Women occupy most same-sex households, except in cities

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(AP) | Female couples make up more than half of all same-sex households in the United States, but male couples dominate in cities with large gay populations.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported Sept. 18 that the U.S. had almost 1 million same sex households in 2017, with female couples making up almost 52 percent of those households. The findings emerged in the bureau’s American Community Survey.

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Apple ads fall far from the LGBT tree

By : Scott Stiffler OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Apple CEO Tim Cook. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

We buy their phones, wear their watches, and use their products to drive our businesses—but finding their iconic ads in the pages of your local LGBT newspaper or website is like looking for an apple in an orange grove.

“Some big companies with a good reputation in the community, like Apple, fail when it comes to speaking to us directly, effectively,” says Leo Cusimano, publisher and owner of the Dallas Voice newspaper, and OUT North Texas, a glossy magazine. “More and more, LGBT individuals are frustrated by brands that treat them as an afterthought.”

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Carson remarks on men infiltrating women’s shelters rebuked as anti-trans

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Ben Carson is facing criticism for remarks about “big, hairy men” in women’s homeless shelters perceived as attack on transgender people.

The Washington Post reported late Thursday Carson made the comments earlier when visiting HUD’s San Francisco office, where he expressed concern about “big, hairy men” trying to infiltrate women’s homeless shelters.

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Lighthouse offers a beacon to LGBTQ teens in Connecticut

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GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) | When Joe Belisle was growing up in the 1970s, there were no support groups or resources for teenagers questioning their sexuality. So, he and other teens made what they thought was the safest decision—they remained under the radar and hid their identities.

For Belisle, a gay teenager growing up in a devout Catholic household in Hadley, Mass., coming out could have invited physical or verbal violence, or exclusion from his family and religious community.

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Mormon leader reaffirms church’s opposition to gay marriage

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ABOVE: Russell M. Nelson speaks in Orlando June 9. Photo via Nelson’s Facebook page.

PROVO, Utah (AP) | The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed the religion’s opposition to gay marriage Sept. 17, while explaining that leaders lifted a short-lived ban on baptisms for children of gay parents because they felt the “heartache” it caused.

Church president Russell M. Nelson’s remarks in a speech to students at the church-owned Brigham Young University were the most detailed explanation to date of the faith’s surprising move in April to repeal 2015 policies that banned the baptisms and labeled people in same-sex marriages as sinners eligible for expulsion.

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Buttigieg: ‘I can’t even read the LGBT media anymore’

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, Ind.) speaks at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate on July 30, 2019. Photo courtesy of CNN.

Gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was dismissive of the LGBT media Wednesday in comments falsely suggesting LGBT outlets were responsible for stories accusing him of not being “gay enough.”

Buttigieg made the remarks during an interview on Sirius XM in response to a question from host Clay Cane about criticism in “LGBT circles” over Buttigieg having more privilege because he presents as a masculine gay man.

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Police investigate after transgender woman’s body found

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ABOVE: WBTV screenshot of debris via Twitter.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) | Police in North Carolina have launched a homicide investigation after the body of a transgender woman was found in the debris of a house fire.

The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they’re trying to determine if someone intentionally set the fire.

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PHOTOS: Watermark Wednesday benefits PFLAG at Sirata Beach Resort

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ST. PETERSBURG | Watermark’s bi-monthly Tampa Bay social Watermark Wednesday benefited PFLAG Tampa and PFLAG St. Pete at Sirata Beach Resort Sept. 18.

PFLAG is the nation’s first and largest organization dedicated to uniting the LGBTQ community, their families and supporters. It has more than 400 chapters, including Tampa’s which formed in 2011 and St. Petersburg’s which followed in 2017.

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Issue: 26.19: 30 & Thriving

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The Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Turns 30, INSIDE: Official Come Out With Pride Guide, Pasco Pride Expands in Second Year, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Come Out With Pride 2019 Guide

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This year Come Out With Pride celebrates the heroes of our community in Orlando, Florida.
October 6-13, 2019

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The Last Page: David Dorman, Real estate broker / professional singer

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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This week, we check in with Orlando real estate broker and professional singer David Dorman.

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Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade launch LGBTQ shirt line

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ABOVE: Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade and their family. (from Instagram)

Actress Gabrielle Union and basketball star Dwayne Wade are showing support for their son by launching a line of LGBTQ-inclusive T-shirts.

The couple is partnering with clothing company YnG DnA to create the limited-edition shirts, reading “Please Remain Inclusive and Dedicated 2 Equality.”

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