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GALLUP: 10M US Adults Now Identify As LGBT, 1.75M Increase Over 2012 Largely Due To Out Millennials

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Via Gallup: The portion of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) increased to 4.1% in 2016 from 3.5% in 2012. These figures, drawn from the largest representative sample of LGBT Americans collected in the U.S., imply that more than an estimated 10 million adults now identify as LGBT in the U.S. today, approximately 1.75 million more ...

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Defense Nominee James Mattis Evades Questions On Whether LGBTs Should Be Allowed To Serve [VIDEO]

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Josh Israel reports at Think Progress: At his confirmation hearing on Thursday, Retired General James Mattis — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of defense — refused to say whether he believes women and LGBT people should be able to serve in the military. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) noted during questioning that Mattis had previously said allowing women and men to serve together ...

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REPORT: Caitlyn Jenner To Attend Inauguration

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US Weekly reports: Caitlyn Jenner has accepted an invitation to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, a source confirms to Us Weekly. The transgender star, who is a conservative Republican and was vocal about her dislike of Hillary Clinton on her E! show I Am Cait, has in the past said she wants to use her celebrity to benefit ...

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PERU: Court Recognizes Foreign Same-Sex Marriages

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The Associated Press reports: Peru has taken a small step toward recognizing same-sex marriage with a court’s recognition of the Mexican marriage between two men. Peruvian gay rights activist Oscar Ugarteche tried to register his marriage to his Mexican partner shortly after the two were wed in Mexico City in 2010 so that he could change his marital status on ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: Republican Majority Senate Rejects Bill To Formalize Same-Sex Marriage Recognition

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The Associated Press reports: North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate rejected a measure Tuesday that would have changed state law to reflect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry. The bill failed 15-31. It would have changed dozens of references, such as “husband and wife,” to gender-neutral terms. North Dakota law lists “one man, one woman” ...

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Sessions: I Still Oppose Abortion Rights And Same-Sex Marriage But I’ll “Follow Those Laws” [VIDEO]

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He’ll follow them until Trump stacks the Court against them. The Independent reports: Incoming attorney general Jeff Sessions admitted that he still opposed same-sex marriage and Roe v Wade, a 1973 law that guarantees a women’s right to an abortion. Mr Sessions said he would “respect and follow” both laws in their current form, but admitted he still held his ...

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Sessions Spox: Obergefell Is Settled Law [VIDEO]

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This morning Sarah Flores, the spokesperson for Jeff Sessions, appeared on CNN to declare that despite his history of loudly opposing same-sex marriage, Obergefell is “settled law at this point” and unlike his predecessor, Sessions will “enforce the laws as they’re written, not as the Justice Department wishes they were.” Flores added that Sessions will make the DOJ “an enforcement ...

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HISTORIC: Sec. John Kerry Issues Formal Apology To LGBT State Department Staffers For Past Discrimination

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Politico reports: Secretary of State John Kerry is formally apologizing to gay, lesbian and other employees of the State Department who faced past discrimination because of their sexual orientation. The apparently unprecedented apology, issued in a statement Monday, is the latest step that the Obama administration has taken to promote inclusion of the LGBT community in its ranks. It comes ...

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Kim Burrell Dropped From Gospel Honors Events

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The Associated Press reports: The performing rights organization BMI is the latest group to distance itself from gospel singer Kim Burrell after video surfaced of her referring to gays and lesbians as perverted. A statement from BMI released Friday said Burrell will no longer be honored and she was pulled from their annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music event scheduled ...

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CALIFORNIA: Legislature’s Ban On Taxpayer-Funded Travel To States With Anti-LGBT Laws Goes Into Effect

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From the Bay Area Reporter: California has banned most taxpayer-funded travel to four states that have adopted anti-LGBT laws. In addition to the three Southern states that the state attorney general’s office had identified in November for inclusion on the list – Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee – Kansas was also named to the official list posted online January 1. ...

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BREAKING: Texas GOP Introduces “Bathroom Bill”

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The Associated Press reports: Texas lawmakers will decide whether to embrace an issue that caused a national uproar in North Carolina – banning transgendered people from using the bathroom of their choice. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a top social conservative voice in the state, unveiled the proposed law Thursday at a news conference. Patrick says the “Privacy Protection Act” is ...

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Pharrell Talks About Kim Burrell To Ellen: There’s No Room For Any Kind Of Prejudice In 2017 [VIDEO]

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From the Hollywood Reporter: Pharrell Williams and Ellen DeGeneres discussed the absence of gospel singer and pastor Kim Burrell and her remarks against the LGBT community during Thursday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Burrell and Williams had planned on singing “I See Victory” from the Hidden Figures soundtrack. “She said some very not nice things to say about homosexuals so I ...

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Fort Lauderdale Becomes “World’s First” Destination To Use Transgender Models In Mainstream Advertising

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Via press release: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will launch a new global marketing and advertising campaign on January 9th featuring three transgender models, and will become the world’s first destination to use transgender models in mainstream destination advertising. Greater Fort Lauderdale’s campaign, which also features straight, gay and lesbian models, follows the destination’s long and storied ...

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HOUSTON: Radio Station Dumps Kim Burrell’s Show After Homophobic Rant, TV Show Possibly Canceled Too

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The Houston Chronicle reports: The fallout over Houston gospel star Kim Burrell’s anti-gay comments is showing no signs of letting up anytime soon. A day after Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that Burrell will not be appearing on the talk-show host’s popular daytime show this week, KTRK reported on Wednesday that Texas Southern University has pulled the plug on Burrell’s radio show. ...

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VIRGINIA: Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe Signs LGBT Rights Executive Order, Vows To Veto “Bathroom Bill”

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The Washington Blade reports: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed an executive order that bans anti-LGBT discrimination among state employees, contractors and subcontractors. “Today’s executive order is a huge leap forward in our goal toward becoming a state that is a safe, welcoming and equal place for all Virginians,” said Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish in a press ...

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ANCHORAGE: Anti-LGBT Christian Group Files Ballot Measure To Gut Hard-Won LGBT Rights Ordinance

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As longtime readers may recall, in 2014 Anchorage finally enacted an LGBT rights ordinance after many years of a very ugly battle. Anchorage’s NBC affiliate reports on the latest development: A group of concerned citizens is petitioning to have religious and other exemptions added into Anchorage’s anti-discrimination ordinance passed in 2015. Just before close of business Tuesday afternoon, the paperwork ...

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FLORIDA: Feds Drop “Weak Case” Against Gay Man Accused Of Making Terror Threat Against Gay Bars

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The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Federal prosecutors are dropping the criminal case against a man accused of issuing a Facebook threat to “exterminate” gay people in South Florida, according to a court document filed Tuesday. The decision to drop the case against Craig Jungwirth comes about six weeks after prosecutors publicly acknowledged in court that the evidence against him was ...

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Ellen DeGeneres Disinvites Homophobic Gospel Singer

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Deadline reports: Ellen DeGeneres announced via Twitter that she has uninvited gospel singer Kim Burrell from performing on her daytime talk show after video began circulating online of an anti-gay sermon Burrell delivered at a Houston TX church. Burrell had been scheduled to sing the soundtrack song “I See A Victory” with Pharrell Williams, on DeGeneres show this Thursday; Williams ...

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Pulse Victims Honored With Rose Parade Float [VIDEO]

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The Advocate reports: Survivors of the Pulse massacre took center stage at the 128th Rose Parade. Victor Baez Febo and Isaiah Henderson waved to the cheering crowd Monday at the annual New Years Day celebration in Pasadena, Calif. They rode on a float commissioned by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Impulse Group United, which honored the 49 victims and dozens ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Roy Cooper Sworn In As McCrory Blames Media And HB2 For His Loss [VIDEO]

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The Associated Press reports: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took his oath of office minutes after midnight Sunday morning, getting an early start on his duties amid bitter partisan politics in the state but saying he believed there is a way forward. Joined by a small group of family, friends and colleagues, the Democrat was sworn inside the old House ...

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