Janet Mock says Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t represent transgender community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Janet Mock shared that she doesn’t consider Caitlyn Jenner the spokesperson for the transgender community while appearing on Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show, “Chelsea.”

Handler asked Mock if she felt the need to defend Jenner for her controversial joke that “liberals can’t shoot straight” in reference to James Hodgkinson shooting at a GOP baseball practice that left Rep. Steve Scalise hospitalized in critical condition.

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Military chiefs seek 6-month delay in transgender enlistments

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The military service chiefs are seeking a delay in implementation of a policy allowing openly transgender people to enlist in the U.S. military, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Laura Ochoa, a defense spokesperson, responded to the report by denying Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has made a recommendation on the issue, suggesting the situation remains in flux.

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Authorities delayed investigating gay ‘demons’ case

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SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) – For two years, Matthew Fenner said he pleaded with authorities to investigate his allegations that a group of fellow congregants at the Word of Faith Fellowship church had punched, slapped and choked him to expel his “homosexual demons.”

An Associated Press investigation found that Rutherford County investigators and then-District Attorney Brad Greenway delayed investigating and told Fenner his only option was to pursue misdemeanor charges against the church members he said assaulted him for nearly two hours in the evangelical church’s sanctuary.

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Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for an LGBT pride event in Istanbul June 25, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements defying a ban imposed by the governor.

Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride had vowed to march in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for “we march,” despite the ban on gay pride observances ordered by the Istanbul governor’s office for the third year in a row.

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Shonda Rhimes to remake ‘Queer as Folk’ creator’s gay dramedies

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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T.V. showrunner Shonda Rimes and “Wonder Woman” screenwriter Allan Heinberg are joining forces to remake Russell T. Davies’ gay dramedies, “Cucumber” and “Banana.”

According to Deadline, Heinberg has signed a deal with Rimes’ ShondaLand production company for the series titled, “Adult Behavior” for ABC. The show will be based on the the T.V. show “Banana,” it’s companion web series, “Cucumber” and the online documentary, “Tofu.” Davies is best known as the show creator for the U.K. version of “Queer as Folk” and for the sci-fi revival of “Doctor Who.”

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St. Pete Pride kicks off on the roof of Hotel Zamora

By : Jeremy Williams
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St. Pete Pride had their kickoff party atop the amazing Hotel Zamora at St. Pete Beach June 22.

The packed rooftop was filled with St. Pete’s most beautiful people as they drank, danced and mingled under a cloudy, yet rainbow-filled sky.

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Kriseman raises the Pride flag at City Hall and Crist recognizes Pride in House

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For the fourth year in a row, St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman sent the rainbow Pride flag up the flagpole in front of City Hall June 22, bringing in start of St. Pete Pride weekend.

This is the fourth year in a row that Kriseman has acknowledged the LGBTQ community of St. Pete with this ceremony.

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5th Circuit rules for Mississippi anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ law

By : Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted a court order against a “religious freedom” law in Mississippi that would enable sweeping anti-LGBT discrimination, citing a lack of standing for plaintiffs in litigation against the statute.

Writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, U.S. Circuit Judge Jerry Smith issued a decision allowing enforcement of HB 1523, which had been blocked as a result of a lower court order.

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Schiff reintroduces bill to regulate ‘troubled teen’ industry

By : Karen Ocamb OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lost in the cacophony of the Russia investigation and the newly proposed healthcare bill is the fact that some elected U.S. representatives still care about governance. Among them is Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who on Thursday reintroduced the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act, legislation that would require residential treatment programs to enforce a set of minimum health and safety standards, specifically prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ youth and young people with mental illness.

The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act (SCARPTA), originally introduced on July 14, 2015, was built on a bill championed by former California Rep. George Miller. In 2008, Miller held hearings with painful testimony about such abuse and neglect that he ordered a Government Accountability Office report on “the troubled teen industry”—unregulated “last resort” residential treatment facilities and “boot camps” that market to desperate parents of children deemed unruly, LGBT, addicted, or acting out with some form of undiagnosed mental illness.

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Dietrich exhibit honors gender-bending film icon

By : Joey DiGuglielmo OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Interestingly it was not Marlene Dietrich’s status as an icon of early film that appealed most to Kate Lemay, curator of a new National Portrait Gallery exhibit on the star, but rather her penchant for extreme gender bending.

Lemay tells a story of Dietrich being photographed at a Paris train station in 1933. She’d been told she could be arrested for wearing pants but she wore them anyway. And not just pants — she donned a men’s tweed suit, sunglasses and beret.

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Man walks free after federal judge tosses murder conviction

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Set free after 36 years in prison for a murder conviction that took decades to unravel, John Floyd donned a black T-shirt bearing the word “justice” June 22 before leaving the courthouse where a federal judge formally signed off on his release.

Floyd’s path to freedom began months ago, when U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance ruled in September that no reasonable juror would find Floyd guilty of murder in the November 1980 stabbing death of Times-Picayune copy editor William Hines.

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First openly gay judge confirmed for New York’s highest court

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York’s highest court has a new member.

The state Senate confirmed Paul Feinman June 21 to serve on the Court of Appeals. He will be the first openly gay person to serve on the court.

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