Christina Aguilera will be honored by Human Rights Campaign

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Human Rights Campaign will honor Christina Aguilera with its Ally for Equality award.

Human Rights Campaign hails the 38-year-old singer for raising funds in the battle against HIV/AIDS, advocating for marriage equality and fighting against anti-LGBT bullying.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court hopeful defends views on gay rights

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MILWAUKEE (AP) | A conservative candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court whose views on gay rights have come under scrutiny said Wednesday the criticism he’s received is an unfair attack on his faith.

State Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn blamed his opponents for making his personal beliefs part of his candidacy and insisted that he would be an impartial justice. Hagedorn is an evangelical Christian who helped start a private school where students can be expelled for being gay.

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Gay conversion therapy ban won’t pass in Utah this year

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Supporters say the fight to ban gay conversion therapy for minors in conservative Utah is over for the year after lawmakers gutted the proposal.

A prominent activist on March 6 blasted Gov. Gary Herbert’s support for the changes that would have allowed therapists to talk about changing sexual orientation as long as they didn’t promise to reverse it.

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Dean resigns over school’s choice to not allow Chick-Fil-A

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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) | A dean at a New Jersey university resigned saying the school’s decision to not consider bringing Chick-fil-A to campus because of its opposition to the LGBT community made her feel “like I had been punched in the stomach.”

Cynthia Newman, former dean of Rider University’s College of Business Administration, said her views as a “very committed Christian” and the fast food chain’s views “mirror” one another.

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Kansas LGBTQ activist Stephanie Mott dies

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) | Well-known Kansas LGBTQ rights activist Stephanie Mott has died.

Pastor Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Topeka says Mott was hospitalized Sunday after apparently suffering a heart attack. She died March 4 at the age of 61.

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KindRED Pride Foundation forms to continue Orlando’s red shirt tradition

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ORLANDO | KindRED Pride Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by One Magical Weekend owners Tom Christ and Billy Looper, announced in a press release March 7 their intent to have as many people as possible wear red shirts on June 1.

“On St. Patrick’s Day everyone is inclined to express connection to what that day represents by wearing green on March 17—whether they are Irish or not,” the organization said in the press release.” So the first Saturday of June will continue to be the day that kindred spirits around the world wear RED in solidarity.”

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Washington’s Newseum features Watermark, other LGBTQ publications in new exhibit to honor Stonewall 50th anniversary

By : Jeremy Williams
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WASHINGTON | Newseum, a museum located in the nation’s capitol dedicated to increasing the public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment, will unveil a new exhibit dedicated to the LGBTQ community March 8.

“Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” will explore the modern fight for LGBTQ equality. It began 50 years ago when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village turned into riots and protests from the community due to the treatment by local police.

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United Arts of Central Florida names new manager of grants and art education

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | United Arts of Central Florida has named Rafael Torres as the new manager of grants and art education.

“This is my dream job and something I’ve wanted to do since graduate school,” says Torres, who immediately applied for the position the day it was posted.

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Second man seems to be free of AIDS virus after transplant

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SEATTLE | A London man appears to be free of the AIDS virus after a stem cell transplant, a second success after the “Berlin patient,” doctors reported.

The therapy had an early success with Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany who is 12 years post-transplant and still free of HIV. Until now, Brown is the only person thought to have been cured of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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Manatee Pride holds sixth annual celebration

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BRADENTON, Fla. | The Manatee Pride Festival will hold its sixth annual celebration at the Bradenton Riverwalk on March 16.

Manatee Pride, which consists entirely of volunteers, is aimed at empowering the LGBTQ community who love, live in or visit Bradenton, its nearby communities and the greater Manatee County area. It serves as a fundraiser for Prism Youth Initiative, the nonprofit dedicated to providing services and support for LGBTQ youth throughout the county since 2010.

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Cape Coral to host first-ever Pride event

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. | Cape Coral has not been seen as being supportive to the LGBTQ community, at least not based on the scores the city has received from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

Cape Coral has scored at or near the bottom of Florida cities every year, receiving a final score of 39 out of 100 on the 2018 index; but some organizations in the city want to change that.

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LGBTQ author alleges discrimination after Catholic school cancels appearance

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ST. PETERSBURG | Gale Massey, who released her novel “The Girl from Blind River” last summer, says that the Cathedral School of St. Jude in St. Petersburg canceled her scheduled appearance because she is a lesbian.

In January, a St. Jude student emailed Massey about her book for a project. “I was delighted,” she says. “When someone has read your book and reaches out, it’s wonderful.”

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