Gay teen goes viral for performing death drop at graduation

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A gay teenager has gone viral for performing a death drop after accepting his diploma at graduation.

Brandon Austin, whose drag queen persona is Sophia Stardust, decided that he wanted to make a big impression during his commencement ceremony from West Kent College, near London, England.

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UK sees 81 percent rise in transphobic hate crimes

By : Alex Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA
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Hate crimes against transgender people in England, Scotland and Wales have risen 81%, the BBC reported last week.

The news service obtained the data from 36 out of 44 police departments throughout Great Britain. The data showed an increase to 1,944 reported hate crimes based on gender identity compared to 1,073 in 2016-2017.

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Ariana Grande to headline Manchester Pride

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ariana Grande is scheduled to headline Manchester Pride in England later this year.

The event will take place from Aug. 23-26. Manchester Pride CEO Mark Fletcher on Feb. 25 in a statement said his organization is “truly honored to be welcoming Ariana back to the city to help us celebrate LGBT+ life.”

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Michael Wanzie and David Gerrard bring Moises Kaufman’s ‘Gross Indecency’ to the Footlight Theatre stage

By : Colton Adkins
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Directly connected to Come Out with Pride month, Parliament House will feature “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” a play about the famous gay author and the beginnings of modern LGBTQ terminology.

Wilde, who the trials center on, was a prominent Irish novelist, poet and playwright; most known for his works “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Wilde’s success grew as more people gained access to art and literature due to industrialization.

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Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley are expecting their first child

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley are expecting their first child.

The couple posted a photo on Instagram of themselves holding a sonogram picture to announce the big news.

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Screened Out – The Witch

By : Stephen Miller
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Ralph Ineson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw

It’s easy to sense the research and commitment that went into the horror movie The Witch, the debut full-length by NYC stage talent and shorts director Robert Eggers. The flick – set in 17th-century New England – follows a Puritan family thrust out into the wilderness, where they battle evil forces that come from the gnarled woods around them.

Alas, the sum here is more mood than sense. By the end, all the dark foreboding, meticulous academics, commentary on fundamentalism, and self-flagellating religiosity has less witchy magic. It devolves into gory absurdism.

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As LGBT acceptance grows, Italians struggle to redefine family

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Rome (AP) – In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family?

That has become a bitterly divisive question in a nation where the Vatican packs considerable political weight and where gays have grown impatient as other traditionally Catholic European countries have either allowed same-sex couples to marry or legally recognized their civil unions.

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Episcopal leaders say they will not change stance on marriage

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NEW YORK (AP) – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said Jan. 15 the U.S. Episcopal Church will not roll back its acceptance of gay marriage despite sanctions imposed this week by Anglican leaders.

In a phone interview from England, where he attended the gathering of top Anglican archbishops, Curry said he told his fellow leaders they should expect no change. The top Episcopal legislative body, called General Convention, last year voted overwhelmingly to authorize same-sex marriage ceremonies in church. In response, Anglican leaders stripped the Episcopal Church of any role in deciding doctrine or determining how the Anglican Communion operates for three years, effectively reducing the church to observer status in the 85 million-member global fellowship.

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The Other Side of Life: Remarkable tidings

By : Jason Leclerc
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Recently, in a storied, New England Museum of Art, I stood in front of a painting of Christ on a cross. Beside me, a beautiful Reform Jewish family punctuated by twin girls, fought to gain control of voice volumes and squeaky, scampering feet. When at last, the first-grade bundles of energy were wrapped, I heard them cry out to their yarmelke-topped father: “Tell the story again.” I listened hopefully as they stood—innocent and excited—beside me, eyeing the same ab-perfected, long-haired, halo-sporting figure. I tried to not overhear. Of course, I listened with every bit of my heart.

After an elaborate dance—Na’ale Na’ale, or was it a cha-cha—around the subject, the uncomfortable father began his story, “So this baby was born in a barn,” only to be cut off by the boisterous inquisitors, “No, tell it like Mommy did.”

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Transgender woman loses appeal over jail time in men’s prison

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LONDON (AP) — A transgender British woman who has been jailed for assault in a men’s prison has lost an appeal against her sentence.

Tara Hudson, who has lived as a woman all her adult life, was sentenced last week to 12 weeks imprisonment for head-butting a bar manager.

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Trevor Southey, artist and gay icon, dies at 75

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Trevor Southey, a Utah artist who went from BYU teacher to gay icon, died Oct. 20 in a Salt Lake City hospice. He was 75.

Southey specialized in the human form, something that was considered old-fashioned the late 20th century, according to Utah Museum of Fine Arts Executive Director Gretchen Dietrich.

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Transgender woman held at Orlando Airport, TSA says did nothing wrong

By : Jamie Hyman
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Orlando International Airport TSA and American Airlines are getting some negative attention after a transgender woman live-tweeted her travel nightmare trying to fly to Minneapolis out of Orlando.

Shadi Petosky tweeted that she was held by the TSA because of an “anomaly.” 

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