Montana Republican invites Chick-fil-A after LGBTQ flap

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) | A Republican candidate for Montana governor is looking to take a fast-food chicken restaurant chain under his wing after the owners’ anti-gay rights stance cost it new locations in Texas and New York state.

Attorney General Tim Fox sent a letter on April 22 inviting Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy to open more restaurants in Montana. Fox’s letter is in response to recent reports that San Antonio and Buffalo city leaders excluded the restaurant from opening locations in their airports because of its funding of anti-LGBTQ organizations.

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Watch: trailer drops for fashion designer doc ‘Halston’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Halston. (Screenshot via YouTube)

The first trailer for the new documentary about gay fashion designer Halston has been released.

“Halston” chronicles his rise to fame in the fashion world in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He became a favorite to the stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, among others.

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Converse releases trans-themed sneakers for Pride line

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Converse sneaker with Transgender Pride flag colors. (Photo via Twitter)

Converse has released sneakers with the colors of the Transgender Pride Flag as part of its Pride line.

This is the first time Converse has introduced a transgender-specific sneaker. Other shoes in the line include rainbow Pride colors. There is also an option to customize shoes with rainbow or Transgender Pride colors. Shoes range from $60-$80 and can be found here.

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Kirsten Gillibrand spends time with drag queens in Iowa gay bar

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) dropped by gay bar Blazing Saddle in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday night where she spent some quality time with the drag queens.

The Democratic presidential hopeful hung out with the queens backstage at Blazing Saddle, known as the “Gay Cheers” since its 1983 opening, did her makeup with them and even lent one queen her dress.

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Conservative radio host says US will become ‘homocracy’ if Buttigieg elected

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: E.W. Jackson last week said the U.S. would become a “homocracy” if Pete Buttigieg were elected president. (Photo by Mark Taylor via Flickr)

A former Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia is saying presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will turn the U.S. into a “homocracy” if elected.

E.W. Jackson made the “homocracy” comment on his radio show “The Awakening” on April 16.

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Pelosi: Supreme Court review to have ‘no impact’ on Equality Act, floor vote in May

By : Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether existing federal law prohibits anti-LGBT discrimination will have “no impact” on the advancement of legislation seeking to ban it explicitly under federal law, a spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said April 22.

Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, said via email in response to an inquiry from the Washington Blade the Supreme Court decision will have “no impact” on the legislative process for the Equality Act, which he said is set for floor vote in the U.S. House in May.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear whether federal law bars anti-LGBTQ discrimination

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed hear cases seeking to determine once-and-for-all if anti-LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace is prohibited under federal law.

In its orders list on Monday, the court announced it has granted certiorari in response to three separate petitions seeking clarification on whether Title VII of Civil Rights of 1964, which bars sex discrimination in the workplace, applies to cases of anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

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Northern Irish police arrest 2 over killing of journalist

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LONDON (AP) | Police in Northern Ireland April 20 arrested two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry.

The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

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United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBTQ policies

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NEW YORK (AP) | There’s at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ pastors.

The differences have simmered for years, and came to a head in February at a conference in St. Louis where delegates voted 438-384 for a proposal called the Traditional Plan, which strengthens bans on LGBTQ-inclusive practices. A majority of U.S.-based delegates opposed that plan and favored LGBTQ-friendly options, but they were outvoted by U.S. conservatives teamed with most of the delegates from Methodist strongholds in Africa and the Philippines.

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Tyler Blackburn comes out as queer

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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“Pretty Little Liars” and “Roswell” star Tyler Blackburn has come out as queer.

The 32-year-old actor opened up about his sexuality in an interview with The Advocate. “I’m queer,” Blackburn says. “I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager. I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ tops Nielsen’s LGBTQ ratings report

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Nielsen announced in October it had partnered with GLAAD to isolate same-sex couple households to determine viewership data. For the first time, weekly data for LGBTQ viewership has been released and “Game of Thrones” is a clear favorite.

For the week of April 8, the “Game of Thrones” premiere on HBO was the top cable show among same-sex households (191,135). It was followed by “The Rachel Maddow Show” (66,071) on MSNBC and “Untucked,” (65,782) “RuPaul’s Drag Race” after-show, on VH1 came in third.

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LGBTQ groups, HHS clash over asking youth in foster care about sexual orientation

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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LGBT rights groups and the Department of Health & Human Services are clashing over the proposed elimination of questions seeking to identify the sexual orientation of youth in foster care, which the Trump administration concluded could be “intrusive and worrisome.”

Julie Kruse, director of federal policy at the pro-LGBT Family Equality Council, said in a statement the planned removal from HHS is an “abdication of its statutory responsibilities to promote the safety, well-being, and permanency of foster youth, including those who are LGBTQ.”

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