Asia O’Hara says she was ‘threatened to be burned alive’ by online trolls

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Asia O’Hara revealed she received death threats on social media because of her race in a heartfelt Twitter post.

O’Hara, who is a finalist on season 10, posted an emotional note on Twitter explaining her absence from the social media platform.

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Kansas teacher moves after receiving threats for being gay

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SENECA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teacher said he abandoned his job and home state following months of harassment for being gay.

Former Nemaha Central High School teacher Michael Hill was the target of cyberbullying and received threats by mail after revealing his sexual orientation in October, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

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Words to Live By: Celebrate

By : Rick Claggett
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June is busting out all over. It’s the month of my people. I know we aren’t quite there yet, but it is time to prepare. Before this issue leaves the stands, we will be swimsuit deep into pool parties, GayDayS, One Magical Weekend and Girls in Wonderland with Polk County Pride and St. Pete Pride on the horizon.

Celebrate! Enjoy it!

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Orlando 2016 Fringe Review: IN CLOSE QUARTERS A Story of Love and War

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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IN CLOSE QUARTERS: A Story of Love and War
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While it may be safe to say that almost any show Michael Wanzie puts on is worth seeing, you won’t want to miss going to see this one—simply because it could easily win this year’s “Best Show” award or “Best Drama” award.

Many associate Wanzie shows with comedic plotlines, musical parodies or over-the-top productions, but IN CLOSE QUARTERS: A Story of Love and War breaks that mold, and it does it in all the best ways. There were gasps and plenty of tears shed from the audience.

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Sir Ian McKellen wants to know more about trans issues

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Sir Ian McKellen knows a great deal about a lot of things.

After all, he is a classically trained actor, the man who portrayed some of the greatest characters on film and Patrick Stewart’s BFF, but McKellen admits there are areas where he knows very little.

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Fishing From the Other Side of the Boat

By : Michael Kilgore
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St. Petersburg – Stephen Graumlich, introducing The Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson, World Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, to a full house at the 4TH Annual Pride Celebration at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter’s paused a moment. He reflected upon one sentence she shared with him 30 years ago, “We have to learn to fish out of the other side of the boat.”

At the time Graumlich was struggling to find a place where, as a gay man, he could reclaim his spiritual roots. And Wilson was a minister in a fledgling MCC church. Graumlich finally found his home in an inclusive Episcopalian church. Wilson now heads a church with 300 congregations in 37 countries. Her message of inclusion remains the same.

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Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg says in essay that he’s gay

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has come out as gay in a newly published essay.

The first-term Democratic mayor writes in an essay published Tuesday in the South Bend Tribune that he was well into adulthood “before I was prepared to acknowledge the simple fact that I am gay.”

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Gay teachers reach settlement with school that fired them

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ORLANDO – Jaclyn Pfeiffer and Kelly Bardier, the preschool workers who were fired from the Aloma Methodist Early Childhood Learning Center in March for being gay, have reached a settlement with the Aloma United Methodist Church.

Pfeiffer worked at the Aloma ECLC for two years before being terminated on March 19. Pfeiffer said that she was let go after Bardier, her girlfriend, was hired at the school as a substitute teacher and rumors of their relationship began.

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Presidential hopeful says being gay is a choice

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Presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson took to Facebook to apologize after saying being gay is choice.

In an interview on March 4 with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Cuomo asked Carson if he believed that being gay was a choice. Carson replied, “Absolutely.”

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