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INDIANA: Florist Refuses Service For Gay Wedding

The Indy Channel reports: A man claims the owner of a floral shop in Avon decided not to help with his wedding when she learned he was going to be marrying another man. David Elliott says he went to Avon Florist on Rockville Road on July 19 and he posted about what happened at the shop afterward on his Facebook …

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Connecticut McDonald’s Shades Its New Neighbor

NBC Connecticut reports: It appears a local McDonald’s has thrown down the gauntlet to its new fast-food neighbor. A Chick-fil-A is moving in next to the Glastonbury McDonald’s. While the chicken chain does not open until July 26, to the casual observer it appears McDonald’s may already be taking a dig at their values. The sign under the golden arches …

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CUBA: Draft Constitution Opens Path To Marriage

Reuters reports: The draft of Cuba’s new constitution opens the path to same-sex marriage, a government official said on Saturday, which would make the country that once persecuted homosexuals an unlikely leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. In the early years of Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, many homosexuals were sent to correctional labor camps, part of an institutionalized …

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ISRAEL: Activists Block Highway In Unprecedented LGBT Workers Nationwide Strike Over Surrogacy Laws

The Times of Israel reports: Protesters briefly blocked the Ayalon freeway in central Tel Aviv on Sunday morning amid demonstrations across the country, as the LGBT community began an unprecedented nationwide strike in protest of Israel’s failure to include gay couples in its surrogacy laws. The main southbound artery through the city was temporarily blocked by thousands of marchers waving …

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MICHIGAN: Republican Attorney General Rules LGBT Citizens Are Not Protected By Anti-Bias Laws [VIDEO]

The Detroit News reports: In a legal opinion sure to reverberate through his campaign for governor, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday deemed “invalid” a new agency interpretation that had extended anti-discrimination protections to gay and transgender Michigan residents. The formal opinion was derided by a Democratic state lawmaker as an attempt to “trample” on the gay community but …

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HHS Deletes LGBT Resources From Obamacare Site

Just in from the Democratic National Committee: Today, the Sunlight Foundation reported that the Trump-Pence administration’s Department of Health and Human Services removed and altered language from its website on the provision of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination in health care services.  The move limits access to information and resources that protect women and LGBTQ people, particularly transgender …

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Tony Winning Gay Actor Gary Beach Dies At Age 70

Theater Mania reports: Gary Beach, the longtime Broadway vet who won a Tony for playing Roger De Bris in The Producers, has died at the age of 70. Born in Alexandria, Virginia, on October 10, 1947, Beach graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He made his Broadway debut as an understudy during the original run of 1776. …

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TRAILER: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, And Russell Crowe Star In Conversion Therapy Drama Boy Erased

Rolling Stone reports: Rising pop star Troye Sivan and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea join Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the emotional new trailer for Boy Erased. The film is based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name about his experience at a gay conversion therapy program, which he attended at 19 at the …

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CW Network Greenlights Lesbian Batwoman Series

Deadline Hollywood reports: Batwoman is already scheduled to visit the Arrowverse for the annual crossover event in December; she may now become a permanent member of it, expanding the universe and breaking some TV ground in the process. The CW has put in development a Batwoman series for 2019 consideration. It hails from former The Vampire Diaries executive producer Caroline …

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SOUTH KOREA: US Embassy Supports Seoul LGBT Pride Festival, Christian Protesters Attempt To Block Parade

The Korea Daily reports: Seoul’s festival had the theme “Queeround,” signifying that there are LGBT people all around us. According to its organizers, a record number of about 120,000 people took part in the festivities despite the sweltering heat, which reached a high of 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit). Although the festival was organized by Koreans, there was a …

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HELSINKI: Human Rights Campaign Calls On Trump And Putin To End Chechnya’s Crimes Against LGBTs

From the Human Rights Campaign: Today, just ahead of tomorrow’s Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, HRC projected an enormous message onto the Presidential Palace in Helsinki demanding that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin immediately end the ongoing anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity occurring in the Russian republic of Chechnya. For more than 15 months, Donald Trump and his administration have refused to …

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Scotland’s Leader Heads Glasgow Pride Parade, Where She’d Rather Be “No Matter Who Else” Is Here Today

Scotland’s Daily Record reports: Nicola Sturgeon says leading thousands of marchers at Scotland’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) pride event was a “real honour.” Wearing a t-shirt with a rainbow coloured “choose love” logo, the First Minister headed up Glasgow Pride as it left Clyde Place, alongside Suki Wan, chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Ms Sturgeon …

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INDONESIA: Gay Couple Publicly Flogged 80+ Times

Agence France-Presse reports: A gay couple was publicly whipped in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province on Friday (July 13), despite an earlier pledge by officials to stop the punishment after it drew international criticism. The two men were flogged more than 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law, as a jeering crowd hurled abuse …

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Democrats Seek Federal Ban On “Gay Panic” Defense

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: The use of a panic defense to justify anti-LGBT violence in federal court will come to an end if new legislation introduced this week by a pair of Massachusetts Democrats becomes law. The bill, introduced by Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) in the U.S. House and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in the U.S. Senate, …

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US House Panel Advances Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

Metro Weekly reports: The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has attached an amendment to a government funding bill that allows child welfare agencies to discriminate against prospective parents, including same-sex couples, based on the agency’s religious beliefs. The amendment, introduced by U.S> Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), was added to a funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, …

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“Mike Pence Sausage Fest” Planned For Kansas City

Kansas City’s CBS affiliate reports: It is always a big deal when the President of the United States or the Vice President of the United States visit the Kansas City area. Roads are blocked off and large amounts of security following their every step. However, Wednesday will be a little different. The LGBTQ community in Kansas City and radio station …

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INDIA: Supreme Court Considers Legalizing Gay Sex

Buzzfeed reports: India could be on the brink of repealing a 157-year-old law that criminalizes gay sex in what is one of the world’s largest and longest-running LGBT legal battles. On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon in a courtroom so full people barely had space to turn around, a bench of five judges from India’s highest court began hearing arguments against …

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LGBT Groups Raise Alarm: We Must #StopKavanaugh

From Lambda Legal: Judge Kavanaugh would guarantee 40 more years of Trump’s values on the Supreme Court. Like every other judicial nominee who has a seal of approval from the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, Judge Kavanaugh shares Donald Trump’s same distorted view of the law. We have good reason to fear that Judge Kavanaugh will abuse his power …

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LGBT Activists Display “Hidden Flag” At World Cup

From the Hidden Flag website: When Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag in 1978, he did so to create a symbol and an icon for the LGTB community. A symbol, recognisable across the world, that people could use to express their pride. Unfortunately, 40 years later, there are still countries in which homosexuality is persecuted, sometimes even by jail sentences, …

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Actor Tab Hunter Dies At Age 86 [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Tab Hunter, a former on-screen heartthrob and a gay icon, has died. He was 86. The news was announced on a Facebook page associated with the actor, but a cause of death was not included. With his blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, and toothy smile, Hunter rose to the top ranks of Hollywood leading men in the 1950’s …

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