Driver throws eggs, homophobic slurs at people in Wilton Manor

By : Colton Adkins
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WILTON MANORS, Fla. | A man yelling homophobic slurs attacked a group of friends with eggs outside of Gym Bar in Wilton Manors on July 23.

Brian Carter, one of the men attacked, said he didn’t know who the man was but heard him yell a homophobic slur just before being hit my an egg. The man then drove off in a black BMW.

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South Florida judge who ruled on gay adoption case set to retire

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MIAMI | For the past three years, Judge Cindy Lederman has walked by a half-dozen statues of playful bear cubs every day on her way up to her high-ceilinged, top-floor office looking out toward Miami’s waterfront. On a shelf behind her desk, below rows of glass awards and family photos, sit two teddy bears. In six months, she’ll take them with her and walk past the statues for the last time.

The stuffed bears are from a program the retiring judge helped start 20 years ago to give every child who came to juvenile court a teddy bear. The building, Miami-Dade County’s three-year-old children’s courthouse, and its bear statutes — meant to be played with by those same unlucky children who find themselves needing court hearings — were a project she began working on with colleagues more than a decade ago to replace Miami-Dade’s previous and notoriously horrible children’s courthouse.

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Even with PrEP, HIV rates still a concern for gays

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DUBLIN | Men with same-sex sexual partners are 28 times more likely to contract HIV than their heterosexual counterparts despite a radical reduction in new infections among gay men in Western countries, according to a U.N. report released this week, the Independent, an Irish newspaper, reports.

The overall annual number of new HIV infections dropped from a high of 3.4 million in 1996 to 1.8 million last year, according to UNAIDS, which coordinates the organization’s global response to HIV/AIDS.

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Jude Law defends Dumbledore not being ‘explicitly’ gay in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jude Law, who will portray a young Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” defended the controversial decision to not make Dumbledore “explicitly” gay in the film.

In 2007, Rowling revealed that Dumbledore is gay and had romantic feelings for his friend Grindelwald when he was younger. As the “Fantastic Beasts” series includes a young Dumbledore and Grindelwald some fans were excited to see gay representation in the film. However, director David Yates shared that Dumbledore’s sexuality would not be “explicitly” addressed. The announcement caused an outcry in the fandom.

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Gay activist survives Nicaragua church siege

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: William Ramírez Cerda , a gay activist and business owner, was among those who were trapped inside a church in Managua, Nicaragua, over the past weekend when government troops and paramilitary groups surrounded it. (Photo courtesy of William Ramírez)

A gay rights activist was among the more than 200 people who were trapped inside a Nicaraguan church that pro-government forces surrounded over the weekend.

William Ramírez Cerda on Monday told the Washington Blade during an hour-long WhatsApp interview that he arrived at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in the country’s capital of Managua on the afternoon of July 13.

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‘Big Brother’ contestant JC Mounduix uses n-word on live feeds

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Big Brother” contestant JC Mounduix was captured using the n-word in conversation on the reality competition’s live feeds on Tuesday.

Mounduix was speaking with fellow contestant Bayleigh Dayton about his height. Dayton asks Mounduix, who is 4-foot-8, whether he is a dwarf.

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Ohio man executed for 1985 ‘gay panic’ murder

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) | The state of Ohio put a condemned killer to death on July 18 for a more than three-decade-old fatal stabbing in what was the state’s first execution in several months.

Robert Van Hook was sentenced to death for strangling and stabbing David Self after picking him up in a Cincinnati bar in 1985. Van Hook, 58, had no remaining appeals, and Republican Gov. John Kasich rejected his request for clemency without comment.

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Brendon Urie donates $1 million to support LGBT youth

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie has teamed up with GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) to establish GSA (Gender & Sexuality/Gay-Straight Alliance) clubs in high schools across America.

“For years my fans have inspired me with their determination and creativity as they have created a safe and inclusive community,” Urie said in a statement. “I felt the time had come for me to join them boldly, to bring that energy and power to bear on the huge challenges facing our whole society.”

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Trump names former Log Cabin chief to senior State Dept. post

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: President Trump has nominated R. Clarke Cooper to senior State Department position. Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

President Trump has nominated a former head of Log Cabin Republicans to a senior position at the State Department for political and military affairs.

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Marvel adding two out LGBT characters to film franchise

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie from ‘Thor: Ragnarok.’ Screenshot via YouTube.

Marvel is working on adding two LGBT characters to its Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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In bed with Rachel – Tops vs. Bottoms: Do Two-of-a-Kind Make for a Perfect Pair or a Natural Disaster?

By : Rachel Stevenson
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Is it just me, or does the conversation of “tops vs. bottoms” always come up when talking about gay or lesbian sex?

For clarification, a top is one who gives penetration or stimulation (dominant) and the bottom is one who receives (submissive).

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Young people to Vatican: Let’s talk about gay and gender issues

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VATCAN CITY (AP) — Young people have told the Vatican in a survey that they want the church to concretely discuss gay and gender issues.

The Vatican had solicited input from the young regardless of their religious views to help prepare for a gathering of bishops in Rome in October. The month-long gathering will be held to better understand how to pastorally care for Catholic youths among its worldwide flock.

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