Harris pledges to create White House advocate for LGBTQ affairs

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Kamala Harris pledged on Thursday plans to designate a White House chief advocate for LGBT affairs should be elected in the 2020 election.

Harris made the commitment as part a comprehensive plan for LGBT rights, which was unveiled on the same day she’s set to participate in an HRC/CNN presidential candidate forum on LGBT issues.

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Buttigieg, Warren unveil comprehensive plans for LGBT rights

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ABOVE: Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Washington Blade photos by Michael Key.

On the same day they’re set to join a presidential candidate forum on LGBT issues, two Democratic hopefuls—Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg—have unveiled comprehensive plans for LGBT rights in their potential administrations.

Both Warren and Buttigieg articulate wide-ranging plans for assisting the LGBT community, such as support for the Equality Act, ending the transgender military ban and allowing a third gender marker option on federal IDs for non-binary people.

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HRC, CNN to host Democratic presidential town hall on LGBTQ issues

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is partnering with CNN to host an LGBTQ-focused town hall for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Oct. 10. The LGBTQ rights organization made the announcement on its website Sept. 5.

“The evening will constitute the largest-ever audience for a Democratic presidential town hall devoted to [LGBTQ] issues and will mark the first time in history that a major cable news network will air a presidential event devoted to issues of importance to the LGBTQ community,” HRC stated.

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Don Lemon sued for alleged sexual assault by bartender

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Don Lemon is facing a lawsuit from a man who claims the CNN anchor sexually assaulted him at a bar in the Hamptons.

The plaintiff, Dustin Hice, filed the lawsuit on Aug. 11 in Suffolk County Court.

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Lebanon music festival cancels show after Christian pressure

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ABOVE: Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila in concert at the Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival in June. (Photo from Mashrou’ Leila’s Twitter)

BEIRUT (AP) | An international music festival in Lebanon said July 30 that it has cancelled a planned concert by a popular Mideast rock band whose lead singer is openly gay, apparently caving to pressure after weeklong calls by some Christian groups to pull the plug on the show, as well as online threats to stop it by force.

Festival organizers released a statement saying the “unprecedented step” of cancelling the performance by Mashrou’ Leila was done “to prevent bloodshed and maintain peace and stability.”

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Anderson Cooper will inherit almost all of Gloria Vanderbilt’s fortune

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Anderson Cooper, the youngest child of Gloria Vanderbilt, is set to receive almost all of his mother’s fortune.

Page Six reports that Vanderbilt’s will, which was filed on Monday in Manhattan surrogate court, left her oldest son Leopold “Stan” Stokowski her Midtown New York City apartment.

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Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actress, fashion designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt died at her home on Monday after a battle with stomach cancer. She was 95.

Her son, CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper, confirmed the news to CNN.

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Don Lemon announces engagement to boyfriend Tim Malone

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CNN anchor Don Lemon and his boyfriend Tim Malone are engaged.

Lemon shared that Malone, a real estate agent, popped the question while the couple was celebrating Malone’s birthday in New York over the weekend.

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Buttigieg slams Pence as ‘cheerleader of the porn star presidency’

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Openly gay, 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg slammed his fellow Hoosier Vice President Mike Pence, who’s notorious for his anti-LGBT record, as a “cheerleader of the porn star presidency.”

Buttigieg made the comments March 10 during a CNN town hall event at the South by Southwest tech conference in Austin in response to a question from host Jake Tapper on whether Pence would be better or worse than President Trump.

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Hawaii’s Gabbard apologizes for past LGBTQ statements

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HONOLULU (AP) | Presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Jan. 17 responded to criticism about her past work advocating against gay rights by apologizing in a video.

The nearly four-minute-long clip, which was shot in her Washington, D.C. backyard, shows Gabbard standing in the snow saying that her views have changed significantly since she made statements that were hurtful to LGBTQ people.

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Andy Cohen reveals he’s having a baby boy

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Andy Cohen will be the father of a baby boy.

Cohen, 50, revealed the sex of his first child while hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special with Anderson Cooper.

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Chinese writer sentenced to 10 years in prison for writing homoerotica

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A Chinese writer was sentenced to 10 years in prison because her books, which included gay sex scenes, were too popular, CNN reports.

Liu, known by her pen name Tian Yi,  penned the novel “Occupy.” She reportedly earned 150,000 yuan ($21,624) from sales of “Occupy” and her other novels. The book has been compared to the boys’ love genre, a group of books, TV shows and movies that display homoerotic stories between characters. The genre originated in Japan and has a mostly heterosexual female fanbase. Most of its authors are also female.

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