Holiday Family Photos

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The holiday season is here! Melrose Center staff would like to invite families and groups to have their holiday-themed portraits taken in the Photo Studio. Come photo-ready and we will have the studio ready for your group photos.

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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Gay Syrian refugee found beheaded in Turkey

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Muhammed Wisam Sankari

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – A Turkish LGBT rights organization says a gay Syrian refugee has been found decapitated in Istanbul.

In a statement Aug. 4, Kaos GL said the severely mutilated body of Muhammed Wisam Sankari was discovered on July 25, two days after he left his house, and that he was only identified by his house-mates by his clothing.

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Boston mayor accused of pressuring parade organizers to include LGBT groups

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BOSTON (AP) — The mayor forced organizers of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade to invite an LGBT veterans group to march two years ago, the parade group’s lawyer said.

The lawyer, Chester Darling, made the accusations in an amended complaint filed this week to an earlier civil lawsuit accusing Mayor Martin Walsh of strong-arming organizers in 2014 with thinly veiled threats to withhold permits.

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LGBT gun group memberships increase since Pulse shooting

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Memberships have more than doubled in a national LGBT pro-gun rights organization since a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people.

Pink Pistols Utah chapter President Matt Schlentz said Pink Pistols membership has grown from 1,500 to 4,000 since the shooting, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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Bangladeshi LGBT community lives in fear after killings

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New Delhi (AP) – The killing of two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital has driven the country’s already secretive and small gay community underground, wondering if they can trust a government that considers their status to be criminal, rights groups said.

Police detectives say they are working with evidence including a mobile phone, documents and witness testimony to solve the case, in which a gang of young men fatally stabbed a theater actor and the editor of Bangladesh’s only LGBT rights magazine, who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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UNC President says all 17 campuses will follow North Carolina restroom law

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Raleigh, N.C. (AP) – The president of the University of North Carolina system says the 17 campuses will follow the state’s new law about transgender people by requiring that all bathrooms be designated for use by people based on their biological sex.

President Margaret Spellings said in a memo to chancellors that the 16 college campuses and the N.C. School of Science and Math must label multi-occupancy changing facilities for single-sex use. She says schools may provide single-occupancy bathrooms or changing facilities that are gender-neutral.

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Gay-friendly NYC St Patrick’s parade to find new focus

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NEW YORK (AP) — The founder of an LGBT-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade said Saturday that the inclusive celebration will go on even though the city’s big St. Patrick’s Day procession in Manhattan has dropped its ban on gay groups.

St. Pat’s for All founder Brendan Fay said he expects 2,000 marchers at Sunday’s event in Queens.

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NYC mayor to march in St. Patrick’s Day parade following gay ban drop

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New York (AP) – NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is ending a two-year boycott of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade now that it has fully dropped its longstanding ban on allowing gay and lesbian groups to march under their own banners.

De Blasio, a first-term Democrat, told The Associated Press that for the first time he will take part in the parade along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. He skipped the parade in 2014, when no gay groups were allowed to openly march, and he skipped again last year, when only one small lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group was permitted.

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Gay migrants face violence, abuse as they escape turmoil in the Middle East

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Berlin (AP) – Alaa Ammar fled Syria to escape not just civil war but also the threat of persecution as a gay man. Yet when he arrived in The Netherlands last spring, he did not find the safe haven he craved.

He and four other gay travelers had to face newly arrived asylum seekers at a migrant center in the remote northern town of Ter Apel.

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Conversion therapy finds new home in Israel

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IsraeliStarJerusalem (AP) – A leading American Jewish group promoting therapy it said could turn gays to heterosexuals was ordered shut by a New Jersey court, amid growing efforts in the U.S. to curb the generally discredited practice. But therapists with ties to the shuttered group say they have found a haven for their work in Israel.

Israel’s Health Ministry advises against so-called “gay conversion” or “reparative” therapy, calling it scientifically dubious and potentially dangerous, but no law limits it. In Israel, practitioners say their services are in demand, mostly by Orthodox Jewish men trying to reduce their same-sex attractions so they can marry women and raise a traditional family according to their conservative religious values.

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Malawi halts gay arrests and prosecution until anti-gay laws reviewed

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Johannesburg (AP) – The Malawi government has reaffirmed its decision to halt the arrest and prosecution of gay citizens while lawmakers review existing anti-gay laws.

Rights groups Human Rights Watch and the Centre for the Development of the People praised the Malawian government for upholding its 2012 commitment, after prosecutors dropped charges against a same-sex couple.

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