Gay teen goes viral for performing death drop at graduation

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A gay teenager has gone viral for performing a death drop after accepting his diploma at graduation.

Brandon Austin, whose drag queen persona is Sophia Stardust, decided that he wanted to make a big impression during his commencement ceremony from West Kent College, near London, England.

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Young Thug says Lil Nas X shouldn’t have come out

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Young Thug. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Young Thug doesn’t think it was a good idea for Lil Nas X to come out as gay.

Lil Nas X, 20, is best known for his hit song “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus. He publicly came out on Twitter at the end of Pride month.

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Gays down, straights up in latest Aussie HIV figures

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KENSINGTON, Australia | HIV infection rates for gay men in Australia are down sharply — 30% in five years, HIV Plus Mag reports, citing the Kirby Institute’s 2018 HIV Surveillance Report.

“It’s the lowest number we’ve seen in 18 years,” said Rebecca Guy, head professor of the institute’s Surveillance, Evaluation and Research program, in a report in The Sydney Morning Herald. Guy attributed the drop to the increase of PrEP use, regular testing and treatment efforts. PrEP is highly effective at making HIV transmission nearly impossible.

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Trump defense pick rebuked for ‘misleading’ testimony on trans military ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Trump’s defense nominee Mark Esper is being criticized for “misleading” comments on the trans military ban. (Image public domain)

President Trump’s choice to become the next secretary of defense Mark Esper was rebuked July 16 during his confirmation hearing for “misleading” testimony in which he asserted transgender people who “can meet the standards with special accommodations” can serve in the military.

Esper made the comments, which largely defer to the Trump administration’s anti-trans report on transgender people in the military, in response to written responses to advance policy questions made public the day he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) | Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state’s then-commissioner of workers’ compensation in 2011 because he’s gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said July 15.

Polk County jurors found that Chris Godfrey not only proved the discrimination occurred, but also showed he was retaliated against in the form of a pay cut after refusing to quit.

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‘Pose’ scores six history-making Emmy nominations

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Pose” landed six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and a Best Actor nomination for Billy Porter, marking a historic milestone for the first television series to feature the largest cast of LGBTQ actors.

Porter, who portrays Pray Tell on “Pose” is the first openly gay black man to be nominated for an Emmy.

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Watermark Giveaway: 3-night stay at the GayDayS 2019 Host Hotel

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The pool parties! The pageants! The theme parks! GayDayS 2019 is coming this August for an end of summer celebration you won’t forget.

Join GayDayS as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement at The Stonewall Inn by hosting a weekend filled with their always popular pool parties, one of the largest LGBTQ expos in the world and tons of exciting events including Taste of GayDayS, Miss GayDayS Pageant, Mr. GayDayS Leather Competition, Drag BINGO with Chantel Reshae, XXX Porn BINGO with ChiChi LaRue, Two Spirit Family Fun Carnival and more.

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Polis becomes 1st Democrat to address conservative summit

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ABOVE: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, photo via Facebook.

DENVER (AP) | Jared Polis, who last year became the first openly gay man elected governor of a state in the U.S., made history again July 12 by becoming the first Democrat to address a Denver conservative conference.

The liberal governor from Boulder was sandwiched between Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson and conservative media critic Brent Bozell on the morning program of the Western Conservative Summit, which is a two-day conclave founded and coordinated by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood. Polis’ speech was relatively unremarkable other than the fact that he gave it.

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Freed transgender inmate to fight for trans prisoner rights

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ABOVE: Deon “Strawberry” Hampton, screenshot via MacArthur Justice Center’s YouTube channel.

CHICAGO (AP) | A transgender woman who just got out of prison says she’ll continue to fight for the rights of other transgender inmates now that she’s free.

Strawberry Hampton, of Chicago, was released Monday from Logan Correctional Center that houses women inmates outside of Lincoln. She was serving a 10-year sentence for burglary. She maintains her innocence.

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Trans ICE detainees in NM describe inadequate medical care, mistreatment

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, N.M., has a unit specifically for transgender women who are in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Photo courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Twenty-nine transgender women who are in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at a privately-run detention center in rural New Mexico have signed a letter in which they complain about the conditions in which they are living.

The trans women who are detained at the Cibola County Correctional Center signed the handwritten letter written in Spanish that is dated June 26. Trans Queer Pueblo, a Phoenix-based group that advocates on behalf of undocumented LGBT immigrants, provided a copy of it to the Washington Blade.

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PETA slams gay porn studio for alligator appearing in sex scene

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Diego Sans, photo via Instagram.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticized gay adult studio Men.com for an alligator that appears in a scene of its latest porn video.

“The Everglades” stars Diego Sans and Kaleb Stryker share a sex scene together in the Florida Everglades. In the background, an alligator can be spotted. The scene was filmed on location on May 17.

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New Republic retracts controversial Pete Buttigieg op-ed

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ABOVE: Pete Buttigieg, Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

The New Republic, a magazine that covers art and politics, has retracted a controversial op-ed about Pete Buttigieg written by openly gay literary critic Dale Peck.

NBC News reports that the op-ed, titled “My Mayor Pete Problem,” references the South Bend, Ind. mayor as “Mary Pete” throughout the article. Peck also refers to Buttigieg as “the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom.”

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