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Life Sentence For Toronto Serial Killer Bruce McArthur

The CBC reports: Serial killer Bruce McArthur will be eligible to apply for parole after spending at least 25 years in prison for the murders of eight men in Toronto, a judge ordered on Friday. McArthur, 67, will be 91 when his first chance at parole comes up. In his sentencing decision, Ontario Superior Court Justice John McMahon noted the …

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TENNESSEE: Four Times Married Alleged Adulterer Files Bill To Ban Same-Sex Couples From Adoption Services

Nashville’s CBS affiliate reports: Tennessee legislators have introduced two new bills, both centered on adoption. One of the bills, HB0836 filed by Rep. Tim Rudd, states that it “prohibits a private licensed child-placing agency from being required to perform, assist, consent to, refer, or participate in any child placement that would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions.” It …

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Gillibrand Intros Bill To Allow Trans Military Service

The Hill reports: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who is vying to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, introduced Thursday a bill to allow transgender people to serve in the military. The bill, which was also introduced by Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), comes weeks after the Supreme Court …

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BBC Viewers Vote Alan Turing As “Most Iconic” Person Of 20th Century After Stunning Speech By Presenter

ABC News reports: World War II codebreaker Alan Turing has been named the most “iconic” figure of the 20th century, fighting off competition from international leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela. The scientist was chosen in a public vote during a live broadcast of BBC Two’s Icons: The Greatest Person Of The 20th Century. One of …

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STUDY: Children Of Gay Couples Do Better In School

The Washington Post reports: Children of same-sex couples perform better in school than kids raised by a mom and a dad, according to new research from several European economists. The researchers found that children raised by same-sex couples had higher test scores in elementary and secondary school and were about 7 percent more likely to graduate from high school than …

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Brazil To Excise LGBT References From Textbooks

The Associated Press reports: President Jair Bolsonaro is taking his anti-leftist ideological war to Brazil’s classrooms and universities, causing angst among teachers and education officials who say the government wants to fight an enemy that doesn’t exist. Bolsonaro and top officials have announced plans to revise textbooks to excise references to feminism, homosexuality and violence against women, say the military …

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ARIZONA: Top Educator Calls For Repeal Of “No Promo Homo” Law Banning Pro-LGBT Sex Ed Lessons On HIV

The Tucson Star reports: The state’s new schools chief is calling on lawmakers to repeal a law that prohibits any courses on AIDS and HIV from portraying homosexuality “as a positive alternative lifestyle.” In her first-ever State of Education speech, Kathy Hoffman told members of the House Education Committee on Monday the system needs to support the emotional well-being of …

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Defiant Jussie Smollett Returns To Concert Stage

The Associated Press reports: Jussie Smollett was blunt, emotional and defiantly determined Saturday night at a Southern California concert some urged him not to play, telling the crowd before singing a note that he had to go on with the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win. “The most important thing I can say is ’thank you so much, …

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DC School Won’t Play Sports At School Where Karen Pence Teaches Due To Its Anti-LGBT Student Policies

Newsweek reports: A school in Washington, D.C., said it would not play any sports at the school where Karen Pence teaches because of its policy against LGBTQ students. The Sheridan School headmaster, Jessica Donovan, wrote in a letter to parents that the school had decided not to play any sports games at the Immanuel Christian School because of its policy …

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Actress Ellen Page Delivers Impassioned Rebuke Of Trump And Pence’s Attacks On LGBTQ Rights [VIDEO]

“If you are in a position of power and you hate people and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering — what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused, and they’re going to kill themselves and people are going to be …

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New Jersey Gov Signs Bill Mandating That Contributions Of LGBT People Be Included Public School Curriculum

Via press release: Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law requiring Boards of Education to include instruction, and adopt instructional materials, that accurately portray political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. This law would require that LGBTQ Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, are included and recognized for …

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Wisconsin State Supreme Court Candidate Wrote That Legalizing Homosexuality Will Lead To Legal Bestiality

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports: Like many judicial candidates, state appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn isn’t eager to discuss his positions on some of the most controversial issues of the day. But that wasn’t always the case. Hagedorn, who is running for the state Supreme Court, wrote a blog beginning in 2005 in which he addressed readers as “fellow soldiers in …

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ARKANSAS: State Supreme Court Strikes Down LGBT Rights Law Opposed By Famous Christian Child Molester

The Associated Press reports: Arkansas’ highest court says a city can’t enforce an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, saying it’s already ruled the measure violates a state law aimed at preventing local protections for LGBT people. The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a Washington County judge’s decision to allow Fayetteville to continue enforcing its …

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Trump Condemns “Horrible” Alleged Attack On Gay Actor: “It Doesn’t Get Worse, As Far As I’m Concerned”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump on Thursday called the attack of “Empire” star Jussie Smollett “horrible,” condemning the assault committed by individuals whom the actor alleged referenced the president’s campaign slogan as they attacked him. “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned,” Trump said of the attack during an Oval Office exchange with the White House press pool …

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Disneyland Paris To Hold First Official Pride Celebration

The Orlando Weekly reports: Although Gay Days has been celebrated at the Disney parks for decades, ever since the first one in 1991 (right here in Orlando!), Disneyland Paris has just made history by becoming the first to organize an official LGBTQ Pride event, finally acknowledging openly that pink money pays their bills, too. Magical Pride happens June 1, 2019, …

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Police Release Surveillance Image Of “Potential Persons Of Interest” In Alleged Attack On Actor Jussie Smollett

Variety reports: The Chicago Police Department has released two images from surveillance video of “potential persons of interest” in the alleged attack of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett’s music manager also confirmed that he was on the phone with the actor at the time he was attacked in Chicago early on Tuesday morning, and that he heard some of what …

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Canadian Catholic Group Blames Obama After Angolan Parliament Decriminalizes “Homosexual Perversion”

From the far-right LifeSiteNews: The national parliament of Angola has approved a new criminal penal code that omits penalties contained in the previous criminal code for “vices against nature,” that is, unnatural sexual acts including homosexual sodomy. It also prohibits discrimination based on “sexual orientation.” Homosexualist organizations are characterizing the repeal as a victory against “colonialism,” given that the legal …

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REPORT: Gay Empire Star Jussie Smollett Assaulted By Two Men Shouting Racial, Homophobic Slurs [VIDEO]

Deadline Hollywood reports: Empire star Jussie Smollett was attacked early this morning in Chicago in what police are saying is a possible hate crime, Deadline has confirmed. Chicago PD released the following statement on Twitter: “Overnight the Chicago Police Department received a report of a possible racially charged assault and battery against a cast member of the television show Empire. …

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TEXAS: Wedding Venue Rejects Gay Couple Because Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t In “God’s Design” [VIDEO]

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: Aaron Lucero and Jeff Cannon wanted a country wedding. They say they still do, even after what they thought was their dream venue turned them away. “It’s still the idea,” Lucero, 29, told McClatchy. “Planning your wedding is supposed to be this joyous, happy moment in your lives, and this was so jarring because it …

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BREAKING: Toronto Serial Killer Bruce McArthur Pleads Guilty To First Degree Murders Of Eight Men [VIDEO]

The Toronto Star reports: Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of eight men, admitting to killings that began in 2010 and continued until late 2017. The plea, entered in Superior court before Justice McMahon Tuesday morning, brings to a close a tragic and disturbing case that was unprecedented in this city, and …

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