VIDEO: Dancing Hermione at London Pride goes viral

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Dancing Hermione made an appearance at London Pride voguing her way through a crowd on the street.

The video clip has received more than six million views.

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Watch: older gay men try to decipher modern gay slang

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Three older gay men tried to understand the younger generation’s modern slang in a video for Into.

The men get confused over the terms “Bussy,” “Bop,” “Beat for the Gods,” “Extra,” “F#ck My Drag Right,” “Gayby,” “Gayce,” “Yasss,” “Kiki,” “Werk” and “Okurr.”

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USCA’s Fight Against AIDS Coming to Central Florida

By : Colton Adkins
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ORLANDO | Orlando has been selected as the host city for the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). The conference will aim to not only promote Orlando but also to empower those impacted by HIV/AIDS around the entire country.

USCA is an academic conference that reaches out to the communities impacted by HIV/AIDS in order to educate and empower the individuals within these spaces. Over 3,000 advocates, educators, researchers and providers come to the host city and present on topics such as biomedical HIV prevention, gay men with a focus on youth, leadership and skills necessary to be an effective leader to fight HIV, the opioid epidemic, people living with HIV with a focus on stigma and aging, public policy, trauma-informed care and the impact of HIV as well as advancements against HIV for women.

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Out skier Gus Kenworthy qualifies for Winter Olympics

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Freeskier Gus Kenworthy qualified on Sunday to compete on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Kenworthy, 26, placed second at the last Olympic qualifier for freeski slopestyle earning him a spot on the Olympic team.

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Pastor rejects gay musicians from Minnesota Catholic Church

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TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Members of a rural Catholic parish in eastern Minnesota are at odds over the dismissal of three gay men from a church musical ensemble after the new pastor learned they are in same-sex marriages.

The Pioneer Press reports that Bob Bernard, one of the dismissed men, said he has no plans to leave the church and that none of them wants the pastor’s decision to lead to protests against the Catholic Church.

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Positive Living: What is family?

By : Greg Stemm
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I am honored to be the chairman of the new Equality Florida Family Values Potluck Picnic on Sunday, October 15 from 2 to 6 pm at Pavilion Seven on Gulfport Beach. The event is on the last day of Come Out St. Pete, our big new LGBTQ celebration in the Sunshine City that not only coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11, but also is running in collaboration with the Tampa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival that week.

Working on this event has me thinking about my own coming out experience and how that traumatic event for me contributed to my own perspectives about family. While I was sitting in the heat and the dark in the six-day power outage after Irma, I had a lot of time to think about things. I asked myself the question…what does family mean to a 56-year-old single only child with a slightly homophobic 82-year-old father in Ohio and very little else in the way of blood kin, living the life of a Quaker gay activist in St. Petersburg, Florida?

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Chechen leader invokes damnation for gay persecution claims

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MOSCOW (AP) – Chechnya’s strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that his southern Russian republic has tortured and even killed gay men, denying that there even are any homosexual men in his region.

Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has faced wide international criticism since a Russian newspaper reported this spring that his security forces had detained some 100 gay men, torturing or killing some of them.

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HRC to Trump: Ask Putin about Chechnya anti-gay abuses

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Ahead of a scheduled bilateral meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the largest LGBT group in the United States is calling on Trump to “forcefully raise” reports of anti-gay human rights abuses in Chechnya.

In a letter dated July 5, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said bringing up the issue of anti-gay violence in Chechnya with Putin is “imperative” in the aftermath of reports that more than 100 men perceived as gay or bisexual have been detained and tortured.

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State report: California hate crimes up by double digits

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The number of hate crimes in California increased about 11 percent last year, the second consecutive double-digit increase, but the overall number still was a third lower total than a decade ago, the state’s attorney general reported July 3.

Blacks, Jews and gay men were among the most frequent targets.

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Local blood bank turns to Pulse survivors in ad campaign

By : Billy Manes
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ORLANDO – A recent push for blood donations has raised some concerns in the gay community. On the days following June 12, people lined up around blocks to help save those who were not among the 49 killed onsite. Last week, OneBlood – Central Florida’s blood bank – began using images of five Pulse survivors in a campaign to draw in more blood. The problem? Gay men are effectively forbidden from donating blood by the Food and Drug Administration, despite the fact that all donations are carefully screened. That should not diminish the importance of blood resources, OneBlood says.

“The week of the Pulse tragedy OneBlood collected nearly 28,500 units of blood,” OneBlood vice president of marketing and communications Susan Forbes says in an email. “It is an unprecedented amount of blood to be collected in such a short amount of time. That said, ten days after the tragedy, 85 percent of what we collected had already been distributed to our hospital partners. As quickly as blood is donated it is tested, processed and distributed to hospitals. Usually within 2-3 days of a person donating their blood, it will be sent to a hospital. The turnaround is that quick, the need is constant.”

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Australian state apologizes to men convicted for gay sex

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BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – An Australian state parliament apologized May 11 to hundreds of men convicted decades ago for having homosexual sex, as the government introduced legislation to throw out their criminal records.

Queensland State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk delivered the apology to those affected by a prohibition on homosexual sex, which was repealed in 1990.

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Issue 24.09: Living on the Fringe

By : Jake Stevens
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From Orlando to Tampa, Fringe breaks boundaries for the LGBTQ community, Lady Bunny visits Orlando’s Parliament House, The Harvey Milk Festival brings art, music and dance to Sarasota, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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