Gabriel Arana

Gabriel Arana Contributing Editor at The American Prospect, Contributor at them.

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07/04/2021

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Let freedom ring! Have a happy and safe #4thofJuly ❤️

This Pride month, as revelers hit the streets to celebrate LGBTQ history, Republican state legislatures are hard at work...
06/28/2021
The Republican Plot to Ban LGBTQ History in Public Schools

This Pride month, as revelers hit the streets to celebrate LGBTQ history, Republican state legislatures are hard at work trying to erase it. My latest The New Republic >

In a growing number of states, the GOP is pushing “Don’t Say Gay” laws to prevent students from learning about the triumphs and struggles of LGBTQ Americans.

"In 2015, two years into his first term, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made mental health a signature priority when...
06/14/2021
After de Blasio, will NYC’s mental health thrive?

"In 2015, two years into his first term, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made mental health a signature priority when he announced the creation of ThriveNYC, a series of 54 initiatives with a budget of $850 million over four years. The pandemic was nothing if not a major stress test for Thrive’s various programs and the city’s sprawling mental health infrastructure."

Wrote about COVID-19's effect on mental health, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's Wife's $1 billion mental-health initiative, ThriveNYC for City and State NY.

Rigoberto Lopez had struggled with mental illness since he was a teenager. But what his relatives described as typical, rebellious adolescent behavior escalated as he got older. After turning 18, he left home, bouncing between relatives’ homes before entering New York City’s shelter system in Ma...

Five years later, it turns our all those “thoughts and prayers” managed to do nothing to prevent this year’s 347 mass sh...
06/13/2021
How Orlando's LGBTQ Latino community is healing and mobilizing five years after the Pulse massacre

Five years later, it turns our all those “thoughts and prayers” managed to do nothing to prevent this year’s 347 mass shootings.

Orlando fundamentally changed after 49 people were killed at Pulse on June 12, 2016, LGBTQ Latino leaders said. But to make positive changes for LGBTQ Latinos permanent, those community leaders must continually justify their work to the state and federal government to receive funding, or else they r...

In 2001 half that number supported gay marriage. This is what happens when you keep shoving it down Americans’ throats.
06/10/2021
Support for same-sex marriage reaches record high in US, poll shows

In 2001 half that number supported gay marriage. This is what happens when you keep shoving it down Americans’ throats.

A record 70% of Americans support legal recognition of same-sex marriage, according to a new Gallup poll. That's the highest level of support seen since Gallup starting tracking the subject in 1996, when just 27% of Americans were in favor of legal recognition.

Never understood the logic of those who think PDA by gay people is somehow sexual and graphic. Every time a straight cou...
06/04/2021
Video: Group Allegedly Singles Out Same-Sex Couple Kissing At Downtown Sacramento Pool

Never understood the logic of those who think PDA by gay people is somehow sexual and graphic. Every time a straight couple walks a stroller with a baby down the street, you know they’ve been up to nasty stuff. Protect children; hide your baby.

A heated argument caught on camera started when two women claim they were harassed for kissing each other at the Kimpton Sawyer pool.

It should not take a supermajority to pass basic legislation.
06/01/2021
Push for Voting Overhaul in Congress Falters

It should not take a supermajority to pass basic legislation.

Opposition from Republicans and some of their own senators has left Democrats struggling to determine whether they should try to nix the filibuster to save a top priority.

This is less a case of the Biden administration changing policy than following the law. The Supreme Court ruled in 2020 ...
05/11/2021
US restores transgender health protections denied by Trump

This is less a case of the Biden administration changing policy than following the law. The Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that “discrimination on the basis of sex” includes discrimination against trans people, which the Trump administration just ignored.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care, the Biden administration declared Monday, reversing a Trump-era policy that narrowed rights at the intersection of changing social mores and sensitive medical decisions...

I have quite a few of these people as friends. Liberals are not immune from politics trumping reason.
05/05/2021
The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown

I have quite a few of these people as friends. Liberals are not immune from politics trumping reason.

Progressive communities have been home to some of the fiercest battles over COVID-19 policies, and some liberal policy makers have left scientific evidence behind.

How Piers Morgan stayed on tv for so long is beyond me.
03/10/2021
Stephen Colbert Dances on Piers Morgan’s Grave

How Piers Morgan stayed on tv for so long is beyond me.

“Piers Morgan is such a baby, someone at Buckingham Palace just asked what color he’s going to be,” the “Late Show” host joked.

Passed without a single Republican vote because all 50 of them wanted corporations to dodge liability for their actions ...
03/07/2021

Passed without a single Republican vote because all 50 of them wanted corporations to dodge liability for their actions during Covid. #corporationsfirst

Passed without a single Republican vote because all 50 of them wanted corporations to dodge liability for their actions during Covid. #corporationsfirst

“What mattered most about Limbaugh was never primarily whom he helped elect, or which groups of people he offended, or w...
02/18/2021
Rush Limbaugh Did His Best to Ruin America

“What mattered most about Limbaugh was never primarily whom he helped elect, or which groups of people he offended, or why. It was the effect he had on his fans — on the millions of white conservatives he coddled, flattered, tickled, entertained, disinformed, fearmongered, and pulled into a counterfactual universe that became darker over time.”

How the right-wing talk radio icon corrupted the Republican Party, spread hate, racism, and lies, and laid the groundwork for Trumpism

Limbaugh had a comedy segment on his show called “AIDS Update” where he’d mockingly read the names of dead gay people to...
02/17/2021
Furiously anti-LGBT+ radio host Rush Limbaugh dies, aged 70

Limbaugh had a comedy segment on his show called “AIDS Update” where he’d mockingly read the names of dead gay people to triumphal music.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has died aged 70, his wife announced on his show on Wednesday.

Republicans legislatures have introduced a slew of bills targeting trans kids. Here’s what you can do, according to the ...
02/15/2021
Five Action Items to Stop Anti-Trans Bills

Republicans legislatures have introduced a slew of bills targeting trans kids. Here’s what you can do, according to the ACLU’s Chase Strangio.

With bills targeting trans kids sweeping the country, here is what you can do.

“A generation’s worth of rhetoric about personal responsibility appeared to founder against the perceived imperative of ...
02/14/2021
Republican Acquittal of Trump Is a Pivotal Moment for the Party

“A generation’s worth of rhetoric about personal responsibility appeared to founder against the perceived imperative of accommodating Mr. Trump.”

The vote, signaling how thoroughly the party has come to be defined by the personality of one man, is likely to leave a blemish on the historical record.

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