LGBT News

SERBIA: President Nominates Gay Prime Minister

The Associated Press reports: Serbia’s president on Thursday nominated the highly conservative country’s first openly gay prime minister, a move likely to infuriate both the Christian Orthodox church and ultranationalists. President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Ana Brnabic, 41, was nominated as the prime minister-designate, which could also make her the first female head of government in the country’s history. Her ...

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Orders LGBT Protections Reinstated To Employment Policy Statement

The Washington Post reports: The Commerce Department has removed language from its annual equal opportunity statement barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, prompting a protest from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. In a statement Thursday afternoon, the Commerce Department said the statement “was never intended to change the policy or exclude any protected categories.” “The Department ...

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TEXAS: Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

Reuters reports: The Texas governor signed a law on Thursday to protect the religious rights of faith-based groups in state child welfare programs, but critics said it could be used to discriminate against LGBT and non-Christian families in adoptions. Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3859 which allows faith-based groups working with the Texas child welfare system to deny ...

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Married Lesbian Capitol Police Officer Credited With “Fatal Shot” That Brought Down Virginia Shooter

The New York Daily News reports: Republican lawmakers who survived the rampage at an early morning baseball practice say it would have been a massacre if not for a pair of Capitol Hill police officers. Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, at the practice because they’re on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) security detail, returned fire when a ...

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Omits LGBT Mentions In 2017 Employment Anti-Discrimination Statement

Unlike his Obama administration predecessor, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has omitted sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in his 2017 employment anti-discrimination policy statement. Here’s what the pertinent section now says: The Department of Commerce does not tolerate behavior, harassment, discrimination or prejudice based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. We will also provide ...

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OTTAWA: Trudeau Raises Pride Flag Over Parliament, Vows To Expunge Records For Anti-Gay Convictions

The Toronto Star reports: The Liberal government will introduce legislation later this year to erase past convictions for sexual activity with a same-sex partner, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday as multi-coloured flags were raised on Parliament’s west lawn. The legislation would add to reforms already in the works to atone for the damage caused to thousands of Canadians convicted ...

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KEY WEST: Victims Refuse Courtroom Hug Offered By “You’re In Trump Country Now” Gay-Basher

The Miami Herald reports: A Florida Keys judge refused to give jail time to a North Carolina man who admitted to assaulting a couple with gay slurs, threats and knocking one off his bicycle by ramming his scooter into him. Brandon Ray Davis, 30, admitted calling Kevin Paul Taylor and Kevin Seymour “faggots,” and yelling, “You’re in Trump country now!” ...

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Lambda Legal Opens DC Office To Fight Trump

Politico reports: The LGBT legal advocacy group Lambda Legal is opening a new Washington office in an expansion aimed at ratcheting up a fight against the Trump administration for which they’re planning to raise an additional $25 million over the next four years, on top of their existing budget. The office will be run by Sharon McGowan, who was until ...

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John Oliver To Host Trevor Project Gala

Oh look, actual good news: Comedian, actor, and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver is set to emcee the 2017 TrevorLIVE New York gala on June 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. YouTube personality Randy Rainbow will serve as Voice of God. Additional guests will include Imagine Dragons, Edie Windsor, Shoshana Bean, Barrett Pall, BD Wong, Brandon Uranowitz, Brendan ...

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VIRGINIA: Trans Candidate Wins Democratic Primary, Will Face Virulently Anti-LGBT “Sideshow” Bob Marshall

The Washington Blade reports: A transgender former journalist pulled off a surprise victory in a Virginia primary on Tuesday, winning the Democratic nomination to face off against anti-LGBT Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) in the general election. Danica Roem, who was seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 13th District seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, beat out Steve ...

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Trump Pays Tribute To Pulse Massacre Victims

This afternoon on the one year anniversary of the Pulse massacre, Trump issued the above tweet memorializing the victims. One year ago today, however, after first tweeting that he was “praying” for the victims, Trump was full of self-praise an hour later, tweeting, “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness ...

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At The National Equality March [VIDEO]

With clear skies and temperatures that pushed into in the mid-90s, today tens of thousands of LGBT activists marched past the White House, where it appeared that rooftop snipers were keeping a wary eye on the boisterous and often hilarious anti-Trump action, which included rousing chants of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” See some of my photos below and check out the ...

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Protesters Disrupt DC Pride Parade [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The D.C. Capital Pride Parade was disrupted by protesters Saturday who say the event is too corporate and marginalizes minorities and the very community the tradition was created to celebrate. Protesters from No Justice No Pride linked arms to block the parade route near 15th and P streets in Northwest Washington about 5:30 p.m. With a ...

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ISRAEL: 200,000 Attend Tel Aviv Pride [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Thousands of people from around the world are partying in Tel Aviv at the Gay Pride Parade, the region’s largest. The Municipality said over 200,000 people celebrated Friday. The theme of this year’s parade is “Bisexuality Visibility.” Jorge Medina from Mexico said the parade is “amazing.” Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the world’s most ...

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FDA Approves First Generic Version Of Truvada

This will be a lifesaver for many people: The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced its approval of Teva’s abbreviated new drug application the first generic of Gilead’s Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil). The drug is indicated both as a treatment for HIV-1 in combination with other antiretroviral drugs and for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent sexually acquired HIV infection ...

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Germany Grants Visas To Chechen Gays

The Associated Press reports: Germany has begun granting gays from Chechnya special visas on humanitarian grounds following reports that gay people are being tortured and killed in the Russian republic. The Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press on Thursday the first man arrived in Germany on Tuesday and four other applications for humanitarian visas are being reviewed. Gay activists and ...

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Scottish Episcopal Church Votes To Allow Same-Sex Couples To Marry In Church, First In UK [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: The Scottish Episcopal Church has voted to allow gay couples to marry in church. It makes it the first major Christian church in the UK to allow same-sex marriages. The vote to amend canon law on marriage, removing the stipulation that it is between a man and a woman, was carried by the Synod in Edinburgh. It ...

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Charlotte Pride Bans Homocons From Parade [VIDEO]

They say they’re going to sue. Charlotte’s Fox affiliate reports: A group says Charlotte Pride is pushing them out of the Gay Pride Parade because they support President Trump. “I’m very proud of my country, proud of my president, and was once proud of my community,” said Brian Talbert, who said he’s proud to be gay and proud to be ...

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Record Crowds Forecast For DC This Weekend

The Washington Blade reports: Organizers of D.C.’s annual Capital Pride parade and festival scheduled for June 10 and 11 and more than a dozen related events such as dance parties, art exhibits and D.C. Latino Pride events that began June 3 were expected to draw as many as 200,000 people or more from the Mid-Atlantic region. And with the national ...

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Southwest Airlines Backs Transgender Equality [VIDEO]

That this clip comes today is likely not just an ordinary corporate LGBT Pride Month celebration as Southwest is headquartered in Texas, where yesterday Gov. Greg Abbott called a special legislative session, in part, to make another attempt to pass an anti-transgender bill. From the airline’s Facebook page: “Southwest Airlines University is a place where Employees come to learn and ...

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