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NAACP Holds Sit-In At Office Of AG Nominee Jeff Sessions, Won’t Leave Until Arrested Or He Withdraws


The sit-in is being live-streamed on Facebook. AL.com reports: The president of the NAACP and the head of the group’s Mobile branch are occupying the Alabama senator’s Mobile office until he withdraws from consideration as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general or the group gets arrested. The protest at Sessions’ Mobile Senate office was among several demonstrations held statewide against Sessions’ ...

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NEW CONFEDERACY: NAACP Calls For Nationwide Boycott Of North Carolina After Failure To Repeal HB2


Raleigh’s NBC affiliate reports: The executive committee of the state NAACP will ask the national leaders of the civil rights group for a nationwide economic boycott of North Carolina to protest the actions of the General Assembly, state NAACP President Rev. William Barber said Thursday. “This legislature is trying to raise a new Confederacy in policy,” Barber said at a ...

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Swag Tuesday: Ending Anita


We have a very special Swag Tuesday today – three autographed copies of Ending Anita, our own Father Tony Adams’ recounting of how two Key West bartenders become the first couple in Florida to win a same-sex marriage lawsuit. From the book’s Amazon description: ENDING ANITA is the story of Aaron Huntsman and Lee Jones, the two gay, outspoken and ...

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Celebs Urge Electors To Dump Trump [VIDEO]


Via Mediaite: There’s a new celebrity PSA out tonight featuring some big-name actors asking members of the electoral college to do the right thing and step in to vote their conscience (a.k.a. not Donald Trump). Martin Sheen, Richard Schiff, Debra Messing, James Cromwell, BD Wong, Bob Odenkirk, Moby, and some other big names all appear in the video for Unite ...

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The Lion King Cast Delivers Movingly Topical Number At HIV/AIDS Fundraiser For Broadway Cares [VIDEO]


You’ll want to watch the clip below. From Broadway Cares: Broadway’s best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition. Gypsy of the Year , which celebrated six weeks of dedicated fundraising from 55 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, raised $4,492,636 ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Gay “Mike Hot-Pence” Lookalike Raises Money For Charities In Times Square [VIDEO]


People Magazine reports: In a sobering post-election period, Glen Pannell has figured out a way to make us smile — one pants-less donation at a time. The graphic designer and actor bears more than a passing resemblance to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and now he is using that genetic stroke of luck to help others as a part of a ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Lady Gaga Makes Visit To Ali Forney Center With A Carload Of Holiday Presents [VIDEO]


The Today Show reports: For Lady Gaga, kindness has been the key to finding peace in her own life. “I’ve been searching for ways to help myself. And I found that kindness is the best way,” she told TODAY recently while on a visit to Harlem’s Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, to surprise the teens living ...

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Pence’s New DC Neighbors Troll Him With Pride Flags


Washington DC’s ABC affiliate reports: Christmas decorations are popping up left and right, but one street in NW Washington has a different kind of decoration this season—rainbow flags. “A respectful message showing, in my case, my disagreement with some of his thinking,” said Ilse Heintzen. The ‘he’ Heintzen is referring to is Vice-President Elect Mike Pence. Pence moved into a ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: NAACP Promises Massive Protests If State Lawmakers Interfere With Election Results


The Winston-Salem Chronicle reports: If state lawmakers insert themselves into deciding North Carolina’s next governor, or changing the state Supreme Court to nullify Justice-elect Mike Morgan’s victory, there will be mass demonstrations and civil disobedience, promises N.C. NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber II. “We believe either attempting to stack the Supreme Court or deciding the governor’s race in the ...

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ROMANIA: Constitutional Court To Consult With European Court Of Justice On Same-Sex Marriage Case


NBC News reports: Romania’s constitutional court said Tuesday it would consult with a European court regarding the case of a same-sex couple who want their marriage abroad to be legally recognized in Romania. Court president Valer Dorneanu said he was seeking information from the European Court of Justice to see how other EU countries where same-sex marriages are not legal ...

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Anti-Trump Protesters Plan “Tea Party Of The Left” To Primary “DINO” Moderate Democrats Out Of Office


Politico reports: The protests that have roiled American cities since Election Day aren’t going anywhere. But rather than Donald Trump, the first political casualties they claim may be establishment Democrats. Leaders of the groups organizing some of the first outbursts of direct action in response to Trump’s surprise election are making plans to take to the streets through January’s inauguration ...

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Anti-Trump Protesters March Nationwide [VIDEO]


USA Today reports: Protesters took to the streets Wednesday in at least 10 cities to march against president-elect Donald Trump – and numerous college students and faculty leaders took to social media to announce support groups and even postponed exams. Protests were underway in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore., St. Paul, Minn. and several ...

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ACLU To Trump: We’ll See You In Court


The Hill reports: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is warning President-elect Donald Trump that it will “see him in court,” threatening to use its “full firepower” if he tries to follow through on controversial campaign promises on immigration, torture and other issues. “These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed, they are unlawful and unconstitutional,” Anthony Romero, executive director ...

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NEW YORK: Hundreds Wait In Hour-Long Line To Place “I Voted” Stickers On Grave Of Susan B. Anthony


JMG reader Bess tips us that New Yorkers are waiting in a hour-long line at the Rochester gravesite of legendary suffragette Susan B. Anthony so that they can place their “I Voted” sticker on her tombstone. From New York Magazine: On November 8, 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for illegally casting a ballot in the presidential election. More than ...

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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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Famed Liberal Activist Tom Hayden Dies At 76


The Chicago Tribune reports: Tom Hayden, the preeminent 1960s radical who roused a generation of alienated young Americans, became a symbol of militancy by leading riotous protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and added Hollywood glamour to his mystique with an activist partnership and marriage to film star Jane Fonda, died Oct. 23 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was ...

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White House Staff Dons Purple For #SpiritDay


GLAAD reports: With a sea of staffers dressed in purple on the steps of the Old Executive Office Building in Washington DC on Thursday, The White House voiced its strong support for LGBTQ youth and took a powerful stand against bullying. But the White House team was just one of many among elected and public officials speaking out. Take a ...

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TOMORROW: Wear Purple For Anti-Bullying #SpiritDay


Tomorrow is GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying Spirit Day in which folks wear purple to show their support for LGBT youth. Seen above are cast members from ABC’s The Real O’Neals and other major participants include Kellogg’s, who tomorrow morning will host openly gay America’s Got Talent breakout star Brian Justin Crum at their NYC cafe. Tony The Tiger will even be ...

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MASSACHUSETTS: Gov. Baker And Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Celebrate Life Of Hat Sister John Michael Gray


Longtime JMG participant Boston Guy reports: On Sunday, October 16th the Arlington Street Church in Back Bay was filled to capacity as family, friends and members of the Boston LGBTQ community came together for a service in celebration of the life of John Michael Gray (one half of the Hat Sisters). Mayor Marty Walsh addressed those gathered and a surprisingly ...

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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature


Reuters reports: Bob Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that made him the only singer-songwriter to win the award. The 75-year-old Dylan – who won the prize for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” ...

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