Friday, June 24, 2016

Laith Ashley: This Is What Trans Looks Like

Laith Ashley was assigned the female gender at birth, but grew up, as a girl, thinking she was gay. At age seventeen she came out to her parents as a lesbian, but a few years later, she came out again, as a trans male. And now, at 26, Laith, who began transitioning two years, is a New York model who has walked in shows for Adrian Alicea and Gypsy Sport during the recent New York Fashion Week, and has even posed for a Barney's New York campaign with legendary fashion photographer Bruce Weber.

This is trans.

Laith was just five when he noticed what he called a 'misalignment' with his body and his gender identity; he came out as a teenager because he didn’t know what transgender meant:
'At the time I didn't know what transgender was, so I just told them I had a girlfriend. But I never felt right with the idea of being a lesbian woman.'
And when Laith realized he was transgender and could actually live the life he’d always dreamed about, he began the process of transitioning to male; a year before he medically transitioned, he broke the news to his mother:
'My mom is Pentecostal Christian, and although she loves me she felt it conflicted with her faith. My dad was fine. I told him that if he is proud of me, it takes away the power of people who criticize. Who cares what other people think, if he is proud?' 
After two years of being on testosterone, Laith underwent surgery in 2015 and now even his mother has come around, he says, now bragging about her model son to her church friends.
'There was a lot of fear at first. It took me six years from the moment I came out as trans to actually begin my medical transition. Once I got over that fear, there was no stopping me. I am the most comfortable I have ever been.'
And yet he’s a bit thrown off by all of the attention. Since he began modeling, and being open about being trans, he's earned almost 60,000 Instagram followers and support from people like Whoopi Goldberg and transgender actress Laverne Cox. But while the attention was exciting at first, it soon became almost too much:
'I went through a period of being very overwhelmed. I focused on all the negative comments I was receiving and just wanted to disappear. I never thought of myself as a role model. It was a label placed upon me after my photos began circulating through social media.'
Laith, who worked as an insurance navigator at Callen Lorde Community Health Center, is still passionate about being an activist for the LGBT community:
'I know many look up to me, because I may fit the image they wish to achieve, which I find incredibly humbling, but I want them to also know that their life journey is their own. People should be true to themselves - they don't have to fit a box."'
How wonderful when someone, trans, gay, bi, straight, whatever, can find the strength to live their lives as their true selves, loving and accepting themselves, being open about who they are. We need more of that these days, from all sides of gender identity and sexual orientation.

If you speak out as your true self you may just pave the way for someone else to follow, and ain’t that a good thing?

I Didn't Say It ...

John Lewis, Civil rights icon and Democratic congressman from Georgia, on the sit-in he staged on the house floor to demand action on gun control:

“We can no longer wait. We can no longer be patient … Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make way out of no way. We have been too quiet for too long. There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise. When you have to move your feet…Now is the time to get in the way. We will be silent no more. The time for silence is over.”

No more moments of silence for the dead.
No more prayers for the dead.
The dead demand that we do something to stop the violence.
Bravo, Representative Lewis, bravo!
Van Jones, commentator and political activist, on [t]Rump's call for “racial profiling” of Muslim Americans:

“I just think it’s really interesting that we’re talking about racially profiling in the context of mass shootings [because] the vast majority of the people who are doing the mass shootings in America aren’t Muslims at all. You are seven times more likely to be killed by a right wing extremist — a racist or an anti-government nutjob — seven times more likely than a Muslim, [but] if I came on TV and said let’s start racially profiling white men, let’s start racially profiling young, white men who are loners with bowl haircuts, people would think, ‘Wow, that’s a pretty unfortunate conclusion for you to come to.’ If a Christian shoots somebody, we don’t say a Christian shot them. But if a Muslim shoots somebody, we say a Muslim shot them. I think that’s starting to muddy the waters.”

Finally, someone said it. Look at all of the mass shootings in this country and see all the white men who perpetrated them. Shouldn’t we be profiling white men, too?
Sidenote: gosh, Van Jones is hot … I’m shallow like that.
Chris Murphy, Democratic Senator from Connecticut, on the failure of those four gun bills this week in the Senate:

"I'm mortified by today's vote, but I'm not surprised by it. We learned in the months after Sandy Hook that the NRA has a vice-like grip on this place. Even when 90% of the American public wants change." 

And even when We The People demand change, the GOP refuses to budge because of the NRA and its deep pockets.
Corey Johnson, New York City Councilman, destroying Chris Barron, founder of the gay conservative group GOProud, and his assertion that The Gays will vote for The Rump:

“I think it’s funny that just because [Trump said] the four letters LGBT that [he is] somehow the champion of the LGBT community. He met today in New York with a thousand evangelical leaders — a who’s who of the gay right — people who have made a professional career of demonizing and denigrating gay people. Donald Trump is against marriage equality, Donald Trump says he wants to remake the Supreme court and make it even more conservative. Donald Trump has never been there for the gay community — he is a megalomaniacal, arrogant crazy person.”

Yeah. What he said!
Frank Ocean, on the Orlando shooting:

"I read in the paper that my brothers are being thrown from rooftops blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs for violating sharia law. I heard the crowds stone these fallen men if they move after they hit the ground. 
I heard it’s in the name of God. I heard my pastor speak for God too, quoting scripture from his book. Words like abomination popped off my skin like hot grease as he went on to describe a lake of fire that God wanted me in. 
I heard on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month. I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us. 
I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t. 
Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist. Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. 
Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. 
So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest? I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here. 
Reality by comparison looks grey, as in neither black nor white but also bleak. 
We are all God’s children, I heard."

Tears. Just tears.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Random Musings

There was a conspiracy theory going around at the start of the presidential campaign that [t]Rump was bought and paid for by the Clinton’s to secure the GOP nomination and then tank the election so Hillary wins.

Now, while it looks like that’s what’s happening, as [t]Rump’s poll numbers are falling faster than his wife’s outfits at a photo shoot, I never believed that [t]Rump would consciously lose anything because then he’d be a loser and y’all know he hates losers.

But what about this? What if it was the GOP who got [t]Rump to run and then urged him to tank so at the last minute they could put in a real candidate who might win?

Of course, that would be assuming the GOP had a real candidate … and they didn’t and don’t … and it would also assume that, yet again, [t]Rump would be the loser.

Still, I do love a good conspiracy theory.
In the wake of the Orlando shooting, John McCain, the Grampa of the GOP, and failed presidential candidate, placed blame for the shooting in President Obama’s lap … only to backtrack hours later because he’s a loon.

On the Senate floor, McCain said "Barack Obama is directly responsible for" because when Obama "pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaida went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama's failures, utter failures, by pulling everybody out of Iraq."

Of course, again, McCain is full of The Shiz and as everyone jumped on him for his lunacy he tried to spin it saying he "misspoke":
"I did not mean to imply that the President was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the President himself."
Except that he said three times, Obama was "directly responsible."

All that from John McCain who, and I am saying this clearly, is “directly responsible” for Sarah Palin, and is “directly responsible” for ISIS because he supported the war in Iraq.

Gramps needs to put on his Bermuda shorts, grab a  Pabst Blue Ribbon and sit on the porch and be quiet.
Carlos and I love Vicious, a BBC program that airs, or aired, here on PBS, about an elderly gay couple played by Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi.

It was bitchy and fun and kinda vicious, and it co-starred a young man, Iwan Rheon, who played Ash, who was kinda cute, in that height challenged pale Brit kind of way.

Well, last Sunday was the series finale, and Ash was leaving London to go to school in New York and another young man, Oliver, moved in upstairs. Oliver was played by Alistair Brammer and was all kinds of hot … and in just one small snippet of the show’s ending.

Still, he was hot while he lasted.
Donald [t]Rump met with what he hopes will be his evangelical council when he’s elected president and it’s a who’s who of who hates The Gays.

Former Wingnut, Crazy-eyed, failed Presidential candidate and Representative Michelle Bachmann, who co-owns an ex-gay torture clinic with her wife Marcussssss Bachmann, is the first name on the list.

Uh huh.  Others named to the board include Focus On The Family founder James Dobson, former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed, and anti-gay preacher Harry Jackson.

Is it an evangelical council or a [t]Rump-endorsed Hate Squad?
Citing the Orlando shooting the statement — some fifty, mostly LGBT groups, led by the Arcus Foundation — says LGBT people remain vulnerable to bias-motivated violence, especially transgender people and LGBT people of color:
“Any solutions to the problem of hate violence, including anti-LGBTQ violence, must address the alarmingly easy access that bigots have to such deadly weapons. For example, under current law, people convicted of violent hate crimes can legally buy and possess guns. This is unacceptable.”
The statement calls on Congress to take two approaches to combat gun violence:
1) prevent known and suspected terrorists and those convicted of violent hate crimes from legally buying guns;
2) ensure criminal background checks are required on all gun sales, including online and at gun shows.
Among the signers of statement are national LGBT groups like HRC, GLAAD, OutServe-SLDN, the National Center for Transgender Equality and Pride at Work as well as local LGBT groups like Equality Alabama, Fair Wisconsin and Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

Maybe The Gays and our allies can get this done!
So … Apple told Republican leaders it will not provide any funding or any other support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it has done in the past because … [t]Rump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities.

While Facebook, Google and Microsoft say they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland, Apple said:
Oh hell no.
Apple’s political stand against Trump is a sign of the widening schism between Silicon Valley and the GOP’s asshat nominee.

Good on Apple, eh?
Last week I talked about the Baptist “pastor” in Sacramento who preached about how not enough gay people were killed in Orlando. And now it looks like hate might cost him his church.

Harsch Investment Properties, owner of the building in which Verity Baptist Church and its Pastor Roger Jimenez preside have decided not to renew the church’s lease, and have asked church officials to consider moving.

While Harsch cannot legally evict the church under the terms of the lease, representatives of the property management company say they cannot tolerate “tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives.”

Officials communicated their views to church officials, and while their lease does not expire until March 31, 2017, the property managers have asked them to consider moving out of the business park.

I guess hate might have to find a new place to set up shop … might I suggest Hell?
So, howsabout this Democratic sit-in? Cool stuff, especially watching Lyin' Paul Ryan try to maintain order to no avail.

The best part of all was Ryan's calling it nothing but a publicity stunt when 90% of Americans, including 90% of Republicans, and the Democrats, want some form of gun control, some kind of change to the gun laws, and the Republicans can't do anything but wipe the blood off their hands — hint, it won't come off  and cash those NRA checks.

Speaking of publicity stunts ...

Asshat of the Week: Congressman Rick Allen

Last month, in the days preceding the Orlando shooting where 49 gay men and women were slaughtered and fifty others injured, Georgia’s freshman Congressman — a Republican of course — Rick Allen offered a prayer condemning homosexuality which included a passage saying The Gays are “worthy of death.”

And then Orlando.

Allen’s prayers for dead gay people occurred when House Republicans were busy blocking efforts to insert nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people into federal spending bills.

Yes, Rick Allen prayed that gay people should die, but, failing that, he also voted to make sure we are treated as less than.

JoDee Winterhof, the Human Rights Campaign’s senior vice president of policy and political affairs, demanded that House Speaker Paul Ryan, and other members of the House Republican Leadership, immediately condemn Allen’s remarks and ask that Allen apologize or be censured.

No apology because … gay; no censure because … gay.

But are we surprised? I mean, it’s the GOP and if one of their members starts a meeting by praying that gays are worthy of death, why would the Republicans condemn him?

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, Rick Allen opened his yap again:
“I just simply shared that, in what’s supposed to be a private setting with fellow members of my conference, just like I would in a Bible study. I consider that we are all imperfect and we all fall short of the glory of God, which is why we need a savior, by the way. My wife and I, our prayers are with those family and friends. The members of Congress who represent that district are just devastated.”
Let that sink in:

Rick Allen prayed that gays are worth of death.

When gay men and women are murdered, he offered a prayer.

But his most heartfelt thoughts were for the members of Congress who represent Orlando.

Rick Allen, and pardon my French, y’all, can go fuck himself. He is an Asshat of epic proportions, and so is his lapdog, his spokeswoman Madison Fox who says that even though Rick Allen said gays are "worthy of death," he didn't mean it like that:
"The passage in Romans discusses sin, in all its shapes and sizes. The congressman will be the first to admit that he is a sinner, as we all sin -- but he never condemned anyone or would condemn anyone, especially not to death."
Except that he said exactly that you tool. But Madison Fox continued to spew the bile and then turned to talk of Orlando, and completely ignored the fact that the shooter seemed to target The Gays:
"The attack in Orlando was a terrorist attack on all humanity and the freedoms we have as Americans. It was the act of a radical Islamic terrorist who was hell bent on murdering innocent people."
The Gays; he murdered The Gays.

But in Rick Allen’s book, he murdered all the ‘right’ people.

Rick Allen: ISBL Asshat of the Week.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Architecture Wednesday: Floating Eaves House

This house looks like a tropical resort home miles away from anywhere ... and then you head out back to find you're a lot closer than you think.


Republican Publicly Prays For Obama's Death

I’m not a religious man, but I do believe that we are, for lack of a better word, “pray” at times. Sure, we might call it a wish, or a hope, or a dream; we might call it “putting it out there” in the universe. But we all ask for “stuff,” like hoping our friends and family are safe in bad weather; wishing that the plane won’t crash; putting it out in the universe that your loved one pulls through an illness or surgery.

We all do it. What most of us don’t do, however, is call ourselves Christian, and then pray for the death of another human being.

No, that would be Georgia Republican Asshat Senator David Perdue who offered a prayer for the death of President Obama.

Yes. He. Did. While at an event called Faith and Freedom he asked attendees to pray for Obama:
"We should pray like Psalm 109:8 says: Let his days be few"
Here’s the rest of that prayer:
Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the Lord; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
How is this possible? How can someone who calls themselves a good Christian man, a man of faith, attend some sort of Faith and Freedom Redneck Cousin-F**king Hoedown and ask people to pray that children are left fatherless, and wives become widows.

And how is it possible that the Georgia Senate did not censure Perdue for his Death Wish …

Oh, yeah … Georgia.

Never mind.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gay Couple Attacked? In West Virginia, It's Not Hate

In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last week, this story has me quite riled up … here’s the gist of what happened — from my original blog post HERE:

In April 2015, in Huntington, West Virginia, Zackary Johnson and Casey Williams, after visiting friends, were walking back to their hotel when Casey pulled Zackary in for a quick kiss on the street.

At that moment, Marshall University football running back Steward Butler happened to be riding by in a car with friends and became so enraged at the sight of two men kissing that he leapt from the automobile and being shouting anti-gay slurs at the couple before punching both men in the head.

After his arrest, Butler claimed the confrontation was in self-defense, though it’s unclear how he was defending himself against two men kissing … unless he wanted to kiss one of them? Perhaps he’s one of those self-loathing closeted homosexuals and when he saw two men, in love, kissing on the street, he decided he couldn’t stand to see them doing that when he couldn’t, so he jumped from a moving car to tell them how much he hated them for kissing … with his fists.

Whatever his reasons … Butler was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery, and was dismissed from the Marshall University football team. Good, right? Not so fast …

Butler, left, no longer faces any charges because West Virginia, like 19 other states, does not have a hate crime law that protects people targeted specifically because of their sexual orientation; and while the US Department of Justice is weighing its options in the case, some observers say it may not fit the federal definition of a hate crime.

In his decision in the case, Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Paul Farrell said West Virginia civil rights law protects people based on sex, not sexual orientation, and said he would drop the hate crime charges against Butler in 60 days, giving prosecutors time to appeal.

Farrell’s ruling leaves two options for prosecutors: hope for a favorable appeal with the state Supreme Court, or — if they lose — lobby for changes to state law with a Legislature that typically hasn’t added LGBT protections.

Now, I get it that Steward Butler physically assaulted two men because they were gay — which, let’s be queer, is a Hate Crime — and I get that West Virginia is one of those backwoods states that doesn’t believe gay Americans can be the victims of hate just for being gay but … isn’t this exactly why we need a federal law, superseding, overriding, and nullifying, every single state law about what constitutes a Hate Crime because, and I will say this again …

If I am walking down the street with Carlos and you come up and rob me and beat me and steal my wallet, that’s hateful, but …

If I am walking down the street with Carlos and you come up and rob me and beat me because I’m gay, that’s hate.

Spot the difference.

Hopefully, in light of what happened in Orlando, the prosecutors will be able to win on appeal and charge Butler with a Hate Crime, but if not, if that animal gets no jail, and no punishment for physically assaulting two men, let’s hope this case, and Orlando, are enough to move West Virginia lawmakers to add sexual orientation to their Hate Crimes statutes.

Hate is hate, no matter who the target.

The GOP-Controlled Senate Just Said F**k You To Orlando Mass Murder Victims

During 2001 to 2013, 406,496 Americans were killed by gun violence … eighty people a day …3 people an hour … one every twenty minutes.

Is it worth it? It must be because yesterday the United States Senate, the  GOP-controlled United States Senate, voted on four different gun measures and voted all of them down.

And so, to me, the blood of those half million Americans murdered, is on their hands as is the blood of every American about to be killed in this country due to gun violence. But that blood is on our hands, We The People, if we continue to send the same people to Congress who aren’t protecting us because they are in the pockets of the National Rifle Association [NRA].

The Senate’s first vote was for Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley's background check bill; the vote was 53-47, the only defector being Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois — who is up for reelection this year and trying to save his ass — who voted with Democrats.

Next up was GOP Texas Senator John Cornyn's NRA-approved waiting period for potential terrorists. The Cornyn Amendment, providing for a 72 hour waiting period on gun sales to individuals on the terror watch list, failed 53-47 also.

Seventy-two hours? Why is someone who is on a terror watch list, and therefore unable to board a plane, even allowed the right to purchase a gun?

The Murphy Amendment to expand background checks was the next to get a vote, but it too failed by a near-party-line 56-44 vote; Democratic senators Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota, Joe Manchin, West Virginia, and Jon Tester, Montana voted with the GOP.

Last up was the Feinstein Amendment, giving the Attorney General's office the power to block gun sales to individuals suspected of terrorist ties. It fails 53-47. Senator Heitkamp again votes with the Republicans, while Republicans Kirk and Ayotte vote with the Democrats.

How is it possible that, in the days immediately following the murder of 49 Americans, and the wounding of fifty more, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, our elected leaders, most of whom have accepted as much as $10,000 in campaign donations from the NRA, sided with the NRA and against the will of the American people, 92% of whom are asking for stricter gun laws.

Who’s in charge here? We The People or the NRA?

The gallery in the Senate was filled with relatives of victims of past mass shootings and people wearing orange T-shirts saying #ENOUGH gun violence and yet with each vote the Republican Party turned and gave the finger to those people, and to the victims of gun violence.

I want to be surprised, I want to be shocked, but as I’ve seen and heard more times than I care to remember, when we watched as schoolchildren, children, were murdered in their classrooms, and then we did nothing to rid our Congress of the GOP-NRA goose-stepping monsters, whose fault is it really?

Sure, we can blame the Senate, mostly Republicans, who are in the pocket of the NRA, licking their boots and then voting to allow someone who is on a terror watch list to buy a gun.

Think on that; the same political party that uses terror as a campaign tool just voted to allow terrorists the right to buy guns; think on that.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, A Republican who has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the NRA over the years, said the Orlando shootings show the best way to prevent extremists' attacks here is to defeat them overseas — “No one wants terrorists to be able to buy guns" — but then said that the Democrats were using the votes "to push a partisan agenda or craft the next 30-second campaign ad."

Or maybe to save a few more lives the next time a lunatic wants to buy a gun.

We can stomp our feet and shake our fists and bitch and moan about this travesty, but that doesn’t solve a thing; what will solve the problem is going into a voting booth in November and voting out each and every Republican, and those few Democrats, who have blood on their hands; what might solve the problem is voting against every single candidate who takes money from the NRA.

What works is voting.

Congress works for us, and when the majority of us ask that they do something about gun violence and they proceed to do nothing, we are to blame.

Since Congress won’t so anything isn’t it time for a new Congress?

Lastly, I'll leave you with this, because I need a little something to cleanse my palate ... and what better way than with love.

What the world needs now.

Daily Kos

Monday, June 20, 2016

Could Pete Buttigieg Be Our First Gay President?

I first heard about Pete Buttigieg a couple of years ago when he was re-elected mayor of South Bend, Indiana. I know, I know, why should I care about South Bend … or Indiana, but then Pete Buttigieg made it more interesting — see that post HERE.

So, let’s begin by dishing on Pete Buttigieg; he has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard so he’s kinda smart, right? He was a Rhodes Scholar so that means something, doesn’t it? He’s also served his country by being a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and, for seven months in 2014, he was deployed to Afghanistan; something few of our elected officials, including some presidents, haven’t done.

Oh, and in order to serve his country in Afghanistan he took a leave of absence from his job as mayor … an unpaid leave of absence.

He worked for two years as a consultant with McKinsey where, he says, keeping his eye on the goal of a political career, he could learn how money moves and how data is mined most effectively. He speaks Arabic; that oughta come in handy. He’s an accomplished musician who played piano with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in 2013 for a special performance of “Rhapsody in Blue”?

He won the JFK. New Frontier Award, given annually to a few Americans under 40 whose commitment to public service is changing the country.

Oh, and he came out as a gay man, while running for a second term as mayor of South Bend, and handily won reelection with 80% of the vote … more than he won by the first time around.

Yup, he’s gay, but what happens when the gay Democrat — or, as I prefer to think of him, the Democrat who is gay — opts to run for higher office? Could Pete Buttigieg one day become America’s first gay president?

Sure, we’ve had a few openly gay and lesbian candidates run for Congress, and Oregon’s governor is a bisexual, but could a gay man, or heck, a gay woman, ever become president?

Pete Buttigieg, I think, from what I’ve read, doesn’t want to be the first gay president, but he might wanna be the first present who is openly gay; and that distinction, though subtle, is a distinction.

Buttigieg has not, since his coming out op-ed, spoken much about being gay, but he also didn’t pull the closet door closed again either.  His partner, Chasten Glezman, a middle-school teacher, moved in with Buttigieg this year and sometimes accompanies him to public events.

Still, Pete Buttigieg might have a tough road ahead of him, as evidenced by an innocuous event that took place recently. See, one day he stopped in at Glezman’s school to bring his partner a coffee, and that night he received a very angry email about children and The Gays and The Gay Agenda. Buttigieg wrote back saying what he did was no different than what a straight person would do:
“I didn’t go in there to discuss LGBT issues. I went in there to bring a cup of coffee to somebody that I love. But it was one of those moments when I realized we can’t quite go around as if it were the same.”
Not yet, anyway, though one day, and hopefully one day soon, maybe after Hillary’s eight years in the Oval, followed by Michelle’s eight years, we could have Pete Buttigieg in the White House … having Starbucks with his partner.