News Briefs for the Week of Mar. 22, 2017

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Katy Perry Tells HRC Gala: I was Taught to 'Pray the Gay Away'

(EDGE) Katy Perry made a moving speech while accepting the National Equality Award at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles Saturday night, opening up about her Christian background, the Guardian reports.

The pop star confessed she was taught to "pray the gay away at Jesus Camp" and talked about the messages in her songs.

"I speak my truths and I paint my fantasies into these little bite-sized pop songs, for instance: I kissed a girl and I liked it," Perry, 32, said, referencing her 2008 single "I Kissed a Girl."

At the time the song, along with "Ur So Gay," which carries the lyric "and you don't even like boys," was criticized for demeaning LGBT people. But Perry defended her music at the event.

"Truth be told, I did more than that. But how was I going to reconcile that with the gospel-singing girl raised in youth groups that were pro-conversion camps?" she told the crowd. "What I did know was that I was curious and even then I knew sexuality wasn't as black and white as this dress.

"Honestly, I haven't always gotten it right, but in 2008 when that song came out, I knew that I started a conversation that a lot of the world seemed curious enough to sing along to," Perry said.

The singer has been a long-time supporter of LBGT rights and campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement Perry has used her "powerful voice and international platform to speak out for LGBTQ equality".

"Her compelling advocacy, from the stage to the campaign trail, has had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ people -- and, in particular, young people," he said. "Katy's message of inclusion and equality continues to inspire us and the world."

 

Trump Administration Proposes Eliminating LGBT Elders from Key Federal Survey

(EDGE) Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) announced today that it is launching a nationwide effort to oppose the Trump Administration's proposed erasure of LGBT elders from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). 

Specifically, SAGE opposes changes that would eliminate questions that allow the federal government to assess the extent to which LGBT older adults are receiving federally funded elder services. According to a March 13 notice in the Federal Register, those questions (which have been included in the Survey since 2014) are proposed for elimination in the 2017 Survey. This is the only change the Trump Administration proposes to the Survey. 

This annual survey is conducted by the federal government to evaluate the effectiveness of programs funded under Title III of the Older Americans Act, including who is being served by such programs. Results from the survey are used to determine how to direct billions of dollars toward older people's needs through publicly funded senior centers, home-delivered meals, family caregiver support, transportation, and other key supports.

"Caring about our LGBT elders means making sure they have access to publicly-funded senior services, which can be literally life-saving," said Michael Adams, Chief Executive Officer of SAGE. "Now, it appears that the Trump Administration wants to make believe LGBT older people don't exist, by erasing them from this critically important survey. We insist that this decision be reversed and that the federal government commit to serving all elders in need, including those who are LGBT." 

The publishing of the Survey in the Federal Register opens up the exclusion of LGBT elders to public scrutiny and public comment. Per the Federal Register, the 60-day deadline to make comments on the proposed Survey and LGBT exclusion is May 12, 2017. SAGE and its many partners and allies encourage a robust response to the call for public comments.

 

Trump's Twitter Wiretap Accusation Provides Inspiration for Latest Gay Erotic Fan Fiction

(EDGE) Gay erotic fan fiction author Chuck Tingle is back with his latest take on the scandals plaguing the White House. This time, Tingle sends up the Twitterer-in-Chief in a 4,200 word tale of sizzling human on handsome political distraction action, including anal, blowjobs, cream pies, rough sex and delusional online post love.

Tingle's latest tome, titled "Domald Tromp Pounded In The Butt By His Fabricated Wiretapping Scandal Made Up To Redirect Focus Away From His Seemingly Endless Unethical Connections To Russia," catches up with the fictional exploits of Domald Tromp, a millionaire real estate tycoon turned President of the United States.

The novel is loosely based on the real President Trump's social media allegation that former President Obama wiretapped his Manhattan high rise during the final days of the 2016 election.

The synopsis on Amazon.com reads:

Domald Tromp hasn't been listening to his Timeline Briefings, and now he's in trouble. To the frustration of his staff, Domald's incompetence has allowed several unethical timelines to get dangerously close to this one, and facts regarding his administration's deep connections to the Russian government are leaking left and right.

Domald decides to solve this problem old-fashioned way, with a tweet brazenly declaring that the previous President was wiretapping him. Domald hopes his bizarre fabrication will now dominate the news cycle while he heads out to golf with his Russian T-Rex buddies. Unfortunately, he has simply opened an even bigger can of worms.

Now Domald is forced to confront the physical manifestation of his fictional wiretapping scandal, and is about to learn that his tweet could cause him a lot of problems whether it's true or not.

The book's climax promises "a hardcore anal pounding on the golf course that will have your jaw on the floor!"


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