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AUSTRALIA: Premier Of Victoria State Apologizes To Men Convicted Under Anti-Homosexuality Laws [VIDEO]

Amazing. The Age reports: Peter McEwan was just 17 when the police caught him caressing another man behind some bushes on Brighton beach in 1967. It was enough for him to receive a criminal conviction while he was still finishing year 12. He said police had written a confession for him and he agreed to sign it. “I was an …

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BRITAIN: Activists To Protest “Militarization” Of London Pride Over Royal Air Force Flyover Plans

The Red Arrows, the precision flying unit of the Royal Air Force, will fly over London Pride next month as a “mark of respect for their LGBT colleagues.” This has some LGBT activists quite upset. Gay Star News has a statement: “We represent a cross-section of people from the LGBTQ community and anti-militarist groups who were shocked and outraged by …

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SAN DIEGO: Major League Baseball To Investigate Gay Men’s Chorus Complaint On National Anthem Debacle

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Major League Baseball is investigating a situation involving the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and the national anthem Saturday at Petco Park. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney told the Union-Tribune that baseball’s investigations department will begin to gather information to determine why the chorus was unable to perform as a pre-recorded voice of a previous singer …

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CHARLOTTE: City Council Considers Rescinding LGBT Rights Law In Deal For Amending Of State’s HB2

The Charlotte Observer reports: As the Charlotte City Council prepares for a possible vote Monday on repealing its own nondiscrimination ordinance, the Human Rights Campaign has mounted an intense lobbying effort to keep it in place and has accused the Charlotte Chamber of being an “anti-LGBT bully.” The Washington-based HRC, a gay rights group that helped the city write the …

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CALIFORNIA: San Diego Padres Fire Contractor Over “Unintentional” Gay Men’s Chorus Incident

From the Washington Post: The Padres tweeted out another statement Sunday night, in which the team said that an “internal investigation” had revealed “no malicious intent.” However, the “unintentional mistake” did lead San Diego to “take disciplinary action against [an] employee” and let go of a “third-party contractor.” The Padres offered another apology and noted their “commitment to inclusion.” Statement …

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CALIFORNIA: Gay Men’s Chorus Slams San Diego Padres After Homophobic National Anthem Incident

From the Facebook page of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus: What should have been a night of joy and celebration at Petco Park last night, instead turned into a nightmare raising serious questions about homophobia within the San Diego Padres organization and its relationship with the LGBT community. Before the start of the last night’s San Diego Padres game, …

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RETRIBUTION: House Dems Vow To Target Reelections Of GOP Reps That Reversed On LGBT Vote

The Hill reports: Democrats are vowing to target House Republicans in tough reelection races who allegedly switched their votes to ensure a measure to prevent discrimination against the LGBT community wouldn’t pass. Four of the seven Republicans accused of changing their votes after arm-twisting from GOP leaders are considered particularly vulnerable in the general election this fall. A list circulated …

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OOPS: Texas State GOP Platform Declares That The Majority Of Texans Enjoy Making Homo Sexytime

Via Reuters: A Texas-based LGBT advocacy outlet helped spark a grammar debate this week over whether an errant comma in the stridently anti-homosexual Republican Party of Texas platform can be read as saying the majority of Texans are gay. The plank that was approved by delegates at the party’s convention this month reads: “Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is …

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Log Cabin Republicans Denounce House GOP Reps For “Fraudulently” Reversing Pro-LGBT Executive Order

Via press release: “During an election year in which voters across the country are crying out because they feel our country’s political system is at best broken and at worst rigged, the sham on the floor of the United States House of Representatives yesterday spearheaded by Leader McCarthy played up everything wrong with congress today,” Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory …

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ALABAMA: Drag Queen Ambrosia Starling Mulls 2018 Gubernatorial Bid Against Chief Justice Roy Moore

Most expect currently suspended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to run for governor in 2018 if the SPLC’s ethics complaint results in his being booted from the bench for a second time. Moore’s archenemy, local drag star Ambrosia Starling, yesterday revealed that she just might challenge him for the governor’s mansion. From the Huffington Post: Starling, who publicly …

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Maroon 5 Goes Springsteen On North Carolina

From the band’s website: We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation. This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Ironman Competition Allows 200 Athletes To Bail On Triathlons Over Anti-LGBT Hate Law

From the Charlotte Observer: About 200 people who had registered to run Ironman triathalons in North Carolina this year have transferred to races in other states after the sport said they could make the switch due to North Carolina’s controversial LGBT law, organizers said. Ironman, the Tampa, Fla.-based sports organization, had given registrants until May 9 to request a transfer …

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ARKANSAS: Gov. Asa Hutchinson Holds Off Bill That Would Make “Incorrect” Restroom Use A Sex Crime

NPR reports: Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’s worked with fellow Republicans to keep a transgender bathroom bill off the agenda of a special session he called to address highway funding. Instead, Hutchinson plans to work with lawmakers on legislation for next year’s lengthier, regular legislative session. During a press conference, Hutchinson said adding the item to the special session has …

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Seychelles Decriminalizes Homosexuality

The Atlantic reports: Same-sex acts are no longer illegal in the Republic of Seychelles, the 115-island country off the East African coast, making it one of the few African countries to decriminalize the acts. Fourteen lawmakers voted Wednesday in favor of the proposal to amend Section 151 of the country’s Penal Code that named sodomy a felony, punishable with up …

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CHAOS: House Erupts With Chants Of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” Over GOP Vote On LGBT Rights [VIDEOS]

Wow! Politico reports: The House erupted in chaos Thursday morning with Democrats crying foul after Republicans hastily convinced a few of their own to switch their votes and narrowly block an amendment intended to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination. It was an unruly scene on the floor, with Democrats chanting “shame!” after GOP leaders just barely …

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PHILADELPHIA: Victims In 2014 Gay Bashing File Civil Lawsuit Against All Three Convicted Attackers

Philly Mag reports: The victims of the September 2014 gay-bashing assault in Center City are taking their attackers to court. Earlier this week, Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught filed a civil suit against Kathryn Knott, Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams for their roles in the attack. Harrigan and Williams both escaped jail time when they pleaded guilty last year to …

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CBS/NYT Poll: 41% Back Trans Restroom Rights

Politico recaps: Americans are divided over whether transgender people should be allowed to use the public bathrooms of the gender with which they identify or the gender they were born as, according to the results of a CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday. Nearly half—46 percent—said transgender people should be required to use the bathroom corresponding with their birth …

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PENNSYLVANIA: 97 GOP Lawmakers Send Obama Letter Expressing “Extreme Outrage” At Trans Guidelines

Nutcase Daryl Metcalfe is at it again. Via Newsworks: Ninety-seven Republican state representatives in Pennsylvania — including several from the Philadelphia region — have signed off on a letter to President Barack Obama, calling the new federal directive to make public schools transgender-inclusive “unconstitutional” and an “extreme outrage.” Led by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, lawmakers argue in their letter …

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PINK PISTOLS: Gay Gun Rights Group Wins Lawsuit Against Washington DC’s Concealed Carry Law

US News reports: A group that advocates for gay Americans to carry firearms says its Tuesday victory in federal court against a restrictive concealed carry law in the nation’s capital is a twofold win for their cause. Pink Pistols leader Gwen Patton say U.S. District Judge Richard Leon handed the group not only a win with real-world effects but fantastic …

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DC Grocery Store Security Guard Charged With Assaulting Trans Woman In Restroom [VIDEO]

NBC Washington reports: D.C. police have charged a security guard at a Giant grocery store with simple assault after a transgender woman said the guard forced her out of the women’s restroom. Ebony Belcher, 32, said she went to the Giant in northeast D.C. with a friend to pick up a delivery from the Western Union. While at the Giant, …

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