LGBT News

Nancy Pelosi To Guest Judge On RuPaul’s Drag Race

The Washington Post reports: She might be more familiar with democracy, but top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is soon going to show her expertise on a certain kind of monarchy: The California congresswoman is slated to appear as a guest judge on RuPaul’s drag-queen competition show “Drag Race All Stars.” Yep, the former House speaker will be sizing up the ...

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Vistaprint: Satan Pamphlets Were Sent By Mistake

Mass Live reports: Pamphlets on sin and Satan were incorrectly sent to a gay couple who had ordered wedding programs, and the flyers were meant for someone else, Vistaprint says. The company, the target of a federal lawsuit filed in Massachusetts, updated a statement issued late Wednesday in which the company said it was investigating the matter. “What we have ...

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Indonesia Asks Google To Block LGBT Apps

Coconuts Jakarta reports: Indonesia’s IT Ministry says it has filed a request to Google to block around 70 LGBT social networking apps from being available to download in the country through the Google Play Store. IT Minister Rudiantara confirmed today that the ministry is unable to block the apps themselves as they are all available under Google’s platform. One of ...

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Trump Sends Letter Hailing Log Cabin Homocons As His Administration Works To Erode LGBT Civil Rights

Daniel Reynolds reports at The Advocate: The signed note, dated December 21, 2017, and printed on White House stationery, also addressed gay and racial equality. “We are a Nation founded on the undeniable truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. We are equal under the law. And we are all ...

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Gay Olympian Doesn’t Want To Meet Mike Pence

USA Today reports: Adam Rippon, the 2016 U.S. men’s figure skating champion who is believed to be the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympian, criticized the White House’s selection of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation to South Korea in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports Tuesday night. “You mean Mike Pence, the same ...

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Trump Administration Seeks To Shield Health Workers Who Refuse To Treat LGBT Patients Because Jesus

Politico reports: The Trump administration is poised to overhaul the HHS civil rights office as part of a broader plan to protect health workers who don’t want to perform abortions, treat transgender patients seeking to transition or provide other services for which they have religious or moral objections. Under a proposed rule — which has been closely guarded at HHS ...

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Gay Couple Sues After Printing Company Sends Pamphlets About Satan Instead Of Wedding Program

The New York Daily News reports: A gay couple is suing a printing company for sending them pamphlets about weakness of the flesh and “temptation” instead of the colorful customized wedding programs they ordered. On the eve of their wedding day, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg, an Australian couple who were married last year in Pennsylvania, opened a package from ...

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Alabama Senate Passes Bill To End Marriage Licenses

The Birmingham News reports: A bill to eliminate marriage licenses in Alabama and set up a process under which probate judges accept affidavits from couples as official records of marriage has passed the Alabama Senate. The cost would be the same that it now costs to buy a marriage license. The requirement of a ceremony to solemnize the marriage would ...

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HIV/AIDS Pioneer Dr. Mathilde Krim Dies At 91

Activist Peter Staley writes on Facebook: My greatest AIDS hero died a few hours ago. Dr. Mathilde Krim, founder of amfAR, warrior against homophobia and AIDS-related stigma, dedicated defender of science and public health, and mother-figure and mentor to countless activists, will leave a deep hole in the continued fight against AIDS — a fight she dedicated her life to. ...

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90 Year-Old Lesbian Sues Air Force Over 1955 Ouster

The Air Force Times reports: Airman Second Class Helen Grace James wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father and her great-grandfather and serve in her country’s military. But her service was cut short after she was investigated, interrogated and then given an “undesirable” discharge from the Air Force because she was a lesbian, the Washington Post reported. Now, ...

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Nation’s First Openly Trans State Lawmaker Takes Office

Michael Lavers reports at the Washington Blade: Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas) was sworn in on Wednesday. Roem last November defeated former state Del. Bob Marshall, an anti-LGBT Republican who had represented the 13th District since 1992. Roem, a former journalist, is the first openly transgender person ever seated in a state legislature in the U.S. Roem is among ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Cops Solve 1994 Rape Of Lesbian Who Had Been Smeared As A Liar By Press And NYPD

The Daily Beast reports: On an afternoon in late April 1994, a young woman was raped in broad daylight in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Two days later, the biggest columnist in New York City’s biggest newspaper called her a liar. The woman—black, a lesbian, and an activist—became the target of a vicious smear campaign by a Daily News columnist and sources ...

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Costa Rica To Comply With International Court Ruling For Same-Sex Marriage, Many Other Nations Pending

The BBC reports: The Inter-American Court Of Human Rights has ruled that same-sex marriages should be recognised. The court’s rulings apply to countries which have signed the American Convention on Human Rights. Some of the signatories already recognise same-sex marriages while others recognise same-sex civil unions. But others, such as Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay and Peru do not ...

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FLORIDA: Broward County Bans Ex-Gay Torture

Minutes ago the Broward County Commission voted unanimously to ban ex-gay torture, becoming the 16th and largest Florida municipality thus far to take such a stand. Other Florida municipalities with bans on the books include Palm Beach County, Boca Raton, Miami, Tampa, Wilton Manors, Key West, and Oakland Park. Bucking the statewide trend, however, is Miami-Dade County, which rejected a ...

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rejects Lambda Legal’s Appeal Of Mississippi Law Legalizing Anti-LGBT Discrimination By Businesses And Government Workers

Bloomberg reports: The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a Mississippi law that lets businesses and government workers refuse on religious grounds to provide services to gay and transgender people. The justices turned away two appeals by state residents and organizations that contended the measure violates the Constitution. A federal appeals court said the opponents hadn’t suffered any injury that would ...

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Figure Skater Adam Rippon Becomes First Openly Gay Man To Qualify For US Winter Olympics [VIDEO]

NPR reports: As of Sunday morning, 28-year-old figure skater Adam Rippon will be the first openly gay man to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics. Despite a disappointing fourth-place performance at the U.S. figure skating championships Saturday night, Rippon was selected to join Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou in Pyeongchang next month. “I’m really grateful that the ...

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INDIA: Supreme Court To Review Gay Sex Ban

The Times Of India reports: Thanks to the right to privacy being deemed a fundamental right, the Supreme Court (SC) today agreed to reconsider its 2013 decision which criminalised gay sexual relations and said it will review Section 377 of Indian Penal Code that makes such relations a crime. The SC today also issued a notice to the Centre seeking ...

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Corey Johnson Elected NYC Council Speaker [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Corey Johnson was elected City Council speaker in an overwhelming vote Wednesday, capping months of maneuvering that will make him the city’s second-most-powerful elected official. Johnson — a Manhattan Democrat who is gay and HIV positive — was chosen in a 48-1 vote. Councilwoman Inez Barron, who mounted her own last-minute bid for speaker ...

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Christian Group Goes Viral With Ex-Gay Video

A Christian “media ministry” called Anchored North went wildly viral over the holiday weekend with an ex-gay video that has racked up 1.3 million views at this writing. Hemant Mehta reports at the Friendly Atheist: Last year, Emily Thomes opened up about how she had come to Jesus after a life of “homosexual practice and drug use.” Her past involved ...

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Trump Administration (For Now) Drops Attempt To Block Transgender Troops, Enlistments To Begin January 1st

Newsweek reports: The Trump administration has abandoned its bid to prevent openly transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced late Friday night. In July, the Trump administration attempted to delay an Obama-era Department of Defense ruling allowing openly transgender Americans to enlist in the military from January 1. President Donald Trump tweeted last summer that the ...

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