM with thoughts of bombing the country...

(Of course, that last comment was from the author of this post and not from Carter himself).

You can read Jimmy Carter's actual words in their entirety down below.

The harsh rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang during recent months has exacerbated an already confrontational relationship between our countries, and has probably eliminated any chance of good faith peace talks between the United States and North Korea. In addition to restraining the warlike rhetoric, our leaders need to encourage talks between North Korea and other countries, especially China and Russia. The recent UN Security Council unanimous vote for new sanctions suggests that these countries could help.  In all cases, a nuclear exchange must be avoided. All parties must assure North Koreans they we will forego any military action against them if North Korea remains peaceful.

I have visited North Korea three times, and have spent more than 20 hours in discussions with their political leaders regarding important issues that affect U.S.-DPRK relations.

In June 1994, I met with Kim Il Sung in a time of crisis, when he agreed to put all their nuclear programs under strict supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and to seek mutual agreement with the United States on a permanent peace treaty, to have summit talks with the president of South Korea, to expedite the recovery of the remains of American service personnel buried in his country, and to take other steps to ease tension on the peninsula. Kim Il Sung died shortly after my visit, and his successor, Kim Jong Il, notified me and leaders in Washington that he would honor the promises made by his father. These obligations were later confirmed officially in negotiations in Geneva by Robert Gallucci and other representatives of the Clinton administration.

I returned to Pyongyang in August 2010, at the invitation of North Korean leaders, to bring home Aijalon Gomes, an American who had been detained there. My last visit to North Korea was in May 2011 when I led a delegation of Elders (former presidents of Ireland and Finland and former prime minister of Norway) to assure the delivery of donated food directly to needy people.

During all these visits, the North Koreans emphasized that they wanted peaceful relations with the United States and their neighbors, but were convinced that we planned a preemptive military strike against their country. They wanted a peace treaty (especially with America) to replace the ceasefire agreement that had existed since the end of the Korean War in 1953, and to end the economic sanctions that had been very damaging to them during that long interim period. They have made it clear to me and others that their first priority is to assure that their military capability is capable of destroying a large part of Seoul and of responding strongly in other ways to any American attack. The influence of China in Pyongyang seems to be greatly reduced since Kim Jong Un became the North Korean leader in December 2011.

A commitment to peace by the United States and North Korea is crucial. When this confrontational crisis is ended, the United States should be prepared to consummate a permanent treaty to replace the ceasefire of 1953. The United States should make this clear, to North Koreans and to our allies.