Gay-friendly church in North Carolina suffers more vandalism

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A gay-friendly church in North Carolina’s largest city has been vandalized again.

Media outlets reported that officials with Wedgewood Church in Charlotte said the front doors were spray-painted with a misspelled, derogatory phrase late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

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Winner of first Israeli transgender pageant crowned

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Tel Aviv, Israel (AP) – An Israeli from a Catholic Arab family has been crowned the winner of the country’s first transgender pageant.

Talleen Abu Hanna, 21, from the northern city of Nazareth wore a white bridal dress as she was declared the first “Miss Trans Israel” on Friday at HaBima, Israel’s national theater, in Tel Aviv. 

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Will Gulfport elect an openly gay mayor or a straight, gay-friendly mayor?

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In an election year fraught with unusual circumstances and candidates, one local Tampa Bay area election has put a difficult decision to the voters of Gulfport on whom to elect as their new mayor. One candidate, the incumbent, is a well-liked progressive straight mayor with undeniably strong support for LGBT issues and the challenger who is an openly gay woman and a respected business owner in the community.

According to the latest census about a third of the residents of this small Tampa Bay area city of about 12,500 residents identify themselves as LGBT. Gulfport has long prided itself in taking lead roles in the fight for LGBT rights and equality. It was the fourth and smallest city in the state to pass a Human Rights Ordinance, the first in Pinellas County to do so, and it is to date the most comprehensive in the state. It was the first city in Pinellas County to pass a domestic partner registry and it has taken strong official positions in support of marriage equality and ending workplace discrimination. The city’s library hosts the state’s only publically supported LGBT resource center. Many Gulfport residents take pride in being a role model to other communities on how gays and straights can work effectively and even joyfully together.

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Miss’d America drag pageant finds new home

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – A drag spoof of the Miss America competition will be held this fall at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

The Miss’d America pageant will mesh with a gay-friendly tourism campaign at the casino, as well as citywide efforts to embrace and attract lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender vacationers, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

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Vienna’s gay-themed traffic signals to stay permanently

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VIENNA (AP) – Vienna’s gay-themed pedestrian traffic lights are here to stay.

Instead of the usual stick man, the lights show couples – a man and a woman, two women or two men. Set up recently at 47 crossings, they were to be taken down in June, after the end of several gay-friendly events.

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