Tag Archives: Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS: Police Charge Man With Threatening To “Shoot Everyone” At Local Gay Bar “Like In Orlando”

The Indy Channel reports: Before walking into Downtown Olly’s bar Sunday night, Indiana State Police say Brandon Savage called them, saying he was “getting ready to go into a gay bar and shoot everyone. It’s going to be like Orlando.” According to a probable cause affidavit, Savage told police he was armed with a Glock, a Derringer and a machete. ...

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Yet Another Story About The End Of Gay Bars

From the Indianapolis Star: Gay bars are going out of business fast. Since 2015 at least five have closed their doors in Indianapolis, about half the city’s total. Among the casualties: the venerable Varsity, the city’s oldest gay bar, dating back to the 1940s. In the past six months Talbott Street, long-known for its drag shows, closed, as did the ...

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Celebration In Indianapolis

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INDIANA: GOP Indianapolis Mayor Serves As Grand Marshal For Pride Parade

At the height of Indiana’s ugly RFRA battle, it was GOP Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard who stepped forward as the bill’s most prominent opponent. Yesterday he served as grand marshal of Indy Pride.

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Indianapolis: All Are Welcome

A couple of days ago Indianapolis updated its main official tourism site with the above message. That move coincided with GOP Mayor Greg Ballard’s signing of an executive order reaffirming that any business that contracts with the city must abide by its pro-LGBT human rights ordinance. (Tipped by JMG reader Eddie)

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Tomorrow’s Indianapolis Star

UPDATE: Here is some of the editorial. Only bold action — action that sends an unmistakable message to the world that our state will not tolerate discrimination against any of its citizens — will be enough to reverse the damage. Gov. Mike Pence and the General Assembly need to enact a state law to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, education ...

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INDIANA: GOP Indy Mayor Calls For LGBT Rights, GOP Reps Scamble To “Fix” Bill

GOP Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard today called for statewide LGBT anti-discrimination protections. Ballard said Monday he is issuing an executive order that anyone who receives money from the city must abide by its human rights ordinance. The mayor called a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the city’s responsde to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by the legislature and ...

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INDIANA: Christian Church Threatens To Pull Convention Over Anti-Gay Bill

Via the Indianapolis Star: The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence threatening to cancel its 2017 convention in Indianapolis if he signs controversial legislation that could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples. “Our perspective is that hate and bigotry wrapped in religious freedom is still hate and bigotry,” Todd Adams, ...

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Tony Perkins Praises Gay Couple For “Civil Solution” After Bakery Refused Them

On Friday an Indianapolis bakery announced on its Facebook page that it had turned away a gay couple that requested a cake for their commitment ceremony.  Last night Tony Perkins praised the couple for finding a “civil solution” by patronizing another bakery. A few weeks ago, the owners of 111 Cakery got a call from Mike Stephens and Shane Laney, ...

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Indiana Bakery Refuses Gay Cake Order

Probably spurred by the two marriage equality lawsuits filed there this month, an Indiana bakery yesterday announced it had refused to sell a cake for a “same-sex ceremony.” From the Facebook page of One Eleven Cakery: As artist we must find the inspiration to create something special for our clients. When asked to do a cake for an occasion or ...

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