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These Military Families Made Trump Look Like A Fool

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Donald Trump is not someone to back down from a fight, even if he’s morally or factually wrong. The latest example is his relentless attacks against the Khans, a Gold Star family whose son died trying to save his military unit in Iraq. Khizr Khan made headlines when he delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention that questioned Trump’s knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. In response, 30 families of fallen U.S. military personnel, several of whom are Latino, sent Trump a letter demanding that he apologize to Gold Star families nationwide.

Khizr Khan’s savage takedown of Donald Trump at the DNC left a lot of Americans feeling like…

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“Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America,” Khan told the DNC crowd. “You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Naturally, Donald Trump responded by attacking this father of a fallen soldier.

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“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices,” Trump said according to CNN. “I work very, very hard.”

As a result, American families who have lost loved ones signed a letter to Trump demanding that he apologize not just to the Khans, but to ALL Gold Star families.

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“He is supposed to be up there to unite with me as a grieving father,” Carlos Arredondo, who signed the letter with his wife, told NBC Latino. “To have someone like that in charge, I don’t want someone to die in war because of his comments.”

“When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice,” the letter continues.

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“We are all Gold Star Families, who have lost those we love the most in war,” the families wrote in the letter. “Ours is a sacrifice you will never know. Ours is a sacrifice we would never want you to know.”

“We feel we must speak out and demand you apologize to the Khans, to all Gold Star families, and to all Americans for your offensive, and frankly anti-American, comments,” the letter ends.

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“We are a community. We’ve been together a long time, so we are very concerned with these comments that they’ve made,” Arredondo told NBC Latino. “I don’t want this to get out of hand with dividing people. That’s the way politics happens.”

Read the full letter here.


READ: Walter Mercado Says Donald Trump Would Destroy The World

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These Filmmakers Are Fed Up With How TV Kills Off Queer Characters

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These Filmmakers Are Fed Up With How TV Kills Off Queer Characters

“If you’re a queer woman, chances are you underwent a great loss this year,” filmmaker Cole Santiago tells us, observing at the tombstone of the [*SPOILER ALERT even though I’m pretty sure we all binge-watched OITNB already*] late, great Poussey Washington. She adds that, in 2016 alone, 18 female queer characters have been killed off on television.

Indeed, the “Bury Your Gays” trope has been a particular topic of conversation this year, following not only the aforementioned death of Poussey, but also the controversial death of The 100‘s Lexa. Fans’ disappointment and frustration over the character’s death even prompted the series showrunner and executive producer, Jason Rothenberg, to publish an open letter, assuring viewers that “burying, baiting or hurting anyone was never our intention. It’s not who I am.”

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This ongoing theme of unhappy endings (and, you know, death) for queer characters also prompted Autostraddle to release a comprehensive set of infographics detailing queer representation in media, with a focus on lesbian and bisexual television characters. Take a look; it’s worth your time.

And while there have been queer female characters on television (Remezcla has a pretty thorough list), there are few series ABOUT these characters. They rarely get the A story, and even more rarely “get the girl” at the end.

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And, thus, Vida.

Vida‘s team is unique in media–a female cast and crew, most of whom are Latinx–and the story they have to tell is an innately personal one. “Growing up as a closeted teenager,” Santiago explains on the project’s Seed & Spark page, “too scared to reach out, the only safe route to better understand my feelings came in the form of film and television.” The project, conceived as a short film and potential pilot, follows Vida, a quiet 17-year-old girl dealing with a roommate who wants to become Instagram famous. Vida’s life is uprooted by “a Courtney Love-obsessed lesbian vampire” and… I mean, that’s all I need to know to want to tune in.

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Vida‘s fundraising page keeps things nicely on-theme, with fundraising goals named after popular queer (or queered, in some cases) characters. For example, if you pitch in 50 bucks, you reach Drusilla level, and a member of the crew will be slimed with a bucket of blood in your honor, with video proof. Mwahaha!

Take a look at Vida‘s teaser video, below, and help #ressurectourgays:

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