LGBT News

UK Teen Gets Life Sentence In Brutal Grindr Murder

The Guardian reports: A teenager who lured a “gentle, kind-hearted” sales assistant to a remote beauty spot on a date and stabbed him to death has been locked up for a minimum of 24 years. Alex Davies, 18, was murdered in Parbold, Lancashire, by Brian Healless, also 18, after they agreed a rendezvous through the dating app Grindr. Healless, from …

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Playwright Terrence McNally Dies Of Coronavirus At 81

Broadway.com reports: Terrence McNally, the celebrated playwright and librettist who penned an award-winning body of work ranging from drama to farce to musical comedy, died on March 24 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, FL, according to publicist Matt Polk. The cause of death was complications due to coronavirus; McNally was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic obstructive …

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Randy Rainbow – The Coronavirus Lament [VIDEO]

YouTube star Randy Rainbow is back this weekend with a typically blistering take on Trump’s virus response, all set to the tune of Frank Loesser’s Adelaide’s Lament, from his enduring 1950 Tony-winning musical Guys And Dolls. The number was originated on stage by Vivian Blaine, who reprised the role in the 1955 film version. Of special interest is that Blaine …

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San Francisco Pride: We’re Still On For June 2020

Our friends at San Francisco Pride reached out with a statement after seeing my post about NYC Pride still being on for now. They write: As many of you are aware, last week the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) announced assertive recommendations for large gatherings to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, over the next two …

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New York City Pride: We’re Still On For June 2020

Just in via email from New York City Pride: The safety of NYC Pride’s members, volunteers, staff, and the community at large is our highest priority when it comes to creating Pride events and programs. Because of this, it is important that we share with you the steps we are taking to ensure your health and safety as the coronavirus …

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POSTPONED: LA Pride And Palm Springs White Party

The Hollywood Reporter reports: The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another major event: L.A. Gay Pride. The Twitter account for the festival, @LAPride, posted the announcement Thursday afternoon in what marks one of the first major events postponed months from now. Gay Pride was scheduled to run June 12-14 in what was to be a commemorative event celebrating its 50th anniversary. …

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New York City Eagle Closed “Until Further Notice”

The New York City Eagle just announced on their Facebook page that they will be closed until further notice. To my knowledge, this is the first major LGBT nightspot to make such a decision regarding the coronavirus. If you know of others, please share them in the comments below.

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GLAAD Media Awards In New York City Canceled

Just in via press release: Given GLAAD’s long-standing commitment to the safety of our members, sponsors, and guests, the GLAAD Media Awards will no longer take place on March 19th in New York City. The team at GLAAD has been in communication with the City of New York and is following the latest recommendations from Governor Cuomo. We were planning …

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Saudi Arabia Bans Pixar Film Over Lesbian Character

The BBC reports: Pixar’s latest animation Onward has been banned by several Middle Eastern countries because of a reference to lesbian parents, according to reports. The family film will not be shown in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Hollywood media have reported. Police officer Specter, voiced by Lena Waithe, has been heralded as Disney-Pixar’s first openly gay character. Her …

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Canada Sees Bill To Ban Ex-Gay Torture Nationwide

CTV News reports: Justice Minister David Lametti has added another bill to the government’s agenda, tabling new amendments to the Criminal Code, to impose a ban on conversion therapy. The legislation — a campaign promise and evolution on the government’s position last parliament — is proposing to prohibit religious counselling seeking to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, …

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Queer Eye Star Isn’t Having Aaron Schock’s “Apology”

Roll Call reports: Aaron Schock came out as gay on Thursday, and a famous former resident of Illinois’ 18th District, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, isn’t here for it. “The amount of queens I’m seeing like Aaron Schock’s insta is such a lol,” the star wrote Friday on Instagram. “This man lived in the closet while voting against LGBTQ interests …

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QUEENS: LGBT Rights Activist Launches NYC Council Bid

Gay City News reports: Rod Townsend, who most recently served as president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, is running for the City Council in Queens, he told Gay City News in an exclusive interview this week. Townsend is eying the seat occupied by term-limited Councilmember Costa Constantinides in the 22nd District, which encompasses Astoria, East Elmhurst, …

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Chinese Gaming Company To Sell Grindr For $608M

Reuters reports: Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd said on Friday that it has agreed to sell Grindr LLC, a popular gay dating app it acquired in 2016, for about $608.5 million. The deal comes after a U.S. government panel set a June 2020 deadline to sell the app. The panel, dubbed the Committee on Foreign Investment in …

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Joe Biden Issues Sweeping LGBTQ Rights Plan, Includes Reversing Trump Admin’s “Religious Freedom” Policies

Chris Johnson reports at The Washington Blade: Biden’s plan is consistent with priorities on LGBTQ rights Biden has articulated on the campaign trail, including making the Equality Act, international LGBTQ human rights and banning conversion therapy nationwide his top priorities. But the plan goes into further detail, pledging to apply laws against sex discrimination to cases of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, creating …

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UNSCHOCKING: Homocon Aaron Schock Comes Out

Posted today to Schock’s Instagram page: I am gay. For those who know me and for many who only know of me, this will come as no surprise. For the past year, I have been working through a list of people who I felt should finally hear the news directly from me before I made a public statement. The fact …

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Virginia Becomes 20th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

The Washington Post reports: Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill banning conversion therapy for minors, the first LGBT rights measure to reach the Democrat’s desk this year. Virginia will become the 20th state — and the first in the South — to outlaw the therapy, a widely discredited practice that purports to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender …

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Exit Polls: 10% Of Super Tuesday Voters Were LGBT

NBC News reports: One out of every 10 people voting in today’s presidential primaries identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to the NBC News Exit Poll conducted in 12 of the 14 Super Tuesday states across the country. Reflecting changing generational attitudes about sexuality and gender identity, LGBT Democratic voters are substantially younger than today’s electorate as a …

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BRITAIN: Woman Jailed For Stalking Man On Grindr, Sent His Intimate Photos To His Family, His Colleagues

The Guardian reports: A woman has been jailed for posing as a man on a gay dating app and sharing sexual photos and videos of a man she met online during a “disturbing campaign of harassment”. Yannick Glaudin, 31, stalked the man and his then boyfriend, sending their families, friends and colleagues the intimate pictures and films using a number …

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Staten Island: Beauty Queens Banned From St. Patrick’s Parade After Pageant Winner Comes Out As Bisexual

First, a report from yesterday: On Sunday, Miss Staten Island is taking a walk — and a stand. Madison L’Insalata — who exclusively revealed to The Post she is bisexual — plans to deck herself out in rainbow gear when she marches in the Staten Island St. Patrick’s Parade. Organizers have again banned the Pride Center of Staten Island from …

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WA Lawmakers Pass Ban On Gay/Trans Panic Defense

ABC News reports: A measure prohibiting homicide defendants from claiming a defense that panic brought on by a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity has been passed by lawmakers in Washington state. Nine states — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey New York and Rhode Island — have legislatively banned the use of gay or transgender panic as …

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