NLGJA event emcee calls trans attendees ‘things and its’ at annual convention, resigns from group

By : Christen Kelley
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An emcee at the closing night reception for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) National Convention resigned from the organization after he welcomed guests at the event saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, things and its” Sept. 9.

The event was emceed by Marshall McPeek, a meteorologist for the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. McPeek’s comment upset many of the event’s attendees and was taken as a derogatory reference to transgender and non-binary journalists in the room.

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National Organization for Women brings convention to Orlando, asks for unity

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ORLANDO – The National Organization for Women plans to light up the Florida Hotel and Conference Center on Sand Lake Road in Orlando June 30-July 2 with all due righteous indignation, and not just for women.

“We have, for many decades, had six core issues; including reproductive rights, human rights, always been for LGBTQIA rights, racial justice and economic justice. Then getting women into the Constitution through the [Equal Rights Amendment],” explains departing NOW President Terry O’Neill, who will be present at the event which will also include the election of a new president for the organization.”

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Spooky Empire: Retro left fans with a bloody good time

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Spooky Empire: Retro returned to the Wyndham Orlando for three days of SPOOK-tacular fun; including unique vendors, original art, guest celebrities and more.

Spooky also offered the most impressive collection of cos-players, tattoo artists, horror film collectibles and lots of entertainment, both indoors and out.

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Clinton, Trump on top, Rubio out after Florida primaries

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Washington (AP) — The front-runners are even farther out front after presidential primary contests March 15 delivered Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton big wins and a hefty cache of delegates, bringing them closer to their party nominations.

Trump won Republican races in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina; Clinton took Democratic contests in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio. The largest prize of the night was Florida for Trump, who collected all 99 GOP delegates in that winner-take-all election and chased home-state Sen. Marco Rubio from the race.

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Republican Party stacking up with presidential hopefuls

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The Republican voters have three more presidential hopefuls in the presidential race in 2016, two of which have never held political office and one who made a run in 2008.

Dr. Ben Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon and author, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina joined Arkansas’ former governor and FOX News star Mike Huckabee this week in announcing their run for the Republican nomination in the 2016 election for president.

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MegaCon kicks off in full cosplay

By : Patrick O'Connor
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If your inner, or outer, geek is looking for a place to fly its flag this weekend, Central Florida’s big pop culture convention, MegaCon, has begun.

MegaCon is expected to generate $23 million for the local economy Last year, the convention saw 80,000 attendees on its busiest day. This year looks
to be even bigger, with guests like pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, actor Ron Perlman, and cast members from Firefly, The
Walking Dead, Adventure Time and The Princess Bride, among many others.

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Indiana could lose lucrative gaming convention due to discrimination bill

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Some things are certain: winter is coming, the Force awakens, the X-Files have been reopened. The location of Gen Con? Not so much.

Adrian Swartout, the convention’s CEO, has warned that she’ll move the event out of Indiana if governor Mike Pence signs SB 101, a bill that would permit discrimination against the LGBT community, with the legal reasoning being religious freedom.

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Kentucky Baptists kick out gay-friendly church

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Baptists on Nov. 11 chose to sever ties with a Louisville church that is open to performing same-sex marriages.

Baptist leaders from around the state gathering in Bowling Green for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s annual meeting voted overwhelmingly to end their longstanding relationship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Jason Crosby, has said the church is open to performing same-sex marriages and ordaining gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual members.

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Texas Gov. Perry compares being gay to alcoholism

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, during a visit that focused primarily on economic issues, drew on a reference to alcoholism to explain his view of being gay.

Perry’s comments to the Commonwealth Club of California came after Texas’ Republican Convention on June 7 sanctioned platform language allowing Texans to seek voluntary counseling to “cure” being gay.

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