D.C. to allow gender-neutral driver’s licenses

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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At the direction of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the city’s Department of Motor Vehicles will begin allowing residents to choose a gender-neutral “X” identifier on driver’s licenses and other city identification documents on June 26.

The announcement on Tuesday by the mayor’s office of the soon to be available gender-neutral identification documents came on the same day that six members of the D.C. City Council introduced a bill that would enact the gender neutral I.D. policy proposed by the mayor administratively into city law.

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Joe Biden to LGBT gala: ‘Hold President Trump accountable’

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NEW YORK (AP) – Former Vice President Joe Biden, warning of transgender Americans “under attack” in Republican-led states, on Wednesday challenged the nation’s LGBT community to push back against President Donald Trump’s administration.

“Hold President Trump accountable for his pledge to be your friend,” Biden declared at a private LGBT gala hosted by the Democratic National Committee in New York. “Just because you don’t have Barack and me in the White House doesn’t mean it’s time to give up, keep quiet, stay on the sidelines.”

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YMCA gets Boy George to sing ‘YMCA’ cover for organization

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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YMCA Australia has tapped Boy George to cover the iconic anthem “YMCA” by the Village People as part of its Why Not? campaign.

The campaign is meant to raise awareness for “issues young people are facing today,” including mental health and Australia’s ongoing battle for marriage equality.

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‘The Switch’ features trans actors in new comedy

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA Association
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In today’s media, transgender characters are seen on screen more than ever before. Gone are the days of small roles in “Law & Order” featuring transgender characters who have dismal storylines. Now, transgender representation in media has advanced into the world of comedy with shows like “Transparent” and “Orange is the New Black” and films like “Tangerine.”

While there are funny moments for transgender characters, there is still an underlying theme of darkness surrounding these shows as they fight for acceptance, or more often, simply fight to stay alive.

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Cardin to introduce ‘lavender scare’ bill

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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State Department personnel who were fired during the so-called “lavender scare” would be able to have their employment records expunged under a bill that U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will introduce on Thursday.

The Lavender Offense Victim Exoneration Act of 2017 — also known as the LOVE Act — would detail the history of the “lavender scare,” which sought to purge gay men and lesbians from the State Department in the years after the Cold War began.

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HHS nixes plan to eliminate LGBT questions from elder survey

By : Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The Department of Health & Human Services has reversed itself on a plan to eliminate questions allowing LGBT elders to identify their sexual orientation from a federal health survey amid pressure from LGBT advocates and members of Congress.

In a Federal Register notice set for publication on Thursday, HHS declared it made minor adjustments to plans to change the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants, such as “retaining the primary question regarding sexual orientation.”

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James Corden sends 297 copies of ‘Philadelphia’ to Trump

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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James Corden is determined to raise HIV/AIDS awareness to President Donald Trump following the news that six members of Trump’s presidential advisory committee on HIV/AIDS have resigned citing that Trump does not care about the issue.

In a segment on Tuesday night’s “The Late Late Show,” Corden says in the midst of the controversy surrounding Trump’s Russia investigation, the advocacy work for HIV/AIDS had been suffering.

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Trump’s HIV/AIDS inaction in focus after 6 advisers resign

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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President Trump’s commitment to combatting HIV/AIDS — traditionally a bipartisan issue — has come into question following the resignation of six members of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

In a joint letter to Newsweek published on Saturday, the members who resigned — Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados — said they no longer feel they can effectively combat the disease “within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care” and would engage in advocacy elsewhere.

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Ex-Patriots player Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Former Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan has come out as gay and opened up about his drug addiction and suicidal thoughts as a result of hiding his sexuality.

In an interview with Outsports, O’Callaghan explained he knew he was gay since junior high school. O’Callaghan, 33, says growing up around homophobic language scared him from telling the truth about his sexuality.

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Xbox Live introduces gender-neutral avatar clothing

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Xbox Live Avatars will soon have a gender-neutral clothing option, Microsoft revealed during a Xbox Daily live stream at E3.

In addition to gender-neutral clothing, users can create pregnant avatars or customize avatars with prosthetic limbs or in wheelchairs.

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Chris Colfer to make directorial debut with ‘The Wishing Spell’ film

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“Glee” star Chris Colfer will make his film directorial debut with “The Wishing Spell” for FOX, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps company will produce the big-screen film.

“The Wishing Spell” will be an adaptation of the first book in Colfer’s fantasy children’s book series, “The Land of Stories.” The six-part series focuses on twins, who after the loss of their father, find themselves magically transported into a world where fairy tale characters are real.

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HIV program deals with budget cuts

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – The man with the cane who came to the clinic in 2003 was certain.

“I have it,” he said.

“What do you have, sir?” Ivette González recalled asking him.

“I have HIV,” he said.

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