Taxi company ordered to pay after driver ejects gay couple

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials have ordered a taxi company to pay a former passenger who says he was kicked out of a cab after he kissed his male partner.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday the city Commission on Human Relations has ordered PHL Taxi to pay Mark Seaman $500. The ruling comes eight years after Seaman kissed his partner on the top of the head as they left Philadelphia International Airport.

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Bermuda House approves same-sex marriage repeal bill

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ABOVE: Members of the Bermuda House of Representatives have approved a bill that would rescind marriage rights for same-sex couples in the British territory. Photo by Mike Oropeza; via Wikimedia Commons

Members of the Bermuda House of Representatives have approved a bill that would repeal marriage rights for same-sex couples in the British island territory.

The Royal Gazette newspaper reported lawmakers approved the Domestic Partnership Act — which would allow same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships as opposed to get married — by a 24-10 vote margin. Lawmakers debated the measure for five hours on Friday before they voted on it.

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Supreme Court won’t hear case seeking Title VII protection for gays

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it won’t hear a case seeking protecting for lesbian, gay and bisexual workers under existing civil rights law barring sex discrimination.

The court announced it denied a writ of certiorari in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital as part of an order list Monday reflecting decisions made justices at a conference last week Friday. It takes a vote of four justices to agree to take up a case, although the vote isn’t made public.

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Annise Parker on leading Victory Fund: ‘My focus is on the candidate’

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ABOVE: Annise Parker is now CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key

After more than 40 years of activism and three terms as mayor of Houston, Annise Parker has taken on a new leadership role as CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.

The change in leadership for the organizations was announced Friday at the annual International LGBTQ Leaders Conference. Parker, 61, told the crowd times have changed since she began her activism in the 1970s, but too many LGBT people “still have to fear” many of the dangers LGBT people faced decades ago.

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Arkansas resumes issuing birth certificates after brief halt

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor ordered health officials on Friday to treat married lesbian and heterosexual couples the same when listing the parents on a birth certificate, in an effort to comply with a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state’s birth certificate law was discriminatory.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s directive came hours after a judge blocked the state from issuing any birth certificates until it complied with the June ruling. Arkansas stopped issuing and amending birth certificates for about two hours Friday morning after the injunction by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who also canceled mediation he had ordered between attorneys for the state and three same-sex couples to find a fix to the law.

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Aisha Moodie-Mills: ‘It is time for me to leave Victory’

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ABOVE: Aisha Moodie-Mills has announced her departure from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key

The head of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Victory Institute announced Friday “it is time for me to leave” the organization, announcing her intention to step down to take on battles she said are waged by the far-right.

Aisha Moodie-Mills, who served as CEO of both organizations for two-and-a-half years, made the announcement at the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference, which is taking place at Washington Hilton in D.C.

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Well-Strung members to compete on ‘Amazing Race’

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ABOVE: Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant on Well Strung. Screenshot via YouTube.

Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant, two members of the all-gay string quartet Well-Strung, will be competing on season 30 of “The Amazing Race,” CBS announced.

Well-Strung is known for their pop/classical music crossovers which have caught the attention of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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Director Bryan Singer sued for alleged rape of 17-year-old boy

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Director Bryan Singer has been accused of allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy at a party in 2003.

According to court documents filed in King County, Wash., Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claims he met Singer at a yacht party hosted by Lester Waters, who “was a wealthy tech investor who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area.”

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Gay man denied marriage license hopes to unseat county clerk

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — David Ermold returned to the Rowan County courthouse Wednesday, nearly two years after Clerk Kim Davis refused to give him a marriage license because he was gay.

Only this time, he did not want a license. He wants Davis’ job.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court to hear Gay pride T-shirt case

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case regarding a company’s refusal to print T-shirts for a gay-pride festival due to religious beliefs.

News outlets report Kentucky’s highest court issued an order last month saying it would hear the case.

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Adult film star August Ames dies after backlash for ‘homophobic’ tweet

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(Image from August Ames’ Instagram.)

Adult film star August Ames was found dead at her home in Camarillo, California on Tuesday. She was 23.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner told the Blast that Ames died from asphyxiation due to hanging. Her death is believed to have been a suicide.

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ character Rosa Diaz comes out as bisexual

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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” marked its 99th episode of the series on Tuesday but the episode was also a monumental moment for its character Rosa Diaz.

During the scene, Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) gets a phone call from a woman while talking to Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio). The woman calls Rosa “Babe” causing Boyle to question who she is. Rosa says its her sister but Boyle inquires “What’s really going on?”

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