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Wisconsin veterans denounce Trump’s attacks on Gold Star family

With the Trump campaign preparing for a visit to Green Bay on Friday, Wisconsin veterans are denouncing Donald Trump’s attacks on the parents of an Army Capt. killed in Iraq.

Trump is running 9-10 points behind Hillary Clinton in a CNN poll conducted after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. And also conducted after the GOP presidential candidate widely criticized the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier, Capt. Humayun Khan.

Khan was killed by a car bomb in Iraq in 2004. His parents, Ghazala Khan and Khizr Kahn, were at the podium at the DNC.

Khizr Kahn addressed the delegates and a TV audience, with his wife at his side.

He criticized Trump for proposing a ban on Muslims entering the United States and said that the billionaire candidate has “sacrificed nothing” for his country.

Trump questioned why Ghazala Khan did not address the convention, suggesting that she was forbidden because of her religion.

In the back and forth that followed, Ghazala Khan wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post, saying, “Here is my answer to Donald Trump: Because without saying a thing, all the world, all America, felt my pain. I am a Gold Star mother. Whoever saw me felt me in their heart.”

She also wrote, “Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mother could? Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he really need to wonder why I did not speak?”

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin issued a statement on the issue that did not name Trump but still criticized the candidate.

Ryan said: “America’s greatness is built on the principles of liberty and preserved by the men and women who wear the uniform to defend it. As I have said on numerous occasions, a religious test for entering our country is not reflective of these fundamental values. I reject it. Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military and made the ultimate sacrifice. Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice — and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan — should always be honored. Period.”

The controversy continued into this week, as Trump campaigned in Virginia and prepared to travel to Wisconsin.

Randy Bryce, army veteran and chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Veterans Caucus, released this statement on Aug. 2: “The disrespect and contempt Donald Trump has shown for our brave men and women serving in uniform disqualifies him from ever being our commander-in-chief. Trump has gone out of his way time and again to insult Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Muslim-American parents of Army Capt. Humayan Khan, who made the ultimate sacrifice defending his troops in Iraq.

“The audacity Donald Trump has to slander Gold Star parents who lost their son defending this country is unconscionable and he has no idea what real sacrifice is. When Donald Trump insults one of us, he insults all of us. We need a president who respects and understands the sacrifice our soldiers make everyday. Donald Trump has shown time and again he does not have the temperament or judgement to be President of the United States.”

Former U.S. Navy Capt. Mary Kolar of Madison said, “Instead of showing respect to a Gold Star family brave enough to share the story of their son’s sacrifice, Donald Trump demonized them. He made it clear he finds patriotism and Islam incompatible, even though soldiers like Captain Humayun Khan prove his bigotry wrong every day on the battlefield. Our country’s diversity is our strength and what makes our military the envy of the world – we should honor each and every man and woman who makes the courageous pledge to defend it.”

“This divisive, dangerous rhetoric from Donald Trump proves exactly why he is unfit to commander-in-chief,” added former U.S. Army Corporal Jerry LaPoint of La Crosse. “As a veteran, I know our soldiers give themselves selflessly in service to our country — they deserve a president who will give them and their families the respect of honoring that service before making decisions to deploy them in our nation’s defense. This is no way to honor a Gold Star family who has made the ultimate sacrifice.”

“Donald Trump clearly does not understand all that our service members give when they join the military,” said former Navy Petty Officer Leon Burzynski of Pewaukee. “Instead, he thinks his failed business dealings are a sacrifice comparable to that of a fallen soldier and the grief of a Gold Star family. This is despicable and we cannot allow someone this out of touch with the values that define America and its military to become our next commander-in-chief.”

Hillary Clinton’s campaign, in a news release, said, “Trump’s comments on the Khan family are the latest in a series of his disrespectful rhetoric and record aimed at American veterans and military families such as lying about donations to veterans’ charities, firing employees because of their military service and verbally attacking prisoners of war.”

Comic book Archie to die a hero in July

Not even Archie Andrews is immortal in the world of comics.

Archie Comics announced Tuesday that the famous comic book character will heroically sacrifice himself while saving the life of a friend in a July installment of “Life with Archie,” a comic book series that tells the story of grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale gang.

“We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched `Life with Archie’ five years ago and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in a statement.

Archie’s final moments will be detailed in “Life with Archie” No. 36, while issue No. 37 will jump forward a year and focus on his friends Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie honoring the legacy of their red-headed pal.

Archie first appeared in comics in 1941 and went on to become a colorful icon of wholesomeness.

In recent years, Archie Comics has tackled such issues as dealt with plots as diverse as coming out as gay and the zombie apocalypse in Archie’s fictional hometown of Riverdale. However, Archie himself won’t need to rise from the grave. The freckle-faced character will still be alive and well in other series.

Secretary of State Kerry observes Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transcript

Secretary of State John Kerry today (Nov. 20) observed the international Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The following is Kerry’s statement:

The State Department joins people around the world in marking Transgender Day of Remembrance, honoring the memory of lives lost to violence provoked by fear and hatred of transgender and gender non-conforming people. 

We have made tremendous progress in advancing the rights of LGBT persons. But when people continue to be harassed, arrested and even killed simply because of who they are and who they love, we know that we still have hard work before us.

The sad truth is that in too many places, including the United States, transgender persons continue to face violence and discrimination on a daily basis. 

In too many cases, crimes against LGBT persons, including murder, are not thoroughly investigated or prosecuted.  Transgender persons are frequently denied medical care and public services.  They still suffer discrimination in employment, education and housing. 

Each of these episodes threatens our common humanity. Together, we pay a price when rights are trampled.  And, together, we win when rights are protected.

That is why we are engaging diplomatically to address the specific challenges faced by transgender persons.  And that’s why we will continue to urge other governments to protect all of their citizens regardless of their gender identity.  Through the Global Equality Fund, we are increasing support to civil society organizations to combat bias-motivated violence targeting transgender persons. 

The rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons are not special or separate or different.  They are basic human rights.  And human rights are universal, not negotiable.

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we renew our commitment to ensuring that all persons are able to live safely, freely and with dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Study: Nearly half of gay men would die for ‘perfect body’

A study released on Jan. 6 says that 48 percent of gay men would sacrifice a year or more of their lives if they could have what they consider to be the perfect body.

Researchers also found that 10 percent of gay men would sacrifice 11 percent of their lives if they could have their ideal body immediately. Nine in ten gay men admitted they have “unrealistic” images of leanness and muscularity when talking about other men’s shape.

In comparison, only a third of straight men said they would give a year or more for an ideal body shape. Gay respondents were also consistently more affected by body concerns and more likely to make body comparisons than straight men.

The study, conducted in the United Kingdom, was commissioned by Central YMCA and the Succeed Foundation and the Centre for Appearance Research at University of West England in Bristol. A total of 384 men, a quarter of whom identified as gay, were reportedly surveyed as part of the poll.

The average age of respondents was 40.

“This research shows that body image anxiety is sadly much more of an issue for gay men,” Rosi Prescott, CEO of Central YMCA, told PinkNews.co.uk. “Today gay men are under enormous pressure about their bodies, and we believe that a lack of body diversity in the media, including the gay press, and a relentless focus which values people based on appearance, may in part explain why gay men are particularly susceptible to this issue.

“This is of concern when we know that record numbers of men are taking steroids or having unnecessary cosmetic surgery to achieve what is often an unattainable or unrealistic body image ideal. Central YMCA is campaigning to promote greater body diversity in the media, and for young people to be given an opportunity to learn more about body image in schools.”

A 2005 report published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology revealed that gay males who are overly concerned about their body image are reacting to “minority stress,” including internalized homophobia, societal prejudice, conformity to heterosexual norms of masculinity, and concerns over being bashed.