LGBT News

Construction Begins On USS Harvey Milk Ship [VIDEO]

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports: Construction began Friday on the future Harvey Milk, a fleet oiler named for the slain gay rights leader and the first openly gay man elected in the state. Milk was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors in 1978 and was assassinated 10 months later by an ex-supervisor. His life was the subject of …

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Hallmark Channel Reverses, Apologizes On LGBT Ads

CNN reports: The Hallmark Channel is reversing its decision to pull advertisements featuring same-sex couples and apologizing for removing them in the first place, a network spokeswoman told CNN Business. The decision comes after Hallmark parent company Crown Media Family Networks faced calls for viewers and advertisers to boycott its television channel. The ads, from online wedding planning company Zola, …

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Trudeau Moves Forward On Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The Independent reports: LGBT+ conversion therapy could soon be banned across Canada after Justin Trudeau made this one of the priorities for his new government. In a letter to the country’s justice secretary on Friday, the prime minister stated that banning the controversial practice of attempting to forcibly change people’s gender or sexuality must be a “top priority”. He said …

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TEXAS: Two Men Guilty Of Hate Crime Charges After Robbing And Kidnapping Gay Men Lured On Grindr

Austin’s CBS News affiliate reports: Two men from Dallas pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes on Thursday for their connection to a scheme to target gay men for violent crimes. Daryl Henry, 24, and Pablo Deleon, 19, both used the dating app Grindr to lure gay men to a vacant apartment and other areas in and around Dallas for robbery, …

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BRITAIN: Lengthy Prison Sentences For Three Teens Who Beat And Robbed Gay Men After Luring On Grindr

The BBC reports: Three teenagers who used fake Grindr profiles to carry out robberies and homophobic assaults have been jailed. Muhammad Umar, Mohammed Sohail Khan and Qaasim Ahmad, all 18, used the gay dating app to lure four men on false dates. One of the victims was spat on while another was tied up, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. …

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Gabon Is 70th Nation To Criminalize Homosexuality

Reuters reports: Gabon has passed a law against gay sex, becoming the 70th country to ban the practice, an official confirmed, as the global pace of reform falters. The central African country banned “sexual relations between people of the same sex” in a new penal code earlier this year, according to copies of the law online. A government official who …

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Merriam-Webster’s 2019 Word Of The Year Is “They”

ABC News reports: The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the personal pronoun “they” their word of the year based on a 313 percent increase in look-ups on the company’s search site, Merriam-Webster.com, this year when compared with 2018. “They” got an early start last January with the rise of model Oslo Grace on top fashion runways. The Northern Californian …

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Megan Rapinoe Named Sportsperson Of The Year

Sports Illustrated reports: On July 7, in the 61st minute of the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands, Megan Rapinoe scored to put the U.S. up 1–0. To her, though, this was more than the goal that would win the Americans a record fourth title. It was the equivalent of flashing double-barrel middle fingers. She’d have loved to have …

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GOP Rep Floats “Compromise” Version Of Equality Act

The Associated Press reports: As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would shield LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and other …

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LAWSUIT: Gilead Withheld HIV Drug To Extend Profits

The Washington Post reports: In 2005, Gilead Sciences notified federal regulators that it was suspending development of a potentially safer, more potent HIV-fighting drug than the one on the market. The company did not restart its Food and Drug Administration application until 2010. Now the five-year delay of a promising drug is at the core of accusations by advocates that …

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Gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy To Compete For UK

Yahoo Sports reports: Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, who grew up in Colorado and had represented the United States thus far in his career, officially represents Great Britain — where he has dual citizenship — as of Tuesday. Kenworthy’s agent said in November that he was considering the change. Kenworthy told Sky Sports he wants to honor his British-born mother …

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Father Charged With Abandoning “Gay” Child Outside Closed Police Station For Them To Find Him New Family

Tampa’s ABC News affiliate reports: A father who police say left his juvenile son on the side of the road because he suspects his son is gay is due in court Tuesday. The incident occurred Sunday, Haines City Police say in an affidavit. The boy, whose age was redacted, was dropped off in front of the closed police department with …

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ZAMBIA: US Ambassador Threatened After Objecting To 15-Year Prison Sentence For Two Allegedly Gay Men

The BBC reports: The US ambassador to Zambia has said he has been threatened over his comments on the sentencing of a gay couple, deepening a diplomatic row. Daniel Foote said he was “horrified” by the jailing of Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba. A judge quashed an appeal against their conviction last week, sentencing them both to 15 years in …

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US Rebukes Zambia For Imprisoning Two Gay Men

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S. ambassador to Zambia said a high court ruling sentencing two men to 15 years in prison for homosexuality was horrifying. Ambassador Daniel Foote [photo] urged the government to reconsider laws that punish minority groups. “I was personally horrified to read yesterday about the sentencing of two men, who had a consensual relationship, which hurt absolutely …

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Trump Promises To “Eradicate AIDS In 10 Years”

Yahoo News reports: President Donald Trump is wrapping up a quiet weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Florida before heading back to Washington. The President relaxed in the way he knows best, hitting the golf course for a round in one of the few places in the US where that’s possible this wintry weekend. But before getting back on Air Force 1, …

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LONDON: Teens Plead Guilty In Bus Attack On Lesbians

The New York Daily News reports: Three teenage boys pleaded guilty Thursday in connection to a highly publicized attack on a lesbian couple inside a London bus six months ago, according to the city’s Metropolitan Police, which have now released surveillance video of the horrific assault. One of the victims, Melania Geymonat, wrote in a viral Facebook post at the …

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Hungary Pulls Out Of “Homosexual Flotilla” Eurovision

The Telegraph reports: Hungary has pulled out of next year’s Eurovision song contest amid speculation the decision was triggered by a backlash to the competition’s LGBT-positive messaging. While no official reason has been given for the withdrawal, sources within Hungary’s public broadcaster reportedly believe it is due to a rise in homophobic rhetoric within the country around the contest, with …

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UTAH: Activists And LDS Agree On Ex-Gay Torture Ban

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and LGBTQ advocates have coalesced around a proposed ban on “conversion therapy” for minors. Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday evening announced that groups involved in the emotional debate have finally agreed on language that would prohibit the discredited practice. The proposed professional licensing rule for therapists and …

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UN To Honor Cyndi Lauper’s LGBTQ Youth Advocacy

Variety reports: The United Nations will award Cyndi Lauper with the first High Note Global Prize award for her promotion of human rights and impacting work to prevent and end homelessness for LGBTQ youth, the organization announced today. On U.N. Human Rights Day — which is December 10 — the High Note Global Prize will be presented to Lauper by …

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NJ Poised To Be 9th State To Ban “Gay Panic” Defense

Politico reports: New Jersey could soon bar a legal defense tactic in murder cases known as “gay panic,“ under a bill the state Assembly approved on Monday without opposition or debate. The defense has been used to attempt to downgrade charges against defendants who argued that they killed because they were provoked by the disclosure of the victim’s gender identity …

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