LGBT News

Margaret Cho Rails Against Philadelphia Police Over Light Sentences In Gay Bashing Case

Yesterday Margaret Cho launched a somewhat misdirected Twitter tirade against the Philadelphia police over the light sentences handed down this week for two of the three gay-bashers charged last year in a brutal street attack against a gay couple. As you can see, Philly police responded by pointing out that they don’t handle prosecutions. The exchange between Cho and the ...

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: Hillary Clinton Says Passing The Equality Act Will Be Her “Highest Priority” [VIDEO]

Speaking yesterday at a town hall event at Keene State College in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton spoke about her evolution on same-sex marriage and vowed that passing the Equality Act will be her “highest priority” once elected president. She added, “Marriage isn’t the end of the debate, it’s a step along the path to true equality. You will be able ...

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Houston Texans: We’re Neutral On LGBT Rights

Yesterday news broke that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has written a $10,000 check to the viciously anti-gay coalition that has placed a repeal of Houston’s LGBT rights ordinance on the November ballot. JMG reader Andrew wrote a complaining letter to the team and this is the response he got back: “Our team Founder, Chairman and CEO, Bob McNair made ...

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MAP: Who Is Out On Facebook

In recognition of this month’s National Coming Out Day and Spirit Day, Facebook has produced an analysis of its users in the United States who have identified (in various ways) as being LGBT. They write: Examining aggregated, de-identified information about people in the U.S. on Facebook, we look at the total number of people who came out on each day. ...

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Bernie Sanders Rejects Donation From Pharma Douche Martin Shkreli, Gives Money To AIDS Charity

Boston.com reports: Pharmaceutics CEO Martin Shkreli wanted to make a donation to Bernie Sanders’ campaign in order to get a meeting with the Vermont senator, according to Stat. The Sanders campaign said no thanks. They’ll be passing on the money to a Washington health clinic, and Shkreli—the so-called “most hated” man in America whose company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, raised the price ...

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TONIGHT: JMG Reader Meet-Up In Las Vegas

Just a reminder that I’m in Las Vegas for the 2015 InterPride World Conference where gay pride organizations from around the globe are meeting to strategize and share event planning information. JMG readers are invited to attend an InterPride mixer tonight at 5PM at the Pegasus Lounge in the host hotel, the Alexis Park All Suite Resort. This morning I’ll ...

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PHILADELPHIA: No Jail Time For Two Alleged Gay Bashers, Third Rejects Plea Deal And Will Face Trial

Two of the three alleged gay-bashers accused in the brutal October 2014 attack on a Philadelphia gay couple have agreed to a plea deal in which they will receive probation and community service. The third and most infamous of the charged trio, Kathryn Knott, has refused a plea arrangement and will go on trial in two weeks. The attack electrified ...

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TEXAS: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Buys Air Time For Campaign To Repeal Houston LGBT Rights Ordinance

As you can see the battle to repeal Houston’s LGBT rights law is really heating up with early voting starting just next week. Please consider pitching in by donating to Houston Unites where the ACLU Of Texas is TODAY doubling all contributions. From Houston Unites: Lieutenant Governor Patrick is pushing an extreme, radical agenda in Houston—spending his campaign money to ...

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HOUSTON: NFL Franchise Owner Bob McNair Donates $10K To Help Repeal LGBT Rights Ordinance

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has sent a $10,000 check to the viciously anti-LGBT group behind the campaign to repeal Houston’s LGBT rights law. The Houston Chronicle reports: McNair, a frequent GOP donor, mailed the $10,000 check to opponents earlier this week, according to Campaign for Houston spokesman Jared Woodfill. He said the donation “was very exciting for us.” Critics ...

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Feds Issue Formal Call For End To Ex-Gay Torture

A division of the US Department of Health and Human Services today issued a formal call for the end of so-called conversion therapy. Reuters reports: The report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) comes less than a year after the Obama administration endorsed efforts to ban the practice, which aims to change a person’s ...

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Hillary Clinton Responds To Rand Paul

Yesterday Sen. Rand Paul declared that he has no problem with companies that fire people for being gay. Hillary Clinton responded with a tweeted GIF that captures her now-famous one-word mic-drop during the Democratic debate. BOOM.

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Sen. Rand Paul: If LGBT People Don’t Want To Get Fired They Should Just Stay In The Closet

Speaking yesterday at a campaign event in Iowa, Sen. Rand Paul declared that he’s OK with people being fired for being gay. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: The U.S. senator from Kentucky, who’s been at the bottom of the polls in the Republican primary, made the remarks in response to a question at a campaign stop at Drake ...

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NEW JERSEY: Archbishop John Myers Bans Catholics Who Support Gay Marriage From Receiving Communion

Archbishop of Newark John Myers has so far been most infamous for building himself a 6400-square foot multi-million dollar mansion as his impoverished parish closes schools and churches. Today he’s in the news for more douchebaggery. Religion News Service reports: Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around the world debate ways to make the Catholic Church more inclusive, ...

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CHINA: Undercover Activists Film Electroshock Treatment At Ex-Gay Torture Centers [VIDEO]

Quartz reports: Homosexuality has not been classified as a mental illness in China since 2001, yet some clinics still offer to “cure” gay people of what they describe as a “condition.” In response, some Chinese activists have been going undercover to expose the clinics’ use of controversial practices. A recent report by the UK’s Channel 4 offers a glimpse of ...

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Becomes Third SCOTUS Member To Officiate Gay Wedding

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: U.S. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor officiated on Saturday the wedding of a lesbian couple with a history of LGBT advocacy, the Washington Blade has learned. Sotomayor performed the wedding of Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino, who are founders of D&P Creative Strategies. The organization seeks to increase the role of corporate, legislative and ...

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ITALY: Civil Unions Bill Introduced

Italy’s long-awaited civil unions bill was at last introduced today in the upper chamber of the national legislature. Reuters reports: Italy is the only major country in the West that has not yet offered homosexual couples any legal rights as successive governments ran into determined opposition from parties close to the Roman Catholic Church. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had promised ...

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NEVADA: State Agrees To Pay Lambda Legal $615K After Losing Same-Sex Marriage Battle

Via the Associated Press: A Nevada board has approved a $615,000 payment to lawyers who successfully challenged the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The Nevada Board of Examiners voted Tuesday to pay attorney fees and costs to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which said it spent about 2,000 hours working on the case. The group originally sought more ...

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FRIDAY: JMG Reader Meet-Up In Las Vegas

This weekend I’ll be in Las Vegas for the 2015 InterPride World Conference where gay pride organizations from around the globe will meet to strategize and share event planning information. (There’s a LOT that goes into putting on a parade that can draw more than a million people.) I’ll be representing Pride Life Magazine, which has been the official publication ...

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TEXAS: Court Recognizes Common Law Gay Marriage

Over the objections of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, last week a Travis County judge ruled that a lesbian and her late partner were in a common law marriage prior to the Obergfell ruling. The Austin American-Statesman reports: Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman signed a judgment acknowledging that Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath met the legal requirements to be ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Man Charged In Murder Of Trans Woman, Other Suspects Remain At Large

Over the weekend hundreds of activists rallied in Philadelphia to mark the murder of a local trans woman. Today there’s a break in the case. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: A man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a transgender woman in Philadelphia’s Logan section. Pedro Redding, 24, has been taken into custody in the Oct. 6 killing of ...

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