Drag queen to star in Rio samba parade at Brazil Carnival

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SAO PAULO (AP) — A drag queen is headlining the parade of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most storied samba schools Monday night as Carnival celebrations across the country continue the tradition of ridiculing cultural icons and pushing social boundaries.

Pabllo Vittar will perform with Beija-Flor de Nilopolis, whose theme is promoting tolerance. Last year’s champions, Portela, are to portray the story of Jews who fled persecution in Europe for Brazil.

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Eric Radford becomes first out athlete to win gold at Winter Olympics

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Canadian Eric Radford has made history as the first openly gay athlete to win gold at the Winter Olympics.

Radford, 33, and his partner Meagan Duhamel won the medal for team figure skating for their free skate to “Hometown Glory” by Adele. The first ever openly gay athlete to win gold was Australian diver Matthew Mitcham who received the honor at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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Vistaprint: Gay couple wedding program mix-up unintentional

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BOSTON (AP) — The CEO of a printing company that was sued by a gay couple who received pamphlets about temptation and sin instead of wedding programs said Tuesday that it was an unintentional order mix-up.

Vistaprint CEO Trynka Shineman said the company’s investigation into the matter found that the pamphlets and wedding programs were printed simultaneously and the wrong shipping label was inadvertently put on the boxes by a third-party partner.

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Bermuda governor signs marriage repeal bill

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Bermuda Gov. John Rankin on Wednesday signed a bill that rescinds marriage rights for same-sex couples in the British island territory.

The Royal Gazette newspaper reported Rankin approved the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 — which allows same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships as opposed to get married — “after careful consideration in line with my responsibilities under the Constitution.”

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Marriage opponent wins first round of Costa Rica presidential election

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A vocal opponent of marriage rights for same-sex couples has won the first round of Costa Rica’s presidential election.

The New York Times reported Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration Party received nearly 25 percent of the vote on Sunday. Alvarado, a Pentecostal minister and singer who is a former journalist, will face off against Carlos Alvarado of the leftist Citizen’s Action Party in the second round that will take place on April 1.

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Aussie anti-gay marriage opponent attends same-sex wedding

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ABOVE: Virginia Flitcroft (L) married her partner Christine Forster (R) . Image from Virginia Flitcroft’s Facebook page.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian prime minister who was a vocal leader of the national campaign against gay marriage attended the same-sex wedding of his lesbian sister Friday and welcomed his sister-in-law into his family.

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Morality push may outlaw gay sex in Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Riding a tsunami of moral conservatism and anti-gay prejudice, Indonesia’s Islamic political parties appear on the cusp of a major victory: outlawing all sex outside marriage.

Revisions to Indonesia’s criminal code being considered by Parliament would allow prison sentences of up to five years for sex between unmarried people. Those changes would also criminalize gay sex, the bugbear of Indonesia’s Islamic and secular political parties.

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Russia registers its 1st same-sex marriage — by mistake

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MOSCOW (AP) — Two men have been able to register their marriage in Russia, a first for the country that the Interior Ministry attributes to a bureaucratic error.

Russia doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage and has a law banning the dissemination of gay “propaganda” to minors, so Pavel Stotzko and Yevgeny Voitsekhovsky’s claim that their marriage was officially registered has caused an uproar.

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Laverne Cox is Cosmopolitan’s first transgender cover model

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Laverne Cox is Cosmopolitan’s first openly transgender cover model.

Cox, 45, made her debut on the cover of Cosmopolitan South Africa’s February 2018 issue which features the “Cosmopolitan” title in a rainbow font and the hashtag #SayYesToLove.

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State Dept. sued for denying citizenship to same-sex couples’ children

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ABOVE: Elad and Andrew Dvash-Banks, second and third from left, with their twins Aiden, first from left, and Ethan, fourth from left. Photo courtesy of Immigration Equality.

Two binational same-sex couples on Monday filed federal lawsuits against the State Department after their children were denied U.S. citizenship.

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Underwear dance in dorm nearly gets Russian cadets expelled

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MOSCOW (AP) — An underwear dance video filmed in a college dormitory nearly got some Russian cadet pilots expelled and sparked a discussion among Russia’s political elite.

The mock striptease recorded by cadets at the Ulyanovsk Civil Aviation Institute went viral earlier this week. Some Russian politicians called on the public training school located in Lenin’s birthplace to expel the students. The Federal Agency for Air Transportation decried the video as an “immoral incident” and an “insult to civil aviation professionals.”

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Finnish court acquits duo’s gay bar stunt on Russian plot

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish comedy and rap duo has been acquitted of building a makeshift gay bar in 2015 on a plot of land in Finland owned by Russian president Vladimir Putin to protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

The court on Aland islands off the southwestern Finnish coast rejected Thursday a Russian charge against Frej Larsson and Simon Gardenfors, the local Nya Aaland daily said. The Russian charge said the two unlawfully constructed on the grounds of Putin’s summer residence and demanded a fine.

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