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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MTV India dating show airs episode with gay contestants

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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India decriminalized homosexuality in September and already is including LGBT representation in its media. “Elovator Pitch,” a dating series on MTV India, aired its first episode on Nov. 16  featuring same-sex contestants.

The show’s premise involves 10 people giving an elevator pitch, the time it takes for the elevator to go to the next floor, to the contestant on why they should be picked to date. The series featured 10 men attempting to woo bachelor Atmaj Vyas.

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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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Rugby player Gareth Thomas reveals he was victim of homophobic attack

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas revealed he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff in a video posted on Twitter on Nov. 18

Thomas, 44, came out as gay in 2009 making him the first out professional rugby union player. He retired from the sport in 2011.

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Utah LGBTQ advocates seeks ban on conversion therapy

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Utah LGBTQ advocates say they will join a nationwide effort to get the state to ban a practice known as “conversion therapy.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams said advocates are ready to push for legislation that would make it illegal for the practice to be administered in the state.

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PHOTOS: Equality Florida holds 2018 Suncoast Celebration

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SARASOTA | Equality Florida held its annual Suncoast Celebration at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium Nov. 18, benefiting the organization’s work in fighting for statewide equality.

The evening featured live entertainment from Josh Walther and the Phase5 Band and honored community advocates throughout the celebration, beginning with Dr. Fred and Lee Brockmann. The duo, known for their outspoken advocacy, received the 2018 Voice for Equality honor. Dorothy Neufeld received the 2018 Spirit of Service and Leadership honor.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Pride gets wild for inaugural Pride-Zoo-La

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TAMPA | Tampa Pride kicked off fundraising for its fifth year with the organization’s inaugural Pride-Zoo-La at ZooTampa at Lowry Park Nov. 17.

The evening began with a performance by the Tampa Bay Pride Band. Guests subsequently moved to an artists’ showcase highlighting local talent, participated in over 50 raffles and were given the opportunity to participate in a giraffe feeding with ZooTampa staff.

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Watch: Michelle Obama tells Ellen how she tried to escape the White House to celebrate same-sex marriage

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Michelle Obama promoted her new autobiographical memoir “Becoming” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Nov. 15. During the interview, the former first lady recalled a story from her book about the night she tried to escape the White House with her daughter Malia to celebrate the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

The night of June 26, 2015, the White House was lit with the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag and people were gathered outside the White House to celebrate, which Mrs. Obama was notified of and tried to take part in.

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Celine Dion partners with Nununu for new genderneutral, kids clothing line

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Céline Dion is partnering with children’s retailer Nununu to create her new genderneutral clothing line for kids called Celinununu. According to the clothing line’s website, the mission was to use fashion to shape people’s minds and inspire children to find their own individuality through fashion.

This was displayed in the new ad Dion put out to promote the clothing line. In the ad, Dion sneaks into a nursery and sees the infants are predictably wearing blue and pink onesies. The songstress decides to break the stereotype by using fairy dust to change the infants’ onesies to black-and-white ensembles.

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House GOP urges Trump to drop LGBT protections in NAFTA update

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A group of nearly 40 House Republicans are calling on President Trump to drop from the updated U.S. trade proposal with Mexico and Canada a provision encouraging countries to adopt policies barring anti-LGBT discrimination in the workforce, throwing ratification of the deal in question.

In a letter dated Nov. 16, lawmakers led by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) say they’re “deeply concerned” by the proposed LGBT requirements in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a renegotiation of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement initiated by President Trump. An article in Politico Nov. 16 highlighted the letter.

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102 LGBT leaders ‘enthusiastically endorse’ Nancy Pelosi for speaker

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of The National LGBT Media Association
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Amid uncertainty over whether House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be elected speaker next year despite a Democratic majority in the House, a group of 102 LGBT leaders have come out to “enthusiastically endorse” her to become presiding officer of the chamber.

The leaders expressed support for Pelosi in a joint statement Nov. 16 asserting they “understand that the progress we have made is progress we must protect.”

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