LGBT News

Joe Biden Celebrates National Coming Out Day

From the Biden campaign: Joe Biden believes that every human being should be treated with respect and dignity and be able to live without fear no matter who they are or who they love. During the Obama-Biden Administration, the United States made historic strides toward LGBTQ+ equality—from the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to Biden’s historic declaration in support …

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NFL Issues National Coming Out Day PSA [VIDEO]

ESPN reports: The NFL has launched a series of initiatives associated with LGBTQ History Month, which includes National Coming Out Day on Sunday and Spirit Day on Thursday. Included are a dedicated website (NFL.com/PRIDE ); a PSA celebrating former NFL players who have come out and voicing support; expanded partnerships with GLAAD and The Trevor Project; a pride-themed NFL shield; …

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Trump Administration Loses Court Battle To Withhold Citizenship From Child Born To Binational Gay Couple

The New York Daily News reports: The son of a gay binational couple who was born in Canada via surrogacy is a citizen of the United States, an appellate court ruled Friday. “Today, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld a lower court ruling recognizing the citizenship from birth of Ethan Dvash-Banks, a …

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Randy Rainbow & Patti LuPone: “If Donald Got Fired”

YouTube star Randy Rainbow is back today with his special guest, Broadway legend Patti LuPone. The pair team up to blast Trump and his sycophants with a parody of Stephen Sondheim’s “If Mama Was Married” from the 1959 musical Gypsy. LuPone won the Tony Award in the 2008 revival of Gypsy, making national news on the show’s closing night when …

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POLL: 75% Of LGBTQ Voters Say They Back Joe Biden

NBC News reports: With the presidential election a little more than a month away, a new poll finds 75 percent of LGBTQ voters are supporting Democratic candidate Joe Biden. According to GLAAD’s State of LGBTQ Voters report, released Thursday, just 17 percent of the respondents said they were pulling the lever for President Donald Trump. Five percent said they plan …

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NYC Man Charged In Machete Killing Of Grindr Date

The New York Daily News reports: A Bronx man is accused of hacking to death with a machete a man he met on a dating hook up app — and his roommate walked in on the bloody aftermath, police sources said Monday. Juan Alonso, 50, was charged Monday with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. Cops are still …

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US Joins 49 Nations To Pressure Poland On LGBT Rights

The BBC reports: Ambassadors from around the world have called for the rights of gay and transgender people to be respected in Poland, where many towns have declared themselves free of “LGBT ideology”. An open letter released on Sunday urges the Polish government to “end discrimination” of sexual minorities. It was signed by envoys from 50 countries, including Poland’s EU …

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Sportscaster Quits After Gay Slur Caught On Hot Mic

The New York Daily News reports: Thom Brennaman won’t be back next year with the Reds, as the longtime play-by-play announcer said Friday he was quitting. He was suspended for booming “one of the f– capitals of the world” into a hot mic during a Reds-Royals doubleheader last month. Brennaman never really copped to being the type of person who …

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Biden Reaffirms Commitment To Equality Act [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Joe Biden on Thursday doubled down on his commitment to LGBTQ rights, including his support for the Equality Act, in a message to the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ rights group. Speaking in advance of the group’s Unite for Equality Live virtual event, the former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee said America is at …

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Pope Francis: God Loves LGBT Children “As They Are”

The Jesuit magazine America reports: Pope Francis told a group of parents of L.G.B.T. children yesterday that “God loves your children as they are” and “the church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.” He did so in a brief encounter with some 40 Italian parents (both mothers and fathers) of L.G.B.T. children after the …

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Trump Admin Sues Grocery Giant Kroger Over Firing Of Two Staffers Who Refused To Wear “Rainbow” On Apron

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a lawsuit filed Monday accused Kroger Co. of unlawful employment practices for allegedly refusing to accommodate two former employees in Conway who expressed religious objections to wearing an apron embroidered with a rainbow based on their belief that the symbol represented advocacy for the LGBTQ community. The rainbow flag has …

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US Census Reports 980K Same-Sex Couple Households

The Associated Press reports: In 2019, there were slightly fewer than 1 million same-sex couple households in the U.S., and a majority of those couples were married, according to new figures the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. Of the 980,000 same-sex couple households, 58% were married couples and 42% were unmarried partners, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. …

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Andrew Gillum Comes Out As Bisexual [VIDEO]

Florida Politics reports: Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum revealed in a national interview that he identifies as bisexual. “I don’t identify as gay,” Gillum said, “but I do identify as bisexual. And that is something I have never shared publicly before.” Gillum sat down for an interview with Tamron Hall in which he discussed at length an incident in …

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DOJ Brief Backs Catholic School’s Firing Of Gay Teacher

NBC News reports: The Trump administration is siding with religious leaders who ordered a Catholic school in Indiana to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage, saying the church’s actions are protected by the First Amendment. In a 35-page amicus brief filed on Tuesday, the Department of Justice argued that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis — which fired gay …

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NYPD Union Boss Under Investigation After Calling Gay US House Nominee Ritchie Torres A “First Class Whore”

Gothamist reports: The civilian agency that investigates NYPD misconduct has opened an investigation into the head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, Ed Mullins, after Mullins called Bronx Councilmember Ritchie Torres a “first-class whore” last week in a tweet. Mullins, who has been the president of the SBA for 18 years, and has a history of making racist and offensive remarks, …

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Trump’s SCOTUS Shortlist Is Full Of Anti-LGBTQ Haters

Via press release from Lambda Legal: Today, the Trump Administration released a new list of dangerous, ultra-conservative ideologues as potential nominees for the highest court in the land. This list is teeming with individuals who have alarming anti-LGBTQ and anti-civil rights records, which should be disqualifying for any judicial nominee, let alone a nominee for the Supreme Court. Notably, the …

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Duterte Pardons US Marine Who Killed Trans Woman

NBC News reports: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday pardoned a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the country nearly six years ago, sparking condemnation from activists who described the move as a “mockery of justice.” Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was jailed in 2015 for killing Jennifer Laude near a former U.S. navy base. A …

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Husband Of Prominent Activist Assaulted Over Masks

Via email from Matt Foreman, former executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force: Three weeks ago, I was looking down into my husband’s unblinking eyes, seeing blood spill from his nose and mouth, and feeling my hand trying to stop the bleeding from the back of his head. In the background someone kept yelling, “Apply pressure! Apply pressure! Apply …

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NYC To Pay Record $5.9M Over Death Of Trans Inmate

The New York Times reports: New York City has reached the largest settlement recorded over an inmate’s death at the Rikers Island jail complex, agreeing to pay $5.9 million to the family of a 27-year-old transgender woman who died there last year while in solitary confinement. Layleen Polanco was found unresponsive in her cell in June 2019 after having an …

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Anchorage Bans Ex-Gay Torture Of Minors, Haters Rage

It’s not a perfect ban, but for Alaska, it’s something. The Anchorage Daily News reports: The Anchorage Assembly on Wednesday passed a ban on “conversion therapy,” making illegal the practice of trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The practice has been widely condemned by medical professionals and counselors. The move drew criticism from some religious institutions …

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