Traditional Chinese Family Reacts Angrily to Gay Son Coming Out in Emotional Segment of ‘What Would You Do?’ – WATCH

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Coming out in a traditional Asian family presents its own set of challenges which were examined in a new segment from the ABC News show What Would You Do?

When “Daniel” came out to his parents in a New Jersey diner (which seems to be the favorite setting of this show), they reacted with horror.

Said the mother: “You won’t have a normal life if you’re gay.”

“Come on,” interjected an eavesdropping customer. “You’re embarrassing yourself.”

When Daniel’s parents got up to leave, the customer and her male companion joined them, telling him, “It’s not something you can help. It’s not a choice…Just from knowing Asian families they don’t accept that. It’s…not many families do. Don’t let that control your life, and kind of just, you know, find yourself, and do what makes you happy.”

Other customers were not so understanding. One customer who overheard Daniel’s coming out told the mother he considered it a “problem” and a “sin in the eyes of God” and advised her to seek the counseling of a pastor who would know what to do.

The actor playing Daniel, who identifies as queer in real life, said he’d expect a similar reaction if he ever tried to come out to his family in China.

Many other customers defended Daniel over his bigoted parents.

In the show’s final and most touching moment, a woman joined Daniel at his table in tears after his parents walked away, telling him, “I just want you to know it’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being gay. Be yourself and if they can’t accept it that’s their problem.”

When confronted by them about getting involved, she stood up for him: “He’s very brave in coming out to you. I saw how sad he was and it made me sad…He’s your son. You love him, right? Maybe it just takes some time.”

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Gay San Francisco Police Officer Files Sexual Orientation Harassment and Discrimination Lawsuit Against SFPD: WATCH

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Brendan Mannix, a gay, active San Francisco police officer, has filed suit against the SFPD, accusing some of its members of “sexual harassment, sexual discrimination based on his sexual orientation, and retaliating against a whistle-blower.”

The SF Chronicle reports: ‘Mannix said two sergeants at Central Station frequently made comments about his sexual orientation, including calling him a “queen,” “too dramatic” and insulting his masculinity, attorney Lawrence Organ wrote. When he tried to report the behavior, Mannix allegedly faced retaliation, and he said the department didn’t do anything to stop the harassment.’

The SFPD has not commented on the lawsuit.

The trouble began when Mannix was transferred to Central Station from Richmond Station and encountered what he termed an “old boys’ club” atmosphere where anyone not “straight, cisgender, white and male” was targeted for harassment.

The SF Chronicle adds that the complaint focuses on two officers: ‘One suggested Mannix was in a sexual relationship with the other gay officer at the station, and when Mannix did or said something the sergeant believed was stereotypically gay, he would say “ugh, you gays!” or “God, you gays!” [attorney L:awrence] Organ said. The sergeant, Organ said, would also mock Mannix’s hair style and physical appearance, making comments like, “Is that hair big enough?!” and “How much do you weigh? One hundred pounds soaking wet?” In one instance, when they discovered a dead body in the water at night, the sergeant told him, “don’t be such a queen,” when Mannix said he was cold, Organ said.’

Watch a report from NBC San Francisco:

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‘Madonna and The Breakfast Club’ Trailer Features a Peek into Her Early Days and an Actress Who’s a Dead Ringer for Young Madge: WATCH

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A new trailer for the upcoming documentary Madonna and The Breakfast Club, directed by Guy Guido, about the early days of Madonna and her first band, was released on the icon’s 60th birthday. The film was made with the cooperation of her bandmates Ed Gilroy, Gary Burke, Norris Burroughs and also then-boyfriend Dan Gilroy. Gilroy reportedly turned over hours of videos, tapes, and intimate love letters to Guido for the project.

Jamie Auld, the actress depicting Madonna in reenactments, is a dead ringer for young Madonna. News of Madonna and The Breakfast Club‘s existence came around the same time news broke that Madonna was trying to put a stop to another long-in-development biopic about her called Blond Ambition. Recent news on that is scant.

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John Brennan to Rachel Maddow: Trump is ‘Drunk on Power’ and ‘Abusing the Powers of That Office’ – WATCH

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Former CIA Director John Brennan, whose security clearance was revoked by Donald Trump earlier this week as punishment for his support for the Russia investigation, told Rachel Maddow on Friday night that Trump is “drunk on power” and “abusing the powers” of the presidency.

Said Brennan: “The fact that he’s using a security clearance of a former CIA director as a pawn in his public relations strategy I think is just so reflective of somebody who, quite frankly, I don’t want to use this term maybe, but he’s drunk on power. He really is, and I think he’s abusing the powers of that office. I think right now, this country is in a crisis in terms of what Mr. Trump has done and is liable to do. And so, are the Republicans on the Hill — who have given him a pass — going to wait for a disaster to happen before they actually find their backbones and spines, to speak up against somebody who clearly, clearly is not carrying out his responsibilities with any sense of purpose and common sense from the standpoint of national security?”

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Thirteen former senior intelligence officials signed a letter on Friday denouncing Trump’s actions toward Brennan: “The letter’s signees include former Directors of Central Intelligence Robert Gates, William Webster, George Tenet and Porter Goss; former CIA directors Gen. Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta and Gen. David Petraeus; former director of national intelligence James Clapper; and former deputy CIA directors John McLaughlin, Stephen Kappes, Avril Haines, David Cohen and Michael Morell, who is also a CBS News senior national security contributor.”

Trump has also reportedly drafted more documents to revoke clearances from people and roll them out when media coverage of him is not favorable, the WaPo reports: “Trump wants to sign “most if not all” of them, said one senior White House official, who indicated that communications aides, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Bill Shine, the newly named deputy chief of staff, have discussed the optimum times to release them as a distraction during unfavorable news cycles.”

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William McRaven, Janet Jackson, Tom Steyer, Muriel Bowser, James Woods, Stormy Daniels, Pearl, Gay Magazines: HOT LINKS

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PRESS ATTACK. Colbert on Trump.

WILLIAM MCRAVEN. Retired Navy admiral who oversaw Bin Laden raid tells Trump to revoke his security clearance: “Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him. Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency. Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.”

DRAG RACE. Pearl accuses RuPaul of breaking her spirit: “…in that moment it was so heartbreaking because I idolized her, I worshipped her, and I felt like it was so disrespectful…so Hollywood, rotted, and gross. How could you say that to someone who’s just, like, obsessed with you?”

TOM STEYER. Billionaire launches $250,000 ad campaign targeting millennials. ‘The initial $250,000 ad campaign will specifically target GOP Reps. Jeff Denham (Calif.), Steve Knight (Calif.), Mimi Walters (Calif.), Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) and Dave Brat (Va.) for voting in line with President Trump’s agenda. The end of each ad encourages young people to register to vote before November.

MILITARY PARADE. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser trolls Trump.

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ON THE RAG. What’s new on the gay magazines 

OHIO. Human Rights Campaign knocks on doors in support of Democrat Betsy Rader’s effort to defeat Republican Congressman Dave Joyce: “The visit is part of a $26 million nationwide campaign to mobilize the group’s supporters in the battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada in hopes of winning more Democratic congressional seats in 2018 and ousting Donald Trump from the White House in 2020.”

OUT OF THE HOUSE. Stormy Daniels quits Celebrity Big Brother hours before premiere.

JAMES WOODS. Washed up actor urges followers to support anti-LGBTQ baker Jack Phillips.

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PENNSYLVANIA PRIEST SEX ABUSE SCANDAL. Vatican breaks silence: “Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow,” said Greg Burke, director of the Vatican’s Press Office.
“The Holy See treats with great seriousness the work of the Investigating Grand Jury of Pennsylvania and the lengthy Interim Report it has produced. The Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors.”

NEW TUNE OF THE DAY. Janey Jackson and Daddy Yankee “Made For Now”.

FRIDAY FLASH. Shigueru Gibo Tokuda.

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Trump Shouts at White House Reporters: ‘I Think the Whole Manafort Trial is…a Very Sad Day for Our Country’ – WATCH

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Donald Trump shouted at reporters on the White House lawn on Friday, telling them he was going to New York and New Jersey for “work, all work.” He also predicted the 2018 midterms would be very good for Republicans, said he’d been praised for revoking Brennan’s security clearance, the Mueller probe, and the Paul Manafort fraud trial:

“I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad. If you look at what’s going on, it’s a very sad day for our country.He worked for me for a very short period of time, but you know what? He happens to be a very good person. And I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”

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New Trump Directive Tells Federal Contractors They are Free To Discriminate Against LGBTQ People Based on Religious Beliefs

A new directive issued by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on August 10 “broadly expanded the rights of businesses with federal contracts to raise a ‘religious exemption’ if they’re accused of discrimination,” Buzzfeed News reports.

The new directive cites three Supreme Court cases and two Trump policies in instructing federal investigators to give contractors a pass if they claim a religious justification in certain cases — which, critics say, betrays Trump’s promise last year.

“The new directive tells federal contractors they are free, in the Trump administration’s view, to use taxpayer dollars to discriminate,” Ria Tabacco Mar, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, told BuzzFeed News.

For example, she said, “A federal contractor could point to this directive to justify firing someone because they are gay or transgender — while continuing to accept federal funds. That’s a big deal because federal contractors employ millions of people.”

When Trump took office he promised to honor a 2014 Obama executive honor protecting federal workings from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Shocker, he didn’t.

Said Lambda Legal’s Shane McGowan to Buzzfeed: “This Administration apparently recognizes — correctly, in our view — that rescinding [Obama’s 2014] executive order outright would cause a huge public outcry. So instead, this Administration is trying to accomplish the same end through different means. The damage that could be done here cannot be overstated.”

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