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NORTH CAROLINA: Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper Lays Out HB2 Repeal Plan In Op-Ed For Charlotte Observer

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper writes for the Charlotte Observer: North Carolinians are tired of hearing about this. As I travel across the state, people from Murphy to Manteo tell me that they want their elected officials to come together to solve this problem before HB2 does even more damage. We came close to repealing it in December. The Republican ...

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Ten Nations Select Eurovision 2017 Entries [VIDEO]

The International Olympic Super Bowl Of Homosexuality And Camp, more commonly known as the Eurovision Song Contest, arrives in May and ten nations so far have selected their entries. Watch below. You’ll note that a “Celebrate Diversity” logo appears between every snippet. This year’s contest will be held in Kiev as Ukraine won last year with their grim song about ...

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UTAH: GOP Senator Intros Repeal Of “No Promo Homo” Law Banning Schools From Mentioning LGBT Issues

Ben Winslow reports at the Salt Lake Tribune: A bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature may help get the state out of a lawsuit over a law that forbids discussion of anything construed as “promotion” of homosexuality. Senate Bill 196, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, R-Layton, “repeals language prohibiting the advocacy of homosexuality in health instruction.” “It ...

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FLORIDA: Jacksonville City Council Approves LGBT Rights Ordinance After Years Of Ugly Battles

I first began reporting on this ugly battle five years ago and last night the good guys finally won. The Florida Times-Union reports: In a historic moment for gay rights advocates, city leaders on Tuesday outlawed discrimination against the LGBT community. Less than an hour after the City Council passed legislation that banned discrimination against gay and transgender people, Mayor ...

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MALAYSIA: Government Backs Ex-Gay Torture [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: Malaysia’s Government has endorsed gay conversion therapy after federal authorities claimed sexual orientation can be changed with extensive training. A video produced by the country’s family, social and development department explains how Muslims can change their approach to the LGBT community so that it does not promote hate against a minority, but the video has sparked anger ...

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Out Magazine Writer: The Vicious Backlash To My Milo Interview Made Me Realize I’m A Homocon Too

Out Magazine writer Chadwick Moore claims that the vicious response to his interview with repulsive homocon Milo Yiannopolous has forced him to decloak as a homocon himself. From his column in the New York Post: I’ve already told my family, and it’s brought me closer to my father. He’s a Republican and a farmer in Iowa, and for years we ...

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Justice Department Retreats On Transgender Rights

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: The Justice Department took a step back Friday from its prior position of advancing transgender people’s rights under existing civil rights laws. On just the second day of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tenure at the helm of the Justice Department, the federal government filed a notice in the lawsuit Texas and other states had brought ...

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NFL Warns Texas Lawmakers: Drop That Bathroom Bill If You Ever Want To Host Another Super Bowl

The Associated Press reports: The NFL sharpened its warning to Texas on Friday about a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people, suggesting for the first time that the football-crazed state could miss out on hosting another Super Bowl if the proposal is enacted. “If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would ...

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CHINA: Gay Dating App Draws 27 Million Users, Major Investment From Beijing State-Run Newspaper

The Financial Times reports: China’s vibrant gay dating scene is attracting millions of dollars in investment, including from at least one state-controlled media group, even as embarrassed official censors curb the portrayal of openly homosexual characters on television and in other media. With Chinese men signing up en masse for gay dating apps, the biggest such service — Blued (pronounced ...

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Merriam-Webster Adds “Shade” To Dictionary

The A.V. Club reports: America still has much to learn from drag queens—gender being a social construct, for example, or the perils of hog body—but there’s one aspect of drag culture that has long since moved into the mainstream, and that’s the slang. Chief among these linguistic gifts is a new, many-layered meaning for the word “shade,” a concept that ...

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OHIO: Toledo City Council Unanimously Bans Ex-Gay Torture And Makes Gender Identity A Protected Class

The Toledo Blade reports: The Toledo City Council unanimously approved a ban on conversion therapy today while also making gender identity a protected class in the city. The proposal was lauded earlier in the day during a public hearing by supporters but also criticized by clergymen who asked if they would be prohibited from counseling people who are gay. Conversion ...

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Lady Gaga To Guest Judge RuPaul’s Drag Race

Entertainment Weekly reports: RuPaul’s Drag Race is going harder than Coco Montrese’s contour: Lady Gaga announced via Twitter Tuesday that she will appear on the reality competition’s upcoming season 9 premiere. “The time has come! I’m joining the girls on the season premiere of @RuPaulsDragRace!” Gaga tweeted, while also hash-tagging the lyrics #DontBeADrag #JustBeAQueen from her 2011 hit “Born This ...

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BERLIN: Fire At Gay Sauna Kills Three

Germany’s The Local reports: A fire broke out at a sauna club in west Berlin on Sunday evening, tragically costing the lives of three men who were inside at the time. A fourth man was brought to hospital with suspected smoke intoxication, a spokesperson for the fire service said. But the spokesperson ruled out the possibility of further victims. The ...

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Thousands Attend Stonewall Solidarity Rally [VIDEO]

NY1 reports: Carrying signs with messages such as “LGBT stands by our Muslim brothers and sisters,” thousands flooded Greenwich Village for a solidarity rally to show support for immigrants, refugees, and others impacted by Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven mostly-Muslim countries. “Were going to stand up and say all of the things that Trump has put forward,” one protester ...

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Ark Encounter Now Permanently Lit With Rainbow Colors To “Take The Rainbow Back” From Homosexuals

Back in December, I posted this quote from creationist nutjob Ken Ham: In recent times the rainbow (albeit with some different colors) has come to represent freedom, love, pride, a new era, and, specifically, the LGBTQ movement. But the rainbow itself wasn’t designed to be a symbol of freedom, love, pride, or the LGBTQ movement. God created this beautiful, colorful ...

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REPORT: Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Worked To Convince Trump Not To Revoke Obama’s LGBT Order

Politico reports: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump helped lead the charge to scuttle a draft executive order that would have overturned Obama-era enforcements of LGBT rights in the workplace, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told POLITICO. A draft executive order on LGBT rights that outlines how to roll back former President Barack Obama’s protections and expand legal exemptions ...

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Spicer On Anti-LGBT Order: “Ideas Are Being Floated” But The Pendulum Is Swinging To “Religious Liberty”

Keen News Service reports: Asked whether the draft in circulation is one being considered by President Trump, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a White House briefing Thursday, “Right now, there are no executive orders we are able to read out.” He added, however, that there are a “lot of ideas being floated out,” and “input and ideas” being provided ...

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 60 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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BREAKING: Leaked Draft Executive Order Reveals “Sweeping Plan” To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Nation reports: A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination. The four-page draft order, a copy of which is currently circulating among federal staff and advocacy organizations, construes religious organizations so broadly ...

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BRITAIN: Royal Assent Granted On Posthumous Pardon For Thousands Convicted Under Anti-Sodomy Laws

The Guardian reports: Thousands of men convicted of offences that once criminalised homosexuality but are no longer on the statute book have been posthumously pardoned under a new law. A clause in the policing and crime bill, which received royal assent on Tuesday, extends to those who are dead the existing process of purging past criminal records. The general pardon ...

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