Utah moves to toss school ban on ‘advocacy of homosexuality’

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)- Utah lawmakers took the first step Tuesday to get rid of a state law that bans the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools, a move driven by a court challenge from gay rights groups.

The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously in favor of a Republican bill cutting the phrase from sex education law. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Utah sued last fall, saying the law creates a “chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students” and exists only to express disapproval of being gay.

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Young LGBTQ Nevadans ask lawmakers for change in foster care

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP)- Young adults formerly in Nevada’s foster care system told state lawmakers Monday that gay, bisexual, asexual and transgender kids would be safer if social workers are specially trained to help LGBTQ adolescents.

Speaking from experience, they said abuse that lands kids in child welfare facilities can worsen under state oversight, whether due to intolerance, negligence or assault.

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LGBT-affirming churches to offer glitter ashes for Ash Wednesday

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Some LGBT-inclusive churches might be adding some sparkle to Ash Wednesday this year, USA Today reports.

New York-based LGBT Christian group Parity has started an initiative for churches to use glitter ashes. The ashes, typically made from the ashes of palm branches, would be mixed with professional makeup-grade purple glitter.

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‘When We Rise’ chronicles gay history

By : Keith Loria of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A scene from ‘When We Rise,’ a new miniseries that dramatizes the lives of key players in the early years of LGBT rights. (Photo by Erike Schroter; courtesy ABC)

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Starting Feb. 27, ABC will begin airing “When We Rise,” a seven-part, eight-hour miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement, written and created by prominent gay filmmaker, Dustin Lance Black.

“I started working on this about four years ago, and never would have guessed it would land in times like these where unfortunately, it feels so necessary,” Black says. “I would give anything in the world for it to feel less necessary.”

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Issue 24.04: Pennies from Heaven

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In the wake of the Pulse massacre last summer, millions of dollars rolled in to help the survivors. But where has the money gone? Orlando Magic presents their first Pride Night, It Gets Better hopes to help eliminate LGBTQ teen bullying and suicide with song and hope, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Adam Silver: NBA will keep eye on state’s inclusion policies

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NEW ORLEANS (AP)- The NBA is continuing to monitor how states are handling laws regarding the protections of transgender people, with Commissioner Adam Silver warning that any less-than-inclusive policies will help the league decide where to hold All-Star Games going forward.

Silver, in his annual state-of-the-league address at All-Star Saturday night, said he has spoken with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, whose state was originally set to host this All-Star weekend, about the controversial and divisive HB2 law, one that the recently elected Cooper has said he wants repealed.

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Lawsuit: St. Louis County officer told to tone down gayness

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP)- A St. Louis County police sergeant alleges in a lawsuit against the department that he was told to “tone down” his gayness if he wanted a promotion.

Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, a 22-year veteran of the department, also alleges he was passed over for promotions and reassigned after he filed a discrimination complaint in April 2016, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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Gay DNC chair candidate Ray Buckley drops out, endorses Ellison

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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One week before the Democratic National Committee will vote on its next chair, one of two openly gay candidates in the race — New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley — has dropped out and endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

In a statement Saturday, Buckley announced he’d remove his name from contention in the crowded field of candidates and endorse Ellison, maintaining he’d strengthen state parties and reform the DNC.

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Athletes in ACC urge lawmakers for repeal of NC’s LGBT law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)- Four athletes from North Carolina’s Atlantic Coast Conference schools have written a letter urging state lawmakers to repeal a law that limits the protections of LGBT people.

The letter was signed by North Carolina fencer Ezra Baeli-Wang, Duke football player Chris Taylor, North Carolina State diver Gabi McDermott and Wake Forest men’s golfer Tanner Owen. They’re members of the ACC’s student-athlete advisory committee.

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Delaware cop accused of anti-gay abuse

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Robaire G. Lizama says he was thrown to the ground by a Lewes, Del., police officer and sustained a brain injury during the incident. (Photo courtesy Lizama)

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A 65-year-old gay man has filed a complaint with the Lewes, Del., police department accusing an officer of causing him to suffer a serious head injury and severe pain in his arm and back by throwing him onto the floor in the emergency department at Beebe Healthcare, a hospital that serves Lewes and nearby Rehoboth Beach.

Lewes is considered a close second to Rehoboth Beach as a popular seaside destination for LGBT people in the mid-Atlantic region, including D.C. and Baltimore.

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Revised US tally: HIV infections fell 18 percent in 6 years

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NEW YORK (AP)- New calculations to better track HIV infections confirm that the U.S. is seeing a strong and steady decline.

The number of new cases has been falling for years. But health officials wanted a clearer picture of how the epidemic was behaving. They count people when they were diagnosed with the AIDS virus, not when they actually contracted it, which can be months or years earlier.

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California considers update to antiquated HIV laws

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SAN FRANCISCO — Legislation slated to be introduced this week would update California’s laws criminalizing HIV, which were adopted during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, so that a person could not be prosecuted for intentionally transmitting the virus if their sex partner tested negative for HIV, the Bay Area Reporter reports.

Under current law, HIV-positive persons may be prosecuted for engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse with the specific intent to transmit HIV even if no actual transmission of the virus occurs. If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison.

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