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REPORT: White House Counsel’s Office Delivers Their “Guidance” On Banning Transgender Troops To Pentagon

Karen Ocamb reports at the Washington Blade: President Donald Trump may be on a 17-day vacation but his White House has been scrambling to hand him a “win” by the time he returns. Trump’s tweets last week announcing a ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the U.S. military was turned into a “guidance” policy for implementation that passed muster ...

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Caitlyn Jenner Apologizes For “Accidental” MAGA Hat: What Trump’s Done To Us Is “Absolutely Fucking Awful”

TMZ reports: Caitlyn Jenner did not wear a “Make America Great Again” hat Thursday as a show of support for Donald Trump … it was a mistake tied to golf, a convertible, Starbucks and a purse. Caitlyn tells TMZ she drove from her Malibu home to Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA, in a 1960 Austin-Healey convertible. Before leaving ...

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ISRAEL: Jerusalem Pride Draws Huge Crowd Under Heavy Police Protection After 2015 Murder [VIDEO]

The Times Of Israel reports: Thousands of people marched through central Jerusalem under heavy security on Thursday in the city’s 16th annual pride parade. The annual march was the scene of a deadly attack two years ago, and often draws protests from the far-right and ultra-Orthodox community. Police said that 12 people had been detained for questioning. They were suspected ...

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POLL: 89% Support LGB Employment Protections, Majority Of Military Households Back Trans Soldiers

Via Qunnipiac Polling: American voters say 68 – 27 percent, including 55 – 39 percent among voters in military households, that transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Republicans opposed transgender service 60 – 32 percent, but every other party, gender, education, age or racial group supports transgender ...

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Log Cabin Republicans: Outing Is Always Wrong

On Tuesday, defense attorneys for former GOP House Rep. Aaron Schock accused the federal government of prosecutorial misconduct on several grounds, including interviewing witnesses as to whether they know if Schock is gay or not. Schock has been charged with 24 criminal counts, including misuse of government funds, and investigators are trying to determine, among other things, if his traveling ...

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HAITI: Senate Passes Bill Banning Same-Sex Marriage And Criminalizing “Public Support” For Homosexuality

Agence France-Presse reports: A vote by the Haitian Senate to ban gay marriage as well as “public demonstration of support” for homosexuality reflects the will of the people, the chamber’s president has said. The Senate approved a bill late Tuesday that said “the parties, co-parties and accomplices” of a homosexual marriage can be punished by three years in prison and ...

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Ex-Rentboy CEO Sentenced To Six Months In Prison

NBC News reports: The former CEO of a once-popular male escort service website who pleaded guilty last year to promoting prostitution was sentenced to six months in prison Wednesday by a judge who said she wanted to send a deterrent message even though she knows the business helped people. Jeffrey Hurant, who ran the Rentboy.com site, which billed itself as ...

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Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft: I Won’t Turn My Back Or Break My Faith In Trans Service Members

Military.com reports: As military services await guidance following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week via Twitter of a ban on transgender service members, the commandant of the Coast Guard is speaking out, saying he has no intention of leaving transgender Coast Guardsmen out in the cold. Speaking on the topic for the first time at the Center for Strategic and ...

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56 Retired Generals And Admirals Warn Trump That His Transgender Ban Would Degrade Military Readiness

Via press release: Fifty-six retired General and Flag Officers provided the following statement to the Palm Center today: “The Commander in Chief has tweeted a total ban of honorably serving transgender troops. This proposed ban, if implemented, would cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent, and compromise the integrity of transgender troops who would be forced to live ...

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Cruise Giant Launches Gay Weddings At Sea

Cruise Critic reports: Following a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriages in Bermuda, three Carnival Corp. cruise lines — Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and Cunard Line — have revealed they are now taking bookings for same-sex marriages at sea. The ruling permits any Bermuda-registered cruise ship offering weddings at sea packages the opportunity to offer same-sex ceremonies. All P&O ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: In A Heartbeat

The HuffPost reports: Ah, young love! Is there anything more exciting ― or potentially torturous? That’s the question a new animated short film asks while beautifully depicting the angst and trepidation that can blossom right alongside a budding infatuation ― especially for LGBTQ people. “In A Heartbeat,” by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, tells the story of Sherwin, an awkward, ...

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AUSTRALIA: New Hope For Marriage Equality Bill

Australia’s News Corp outlet reports: Malcolm Turnbull today cleared the way for a Liberal bill legalising same-sex marriage by endorsing the right of back benchers to offer their own legislation. The Prime Minister moved from a strict insistence that Coalition policy was to hold a plebiscite on the Marriage Act change before any legislation entered Parliament. An increasing number of ...

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Nineteen Attorneys General Petition Congress To Pass Bill Protecting Transgender Troops From Trump’s Edict

The Associated Press reports: The top legal officers in 18 states and the District of Columbia have asked Congress to pass legislation prohibiting discrimination against transgender service members. Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin sent the letter dated Thursday in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement, via Twitter a day earlier, that he would ban transgender people in the military. The ...

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Gay Dads Star In Luv Diapers Commercial [VIDEO]

In a welcome break from relentless Trump outrages, JMG reader Mark tips us to a cute ad from Luvs Diapers in which helicoptering gay dads fuss over their kid’s first haircut. The clip below appeared on YouTube a few weeks ago and as I haven’t found any news accounts of the campaign, that must mean it hasn’t yet been discovered ...

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POLL: Majority Support Transgender Military Service

Reuters reports: A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The July 26-28 poll suggested that the country largely disagrees with President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that he will ban transgender personnel from the armed forces. When asked to weigh in ...

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Former Defense Secretary: Trump’s Tweeted Change In Transgender Troops Policy Might Have Made Me Resign

Politico reports: Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen said Friday that a Twitter announcement of the type President Donald Trump made this week banning transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military would have been enough for him to consider resigning. “I would have called the president, asked for a meeting with the president, and [said] ‘Mr. President, before you ...

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REPORT: Mattis “Appalled” By Trump’s Anti-Trans Edict

The Hill reports: Defense Secretary James Mattis was caught off-guard by President Trump’s announcement that he was banning transgender people from serving in the military, according to a New York Times report. Mattis, who was on vacation at the time of Trump’s decision, only had one day’s worth of notice before Trump tweeted his announcement of the policy, the paper ...

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One Day After Two Nasty Anti-LGBT Actions, Trump Presents Medal Of Valor To Married Lesbian [VIDEO]

Trump believes that transgender Americans are too much of a “burden” to serve in the military and that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn’t apply to LGBT citizens. Yet he is “honored” to bestow the Presidential Medal Of Valor on Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, the heroic married lesbian who saved the lives of Republican members of Congress. ...

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MIAMI: Homocon Drag Queen Hopes Trump Will At Least Give Transgender Troops Honorable Discharges

The homocon drag queen who appeared on CNN earlier this month to defend Trump doesn’t know how to feel about his anti-trans edict. Steve Rothaus reports at the Miami Herald: Moments after Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that transgender men and women could no longer serve in the military, LGBTQ activists took to social media and denounced the president of ...

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BREAKING: Pentagon Tells Military Leaders That No Official Change Has Been Made On Transgender Service

Reuters reports: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said in a written message on Thursday to military leaders that there has been no change yet to the military’s policy on transgender personnel, despite plans for a ban announced by President Donald Trump. “There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s ...

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