Screened Out – Jason Bourne

By : Stephen Miller
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“We’re still trying to come up with a narrative for what happened,” says CIA director Scott Shepherd in the super-soldier franchise’s fifth flimsy but fun film, Jason Bourne.

Wow… Screenwriters should know better than to script lines like that. Are they just waiting for critics to call them out?

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North Carolina: $176K spent fighting transgender guidance

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Raleigh, N.C. (AP) – More than $176,000 in legal bills have been racked up by North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and state GOP legislative leaders to defend the law directing transgender people to use school or government restrooms corresponding to their birth certificate.

According to an Associated Press review of legal bills already submitted and made available through a public records request, law firms in Washington and Charlotte representing legislative leaders have charged more than $129,000 and McCrory’s lawyers have billed nearly $47,000. This is only a partial tab of what state taxpayers are on the hook for as not all of the law firms working on the case have submitted invoices yet and the case is likely to take months if not years to resolve.

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Pulse owners establish non-profit, to make nightclub location a permanent memorial

By : Jeremy Williams
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onePulseThe owners of Pulse have established a 501(c)(3) non-profit called onePULSE meant “to provide financial assistance to the victims affected by the attack at Pulse Nightclub,” according to website OnePulseFoundation.org.

The foundation states on their website that a permanent memorial will be built at the existing site of Pulse Nightclub. Pulse owner Barbara Poma has said that she fully intends to re-open the nightclub. Whether Pulse will be opened alongside the memorial or at a separate location has not been clarified. 

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Mother of Pulse victim to speak at Democratic National Convention

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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nadine1Christine Leinonen, a mother who lost her son in the Pulse nightclub shooting, will speak at the Democratic National Convention July 27.

Although she is not listed on the official DNC schedule, Leinonen is expected to take the stage at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 8:00 p.m., according to an Equality Florida Facebook post. Pulse survivors Jose Arriagada and Brandon Wolf will also join her.

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Alabama’s chief justice defends same-sex marriage ban

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has formally defended the gay marriage memo that put his judicial career in peril, saying he was merely trying to answer questions from probate judges that his fellow justices would not address.

 Moore could be removed from office if the state’s Court of the Judiciary decides he violated judicial ethics by urging probate judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Gay Pride rainbow flags cut down in Sweden

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Stockholm (AP) – Officials in the Swedish city of Sodertalje say vandals have removed rainbow flags that were raised outside city hall in support of the gay pride festival this week in neighboring Stockholm.

City officials said the flags were hoisted July 25 but were gone July 26 morning and the flagpole ropes had been cut.

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OneOrlando Fund to host town hall meetings

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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Organizers of the OneOrlando Fund will hold a town hall meetings on August 4 at the Amway Center.

The meetings will be held to discuss how the funds will be distributed to the survivors and victims’ families. Fund organizers are looking for feedback and input from the community about disbursement.

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DNC LGBT Caucus honors Mike Honda, opens with tribute to Pulse victims

By : Michael K. Lavers, The Washington Blade
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PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Caucus on Tuesday honored U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) for his support of transgender rights.

A number of the 28 openly trans delegates to the Democratic National Convention joined the California Democrat on stage inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as Barbra Casbar Siperstein, a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee, presented him with the Jane Fee Award, which is named after the first trans delegate to a Democratic National Convention.

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St. Petersburg businessman Dan Fiorini is one of five LGBT House candidates in the running this election year

By : Jeremy Williams
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ST. PETERSBURG The state of Florida has the opportunity to elect five openly LGBT people to the State Legislature this election year. One of those seats is House Seat 70 where gay business owner Dan Fiorini is running against former St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton and Palmetto personal injury attorney C.J. Czaia.

“There are three of us in this race, and this is going to be won in the primary. No Republican has ever gotten more than 20 percent of the vote in this seat, so whoever wins on August 30 is going to win the general,” Fiorini says, sitting in Tyrone Frames and Mirrors, the framing shop he has owned and operated in St. Petersburg since 2010.

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Downtown South businesses must make dollars out of senseless Pulse shooting

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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Orlando – About a month and a half after the Pulse nightclub shooting, Orlando is still tending to the emotional scars left behind by the tragedy. As the community tries to pick up the pieces, the financial struggles resulting from the June 12 massacre must also be battled.

While millions of dollars have been donated to numerous funds to help support the victims and their families, along with Pulse staff members who have been affected by the shooting, there is another group of people who may be in need of some financial relief as well: the businesses impacted by the Downtown South closure.

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Live coverage of the Democratic National Convention DAY TWO

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Watermark Publishing Group is a member of the National Gay Media Association, a group of the leading LGBT newspaper publishers in the United States.

The Washington Blade, a member of the NGMA and D.C.’s LGBT newspaper, is providing coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for Watermark and our readers.

Photos by the Washington Blade’s Michael Key.

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Navy seaman arrested in transgender stabbing murder

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Pascagoula, Miss. (AP) – A Navy seaman in training has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the weekend stabbing death of a transgender woman.

The Sun-Herald reports that the suspect is Dwanya Hickerson, 20, of New Orleans.

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