Majority of Floridians support laws protecting LGBTs from discrimination

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Most Floridians support LGBT nondiscrimination laws and don’t think businesses should be allowed to refuse to serve LGBTs based on religious beliefs.

That’s according to a new poll by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute, based on 42,000 interviews to explore attitudes in all 50 states ahead of legislative battles in 2016.

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Study: Teenagers having sex, not getting tested for HIV

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Chicago (AP) – Fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who’ve had sex have ever been tested for HIV, a troubling low rate that didn’t budge over eight years, government researchers say. Young adults fared slightly better, although testing rates have declined in black women, a high-risk group.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an influential preventive health panel recommend routine HIV testing at least once for teens and adults. They also advise at least yearly screening for high-risk patients including those with multiple sex partners, gay or bisexual boys and men and injection drug users. The American Academy of Pediatrics has similar advice targeting teens only.

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Viewpoint: Positive living, Ho Ho Homo Home for the Holidays

By : Greg Stemm
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GregStemmHeadshotIf we were a bunch of Pagan Romans marking their end of year holiday celebrations, we’d wish each other a “Happy Saturnalia”, get drunk, smoke a bunch of weed and have a huge orgy.

Since I can’t possibly imagine any of you celebrating like that (OK, well maybe one or two of you) we are left with the specter of shlepping our gay appareled buns to dreaded holiday family gatherings.

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Screened Out – Legend

By : Stephen Miller
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There’s about an hour and forty minutes of good stuff here. Unfortunately, this biopic is nearly two hours and fifteen minutes long. It also focuses on the boring parts. Legend doesn’t completely claim what’s shocking about its real-life story.

The flick does offer the gimmick of Tom Hardy playing twins. Set in 1960s London and concerning two very fascinating gangster personalities, it should have had so much more. It should’ve explored Ronnie Kray’s violent sexuality and his and his brother’s dangerous commitment to each other, even as their relationship promised ruin.

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California sets rules for inmate gender-reassignment surgeries

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials are setting the first standards for which transgender inmates should receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery after spending years in court fighting to block the operations.

In a policy that took effect Oct. 20 and was reviewed by The Associated Press, prison mental health professionals would refer the inmates for the surgery. To qualify for the surgery, inmates must be diagnosed with what is formally known as gender dysphoria; have expressed a desire for sex-reassignment surgery for at least two years; and have lived as a member of the preferred gender for at least 12 months.

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Southern Decadence 2015 takes over New Orleans

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New Orleans (AP) – What started as a small costume party held to bid farewell to a friend has blossomed into a huge annual celebration of gay culture that’s headed into its 44th year.

More than 100 events are scheduled for Southern Decadence, the annual gay pride festival that started Wednesday and runs through Sept. 7 in various bars and clubs throughout metropolitan New Orleans, but primarily in the French Quarter.

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Brewers farmhand David Denson comes out

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DavidDensonMilwaukee (AP) – Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer David Denson has become the first openly gay player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Denson, with the help of former major leaguer Billy Bean, reached out to the newspaper to tell his story.

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Catching up with St. Petersburg’s first gay councilman

By : Aaron Alper
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Steve Kornell became the first openly gay elected official in 2009 for St. Petersburg City Council. Since that time, Steve has become a champion for not only the LGBT community, but for human rights, artists, musicians, writers and youth culture. In a sense, he is the antithesis to the cynical-politician stereotype.

When confronted with the idea that coming out at 32 and being the first elected gay official in St. Pete at 42 is remarkable (skipping the “gay adolescence” many late-bloomers have via the disco or, these days Grindr), Kornell simply laughs.

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Poll: Americans sharply divided on same-sex marriage issue

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NEW YORK (AP) – The Supreme Court’s ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.

The poll also found a near-even split over whether local officials with religious objections should be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, with 47 percent saying that should be the case and 49 percent say they should be exempt.

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Bruce Jenner’s 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block

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NEW YORK (AP) – The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is going on the auction block where it could fetch $20,000 or more.

It’s the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner.

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US envoy confident Australia will manage gay marriage debate

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia said on June 30 he was confident that the “great debate” among Australians on whether to allow gay marriages would result in the best outcome for the country.

Ambassador John Berry, 56, who has been a gay rights activist most of his life, told reporters that Australia had led the United States on providing rights to gays including equal rights in the military, employment, health care benefits and visitation rights in hospitals.

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Mike Huckabee jokes about being transgender so he can ‘shower with girls’

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Mike Huckabee says there’s a time when he wouldn’t have minded being transgender – after gym class in the locker rooms.

“I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today’,” said Huckabee while addressing the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention back in February.

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