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NORTH CAROLINA: Homocon GOP Commissioner Pens Op-Ed In Support Of Re-Electing Gov. Pat McCrory

Some of you might remember back in 2004 when Mike Rogers outed then-RNC National Field Director Dan Gurley for seeking “bareback sex with multiple partners” in a Gay.com chat room while reportedly overseeing George W. Bush’s abstinence and anti-gay marriage crusades. Gurley later appeared in Kirby Dick’s award-winning 2009 documentary on outing, Outrage. These days Gurley sits on the North ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: State GOP Files Election Board Complaint To Stop Public Forum On Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The Charlotte Observer reports: The North Carolina Republican Party has filed an elections board complaint against the Charlotte Observer and others who are planning a public forum about House Bill 2, alleging that the event will serve as an “infomercial” for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper. On Wednesday night, the Observer plans to host a forum on HB2, the controversial ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Hillary Holds Wilton Manors Rally

UPDATE: The event has begun. At 3PM today Hillary Clinton will hold a rally at The Manor, the largest of the 15 or so gay nightclubs that crowd the main strip of Wilton Manors. I’m putting this post up a little early just to give you a heads-up. From the Fort Lauderale Sun-Sentinel: The appearance shows the importance the Clinton ...

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Virginia Newspaper Endorses North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory For Sending So Many Jobs To Their State

From the editorial board of the Roanoke Times: Which candidate would do the most to help our local economy? That’s easy. It’s Pat McCrory, the Republican governor of North Carolina, who’s seeking his second four-year term in the November election. We can point to specific and multiple ways he has helped the economy — our economy. North Carolina panicked and ...

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TAIWAN: 80,000 March At Taipei’s Pride Parade As Justice Minister Calls For Same-Sex Marriage [VIDEO]

The Telegraph reports: It might have rained on their parade, but Taiwan’s wet weather did not dampen the spirits of Asia’s largest gay pride march, as over 80,000 took to the streets of the capital, Taipei, on Saturday to call for equal rights and same-sex marriage. Rainbow umbrellas went up, matching a sea of multi-coloured flags and hats, in a ...

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The HRC Revokes Endorsement Of GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Over Racist Attack On Family Of Rep. Tammy Duckworth

Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin writes: After careful consideration, HRC’s Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors has taken the unprecedented step — a first in our 36-year history — of revoking an endorsement. We are a bipartisan organization and our staff and board make endorsement decisions based on a proven record of LGBTQ equality and a candidate’s ability to drive legislative ...

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Former Rutgers Student Pleads Guilty In Retrial For Anti-Gay Bullying That Led To Suicide Of Tyler Clementi

The Associated Press reports: A former Rutgers University student whose roommate killed himself after being secretly recorded on a web camera kissing another man pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted invasion of privacy. Dharun Ravi’s plea comes after a New Jersey appeals court last month threw out a 15-count conviction against him and ordered a new trial on other counts. The ...

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TEXAS: GOP Calls On State Supreme Court To Abolish Spousal Benefits For Houston’s Gay Employees

The Austin Statesman reports: Ratcheting up pressure on the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court, Gov. Greg Abbott and other leading GOP officials Friday urged the court to revive a lawsuit that seeks to abolish employee benefits the city of Houston provides to married same-sex couples. The case has become a rallying point for the state’s social conservatives, with the stakes growing ...

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BREAKING: Supreme Court To Consider Challenge To Obama Administration’s Regulations On Trans Rights

USA Today reports: The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up the controversial issue of transgender rights, instantly transforming what had loomed as a holding-pattern term with only eight justices into one featuring another major social policy issue. The justices will consider a Virginia school district’s challenge to Obama administration regulations requiring that schools allow transgender students to use restrooms ...

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Party Leader Vows To Block Marriage Equality For Five Years Over Online Abuse

The BBC reports: Arlene Foster is “childish” and “disingenuous” for saying online abuse is partly why the DUP is unlikely to change its view on same-sex marriage, Alliance leader Naomi Long has said. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where gay marriage is not legal. Mrs Foster said the DUP would use a petition of concern to ...

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Equality House Vandalized And Strafed With Gunfire

NBC News reports: The Equality House in Topeka, Kansas, which stands directly across the street from the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, has been a symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement since it was first painted Pride flag colors in March of 2013. This week, however, the colorful symbol of equality was subjected to hate when spray-painted slurs and bullet ...

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SCOTLAND: State Tourism Agency Delists Five-Star Hotel After Trump Pal Owner Uses Anti-Gay Slur

The BBC reports: Tourism agency VisitScotland has suspended the five-star status of an Aberdeen hotel following the owner’s homophobic comments. Stewart Spence used a derogatory term about homosexuals at The Marcliffe Hotel during a Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland event last week. Mr Spence later said he wanted to “sincerely apologise”. VisitScotland said the Marcliffe had been removed it from ...

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Researchers Dispel HIV “Patient Zero” Myth

Scientific American reports: HIV probably arrived in the U.S. around 1971—a decade before AIDS was recognized as a disease and a dozen years before scientists discovered the virus that causes it—according to a new analysis of viral genomes from New York City and San Francisco. The genetic evidence upends a longstanding myth that a French-Canadian flight attendant started the U.S. ...

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BUFFALO: Trump Surrogate Carl Paladino Flips Out After School Board Approves Transgender Student Rights

The Buffalo News reports: The Buffalo Public Schools have a new gender identity policy to dictate how transgender students are treated. The polarizing policy allows a transgender student to use the restroom and locker room that corresponds to the student’s consistently expressed gender identity at school. Students can access the alternate restrooms as soon as their parent or legal guardian ...

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GIBRALTAR: Same-Sex Marriage Approved Unanimously

From the Equal Rights Group of Gibraltar: Today is a happy and long-awaited day for many in Gibraltar. And Equality Rights Group extends a big thanks to all the LGBTI community and also to the very special people who have fought unfailingly alongside us. They are friends of Justice who, despite not being directly affected, have stayed by us in ...

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My Latest Pride Life Column: On “Hidden” Trump Voters

My latest column has been posted to the website of Britain’s Pride Life magazine, in which I discuss the blessedly final days of the presidential campaign, Trump’s threat to LGBT rights, and the theory that there are “hidden” Trump voters. Hit the link, kittens. DISCLOSURE: Pride Life is owned by the US company that also produces InterPride’s annual US pride ...

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MAINE: Portland’s Only Gay Bar To Close [VIDEO]

Portland’s NBC affiliate reports: The only gay nightclub in Portland is closing. The owner calls it a bittersweet sign of the times. “We don’t have the crowd we used to,” said Joshua Moody, who has owned Styxx for 12 years. It’s in line with a nationwide trend: as more members of the gay community branch out and feel welcomed and ...

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The Bachelor Contestants Find Love (In Each Other)

Fusion reports: Everyone on The Bachelor is looking for love. The suitor, obviously, is searching for a mate among 25 women. And these contestants have left their jobs and friends for six weeks of slumber party hell to try and find someone to be with. The hope is that at the very first cocktail party, your eyes will lock and ...

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SCOTLAND: Government Moves For “Automatic Pardon” For Gay Men Convicted Under Old Sodomy Laws

The BBC reports: The Scottish government is to move to pardon men who were convicted of same-sex offences before laws against homosexuality were scrapped. The UK government has announced plans for posthumous pardons for men who were convicted under laws now abolished. There was controversy after an SNP members’ bill on the topic was “talked out” at Westminster, with Theresa ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Petulant State Officials Demand That PayPal Return Pre-HB2 Ceremonial Wooden Bowl

The Charlotte Observer reports: Over the last year, when companies announced plans to grow their footprints in North Carolina, state leaders have presented them with an unusual gift: An oak bowl carved from wood from the state capitol grounds. So when PayPal unceremoniously canceled its plans for an expansion in Charlotte over opposition to House Bill 2, state officials did ...

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