LGBTQ candidates usher in historical Rainbow Wave

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Over 150 openly LGBTQ political candidates won their races nationwide in the 2018 U.S. midterm election, a historic Rainbow Wave.

154 candidates declared victory in a wide array of races. Each of the candidates was endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, the national group which exclusively endorses openly LGBTQ candidates.

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Gays for Trump leader loses race for N.C. House seat

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Peter Boykin, founder and president of the North Carolina-based group Gays for Trump, lost his race for a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Nov. 6 in a district that includes the city of Greensboro.

According to the Greensboro News & Record, incumbent Democrat Amos Quick beat Boykin, who ran as a Republican, by a margin of 21,134 votes to 6,395 votes or about 76 percent to 23 percent.

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PHOTOS: St. Petersburg holds ‘We Won’t Be Erased’ transgender support rally

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ST. PETERSBURG | LGBTQ community leaders and advocates gathered Nov. 4 at Williams Park for St. Petersburg’s “We Won’t Be Erased” transgender support rally.

Nathan Bruemmer organized the rally following reports that the Trump administration may attempt to define gender as an immutable condition determined at birth. Partner organizations included Equality Florida, TransAction Florida, Metro Wellness & Community Centers, St. Pete Pride, the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce and Project No Labels. “We rally for our rights, for our future and for our lives,” Bruemmer shared with Watermark ahead of the event. “These rallies are happening all over our country right now. I hope the politicians who need to hear this message do so and act.”

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PHOTOS: Halloween weekend was spooktacular at Parliament House

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ORLANDO | The first of Parliament House’s costume contests brought out all of Orlando’s most creative costumers Oct. 27.

From the scantily clad to the big-budget players, everyone showed off their skills vying for that $5,000 prize money.

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Openly lesbian candidate sees path for success in Minnesota Congressional race

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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) | Angie Craig came so close to winning a seat in Congress that she wasn’t ready to give up.

The former medical technology executive turned Democratic politician lost by less than 2 points in 2016 to Jason Lewis, a conservative former talk radio host who styled himself on the air as “Mr. Right” and whose past on-air remarks continue to be an issue. Within a few months, she filed for a rematch.

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Billy Eichner calls Donald Trump an ‘evil piece of sh*t’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Billy Eichner showed his true feelings about President Donald Trump during an impromptu interview with TMZ.

TMZ caught Eichner at the airport and asked for his thoughts on Trump “redefining gender potentially,” in reference to a leaked memo which proposes to define gender as “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.”

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Trump vague in response to outrage over report of anti-trans memo

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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President Trump was characteristically vague on Monday in response to outrage over a reported proposal within his administration to eliminate transgender protections in enforcement of civil rights law.

Before boarding Marine One on departure from the White House, Trump said in response to a reporter’s question “different concepts” are on table within his administration for transgender rights.

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Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Cher respond to leaked anti-trans memo

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Celebrities are reacting to reports that the Trump administration has proposed a government memo that would roll back protections for transgender individuals by defining gender by a person’s genitalia at birth.

Actress Laverne Cox responded to the reports of the transgender community’s civil rights being revoked with an impassioned series of tweets.

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Activist and actor Eddie Izzard on comedy, politics and the end of the world

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ABOVE: Photo by Amanda Searle, via EddieIzzard.com.

Activist, actor and author Eddie Izzard’s 30-year career has been as proactive and fabulous as the comedian himself.

That’s evident in “Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens,” published in 2017 to critical acclaim. Izzard’s intelligent humor dishes on historical and sexual politics, mad ancient kings and chickens with guns, all while reflecting on the childhood loss of his mother, his time in boarding school and his sexuality. It also details his time in comedy, film, politics and philanthropy.

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Hedi Slimane blames homophobia for Celine debut criticism

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hedi Slimane is firing back at critics who weren’t impressed with his debut show as Celine’s new creative director by accusing naysayers of homophobia.

Slimane’s designs featured many short dresses and skirts, a far cry from his predecessor designer Phoebe Philo’s less revealing designs. Some critics even labeled Slimane as the Donald Trump of fashion.

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Cher wanted Kennedy Center honor during Obama years

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cher will be a recipient of the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors but the pop icon wanted to receive the honor sooner.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cher says she “wanted to get it so badly” during Obama’s years in office.

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Barbra Streisand protests Trump on new song ‘Don’t Lie to Me’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Barbra Streisand blasted President Donald Trump on her new single “Don’t Lie to Me.” The song is featured on her upcoming album “Walls,” which will be released on Nov. 2.

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