LGBT News

State Department May Ban Terms Like “Sexual Health”

Politico reports: U.S. diplomats may soon be prohibited from using the phrases “sexual and reproductive health” and “comprehensive sexuality education” under a proposal being floated to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, four people familiar with the issue said. The proposal is being pushed by a handful of conservative political appointees at the State Department and other agencies, including Mari Stull, …

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Tanzania Governor Launches “Hunt” For LGBT People: “Give Me Their Names And My Team Will Get Them”

Agence France-Presse reports: The governor of Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam on Monday launched an anti-gay crackdown, threatening to arrest people suspected of being homosexuals. “I have information about the presence of many homosexuals in our province,” Paul Makonda told reporters on Monday, calling on citizens to begin reporting homosexuals for round-ups to begin next week. “Give me their …

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Anti-LGBT Hate Groups Prep To Battle The Equality Act

From Pat Robertson’s CBN News: With midterm elections quickly approaching, House Democrats are making promises to the LGBTQ community. Officials say they will prioritize anti-discrimination legislation that would establish widespread equal rights protections for LGBTQ individuals. Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said she would introduce the “Equality Act” as one of her first orders of business. Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told …

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Czech Parliament To Debate Marriage Bill Tomorrow

Expats.cz reports: The lower house of the Czech Parliament is set to debate the legalization of same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, October 31, marriage equality is for the first time in history guaranteed to be on the agenda of the 20th meeting of the Chamber of Deputies. The opening of this debate item will take place as part of the Chamber …

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RUSSIA: Notorious Christian MP Forces Shutdown Of LGBT Film Festival By Claiming “Hostage Crisis” [VIDEO]

The Moscow Times reports: State Duma deputy and notorious anti-gay crusader Vitaly Milonov reportedly attempted to shut down Russia’s only LGBT film festival on its opening night. The St. Petersburg-based Fontanka news website reported that the deputy, accompanied by six men, physically blocked the entrance to the “Side by Side” film festival. In footage posted online, the lawmaker is heard …

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Transgender Pride Flag Unfurled At World Series Game

CBS Los Angeles reports: During do-or-die World Series Game 5 at Dodger Stadium, fans unfurled a large banner reading “Trans People Deserve To Live.” The statement was emblazoned on the Transgender Pride Flag, colored blue, pink and white. The website Into reports the protest was planned by members of the [email protected] Coalition, a Los Angeles-based activist organization that advocates for …

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Matthew Shepard Interred At DC’s National Cathedral

ABC News reports: The ashes of Matthew Shepard were interred at the National Cathedral in Washington Friday, giving him a “home that is safe” 20 years after his brutal murder, his father said. “To the National Cathedral, I cannot thank you enough … for leading the way and showing acceptance and inclusiveness for any and all who enter these grounds,” …

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LGBT Representation On Television Hits All-Time High

The Guardian reports: LGBT characters are at an all-time high on television, according to new findings. The annual Where We Are On TV report has found that 8.8% of regular characters expected to appear in the next year on US network television are LGBT, up from 6.4% the previous year, with 50% of them people of color. There was also …

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Caitlyn Jenner: I Was Wrong To Support Trump

From Caitlyn Jenner’s op-ed for the Washington Post: I believed I could work within the party and the Trump administration to shift the minds of those who most needed shifting. I made many trips to Washington to lobby and educate members of Congress, other Washington policymakers and powerful influencers. These meetings were generally positive and almost always led to encouraging …

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DOJ To SCOTUS: Make Anti-LGBT Discrimination Legal

Bloomberg Law reports: The Justice Department today told the U.S. Supreme Court that businesses can discriminate against workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law. Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the high court that a civil rights law banning sex discrimination on the job doesn’t cover transgender bias. That approach already has created a rift within the Trump …

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Tim Cook: Being Gay Is God’s Greatest Gift To Me

CNN Money reports: Four years ago, Tim Cook became the first CEO of a major company to come out as gay. He says he’s happy about that distinction — and his decision. “I’m very proud of it,” the Apple CEO told Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday in an exclusive interview for her program on CNN International and PBS. Being gay is …

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MALAYSIA: Party Leader Calls For Stepping Up Ex-Gay Torture Before God Sends Earthquakes As In Indonesia

The Malay Mail reports: Opposition leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi expressed concerns about efforts needed to stem lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activities in the country, saying a recent earthquake in Indonesia was caused by such behaviour. Speaking at the Dewan Rakyat today during Question Time, Ahmad Zahid said he was worried that Malaysia might similarly incur the wrath of …

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Trump Continues To Sell “LGBTQ For Trump” Shirts

Teen Vogue reports: In a bizarre and objectively hypocritical turn of events, Trump’s official website is still selling a pro-LGBTQ T-shirt in its online store. The “Trump Pride Tee” is a basic white crewneck shirt emblazoned with watercolor stripes of the colors of the rainbow, over which the words “LGBTQ for TRUMP” are printed. “Show your pride and your support …

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Rosie O’Donnell Gets Engaged To Massachusetts Cop

From the Hollywood Reporter: Rosie O’Donnell is engaged. A representative for the 56-year-old star confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the news of her engagement to police officer and girlfriend of a year, Elizabeth Rooney. The former View co-host revealed that a wedding date has not been set and may not be anytime in the near future, saying “this is a …

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Democrats Cite 15 Anti-LGBT Actions Under Trump

I don’t often post these kinds of press releases in full, but reminders of all these past and ongoing actions are worth your attention. From the Democratic National Committee:  This weekend, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration has developed a proposal that would legally define gender as based solely on a person’s genitalia at birth, a significant …

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ACLU Vows To Sue Over Trump’s Anti-Transgender Plan

Via press release: The Trump administration is reportedly working to dramatically roll-back protections for transgender students and narrow the definitions of sex and gender that courts have increasingly used to provide protections for LGBTQ people. This is an attack on the very lives and existence of transgender people. It is painful, it is hateful, and it will not go unchallenged. …

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Trump Administration Considers Defining Gender As An Immutable Biological Condition Determined At Birth

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government-wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender …

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Ex-Gay Crowdfunding Site Raises $100K To Help “Death To Gays” Chicago Priest Who Burned Rainbow Flag

From the crowdfunding site Funding Morality: Chicago priest Father Paul John Kalchik is being persecuted by his bishop Cardinal Blase Cupich and was forced into hiding on September 21st after Cardinal Cupich threatened to have him committed to a psychiatric treatment center. Kalchik’s offense? Burning a banner that had been unused for close to a dozen years that depicted a …

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REPORT: New Owner Of Out Magazine And Advocate Has History Of Donating To Anti-LGBT Republicans

WWD reports: Behind Pride Media are the stepbrothers Adam Levin and Maxx Abramowitz, the founders and operators of Oreva Capital, which last September acquired Out and The Advocate, along with related brands and intellectual property. They are also, respectively, the chief executive officer and lead investor of High Times magazine parent High Times Holdings. However, a new owner that not …

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Nancy Pelosi To Make Passage Of LGBT “Equality Act” A Top Priority If Democrats Regain Control Of The House

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: With expectations of a “blue” wave in the congressional mid-terms and good chances Democrats will retake control of the U.S. House, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has signaled that comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination legislation will be a top priority if she becomes speaker. Speaking at an event Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy …

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