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SAN FRANCISCO: Lone Star Saloon Becomes City’s First Gay Bar To Earn “Legacy Business” Status

San Francisco’s Lone Star Saloon has become the city’s first gay bar to earn “legacy business” status under a recently voter-approved program to protect culturally significant businesses from developers and their wrecking balls. The Examiner reports: When landlords sell their buildings, the “for sale” sign can feel like a death sentence for the businesses operating there, which are subject to ...

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SHE SAID YES: Girlfriend Of Brazilian Olympic Rugby Player Isadora Cerullo Proposes As Team Cheers

Roughly translated from ABC España: The gold medal-winning Australian female rugby delegation isn’t alone in celebrating. Isadora Cerullo, who plays for Brazil, tonight received a marriage proposal from her partner, who works as a volunteer for the Rio Games. The proposal was accepted and sealed with a kiss in front of journalists from around the world. The proposal took place ...

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Trans Athlete Chris Mosier Stars In Nike Ad [VIDEO]

Via press release: Chris Mosier began competing in the duathlon and triathlon in 2009 after he completed his first marathon, because he needed a greater challenge. “For me, triathlon is a true challenge because it is three different disciplines in one sport,” Mosier explains. “Triathlon is [also] a challenge for me because swimming is my weakest sport, and it’s the ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Court Hearing Begins On Lawsuit To Overturn Magistrates’ Same-Sex Marriage Opt-Out Law

The Associated Press reports: Roughly 5 percent of North Carolina’s magistrates are refusing to marry same-sex couples for religious reasons, and lawyers for the state say people suing in federal court have no standing to challenge these opt-outs as unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn scheduled a hearing for Monday in Asheville in part to consider a motion by the ...

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At Amsterdam’s EuroPride Canal Parade [VIDEOS]

Amsterdam was the host city for EuroPride this year and what a party it was. Via the Netherlands Times: The closing party for EuroPride 2016 in Amsterdam on Sunday night attracted around 500 thousand visitors, according to the Amsterdam police. By 8:00 p.m. the police had to start showing people away as the Rembrandtplein reached its capacity, the Gelderlander reports. ...

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UGANDA: Police Raid Kampala Pride Nightclub Event, Attendees Reportedly Beaten, 20-25 Arrested

Buzzfeed reports: Ugandan police interrupted the Mr. and Miss Pride Uganda pageant at Kampala’s Venom nightclub on Thursday night, detaining several well known LGBT activists for about three hours before releasing them without charge. Around 20 to 25 people were arrested, those detained told BuzzFeed News after their release. That number included Pepe Julian Onziema and Frank Mugisha of Sexual ...

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Trans Concert Pianist Sara Davis Buechner To Perform At New York Mets LGBT Pride Night [VIDEO]

Back in February, I reported that the New York Mets will host its first-ever LGBT Pride Night on August 13th. Today we learn that pre-game entertainment will be provided by dance legend Martha Wash, the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Marching Band, and renowned trans concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner. From Buechner’s Facebook page: This is certainly one of the ...

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Trump Spox in 2012: Gay Is Not Normal, Accept That

Donald Trump is the true friend of the LGBT community, not Hillary Clinton, and spoke-nutjob Katrina Pierson has parroted those words many times. Oh, but wait. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: But Pierson, the official national campaign spokesperson for the Trump campaign, did not express such warm sentiments to gays in 2012. “Gay is not normal, accept that,” she said ...

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CHARLOTTE: City Officials Declare Pride Festival To Be “Extraordinary Event” Requiring Added Security

From the Associated Press: Officials in North Carolina have declared Charlotte’s gay pride festival later this month is an extraordinary event that requires extra security. City officials say the decision allows them to ban backpacks and regular items that can be used as weapons, such as chains and box cutters at the Aug. 20-21 event. It also allows police more ...

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IRELAND: Dublin Archbishop Transfers Trainee Priests After Reports Of Grindr Usage In His Seminary

Irish Central reports: The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has announced that he will not send trainee priests from his own diocese, the largest in Ireland, to the national seminary at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. When asked about his decision to send three seminary students from Dublin to the Irish Pontifical College in Rome instead of Maynooth later this ...

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INDIANA: Lafayette City Council Unanimously Approves Transgender Rights In Preliminary Vote

The Lafayette Journal-Courier reports: Twenty-three years after Lafayette adopted anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians, city council members Monday night unanimously said they were ready to defend the transgender population with similar protections based on gender identity. Dressed largely in green, the color of the transgender movement, supporters of an amended Human Relations Ordinance overcame concerns by several pastors, who ...

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ENGLAND: Court Orders NHS To Provide Truvada

But it’s not a complete win. Reuters reports: A high court judge ruled on Tuesday that an HIV pill to prevent infection can be funded by the state health service in England, in a victory for AIDS campaigners who have been calling for its widespread use. So-called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV, using Gilead Sciences’ medicine Truvada, can cut the ...

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Seattle City Council Unanimously Bans Ex-Gay Torture

Via press release from the National Center for Lesbian Rights: Today, Seattle City Council unanimously voted to protect LGBTQ youth in the city from conversion therapy, making Seattle the 10th jurisdiction—along with California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, and Miami Beach, FL—to protect youth from this dangerous practice. Today’s 9-0 vote protects LGBTQ youth from ...

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Joe Biden Officiates Same-Sex Wedding

ABC News reports: Vice President Joe Biden officiated his first wedding ever — and it was for a same sex couple. Biden officiated over the wedding of two longtime White House staffers, Brian Mosteller and Joe Mahshie, at the Naval Observatory on Monday, his office said. Posting a photo of the ceremony on Twitter, Biden wrote, “Proud to marry Brian ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Federal Judge Won’t Allow Enforcement Of Anti-LGBT Hate Law While State Pursues Appeal

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant had asked U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves to issue a stay of his preliminary injunction order during the appeal. If granted, the state would have allowed the state to enforce the law during its appeal of the ruling against the law. In dismissing the state’s argument for why a stay ...

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UTAH: Anti-Gay Troll Sues To Marry His Laptop, State Tells Him To Get Lost Because Gay Marriage Is Legal

Remember the nutcase who sued Apple in 2013 because his computer didn’t block him from accessing the porn which ruined his marriage? And then in 2014 when he attempted to intervene in one of Florida’s same-sex marriage cases so that he could marry that porn-filled laptop? And then in April of this year when he tried the same thing in ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Arguments Begin At Trial To Halt Enforcement Of Hate Law, Judge Skeptical Of HB2

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: A federal judge expressed skepticism on Monday that North Carolina lawmakers were solving a legitimate safety problem when they passed a law in spring that bans many transgender people from restrooms in government facilities that match their gender identity. US District Court Judge Thomas D. Schroeder also seemed flummoxed at one point by how the ...

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Pulse To Reopen As Memorial… UPDATE: Or Not?

IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW. Earlier….. Entertainment Weekly reports: Orlando’s Pulse nightclub will reopen as a memorial for the 49 people killed at the venue in the June 12 mass shooting, its owners announced via Facebook Sunday night. The news was shared on the onePULSE foundation page, a nonprofit established in the aftermath of the attack to “provide financial assistance to the ...

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Cleveland Pride Is (Sort Of) Back On

Several days ago the organizers of Cleveland Pride issued an abrupt and murky cancellation statement, blaming a “changing social climate” for the move. Today we learn that an ad hoc group of Clevelanders will put together an event of their own. Via Cleveland’s ABC affiliate: The event will take place the same day the festival and parade was originally scheduled—Aug. ...

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SWEDEN: Neo-Nazis Crash Stockholm Pride [VIDEO]

Pink News reports: Far right activists admitting interrupting Pride in Stockholm, claiming that “traditional family values” are “threatened”. Nordisk Ungdom, or Nordic Youth, admitted to attempting to interrupt the Pride event on Saturday. Speaking to Göteborgs-Posten, spokesman Fredrik Hagberg confirmed that the group had attempted to counter protest during the festivities leading to a scuffle. He said: “We were there ...

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