PHOTOS: EDC Orlando was a huge rainbow dance party

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Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC, returned for the seventh year to Orlando for its east coast festival at Tinker Field Nov. 10-11.

The two-day event played host to more than 80,000 attendees and was filled with carnival rides, innovative art and over 55 dance music acts across three immersive stages.

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Anti-LGBTQ hate group opens conference with rainbow flag dance

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A gentleman by the name of Derrick Paul did a “pretty neat thing” to open the anti-LGBTQ conference held by hate group MassResistance in Fort Worth, Texas last week.

Paul stood before the attendees of the organization’s 2017 Teens4Truth conference and, with two multi-colored flags, danced his heart out while a Christian pop song played over the speakers.

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DOJ appeals ruling against Trump’s transgender military ban

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Eliminating any question on whether the administration would allow court orders against President Trump’s transgender military ban to stand, the U.S. Justice Department late Tuesday appealed one decision to a federal appeals court.

The appeal came on the same day a federal court in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction against Trump’s transgender military ban, becoming the second court to enjoin the directive Trump issued in August.

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Council of Europe criticizes Turkish ban on LGBTI events

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Europe’s top human rights body is calling on Turkey’s capital city to reverse its decision to ban all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks expressed concern Monday that the ban announced by Ankara governor’s office was a “manifestation of a continuing backsliding in the field of human rights protection” in Turkey. He suggested the move may reflect Turkish authorities’ “growing intolerance toward LGBTI” individuals.

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Staff had warned anti-LGBT Ohio lawmaker about affairs with men

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A legislative Republican spokesman says officials confronted a conservative Christian, anti-LGBT Ohio lawmaker months before his resignation to discuss allegations of extramarital conduct with men and to warn him to stay away from House staff.

Ohio House GOP spokesman Brad Miller says the meeting with then-state Rep. Wes Goodman took place in early summer. Also present were Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s chief of staff and top lawyer.

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‘Justice League’ gets gay porn parody

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Justice League” may be a box office failure, but its legacy could live on in a gay porn parody.

Men.com released a safe for work trailer for “Justice League: A Gay XXX Parody” which features “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Manila Luzon as Wonder Woman, Colby Keller as Green Lantern, Brandon Cody as Superman, Ryan Bones as Batman, Manuel Skye as Alfred, Francois Sagat as Aquaman and Johnny Rapid as The Flash.

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Starbucks holiday cup sparks social media buzz over lesbian hands theory

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Starbucks’ annual holiday cups are causing controversy once again, but this time the scandal involves two people holding hands.

The rest of the pair’s bodies aren’t shown on the cup, which features other holiday doodles like a Christmas tree and presents, leading some people to speculate they are the hands of a lesbian couple.

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Watermark Holiday Giveaway: Win tickets to “A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour” at the Straz Center

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You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. Drage Queens are coming to town!

Get ready as queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race are performing live on stage this holiday season in A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour. Hometown hero Trinity Taylor hosts alongside some of the most talented queens this side of the North Pole including Sasha Velour, Latrice Royale, Farrah Moan, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi DeVayne and Eureka O’Hara.

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Justin Trudeau to formally apologize for ‘gross indecency’ convictions

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday announced his government will formally apologize to those who were convicted of “gross indecency” before the country decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations.

He wrote on his Facebook page that his government on Nov. 28 “will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House (of Commons) — for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality & inclusion.” The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported Trudeau will also formally apologize to Canadians who were fired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the country’s military and civil service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Thousands celebrate in Rio’s gay pride parade on Copacabana

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Thousands of revelers danced on Copacabana beach Sunday to celebrate Rio de Janeiro’s annual gay pride parade despite deep funding cuts by the city.

Mayor Marcelo Crivella offered no city funding this year, but organizers said they were able to finance festivities with the support of private businesses and organizations.

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Morrissey defends Kevin Spacey, questions Anthony Rapp’s account

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Morrissey defends Kevin Spacey and questions Anthony Rapp’s sexual misconduct allegation in a recent interview with German publication Der Spiegel.

The 58-year-old former frontman of the Smiths explained that he is against sexual assault but thinks many victims only tell their stories because they are “disappointed” with the encounter.

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Embattled Zimbabwe president resists calls to resign

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Sunday did not say whether he will resign from the office he has held for 37 years.

Mugabe read a statement on Zimbabwean television less than a week after the country’s military placed him under house arrest. The military moved against Mugabe after he fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in an apparent attempt to allow his wife, Grace Mugabe, to succeed him.

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