Father of kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart comes out as gay

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | The father of Utah kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has come out as gay in a heartfelt letter that reveals he has struggled throughout his life with pain and guilt.

“The decision to be honest and truthful about my orientation comes with its own set of challenges, but at the same time it is a huge relief,” Ed Smart wrote in a letter posted on his Facebook page Friday.

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Trump admin to Supreme Court: It’s OK to fire workers for being trans

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Defying massive case law, the Trump administration urged the Supreme Court late Friday to issue a ruling that federal civil rights law doesn’t cover discrimination based on gender identity, therefore firing workers for being transgender is perfectly legal.

In a 54-page brief signed by U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the U.S. Justice Department argues Congress didn’t intend to include transgender people when it passed Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex in employment.

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HRC officially announces ‘six-figure’ investment in Va. General Assembly races

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ABOVE: Virginia state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), left, speaks with a group of students at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va., on March 28, 2019. The Manassas Democrat is among the 27 Virginia lawmakers and candidates who the Human Rights Campaign has endorsed ahead of November’s general election. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The Human Rights Campaign on Aug. 15 officially announced plans to help Democrats regain control of the Virginia General Assembly this year.

HRC President Alphonso David at Diversity Richmond, a Richmond-based LGBT advocacy group, said his organization has endorsed 27 Democrats who are either running for re-election or seeking to unseat incumbent Republicans. HRC this week also said it will mobilize its supporters with digital ads and mailings and hire field organizers.

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Log Cabin Republicans endorse Trump for re-election

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a turnabout from 2016, the National Log Cabin Republicans has endorsed Trump for re-election, asserting he “met his commitments” to LGBT people.

Robert Kabel and Jill Holman—who both are gay and serve as chair and vice chair of Log Cabin, respectively—announced the endorsement Thursday in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

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Bucking Trump’s promise, Labor Dept. to undercut Obama LGBTQ order

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In an apparent contradiction to President Trump’s promise to keep “intact” an Obama-era executive order against anti-LGBT workplace discrimination, the Department of Labor has signaled it would expand the scope of the religious exemption for federal contractors seeking to deny employment to LGBT workers.

In the proposed rule, the Labor Department proposes regulations to clarify the scope and application of the religious exemption in Executive Order 11246, an 1965 executive order signed by President Johnson which bars federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on race, sex and other characteristics.

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Don Lemon sued for alleged sexual assault by bartender

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Don Lemon is facing a lawsuit from a man who claims the CNN anchor sexually assaulted him at a bar in the Hamptons.

The plaintiff, Dustin Hice, filed the lawsuit on Aug. 11 in Suffolk County Court.

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LGBTQ advocates raise alarm over ‘facial recognition’ technology

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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LGBTQ people, especially transgender people, could be subjected to discrimination, harassment and identity theft if careful government controls are not placed on rapidly developing and widely used facial recognition technology, according to the group LGBT Tech.

The Staunton, Virginia-based group has joined six other LGBTQ organizations in signing on to a June 3 letter written by the ACLU calling on Congress to place a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology for law enforcement and immigration enforcement purposes until privacy related restrictions can be developed for the technology.

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Lady Gaga plans to donate school supplies to classrooms in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy

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Lady Gaga plans to donate school supplies to fund classroom projects in three cities recently affected by mass shooting violence.

Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation are partnering with Donors Choose to fund 14 projects in Dayton, Ohio; 125 in El Paso, Texas; and 23 in Gilroy, California.

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South Carolina man held in transgender woman’s killing

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) | Police in South Carolina say a man has turned himself in to face a murder charge for the killing of a transgender woman.

The Post and Courier of Charleston is reporting that 34-year-old Dominick Archield is being held in the Charleston County jail.

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FBI arrests Las Vegas man accused of planning attack on synagogue, LGBTQ bar

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LAS VEGAS (AP) | A man who authorities say worked as a security guard has been arrested and accused of plotting to firebomb a Las Vegas synagogue or a bar catering to LGTBQ customers, officials said Aug. 9.

Conor Climo, 23, of Las Vegas, was arrested Aug. 8 by an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force, U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich said in a statement.

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Virginia judge favors transgender student Gavin Grimm in bathroom case

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) | A federal judge in Virginia ruled Aug. 9 that a school board’s transgender bathroom ban discriminated against a former student, Gavin Grimm, the latest in a string of decisions nationwide that favor transgender students who faced similar policies.

The order issued by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk is a major victory for the American Civil Liberties Union and for Grimm. His four-year lawsuit was once a federal test case and had come to embody the debate about transgender student rights.

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California city denies Straight Pride rally permit for guy who said ‘We’re a totally peaceful racist group’

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MODESTO, Calif. (AP) | A Northern California city has denied a request to hold a so-called Straight Pride rally at a park.

Modesto city officials denied an application Aug. 9 by the National Straight Pride Coalition for an Aug. 24 event at Graceada Park.

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