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Larry Wilmore on 'Real Time' schools Milo Yiannopoulos for attacks on transgender people

Feb. 19, 2017 - , Comedian Larry Wilmore and gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos sparred over transgender rights on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher.

During a one-on-one interview, host Bill Maher asked the controversial Breitbart News editor about why he's opposed to hiring gay people.

"You can't trust them to show up to work on time," Yiannopoulos answered with a scowl on his face. "Too much drugs. Too much sex. They never show up to work. Always making excuses. No, no, no. I mean, not as bad as women, but no I don't hire gays."

When the audience reacted, Yiannopoulos nipped back, "Kidding. You're very easily triggered."

Wilmore, MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance and former Georgia Representative Jack Kingston, a Republican, joined Maher and Yiannopoulos during the show's YouTube Overtime segment.

Right out the gate, Yiannopoulos attacked transgender people, reiterating his claims that transgender people are "confused" and a threat to women and children.

"I just think it's sad, because it's the same arguments that we used against gay people treating them like aliens who wanted to fuck anything that moved and we should avoid them at all costs," Wilmore said. "There's a difference without a distinction, because you're choosing the same type of arguments. It's like when people try to compare gay and black. Yeah, they're not the same thing. We share invisibility – people didn't see us in society and gay people hid out from society. ...So, if you say that a person is weird or they want to commit sexual assault, then everybody thinks all transgender people want to do is commit sexual assault."

"Well, they are disproportionately involved in those kinds of crimes," Yiannopoulos responded, adding that it's "not a controversial statistic."

"This is a psychiatric disorder ...I don't want these people around little girls in bathrooms," he added.

When Yiannopoulos called Wilmore and Nance "low IQ people," Wilmore shot back: "You can go fuck yourself."

"If your argument is that these people are stupid, you didn't hear a word this man [Nance] said earlier in this segment, because he can talk circles around your pathetic, douchey little ass," he added.

Later, Nance asked Yiannopoulos whether he was American, when he answered in the negative, Nance, with a big grin, responded, "Oh shit, fuck off."



PHOTOS: Celebrating Sidetrack bartender Klider – now a U.S. citizen
Feb. 15, 2017 - , It was an exciting and emotional Tuesday (Feb. 8) for Klider Hakim, when he became a U.S. citizen – a moment he feared might never happen.

After all, Hakim, now 30, started the process of becoming a U.S. citizen 10 years ago. But he was denied then.  He applied again at age 27, and again was denied.

For his third shot, Hakim got help from Sidetrack co-owners Art Johnston and Pepe Pena, and a lawyer was hired.  It worked.

A contingent from Sidetrack was alongside Hakim when he took the oath as a U.S. citizen. Later that night, Sidetrack thew a party, naturally, in his honor: Party in the USA with AmeriKleed.

More about Klider Hakim: 

Klider was born in Baghdad, Iraq, moved to the U.S. on March 3, 1995, and is openly gay, which of course is taboo in Iraq.

He hasn't been back to Iraq since he was 6, but still has memories of that country:

"Waking up in the morning to my mother getting my siblings ready for school, helping my dad water the garden, playing hide-and-seek in the dark because during the war we did not have electricity, and getting my first stitches trying to find a missile that was dropped by our home," he said. "Looking at how the media presents Iraq is so different from what I remember. It was like living in a city. We had buses and cabs, maybe fewer restaurants."

A few from his father's side of his family still live in Iraq. Most of his mother's side of the family live here in the U.S.

One day he'd like to return to Iraq – to visit his dad's grave.

Hakim attended school in Michigan – middle-school, high school and college.

Original feature article by Ross Forman - Photos courtesy Sidetrack


 
LGBT groups urge Trump not to scrap transgender protections
Feb. 15, 2017 - , Several LGBT groups are calling on the Trump administration to keep in place guidance that protects transgender students.

Last week, the Department of Justice withdrew its objection to an injunction that blocked government guidance issued by the Department of Education on allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. The Obama administration had asked an appeals court to limit the scope of the injunction to the 12 states challenging the guidance. The Trump administration withdrew that request on Friday.

(Related: Trump administration signals it may abandon effort to protect transgender students.)

In a letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, three LGBT groups, the National Center for Transgender Equality, GLSEN and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), called on the new administration to keep the policy in place.

"The Departments' guidance documents help educational institutions understand and comply with the law," the groups wrote. "Under Title IX, all forms of gender-based discrimination are prohibited unless specifically exempted by statute. This includes sexual violence, sexual harassment, and bullying and harassment based on gender. It also includes discrimination against the hundreds of thousands of students who were assigned one gender at birth but who live and attend school as another."

Withdrawal of this critical guidance would represent a "major retreat" from commitments made by DeVos to "act justly and be compassionate" after her confirmation, the groups added.

A spokesman for the Justice Department acknowledged they had received the letter but did not comment.


 
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