Utah group seeks ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

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ABOVE: Equality Utah’s executive director Troy Williams (L) discusses suicide prevention with lawmakers, faith leaders and members of the Governor’s Youth Suicide Task Force looking on. Photo courtesy Equality Utah’s Facebook page

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Utah’s most powerful LGBTQ support organization wants legislation that would ban gay conversion therapy for minors.

Equality Utah has drafted a measure aiming for Utah to join more than a dozen states and the District of Columbia in outlawing efforts to change a minor’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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Teen arrested after Boston gay bars receive threatening calls

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ABOVE: Bar patrons attend a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing party at The Alley, one of the Boston gay bars where a 16-year-old made threatening calls. Photo courtesy The Alley’s Facebook page

BOSTON (AP) | A New Hampshire teen has been arrested for allegedly making threatening calls to gay bars in Boston.

Boston Police say the 16-year-old Hampton, New Hampshire resident was arrested by police in New Hampshire Nov. 23.

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Orlando man looks to raise reward money to find local trans woman’s murderer

By : Jeremy Williams and Melanie Ararat
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ORLANDO | Sasha Garden, a 27-year-old transgender woman, was found dead in the parking lot of a Holden Ave. apartment complex in Orlando July 19.

At that time, Garden became the fourth trans woman murdered in the state of Florida and the 16th trans person taken by violence in the U.S. Those numbers have now climbed to a known five in Florida and a known 22 in the U.S., and in many of these cases local authorities have not turned up any suspects or made any arrests.

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Two inspiring individuals prove leaving the corporate world can really pay off

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When I called Victor Bokas for an interview, he was in the middle of working on a five-foot-square commissioned painting for an art collector in Spain. “I could have never done this had I stayed in the corporate world,” he said to me with an incredulous half-laugh. Since being let go from his position as a senior graphic designer at Tupperware Brands in 2015, he has devoted his full energy to his craft, and it’s made all the difference.

Mandy Keyes, owner of Community Cafe in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg, also left her corporate position as an interior designer to open a storefront on Central Avenue, the area’s main thoroughfare. When I walked into the cafe for our interview, she was in the thick of taking orders, clearing tables, fielding questions – all the things you’d expect from a small-business owner – popping up at intervals during our conversation to tend to her customers. At 10:30 a.m. on a Saturday, the place was packed. It’s working.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ becomes highest grossing LGBT film

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Bohemian Rhapsody” has secured its place as the highest grossing LGBT film ever made after raking in another $15 million in its third week of release at the box office.

Overall, the film has earned $127 million in domestic sales and an estimated $384 million worldwide, Variety reports. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been at the top of the box office since its Nov. 2 release but was finally pushed to third place by “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “The Grinch.”

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Trans state representatives-elect reflect on historic elections

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The three openly transgender women who were elected to their respective state legislatures earlier this month each spoke about their historic elections with the Washington Blade on Nov. 19.

New Hampshire state Rep.-elect Gerri Cannon finished second in Stafford County District 18, which includes most of the city of Somersworth and the neighboring town of Rollinsford. She was elected to the Somersworth School Board in 2017.

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In surprise move, Marcia Fudge endorses Nancy Pelosi for speaker

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A potential showdown in the new House Democratic majority in which LGBT rights would have been a major factor fizzled on Nov. 20 when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won an endorsement from Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), her most likely competitor.

In a surprise move, Fudge — who said she was considering a run for speaker, but never declared her candidacy — announced her endorsement of Pelosi as speaker for the 116th Congress in a statement Tuesday night.

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South Florida gay man claims Lyft driver pulled gun, shouted homophobic slurs

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MIAMI | A South Florida gay man is claiming his Lyft driver pulled a gun on him and shouted homophobic slurs while he was on the way to a friend’s office in downtown Miami Nov. 15, according to NBC 6.

After placing two large boxes in the back seat of the Lyft driver’s car, Andres Berreondo says he sat in the passenger seat next to the driver.

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Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ are all about the GP Yass! in ‘SNL’ skit

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” queens Peppermint and Jiggly Caliente made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” Nov. 17 in a filmed skit advertising the new “GP Yass!” navigation system.

The video starts out with “SNL” cast member Heidi Gardner and guest host Steve Carell getting their trip mapped out on their vehicle’s ordinary GPS. After Carell comments on the GPS’s monotone voice,  Gardner offers to switch modes to the Drag Entertainer setting.

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Adam Rippon retires from competitive figure skating

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Adam Rippon is retiring from competitive figure skating.

Rippon, 29, confirmed to CBS News on Nov. 19 that he won’t be pursuing the career path any further. He already checked off plenty of milestones during the 2018  Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Rippon went on to place 10th in the men’s single skating competition and helped Team USA take home the bronze medal in a team figure skating event. This made him the first out U.S. male athlete to win a medal.

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Supreme Court urged to undo Pa. school’s pro-trans bathroom policy

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Following rejection from lower courts, an anti-LGBT legal group is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to block a Pennsylvania’s school district policy allowing transgender kids to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

Alliance Defending Freedom submitted the 32-page petition for certiorari before the court on Nov. 19, asserting Boyertown Area School District’s pro-trans bathroom policy violates the right to privacy of its students — a notion rebuffed by a trial court in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

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D.C. schools to allow students to register as ‘non-binary’

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a little-noticed development, the D.C. public school system earlier this year adopted a policy that will allow parents to select a category of “non-binary” rather than male or female when asked on school enrollment forms to indicate their child’s gender.

D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Shayne Wells said the school system’s interim chancellor, Amanda Alexander, finalized the policy over the summer as part of an annual effort initiated by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to streamline and update D.C. government forms.

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