Obama Will Tell African Leaders: “I’m Not A Fan Of Discrimination”


President Obama is about to go on a short tour of African nations, and he told the BBC that he’s going to be firm with leaders on the continent that he supports gay rights. He said, “I’m not a fan of discrimination and bullying of anybody – on the basis of race, on the basis of religion, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender.” [BBC]



The Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, has banned 49 children’s books in elementary schools in the city that talk about gender and non-traditional families. His explanation: “In their homes there can be dad one and dad two, or mom one and mom two, and any integration of such families will certainly be encouraged, but it should be recognized that the majority of people have a mom and a dad.” Because that makes any sense whatsoever. [The Daily Beast]



Some asshole programmer going by the name “offensive-computing” developed a program that can deny access to web users based on their ethnicity, based on the data retained by genetic testing company 23andme. It was apparently very easy to code, which means that it’s theoretically very easy to segregate the internet, which is horrifying. [Motherboard]



The movement to raise the minimum wage has moved beyond the state level and is incorporating itself into the upcoming presidential election. Republican candidates are dead-set against raising the minimum wage, while Bernie Sanders has vocalized support for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour – although Hillary Clinton has not. It’s becoming one of the more divisive issues on the campaign trail. [New York Times]
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