A council member in North Dakota reminded residents that she is the state’s first “openly elected lesbian” in an impassioned speech, after several of them made homophobic remarks about a Pride flag being flown at Minot City Hall.
Carrie Evans, who became the first ever openly lesbian elected official in North Dakota in June when she joined the Minot City Council, made the speech on 8 September in a City Hall meeting about the decision to fly the flag.
Before the meeting, several residents complained about the decision by Minot mayor Shaun Sipma to fly a rainbow flag to commemorate Pride Month, which is taking place in September in the US this year instead of the planned June, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The controversy prompted the council to hire extra security for last week’s meeting at the City Hall to discuss the decision.
At the meeting, several local residents made bigoted comments, and one man claimed that flying the flag could lead to paedophiles being “glorified” in the city, while another said he would be “embarrassed” to explain what it represents to his children, according to NBC News.
After several residents made homophobic remarks about the decision, a speaker complained that the councilwoman was looking irritated.
This comment prompted Ms Evans to defend the mayor’s decision and explain to the residents why flying the flag is important.
“Mr Walker, if you’re not aware, and I think a lot of people in this room are not aware and have come here just because this is a gay issue, I am proudly the first openly elected lesbian in North Dakota,” she said to the speaker.
“So that is why I’m not paying any heed to your crap,” Ms Evans added.
“I live in Minot. I am a taxpayer. I am a person. I get to see myself represented on that flagpole,” the councilwoman said in reference to the City Hall flying numerous other flags throughout the year, including one for Juneteenth to celebrate the emancipation of black people enslaved in the US.
Ms Evans added: “This city is big enough for all of us. Me having a flag flying doesn’t take away anything from your rights and freedoms.
“I’m sorry it doesn’t make you feel comfortable, but we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going away.”
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Nicola Sturgeon ally Angus Robertson criticised for saying elderly deaths a ‘gain’ for independence
One of Nicola Sturgeon’s closest allies has faced a barrage of criticism over a “disgraceful” article stating the deaths of elderly Scots was delivering a “gain” for independence.
Angus Robertson, the SNP’s former Westminster leader and deputy leader, said “55,000 predominantly No supporting voters [were] passing away every year”.
Combined with more pro-separation young people reaching voting age, he said that had produced a “gain of over 100,000 for independence” since the referendum of 2014.
Holyrood’s opposition parties condemned the intervention, highlighting the deaths of thousands of old people in recent months from coronavirus and the threat of a potential second wave.
But Mr Robertson, who is planning a political comeback in next May’s Holyrood election, called the criticism “politically motivated” and “manufactured outrage”.
He argued the same point about the demography of the Scottish electorate changing had been made the same day by a former head of communications for the Scottish Tories.
Disgraceful and deeply disappointing comments from @AngusRobertson – suggesting that the most vulnerable age group, who have been hardest hit through the tragic loss of so many lives throughout the pandemic, are a boost to his independence obsession. A new low for the SNP. pic.twitter.com/AK1qtj6Xzg
— Douglas Ross MP (@Douglas4Moray) September 19, 2020
The row broke out as Sir Keir Starmer said a second independence referendum would have to be “looked at” if the SNP wins a majority in May’s election.
The Labour leader also said another separation vote is a “question for Scotland”, with Boris Johnson stating he will refuse to hand Ms Sturgeon the necessary powers during his premiership.
A series of recent opinion polls have put support for independence at around 55 per cent and the SNP on course for a landslide victory in May.
In an article for the separation-supporting National newspaper with the headline “the momentum is with us”, Mr Robertson said polls have shown a “gradual rise in support for independence” since the 2014 vote.
He wrote: “This could be in significant part because of the underlying change in the electorate, with roughly 55,000 predominantly Yes supporting 16-year-olds joining the electorate and 55,000 predominantly No supporting older voters passing away every year.
“Since 2014, this has added around 330,000 voters to the electorate, with a likely net gain of over 100,000 for independence.”
Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, said the intervention was “disgraceful and deeply disappointing”.
He said: “Suggesting that the most vulnerable age group, who have been hardest hit through the tragic loss of so many lives throughout the pandemic, are a boost to his independence obsession.
Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour’s health spokesman, said: “Thousands of people have been banned from family funerals… Covid-19 cases rising, but the man tipped as a successor to Nicola Sturgeon thought this was OK.”
Jamie Halcro-Johnston, another Tory MSP, highlighted the failure of SNP MPs or MSPs to condemn the remarks.
Thanks, Angus. I see that’s there’s Tory flak for Angus’s (similar) comments today. All part of the rough and tumble, and SNP types would do same, but worth noting that it’s simply a reflection of polling. Faux outrage would be better directed towards finding a strategy. https://t.co/XFNvzlqsyo
— Andy Maciver (@akmaciver) September 20, 2020
But Mr Robertson, who is standing to be the SNP candidate in Edinburgh Central, the seat being vacated by Ruth Davidson, dismissed the controversy.
He said: “I have two elderly parents and like everyone else want the best for them and all older people.
“I was presenting simple statistical facts about the support for independence amongst different generations in changing society. This manufactured outrage and attack on me is demonstrably politically motivated.”
Asked if there should be another referendum if the SNP wins in May, Sir Keir told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge: “This is a question for Scotland, people of Scotland.
“If there’s a majority it’s got to be looked at in Westminster, but the Labour party will be campaigning into May on the basis that what we don’t want is another divisive referendum.”
Kate McKinnon Calls Ruth Bader Ginsburg a ‘Real-Life Superhero’ and ‘Robed Crusader’
Kate McKinnon has paid tribute to the memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling her a “real-life superhero” and a “robed crusader.”
The Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg died on Friday at age 87, and McKinnon, who mimicked RBG in a series of “Weekend Update” segments on “Saturday Night Live” dating all the way back to 2015, said that playing her was a “profound joy.”
“For so many of us, Justice Ginsburg was a real-life superhero: a beacon of hope, a warrior for justice, a robed crusader who saved the day time and again. Playing her on ‘SNL’ was a profound joy because I could always feel the overwhelming love and gratitude that the audience had for her,” McKinnon said in a statement. “It was one of the great honors to meet Justice Ginsburg, to shake her hand and to thank her for her lifetime of service to this country.”
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McKinnon’s character involved dropping by the Weekend Update desk from time to time to react to events in the news — like the appointment of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — delivering some sick “Gins-Burns” (“I like my men like I like my decisions, 5-4,”) and then breaking out into dance.
The real Ginsburg reacted to McKinnon’s portrayal on two occasions, saying in the documentary “RBG,” “It’s marvelously funny,” but it didn’t resemble herself one bit. “Except for the collar,” she said. Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg that she would love to deliver a “Gins-Burn” to her colleagues if given the chance.
McKinnon wasn’t the only actress who portrayed Ginsburg to gave the late Supreme Court justice a shout-out Saturday. Felicity Jones, who portrayed her in the 2018 biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” also praising Ginsburg as a “beacon of light.”
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“Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave us hope, a public figure who stood for integrity and justice- a responsibility she did not wear lightly,” Jones said in a statement Saturday. “She will be missed not only as a beacon of light in these difficult times but for her razor sharp wit and extraordinary humanity. She taught us all so much. I will miss her deeply.”
The justice and feminist icon died due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer Friday.
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