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LOS ANGELES: City Council Votes Unanimously To Boycott North Carolina And Mississippi

Add Los Angeles to the lengthy boycott list: The North Carolina law “overturns all state protections for gay and lesbians and puts new discrimination on the books,” according to Councilman Mike Bonin, who proposed the resolution that was approved on a 12-0 vote. Bonin said the Mississippi law allows rental car businesses to turn away gay couples, and allows for ...

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MICHIGAN: Bruce Springsteen Warns Detroit Audience That Anti-LGBT Laws May Be Heading Their Way Too

On Thursday night Bruce Springsteen played Detroit, where he warned his audience that anti-LGBT laws are also in the works in Michigan: Just days after he scrapped a show in North Carolina as a protest against a new anti-LGBT state law, which restricts the public bathrooms transgenders can use, The Boss showed he was still upset about the controversy onstage ...

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Slams “Smear Campaign Of Politically Correct Elite” In WaPo Letter

From the Washington Post‘s letters to the editor: Regarding Kathleen Parker’s April 12 op-ed column, “Bigotry raises its hideous head in North Carolina”: Let me set the record straight: North Carolina proudly welcomes all people to live, work and visit our great state. We have long-held traditions of ensuring equality for all of our citizens and our visitors while respecting ...

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Cirque Du Soleil Goes Springsteen On North Carolina

From their statement: Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form. The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all. We therefore choose to cancel our scheduled performances of OVO in Greensboro (April 20-24) and our scheduled performances in ...

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NBA: We’re Not Moving The All-Star Game

NBC Charlotte reports: The NBA Board of Governors met Thursday in New York and on the table for discussion: the 2017 All-Star Game. Controversy from HB2 has put Charlotte’s chances of hosting in jeopardy. It’s the biggest event the city, even the state, has hosted since the Democratic National Convention in 2012. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday that while ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Duran Duran To Promote “Ugly Bigoted HB2” Repeal At Tomorrow’s Charlotte Concert

From Duran Duran’s website: With respect to the current storm which is howling through this State, we considered cancelling our show on Saturday, but decided to go ahead, both for the sake of our fans and to support those in North Carolina who feel as strongly as we do about this issue. We see this as an opportunity to make ...

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KENTUCKY: Governor Signs Bill Removing Clerks’ Names From Marriage Licenses, Liberty Counsel Cheers

Reuters reports: Kentucky’s governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill that removes county clerks’ names from the state marriage license forms at the center of a controversy involving an official jailed last year for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. Senate Bill 216, signed by Republican Governor Matt Bevin, also creates a single form that either heterosexual or ...

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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts: Our City Shouldn’t Be Punished For North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law

The Associated Press reports: Charlotte shouldn’t be punished for an ordinance that was ultimately overturned by legislation preventing local and state governments from mandating protections for LGBT people, Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Thursday at a town hall meeting designed to rally support for the repeal of the controversial measure. The town hall, which drew about 200 people to a Charlotte ...

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Catholic Church Forces Out Their News Service Editor Over Tweets Critical Of Anti-LGBT Hate Laws

From the National Catholic Reporter: Tony Spence, director and editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service since 2004, unexpectedly resigned from that position Wednesday at the request of a U.S. bishops’ conference official. In recent days Spence had been attacked by conservative Catholic blogs for tweets he had posted about controversial religious freedom bills in North Carolina and Georgia. These sites accused ...

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True Or False With Pat McCrory [VIDEO]

Yesterday a spokesman for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory called the Human Rights Campaign “a shadowy, left-wing group funded by anonymous donors that is recklessly leading the charge to mislead the public and smear North Carolina.” Today we get the below HRC clip with calls McCrory out on his lies.

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NORTH CAROLINA: Mumford & Sons To Donate Tonight’s Charlotte Concert Profits To LGBT Fund

JamBase reports: Tonight, Mumford & Sons will perform before a capacity crowd at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band recently announced they will donate all of their profits from the show to a new charitable fund “to support those who have made it their mission to pursue love and justice.” A donation from the fund ...

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TEXAS: Centers For Disease Control Identifies First Case Of Male-To-Male Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus

STAT News reports: Men can contract Zika through unprotected sex with other men who are infected with the virus, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, a finding that adds to experts’ understanding of how Zika can be transmitted. The CDC said a case of sexual transmission that occurred in Dallas in January — and was reported in ...

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MARYLAND: Republican Operatives Charged With Illegal Anti-Trans Robocalls Against Gay Candidate

These guys were allegedly working on behalf of nutcase white supremacist Michael Peroutka [photo]. The Baltimore Sun reports: Maryland’s state prosecutor on Thursday charged two Republican strategists with distributing an illegal robocall considered by many an attempt to smear an openly gay local candidate in 2014. Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced charges against Dennis Fusaro, a national Republican figure best known ...

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant: Churches Would Be Sued Into Closing If I Didn’t Sign That Hate Law [AUDIO]

Yesterday Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appeared on the American Family Association’s radio show to declare that he signed his state’s anti-LGBT bill in order to protect churches from being closed because they won’t host same-sex weddings. Seriously. Right Wing Watch has the transcript: “This is about the churches,” Bryant said. “The next stop will be American Family Radio and it ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: “Air Horn Orchestra” Activists Blare Outside Mansion Of Gov. Pat McCrory [VIDEO]

From the Raleigh News & Observer: Protesters increased the level of noise surrounding the state’s new LGBT law Wednesday evening by setting off dozens of air horns at the governor’s mansion. About 100 opponents of House Bill 2 gathered, many of them wearing black T-shirts that said “Can you hear us now, Pat?” They stood on two sides of Gov. Pat ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Another Convention Cancels

Fortune reports: CEOs from hundreds of companies including Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s had planned to meet in North Carolina this October to talk about using business for social good. Now, they’re not coming. In response to a controversial new state law aimed at gay and transgender people, a group of firms designated as “Certified B” ethical corporations say they ...

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MASSACHUSETTS: Trans Activists Boo GOP Gov. Charlie Baker Off Stage At LGBT Event [VIDEO]

The Boston Globe reports: Governor Charlie Baker’s speech to LGBT executives and activists Wednesday night was met with a cascade of boos after he refused to voice support for a bill to prevent bias against transgender people in public spaces. Baker’s reluctance to take a stand on the bill prompted many in the crowd at the Marriott hotel to boo ...

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JMG EXCLUSIVE: Cyndi Lauper To Donate All Profits From Raleigh Concert To Equality North Carolina

“Sadly, once again, the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have been trampled on with the recent passage of HB2 in North Carolina. Me and my team at the True Colors Fund have been closely monitoring the situation in North Carolina and support the efforts of the Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina, and others to repeal ...

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MSNBC Posts Report On Harlem Hate Church’s Coming Bankruptcy Hearing & Ali Forney Center [VIDEO]

MSNBC today published the below video report on Harlem’s bankrupt hate church, which will back on court on April 21st when a new auction date might be set. Interviewed for the piece was Ali Forney Center founder Carl Siciliano, who tells us that he’ll be at the hearing with his attorneys. Ali Forney Center has raised $330,000 towards a down ...

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Glenn Beck: Cruz Told Me He Berated His Staff For Booking Speech At “Death To Gays” Rally [VIDEO]

Last weekend Ted Cruz boldly lied about Pastor Kevin Swanson’s call to execute gays, saying that he’d denounced Swanson’s words as soon he heard them. In fact, for months Cruz refused so much as comment about Swanson despite many questions from the media. Then, earlier today, Right Wing Watch reported that Glenn Beck yesterday told his audience that he’s never ...

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