Billie Jean King returns to New York with new Empire team

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NEW YORK (AP) – Billie Jean King and her World Team Tennis league have returned to the venue where she won four U.S. Open singles titles.

The New York Empire are competing in Forest Hills Stadium at the West Side Tennis Club, the former site of the U.S. Open through 1977. The new Empire team is coached by Patrick McEnroe.

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Human rights group urges against forced anal exams in 8 countries

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Geneva (AP) – Human Rights Watch is urging an end to “forced anal examinations” with a report documenting them in eight countries, mostly in Africa, saying the practice is based on flawed ideas about supposedly proving homosexual conduct.

The advocacy group calls the examinations “a form of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment” that amounts to sexual assault, violates international conventions and could rise to the level of torture. 

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Military investigates 2 Marines for anti-gay Facebook post

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Marine Corps is investigating two active-duty Marines at Camp Pendleton for a social media post of a photo of a corporal in uniform holding an assault rifle and the message: “Coming to a gay bar near you!”

Maj. Staci Reidinger said June 16 that fellow Marines alerted officials to the post, and authorities were able to track down the Marine in the photograph and another one who reposted it.

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Gay pastor faked cake slur, drops lawsuit

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A gay Texas pastor who sued Whole Foods after he bought a cake that he alleged had a slur written on it in icing has dropped his lawsuit against the grocer.

Jordan Brown of Austin dropped the suit and issued an apology May 16. Brown said he was “wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story.”

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Counseling group cancels conference in Tennessee over anti-gay law

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Nashville (AP) – By canceling its conference in Tennessee next year, the American Counseling Association wants to put other states on notice that new LGBT laws can carry consequences, the group’s leader said.

The cancellation announced May 10, hinted at after the Tennessee General Assembly passed a new law letting therapists decline to see patients based on religious values and personal principles, is aimed at preventing similar measures elsewhere.

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Counseling group cancels conference to target Tennessee law

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – By canceling its conference in Tennessee next year, the American Counseling Association wants to put other states on notice that new LGBT laws can carry consequences, the group’s leader said.

The cancellation announced May 10, hinted at after the Tennessee General Assembly passed a new law letting therapists decline to see patients based on religious values and personal principles, is aimed at preventing similar measures elsewhere.

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North Carolina files lawsuit against the federal government over HB2

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The Associated Press is reporting North Carolina filed a lawsuit against the federal government May 9, today, over the state’s anti-LGBT law, HB2.

The Justice Department last week told North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to explain how they will not enforce or implement the law because it violates the federal Civil Rights Act. McCrory, meanwhile, had his ass handed to him on FOX News (of all places) this weekend. We’ve included the video below. McCrory called the demand to have the law addressed by this afternoon “unrealistic” to host Chris Wallace. He also said, “I’m looking at all my options.” Well, apparently he’s taking the taxpayer-funded litigious one, standing on semantics about “gender identity” and WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? We’d tell you what it means, Pat, but you probably wouldn’t understand. Are there dumb people bathrooms?

“Why not just let it go if there’s not a case?” Wallace pegs McCrory.

Then the governor goes on to blame the “liberal Democratic Party” for creating a tempest in a teapot. Um, you signed the law.

 

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Uprisings: Wise up

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If you’re anywhere near the interweb tubes, shaking your head with gifs and emojis, stamping your imaginary feet at how things could have possibly gone the way that they indeed have, then apologies on the front end for the unicorns and rainbows presently being dismissed by your mainstream media (or men seeking men, acronym fans). It’s been a hot week of political rhetoric, which effectively means it’s been a hot-air balloon filled with erroneous phraseology and a tantrum or two thrown in for good measure. The battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the diamond-studded figurehead of the presidency has gone ballistic, and we’re all paying for it in progressive circles.

At issue: the bewitching math of superdelegates and those who love or hate them. Sure, nobody likes a finger on a scale, but that’s not what this is (there is a history behind said system, one that is available to read at your local library or, of course, online). Superdelegates are the politically connected folk who make up the whipped creamy top of the Democratic Party structure, and there’s a reason for that. Whether you agree with that reason – to make sure that smart decisions are made, proponents argue; to satisfy the bloodthirst of the party elite, opponents grumble – doesn’t matter right now.

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Florida’s fight against marriage equality will cost taxpayers plenty

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(AP) — Florida’s fierce fight to keep intact a voter-approved ban on gay marriage is going to wind up costing taxpayers.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, who declared the prohibition unconstitutional nearly two years ago, has ordered the state to pay the fees of attorneys who filed federal lawsuits challenging the ban.

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Pennsylvania Governor takes anti-discrimination matters into his own hands

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Harrisburg, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination by state contractors against people who are lesbian, gay or transgender.

Wolf told WESA-FM in Pittsburgh that he had hoped the Legislature would pass legislation designed to outlaw discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Gay parents begin legal battle against homophobic surrogate in Thailand

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Bangkok (AP) – An American-Spanish same-sex couple opened a high-profile custody battle in Thailand for a baby girl born to a surrogate mother, who decided she wanted to keep the child when she found out they were gay.

The case is complicated by the fact that Thai law does not recognize same-sex marriages and also by a new law that bans commercial surrogacy, which took effect after baby Carmen’s birth.

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Wide stance: Kansas “bathroom bill” scrapes the bottom of the bowl

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If you weren’t aware that absurd anti-LGBT policy discussions had reached the horizon of legislative credulity, then you should probably take a look at Kansas (or Sarasota, or South Dakota or North Carolina, really). Today, progressive website thinkprogress.com reports that some strangely obsessed legislators in Kansas are taking the toilet-talk to a new level. Kids could be paid a ransom for outing trans students in the “wrong” bathrooms.

“The complementary bills (SB 513 and HB 2737) declare in no uncertain terms that transgender students are going to harm other students just by using the same facility alongside them. ‘Allowing students to use restrooms, locker rooms and showers that are reserved for students of a different sex will create potential embarrassment, shame, and psychological injury to students,’ they read.”

“Like bills proposed in other states, these measures attempt to define “sex” in a narrow way — in this case, ‘the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person’s chromosomes, and is identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.'”

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