Demi Lovato brings Danica Roem to the AMAs to speak out against bullying

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Demi Lovato invited Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person seated in a state legislature, to walk the American Music Awards red carpet with her to speak out against bullying at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Lovato and Roem were brought together as part of GLAAD’s Together initiative, a campaign for all marginalized communities to stand together.

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Jeffrey Tambor says he ‘doesn’t see’ how he can return to ‘Transparent’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jeffrey Tambor has announced his departure from “Transparent” as Amazon investigates sexual harassment allegations against the actor.

Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, both transgender actresses, have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations. While details on Barnes’ claims have not been made public, Lysette opened up about her allegations with Tambor on social media. She accuses Tambor of making sexual comments about her and for touching her inappropriately.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance observed on Capitol Hill

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: From left, Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) (Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key)

As the nation observes the deadliest recorded year ever for transgender people on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, members of Congress are lending their voices to raise attention to anti-trans violence.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), chair of the Congressional Transgender Task Force, introduced a resolution in the U.S. House on Monday to recognize violence against transgender people.

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Tillerson acknowledges Transgender Day of Remembrance

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday issued a statement that acknowledges the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence,” said Tillerson.

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NGLCC changes name to National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The NGLCC on Friday announced it has changed its name to the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

The organization made the announcement at the end of its National Dinner that took place at the National Building Museum in downtown D.C. Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell co-founded what was then called the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in 2002.

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Gay Trump nominee confirmed to Federal Labor Relations Authority

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed on Thursday James Abbott to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, making him the second openly gay nominee confirmed during the Trump administration.

The uncontroversial nomination was confirmed by unanimous consent “en banc” as part of a group of three nominees to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, an independent U.S. agency charged with adjudicating concerns over collective bargaining agreements. Each of the nominees were confirmed to terms of five years in length.

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Turkey bans all LGBTI events in Ankara, citing security

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ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkish officials have banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in the country’s capital.

The ban took effect Nov. 18 for an “indefinite” period and applies to all LGBTI film screenings, theaters, panels and exhibitions.

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Anti-gay supporters rally for Moore, worrying LGBTQ community

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A smiling Roy Moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his fiercest religious allies.

Flanked by a huge sign for Moore’s Senate campaign, one supporter railed against the “LGBT mafia” and “homosexualist gay terrorism.” Another warned that “homosexual sodomy” destroys those who participate in it and the nations that allow it. And still another described same-sex marriage as “a mirage” because “it’s phony and fake.”

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Parliament House sale to Miami-based company announced

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ORLANDO | Miami-based Kenergy Scientific, Inc. announced that it has completed a major milestone in acquiring Parliament Holdings Inc., the company that owns and operates the Parliament House Resort in Orlando, Nov. 13.

In the next 30 days, Kenergy will transition in the new management, file notice for a symbol and name change and plans to expand the existing operations.  In addition, they plan to begin construction on additional buildings to the resort, according to a press release.

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Orlando mayor honors Transgender Awareness Week

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer honored Transgender Awareness Week by displaying the Orlando city flag in the trans flag colors.

Dyer posted the picture on Twitter Nov. 17, writing “It’s #TransWeek and I am proud to support our Transgender community because everyone deserves to be treated equally.”

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Canadian group resettles LGBT refugees from Chechnya

By : Helen Parshall of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Rainbow Railroad Executive Director Kimahli Powell. His organization has resettled nearly 50 LGBT Chechens. (Photo courtesy of Kimahli Powell)

Kimahli Powell hopes that with international eyes on the crisis of LGBT people fleeing Chechnya, a light can be shed on the plight of LGBT refugees around the world.

Powell is the executive director of Rainbow Railroad, an organization based in Canada that works to help “LGBT people who have faced physical violence or face an imminent threat of violence, imprisonment or death” find safety.

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CAS rules FIFA wrong to fine Mexico for fans’ gay slur chant

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GENEVA (AP) – FIFA was judged wrong to fine Mexico’s soccer federation for fans chanting gay slurs at opposition goalkeepers at World Cup qualifying games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport judges hearing Mexico’s appeal accepted the chants were “insulting words,” even if fans did not intend to offend, the court said Nov. 16 when it published the verdict.

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