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NORTH CAROLINA: NBA Legend & Charlotte Hornets Owner Michael Jordan Opposes Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The Charlotte Observer reports: With the threat of the NBA pulling its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in the wake of House Bill 2, Hornets owner Michael Jordan reinforced his franchise’s position against any form of discrimination. “As my organization has stated previously, the Charlotte Hornets and Hornets Sports & Entertainment are opposed to discrimination in any form, and we …

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ALABAMA: Small Town Of Oxford Rebukes Target, Criminalizes Restroom Use By Transgender Citizens

Yesterday the city council of Oxford, Alabama, population 21,000, voted unanimously to publicly rebuke Target and criminalize the use of public restrooms by transgender citizens. Violations of the new law can result in a $500 fine or six months in jail. From the Anniston Star: After members approved the new city ordinance, Council President Steven Waits read from a prepared …

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Gov. Pat McCrory: Democrats & Gays Orchestrated The Bathroom Issue So That I Won’t Be Reelected

Seriously. He said that. From the New York Times:  McCrory, 59, last week could barely contain his irritation that the law had taken center stage in the election, siphoning attention from his central message: that he has been a wise steward of the economy who had engineered what he and his team have branded the “Carolina Comeback.” This hornet’s nest, …

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DNC Clip Shows Prominent Right Wing Commentators Wondering What The Trans Fuss Is About [VIDEO]

From the Democratic National Committee: “As Republican legislators and governors continue their assault on LGBT Americans through Right to Discriminate laws, even many prominent conservatives think they’ve gone too far. Watch what they and others have to say.”

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MAINE: Portland City Council Votes Unanimously To Ban Travel To North Carolina And Mississippi

And the list just keeps getting longer. From Portland’s NBC affiliate: The Portland City Council voted unanimously in favor of restricting travel by city employees to states with laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. All eight councilors had already publicly backed Mayor Ethan Strimling’s proposal before Monday night’s meeting. They don’t want the city spending money for city employees …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Activists Arrested At Assembly Building In Sit-In Protest Of Anti-LGBT Law [VIDEO]

National Center for Transgender Equality head Mara Keisling and at least several other activists have just been arrested at a sit-in at the North Carolina General Assembly building. I’ve posted several short videos of current reporting via Twitter. See below. The protests were organized by several local and national groups, including the North Carolina NAACP, whose head Rev. William Barber …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Hundreds Of Haters Counter-Protest As State Assembly Gets HB2 Repeal Bill [VIDEO]

At this writing a growing crowd of about 1000 are protesting in support of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT hate law as Democrats introduce a repeal bill in the state Assembly. LGBT activists led by Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign started the day by delivering petitions calling for the law’s repeal. Local news video reports are below. Thousands gather …

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BANGLADESH: Editor Of Nation’s First LGBT Magazine Found Hacked To Death, Islamists Suspected

The Mirror reports: The editor of Bangladesh’s first ever LGBT magazine has been hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants in a horrific attack, it is reported. Julhas Mannan, 35, who worked for ‘Roopbaan’, was killed alongside his friend, Tanay Mojumdar, in an apartment in the capital of Dhaka, a police official said. A third person was injured in the …

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LIVE VIDEO: HB2 Protests Begin In North Carolina

Today’s “Moral Monday” protests against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT HB2 have begun outside the state capitol building. Anti-LGBT groups have vowed to bus in thousands to counter-protest. Watch live at this link.

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NEW YORK: AG Eric Schneiderman Says He Was Tricked About $116M Sale Of AIDS Hospice To Developer

From the New York Daily News: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office says it was misled about the sale of the Rivington House Lower East Side AIDS care facility to a condo developer. State law requires court approval — with recommendations from the Attorney General’s Office and state Health Department — whenever a not-for-profit facility like Rivington House is converted into …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-LGBT Groups To Face Off Against NAACP In “Moral Monday” HB2 Protests

Video below. From Raleigh’s CBS affiliate: Hundreds of people against and for House Bill 2 will descend on downtown Raleigh to make their voices heard as the General Assembly begins a new session Monday. When lawmakers file into the legislative building they’ll be met with plenty of opposition, but they won’t have to look far to find support. “We’re expecting …

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NORTH CAROLINA: HB2 Repeal Bill To Be Intro’d Today

From Wilmington’s NBC affiliate: On Monday morning, Representatives Darren Jackson, Graig Meyer, Susi Hamilton, and Grier Martin will file a bill to repeal House Bill 2 (Public Facilities Privacy Act) in its entirety. As part of this effort, the four Representatives will hold a joint press conference on Monday at 11:00 am in the NCGA pressroom to further explain beginning …

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NEW ORLEANS: Dollar Store Cashier Caught On Camera Refusing To Serve Gay Customers [VIDEO]

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: A woman who overheard a cashier at a New Orleans Family Dollar store loudly expressing homophobic sentiments to customers with a “hateful passion” said she was denied service after she identified herself as gay and asked the cashier to stop. Videos recorded by Melissa Langford, 34, capture the moments after her initial confrontation as the …

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90 Year-Old Former US Sen. Harris Wofford Reveals That He’s About To Marry A 40 Year-Old Man

Politico reports: At 90-years-old, a former U.S. senator has found love with a man — 20 years after the death of his wife. Harris Wofford, a Democrat who represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate from 1991-1995, wrote in a column for The New York Times that he is set to marry a man this Saturday. Wofford retells the story of …

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BRITAIN: Obama Tells Emotional Trans Student He Can’t Overturn Laws With Current Congress [VIDEO]

During an appearance today in London, President Obama encouraged an emotional transgender student, saying that he is “incredibly proud” of her work for social reform, but that it’s not possible to overturn laws like North Carolina’s with the current Congress. From the Daily Mail: Maria Munir, a University of York student who is running for a council seat in Watford, …

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Anti-Gay Catholic Activist Michael Voris Confesses: I Used To Live A Sinful Life With Homosexual Men

Thanks in part to pressure from virulently anti-gay and comically bewigged Catholic activist Michael Voris, last week the Catholic Church fired its news service editor for tweeting against North Carolina’s hate law. Yesterday Voris posted a video on his website, Church Militant, in which he confesses that for most his thirties, he lived a sexually sinful life of “live-in relationships …

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No Appeal For Gay-Basher Katherine Knott

Philadelphia Gay News reports: It appears that Kathryn Knott will not file a full appeal of her prison sentence. Knott was convicted of assault and other charges in December, stemming from a 2014 gay-bashing incident, and sentenced to 5 to 10 months in prison Knott would have typically had 30 days after her Feb. 8 sentencing hearing to appeal to …

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NASCAR Calls For Repeal Of North Carolina’s Hate Law

From the Charlotte Observer: As opposition to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 grows, NASCAR has joined the chorus of companies calling for the law to be overturned. According to Motorsport.com, a site that covers racing news, NASCAR Chairman Brian France made the announcement at a meeting this week with Associated Press sports editors. Jim Utter, a longtime NASCAR writer, reported …

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Obama: Repeal Those Anti-LGBT Hate Laws [VIDEO]

The Daily Mail reports: President Barack Obama told British travelers that new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi pertaining to the treatment of LGBT individuals are “wrong and should be overturned” but they need not worry about being treated discourteously if they visit. “I want everybody here in the United Kingdom to know that the people of North Carolina and …

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MISSISSIPPI: Activists To March On Governor’s Mansion In May Day Rally To Repeal Hate Law [VIDEO]

From the Human Rights Campaign: On April 5, 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law H.B. 1523, “The Religious Liberty Accommodations Act,” which would allow individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians in some of the most important aspects of their lives, including at work, at schools, and in their communities. Take …

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