Stonewall Monument spared from Trump review

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: One expert said the Stonewall Monument ‘dodged a bullet.’ Washington Blade photo by Michael Key

An executive order issued by President Trump in April calling for a review and reassessment of U.S. national monuments named since 1996 will not impact the designation of the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village as the nation’s first LGBT national monument.

According to a report released on Tuesday by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Stonewall Monument was not included on a list of 27 national monuments that Zinke singled out for review in May.

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Photo of Lady Gaga with all five living presidents goes viral

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lady Gaga commemorated meeting all five living presidents with a photo that has since gone viral.

The pop star gave a surprise performance for “Deep from the Heart,” a concert organized by One America Appeal for hurricane relief. Former presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton launched the effort to aid victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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Uprisings: Walking forward

By : Billy Manes
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It was 1991, if my memory serves correct, that I got the call from my stepbrother Michael. He knew that I had just come out of the closet. He knew, also, that he was dying of AIDS. “Welcome to the club,” he said, very kindly. I shivered a bit at the time, knowing that we were in the thick of a crisis, and even with all of the pats on the head and begrudging support that finally came from the White House – too late – there were still people dying en masse.

This year, in part to honor Michael, I attended the Hope & Help AIDS Walk. What’s most interesting about AIDS walks, at least to me, is that there are people from the entire spectrum of society in attendance. There were children. There were activists. There were corporations. There were advocates. It’s not a pride parade by any measure – there was not blaring music but that from the bagpipes behind me – but it’s incredibly sincere.

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DCX for LGBT: The Dixie Chicks are back! Here are 10 reasons you should be freaking out!

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Dixie Chicks are touring the U.S. for the first time in a decade, and they will be jamming out in Tampa at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds August 19.

Just like *NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, Blink 182 and The Spice Girls, the Dixie Chicks were a music group in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s that added a fun, youthful voice to their respective genres, but the Chicks did something that no other group at the time did and that very few musical acts are able to do: They appealed to everyone: men and women, young and old. They reached out to fans of country, rock, pop and everything in-between, and yes, they appealed to the LGBT crowd.

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Judge ruling on NC trans bathroom law has corporate, GOP ties

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Raleigh, N.C. (AP) – The fate of the North Carolina law governing transgender restroom access rests in the hands of a judge appointed by President George W. Bush who recently sided with the state’s Republican leaders by upholding a voter ID law – but just had that decision overturned by a federal appeals court.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder, a former corporate lawyer known for representing the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, scheduled oral arguments for August 1 on whether the state can require transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that match their birth certificates, rather than their gender identities.

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Why your vote for President matters more than ever

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Washington (AP) – The presidential election just got real.

The unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – and the immediate declaration from Republicans that the next president should nominate his replacement – adds even more weight to the decision voters will make in November’s general election.

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Obama pushes African nations to treat gays equally under law

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – President Barack Obama nudged African nations Saturday to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent. Obama’s Kenyan counterpart responded by calling the matter a “non-issue” for his country.

Obama tackled the sensitive matter on his first full day in Kenya, the country of his father’s birth. He drew on his own background as an African-American, noting the slavery and segregation of the U.S. past and saying he is “painfully aware of the history when people are treated differently under the law.”

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Guest Column: Ghosts in the courtroom

By : Richard Rosendall
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The late gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny’s exhortations ring in my ears as I anticipate arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license same-sex marriages.

Chief Justice John Roberts, in his dissent in the 2013 Windsor case, dismissed as “snippets of legislative history” the evidence for decades of anti-gay animus by the U.S. government. This erasure of our struggle is not unique to judges. Tom Brokaw’s 2007 book, Boom! Voices of the Sixties, prompted a letter from Kameny charging, “Your book simply deletes the momentous events of that decade which led to the vastly altered and improved status of gays in our culture today.”

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No delay in ruling Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court appears to have cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Virginia as early as next week, but that could be put on hold indefinitely if the nation’s highest court intervenes.

The state also would need to start recognizing gay marriages from out of state next Aug. 20 after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision not to delay its ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

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Obama signs executive order for LGBT employee protections

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Washington, D.C. An executive order signed by President Barack Obama on July 21 prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and leaves no exemption for religious groups.

“America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American People,” Obama said during a ceremony at the White House, adding that with the move, “our government will become a little bit fairer.”

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Pennsylvania judge says no evidence gay marriage destroys families

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Harrisburg, Pa.-  The federal judge who struck down Pennsylvania’s law banning the recognition of same-sex marriage said June 9 that he saw no proof it undermines the institution of marriage or weakens families.

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, responding to criticism of his decision, noted that Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration did not even try to establish such a link in the case before him. He suggested that such a link is not persuading any other judge, either.

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Four couples suing over Montana’s gay marriage ban

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HELENA, Montana (AP) – Four gay couples are suing the northwestern state of Montana over its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, making its neighbors North Dakota and South Dakota the only two states with similar bans and no lawsuits seeking to overturn them.

The Dakotas might not hold that distinction for long: a lesbian couple in South Dakota said they also plan to challenge their state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the coming days, along with a provision in federal law that lets states avoid recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere. Their attorney said he’s contemplating filing a lawsuit in North Dakota, too.

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