LGBT News

White House Staff Dons Purple For #SpiritDay

GLAAD reports: With a sea of staffers dressed in purple on the steps of the Old Executive Office Building in Washington DC on Thursday, The White House voiced its strong support for LGBTQ youth and took a powerful stand against bullying. But the White House team was just one of many among elected and public officials speaking out. Take a ...

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TOMORROW: Ali Forney Center Celebrates Benefactor And Gay Icon Bea Arthur At Their New York City Gala

The Ali Forney Center, NYC’s beloved and overburdened homeless shelter for LGBT youth, holds their annual gala tomorrow night at Capitale in lower Manhattan with Sandra Bernhard hosting. This year’s honorees include NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Rosie Mendez, and actor Matthew Saks, who will deliver a tribute to one of AFC’s most famous benefactors, his mother, gay ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Email From McCrory Insider Claims Governor Tried To Stop Passage Of Anti-LGBT Law

The Charlotte Observer reports: Three days after Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, his general counsel told a former legal colleague that the governor battled the legislature over the bill that limited protections for LGBT individuals, according to emails obtained by the Observer. “Bob, here are the facts: We fought against this bill,” Bob Stephens said in a March ...

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TOMORROW: Wear Purple For Anti-Bullying #SpiritDay

Tomorrow is GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying Spirit Day in which folks wear purple to show their support for LGBT youth. Seen above are cast members from ABC’s The Real O’Neals and other major participants include Kellogg’s, who tomorrow morning will host openly gay America’s Got Talent breakout star Brian Justin Crum at their NYC cafe. Tony The Tiger will even be ...

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New HRC Ad Slams Trump On SCOTUS Picks [VIDEO]

Via press release: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a new ad highlighting presidential candidate Donald Trump’s alarming promise to appoint judges in the mold of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose tenure on the high court was defined by denying LGBTQ Americans their ...

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LOUISIANA: Court Rules That AG Can Block State Contracts Because They Include LGBT Protections

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: Attorney General Jeff Landry can reject dozens of state legal contracts because they include language preventing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people — among other reasons, according to a Baton Rouge state court ruling Monday (Oct. 17). Judge Donald Johnson, of the 19th Judicial District Court, determined Gov. John Bel Edwards does not ...

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MASSACHUSETTS: Gov. Baker And Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Celebrate Life Of Hat Sister John Michael Gray

Longtime JMG participant Boston Guy reports: On Sunday, October 16th the Arlington Street Church in Back Bay was filled to capacity as family, friends and members of the Boston LGBTQ community came together for a service in celebration of the life of John Michael Gray (one half of the Hat Sisters). Mayor Marty Walsh addressed those gathered and a surprisingly ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Critics Troll Gov. Pat McCrory On His Birthday With Full-Page Ad In Raleigh Newspaper

The Charlotte Agenda reports: Today, Gov. Pat McCrory celebrates his 60th birthday — but it’s not going to be a pleasant birthday morning. A group called the Writers for a Progressive North Carolina purchased a full page newspaper ad in today’s Raleigh News & Observer with headline “HB2 U, PAT” that showcases a rainbow layer cake and body text that ...

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Fox News Anchor Shep Smith Finally Comes Out

The Huffington Post reports: Along with the rampant sexual harassment that brought [Roger] Ailes down, there were also reports that he used homophobic slurs toward rivals. Though Shep rarely talks about his sexuality, he is regularly, for instance, included in Out Magazine’s Power 50 list. I asked if Ailes had ever made homophobic remarks when he was around. “No, never. ...

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Charlotte Observer Endorses Roy Cooper: Hateful And Self-Defeating HB2 Will Be Pat McCrory’s Legacy

From the editorial board of the Charlotte Observer: The Charlotte Observer’s editorial board has endorsed Republican Pat McCrory in every one of his bids for office since 1991. That includes twice for City Council, seven times for mayor and twice for governor. That streak comes to an end today. McCrory’s term as North Carolina governor is the ultimate illustration of ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Class Action Suit Filed Against State Over Sodomy Convictions Requiring Sex Offender Status

Courthouse News Service reports: A federal class action filed more than a decade after the Supreme Court struck down state sodomy laws challenges a Mississippi statute that requires people convicted of having anal sex to register as sex offenders. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of five Mississippi residents who say they were convicted under various sodomy prohibitions, including the ...

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Tim Kaine Denounces Bullying On National Coming Out Day: Adults Need To Promote Acceptance [VIDEO]

Via press release from the Clinton campaign: In honor of National Coming Out Day, Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine sat down with ATTN: Editor-In-Chief Matthew Segal, telling him that it is incumbent upon adults in leadership positions to promote the message of acceptance. Amid clips of LGBT kids describing the bullying and hate-speech directed at them, Senator Kaine says that ...

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AUSTRALIA: Marriage Plebiscite Considered Dead

Same Same reports: It’s official, the plebiscite is dead. It’s been confirmed that opposition Leader Bill Shorten and the Labor party have just voted to block the Turnbull government’s proposed plebiscite, which was expected to cost upwards of $200 million, finally laying to rest the unpopular and divisive opinion poll. Marriage equality advocates are celebrating the decision as a win ...

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Mike Pence Affirms That Trump Would Roll Back Obama’s Guidelines On Transgender Student Rights

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Mike Pence has indicated a Donald Trump administration would roll back guidance issued by the Obama administration that prohibits schools from discriminating against transgender students and assuring them access to the restroom consistent with their gender identity. Pence made the remarks on the day after the vice presidential debate on the “Family Talk ...

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Rentboy CEO Pleads Guilty To Promoting Prostitution

The Associated Press reports: The chief executive officer of the website Rentboy.com pleaded guilty Friday to promoting prostitution. Jeffrey Hurant faces up to 21 months in prison when he’s sentenced Feb. 2 in the federal case in Brooklyn. The successful site operated for nearly 20 years in an open and racy way, with male escorts paying for ads to attract ...

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Orlando Pride Postponed Due To Hurricane Matthew

Orlando’s first post-Pulse pride celebration was postponed this morning due to the change in course of Hurricane Matthew, which is now expected to strike the Central Florida coast sometime tonight at Category 4 strength. From Orlando Pride’s Facebook page: Due to the incoming threat of Hurricane Matthew and the risk that it imposes to Central Florida, the organizers of Come ...

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Stephen Colbert Rips Mike Pence On His Nasty Anti-LGBT Views And #ThatMexicanThing [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly recaps: It took a little while, but Tuesday’s vice presidential debate eventually created an internet meme: “That Mexican thing.” The words were uttered by Republican candidate Mike Pence after his opponent, Democratic candidate Tim Kaine, brought up GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s infamous comment about Mexican immigrants for a fourth time during the debate. The comment was quickly ...

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Rachel Maddow Laments Missed Debate Opportunity To Hit Mike Pence On His Anti-LGBT Views [VIDEO]

During MSNBC’s post-debate analysis, Rachel Maddow lamented that Tim Kaine failed to confront Mike Pence on his history of supporting virulently anti-LGBT policies, including his demand that “gay cure” funding be attached to an HIV/AIDS bill. As you surely recall, Pence opposed the repeal of DADT, opposed same-sex marriage, and signed a bill that would have permitted Indiana businesses to ...

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Man Faces Possible Death Penalty For Posting Drag Photo On Instagram

Gay Star News reports: A gay man in Abu Dhabi is facing a death penalty for posting images of himself in drag on Instagram. The 21-year-old from Lebanon is being prosecuted on charges of ‘practicing’ and ‘promoting homosexuality’. Abu Dhabi Criminal Court showed the young man wearing ‘short women’s clothes, wigs and make-up’. Prosecutors also claimed the man posted his ...

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MASSACHUSETTS: State Supreme Court Grants Parental Rights To Former Partner Of Lesbian Mom

The case is important because the couple had never married. The Associated Press reports: The Massachusetts court that paved the way for same-sex marriage in the United States ruled Tuesday that an unmarried gay woman whose former girlfriend gave birth to two children through artificial insemination has the same parental rights as their biological mother. The Supreme Judicial Court, of ...

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