Trump claims that Obama helped him pick his Cabinet full of homophobes

President-elect Trump has claimed that Barack Obama is helping him make his Cabinet appointments, after filling his top team with homophobes.

Unlike President Obama, whose cabinet included long-time LGBT rights and civil rights champions, nearly every member of Donald Trump’s new team is overwhelmingly opposed to LGBT rights.

President-elect Trump recently confirmed Fox News pundit Dr Ben Carson as his Housing and Urban Development Secretary.

Dr Carson is known for his endless font of surreal views about homosexuality – comparing gay people to paedophiles, and insisting that prisons ‘prove’ being gay is a choice. He previously insisted that same-sex marriage is a Marxist plot from the New World Order, claiming gay weddings are part of a plan “to destroy unity [and] bring America down”.

Trump’s Attorney General is Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, who fought vocally against equal marriage and discrimination protections for LGBT people, and opposed lifting the ban on openly gay people serving in the military.

His Secretary of Health and Human Services is Tom Price, a Republican lawmaker who co-sponsored a law which would legalise discrimination against LGBT people on the grounds of religion.

Speaking to TIME Magazine after being named Person of the Year, President-elect Trump claimed that Barack Obama was actually helping advise him on his picks.

He said of his recent meeting with the outgoing President: “We talked about some of the potential appointments that I would make. I wanted to get his opinion. And he gave me some opinions on some people that were very interesting to me, and that meant something to me. I believe in asking people.

“We have different views but he loves our country. And he wants what’s good for our country. So I did talk to him about certain people that I’m thinking about. Got his ideas.”

Trump added: “He really cares about the country, I have to say. I mean I differ with him in numerous things. But he really cares about the country. I had a great conversation with him.

“I had a great meeting with him and a couple of great conversations. He – you know he’s very committed. And you hear all different – I will tell you, I really liked him, I think he liked me. I think he was surprised also.”

We will add an update once President Obama has issued the inevitable denial.

When You’re Finally Happy And All Your Exes Can Somehow Sense It

You’ve done it. You’re at a place in your life where you’ve finally let someone in again. After months, or even years, of “me time,” you’re back in a relationship and you’re happy.

And somehow, your exes know this. They must. Because they’ve been calling and texting you out of the blue. It’s almost like they can sense your happiness.

Video by Deirdre Devlin and Vana Dabney, aka Honest Monster.

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Anti same-sex marriage leader accused of having child with one woman while married to another

A leading same-sex marriage opponent has been accused of having an extra marital affair after revelations in Chinese language newspaper, Next Magazine.

Andrew Chang, Secretary General of the Alliance of Religious Groups for the Love of Families Taiwan, has become renowned for his public opposition to equal rights for LGBT people.

Now it’s alleged his own marital history is less than perfect.

Chang’s Facebook page was flooded with angry comments after a story in the Chinese-language publication accused him fathering a child with another woman more than ten years ago – while still married to his first wife, surnamed Liu.

“Your group should change its name from ‘protecting families’ to ‘protecting hypocrisy,’” wrote one commenter.

“If you want to get involved with outside women, that is your family’s business, but you should not be so shameless as to go out and oppose marriage equality,” said another.

Speaking to the magazine he claimed he wasn’t sure whether or not he’d father a child in an affair, saying it was a “confusing mess of an incident.”

He added that the content of accusations “were not necessarily true.”

Members of the alliance have previously protested pride events, holding signs reading: “Gay behaviour is contagious” and “Against the legalisation of same-sex marriage”.

Mr Chang previously claimed that the LGBT ‘ideology’ “does not care for affection, but emphasises sex, encourages sexual contact with multiple people at the same time, unscrupulously corrupts good morals, ethics and traditional culture, and seduces children, causing them to lose the ability to cultivate a relationship, or even turning them into homosexuals.

“The groups deliberately harm children,” the Tapei Times reported.

The New York Times has previously reported that Taiwan could become the first country in Asia to introduce marriage equality.

For Trans Women Killed By Oakland Fire, Struggle For Respect Continues In Death

Instead of grieving for her friends, Scout Wolfcave has spent the last two days phoning news reporters and begging them not to disrespect the transgender women who died by calling them “men” in their reports and refusing to use their proper names.

Feral Pines, Cash Askew and Em B were victims of the devastating fire on Friday night at an Oakland warehouse, known as the Ghost Ship, where at least 36 people died, many of them young artists, musicians and activists

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