Jim Parsons is developing new gay sitcom for NBC

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jim Parsons is already planning his next TV project.

“The Big Bang Theory” star is on board as an executive producer of “The Inn Crowd,” a new sitcom for NBC, Deadline reports.

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Biden urged to run in 2020 at Human Rights Campaign dinner

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Attendees at the annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner Saturday night urged Joseph Biden to challenge President Trump in 2020 amid speculation the former vice president is mulling a run for the White House.

As Biden approached the podium at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, he was greeted with calls of “Run, Joe, Run!” and “2020!” In response, Biden didn’t convey any thoughts about the upcoming presidential election, but thanked the audience and proceeded with his remarks.

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Doctors group recommends support for transgender children

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A doctors group took a stand in support of transgender children September 17, offering advice in what it called “a rapidly evolving” field.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended support for kids who change their names or hairstyles to affirm their chosen gender identity. The group said children are more likely to have better physical and mental health with such support.

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Mural of mosaic hearts to show diversity, community in Orlando

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ORLANDO | A mural of more than 800 mosaic hearts, made by artists from around the world, has been created in Orlando in support of the LGBTQ community.  The mural, which is located on the exterior wall of The Lamp & Shade Fair at 1336 N. Mills Ave., was installed throughout August and early September.

The mural’s hearts form a large, colorful rainbow floating away from a silhouetted figure blowing kisses.

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LGBT groups call for halt to Kavanaugh vote amid attempted rape charges

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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With Christine Blasey Ford coming forward as the individual alleging sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, LGBT groups are joining the calls to pull the brake on his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of a scheduled vote on his nomination this week.

Sharon McGowan, chief strategy officer for the LGBT legal group Lambda Legal, compared the allegations to the testimony of Anita Hill against now U.S. Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and said they “demand a thorough investigation.”

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Cuban president backs same-sex marriage

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has said he supports an amendment to his country’s new constitution that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

“I defend that there should be no type of discrimination,” he told Telesur, a television station that is largely funded by the Venezuelan government, during an interview that aired on Sunday. “The will of the people and the people’s sovereignty will have the final word.”

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California law affirms gender-related care for foster youth

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) | A new California law signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown ensures access to counseling, hormone treatment and surgery for transgender foster youth.

The bill “will empower transgender foster youth to live authentically and simply be themselves,” said Democratic Assemblyman Todd Gloria of San Diego, the law’s sponsor.

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City considers resolution critical of Drag Queen Story Hour

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) | Two members of the governing council in a Louisiana city are pushing a resolution critical of their local library’s plan to host a “Drag Queen Story Hour.”

The resolution by Lafayette City-Parish Councilmen Jared Bellard and William Theriot is to be considered by the council on September 18. 

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Suit over Michigan gay couples denied adoptions can proceed

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DETROIT (AP) | A federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit which says Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents.

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman said in an order issued Friday that the couples had successfully argued that the faith-based groups’ religious screening practices harmed them.

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Transgender ex-student sues Alabama school over mistreatment

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) | A former student has sued a north Alabama school district, saying she was harassed and physically assaulted because she was transgender, while administrators turned a blind eye.

Zelda Menefee filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Huntsville city school system, former superintendent Casey Wardynski and eight other teachers and school employees.

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German teenager arrested in gay club bomb attack plan

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BERLIN (AP) | A German teenager has been arrested on suspicion he was planning an Islamic extremist bombing attack in the Frankfurt area, prosecutors said September 13.

Frankfurt prosecutors’ spokesman Sinan Akdogan told The Associated Press the 17-year-old was arrested by Hesse state police September 1 and ordered held by a judge on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence.

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Transgender woman says man she met on app attacked her

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) | A transgender woman from Springfield says she has no idea why a man she met on a dating app attacked her.

Tenia Williams told The Springfield News-Leader on September 11 that she met 24-year-old Dominic James on PlentyofFish on Aug. 18. She said after they met for consensual sex the next day, James suddenly came out of a bathroom and choked her and attacked her with a knife, while asking where she kept her money.

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