Daniela Vega seeks meeting with Chilean cardinal

By : Nicolás Levy OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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SANTIAGO, Chile — The transgender actress who starred in “A Fantastic Woman” has asked the archbishop of Santiago to meet with her after he spoke against a trans rights bill that is currently before Chilean lawmakers.

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who sought to defend his position on minors’ ability to legally change their sex, argued the bill raises “something deeper” given that “a cat will not become a dog just because I give it a dog’s name.” Daniela Vega, the trans actress who starred in “A Fantastic Woman” that recently won an Oscar and reignited the public debate around gender identity in the country, asked Ezzati to meet with her.

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‘Drag Race’ queens Farrah Moan and Shea Coulee caught in homophobic attack

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars Farrah Moan and Shea Coulee faced a homophobic attack in a U.K. kebab shop on Sunday night. The incident was captured in a Snapchat video.

Moan and Coulee were on tour in Newcastle, U.K. and stopped to eat at a kebab shop. An allegedly drunk customer began verbally harrassing them with slurs like “slut” and “f*ggott.”

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Vocal marriage opponent loses Costa Rica presidential election

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Fabricio Alvarado on April 1, 2018, lost the second round of Costa Rica’s presidential elections. Photo by Iosepe; courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

A vocal opponent of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Sunday lost the second round of Costa Rica’s presidential election.

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Tourism officials: Puerto Vallarta safe after gay couple attacked

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Tourism officials in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, insist the resort city is safe after a gay couple was attacked in what they describe as a hate crime.

The Desert Sun and other media outlets have reported that Carl Blea — a real estate agent who lives in Palm Springs, Calif., with his husband, Marc Lange — were holding hands while walking to their condo at around 2:30 a.m. on March 24 after they spent the night dancing.

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Pence criticized for excluding media from breakfast with gay Irish PM

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Vice President Mike Pence (center) and Second Lady Karen Pence (right) met with the gay Irish PM Leo Vardakar for St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. Photo courtesy Twitter.

Vice President Mike Pence is taking heat for excluding the media from his breakfast meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is gay.

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Allegations about 40 gay priests in Italy sent to Vatican

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy.

In a statement on the diocesan website, Cardinal Cresenzio Sepe said none of the identified priests worked in Naples. But he said he decided to forward the file to the Vatican because “there remains the gravity of the cases for which those who have erred must pay the price, and be helped to repent for the harm done.”

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Apple celebrates Australian marriage equality in new iPhone X ad

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Apple Australia has released a new ad for iPhone X that celebrates marriage equality.

In “First Dance,” various same-sex couples are shown taking their first dances together as a married couple at their weddings. “Never Tear Us Apart” by Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barrett is played in the background.

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Barbados police criticized for response to attack on trans activist

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender rights activist in Barbados who says her ex-roommate attacked her claims the police mistreated her because of her gender identity.

Alexa Hoffmann told the Washington Blade last week during a WhatsApp interview that her ex-roommate attacked her with a meat cleaver near her home in the parish of Christ Church on Feb. 18 at around 12:15 a.m.

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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host Winter Olympics closing ceremony

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will help host NBC’s coverage of the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Sunday, according to Deadline.

Lipinski and Weir will be joined by NBC sportscaster Terry Gannon.

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Russell Tovey and his partner Steve Brockman are engaged

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Russell Tovey and his rugby player partner Steve Brockman are engaged.

“Completely unexpected but very very happy and looking forward to having a proper party to celebrate when back in London,” Tovey, 36, told the Daily Mail of his engagement.

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Religious protests against gay films show divide in Romania

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Religious protesters in Romania have disrupted the screenings of two movies featuring gay themes, saying they violate traditional values. In response, a new screening of the Cannes award-winning movie “120 Beats Per Minute” is going to be held Tuesday in Bucharest.

The dispute illustrates Romania’s divided views about homosexuality, which remains a difficult topic in the eastern European Union member where more than 85 percent of its people belong to Christian Orthodox churches. Homosexuality was only decriminalized when Romania prepared to join the EU in 2002.

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Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley are expecting their first child

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley are expecting their first child.

The couple posted a photo on Instagram of themselves holding a sonogram picture to announce the big news.

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