Issue 24.15: Family Meal

By : Jake Stevens
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Four LGBTQ Central Florida and Tampa Bay chefs on finding their tribe in the restaurant life, rainbow crosswalk petitions in Orlando, Balance Tampa Bay’s Black and White Ball, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Frank Ocean gives surprise serenade to Brad Pitt at FYF Fest

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Brad Pitt made a surprise appearance during Frank Ocean’s set at FYF Fest in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Ocean, 29, began singing a cover of “Close to You” by Stevie Wonder when Pitt appeared off stage holding a phone to his ear. It appears as if Ocean is singing to the 53-year-old actor who looks like he’s listening sadly. Then Ocean transitions into a cover of Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

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Activists in violence-plagued Honduras city hold Pride parade

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hundreds of people from across Honduras on Saturday participated in a Pride parade that took place in one of the world’s most dangerous cities.

Kendra Stefani Jordany, a transgender woman who is running for the Central American Parliament, is among the roughly 400 people who took part in the march in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.

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Issue 24.14: What the AHCA?

By : Jake Stevens
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How Trumpcare, or its Senate component may affect the LGBT community, Anna Eskamani announces her campaign, Tampa police chief steps down, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Out Olympian Tom Bosworth breaks one-mile race walk world record

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Out Olympian Tom Bosworth won the one-mile race walk at the London Anniversary Games on Sunday with a recorded time of 5:31.08, setting a new world record.

The 27-year-old athlete broke the previous 27-year record by almost six seconds.

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Acrobat who plunged 100 feet to his death left final message for boyfriend

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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An acrobat who fell to his death while entertaining festival-goers before a Green Day concert at Mad Cool Festival in Madrid on Friday posted a heartbreaking message to his boyfriend on Facebook the day before.

Pedro Aunion Monroy, 42, was performing inside a glass box suspended by a crane 100 feet in the air. Although he was reportedly wearing a harness, Monroy plummeted to the ground in front of 35,000 people and later died from his injuries. It is still unclear exactly how Monroy fell. A video of Monroy’s fall has been circulating online with almost half a million views.

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Federal court urged to strike down Puerto Rico birth certificate policy

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lambda Legal has urged a federal court to strike down a Puerto Rico policy that does not allow transgender people to change the gender marker on their birth certificates.

The group made the request in a brief it filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on June 26.

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Issue 24.13: Mind Over Matter

By : Jake Stevens
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Addressing mental health concerns within the LGBTQ community, Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s first out trans officer, St. Pete Pride brings the parade downtown, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Supreme Court rules for lesbian parents in Ark. birth certificate case

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Supreme Court reversed Monday an Arkansas high court ruling allowing the state to refuse to place a lesbian parent’s name on the birth certificate of their child if the parent isn’t the birth mother.

In the case of Pavan v. Smith, the court in a per curiam decision issued a summary reversal of the Arkansas Supreme Court decision on the basis it contravened the 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges extending marriage equality nationwide, which was handed down exactly two years to the day of the reversal.

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Modern family: More courts allowing 3 parents of 1 child

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NEW YORK (AP)  Sixteen-year-old Madison’s family clustered for a photo in a California courtroom, commemorating the day it finally became official that she has three parents.

The adults she calls Mom, Dad and Mama were all there for her birth, after the women decided to have a child together and approached a male friend. They shared time with Madison and input on raising her. Their Christmas Day traditions involve all of them.

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Confirmation of Serbia’s first gay Prime Minister thrown into doubt

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia’s ruling conservatives said June 19 if Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic doesn’t get enough votes to be confirmed by parliament as the first openly gay person to head the country’s government, an early general election will be held.

Brnabic, nominated last week by Serbian Present Aleksandar Vucic, could also become the conservative nation’s first female prime minister if she’s selected. But some of Vucic’s coalition partners said they will vote against her because of her sexual orientation.

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Google gives grant to preserve oral history of Stonewall Inn

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NEW YORK (AP) – The philanthropic wing of the internet search giant Google says it is donating $1 million to preserve an oral history of the 1969 Stonewall riots.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made the announcement June 18 that Google.org, the company’s philanthropy branch, is donating the grant to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center to start the oral history project. Schumer says the purpose of the project is to spread the word and educate future generations about the Stonewall riots.

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