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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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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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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Virginia Gov. vetoes religious freedom bill

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday vetoed a bill that critics contend would have allowed discrimination against same-sex couples.

Senate Bill 1324, which state Sen. Charles Carrico (R-Galax) introduced, would not require any person or religious institution to “participate in the solemnization of any marriage” that conflicts “with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.” The measure would also prohibit state officials from punishing people and organizations that refuse to take part in a gay or lesbian wedding because of their religious beliefs.

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DC’s ‘Pizzagate’ gunman pleads guilty

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A North Carolina man arrested in December for entering D.C.’s gay owned Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant with an assault rifle pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to charges of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition and assault with a dangerous weapon.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office dropped a third charge against defendant Edgar Maddison Welch — possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

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Bathroom bill thrusts Montana into national LGBTQ debate

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HELENA, MONT. (AP) – Montana’s chief economic development officer warned Thursday of dire consequences if lawmakers entangle the state in the national debate about the use of bathrooms by transgender people.

Ken Fichtler, the governor’s chief adviser on economic development, pointed to North Carolina as a prime example of the negative repercussions that could arise over who can legally use gender-specific bathrooms.

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Fan collapses at ‘Hello, Dolly!’ says he’d ‘rather die than miss Act Two’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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One Bette Midler fan wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of seeing Midler perform live on Broadway in “Hello, Dolly!,” not even his health.

Page Six reports a 53-year-old man from Los Angeles fell ill during Act One but refused to leave the theater until the show was over.

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Perry decries election of 1st gay Texas A&M student prez

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HOUSTON (AP) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is suggesting that the election that gave his alma mater, Texas A&M, its first openly gay student body president was “stolen.”

Perry was Texas’ longest serving governor until leaving office in 2015. He was also an A&M yell leader, or cheerleader.

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All Hampton Roads cities now have police LGBT liaisons

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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All seven cities in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region now have LGBT liaisons in their respective police departments.

Hampton Roads Pride on March 15 announced the Newport News Police Department appointed Sgt. Jessica Pennington as its LGBT liaison.

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Bob Marshall’s transgender challenger qualifies for June primary

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A transgender journalist who is challenging Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) has officially qualified for the ballot in the Democratic primary that will take place on June 13.

Danica Roem on March 13 submitted more than 500 petition signatures, which is well above the 125 signatures that she needed to collect.

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