On Monday morning, April 16, Paige Clay was found dead in Chicago’s West Garfield Park, the victim of a single gunshot to her forehead. Paige was 23 years old, much beloved by her chosen family in Chicago’s Ball community, and a transgender woman of color. No one has been arrested for her murder, and little new information has surfaced since.
Jenni “JWoww” Farley has never been shy about voicing her opinions, as Bristol Palin learned firsthand Thursday.
After Palin, 21, wrote a heated blog post about President Barack Obama’s recent support of marriage equality, Farley, 26, dissed the politician’s daughter via Twitter.
“Bristol should keep her uneducated, ignorant mouth shut. If you’re living in the past you wouldn’t have a kid without marriage. Hypocrite. It’s 2012!” Farley wrote. “My best friend will get married one day and not just have civil union with his man. Stop hating people.”
Mitt Romney clashed with a state commission tasked with helping LGBT youth at risk for bullying and suicide throughout his term as Massachusetts governor over funding and its participation in a pride parade. He eventually abolished the group altogether.
Bristol Palin thinks it’s laughable that President Barack Obama’s children influenced his decision to support marriage equality.
“While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads,” Bristol, the eldest daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, wrote in a blog post titled “Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama” on Thursday.
Obama said on Wednesday that his daughers’ acceptance of friends with same-sex parents helped prompt his “change in perspective.” In response, Palin writes:
Students at American University got a big surprise when the most recent student body president stepped down from the position earlier this month. Students had elected Tim McBride to serve last year, without realizing that McBride identifies as a woman. She came out as transgender publicly after serving her time as student body president.
President Obama’s decision to endorse marriage equality undoubtedly entails some political risk, but recent polls suggest that public opinion is increasingly on his side.
According to surveys included in the PollingReport.com database, an average of 50 percent of American adults support same-sex marriage rights while 45 percent oppose it, based on an average of nine surveys conducted in the past year.
Before Barack Obama became the first president to support marriage equality, he was the first president to be so thoroughly surrounded by people who support marriage for same-sex couples. Many of his donors are gay, and so are quite a few of his staff members, including his social secretary and the aides who made this moving video about their lifelong quests to accept themselves and to be accepted.
But how influential has the president’s wife — the person closest to him — been?