It's my second one, and I'm pleased and honored to be heading inside I-495 to represent myself and my community at this fifth annual event.
If you wish you keep up with moi and what happening, you can check out the media convening's Facebook page or our Tweets at the hashtag #LGBTMedia14.
I'm excited to be catching up with all my journalistic and blogging colleagues and as many of my friends in the Washington DC area I can possibly squeeze quality time in with.
Since this is Friday, I know y'all didn't surf over here at this 12 noon CST time to hear me jibber-jabber about the convening. Y'all came here to find out who gets smacked with this week's Shut Up Fool Award.
And remember, at 7 PM Sunday night I reveal who the five new fools are in the 2K14 who received TransGriot SUF Lifetime Achievement Awards.
So let's get to it..
Honorable Mention number one is a group award to the Arizona Legislature's GOP majority who tried to pass a Religious Right To Discriminate bill. When the righteous condemnation came down upon their heads, three members who voted for it claimed they made a mistake and then urged Gov. Jan Brewer to veto it, which she did mainly because it would have cost Arizona millions plus the Super Bowl had she done so.
Honorable Mention number two is Paula Deen, who put her Southern fried foot in her mouth once again and stated that her attempt come back from all her self inflicted drama was 'just like that black football player coming out.'
Umm Paula, flag on the play. First up hon, if you're going to compare your situation to someone else, learn their name. Second is Michael Sam being gay and trying to make the NFL is in no way analogous to your n-word uttering Confederate flag waving drama that destroyed your media empire and resulted in BlackTwitter calling your azz out.
Michael Sam inspires people. You inspired revulsion and derision.
That's a nice segue into Honorable Mention number three, who is Washington DC lobbyist Jack Burkman, who tried to pimp a bill that would ban gay players from the NFL.
”We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said in a statement. "Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”
NFL players who rob, shoot, kill, drive drunk and sexually assault people are okay, but an openly gay one in the locker room isn't?
You're right. What is this nation coming to?
Honorable Mention number four is one I have to go to the Lone Star State for in Tom DeLay. He parted his lips on national television to say that 'God created this nation, wrote the constitution and it is based on Biblical principles.
Tom, guess you been sniffing those pest control fumes again. It was the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that wrote the Constitution that created this nation that was is, hopefully if we fight to keep it that way, a secular government that as Article 11 of the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli states and was unanimously ratified by Congress:
“the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”
The Treaty of Tripoli, 1797 – Signed Unanimously by Congress
Honorable Mention number five is a group award for Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Ugandan MP David Bahati and hate minister Scott Lively. Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill crafted by Lively and introduced in the Ugandan Parliament by Bahati that is a huge setback for Ugandan democracy, and is sadly going to result in LGBT people or people falsely accused of being LGBT being killed, injured or jailed.
And it's even more reprehensible that Museveni and Bahati claim that Uganda is a Christian nation while trying to justify this law that will unleash untold terror on their fellow citizens as Scott Lively cackles and dreams of the day they can do the same thing on US shores. . .
May y'all rot in hell for the unjust law that you are unleashing on Uganda.
This week's Shut up fool winner is Rep Louie Gohmert (Teabagger-TX).. I guess since Texas Independence Day is coming up March 2, he had to unleash his Lone Star conservaignorance upon the world since he has competition with the junior senator from Alberta. .
This week Gohmert Pyle unleashed the howler during a Wednesday radio interview that "African-Americans had fought in the Civil Rights Movement for the right to support an Arizona bill (SB 1062) that would protect businesses which discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of “religious freedom.”
He also endorsed SB 1062 BTW for challenging the 'Religion of Secularism'
But back to slamming Louie for his radio interview.
WTF? Naw Louie, we went through the Civil Rights movement to throw off the yoke of oppression aimed at us by people who looked like you. Many of those East Texas oppressors are your constituents who are still mad that they can't do what they used to do to 'nigras' back in the day and get away with it.
So after going throw 246 years of chattel slavery hell, and another 100 years of oppressive Jim Crow segregation, there is no way in hell those of us who remember that history would willing sign up to oppress someone else.
But I guess that's in the GOP nature.
Louie Gohmert, shut up fool!