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REPORT: Hillary Clinton Ditches HRC For SNL
UPDATE: HRC Disputes Cancellation Claim

UPDATE: I’ve reached out to the Human Rights Campaign and they dispute the below-linked New York Times story. According to HRC spokesman Brandon Lorenz, Hillary Clinton “remains the morning speaker” on Saturday. Hillary Clinton was scheduled to address Human Rights Campaign staffers and supporters on Saturday in advance of their annual gala in Washington DC, but the HRC gig has ...

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Don Lemon To Trump: Are You A Homophobe? [VIDEO]

Last night CNN host Don Lemon asked Donald Trump point-blank if he is a homophobe. Trump, in standard fashion, dodged the question, saying “I’m a very nice person” before launching into litany of all the people who love him – the Tea Party, evangelicals, etc.  In recent weeks Trump has pandered to the religious right as more fundamentalists question his ...

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2011 Email Reveal: Hillary Clinton Was Angry About Changing Passports For Same-Sex Parents

According to a just-revealed 2011 email, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was furious that her department had proposed replacing “mother” and “father” with gender-neutral terms on US passports. Via the Huffington Post: “Who made the decision that State will not use the terms ‘mother and father’ and instead substitute ‘parent one and two’?” Clinton wrote in an email to staff ...

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Jim Obergefell To Kim Davis: You’re Not Above The Law

Marriage equality champion Jim Obergefell has penned an open letter to Kim Davis. Via the ACLU, here’s the full text of his letter: “As you may know, when you fall in love with someone, you hand your heart and soul over to them. Anyone who has committed to sharing their life with another human and forming a family unit knows ...

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WHO Greatly Expands PrEP Recommendations

The New York Times reports: Everyone who has H.I.V. should immediately be put on antiretroviral triple therapy and everyone at risk of becoming infected should be offered protective doses of similar drugs, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday as it issued new H.I.V. treatment and prevention guidelines. The guidelines increase by nine million the number of people who should ...

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IRAN: Eight Members Of National Female Soccer Team Accused Of Being “Not Fully Women”

Via the Times Of Israel: Iranian soccer fans were left reeling earlier this week after eight members of the women’s national team were found to be men, the Al-Arabiya website reported on Monday. Mojtabi Sharifi, described as an official connected to the Iranian soccer league, said that the footballers “have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change ...

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NEBRASKA: AG Refuses To Allow Gay Spouses To List Names On Children’s Birth Certificates

The Associated Press reports: The Nebraska attorney general’s office is objecting to a new effort by a civil liberties group to have both same-sex spouses listed as parents on their children’s birth certificates. State attorneys argued in a news release Tuesday that plaintiffs in the case are adding statements from couples who were not part of their original lawsuit and ...

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ALASKA: Anchorage Assembly Approves LGBT Rights Bill In 9-2 Vote, Haters Vow Repeal Referendum

Big news this morning out of Anchorage. The Alaska Dispatch News reports: In a 9-2 vote, the Anchorage Assembly late Tuesday night made it illegal in the city to discriminate over sexual orientation or gender identity. The new local civil rights ordinance, the first of its kind in Alaska, will take effect as soon as it is signed by Assembly ...

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Gates Foundation Gives $6M To HIV Vaccine Study

The Gates Foundation has donated nearly $6M to a promising HIV vaccine study underway at Florida Atlantic University. Via University Press: The vaccine, created by Scripps Research Institute professor Michael Farzan, has showed consistently effective results after being tested on lab animals. The grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will help fund his research for the next four ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Irish LGBT Contingent To March In St. Patrick’s Day Parade For First Time Ever

Bill Donohue is going to have Catholic kittens! Via the Irish Queers: We are happy and relieved to announce that, after 25 years of struggle, we have won! The NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade has dropped its bigoted ban: an Irish LGBTQ contingent will finally march with its own banner in the parade next March 17th. From the beginning, our ...

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GLAAD: Spirit Day 2015 Is Coming [VIDEO]

I’ve got my one purple shirt ready. Clip recap: “Bullying creates real despair and desperation. It can take a lot of years to shake it off. And some kids don’t make it that far. Layer on top of that someone trying to figure out their sexuality, and the fact that teachers and family might actually be part of the bullying, ...

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Russia Targets Apple Over “Gay Emojis”

Russian police are investigating whether Apple’s so-called “gay emojis” violate the national ban on gay propaganda. Billboard reports: The “administrative case” under controversial laws that prohibit the propagation of homosexual (termed “non-traditional”) relationships to minors, carry fines of between $12,000 and $15,000 if an offender is convicted. The case, brought by police in Russia’s Kirov region 600 miles northeast of ...

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IGLHRC Is Now OutRight Action International

The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission has changed their name. Michael Lavers reports at the Washington Blade: The organization — known by the acronym IGLHRC — will formally announce during its annual gala in Manhattan that it has changed its name to OutRight Action International. The group will also unveil its new logo, website and tagline that reads ...

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Mugabe At United Nations: We Are Not Gays [VIDEO]

Vox reports: Robert Mugabe, the 91-year-old leader of Zimbabwe, deviated slightly from his prepared remarks, during his Monday evening address to the United Nations General Assembly, to do something that he does frequently: slur against homosexuality. “We are not gays,” he shouted. And it’s worse than it sounds. Mugabe made the comment in the course of a point about “double-standards,” ...

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Putin: Russia Is Great On LGBT Rights [VIDEO]

Russian president Vladimir Putin sat down with 60 Minutes in advance of his address today before the United Nations General Assembly. According to Putin, Russia treats its LGBT citizens very well. Via CBS News: “The problem of sexual minorities in Russia had been deliberately exaggerated from the outside for political reasons, I believe, without any good basis,” he tells Charlie ...

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Stonewall Bombs At The Box Office

After withering reviews and widespread criticism of the lead character, Stonewall bombed at the box office this weekend, earning a meager $871 per screen in a small opening at 129 theaters. The Los Angeles Times reports: The low turnout for “Stonewall” does not come as a surprise to some. Backlash over the film, which dramatizes the 1969 gay-rights riots at ...

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NEW YORK CITY: President Obama Embraces Jim Obergefell At DNC’s Glittery Annual LGBT Gala

Last night the Democratic National Committee held its annual LGBT gala at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall, where President Obama warmly embraced SCOTUS champion Jim Obergefell. Over 500 donors attended the event, paying from $1200 to the Federal Election Commission maximum of $33,400 per ticket. CNN reports on Obama’s remarks to the crowd: “One of their leading candidates argued that going to ...

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Mr. Smithers To Finally Come Out

The world has known Mr. Smithers is gay for more than a quarter-century, but he’s finally going to formally come out this season. Executive producer Al Jean: “In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t. We deal with that in two episodes. We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Gay Comedian Mo Rocca Opens For Pope Francis At Madison Square Garden [VIDEO]

The Advocate reports: He rose to fame thanks to The Daily Show, came out in 2011 and now works as a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, has a recurring role on The Good Wife and his own show on the Cooking Channel. But Mo Rocca’s newest claim to fame is that he is the first out man to deliver a ...

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South Dakota To Pay $242K For Marriage Battle

Via the Associated Press: South Dakota on Friday agreed to pay $242,000 to attorneys for same-sex couples who challenged the state’s ban on gay marriages. Attorney Josh Newville said the deal was finalized Friday, bringing to a close the lawsuit filed in federal District Court in May 2014. “I’m glad we don’t have to fight over it anymore,” he said. ...

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