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Comcast Donates $1.5M In Airtime To Promote LGBT Rights Summit During Democratic Convention [VIDEO]

Via press release: Equality Forum 2016, the nation’s annual LGBT civil rights summit scheduled to take place during this year’s Democratic National Convention from July 25th – 28th, announced today the national launch of a public service announcement. Comcast Corporation, the lead sponsor of Equality Forum, is donating airtime valued at $1.5 million for the broadcast of a 30-second public ...

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SHORT FILM: Son Comes Out To Dad On Prom Night

Out Magazine recaps: In case you didn’t know, Hallmark Cards now has its own streaming service, Feeln. For a few dollars a month you can watch all those feel-good Hallmark Hall of Fame movies as well as original series. Feeln also produces original shorts, including a new addition called The Beginning, which features a young man coming out to his ...

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation Of Dominican Cardinal Who Used Anti-Gay Slurs Against US Ambassador

From the Washington Blade: The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez of the Archbishop of Santo Domingo. The Holy See said in a statement that the pontiff has named Monsignor Francisco Ozoria Acosta of the Diocese of San Pedro de Macorís as López’s successor. López has repeatedly used ...

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John Cena On Patriotism & Diversity [VIDEO]

Note the family in the background. Mashable sets up the clip: John Cena wants to body slam bigotry in America. In a new public service announcement that feels as if it could just as easily be an ad announcing a “Cena 2016” campaign, the pro wrestler gives an earnest-sounding lecture about how patriotism goes hand in hand with respect for ...

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FRANCE: Far-Right National Front Party Leader Slams “Exhibitionist And Militant” Paris LGBT Pride Parade

Louis Aliot, vice president of France’s neo-Nazi National Front, issued a tweet this weekend which denounced the Paris Pride Parade as “exhibitionist” and “militant.” Aliot is the domestic partner of National Front president and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who is the daughter of party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has been convicted multiple times of inciting racial hatred and ...

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FLORIDA: Orange County Cops & Firefighters Dance To Whitney In #KeepDancingOrlando Tribute [VIDEO]

MUST WATCH. Dancing cops, dancing horses, and even a dancing helicopter. Via ABC News: Weeks after three horrific tragedies hit the Orlando area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has found a way to keep the city’s spirits up. A video posted to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page begins with a mock press conference announcing an “important announcement by ...

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CANADA: Justin Trudeau Becomes First Sitting Prime Minister To March In LGBT Pride Parade [VIDEO]

The Toronto Pride Parade just kicked off with Justin Trudeau making Canadian history as the first sitting Prime Minister to march in such an event. From the Ottawa Citizen: Other notable politicians marching include Ontario’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, and the mayor of Toronto, John Tory. Before the parade, Trudeau attended an outdoor church service in the heart of the city’s ...

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AUSTRALIA: No Clear Winner In National Election, Planned Marriage Equality Referendum Imperiled

Euronews reports: Australia woke up on Sunday (July 3) to the headache of a hung parliament and a minority government, after a general election that was too close to call. Vote counting has been paused and was so tight that Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull’s Liberal Party-led coalition may need the support of independents and smaller parties to remain in power. ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Hate Laws Intact As Session Ends

After the NBA and LGBT activists objected to a “fix” to North Carolina’s anti-LGBT laws that many said was worse than the original, the clock ran out last night with only a minor change. The Charolotte Observer reports: The North Carolina legislature adjourned for the year late Friday after lawmakers gave final approval to the state budget, hammered out or ...

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Panti Bliss On Orlando And Homophobia [VIDEO]

JMG reader Gerard tips us to the below speech from legendary Irish activist Panti Bliss, who this week headlined ILGA-Europe’s Equality Gala in Brussels. Watch as Panti speaks stirringly about homophobia and the Orlando massacre. A key quote: “I’ve never been to Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, but that doesn’t matter because I know it like the back of my ...

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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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