What We Missed

The forcible (and sometimes violent) evictions of Occupy continue, last night in Philly and Los Angeles.

The White House issued a not so encouraging statement about the possibility of rolling back coverage of birth control in health care reform.

Rep Barney Frank, a big advocate of LGBT gay issues and an openly gay member, announced on Monday that he is retiring. Someone in the Tennessee Tea Party leadership then called him a “perverted sodomite POS” from their official twitter account. The President of the TN Tea Party then apologized, while admitting that she agrees with the sentiment of the comment.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky testified that she was threatened by former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince in response to her efforts to stop the use of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/madgastronomer/ MadGastronomer

    Barney Frank is not an advocate for LGBT issues. He’s an advocate for gay issues, with lesbians as an afterthought. He’s not an advocate for trans issues at all, and is indeed completely regressive on them, supporting a national bathroom bill that would force trans people into the wrong bathrooms, endangering and embarrassing them.

  • http://feministing.com/members/accidentalbeard/ Mo

    Important note: Barney Frank is not a “big advocate,” or any advocate at all, of trans rights.

  • http://feministing.com/members/bethany/ Bethany KJ

    Small correction: the last item could be misread to suggest that Erik Prince threatened the life of Rep Schakowsky when the article suggests she was only threatened with legal action.