‘Love is Love’ comic raises $165,000 for Pulse victims

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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“Love is Love,” a 144-page anthology comic book, has raised more than $165,000 for the victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, according to Washington Post.

The comic book, created by DC Comics and IDW Publishing, featured characters such as Superman, Harry Potter, Batwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Contributors included Patton Oswalt and Taran Killam. “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins penned the book’s forward.

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Dax Shepard insists ‘CHiPS’ film is homophobic in ‘fun and challenging’ way

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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“CHiPS,” the film remake of the ’77-’83 buddy cop comedy series, has plenty of gay jokes but Dax Shepard says the film is homophobic in a “fun and challenging way.”

Shepard stars as Jon Baker opposite Michael Peña as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. Ponch is shown being disgusted by two men hugging in their underwear and refusing to hug Jon in his underwear. Another scene shows Ponch panicking after he accidently brushes his face against Jon’s crotch while carrying him.

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Gay candidate launches bid for Texas congressional seat

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A gay HIV/AIDS activist has launched a bid for a Texas congressional seat currently held by a 16-term Republican member of Congress who recently gained notoriety for instructing a constituent to “shut up” during a town hall meeting.

Currently the compliance officer at Prism Health North Texas, the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization in the area, John W. Duncan declared in a statement Monday his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to run for the seat representing Texas’ 6th congressional district.

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Caribbean pastors ask U.S. to stop promoting LGBT rights abroad

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Nearly 300 religious officials from the Caribbean and Guyana have urged the U.S. to no longer promote LGBT and intersex rights abroad.

The 289 ministers who are from the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana made the request in a letter they sent to President Trump on Jan. 31.

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Berkeley killing renews debate over gender pronouns

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP)- Pablo Gomez Jr. was a University of California, Berkeley, senior majoring in Latino studies and a prominent campus activist when authorities say he stabbed to death a popular elementary-school teacher.

Soon, the crime that police described as “very brutal and unusual” in a city that reported just two homicides last year was sucked up into the debate over gender identity when it was reported that Gomez preferred to be called “they” rather than “he.”

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AP Stylebook adds gender-neutral pronoun ‘They’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The Associated Press has updated its stylebook, a style guide for journalists, to include the gender-neutral pronoun, “They.”

Paula Froke, lead editor for the AP Stylebook, made the announcement at the annual American Copy Editors Society conference on Friday, NBC News reports.

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Opponents: Arkansas exposure bill targets transgender people

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP)- An Arkansas lawmaker wants to expand the state’s indecent exposure law in a move that opponents say could criminalize transgender people’s use of bathrooms.

Republican Rep. Bob Ballinger’s proposal would make it a crime for people to knowingly expose their sex organs to someone of the opposite sex in a public place under circumstances likely to cause alarm. Ballinger said the measure was needed to protect children in situations such as when a father takes his daughter into the men’s restroom. The bill would make it a crime for the men to deliberately expose themselves to the child.

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June 12 named ‘Orlando United Day,’ will honor Pulse victims

By : Jeremy Williams
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The City of Orlando, Orange County and Pulse Orlando announced June 12, 2017 — the one-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting — will be designated “Orlando United Day: A Day of Love and Kindness,” according to OCFL.net.

“June 12 will be dedicated to honoring the memory of the 49 innocent Pulse victims, supporting survivors and recognizing the compassion and love that was displayed by the Central Florida community following the tragedy,” the website reads.

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Tampa Pride has a Grand time in GaYbor

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The streets of the Ybor City Historic District were filled with people spanning every spectrum of the rainbow for the third annual Tampa Pride celebration March 25.

From the street festival on 8th to the parade down 7th to the live entertainment that featured out-singing sensation Steve Grand; the crowds cheered, waved flags and showed Pride.

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‘OITNB’ star Samira Wiley weds longtime girlfriend

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Orange is the New Black” star Samira Wiley wed her longtime girlfriend Lauren Morelli in Palm Springs on Saturday.

Wiley and Morelli’s ceremony and reception will be featured in the June issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. The magazine reports the couple wore dresses designed by Christian Siriano. Wiley’s parents, who are pastors at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in D.C., officiated the ceremony.

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AP: Anti-LGBT HB2 will cost North Carolina $3.76 billion

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The anti-LGBT law in North Carolina barring transgender people from using certain restrooms consistent with their gender identity will cost the state $3.76 billion as a result of economic boycott over the course of a dozen years, an Associated Press analysis has found.

North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which has been on the books exactly one year as of Thursday, will the cost the state $3.76 billion after Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law as result of the cancellation of business expansions, performers nixing events and visitors boycotting the state.

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