House kills ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Therapy that seeks to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity will remain legal in New Hampshire, though lawmaker say they found no evidence it is being practiced in the state.

The House on Tuesday killed two bills that would have prohibited so-called conversion therapy. Supporters of the measure said the state should ban an inappropriate, ineffective and harmful practice regardless of how often it occurs. But opponents said state licensing boards already have the authority to regulate and discipline any practitioner who uses coercive tactics.

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Vermont considers 3rd gender option on driver’s licenses

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State residents who don’t identify as male or female may soon be able to choose another gender on their driver’s licenses.

Vermont Public Radio reports the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new computer system will allow a third gender option.

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Vogue drops Mario Testino, Bruce Weber amid sexual misconduct allegations

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been dropped from Vogue and Condé Nast over sexual misconduct allegations from numerous male models in a report from the New York Times.

15 former and current male models accused Weber, known for his sexually charged ad campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, of being inappropriate with them during photo shoots.

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Two transgender Utah residents want sex designation on IDs changed

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two transgender Utah residents, who have been denied a change in their sex designation on their driver’s licenses by a state judge, are asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

Angie Rice and Sean Childers-Gray both have driver’s licenses and insurance cards that have their new names, but still bear the sex designations that were assigned to them at birth.

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Andrew Christian emails Tom Daley’s leaked nude photos to customers

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Underwear brand Andrew Christian’s recent email blast featuring Tom Daley’s leaked nude photos has sparked controversy and been deemed unprofessional.

The 23-year-old British Olympic diver’s photos were reportedly taken in 2016 when he and now-husband Dustin Lance Black were on break for a few months.

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Police official sorry for helping discredit 1994 rape of lesbian victim

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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police official apologized Friday to a rape victim he helped discredit almost 24 years ago.

Deputy Commissioner John Miller said in a statement sent to the woman’s lawyer that he was wrong to tell reporters that police doubted the woman’s account of being raped in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

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Chelsea Manning takes steps to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender former Army intelligence who rose to national prominence for leaking sensitive information to Wikileaks has taken steps to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland.

The Federal Election Commission website indicates Chelsea Manning on Thursday filed for candidacy to run as a Democrat in the mid-term election.

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Charges lowered, men sentenced in 2016 Md. trans murder

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ABOVEKeyonna Blakeney, 22, was stabbed to death in 2016. Photo courtesy Facebook.

In a little-noticed development, prosecutors in Montgomery County last year dropped first-degree murder and armed robbery charges against two D.C. men arrested for the April 16, 2016 murder of transgender woman Keyonna Blakeney, 22, in her room at the Red Roof Inn in Rockville, Md.

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Police say they’ve cracked rape case of lesbian that columnist deemed hoax

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City detectives say they’ve cracked a 23-year-old rape case a newspaper columnist wrote was a hoax.

A woman was walking through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in 1994 when she was dragged into the bushes and raped. She gave police a detailed description of her attacker.

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Ricky Martin reveals he secretly married Jwan Josef

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Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef are married.

Martin, 46, dropped the bombshell to E! News that he and Yosef have already tied the knot. However, the big celebration is still to come.

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Usage remains low for pill that can prevent HIV infection

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NEW YORK (AP) — From gritty neighborhoods in New York and Los Angeles to clinics in Kenya and Brazil, health workers are trying to popularize a pill that has proven highly effective in preventing HIV but which — in their view — remains woefully underused.

Marketed in the United States as Truvada, and sometimes available abroad in generic versions, the pill has been shown to reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent if taken daily. Yet worldwide, only about a dozen countries have aggressive, government-backed programs to promote the pill. In the U.S., there are problems related to Truvada’s high cost, lingering skepticism among some doctors and low usage rates among black gays and bisexuals who have the highest rates of HIV infection.

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LGBT designer responds to criticism for using child drag queen for clothing company

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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LGBT designer Brandon Hilton is defending his clothing company House of Mann’s decision to use nine-year-old drag queen Lactatia to promote the line.

Twitter and online bullentin board 4chan slammed House of Mann’s Instagram photo featuring Lactatia, also known as Nemis Quinn Mélançon Golden calling it “pedophilia” and “child abuse.” Conservative news sites the Daily Caller and Breitbart News also took issue with the clothing company using Lactatia. House of Mann sells drag queen clothing as well as lingerie and bondage gear.

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