Louisiana governor’s race ad takes aim at transgender rights

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) | Republican candidate for Louisiana governor Ralph Abraham has released a new TV ad that takes aim at abortion rights and the transgender community as he works to draw attention for his campaign.

In the 30-second spot launched Thursday, the three-term congressman looks directly into the camera to establish what he calls “the truth.”

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Issue: 26.17 25th Anniversary

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Watermark celebrates its 25th Anniversary in this commemorative issue, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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HRC’s new leader Alphonso David recruiting more troops

By : Karen Ocamb OF THE Los Angeles BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: HRC President Alphonso David with the bull horn as former HRC President Chad Griffin looks on. Photo courtesy HRC’s Marty Rouse.

There is something reminiscent of black gay author James Baldwin in Alphonso David’s intense bearing, though the new president of the Human Rights Campaign is considerably more down-to-earth and welcoming than the defiant intellect who scorched racist America in “The Fire Next Time.”

For David, it is the fire this time that is fueling his drive for full equality and his fight against the dark amoral forces demolishing democracy through the rapacious black hole that is President Donald Trump.

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Ada County, Idaho adds LGBTQ status to anti-discrimination policy

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ABOVE: Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho. (From Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) | Ada County has expanded its anti-discrimination policy to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees.

Boise State Public Radio reports the new policy has been in the works for a couple of months now, and was recently approved by the Ada County Commissioners.

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Transgender filmmaker Lana Wachowski to direct ‘The Matrix 4′

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

Lana Wachowski will direct the fourth installment of “The Matrix ” films series with the original stars, Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Ann Moss (Trinity), Variety reports. The filmmaker could become the first transgender director to helm a blockbuster film.

Lana and her sister, Lilly Wachowski, co-wrote and directed “The Matrix” trilogy which released its first film in 1999. The trilogy earned $1.6 billion globally, according to Variety.

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Equality Florida Action PAC endorses Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for re-election

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ORLANDO | Equality Florida Action PAC endorsed the re-election of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in a Facebook post Aug. 22.

“Equality Florida Action PAC is proud to endorse Mayor Buddy Dyer – a champion for our LGBTQ community,” the organization posted.

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‘Queer Eye’ cast member Karamo Brown among celebs on new ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown will compete on season 28 of “Dancing with the Stars.” The cast was announced on “Good Morning America” on Aug. 21.

Brown will compete against former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, founding member of The Supremes Mary Wilson, “Pose” season one star James Van Der Beek, model Christie Brinkley, ex-NBA star Lamar Odom, country singer Lauren Alaina, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, former NFL star Ray Lewis, actress Kate Flannery and actor/comedian Kel Mitchell.

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The bizarre history of Log Cabin’s presidential endorsements

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Log Cabin Republicans have a history of endorsing and not endorsing Republican candidates. (Photos of H.W. Bush and W. Bush public domain; Washington Blade photos of Romney and Trump by Michael Key)

Perhaps no organization has inspired greater controversy within the LGBT community than the Log Cabin Republicans.

The group gets blamed by other LGBT advocates when GOP administrations attack the community. Meanwhile, straight Republicans are often unwelcoming to the gay Republican group, even hostile.

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Victim of 1994 serial killings remembered as execution nears

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ABOVE: Gary Ray Bowles in an undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) | Milton Bradley was a 72-year-old World War II Navy veteran living in Savannah, Georgia, in May 1994 when he met Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who had already taken the lives of two men and was looking for his next victim.

Bradley had suffered a severe head injury when his ship sank in the Pacific Ocean, and later had a partial lobotomy. He was well known around Savannah as a kind, gentle soul who gave whatever he could to those in need. It was a shock when his bludgeoned body was found behind a golf course shed, leaves and dirt stuffed down his throat.

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Grad nixed from yearbook over tuxedo photo; reprint promised

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SPRINGVILLE, Ala. (AP) | An Alabama high school graduate doesn’t appear in her yearbook after wearing a tuxedo top for her senior portrait, instead of the black drape female students usually wear.

Holley Gerelds tweeted that she was left out of the Springville High yearbook “because I’m a lesbian who wanted to wear a tux instead of a drape.”

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Iceland LGBTI group criticizes Pence ahead of visit to country

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The president of an LGBTI advocacy group in Iceland has criticized her country’s government’s decision to host Vice President Pence next month.

Þorbjörg Þorvaldsdóttir, president of Samtökin ’78, the National Queer Organization of Iceland, in an op-ed that Vísir, an Icelandic newspaper, published on Aug. 11 wrote Pence is “against our marriages” and is “in favor of us being discriminated against.” Þorvaldsdóttir also noted Pence as governor of Indiana in 2015 signed a controversial religious freedom law that sparked widespread outrage among LGBTI activists and their supporters.

“He feels it is natural for people to deny us service for who we are,” wrote Þorvaldsdóttir.

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SAVE seeks executive director

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MIAMI | Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE), which exists to promote, protect and defend equality in Miami-Dade County for the LGBTQ community, is seeking its next executive director.

Established in 1993, SAVE says it “strives to accomplish this mission through community education, grassroots organizing, mobilization and advocacy.” The organization has fought for marriage equality, the banning of conversion therapy and Miami-Dade’s Human Rights Ordinance.

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