Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Governor Markell of Delaware with transgender aide Sarah (Tim) McBride:

Democratic National Convention to Feature First-Ever ‘Transgender’ Speaker
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PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Convention is set to feature its first-ever “transgender” speaker this Thursday as a man who identifies as a woman is scheduled to take the stage in support of Hillary Clinton.
Tim McBride, who goes by the name Sarah, serves as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and is also a volunteer on the steering committee of Trans United for Hillary.
McBride explained in 2012 that he felt he was transgender as a child, but buried his struggle with his identity in his love for politics.
“I told myself that if I could make ‘Tim’ worthwhile for other people by changing the world, that being ‘Tim’ would have been worthwhile,” he wrote in an open letter published by the outlets The Eagle and Delaware Liberal. “I also thought that, on a superficial level, the perks and privileges of being an elected official would bring me some level of happiness that I couldn’t otherwise achieve.”
But McBride said that matters came to a head while serving as student body president.
“By mid-fall, it had gotten to the point where I was living in my own head. With everything I did, from the mundane to the exciting, the only way I was able to enjoy it was if I re-imagined doing it as a girl,” he outlined. “I wasn’t really living anymore. My existence was experienced through imagination.”
Therefore, in his quest to find his “true self,” McBride began present himself as a woman and asked to be referred to under his chosen name, Sarah.
He went on to intern at the White House and also worked at the Center for American Progress. The now 25-year-old, who lives in Washington, D.C., currently serves as the press secretary for the homosexual and transgender advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.
According to reports, the congressional “LGBT caucus” decided to include a transgender speaker at the DNC this year, and McBride was consequently considered as a speaker.
“I’m honored for this opportunity to share my story and to be the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention,” he said in a statement. “I’m so proud to stand with the LGBT Caucus and speak out in support of Hillary Clinton, because we know she stands with us.”
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin is also expected to speak Thursday evening. The group endorsed Clinton in January, and notes in a press release that a record 27 delegates at this week’s convention identify as transgender.
As previously reported, last week’s Republican National Convention featured PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who declared to those gathered that he is “proud to be gay.”
“Of course, every American has a unique identity,” Thiel said. “I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American.”
His declaration was met with cheers and chants of “USA.”
Some have consequently expressed disappointment in the Republican Party and its increasing similarity to the Democratic Party.
Deuteronomy 22:5 reads, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”


“The Real Me” by Tim McBride

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If you are politically involved in Delaware, then you have probably met or at least seen Tim McBride at some point. He was very active as a member of the Jack Pack in 2008, which was what young supporters of then State Treasurer Jack Markell were called during his primary campaign against then Lt. Governor John Carney. Tim actually introduced Jack Markell after his primary win over Carney.
After that election, Tim went on the graduate high school and he went off to college, but he stayed involved in politics, and he was elected as President of the Student government last year. . Tim was like a younger version of myself as I too loved politics as a kid who then went to school in D.C. and was involved in Student Government. But Tim was way more successful than me because at the age of 17 I never introduced a winning gubernatorial candidate and nor was elected President of the Student Government.
But enough about me, and more about Tim. Last week, he completed his term as President of the Student Government at American University, and in so doing made the follwing announcement on his Facebook page and in an Op-Ed to the student newspaper. He has asked us to republish it here on Delaware Liberal.
This note has been a long time coming, 21 years, actually.
Today, I ended my term as AU’s student body president. Being president has been an unbelievable privilege for me. I have learned and grown so much over the last year, both personally and professionally. As proud as I am of all of the issues we tackled together as a campus community, the biggest take away, for me, has been the resolution of an internal struggle. You see, for my entire life, I’ve struggled with my gender identity.
And it was only after the experiences of this year that I was able to come to terms with what had been my deepest secret: I’m transgender.
For me, it is something I’ve always known, but had never accepted. It’s been present my whole life, from as early as I can remember. It wasn’t that I knew I was different, I literally knew I was a girl. I remember my friends dressing me up as a girl at four or five and just feeling a completeness that I didn’t feel as a boy.
Around the age of six or seven, I was watching a sitcom with my mom when a transgender character appeared. Until this point, I thought I was alone and that there was nothing I could do about who I knew I was. I remember asking my mom what “transgender” meant. She explained it to me, and my heart dropped; I knew “that’s who I am” and I knew I’d have to tell my parents someday.
At the same time, I developed my love of politics. And starting at six and seven, I wrestled with the fact that my dream and my identity seemed mutually exclusive; I had to pick. So I picked what I thought was easier and wouldn’t disappoint people.
As I got older, became successful in politics, and expectations grew, the pedestal that I was on made it harder for me to come to terms with everything. As the years passed, my golden handcuffs grew stronger and stronger. I had everyone and everything telling me that I could really make it in politics. “What a privilege,” I thought, “I shouldn’t sacrifice that.” I was also scared to disappoint the mentors who had invested so much of their time and provided me with so many opportunities.
To avoid letting myself and others down, I rationalized my decision: if I can obtain positions of power, make life a little fairer for other people, and make the world a little more accepting of different identities, then that work would be so compelling and fulfilling that it would make me feel complete and some how mitigate my own, internal struggles. I told myself that if I could make “Tim” worthwhile for other people by changing the world, that being “Tim” would have been worthwhile. I also thought that, on a superficial level, the perks and privileges of being an elected official would bring me some level of happiness that I couldn’t otherwise achieve.
Then I came to AU and I became SG President. As President, for the last year, I’ve experienced a mock elected official experience. I realized that as great as it is to work on issues of fairness and equality, it only highlighted my own struggles. I also realized that I didn’t care about the superficial things. I found no great happiness in the notoriety and the recognition. Finally, being the SG President gave me the confidence to disregard the petty things people say about me behind my back.
By mid-fall, it had gotten to the point where I was living in my own head. With everything I did, from the mundane to the exciting, the only way I was able to enjoy it was if I re-imagined doing it as a girl. I wasn’t really living anymore. My existence was experienced through imagination. The world was passing by in front of me, but I wasn’t engaging in it as the person I knew I was; my life was passing me by, and I was done wasting it as someone I wasn’t.
And with those experiences, and that new confidence, I couldn’t continue to rationalize to myself that it would get better by continued concealment. It would only get better if I came to terms with everything and began to live true to myself.
After confiding in two or three friends as I struggled through fall semester, I told my family and some of my closest friends over winter break. My brothers and parents greeted me with immediate support and unconditional love. Naturally, it was difficult for them. On one level, they had believed that they would never have to really worry about me, that I was pretty much set for life. This development rocked that sense of security and for the first time in my life, they worried about my safety, my professional opportunities, my acceptance, and my happiness. And on a deeper level, they felt like they were losing me.
Since that difficult first week, there is no doubt things have gotten better. My parents have seen that the child they know and love isn’t going anywhere. My friends have been nothing short of exceptional. My parents’ friends have embraced them and me. And we move forward as a family, closer than ever.
The last several months have really shown me a lot about my life. I learned what truly amazing family and friends I have. My news has been met, 100% of the time, with love, acceptance, support, and, in most instances, excitement.
In a similar vein, as difficult as this has been for myself and my family, the experience highlights my own privilege. From day one, I never worried about my family loving and accepting me. But for far too many trans men and women, the reality is far bleaker. Coming out oftentimes means getting kicked out of your home, your community, and your family. I also mentioned that this is the first time that my parents have had to worry about my safety, my job prospects, and my acceptance. But those worries are all too common for most families. I grew up in an upper-income household, in an accepting environment, and with incredible educational opportunities.
I say this not to diminish my own struggle and experience, but to acknowledge the privilege, support, blessings, and opportunities which have been afforded to me. I also say this to emphasize that this story is my experience and my experience alone. There is no one-size-fits-all narrative; everyone’s path winds in different ways.
Today is the next day of the life I’ve already had, but at the same time, the first day of the life I always knew I wanted to lead. Starting on Saturday, I will present as my true self. Going forward, I ask that you use female pronouns (she/her) and my chosen name, Sarah. Over the last several months, I’ve begun to quietly make the transition. A month and a half ago, I started hormones. I’ve told most of my friends and have secured an internship for the summer at the Victory Fund, an organization that works to elect LGBT people to public office and one of the largest political action committees in the nation.
I’d love nothing more than to remain friends with all of you. Below is a link to my new facebook. Feel free to friend me if we aren’t friends already and, please, do not hesitate to ask me any questions. I know this is new to a lot of people and I’m happy to explain my experience in more detail.
With every birthday candle extinguished, with every penny thrown, my wish was always the same. I am now blessed with the opportunity to live my dream and fulfill a truth I have known since childhood. My gratitude is great to my family and friends for accepting me as the person who they now know me to be, and for letting me show them the possibilities of a life well lived.
Here is a link to my new facebook profile:
PS I now know that my dreams and my identity are only mutually exclusive if I don’t try :)
Below are some links with more information to answer some general questions. For AU students, you can also go to the GLBTA Resource Center with questions.
Sarah asked me today to post this to Delaware Liberal in the hopes that gender identity and transgender discrimination gets some attention in the Delaware political world. Sarah said “it is time for non-discrimination legislation on gender identity and I’m hoping this piece helps to make the issue a little more real for legislators and the political class.”
Delaware is a small state, and its political class is even smaller. Everyone involved in Democratic politics knows Sarah McBride. Perhaps they can explain why she should be discriminated against.
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On the final night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, PayPal founder Peter Thiel (shown) announced, "I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American.” The announcement itself was no surprise, since Thiel is openly "gay." If anything was surprising, it was the reaction by the ostensibly conservative crowd. Thiel received a standing ovation. The queering of the GOP is officially in full bloom.
Having fully accomplished the goal of wrapping the Democratic Party in the rainbow flag, the homosexual lobby is now well on its way to doing the same thing with the Republican Party. Homosexual groups — such as the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud — have lived on the fringes of the party for years. After Thiel’s standing ovation, it appears they are no longer on the outside looking in; they are being embraced by a party that has increasingly lost its way.
Despite the fact that the GOP platform is still pro-family, Thiel sees no barrier to his pride in being a Republican. After all, a platform is just a piece of paper (or a few lines of HTML code on a website) that a great number of Republican politicians in recent years have had no qualms about ignoring. Thiel — building upon the growing distance between the party platform and the actions of many within the party — made it clear in his speech that he is unencumbered by the portions of the platform that address moral issues. In his speech, he said, “I don't pretend to agree with every plank in our party's platform,” adding, “But fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline.”
What “fake culture wars” was Thiel addressing? He made it clear and his homosexual activist nature — already demonstrated by his company’s actions in suspending accounts of pro-family groups and abandoning plans to build a large operation in North Carolina after the state legislature voted to remove government almost entirely from the transgender bathroom issue — came through in all its rainbow brightness:
When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom.
This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?
So, according to Thiel, moral issues are part of “fake culture wars” which “distract us” from the real issue of economics. As if the two concerns are mutually exclusive. It would be of little note that a homosexual millionaire made these statements. The importance of his statements is the crowd’s — and the GOP’s candidates' — enthusiastic applauding of it.
And there is the rub. The American voter at least once had a choice in the ballot box about these issues. The Democratic candidate would be on one side of a moral issue and the Republican candidate would — at least in rhetoric — be on the other side. Now, it appears, the veneer is being removed. If the culture wars regarding moral issues such as abortion, drugs, and gay “marriage” stop mattering to Republicans, they will certainly not stop mattering to Democrats; if the “Right” abandons the field on these — and other — moral issues, the victory of “Left” in the culture wars is a foregone conclusion.
To clear the air a little here, moral issues are usually not federal issues. The federal government’s role is narrowly defined and its powers clearly enumerated and any action outside those parameters is out of bounds. But that does not mean that state legislatures are removed from these moral issues. Quite the opposite; the state legislatures have both the power and the responsibility to address these issues.
What needs to happen on the federal front is for the president, Congress, and the courts to back off and let the states decide these issues. But when the GOP National Convention invites a homosexual activist to deliver a subversive speech describing moral issues as “fake culture wars” while endorsing a candidate who shares that view and the crowd stands and applauds, it is a clear indicator that the GOP, at least at the national level, has no intention of the federal government leaving these issues to the states. As the Grand Old Party transforms into the Gay Old Party, federal encroachment will likely only increase as both parties compete in a race to the moral bottom.
After boasting:
I am proud to be gay.
I am proud to be a Republican.
But most of all I am proud to be an American.
I don't pretend to agree with every plank in our party's platform. But fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline,
Thiel ended his speech by saying,
And nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump.
While it is fitting to talk about who we are, today it's even more important to remember where we came from. For me that is Cleveland, and the bright future it promised.
When Donald Trump asks us to Make America Great Again, he's not suggesting a return to the past. He's running to lead us back to that bright future.
Tonight I urge all of my fellow Americans to stand up and vote for Donald Trump.
What Thiel, the GOP, and Donald Trump need to realize is that no nation can be great if it is not first morally good. If the decline in morality of American life has not taught us anything else, it should have taught us that. And if that decline continues, America will not be great; it will continue to collapse.

All-Gender Restroom Discovered at DNC; Used to be a Women's Bathroom



APTOPIX Italy Pope Epiphany
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Does Christian charity really require civilizational suicide? The Poles say no. Pope Francis differs.
Here’s the politically correct fantasy:
“Vatican statement accuses Polish politicians of whipping up fear against Muslims,” by Christopher Lamb, La Stampa, July 23, 2016:
Just days before Pope Francis’ visit to Poland a Vatican statement has denounced an “artificially created fear of Muslims” which it says is being fed by some political parties in the country.
The press release, released by the Holy See but written by a spokesman for the Polish Bishops, describes Poland as “ethnically homogenous” and that immigration is a relatively new phenomenon seen as strange to the average Polish person.
“For this reason, even through the official statistics relating to foreign citizens legally resident in Poland show that they make up just 0.4 per cent of the population as a whole, great fears exist”, Fr Pawel Rytel-Andrianik writes in a statement issued just before the beginning of World Youth Day in Krakow and which he stressed was a summary of the media debate in Poland.
These fears, Fr Rytel-Andrianik explains, are due to a lack of public debate, complicated migration procedures and no public programme of teaching people in the country Polish about diversity of religion, race and culture.
But he writes: “Unfortunately these fears are fuelled by some political parties, and inappropriate statements made by politicians. There is an artificially created fear of Muslims understandable indeed in some ways (terrorist attacks). Poland borders Germany, which has a large Muslim population, and on the border they do not run some regular checks.” …
“Francis and Poland differ on migrants ahead of pope’s visit,” by Frances D’Emilio, AP, July 24, 2016:
VATICAN CITY — Support for migrants is so central to Pope Francis’ vision for the church that he has made welcoming them a potential test for those seeking entry to Heaven on Judgment Day.
The pontiff’s advocacy for refugee rights faces a diplomatic test Wednesday when he begins a five-day visit to Poland, where a populist government has slammed the door on most asylum-seekers.
Francis is scheduled to meet Polish President Andrzej Duda in Krakow’s millennium-old castle atop Wawel Hill where, in the neighboring cathedral, Polish national heroes for centuries have been laid to rest. He then will hold a question-and-answer session with Poland’s bishops behind closed doors.
Ahead of the pope’s arrival, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak defended the ruling Law and Justice party’s opposition to immigration by citing the Bastille Day truck massacre of 84 people in Nice, France. Blaszczak argued that such violence was an inevitable consequence of multiculturalism.
The pope suggests that reluctance or refusal to shelter newcomers in need conflicts with the parable of the Good Samaritan, who offered aid to a robbed, wounded stranger.
Addressing the faithful earlier this month in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said that ultimately “we will be judged on the basis of works of mercy.”
“The Lord will be able to say to us: ‘Do you remember? That migrant, who so many wanted to kick out, was me.’”
Seeking to inspire by example, Francis in April brought 12 Syrians back with him to Rome after visiting a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, where tens of thousands were stranded after perilous crossings from nearby Turkey in often overcrowded boats.
The Rev. David Hollenbach, a professor of ethics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs in Washington, said the pope’s championing of migrants is “politically important and socially important, but also religiously important to the identity of Christianity.” Hollenbach, who like Francis is a Jesuit, said in a telephone interview that the treatment of migrants and foreigners is “central in the Bible.”
It’s also intrinsic to the pope’s definition of a Christian.
Returning in February from a pilgrimage to Mexico, Francis told reporters aboard his plane: “I think that a person who thinks of building walls and not bridges isn’t Christian.” The pope was responding to a question about Donald Trump, the Republican U.S. presidential candidate, who says he wants to build a border wall to bar Mexicans from the United States.
A Polish commentator, Adam Szostkiewicz, said he expected the pope to raise Poland’s opposition to aiding refugees during this week’s visit because “this is the central theme of his pontificate in Europe. This is a European problem.”
Szostkiewicz said he expected the pope to argue against Poland’s policy, which he compared to Pontius Pilate’s attitude to the crucifixion of Jesus: “We wash our hands. This does not concern us.” But he forecast that any papal appeal would spark only a momentary stir, not any shift in government policy.
“It will be good if he says it, and it will be commented on, but it will soon be forgotten,” he said….
And here’s the reality:
“Iraqi man arrested in Poland ahead of Pope Francis’ visit,” DW, July 25, 2016:
A 48-year-old Iraqi man has been arrested on charges of possessing explosives in Poland. The arrest in Lodz comes just days ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Poland for World Youth Day.
Small amounts of explosives, “not sufficient to make an explosion” were found on the man, according to Beata Marczak, spokeswoman for prosecutors in the central Polish city of Lodz said. He could face up to eight years in prison if convicted on charges of illegal possession of explosives, she added.
Explosive traces were found on the man’s luggage and clothes at hotels in Lodz and Krakow, news channel Polsat News reported. The man was reportedly arrested at a hotel in Lodz on Sunday and was reportedly in possession of notes on preparing terrorist acts against French supermarkets in Poland.
The man was reportedly questioned by the Internal Security Agency in English and put under two months’ arrest. Marczak said there are as yet no legal grounds for categorizing this as terrorism,” Marczak said.
Lodz court spokesman Pawel Urbaniak said on Monday that the man’s identity is being investigated as he had “very basic” documents on him. Polsat News said the man had arrived in Poland a couple of weeks ago after being expelled from Sweden and had lived in Switzerland for several years previously….