LGBT News

Restaurant To Pay $40K For Anti-Gay Abuse Of Staffer

The Associated Press reports: A Virginia restaurant operator has agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve a lawsuit that claims its employees routinely harassed a gay server with homophobic epithets and taunted him about his sexuality. A federal judge on Thursday signed off on the settlement between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Mejia Corp., which does business as El …

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Trans Teen Wins Years-Long “Bathroom” Court Battle

Just in from the ACLU: The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia has ruled in favor of ACLU client Gavin Grimm, in his request for summary judgement in a sex discrimination lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board. Statement from Gavin Grimm: “It is such a relief to achieve this closure and vindication from the court after …

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DC’s Town LGBT Nightclub To Reopen In Former Church

The Washington Post reports: Last summer, when gay nightclub Town Danceboutique shuttered its doors, its patrons packed in for one last sweaty, nostalgic dance party — mourning the closing as the loss of a mainstay for D.C.’s LGBTQ community. Now, the owners are planning a resurrection for the beloved club: “Town2.0.” Its potential new home? A former Baptist church. Speculation …

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ISRAEL: Ad Companies Ordered To Run Extremist Party Billboards Accusing Gay Parents Of Child Trafficking

Haaretz reports: Advertising companies have to run the anti-gay campaign ads created by the ultra-Orthodox-Zionist Noam party, the acting chairman of the Central Elections Committee Neal Hendel [photo] ruled Tuesday. Hendel determined that in their decision not to run Noam ads, some billboard companies had derogated from equality and freedom of expression, and caused “effective harm to [Noam’s] ability to …

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Former Pastor Behind “Purity” Movement Renounces Christianity, Leaves Wife, Marches In LGBT Pride Parade

The Christian Post reports: Former pastor and evangelical author Joshua Harris demonstrated his support for the LGBT community by marching in Vancouver’s annual Pride Parade less than a month after announcing he no longer considers himself a Christian. On August 4, Harris, former pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, shared several Instagram photos of himself participating in the …

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Pro-LGBT Coke Ads Anger Hungary’s Ruling Party

Reuters reports: Advertisements by Coca-Cola around a music festival in Hungary that promote gay acceptance have prompted a boycott call from a senior member of the conservative ruling party. The posters, in tandem with the week-long “Love Revolution” event starting on Wednesday in Budapest, show gay people and couples smiling with slogans like “zero sugar, zero prejudice”. On Sunday, Fidesz’s …

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POLAND: Archbishop Condemns “The Rainbow Plague”

Reuters reports: Poland’s Catholic Church has doubled down on the anti-gay rhetoric that has become the nationalist ruling party’s dominant theme in recent weeks, drawing a rebuke from liberal politicians who compared an archbishop’s remarks to incitement to genocide. In a sermon given to mark the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising by Polish resistance fighters against Nazi occupation, the …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Dem Gov. Roy Cooper Signs Exec Order Banning Use Of State Funds For Ex-Gay Torture

Charlotte’s ABC News affiliate reports: On Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Executive Order No. 97, which directs the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services to ensure no state tax money is used for conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. The order prohibits any medical or mental health provider receiving state or federal funds allocated to the …

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Mario Lopez Apologizes For Comments On Trans Kids

People Magazine reports: Mario Lopez is facing backlash over comments he made in a recent interview that suggested it was “dangerous” for parents to label their kids transgender. In a statement to PEOPLE on Wednesday, Lopez apologized for his remarks. “The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” …

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Actor Mario Lopez Faces Backlash For Trans Comments

Newsweek reports: Mario Lopez is being criticized for claiming it’s “dangerous” for parents to support children who identify as transgender. The 45-year-old television personality made his comments in June during an appearance on The Candace Owens Show, a video series on the PragerU YouTube channel, but they sparked blowback on social media this week. Owens compared a child expressing a …

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Justin Trudeau Drops In At Vancouver Gay Bar [VIDEO]

Vancouver’s City News reports: It may have been the first time a sitting Prime Minister has visited a gay bar. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped in for a beer at the Fountainhead Pub in Vancouver’s West End early Monday evening. NEWS 1130’s Taran Parmar was there. “We’re kicking off pride week here in Vancouver — that’s definitely one way to …

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VIRGINIA: Republicans Fail In Attempt To Censure US House Rep For Having Officiated Same-Sex Wedding

The Roanoke Times reports: A small number of Republicans on a congressional district committee tried to censure Rep. Denver Riggleman because he officiated a same-sex marriage earlier this month. The 5th Congressional District Republican Committee went into a closed session for more than two hours to discuss the matter at a meeting on Saturday at Healing Strides horse riding center …

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Oliver Stone: I’m Not Homophobic And Neither Is Putin

Director Oliver Stone writes on his Facebook page: As to gay/LGBTQ beliefs in Russia, again much misunderstood. Mr. Putin made himself clear in “The Putin Interviews” — he’s not anti-gay/LGBTQ. Nor am I. Have another look at “Alexander,” for which we took a beating in 2004. Beyond the Hephaestion story in the sexuality department, I prominently featured Alexander’s love for …

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POLAND: Anti-Fascism Rallies Held After Thousands Of Extremists Terrorize Small LGBT Pride Parade [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: The marchers at the first gay pride parade here in the conservative Polish city of Bialystok expected that they would be met with resistance. But last week when Katarzyna Sztop-Rutkowska saw the angry mob of thousands that awaited the marchers, who numbered only a few hundred, she was shocked. “The most aggressive were the football …

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Baptist Church Refuses To Host Man’s Funeral Because It Would Be Attended By The Man’s Gay Son [VIDEO]

Chattanooga’s ABC affiliate reports: A dying Tennessee man’s final wish will not be honored. A bereaved son in Sweetwater, Tennessee says his sexual orientation is standing in the way of his father’s funeral service. Jessie Goodman is engaged to Brandon Smitty. Goodman’s father is very ill and dying. His final wish is that his services be held at the church …

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Hate Crime Charges In London Bus Attack On Lesbians

The Independent reports: Four teenage boys have been charged with an aggravated hate crime over a homophobic attack against two women on a London night bus, the Metropolitan Police has said. Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend Chris were hospitalised with facial injuries and left covered with blood after the assault on 30 May. The couple had been travelling home …

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World Cup Champ Megan Rapinoe Scores Book Deal

The New York Times reports: During a speech earlier this month celebrating her team’s World Cup victory, Megan Rapinoe ended with a plea to fans. “We have to be better,” she said, urging all of them to consider how they could effect change in their communities. “It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place.” Now, Ms. Rapinoe, a …

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RUSSIA: Activist Found Murdered After Her Name Appeared On Site Offering Prizes For Attacking LGBTs

The Moscow Times reports: A prominent Russian LGBT activist who had been featured on a blocked website that encourages people to “hunt down” sexual minorities has been killed in St. Petersburg. The website, inspired by the “Saw” horror film franchise and which encourages visitors to track down and assault people believed to be LGBT, was blocked in Russia last week. …

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Human Rights Groups And Dem Senators Demand Pompeo Abolish Anti-LGBT “Natural Law” Commission

NBC News reports: Hundreds of prominent human rights organizations, presidential candidates, Democratic senators and religious leaders are sounding the alarm over the Trump administration’s new Commission on Unalienable Rights. A trio of letters sent Tuesday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and obtained by NBC News, accuse the State Department of sidelining rights for women and the LGBTQ community in …

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Pence To Hold Fundraiser At Gay-Owned Private Club

The Aspen Times reports: Monday’s $35,000-a-couple fundraiser starring Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to take place at a private club in Aspen owned by two gay men, sources said Friday. The Caribou Club in Aspen’s downtown core is set to host the VIP reception with Pence, according to sources who declined to be named. Billy Stolz, one of the …

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