LGBT News

Officials Call Wilton Manors Pride Crash Accidental

The Associated Press reports: The driver who slammed into spectators at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one person and seriously injuring another, did so accidentally, local officials said Sunday. Saturday’s crash at the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade initially drew speculation, including from the mayor of nearby Fort Lauderdale, that it was a hate crime …

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Driver And Victims In Wilton Manors Pride Crash All Members Of Gay Men’s Chorus, Group’s Leader Says

NBC News reports: The driver of a pickup truck that struck two men, killing one, at a Pride parade in Florida were all connected to the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, the group’s president said Saturday. The truck was to be part of the chorus’ entry in the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors, the organization said. “Our fellow Chorus …

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Sesame Street Episode Introduces Gay Dads [VIDEO]

Yahoo News reports: Sesame Street is celebrating Pride Month by going where it’s never gone before. This week, the iconic children’s show dropped a very special episode called “Family Day,” introducing two gay dads, Frank (Alex Weisman) and Dave (the brother of Nina, played by Chris Costa, who works as a bike store owner on the street), and their daughter, …

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Mexico Sanctioned For Anti-Gay Slurs By Soccer Fans

Axios reports: FIFA on Friday ordered Mexico to play two official home matches without spectators as a punishment for its fans’ repeated use of a homophobic slur this year. Fans have chanted the slur at Mexican matches for years. Mexican officials stepped up efforts to halt the behavior this spring after growing criticism, but social media campaigns and stadium announcements …

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Dem Resolution Seeks US Apology For “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of LGBT Federal Workers Fired For Sexuality

NBC News reports: LGBTQ civil servants and service members were systematically fired or forced to resign due to their sexual orientation or gender identity over the past seven decades, and a proposed bill is seeking to have the federal government issue an official apology acknowledging its past discriminatory policies. The bill, introduced Thursday by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., says the …

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DOJ Joins ACLU Suits Against Anti-Transgender Laws

Law & Crime reports: The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday filed court documents to support two separate lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which argue that recently passed anti-transgender laws in West Virginia and Arkansas violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The filing aligned with a memo put out by the DOJ’s Division …

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EU To Investigate Hungary Over Latest Anti-LGBT Law

Euronews reports: Hungary is being investigated by the European Commission over a new law that bans the sharing of content that portrays homosexuality or sex reassignment with people under the age of 18. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, confirmed on Wednesday that the bill would be investigated by the European Union. It is the latest …

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LGBT Groups Call Today’s Supreme Court Ruling A Win

From the National Center for Lesbian Rights: “Properly understood, today’s decision is a significant victory for LGBTQ people,” said Shannon Minter, NCLR Legal Director. “The Court ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services, but on the narrowest possible ground, based on language in the City of Philadelphia’s contract that authorized individualized exemptions for any provider. “The Court did not change …

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SCOTUS Rules For Anti-LGBT Catholic Adoption Agency

The Huffington Post reports: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of faith-based foster agency Catholic Social Services in a case that has significant implications for LGBTQ foster parents as well as taxpayer-funded groups’ ability to discriminate against queer people or other faiths based on “religious freedom.” The case centers around two local foster agencies that the city of Philadelphia found …

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Gay Florida State Rep Launches Bid For US House

Tampa’s Fox News affiliate reports: Another Democrat is tossing their hat in the ring for the District 13 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Civil rights attorney and state lawmaker Michele Rayner announced her candidacy Monday morning in Largo with little fanfare, surrounded by a small group of family and supporters at her family’s church. Rayner was elected to …

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GOP Blocks Bill On Credit Access For LGBT Businesses

Via press release from Speaker Pelosi’s office: House Republicans are using Pride Month to attack LGBTQ-owned small businesses. Republicans lined up on Tuesday to prevent Congressman Richie Torres’ LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act from passing on suspension. The bill would help ensure that financial institutions are providing LGBTQ-owned small businesses equal access to credit. 177 Republicans voted …

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Hungarian Parliament Approves New Anti-LGBT Bill

The Associated Press reports: Lawmakers in Hungary approved legislation Tuesday that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment, something supporters said would help fight pedophilia but which human rights groups denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination. Fidesz, the conservative ruling party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, introduced the legislation, which is the latest effort to curtail the …

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Pastor Came Out As Queer Days Before His Suicide

The Christian Post reports: Days before he was found dead in Alabama of an apparent suicide, Steve Austin, a former youth pastor, suicide survivor and mental health advocate, sought financial help from subscribers to his newsletter as his wife, Lindsey, battled a mental health crisis a week after he publicly came out as queer. Days later, the author, podcaster and …

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Gay Dem Launches Bid To Unseat Cultist Elise Stefanik

Politico reports: Democrat Matt Putorti is launching a campaign against Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), aiming to knock out one of the Republican Party’s rising stars and a newly minted member of House leadership. Putorti is a 37-year-old attorney from Upstate New York focused on LGBTQ+ equality, reducing gun violence, and immigration. “Elise Stefanik is a threat to spaghetti dinner towns,” …

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Barney Frank Condemns NYC Pride On Banning NYPD

Former Rep. Barney Frank writes in an op-ed today: Having gotten used to Pride parades being occasions when the broad community can come together in an atmosphere of complete mutual respect, I was very disappointed at the injection of bigotry that has marred this season. I am referring to the decision of the organizers of the New York march to …

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VP And Second Gentleman Join DC Pride Walk [VIDEO]

Washington DC’s NBC News affiliate reports: Vice President Kamala Harris put her pride for the LBGTQ+ community on display Saturday in Washington, D.C. Harris surprised marchers by joining the Capital Pride Walk and Rally. She wore a pink blazer and a “love is love” shirt and walked with the procession for about a block. “Happy Pride,” Harris told members of …

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Orlando Marks Fifth Anniversary Of Pulse Massacre

From Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer: In the years since the tragedy, we have worked to increase the visibility of Orlando’s LGBTQ+ community and celebrate our city’s diversity during annual events like Come Out With Pride and on murals throughout the city. We proudly fly the Pride flag at City Hall and at soccer games. Businesses now display stickers provided by …

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“Racist Karen” Defaces TN Teens’ Pride Mural [VIDEO]

Boing Boing reports: While two Tennessee teens were painting a mural to celebrate Pride Month, a homophobic – and racist (of course) – Marjorie Taylor Greene clone marched over with paint cans in her arms. “I’m comin’ over here to paint over your shit,” she said. “I’m sick of hearing all of you. I’m sick of hearing all of you.” …

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Walton Family Sets Up $1M Fund For AR LGBT Groups

The Associated Press reports: Family members of Walmart founder Sam Walton on Thursday launched a $1 million fund for groups assisting LGBT people in the retail giant’s home state of Arkansas, which has enacted measures restricting transgender people’s rights. The new fund is being established with support from the Alice L. Walton Foundation and from Olivia and Tom Walton through …

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US Senate Designates Pulse As A National Memorial

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Days before the fifth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, U.S. Senators passed a bill designating the site of the former nightclub as a national memorial. The legislation passed unanimously Wednesday afternoon after its sponsor, Sen. Rick Scott, asked that it and its companion bills be approved by unanimous consent in observance of the five years …

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