You Live In “Trump Country” Now

Kevin Seymour and Kevin Paul Taylor were biking home from dinner in Key West when they were followed and harassed by a Donald Trump supporter.

Seymour and Taylor reported that a drunken moped driver started “calling us faggots and a slew of other anti-gay remarks.” Taylor posted on his Facebook page that “he kept stopping in front of us and swerving into us. Finally Kevin (Seymour) got ahead of him and the guy charges him with his scooter and runs into him and knocks him off his bike. Kevin is okay.”

The driver of the moped also taunted the couple by saying, “You live in Trump country now.”

The moped driver is described as a white man in his mid-to-late thirties with a southern accent.  The model of his moped was a black Eclipse.

A witness gave a statement to police backing the couple’s story and officers said there may be security video available from nearby businesses.

“I think the cops will be able to track him down,” Taylor said.

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We Agree With Trump (kind of)

Yes, you read that right. We agree with President-Elect Trump on ONE issue, the safety of US citizens.

During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in July and one month after a terrorist attack in a gay nightclub that killed 49 people, Trump promised to keep the LGBTQ community safe. “As president, I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” Trump told the crowd at the Republican Convention.

Here at Hayden’s List, we agree that the President of the United States should do everything in his or her power to keep all Americans safe. But not just from foreign threats of terrorism but also from discrimination and hate crimes. We hope that President-elect Trump uses everything in his power to protect LGBTQ citizens from those threats also.

WATCH: Trump Makes Promise To Protect The LGBT Community

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Hate Can Rip Us Apart

For some people, when they hear the words hate crime, a young man named Matthew Shepard comes to mind. Lately when the word hate is uttered it is usually in connection with presidential nominee Donald Trump. Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew, is in a new ad denouncing Trump and his campaign of hate.

Judy says in the ad “When I see the hate that Donald Trump has brought to his campaign for president, it terrifies me. Words have an influence. Violence causes pain. Hate can rip us apart. I know what can happen as a result of hate, and Donald Trump should never be our president.”

Watch the ad here.

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex

After the shocking news of what happened in France this week and then Russia’s ridiculous decision to ban drivers with so-called “sex disorders,” I’m thinking about opposites.

The opposite of love is hate.  And hate is, obviously, what both of these headlines have in common.

But I don’t want to talk about hate.  It gets far too much attention as it is.

In the spirit of “make love, not war” what I actually want to talk about is sex.

Today I’m in London and heading to the Institute of Sexology for its current exhibit, “Undress Your Mind.”

“Moving between pathologies of perversion and contested ideas of normality,” the exhibit “shows how sex has been observed, analysed and questioned from the late 19th century to the present day.”

What particularly interests me is how the Institute “highlights the profound effect that the gathering and analysis of information can have in changing attitudes and lifting taboos.”

Sound familiar?  I believe it resonates loudly with what we’re doing here at Hayden’s List.  By gathering people’s opinion, of course our main mission is to direct the LGBT community to those with open doors.  But zoom out a little and look at things through a wider lens and you’ll see that by gathering this information en masse, we have the potential to create real change on very large scale.

That’s Part 1 of my sex talk.

I’m going to let a little tension build now.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

And while you’re waiting…maybe you could create a little momentum for change and leave a few reviews?

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