Connecticut city’s elected body eliminates gender pronouns

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The legislative body in Stamford, Connecticut, has removed gender pronouns from its written rules.

The Board of Representatives voted last week to remove “he/she” and “his/her” from its rules of order, replacing them with specific titles, including president and clerk, the Advocate newspaper reported.

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Iowa lawsuit pits gay rights against religious freedom

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is caught up in a legal fight with a conservative Christian student group that denied a leadership position to a student who is gay.

The case pits a university policy barring discrimination based on sexual orientation against the religious beliefs of a 10-member group called Business Leaders in Christ. The group sued after the state’s flagship university in Iowa City revoked its campus registration in November.

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George Michael made secret donations to charity after the death of his partner

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George Michael made secret donations to Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based charity aimed at feeding people with critical illnesses, after the death of his partner, Anselmo Feleppa, in 1993.

Feleppa’s death, which was caused by HIV/AIDS, spurned Michael to donate to Project Angel Food. Over the years, Michael donated more than $685,000 to the charity.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Katya is taking a break from drag

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Katya is taking a break from drag.

Katya, real name Brian McCook, opened up in an Instagram Live video, spoken entirely in French, about his need to take a break for his mental health.

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Demi Lovato wants to date Rihanna

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Demi Lovato revealed her crushes in the entertainment industry during “Who’d You Rather?” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday. While she had a couple top picks, Rihanna was Lovato’s clear favorite.

Lovato, 25, picked Rihanna over the likes of Harry Styles, Zac Efron, Milo Ventimiglia, Drake, Rita Ora, Chance The Rapper and Kristen Stewart.

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Wyoming gay couple files lawsuit against town leaders

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ABOVE: Marc and Rusty Andrus. Photo from Facebook.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A same-sex couple who own a restaurant in western Wyoming have filed a federal lawsuit, contending that town officials discriminated against them in applying local rules and codes.

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Court orders return of gay immigrant to U.S. after Christmas nightmare deportation

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ABOVE: Michael Young with his spouse and gay asylum seeker Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez. Photo courtesy of Immigrant Defenders Law Center.

A gay Mexican immigrant who sought asylum in the United States, but was deported over the recent Christmas holiday despite a court order in his favor, was retrieved Tuesday after a nearly one-month ordeal in which the Trump administration ignored rulings on his behalf.

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House kills ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Therapy that seeks to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity will remain legal in New Hampshire, though lawmaker say they found no evidence it is being practiced in the state.

The House on Tuesday killed two bills that would have prohibited so-called conversion therapy. Supporters of the measure said the state should ban an inappropriate, ineffective and harmful practice regardless of how often it occurs. But opponents said state licensing boards already have the authority to regulate and discipline any practitioner who uses coercive tactics.

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Vermont considers 3rd gender option on driver’s licenses

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State residents who don’t identify as male or female may soon be able to choose another gender on their driver’s licenses.

Vermont Public Radio reports the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new computer system will allow a third gender option.

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Finnish court acquits duo’s gay bar stunt on Russian plot

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish comedy and rap duo has been acquitted of building a makeshift gay bar in 2015 on a plot of land in Finland owned by Russian president Vladimir Putin to protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

The court on Aland islands off the southwestern Finnish coast rejected Thursday a Russian charge against Frej Larsson and Simon Gardenfors, the local Nya Aaland daily said. The Russian charge said the two unlawfully constructed on the grounds of Putin’s summer residence and demanded a fine.

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Vogue drops Mario Testino, Bruce Weber amid sexual misconduct allegations

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Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been dropped from Vogue and Condé Nast over sexual misconduct allegations from numerous male models in a report from the New York Times.

15 former and current male models accused Weber, known for his sexually charged ad campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, of being inappropriate with them during photo shoots.

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‘Modern Family’ to end after next season

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“Modern Family” will come to an end after season 10, according to co-creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd.

Levitan and Lloyd told the Hollywood Reporter they “can’t imagine” the show continuing past next season.

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