Former ambassador seeks to become first out gay man elected to U.S. Senate

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A gay foreign policy expert who worked in the Obama administration on international LGBT issues has declared his intention to run for U.S. Senate in Colorado.

Daniel Baer, who’s 42 and a former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, announced his candidacy Tuesday in an email blast referencing his spouse, Brian Walsh.

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State senator’s husband indicted on sexual assault charges

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ABOVE: State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg.

BOSTON (AP) — A state senator’s husband was indicted Thursday on charges of sexual assault, distributing nude photos without consent and criminal lewdness.

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Lily Tomlin first openly gay performer to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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Lily Tomlin will join Hollywood legends such as Carol Burnett, Bette White and Elizabeth Taylor as actresses awarded the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Life Achievement Award at their next ceremony.

Tomlin will be the first openly gay entertainer to receive this award.

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Socially conservative Guatemala sees quiet LGBTQ gains

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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) – Alex Castillo knew growing up that he was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. It wasn’t until recently, 40 years after his birth, that the government of his native Guatemala – or at least some parts of it – agreed.

Castillo, who recounted the humiliation of being groped by border guards unable to square his masculine appearance with the female name on his identity card, has finally been able to legally change it. Life as a transgender person is still a daily battle, but today it’s a bit easier thanks to the state-sanctioned ID that matches his male identity.

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Naval ship to be named after Harvey Milk

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Harvey Milk has been honored with a U.S. Postal Service stamp and an Oscar-winning film for being the first openly gay politician, and now it looks like the U.S. Navy will be honoring the civil rights leader as well.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signed a Congressional notification to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler after Milk, according to USNI News.

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Trump vows to protect LGBTQ community, RNC has first openly gay speaker

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CLEVELAND (AP) — With five letters, Donald Trump brushed off decades of Republican reluctance to voice full-throated support for gay rights — at least for a night.

Trump’s call in his speech to the Republican National Convention for protecting the “LGBTQ community” was a watershed moment for the Republican Party — the first time the issue has been elevated in a GOP nomination address. Four years ago, Mitt Romney never uttered the word “gay,” much less the full acronym — standing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning.

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Openly gay veteran to temporarily fill Virginia city’s council seat

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – The city council of Norfolk will welcome its first openly gay council member at its regularly scheduled meeting July 19.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports that 46-year-old Nicole Carry is also believed to be the council’s first Navy veteran in recent history.

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RNC chairmen Reince Priebus says conversion therapy is “not in the platform”

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The GOP delegate rebellion against Donald Trump is dead, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus declared, looking ahead to a unified national convention next week amid signs that both Trump and the broader party are moderating their message with an eye toward November.

Priebus told The Associated Press July 15 that his party was ready to welcome an openly gay speaker to the convention, and he praised Trump for backing off a divisive plan to ban Muslim immigrants. The chairman also reminded skeptical conservatives that, whether they like it or not, they have no choice but to embrace Trump in Cleveland.

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UFC has first openly gay champion

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — After Amanda Nunes released the chokehold that finished her stunning victory at UFC 200 July 9, the new bantamweight champion leaped onto the cage and pointed ecstatically at her girlfriend, Nina Ansaroff.

Nunes became the UFC’s first openly gay champion with her first-round submission of Miesha Tate. While the Brazilian bantamweight celebrated, Nunes also spared a thought for the history-making nature of her accomplishment.

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Event celebrates Salt Lake City street named for Harvey Milk

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah gay rights group held a dedication event for a new Salt Lake City street named for pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk May 14.

The celebration featured Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn.

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Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell join cast for LGBT miniseries

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Dustin Lance Black When we rise

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The ABC miniseries When We Rise, created by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk, Dustin Lance Black, adds four new stars to the cast.

Emmy award winners Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell join as San Francisco Health Department’s first openly gay employee and as a co-founder of the first lesbian organization in the U.S., respectfully.

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Salt Lake City stands out as LGBT-friendly in conservative, Mormon Utah

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Salt Lake City (AP) – A proposal to name a street after pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk is the latest display of Salt Lake City standing out as a blue dot in a deep-red state where the prevailing Mormon faith still has a fraught relationship with the LGBT community.

Utah’s capital city recently elected its first openly gay mayor and its second sitting gay councilman, creating an increasingly friendly atmosphere for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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