Chris Pratt responds to Ellen Page accusations via Instagram

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“Lego Movie 2” actor Chris Pratt spoke out on Instagram following online accusations from actress Ellen Page, addressing claims that he supports an anti-LGBTQ church.

Pratt had stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to discuss his upcoming film. While there, the actor spoke about his spirituality and mentioned his recent biblical-themed diet was inspired by his pastor from Hillsong Church.

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HRC pushes lawmakers to expand background checks, protect LGBTQ community

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, reiterated the request for Congress to advance H.R.8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This will enforce a background check for every sale that involves a firearm, and prevent anyone who has a violent criminal history from easy access to firearms.

Under the current federal law, there is a loophole that permits access to non-licensed dealers to sell guns to individuals without a background check. This gap in the law is allowing private gun sales to be done online or at gun shows.

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State’s costs in gay discrimination lawsuit reaches $1.2M

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) | The state’s bill for defending a lawsuit against a former official who claims he was discriminated against because he’s gay has surpassed $1.27 million.

Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson updated the Iowa Executive Council on Feb. 11 in response to a request by Auditor Rob Sand. The council, which includes the governor and other state elected officials, approves state litigation expenses.

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Priest explains why he cancelled speech by black lesbian

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) | A Catholic priest has defended his decision to cancel a Black History Month speech by a high school’s black lesbian alumna as well as his decision to cancel classes that day, saying he had to protect students from planned protests over the woman’s views on gay marriage.

Immaculate Conception Church pastor Rev. Chris VanHaight described Durham City Councilwoman Vernetta Alston in news reports as “a strong black woman” but a “problematic” choice because she’s a pro-gay marriage politician.

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W.Va. GOP chief rebukes delegate’s remarks on gay community

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | The head of the West Virginia Republican Party has denounced comments from a GOP member of the House of Delegates about the gay community.

State GOP chairwoman Melody Potter says in a statement Mercer County Delegate Eric Porterfield’s comments were “hateful, hurtful, and do not reflect the values of our country, our state, and the Republican Party.”

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Trans March on Washington postponed until September

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The lead organizer of a National Transgender Visibility March on Washington planned for March 31 announced on Feb .11 that the march has been postponed until an as-yet-to-be-announced date in September.

“As the Senior Strategic Director for the National Trans Visibility March, I am saddened, but not defeated, to have to postpone the first National Trans Visibility March, initially scheduled to be held March 31, 2019-April 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C., to be held in September 2019,” said Marissa Miller, a D.C.-based trans activist, in a statement.

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Nashville becomes first Southern city to recognize LGBT-owned businesses

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Nashville on Feb. 11 became the first city in the South to recognize LGBT-owned businesses.

Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order including LGBT Business Enterprises certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce in contracting and procurement opportunities throughout the city.

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Catholic school cancels class over protest of lesbian guest

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) | A Catholic school in North Carolina invited a black lesbian alumna to speak at a Black History Month event, but canceled the event and classes due to threats of protest.

The Herald-Sun reports Immaculata Catholic School canceled classes Feb. 8 after officials learned “a number of groups” planned to protest the talk by Durham councilwoman Vernetta Alston. Alston said Feb. 7 that the school’s move sends the message that black voices can be canceled.

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Va. Board of Counseling backs guidance against conversion therapy for minors

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Virginia Board of Counseling on Feb. 8 voted in favor of issuing guidance and documents that recommend a ban on licensed counselors from practicing so-called conversion therapy on minors.

WWBT, a Richmond television station, reported counselors in the state who continue to engage in conversion therapy will receive “a finding of misconduct and disciplinary action” from the board.

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Delegate compares gay community to Ku Klux Klan

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | A West Virginia delegate has told a reporter he thinks “the LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.”

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Del. Eric Porterfield made the comments after calling to discuss a story on controversial earlier comments. The Mercer Republican also told the reporter the gay community is a “terrorist group.”

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New York City Council speaker wants apology for homophobic remarks

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NEW YORK (AP) | The New York City Council speaker is demanding an apology from a council member who said the legislative body is “controlled by the homosexual community.”

A spokesman for Speaker Corey Johnson issued a statement Feb. 8 saying comments by Ruben Diaz Sr. “have no place in New York City” and the Bronx Democrat should apologize to his colleagues and the LGBTQ community.

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Rep. Kennedy leads congressional resolution against Trump trans military ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) is set to introduce a resolution in the U.S. House rejecting President Trump’s transgender military ban as a discriminatory policy based on junk science, the Washington Blade has learned exclusively.

Kennedy, chair of the Congressional Transgender Task Force, is set to introduce the non-binding resolution against the policy in the U.S. House on Feb 11. A Kennedy aide said 103 co-sponsors have signed on to the legislation, but that list is expected to grow.

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