Utah governor thanks man credited with stopping anti-gay mob

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is thanking a man who’s being credited with fending off an anti-gay mob during the Utah Pride Festival.

Herbert said on Twitter late Wednesday that he had met with the dessert shop worker. Herbert called him a local hero.

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Gay Kentucky man loses bid to challenge GOP clerk Kim Davis

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A gay man in eastern Kentucky has lost his bid to challenge Republican county clerk Kim Davis, who went to jail three years ago for denying him and others marriage licenses in the aftermath of an historic U.S. Supreme Court decision.

David Ermold sought the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary in Rowan County, Kentucky. He lost to Elwood Caudill Jr. in a four-way Democratic primary, despite a campaign that raised more than $200,000 with donations from at least 48 states.

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Homer gay pride recognition leads to canceled city meeting

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ABOVE: Council Members Tom Stroozas, Shelly Erickson, Donna Aderhold, Mayor Bryan Zak, Rachel Lord, Heath Smith and Caroline Venuti. Image from city of Homer, Alaska website.

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A city council meeting in Alaska where the mayor had planned to recognize LGBTQ Pride Month was canceled after council members failed to show.

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Millie Bobby Brown leaves Twitter after becoming face of homophobic memes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown has quit Twitter after her face became the target of homophobic memes.

According to the Wrap, the memes first surfaced in November under the tag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown, and resurged in popularity in June.

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Rotten Tomatoes releases the Top 10 LGBTQ TV shows for Pride month

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In celebration of Pride Month, Rotten Tomatoes has released a list with the highest-rated LGBTQ movies and TV shows from the 2010’s. Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” determined the top 10 for each category. The list curated showcases the best TV shows and films that tell the stories of the LGBTQ community.

For those unfamiliar, the Tomatometer score is based on “the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics,” according to the Rotten Tomatoes website. For each movie or show individually, a minimum of five reviews need to be done before an official Tomatometer score can be determined. A rating can be considered “Fresh” or “Certified Fresh.” “Fresh” means that at least 60 percent of reviews are positive, and “Certified Fresh” means the movie or TV show needs a steady score of at least 75 percent. However, to be “Certified Fresh” a film with wide release needs a minimum of 80 reviews, films with limited release need a minimum of 40 reviews and individual seasons of a TV show need to have a minimum of 20 reviews.

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Rotten Tomatoes releases the Top 10 list of LGBTQ movies for Pride month

By : Colton Adkins
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In celebration of Pride Month, Rotten Tomatoes has released a list with the highest-rated LGBTQ movies and TV shows from the 2010’s. Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” determined the top 10 for each category. The list curated showcases the best TV shows and films that tell the stories of the LGBTQ community.

For those unfamiliar, the Tomatometer score is based on “the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics,” according to the Rotten Tomatoes website. For each movie or show individually, a minimum of five reviews need to be done before an official Tomatometer score can be determined. A rating can be considered “Fresh” or “Certified Fresh.” “Fresh” means that at least 60 percent of reviews are positive, and “Certified Fresh” means the movie or TV show needs a steady score of at least 75 percent. However, to be “Certified Fresh” a film with wide release needs a minimum of 80 reviews, films with limited release need a minimum of 40 reviews and individual seasons of a TV show need to have a minimum of 20 reviews.

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Jane Krakowski reveals her 7-year-old son is a ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ fan

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jane Krakowski revealed she learned her 7-year-old son is a fan of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” after she discovered him dressing in drag for a playdate.

Speaking with Seth Meyers in promotion of the fourth season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Krakowski says that while on a playdate her son dressed in a princess dress, contoured his face and used purple marker for eyeshadow. He pretended to walk down a runway completing his performance by saying “Fashion!”

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‘Flipping Out’ star Jeff Lewis’ surrogate sues Bravo for filming her giving birth

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The surrogate who delivered “Flipping Out” stars Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward’s child is suing Bravo for filming the birth without her consent.

Variety reports Alexandra Trent filed the lawsuit against the network on Tuesday for unlawful recording, invasion of privacy and fraud. In the lawsuit, Trent alleges the network filmed her vagina without her consent and that she was humiliated by Lewis and Edward making “disgusting” comments about her anatomy.

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Group fights bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraud

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An effort to call gay conversion therapy a fraudulent business practice gained ground in the California state Senate on Tuesday, despite opposition from hundreds who rallied to fight the proposal on religious grounds.

The Judiciary Committee passed the proposal, which means it is a step closer to being considered by the entire state Senate. An earlier version of the legislation has already passed the state Assembly.

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Sen. Hatch recognizes Pride, LGBT youth suicide on Senate floor

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ABOVE: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) recognized Pride month and LGBT youth suicide on the Senate floor. Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Creative Commons.

Sen. Orrin Hatch took an unusual step for a Republican from Utah on Wednesday and recognized June as Pride month, invoking the occasion to draw attention to LGBT youth suicide.

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PHOTOS: Kissimmee PrideFest 2018

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The second annual PrideFest Kissimmee was held this past June 9 at the Kissimmee Civic Center to a large crowd enjoying the open display of LGBTQ pride. Miss Sammy and Lisa Lane hosted the entertainment as PrideFest audience members were encouraged to strut their stuff on stage to the delight of all, along with music by Orlando Gay Chorus and others. Vendors included Human Rights Campaign and the LGBT+ Center Orlando.

More photos after the jump.

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PHOTOS: onePULSE Foundation’s 2nd annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run honors the 49

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ORLANDO | Thousands gathered to participate in onePULSE Foundation’s second annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run at Wadeview Park in Orlando June 9.

The run — a 4.9 mile path through Orlando that passes in front of Pulse — is held to “honor the 49 lives taken in the Pulse tragedy, and celebrate our diverse backgrounds that brought us all together during the healing process following that tragic day.”

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