Pence responds to criticism from Pete Buttigieg, says he ‘knows better’

By : Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Following remarks in which 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg in defense of his same-sex marriage criticized Mike Pence, the vice president responded by saying the South Bend mayor “knows better,” ignoring his own longtime opposition to LGBT rights.

“I worked very closely with Mayor Pete when I was governor of the state of Indiana,” Pence said. “We had a great working relationship, and he said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally, and he knows better, he knows me.”

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Disney earns perfect score on HRC workplace equality report

By : Lauren Lee
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ORLANDO | The Walt Disney Company earned a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national survey administrated by the Human Rights Campaign that evaluates corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

“We are committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming environment for all our employees,” said Latondra Newton, senior vice president and chief diversity officer of The Walt Disney Company, in a post on the company’s website. “We are proud of our longstanding commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality and recognize that we thrive when all people are valued and encouraged.”

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‘Queer Eye’ star bridges divides on TV, in real life

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ABOVE: “Queer Eye” cast (L-R) Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk. (Screenshot via Netflix)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | The Netflix show “Queer Eye” caught on by doing something unusual: creating reality TV that touches on some of the country’s deepest divides with persistent optimism.

Alongside sleek new haircuts and rehabbed wardrobes, the makeover program starring five gay men tackles the contrast between urban and rural, white and black, liberal and conservative.

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Beyoncé and JAY-Z deliver emotional speech at GLAAD Media Awards

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Beyoncé and JAY-Z were honored with the Vanguard Award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 29 in Los Angeles. The Vanguard Award “is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people.”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Shangela gave a lip-sync performance to a medley of Beyoncé’s hits including “Bootylicious,” “Partition,” “Single Ladies” and “Flawless.” Beyoncé could be seen cheering in the crowd and gave Shangela a standing ovation.

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George Clooney calls for boycott of Sultan Of Brunei’s hotels over anti-gay death law

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor George Clooney has called for a boycott of nine hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei in protest of Brunei’s new anti-gay stoning law.

Staring on April 3, a new law in Brunei will make gay sex punishable by stoning. In an op-ed for Deadline, Clooney urges the public not to patron The Dorchester (London), 45 Park Lane (London), Coworth Park (U.K.), The Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills), Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles), Le Meurice (Paris), Hotel Plaza Athenee (Paris), Hotel Eden (Rome) and Hotel Principe di Savoia (Milan).

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Court rules Trump admin ‘incorrect’ in moving forward with trans military ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a development that could complicate the implementation of the transgender military ban, a federal judge in D.C. ruled the Trump administration is “incorrect” in determining no legal impediment remains in place barring enforcement of the policy.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a Clinton appointee, issued a notice on March 19 asserting her injunction remains in place for the time being despite an order from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacating the decision.

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Manchin explains why he’s the only Senate Dem not supporting Equality Act

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has come out with an explanation for why he’s the only Senate Democrat who has declined to support the Equality Act, citing concerns about potential problems for local schools.

Manchin issued the statement to media outlets ton March 18 in the aftermath of reintroduction of legislation last week in both chambers of Congress, insisting he “support[s] equality for all people and do[es] not tolerate discrimination of any kind.”

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Madonna to be honored at GLAAD Media Awards

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NEW YORK (AP) | Madonna will be honored at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards for a lifetime of accelerating acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy group announced Feb. 5 it will present Madonna with its advocate for change award. The 60-year-old singer is the second person and first woman to receive the award that honors a person who, through their work, changed the game for LGBTQ people.

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YouTuber Logan Paul announces plans to ‘go gay’ in March, receives backlash

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YouTuber Logan Paul is no stranger to controversy. Paul found himself in hot water last year after a video, which has since been taken down, went viral featuring Paul laughing at a suicide victim in Japan’s “suicide forest” Aokigahara.

On Jan. 9, Paul made waves once again after announcing that he would “go gay” for the month of March.

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With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | The “most thankless job in town” just got even more difficult.

The Oscars have a longstanding host problem, but Kevin Hart’s swift downfall over old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger questions about the gig and the liability of social media histories.

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Campaign urges Kristin Chenoweth to cancel Mormon Tabernacle Choir show

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rights Equal Rights has launched #BowOutKristin, a campaign urging Kristin Chenoweth to “bow out” of her scheduled performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir because of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ anti-LGBT views.

President of Rights Equal Rights Fred Karger penned an op-ed for the Salt Lake Tribune explaining why the organization feels Chenoweth’s performance sends a harmful message.

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Author Erica Silverman pens trans-focused children’s book ‘Jack (Not Jackie)’

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“Creating books that tell all of our stories empowers all of us,” children’s author Erica Silverman says. “There’s so little out there for transgender and gender fluid children … if you don’t see yourself in a book, you feel invisible; like you don’t exist.”

That lack of representation in traditional publishing led to the creation of “Jack (Not Jackie).” It’s the second picture book in a partnership between GLAAD—the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization—and Bonnier Publishing USA, which publishes over 150 books annually.

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