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PENNSYLVANIA: State Rep. Brian Sims Delivers Rousing Speech For LGBT Protections Bill [VIDEO]

WATCH this. From Pennsylvania House Democrats: Pa. state Rep. Brian Sims stands with Gov. Tom Wolf and other advocates to call on the legislature to pass equal protections for LGBT citizens. In Pennsylvania, members of the LGBT community can still be denied employment, housing, and other basic rights afforded to others in the general population. Sims is co-sponsoring the Pennsylvania …

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ACT UP Stages Die-In At Trump Tower [VIDEO]

Via press release: Over 100 LGBT and AIDS activists turned up outside Trump Tower last night to protest Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meeting with 400 Evangelical religious leaders in New York City. The protest was organized by activist group ACT UP NY (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) to combat Trump’s use of the recent massacre at an Orlando gay …

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YouTube Responds To Orlando Massacre With #ProudToBe Campaign: Share Your Identity [VIDEO]

Over five million views in one day. From the clip description: From commemorating Pride parades to opening up about transitions and explaining the ABCs of LGBT, YouTube is a place where anyone can belong no matter who they are or who they love. That is why today we want to help people honor and celebrate who they’re #ProudToBe. Now, more …

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ORLANDO: Sobbing Son Pays Tribute To Mother Who Shielded Him From Pulse Killer’s Bullets [VIDEO]

NOTE: The video of this funeral may feel intrusive to some, but it was broadcast live in Orlando with the agreement of the victim’s family. ABC News reports: Brenda Lee Marquez-McCool was dancing with her son Isaiah Henderson at Pulse nightclub when shots rang out over the blaring music. Instead of running away, she threw herself on her son, shielding …

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BRITAIN: Parliament Flies Rainbow Flag For First Time

Pink News reports: Today the flag was raised above the Houses of Parliament for the first time – with the Speakers of the Commons and Lords both giving special permission to mark the weekend of London’s Pride festival. LGBT group ParliOUT had gifted a 12 foot rainbow flag for the occasion, with the flag set to fly until June 26. …

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Broadway Bares 2016 Raises $1.5M [VIDEO]

Warning: Not safe for work beefcake ahead. Via press release: Chiseled morning show hosts, rock-hard reality show contestants and pumped up politicos took over the airwaves at this year’s ratings-raising edition of Broadway Bares, an evening of elaborately staged burlesque production numbers that gave a new meaning to “Bares TV.” Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: …

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No Early Release For Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott

Earlier this month convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott petitioned for early release from prison because she’s been such a good girl while behind bars. That’s not gonna happen. Philadelphia Gay News reports: Knott’s attorney, Bill Brennan, told PGN he submitted to the court attestations from Riverside Correctional Facility, where Knott has been housed since her Feb. 8 sentencing, that she has …

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TURKEY: Istanbul Police Attack Pride Parade Marchers With Tear Gas And Rubber Bullets [VIDEO]

Last year it was batons and water cannons. This year it was tear gas and rubber bullets. The Guardian reports: Riot police have fired teargas and rubber pellets to disperse an LBGT march in Istanbul that had been banned after ultranationalists said “degenerates” could not demonstrate. Hundreds of riot police cordoned off Taksim Square in the heart of the city …

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TURKEY: Government Bans Istanbul Pride

J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: The governor of Istanbul announced Friday that pride events scheduled to begin on Sunday have been banned. “The organization of a meeting and demonstration march on the mentioned dates will not be allowed by our governorate for the safety of our citizens, first and foremost the participants’, and for public order,” said a press …

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KENYA: High Court Rules That “Anal Tests” For Proof Of Homosexuality Are Constitutional

The BBC reports: A Kenyan High Court has dismissed a case challenging the legality of anal tests as proof of homosexuality. Two men, who say Kenyan police forced them to undergo the procedure to prove they had had gay sex, launched the case, calling for the tests to be declared unconstitutional. “There was no other way evidence could have been …

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Bondi Vs Cooper, Part 4: Anderson Mocked Me For Saying We Should Focus On Unity And Love [VIDEO]

Corrupt Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is continuing to stamp her feet about Anderson Cooper having pointed out her now very inconvenient anti-LGBT history. Yesterday she ran crying to Fox News, where she got a sympathetic ear as she complained that Cooper ambushed her at the very moment she was calling for “unity and love.” Watch below.

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NEW YORK CITY: United Nations Ambassadors Meet At Stonewall Inn To Discuss Global LGBT Rights

Via press release from the State Department: An historic meeting happened today at the Stonewall Inn, where U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and member of President Obama’s Cabinet, Samantha Power, hosted a meeting of the UN’s LGBT Core Group. The LGBT Core Group is a group of countries working to promote and enshrine LGBT rights as human rights at …

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#ShootBack Signs Appear Across West Hollywood

The Los Angeles Times reports: Stickers and posters featuring a rainbow-colored version of the Gadsden flag and the hashtag #ShootBack were raising eyebrows in West Hollywood on Thursday morning in the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida. The signage was affixed to electric boxes, light poles, trash cans and other fixtures near West Hollywood City Hall, …

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Gays Vs The NRA: 50 LGBT Groups Sign Pledge To Back Gun Control Reform Legislation (But Not HRC)

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, a coalition of 50 groups – most of them LGBT – have signed onto a pledge to pressure lawmakers to enact gun control reform measures. Conspicuously absent from the list of signatories is the Human Rights Campaign. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: The organizations issue the joint statement as congressional …

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PHILADELPHIA: Public School System Adopts Sweeping Pro-Transgender Student Rights Policy

Morning Call reports: The governing body of Philadelphia public schools has adopted a new policy that would allow transgender students to use restrooms and join groups — including athletic teams — that correspond with their gender identity. The Philadelphia School Reform Commission adopted the new policy Thursday night. It also allows students to be referred to by a pronoun of …

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Broadway Cares Donates $150K To Pulse Funds

Via press release: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that $150,000 will be donated on behalf of the Broadway community and all Broadway Cares supporters to three service organizations in central Florida committed to reaching out and providing emergency assistance to the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, and their families and friends. “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS historically has …

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JetBlue Passengers And Crew Comfort Woman Traveling To Funeral Of Grandson Slain In Orlando Massacre

Wonderful and heartbreaking. Get a tissue. CNN reports: One of the youngest victims in Orlando’s deadly shooting was Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo. Known as Omar to friends, he was a dancer and barista. On Tuesday, less than three days after Omar’s brutal murder, his grandmother, heartbroken and alone, boarded a flight to Orlando to attend his funeral. Jetblue crew member Kelly …

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TEXAS: Mark Cuban Donates $1M To Dallas Police For Increased Security At Local Gay Nightclubs

From the Dallas Voice: Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has released a statement confirming that Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban has, indeed, donated $1 million to the Dallas Police Department to help fund added security measures for the city’s LGBT community in the wake of the Sunday morning massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The money will be earmarked for an …

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Anderson Cooper Responds To Pam Bondi: She’s Either Mistaken Or She’s Not Telling The Truth [VIDEO]

US Weekly recaps: Fighting words. Anderson Cooper responded on Wednesday, June 15, to Florida attorney general Pam Bondi’s claims that their interview in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, which aired live on CNN the previous day, was edited to portray her in a bad light. “She’s either mistaken or she’s not telling the truth,” the CNN host said …

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Jamaica Slams US Embassy’s “Disrespectful” Pride Flag

From the BBC: Jamaica’s attorney general has sparked criticism after saying it was “disrespectful” to Jamaican law for the US embassy to fly a rainbow flag following the Orlando shooting. In response, the US embassy in the capital Kingston asked Marlene Malahoo Forte to explain her legal reasoning. Forty-nine people died when a gunman opened fire in a gay club …

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