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As usual, a lot has happened in the past week! This newsletter covers the best independent news content on the upcoming elections, LGBTQ+ issues, Halloween-appropriate film, affordable housing, and lots more.

2022 Elections

With Election Day just around the corner, let's visit election content from around the OptOut network.

In a key Senate race, Pennsylvania Liutenant Governor John Fetterman took on Republican TV personality Mehmet Oz in their only debate this week.

Fetterman, Oz face off in first — and only debate — in Pa.’s U.S. Senate race - Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman took the stage for the first — and only — debate in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race.
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In Georgia, voters could determine control of the Senate, STATES NEWSROOM explains.

All eyes again on the Peach State: Georgia voters asked to decide U.S. Senate control - Colorado Newsline
Georgia turned blue in 2020. Now Sen. Warnock is seeking reelection against Republican Herschel Walker in a crucial race.
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Speaking of Georgia, on THE LAURA FLANDERS SHOW hosts Ray McClendon and Steven Rosenfeld, the editors of a new book, The Georgia Way: How to Win Elections, an oral history intended to record the strategies used in Georgia to turn out overlooked voters and spark civic involvement across the US.

You've probably seen some election ads recently. Political advertising is an enormous industry, and TV stations benefit, although not as much as one might think, according to IOWA CAPITAL DISPATCH.

Do TV stations make a killing on political ads? - Iowa Capital Dispatch
Longtime TV news director Dave Busiek answers some of the most frequently asked questions about campaign TV ads.
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There are other important elections coming up around the world, including in Brazil, where leftwing former president Lula da Silva has a good shot at ousting far-right authoritarian president Jair Bolsonaro. THE NATION has an analysis of the election, which takes place today.

Is Bolsanaro Headed for Defeat?
With an ally recently entangled in an armed standoff with police, the Brazilian president is rapidly losing ground to an emboldened Lula.
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Welcome back to OptOut LGBTQ+ with Liana DeMasi!

Conversion therapy was banned in Akron, Ohio this week, according to THE BUCKEYE FLAME. This is a win for the LGBTQ+ community in Ohio, since Akron became the tenth municipality to ban the practice, protecting queer and trans youth from being subject to abuse aimed at changing “a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.” These “therapies”—which are often conducted at Christian camps and have ranged from electric shock treatments to physical labor and sexual abuse—are only banned in 20 U.S. states.

Akron bans LGBTQ+ conversion ‘therapy’ for minors; becomes the 11th Ohio city to do so
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan’s administration proposed the legislation, which the Akron City Council then passed unanimously.
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If you haven’t heard, Chelsea Manning released a memoir this month, README.txt, about her transparency advocacy, her experience in prison after releasing around 750,000 military documents in 2010, her gender transition, and the tech-savvy childhood that started it all. Independent journalist Ryan Harvey and THE REAL NEWS NETWORK, in collaboration with Red Emma’s, a self-proclaimed radical bookstore in Baltimore, hosted a conversation with Manning this week about her whistleblower status, the book, and what right we have to the truth.

Chelsea Manning on being a whistleblower, prison, and her new memoir
Whistleblower and former US Army soldier Chelsea Manning looks back on the past 12 years in her new memoir, ‘README.txt.’
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MICHIGAN ADVANCE examines the abhorrent anti-LGBTQ+ policies that have sprung up across the nation in recent years, especially bills aimed at undermining the safety and validity of our nation’s youth.

Susan J. Demas: Adults who choose to bully LGBTQ+ children are weird — and profoundly broken ⋆ Michigan Advance
Twelve years ago, the LGBTQ+ community started a powerful campaign to help young people with three simple words: “It gets better.” Growing up gay or trans is often devastatingly hard, from enduring slurs hurled by kids at school to having abusive parents who kick you out of the house just because of…
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PRISM reports on a similar story in Virginia school districts.

LGBTQIA+ youth reject Virginia’s anti-trans school guidelines
Queer youth, parents, and advocates say model policies will harm trans students
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For each LGBTQ+ newsletter section I write, I find an article, podcast, or video about this exact subject, which indicates a few things. This kind of legislation is ceaseless state violence, but we are unrelenting in our pursuit of justice, education, and advocacy.

The MICHIGAN ADVANCE article speaks to “menstrual history” mandates for student athletes in Florida schools, an effort aimed at keeping trans girls out of sports. It also mentions the “draconian legislation” introduced by Michigan Republicans last week that would put parents of trans kids at risk of life imprisonment if they help their children seek gender-affirming care. Cited in the reporting was the Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, which found that 45% of LGBTQ+ youth have “seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year.”

I write this newsletter from Brooklyn, New York, where our LGBTQ+ children are as protected as their straight and cis counterparts, but I also write this from a place of knowing—and perhaps a place of fear—that nothing is for certain in the ever-changing, polarized world that we live in. I urge you to continue getting your news from ethical, independent news outlets like those in the OptOut network. Advocacy starts with understanding, and these children require a voice, a platform, and an audience.

To stay up-to-date on stories like this one, you can sign up early for our LGBTQ+ newsletters, which will start on November 10. If you’re an LGBTQ+ journalist, you can apply to join our forthcoming networking community.


It's Halloween tomorrow, so what better reason to share scary movie analysis from the OptOut network!

In JACOBIN, Eileen Jones tells us about the John Carpenter classic film, They Live.

They Live is one of John Carpenter’s ever-more-revered films, because of its extraordinary prescience in depicting the fallout from the Reagan Revolution that overwhelmed American society in a disastrously complete way starting in the 1980s.
They Live Is a Timeless Anti-Capitalist Horror Classic
It’s never a bad time to revisit John Carpenter’s 1988 classic They Live, a hilarious sci-fi thriller that skewers the inequality of the neoliberal era and offers an iconic depiction of capitalist ideology.
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Nick Estes and Sina Rahmani discuss the specter of settler colonialism in another Carpenter classic, Halloween, on THE RED NATION PODCAST.

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Listen on the OptOut app or wherever you get your podcasts.

And in case you're not gonna binge-watch horror movies tomorrow night, here are some other options, brought to you by HELL GATE.

Hell Gate’s HELLISH Halloween How-Tos - Hell Gate
Hell Gate’s editors tell you how to correctly observe the spookiest of holidays.
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In Other News

Michael Jefferson argues for Black and Brown unity in politics in a NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT op-ed.

Don’t Give Up On Black-Brown Unity
(Opinion) In October 2021 three high powered Latino politicians — President of the Los Angeles City Council Nury Martinez and council members Kevin de Leon and Gil Cedillo — gathered to have a little chat. …
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Host Eric Draitser speaks with Eric chats with COUNTERPUNCH co-editor Joshua Frank about his new book, Atomic Days: The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America, and the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear power.

Joshua Frank
This time Eric chats with CounterPunch co-editor Johsua Frank about his new book “Atomic Days: The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America” and the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Josh discusses the history of the Hanford site, including both its years as a nuclear weapons faci…
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This week, a rightwing bigot and conspiracy theorist broke into the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and assaulted her husband, Paul. STATES NEWSROOM via MICHIGAN ADVANCE reports.

Updated: Paul Pelosi, U.S. House speaker’s husband, attacked inside their San Francisco home ⋆ Michigan Advance
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was recovering in the hospital Friday morning after a man in his 40s broke into their San Francisco home in the early morning and “violently assaulted” the 82-year-old, according to a statement from spokesman Drew Hammill. Nancy Pe…
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NEW YORK FOCUS and THE CITY investigated the fate of a Gowanus, Brooklyn rezoning proposal, which will include at most half of the previously planned affordable housing units, thanks to New York City Council Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Shahana Hanif.

City Council Moves Forward With Gowanus Rezoning After Slashing Affordable Housing - New York Focus
A proposal to build dozens of units on a block near the Gowanus industrial zone was cut in half after locals lobbied Councilmember Shahana Hanif.
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Speaking of New York, did you know that OptOut is launching a New York newsletter? Journalist Samira Asma-Sadeque will send out the first edition of OptOut New York on Election Day (November 8).

To stay up-to-date on New York independent news, you can sign up early for the New York newsletter. If you’re a journalist focused on New York City or state, you can apply to join our forthcoming networking community.

Meanwhile, in Florida, according to PROGRESS REPORT, a ballot measure on affordable housing in Orange County, Florida, is in peril.

On Thursday night, the Florida Appellate Court sided with landlord and real estate lobbyists in a legal challenge to prevent voters from having their say on the rent stabilization measure.
A historic housing win is hanging by a thread
Record spending by real estate interests may scuttle a true breakthrough for renters
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For I HATE IT HERE AND NEVER WANT TO LEAVE and THE LEVER, Jordan Uhl writes about Big Oil's huge third-quarter profits. Must just be unavoidable inflation, right?

Big Oil Has Yet Another Huge Quarter
Three of the biggest oil companies brought in over $40 billion in profit during Q3 as gas prices remain high.
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