Mormon county commissioner in Utah comes out as gay

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Republican lawmaker Nathan Ivie says it took him more than 20 years to come to terms with his identity.

But on May 22 the 40-year-old Utah County commissioner sat in front of his computer and publicly shared the secret that has caused him pain and confusion since he was nine years old: He is gay.

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Watch: Billy Eichner bombards NYC strangers with the Jonas Brothers

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The Jonas Brothers joined Billy Eichner on his web series “Billy on the Street” to share the news that the band is back together.

Along the way they encounter people who are excited about the reunion and people who weren’t interested that the band has reunited. One woman criticized the name of their comeback single “Sucker” and another woman was quick to congratulate Nick Jonas on his recent wedding.

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GLAAD film report spotlights zero trans representation in major studio films

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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There were no transgender characters in the 110 major studio films released in 2018, according to a film report from GLAAD.

GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index observed that when it comes to transgender representation television is putting in the work while film is lagging far behind.

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Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump apologizes for transphobic joke about Erica Jayne

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump has apologized for making a transphobic joke about castmate Erika Jayne.

The episode, which aired on May 21, included a storyline where Vanderpump, 58, takes a lie detector test. Vanderpump has been battling with her co-stars this season over a dog adopted by her ex-friend Dorit Kemsley from her rescue center, Vanderpump Dogs. After the dog bit Kemsley’s child and husband, Kemsley dropped the dog off at a shelter. Kemsley and Kyle Richards have accused Vanderpump of leaking the story to the press.

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VIDEO: Lena Waithe locks lips with Halle Berry on National TV

By : Troy Masters of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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With Jimmy Kimmel out hosting his “All in the Family and Jeffersons” special on ABC on May 22, talented pal Lena Waithe stepped in to host the show for him.

And boy did she get it right.

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Wexton seeks to block HUD from gutting trans protections at homeless shelters

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In short order after the Trump administration announced a proposal to gut transgender non-discrimination protections at homeless shelters, Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) has introduced legislation to block the change from going into effect.

The two-page bill from Wexton, which was introduced on Thursday, has a simple paragraph in the text portion of the legislation.

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Trump administration targets transgender health care protections

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a new rule which would roll back health care protections for transgender patients.

In the rule, issued May 24, HHS proposes changing a section of the Affordable Care Act to remove protections for LGBTQ people in health care. It would exclude protections from discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity.

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Senate confirms judge who argued for Prop 8, against gay judge deciding case

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Senate confirmed to the federal bench Wednesday a Trump judicial nominee who not only litigated in favor or California’s Proposition 8, but argued a ruling against the measure should have been invalidated because the judge didn’t disclose he was gay before deciding the case.

The Senate confirmed Howard Nielson to a seat on the U.S. District Court in Federal District of Utah by a 51-47 party-line vote as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) presided over the chamber. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined Democrats in voting “no” on the nominee.

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Trump is selling ‘LGBTQ for Trump’ rainbow shirts ahead of Pride month

By : Jeremy Williams
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It isn’t uncommon to see companies and organizations selling rainbow-clad items leading up to June’s LGBTQ Pride month. Recent stories on Disney, Reebok and Bud Light offering products sporting rainbow colors have appeared on many websites, including this one.

It isn’t even strange to see political candidates selling Pride T-shirts as they attempt to raise campaign funds, but you might expect politicians selling those shirts to have at least publicly supported LGBTQ Pride month.

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#RED Guide 2019

By : Dylan Todd
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Watermark’s Complete Guide to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend.

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Kenyan author, LGBTQ activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) | One of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said May 22.

The Kenyan author died May 21 in Nairobi after an illness, Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded, told The Associated Press.

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‘Chick-fil-A’ bill reignites LGBTQ opposition in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) | Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signaled he will sign legislation that Republicans say is a defense of Chick-fil-A and religious freedom, but gay lawmakers sometimes tearfully railed against it on the House floor as a license to discriminate.

The bill, given final approval May 21 in the Texas House, was fast-tracked in the GOP-controlled Legislature in response to the San Antonio City Council stopping Chick-fil-A from opening a location in the airport of the nation’s seventh-largest city.

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