LGBT News

DOJ Announces Arrest In Arson Of Brooklyn LGBTQ Bar

From the Justice Department: A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging John Lhota with the April 3, 2022 arson of Rash, a bar and nightclub in Bushwick frequented by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Lhota was arrested yesterday and will make his initial appearance this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann. Breon …

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LGBTQ Fox Staffers Trash Network On “Don’t Say Gay”

The Daily Beast reports: Fox News’ overtly anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and coverage of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill has generated outrage from elsewhere within the Murdoch media empire. An employee networking and resource group for Fox Corporation’s LGBTQ staffers and allies earlier this month condemned the conservative cable giant’s “hateful” coverage of the new Florida law and issues surrounding sexual orientation …

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Brooklyn Public Library Fights Book Bans With Free Access To 350,000 E-Books For Teenagers Nationwide

Changing America reports: The Brooklyn Public Library is trying to fight back against a spike in censorship and book bans in the United States by making its resources available to teens and young adults across the country. On Wednesday, the library launched a new program entitled Books UnBanned, that allows 13 to 21 year olds to apply for a free …

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Three FL Family Members Face Life In Alleged Hate Crime Beating That Left Gay Man Permanently Blinded

The Miami Herald reports: Three family members have been charged with a hate crime after kidnapping and beating a gay man so severely that he was permanently blinded, Broward County prosecutors said Tuesday. Two parents and their son [photos above] were formally charged Tuesday on counts of first-degree attempted murder, burglary with battery and kidnapping “with prejudice” — all charges …

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Disney Gave FL GOP $190K Ahead Of “Don’t Say Gay”

Politico reports: Weeks before The Walt Disney Co. took a stand against Florida’s contentious “Parental Rights in Education” law — which has been called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics — the theme park operator and entertainment conglomerate donated $190,000 to support Florida Republicans. The company gave $125,000 to the Republican Party of Florida and $65,000 to a …

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Disney Heir Comes Out As Trans, Blasts DeSantis’ Law

The Washington Post reports: As Disney employees protested what they considered a delayed and lackluster response from the company to what critics call Florida’s “don’t say gay” bill, a Disney heir who recently came out as transgender watched in silence. Now, Charlee Corra Disney, who uses they/them pronouns, is speaking out. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times published …

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CDC Warns Of Meningitis Outbreak Among FL Gay Men

Via press release from the CDC: There is a large, ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, primarily among gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men, including those living with HIV. There have also been cases reported in the state over the last few months, including multiple cases in college students. At this time, there is no evidence …

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Brooklyn LGBTQ Bar Destroyed By Arsonist [VIDEO]

NBC New York reports: A Brooklyn bar that was quickly becoming a mainstay for the LGBTQ+ community after being in business for just a few months is now closed after police said someone used a canister of gasoline to set it on fire. Everything inside Bushwick’s Rash Bar was left unrecognizable and torched, after it took just 30 seconds to …

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Cultists Rage Over Oreo/PFLAG Coming Out Video

Fast Company reports: The latest piece of work from award-winning filmmaker Alice Wu (The Half Of It, Saving Face) is a short film about coming out. We meet a young man who appears to be stumbling through his coming-out process to his parents. But there’s a twist that extends this story from the traditional coming-out story to illustrate a larger …

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Gay Firefighter Sues FDNY, Says He Was Told He Could Be “Cured” And He Should Start Sleeping With Women

NY1 reports: A gay firefighter has filed a lawsuit against the city, the FDNY and the lieutenant who served as the chief diversity officer, alleging harassment and hostility. “I was at my lowest,” Corey Boykins told NY1 exclusively. “I was kind of just trying to still have respect for the job, because I do love the job. I do love …

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NYC Launches Pro-LGBTQ Billboard Campaign In Florida

NBC New York reports: New York City, where the Stonewall Inn riots ignited what many consider to be the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, has long voiced its support for that community. Now it wants its message heard in one place, especially: Florida. Starting Monday, Mayor Eric Adams is wallpapering the Sunshine State with digital billboards espousing New …

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Randy Rainbow Roasts DeSantis On “Don’t Say Gay”

Broadway World reports: Randy Rainbow is back with an all new song parody, this time taking on “Shy” from Once Upon a Mattress, and putting his own spin on it for “GAY!”. The song is Produced, Orchestrated, Mixed, Mastered By Michael J Moritz Jr, with Vocal Arrangement by Jesse Kissel. Piano is by Michael J Moritz Jr, with Guitar from …

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Arizona Gov Refuses To Say If Trans People Even Exist

The Associated Press reports: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey refused to say Thursday if transgender people actually exist, twice dodging direct questions on the subject just a day after he signed legislation limiting transgender rights. Asked again if he believed there are “actual transgender people,” he again answered slowly and carefully. “I am going to respect everyone, and I’m going to …

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Qatar May Seize Rainbow Flags At World Cup Matches

The Associated Press reports: Rainbow flags could be taken from fans at the World Cup in Qatar to protect them from being attacked for promoting gay rights, a senior leader overseeing security for the tournament told The Associated Press. Major General Abdulaziz Al Ansari insisted that LGBTQ couples would be welcomed and accepted in Qatar for the Nov. 21-Dec. 18 …

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Former Disney CEO Blasts “Don’t Say Gay” [VIDEO]

CNN Business reports: Bob Chapek, Bob Iger’s successor, initially opted not to speak out against the controversial law. But corporate executives should voice their opinions about ethical dilemmas, Iger recently told CNN+ host Chris Wallace. “A lot of these issues are not necessarily political,” Iger told CNN+ host Chris Wallace. “It’s about right and wrong. So, I happen to feel …

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UK To Ban Ex-Gay Torture But Not Ex-Trans Torture

The BBC reports: The government insists it will ban so-called conversion therapy for gay or bisexual people in England and Wales – but not for transgender people. It comes hours after it had said it would drop plans for the ban entirely. The announcement on Thursday evening that ministers would explore non-legislative routes to stop the practice was criticised by …

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Biden Marks Annual Transgender Day Of Visibility

Via press release from the White House: To everyone celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility, I want you to know that your President sees you. The First Lady, the Vice President, the Second Gentleman, and my entire Administration see you for who you are — made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support. On this day …

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Coalition Group Sues DeSantis Over “Don’t Say Gay”

Politico reports: A group of LGBTQ advocates, including organizations, students, parents and a teacher, sued Florida and the DeSantis administration in federal court Thursday over recently passed parental rights legislation branded as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents. The lawsuit contends that the legislation, which has sparked an uproar with opponents like The Walt Disney Co. and the Biden …

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FL GOP Threatens Disney’s Unique Self-Government

Click Orlando reports: The Reedy Creek Improvement District—created by state lawmakers in 1967—acts as Walt Disney World’s own government with two cities and land in Orange and Osceola counties. “In effect, they’re their own city out there. They can zone the way they want. They can do things the way they want. They can even build a nuclear power plant …

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State Dept: X Gender Markers Allowed On Passports

Via press release from the State Department: The Department of State has reached another milestone in our work to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender identity. In June, I announced that U.S. passport applicants could self-select their gender and were no longer required to submit any medical documentation, even if their selected gender differed from their other citizenship …

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