Provo couple opens their home, hearts to LGBTQ people

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PROVO, Utah (AP) | A Provo family has made their home a sort of sanctuary for members of the LGBTQ community, especially those who need something to eat and a place where they can escape from suicidal thoughts.

Jerilyn Hassell Pool and Jeff Pool run their nonprofit QueerMeals out of their home, the Daily Herald reported .

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Scarlett Johansson pulls out of ‘Rub & Tug’ amid casting controversy

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of the film “Rub & Tug” following backlash for accepting a transgender role as a cis-gender woman.

Johansson had been cast as Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who operated a string of massage parlors that were fronts for brothels in Pittsburgh.

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Watch: Harry Styles helps Maryland fan come out to her mom on stage

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Harry Styles helped a fan come out to her mom in a video that has gone viral.

Grace, who is from Baltimore, traveled to Styles’ concert in San Jose, Calif. and brought a sign that read, “I’m gonna come out to my parents because of you.”

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‘Pose’ renewed for season two

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Pose” has been renewed for a second season on FX following a history-making freshman season.

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Trans coach boosting visibility for girls’ baseball

By : KEVIN MAJOROS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Ava Benach and daughter Paloma share a love of baseball. (Photo courtesy Ava Benach)

Ava Benach signed up her daughter Paloma to play little league baseball when she was five years old. At the time, she made the erroneous assumption that eventually, Paloma would have to switch to softball.

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Delaware governor fails to issue Pride proclamation, triggering backlash

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ABOVE: Delaware Gov. John Carney was criticized for failing to issue a Pride proclamation.

The administration of Delaware Gov. John Carney has been receiving criticism for its handling of LGBTQ issues as of late.

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‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness opens up on struggle with psychotic depression

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Jonathan Van Ness (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness got candid about his past struggle with psychotic depression after his stepfather passed away from cancer.

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Rejected by family, trans soccer player finds support from teammates

By : KEVIN MAJOROS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Reeves Gift found himself homeless after coming out as trans to his parents. Now, he’s headed to film school at USC. (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros)

Last fall, Reeves Gift was living a double life.

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Exclusive: Kennedy, Markey seek to ban anti-LGBT panic defense in court

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ABOVE: Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation against anti-LGBT panic defense. (Washington Blade photo of Kennedy by Michael Key; photo of Markey public domain)

The use of a panic defense to justify anti-LGBT violence in federal court will come to an end if new legislation introduced this week by a pair of Massachusetts Democrats becomes law.

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RuPaul, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Murphy among 2018 Emmy nominations

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ABOVE: RuPaul and Jane Lynch at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Photo courtesy of Emmys.com.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 12.

After 18 years of leading the pack with the most nominations, HBO —which received 108 — was unseated by Netflix with its 112 nominations. Among those 112 nominations include one for the “Queer Eye” reboot for Best Structured Reality Program, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Tituss Burgess for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Smiling Facebook post following homophobic attack goes viral

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ABOVE: Blair Wilson says he was the victim of a homophobic attack but remained positive. Photo courtesy of Wilson’s Facebook.

Although he was allegedly attacked, 21-year-old Blair Wilson from Scotland smiled while posting a soon-to-be viral picture on his Facebook account June 29.

While walking down the street, a stranger called Wilson a “f****t,” according to the Facebook post. Wilson responded by calling the stranger a “hen,” and that’s when he says he was attacked.

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Pride Fund re-endorses U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy

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ORLANDO | Pride Fund to End Gun Violence announced its re-endorsement of U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, July 12.

Murphy has served Florida’s 7th Congressional District since her 2016 election in which she beat 12-term Republican incumbent John Mica. Murphy’s district covers all of Seminole County and a portion of northern Orange County, which includes Winter Park and most of downtown Orlando.

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