Russian human rights activist charged with violating propaganda law

By : Helen Parshall of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A Russian human rights advocate awaits trial under her country’s so-called gay propaganda law for sharing social media posts relating to sexual education and LGBT rights.

Evdokia Romanova, 27, works with the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) in the city of Samara, and began working with young people around issues of HIV and comprehensive sexual health education. She will appear in court on Monday and if found guilty will be fined up to 100,000 rubles ($1,750).

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Georgia Tech student with knife killed by campus police

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ATLANTA (AP) – Campus police shot and killed a Georgia Tech student who they say was advancing on officers with a knife.

Scout Schultz, 21, refused to put down a knife and kept moving toward the officers early Sunday outside a dormitory, according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, using the given name, Scott. The fourth-year computer engineering student used the name Scout and preferred the pronouns “they” and “them” rather than “him” or “her.”

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Serbia’s leader attends gay pride march for first time

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia’s first-ever openly gay prime minister joined several hundred gay activists Sunday at a gay pride march that was held amid tight security in the conservative Balkan country.

Holding rainbow flags, balloons and a banner reading “For change,” pride participants gathered in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, before setting off on a march through the city. Many approached Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, greeting her and taking selfies.

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Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife Michelle Rounds found dead of apparent suicide

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Michelle Rounds, Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife, was found dead of an apparent suicide on Monday, TMZ reports. She was 46.

“I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy. Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s family, her wife and their child,” O’Donnell said in a statement to TMZ.

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Amid criticism, Harvard withdraws fellowship for Chelsea Manning

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Faced with intense criticism, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government has rescinded its fellowship to Chelsea Manning, a transgender former Army intelligence officer who was served seven years in jail for leaking classified information.

Douglas Elmendorf, dean of Harvard Kennedy School, said in a statement Friday the institution is “withdrawing the invitation to her to serve as a Visiting Fellow,” calling the initial decision to grant her that decision a “mistake” for which he takes responsibility.

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Mattis: Trans troops can re-enlist in armed forces — for now

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Faced with President Trump’s task of implementing a ban on their service, Defense Secretary James Mattis has issued a memo allowing transgender troops currently in the military to re-enlist — at least during the six-month period when Pentagon studies the issue.

The interim guidance, obtained Friday by the Washington Blade and other media outlets, lays out the implementation plan for Trump’s directive last month to ban transgender military service.

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McCain co-sponsors new bill against Trump’s trans military ban

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is among the bipartisan co-sponsors of a bill for transgender military service. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A new standalone bill that seeks to undermine President Trump’s ban on transgender military service has key support from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — who years ago was a chief opponent of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.

In a statement upon the bill’s introduction, McCain declared his support for transgender military service and said he awaits feedback on the issue from Defense Secretary James Mattis, who set forth a plan for a study on transgender service after Trump’s order.

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Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at Edith Windsor’s funeral

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at Edith Windsor’s funeral. (Screenshot courtesy Emanu-El)

Joining the LGBT community in mourning the loss of Edith Windsor, Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance during her memorial service Friday to honor the LGBT pioneer as someone who “helped change hearts and minds, including mine.”

During the ceremony at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Clinton spoke at length about Windsor’s impact on America and her advancement of LGBT equality.

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ could lead to trans history at Oscars

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TORONTO (AP) – A transgender Chilean actress has turned in one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year and some are hoping she could be the first trans actor to land an Oscar nomination.

Daniela Vega, 28, stars in Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman.” She plays Marina, a transgender woman whose partner (Francisco Reyes) dies, after which Marina is subjected to harsh treatment by the family of her deceased lover and by police investing the death.

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Aretha Franklin to perform at Elton John’s AIDS gala

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NEW YORK (AP) – Aretha Franklin will sing in honor of Elton John before she retires later this year.

John announced Sept. 12 that the Queen of Soul will perform at his annual AIDS charity event on Nov. 7 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. This year marks the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th year.

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Kid Rock asks why ‘is everything so gay?’ in political rant

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: (Photo via Wikimedia Commons. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

Kid Rock got political at his concert in Detroit on Tuesday addressing everything from marriage equality and transgender bathroom rights to white supremacy and “deadbeat dads.”

The outspoken Trump supporter has been teasing a possible run for Senate in Michigan since the launch of his “Kid Rock for Senate” website this summer. Although no official announcement has been made, Rock gave a brief rundown on his views on some political issues.

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Michigan apple farmer barred from market over same-sex marriage goes to court

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A judge has heard arguments challenging a Michigan city’s decision to keep an apple grower away from its seasonal market because of his views on same-sex marriage.

In defense, East Lansing attorney Michael Bogren says the city doesn’t want a vendor who discriminates.

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