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Today In Headlines You Never Thought You’d See: Navy Celebrates LGBT Pride On The USS Ronald Reagan

The US Navy Office of Community Outreach sent us two emails today noting the recent celebration of LGBT Pride Month aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which upon its launch in 2001 was the first-ever ship named for a then-still living former US president. The photo above is captioned: PHILIPPINE SEA (June 25, 2016) Yeoman 2nd Class (SW/AW) ...

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Christian Mingle Ordered To Allow Gay Matches

From the Wall Street Journal: The owner of online dating site ChristianMingle.com has agreed to let gay and lesbian users search for same-sex matches under a judge-approved settlement of discrimination claims. Two gay men filed class-actions claims against Spark Networks Inc. in California courts in 2013 alleging that ChristianMingle.com and several other sites in the company’s portfolio of niche dating ...

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Pope Benedict: I Broke Up The Vatican’s Gay Lobby

Reuters reports: Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a “gay lobby” in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The book, called “The Last Conversations”, is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own pontificate after it is over. ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: State Senate Moves $500K From Disaster Relief Fund To Defend Anti-LGBT Hate Bill

The Associated Press reports: North Carolina lawmakers took steps Thursday to set aside a half-million dollars for the legal defense of a law limiting protections for LGBT people as a judge sought to streamline a cluster of lawsuits it has inspired. Republican lawmakers were mapping out the end of the session, including possible changes to the law known as House ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Federal Court Strikes Down Entire Bill Which Legalized Anti-LGBT Discrimination

All hail Roberta Kaplan! From the Washington Post: U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves late Thursday night issued an injunction blocking a bill by the Mississippi legislature that would have allowed private citizens and some public officials professing a “sincere religious belief” to deny services to gays and lesbians. Just minutes before House Bill 1523 was to take effect at ...

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NBA Slams North Carolina’s Attempt To Fix Hate Law

Earlier this week LGBT activists denounced the attempt by North Carolina Republicans to “refine” the anti-transgender section of HB2. This afternoon the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets joined in. Their message: “We have been engaged in dialogue with numerous groups at the city and state levels, but we do not endorse the version of the bill that we understand is ...

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FRANCE: LGBT Activists Object After Paris Police Cut Pride Parade Route In Half Due To Terrorism Concerns

The Local reports: The Orlando massacre on a gay club this month is among the reasons that police are cutting short the annual Paris gay pride parade on Saturday, much to the anger of the LGBT community. The Paris gay pride parade (or la marche des fiertés as it’s known in French) will still take place on Saturday – but ...

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CANADA: Toronto Pride Reads Their Hate Mail [VIDEO]

From the Toronto Star: Homophobia and hate is still rampant in our society — just ask Pride Toronto. Every day, the organization receives hate mail — usually from anonymous people who don’t believe in Pride’s mission to make the city safer and more accepting for LGBTQI people. “If you were my child and you turned out gay I’d burn you ...

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UNITED NATIONS: Human Rights Council Votes 23-18 To Approve LGBT Rights Watchdog Position

Buzzfeed reports: The United Nations Human Rights Council voted Thursday to create the institution’s first LGBT rights watchdog. The resolution passed in a vote of 23 to 18, with 6 abstentions. The person appointed to this role will be known as an “independent expert” and the position is charged with monitoring “violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender ...

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BREAKING: Defense Secretary Ash Carter Announces US Military’s End To Transgender Service Ban

Via press release from OutServe-SLDN: Today Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the recommendations from the working group formed last summer on the lifting of the ban on open transgender service. This announcement includes recommendations, plans and timeline to when transgender service members will fully be able to serve openly and authentically. OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn issued the following ...

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SAN DIEGO: Secretary Of The Army Eric Fanning To Serve As Pride Parade Honorary Grand Marshal

Another first! Via press release: On the heels of his historic confirmation by the U.S. Senate as the 22nd Secretary of the U.S. Army, Eric Fanning will take the stage as keynote speaker at Friday’s rally and serve as one of San Diego Pride’s Hon. Grand Marshals for the parade on Saturday. San Diego Pride made history in 2011 with ...

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House To Hear Bill To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination On One Month Anniversary Of Pulse Massacre

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: A U.S. House committee has scheduled a hearing on July 12 for federal “religious freedom” legislation seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination, the Washington Blade has learned. The House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform is set to hold a hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act amid pressure from anti-LGBT advocates, including the ...

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IVORY COAST: Gay Men Attacked By Mob After Signing Pulse Massacre Condolences Book At US Embassy

From the Associated Press: Gay men in Ivory Coast say they’ve been assaulted and forced to flee their homes after the U.S. Embassy published a photo of them signing a condolence book for victims of this month’s killings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The photo, published on the embassy’s website, shows the faces of six men with the ...

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49 Celebrities Pay Tribute To The 49 Pulse Victims In Touching Clip Produced By Ryan Murphy [VIDEO]

You likely won’t see a line-up like this outside of the Oscars. Via press release: “The 49 heroes who lost their lives on June 12 were brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives. They were mostly young and mostly Latinx. But above all, they were human beings who were loved, and who ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Court Hears Harlem Hate Church’s Bankruptcy Case, Proceedings Likely To Drag On

Just in from Ali Forney Center founder Carl Siciliano: The ATLAH hearing happened this morning. ATLAH’s attorneys argued they should have the opportunity to make their case that ATLAH should be exempt from their water bills. The Dept of Environmental Protection, and the lien holder argued ATLAH should not have that opportunity in light of past judgements and rulings. Now ...

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UTAH: Trans Woman Wins US Senate Primary

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Utah voters picked a historic, and largely unknown, Democratic candidate to challenge Sen. Mike Lee this November. Misty K. Snow is the first transgender nominee from a major party to run for a U.S. Senate seat and she shares the distinction of being the first transgender person to run for Congress. Misty Plowright, a transgender woman, ...

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#HeterosexualPrideDay Tops Twitter Trends

Gay Times UK reports: No, this is not a joke. Pride month is the time we, and our LGBT allies, come together to celebrate diversity, community and unity in the face of oppression and hatred. In the wake of events like Orlando, ‘religious freedom’ laws being passed in the US and countries around the world still punishing homosexuality with the ...

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Homophobia Experiment On London’s Tube [VIDEO]

Pink News sets up the clip: Tube passengers stepped up to challenge a homophobe laying into a gay couple – as part of a social experiment. Internet prankster Julius Dein decided to stage the experiment on the London Underground, with two friends playing a gay couple. Meanwhile, Dein was pretending to be a homophobe who attacked the pair for cuddling ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: State House GOP Seeks To “Refine” Anti-Trans Hate Bill, Activists Leap To Denounce

From the Charlotte Observer: New legislation drafted by leadership in the N.C. House of Representatives seeks to walk back portions of a controversial bill passed during a special session this spring restricting the rights of transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their gender identity. Among the draft bill’s biggest changes is the creation of an official document that would ...

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Lesbian Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan To GOP: You Loaded Those Bullets With Hatred [AUDIO]

Michaelangelo Signorile has interviewed openly lesbian Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan for the Huffington Post. Sheehan is justifiably furious about GOP politicians who refuse to support gun control legislation in the wake of the Pulse massacre. “Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida, walked on our blood-stained streets with people from the Hispanic community,” Sheehan observed of Rubio, who has been ...

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