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When You’re LGBT And Your Family Is Voting For Trump

November 8 is looming. It seems the closer we get to Election Day, the more heightened the emotions, thoughts, comments and stakes involved.

I’ve done my best to stay out of the fray. I’ll post funny little ditties about both candidates on Facebook, hoping to keep things light. But the reality is this election is far from light ― it’s incredibly dark. And as an LGBT individual, it’s downright scary.

We reached a milestone last summer when gay marriage became legal across the country. My mother called and left a message on my phone that nearly brought me to tears. “Congratulations!” she said in her heartwarming and adorable motherly voice. “That’s the way it should be.”

Come November, my mother is voting for Donald Trump. So is my father. Both of them love me unconditionally. Yet, both of them hate Hillary Clinton with a boiling passion that has been bubbling to the surface, across the country, for months ― even years.


My parents, and at least two of my three brothers are voting Clinton.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Nov 4, 2016, 01:13 AM (2 replies)

These are the stories of gay women in a Nazi concentration camp

The Nazis called them ‘anti-social’, ‘criminal’ or ‘crazy’.

But the lesbians imprisoned during the Holocaust in Ravensbrück, the women’s concentration camp, were none of those things.

And now their modern-day lesbian and feminist sisters are setting about telling their stories and honoring their memories.

For decades these stories were lost, as lesbianism remained taboo in the post-Nazi era.

So today it is difficult to know exactly many lesbians were persecuted and murdered for their sexuality or how many lesbians were among other categories of prisoners in the camps.

But here are some stories we can tell of women persecuted under the Third Reich.

All of them passed through Ravensbrück, the women’s concentration camp 90km north of Berlin. For some, it was also where they ended their lives.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Nov 4, 2016, 01:11 AM (3 replies)

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: Feelin' Alt-Right (parts 1 & 2)


GO SAMANTHA GO!!! Speaking out about anti-Semitism...truthfully!

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Nov 1, 2016, 11:31 PM (0 replies)

Gal Gadot Says She Would’ve Pulled Krav Maga on Donald Trump’s Wandering Hands

In the wake of allegations of Donald Trump misbehaving at Miss Universe pageants — walking freely amongst dressing rooms while participants changed, etc. — one of the first questions television host James Corden had for former Miss Israel Gal Gadot was whether Trump, when she met him at the 2004 Miss Universe competition, had toed the line.

“Show me on a doll where he touched you,” Corden said, during Gadot’s appearance on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” last Thursday.

Gadot’s response?

“So, I’m Israeli,” she said, breaking into a grin. “We go into the military, right? So we know Krav Maga and everything.”

“She would have grabbed him,” Cher, Corden’s other guest, chimed in. “And then he would have never moved again!”



Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Oct 26, 2016, 12:28 PM (1 replies)

The Truth About Anti-Semitism on Campus — It’s Not All About Israel


Reports of anti-Semitic assaults rose dramatically in the past year, particularly on college campuses. And while there may be a tendency to view all critique of Israel as anti-Semitic, a new study finds that at three major universities, politics are not to blame.

“The anti-Semitism that is felt on campus isn’t necessarily attached to Israel, it’s more like the old stereotypes,” Paulee Manich, a junior at Rutgers University, said.

A new study of anti-semitic “hotspots” by the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis, found that at Rutgers, Wisconsin and Illinois, anti-Semitic incidents were linked to general Jew hatred, and were less likely to be linked to Israel or the Palestinian conflict. At these schools, where as many as one third have witnessed anti-Semitic harassment, buildings were marked with swastikas, vandals spattered Jewish centers with eggs and students were verbally assaulted. What’s happening at these schools echoes the well-documented rise of white nationalism in the wake of Donald Trump’s Republican candidacy for president.

“It is emblematic of what is happening across the country,” said Greg Steinberger, Executive Director of Wisconsin’s Hillel.

“In my dorm freshman year, I was asked where my horns were,” one senior told researchers.


Emphasis added by me. It seems, with few exceptions, the rise in anti-Semitism garners little more than a bored "meh" from people, including some Jews. It almost appears as if something downright horrible must happen first before it is taken seriously. Given the rise in hate groups, neo-Nazis, and the emboldened hate-mongers of all sides, they may actually get their "wish" sooner than later.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Oct 26, 2016, 12:24 PM (1 replies)

Who Are the Kaifeng Jews — and Why Is China ‘Cracking Down’ on Them?

Recent months have brought reports that descendants of Jews in Kaifeng, China are under threat. Activists call it a government “crackdown.”

Police have shut down the only Jewish learning center in Kaifeng, helmed by the Israeli activist group Shavei Israel, say activists. A well that community members identify as their historic mikveh, for ritual Jewish bathing, was reportedly blocked. Foreign Jewish tour groups are said to have been barred from entering the city. And community members are allegedly being monitored and questioned.

Who are these descendants of Jews in Kaifeng? Are they being threatened and why?

Today there are up to 1,000 people in Kaifeng China who identify as descendants of Jews. They come from eight clans, but all claim descent from Jews who travelled along the Silk Road and settled here, establishing a presence by the 10th century in Kaifeng. In 1163, residents built a synagogue. During the Ming Dynasty, Kaifeng Jewry may have numbered as many as 5,000 people.


History repeating.

to Mosby.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Oct 26, 2016, 12:20 PM (0 replies)

'Massive rise' in hate speech on Twitter during presidential election


SAN FRANCISCO — On Sunday night, Hadas Gold, a Politico media writer, began receiving threats on Twitter. One image superimposed a yellow star of David on her shirt and a bloody bullet hole in her forehead. Another photoshopped her face on a corpse in a concentration camp oven.

The message that came with the photos: "Don’t mess with our boy Trump, or you will be first in line for the camp."

Gold, whose grandmother fled Poland with her family weeks before Jews from their neighborhood were deported to concentration camps and whose grandfather lost about half of his extended family in the Holocaust, notified Twitter, which moved quickly to suspend the accounts.

Gold says these incidents have become increasingly common "the more we wrote about Trump, and the more we wrote about his rhetoric."

A report this week from The Anti-Defamation League documented the rise in anti-Semitic tweets targeting journalists who cover the Republican presidential candidate. From August 2015 to July 2016, the ADL found 2.6 million tweets with anti-Semitic language. Of those, nearly 20,000 tweets were directed at 50,000 journalists in the U.S., with more than two-thirds of the tweets sent by 1,600 Twitter accounts.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Oct 24, 2016, 01:19 AM (1 replies)

Curt Schilling Baffled By Jewish People, Asks Jake Tapper To Explain


Curt Schilling, a man who is totally fine with grown men checking out 10-year-old girls, doesn’t understand how people of the Jewish faith can vote for Democrats.

Specifically, how could they possibly be anything more than one-issue voters focused singularly on Israel?

So the former Red Sox pitcher and likely future Republican Senate candidate asked CNN’s Jake Tapper to explain them to him this afternoon. Because ― hey, Tapper is Jewish, right?


”As a person who’s practicing the Jewish faith and has since you were young,” Schilling opened, “I don’t understand how people of Jewish faith can back the Democratic Party, which over the last 50 years has been so clearly anti-Israel.”


Interesting it is that type of thinking, we are single issue voters, Israel being the "single issue", is often asked of us (or accused against us).
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Oct 22, 2016, 01:01 AM (6 replies)

(GP) This Neo-Nazi Hit List Helps Jew-Hating Trump Trolls Find Their Targets

A website with the deceptively innocuous name of “Jews in Modern Society” lists the names, photos and professions of almost 400 Jews from academia, social-activism, the financial world and left-wing politics.

It’s basically a hit list for neo-Nazis or white supremacists.

The mission statement of the site complains that “Jews have had over 100 years of unrestricted immigration into the USA. They now permeate Academic, Activist, Financial and Corporate institutions to the detriment of Western Society.”

“Sadly enough, sites like this are all too common,” Mark Potok told the Forward. He is a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit fighting racism.

According to Potok, there has been a rise in anti-Semitism and racism over the last years that coincides with more and more of “this kind of demonizing material about individuals. Although these sites don’t explicitly call for violence against Jewish people, that is most certainly what they seem to be suggesting,” Potok added.

Some of the people listed in the “Jews in Modern Society” directory are publicly known to be Jewish, like Democratic mega-donor, George Soros; the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt; Human Rights Watch Director Kenneth Roth, or Steven Julop, the mayor of Jersey City.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Thu Oct 13, 2016, 11:31 PM (1 replies)
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