Apple ads fall far from the LGBT tree

By : Scott Stiffler OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Apple CEO Tim Cook. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

We buy their phones, wear their watches, and use their products to drive our businesses—but finding their iconic ads in the pages of your local LGBT newspaper or website is like looking for an apple in an orange grove.

“Some big companies with a good reputation in the community, like Apple, fail when it comes to speaking to us directly, effectively,” says Leo Cusimano, publisher and owner of the Dallas Voice newspaper, and OUT North Texas, a glossy magazine. “More and more, LGBT individuals are frustrated by brands that treat them as an afterthought.”

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New emojis for 2019 include gender-neutral, interracial couples

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The complete list of the new 2019 emojis was announced Feb. 5 and includes four variants of gender, gender-neutral couples and multiple options for couples of different skin tones.

The Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit corporation designed to promote and maintain the Unicode standard, approved the final emoji list for 2019. The list has been in the works since early 2018 and is scheduled for release through the later months of 2019, according to Unicode’s blog.

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Google Play faces backlash for gay conversion therapy app

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Google is facing criticism for having an app promoting gay conversion therapy available in its Google Play store.

The Christian group Living Home Ministries, which is based in Texas, produces the app. LGBT rights organization Truth Wins Out started a Change.org petition to have the app removed. The petition says the app “repeatedly belittles transgender people as suffering from ‘gender confusion.’ The group refers to gay men as ‘sexually broken guys’ who can ‘walk out of false identities’ and claims, without evidence, that the ‘gay lifestyle’ is ‘spiritually and physically harmful.’”

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56 major companies denounce Trump admin anti-trans plan

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fifty-six major companies came out Nov. 1 against a reported Trump administration plan to eliminate transgender protections under federal law, asserting transgender people must “be treated with the respect and dignity everyone deserves.”

“We oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections through reinterpretation of existing laws and regulations,” the companies said in a statement. “We also fundamentally oppose any policy or regulation that violates the privacy rights of those that identify as transgender, gender non-binary or intersex.”

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says being gay is ‘God’s greatest gift to me’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Apple CEO Tim Cook opened up why he decided to come out in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“I was public because I started to receive stories from kids who read online that I was gay, and they were going through being bullied, feeling like their family didn’t love them, being pushed out of their home, very close to suicide—things that just really pulled my heart,” Cook says. “I needed to do something for them, and show them you can be gay and still go on and do some big jobs in life, there’s a path there. ”

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Twitter permanently bans anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Infowars

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NEW YORK (AP) | Twitter permanently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior, a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform.

The company said Jones won’t be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones. In a tweet, it said it would continue to monitor reports about other accounts potentially associated with Jones or Infowars, and will “take action” if it finds any attempts to circumvent the ban.

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Apple introduces Pride watch face and watch band

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Apple introduced its new rainbow watch face and matching rainbow watch band in celebration of Pride month on Monday.

The watch face shows a rainbow animation and is available for Apple Watch owners to download starting Monday. The animation is interactive and users can strum the strings like a guitar.

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Tech Giants Apple, Google oppose Kansas adoption bill

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Tech giants Google and Apple oppose adoption legislation in Kansas that many in the LGBTQ community consider discriminatory.

An organization of more than 80 companies called TechNet sent legislators a letter Friday calling the measure a “license to discriminate.” The organization includes Google and Apple.

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Apple releases gender-neutral emojis

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Apple is releasing hundreds of new emojis including gender-neutral characters in various skin tones and age ranges.

Other emojis making their debut will be a mermaid, a dinosaur, a woman with a headscarf, a carton of Chinese food and a breastfeeding mother. There will be also an emoji hand signing “I love you” in American Sign Language.

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Farmer blocked at market over same-sex marriage seeks court order

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan city is defending a decision to keep an apple grower away from its outdoor market because of his views on same-sex marriage.

East Lansing urged a judge July 17 to reject an injunction that would force the city to bring Stephen Tennes back to the market.

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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ fades as legislative session wraps up

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will keep spending $800 million on border security while putting little new money into public schools, maintaining therapy cuts for disabled children and easing handgun license fees as the Republican-led Legislature approved a new state budget Saturday.

The $217 billion spending bill sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will likely be a quiet footnote to a rancorous legislative session that ends Monday — upended by a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people and an immigration crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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Apple releases red iPhone, donates proceeds to HIV/AIDS programs

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NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets.

A much-speculated 10.5-inch iPad Pro didn’t materialize, nor did new versions of existing sizes in the Pro lineup, which is aimed at businesses and creative professionals. The new devices are mostly refreshes of existing models. Apple unveiled them through press releases Tuesday rather than a staged event, as it typically does for bigger product releases.

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