Glenn Beck: Being conservative...and Gay

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GLENN: Let's go to Katie. Hello, Katie, you're on the Glenn Beck program.

CALLER: Hi, Glenn, I'm from Fort Wayne and I was lucky enough to meet you when you came here in November and I just want to call and say that ever since I came out of my conservative closet, I've lost a lot of my friends. About --

GLENN: Ever since you -- wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Katie, we met on the book tour.

CALLER: Yes, sir. I gave you a letter. I was with my dad.

GLENN: Yes, I remember you. And you actually came out of the closet.

CALLER: Yes. Today's actually twelve years that I've been out.

GLENN: Okay. And so you then came out, you were concerned about coming out as a gay conservative.


GLENN: I'm trying to remember all of this. Right?

CALLER: Yes. And I used to be uber liberal, and I was one of those known gay people that you just wanted to punch in the face because that's all I ever talked about. And my dad, it caused a lot of problems between me and my family and my dad trying to get my off my big liberal kick and open my eyes and said listen to me for just one week and if I didn't agree, fine. And I started to listen to you and I realized that before I'm gay, before I'm Democrat, Republican, I am an American.

GLENN: Good for you.

CALLER: And in listening to you, in saying what you mean and being true to yourself and true to your country, especially with this last election, a lot of my friends realized when they said are you voting for Obama or Hillary and I said, neither, they think I'm crazy. One of them actually said I'm like a Jew supporting Hitler. And --

GLENN: Because you voted for who?

CALLER: For McCain.

GLENN: For McCain? So --

CALLER: I voted for Palin. I voted for Palin and I was going to get McCain.

GLENN: (Laughing).

CALLER: And it's really hard. I feel so alone some days, and I'm lucky enough that, you know, through listening to you and getting back to what really matters in my eyes, being gay's a very small part of who I am, and nothing of what I am that I lost my friends because they don't want to talk to me, because they try to get me --

GLENN: They weren't your -- Katie, you didn't lose your friends. You lost the people that were pretending to be friends. You know, I'm an alcoholic and when I was sobering up, I lost a lot of friends. They weren't my friends. You know, you have to be who you are. And if people don't like you because of that, that's okay. You don't wish them ill. You know, I have nothing bad to say about anybody. It's just the way it is. You know, you will find, you will find new friends. It took me a long time to find new friends because you'll be in a transition mode for a long time. You surrounded yourself, especially if this is -- is this where you grew up?

CALLER: No, no, sir. I lived here for about five years now. My father was a marine and we lived everywhere from Japan to Alabama.

GLENN: But did everybody know you as the crazy liberal person that they wanted to punch in the face because all you would talk about was your gayness?

CALLER: For a very long time. And the only reason I thought I had to be Democrat because I was gay.

GLENN: Okay.

CALLER: It's in the gay handbook.

GLENN: Is it? I didn't know -- wow, I didn't know there were handbooks for this. How did I miss all of this? Okay. There are a lot of people -- I mean, you have set a pattern, you know, for your life and people view you a certain way. So don't worry about it, Katie. It will -- just let go of all of that. It will happen. The more you just allow yourself to be yourself and not try to make any statements. I'm so glad to hear you say, you know, your sexuality plays a very little part of who you are. My sexuality plays a very little part of who I am, too. It's just, that's what sets us apart, you know, is looking and saying, "Look at me; I'm different." It doesn't matter to me. I don't really care if you're different. What do we have in common? And you have found the biggest secret. What we have in common are principles. What we have in common is our belief that man was born to be free. Man was born with certain rights, and you can't take those away. God takes those away, not man. And so you have a different mindset now. And you will, you will find new friends and you will, you'll find -- well, I hate to say that you'll find happiness because are you happier now than you were, you know, a few years ago or when you were in a -- as a liberal?

CALLER: I am. I'm much happier. I've reconnected with my faith, and some of the people that have heard me out and looked past my sexuality have become very good friends. But it's hard. I want to get involved here locally and it's very hard because the conservative groups realize that I'm gay and then they don't necessarily want me in their organization because then what will people think. Liberals don't want me.

GLENN: What will people think? Oh, no, they've got gay people in their organization? I've got news for you, they got gay people working around them, too. What will people think? Listen, if the Republicans won't accept you as somebody who under -- that understands the principles of our country and the founding of our country, then don't go find a bunch of Republicans. Go find a bunch of libertarians. Now, they're hard to corral because they're a little like cats and they're just running around everywhere. So you can't really corral them and that -- quite honestly, libertarians, that's your biggest problem. You've got to be able to say, "Hey, we've got to concentrate on a few things." I know, I know, we all want to abolish the FBI, but let's start smaller. Let's concentrate on the tax code. Let's concentrate on, you know, pulling in the, you know, "Let's still protect Germany." Let's kind of pull some of these things in and then we'll worry about the FBI and other things maybe down the line a couple of years or maybe even a couple of weeks. Once people get used to it. But I'm becoming more and more libertarian every single day.

You know, that's -- like the Proposition 8 thing, this doesn't -- look, what you do in your private life, my stance is Obama's stance. My stance is Obama's stance. Proposition 8, what's going on now in the Supreme Court to me has nothing to do with being gay, nothing to do with being gay. What is happening now in California is do the people have the right to change the Constitution, yes or no. If you have the -- if you can change the Constitution, well, then you can change it back. As people become more enlightened or whatever, that's why we have that. Read the words of Thomas Jefferson. People are going to make mistakes but that's why you can change it back. They will come to their senses and they will change things back. Well, now the attorney general, the people's defender, the guy defending the laws that the people write say that people can't make these laws, they can't change the Constitution. If that stands, if California says you can't change the Constitution, we've got a real problem on our hands because that's -- really honestly that's where I am on the whole socialism thing. I just want to have the discussion. If America wants to go socialism, let's do it out in the open. Let's have the debate. Let's have a fair debate, let's really talk about it, let's turn over every stone. If that's what we want to do. But no, everybody wants to play tricks and procedural moves and everything else. Let's just be decent people to each other, shall we? Let's just be decent people. Stand up for what is right, and what is right is freedom of man. That comes from God, those rights. And the Constitution has done a pretty good job, until we started screwing around with interpretation, for a long time.


William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author