Student accused of being neo-Nazi leaves Southern Illinois University

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) | An official at Southern Illinois University says a student accused earlier this month of belonging to a white supremacist neo-Nazi group is no longer enrolled in the school.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Stettler tells The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan that as of Wednesday the male student was no longer enrolled at the Carbondale campus but said that the students’ rights to privacy prevented her from identifying the student or elaborating on the reasons for his departure.

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Man charged with hate crime at Delaware gay pride festival

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DOVER, Del. (AP) | A Delaware man charged with a hate crime is accused of assaulting a man at a gay pride festival and groping two others.

News outlets report authorities on Tuesday announced the misdemeanor hate crime charge against 31-year-old Sean Wiley in connection with the Aug. 11 Delaware Pride Festival.

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Nicki Minaj criticized for ‘homophobic’ lyrics on new album

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Nicki Minaj dropped her highly anticipated fourth studio album “Queen” on Friday but the album’s release came with some controversy.

On the track “Barbie Dreams,” Minaj gives a list of all the men she’s rejected including Drake, 50 Cent and DJ Khaled. She also mentions Young Thug and says the reason it didn’t work out is because the rapper likes to wear dresses. 

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Homophobic, racist tweets resurface from Atlanta Braves’ Sean Newcomb, Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner had several past homophobic and racist tweets resurfaced by fans July 29, overshadowing successful seasons each player was having.

Newcomb, 25, made national headlines for missing a no-hitter by one out against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday.

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National Airport restaurant accused of anti-gay bias

By : LOU CHIBBARO JR. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVEGeorge Curtis claims he was harassed, threatened with assault, demoted, and later fired by the Good Stuff Eatery in National Airport. (Photo courtesy Curtis)

A gay former manager at the Good Stuff Eatery restaurant at Reagan National Airport charges in a discrimination complaint that he was harassed, threatened with assault, demoted, and later fired by the restaurant’s district manager because of his sexual orientation, race, and status as a “nonconforming” male.

George Curtis, 29, of Oxon Hill, Md., told the Washington Blade the alleged harassment and discriminatory action took place in December 2017 before and after he raised concerns with management about broken equipment and a crumbling wall in the restaurant’s kitchen next to a food table that he considered to be unsanitary.

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Smiling Facebook post following homophobic attack goes viral

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ABOVE: Blair Wilson says he was the victim of a homophobic attack but remained positive. Photo courtesy of Wilson’s Facebook.

Although he was allegedly attacked, 21-year-old Blair Wilson from Scotland smiled while posting a soon-to-be viral picture on his Facebook account June 29.

While walking down the street, a stranger called Wilson a “f****t,” according to the Facebook post. Wilson responded by calling the stranger a “hen,” and that’s when he says he was attacked.

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Political commentator Sally Kohn looks at owning your hate in her new book

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A story of bullying frames Sally Kohn’s book “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Humanity.” Vicky was a young girl in Kohn’s fifth grade class who was bullied in school by her peers, her teachers and even Kohn herself.

Now because of Kohn’s ability to have levelheaded discussions as a liberal political commentator — first for Fox News, and currently for CNN — the self-professed “lefty lesbian” has developed a reputation for being “nice.” Yet in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Kohn was surprised by her quickness to anger, and the memory of her treatment of Vicky began to haunt her.

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Trans of Thought: Love and Transphobia

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In two weeks I will be attending my 25th college reunion at Princeton University. As you can imagine would be the case at one of this country’s oldest institutions of higher learning, Princeton prides itself on its traditions, and “Reunions” as the alumni body call it, is one of our most cherished.

The plural is purposeful as well because all major and minor reunion classes gather on campus to meet and consume alcohol in quantities, or so the legend goes, second only to the Indy 500 for a singular event in the United States. Reunions is serious business and there are alumni who return every year, which allows for the highlight event of the weekend, P-rade, to take on fascinating detail.

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Jackie Chan’s daughter claims she is homeless due to homophobia

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Andi Autumn and Etta Ng. Screenshot via YouTube.

Etta Ng, Jackie Chan’s estranged daughter, is claiming she and her girlfriend Andi Autumn are homeless due to homophobia.

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Gay Connecticut chief justice defeat becomes election year issue

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate’s rejection Tuesday of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s State Supreme Court chief justice nominee, mostly along partisan lines, set off political reverberations in a state where an open governor’s seat and control of the General Assembly are at stake in November.

State Democrats and various candidates pounced on the 19-16 vote opposing the confirmation of Associate Justice Andrew McDonald as the high court’s top justice, linking Connecticut Republicans with President Donald Trump and Washington Republicans. Malloy and other Democrats have accused GOP lawmakers of opposing McDonald for political reasons and in part because he is openly gay. He would have been the first openly gay state supreme court chief justice in the U.S.

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3 WOMEN 1 WORLD 1 PEACE

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Humanity CAN heal what it will first acknowledge. 

20 months after the hate-fueled attack at Pulse, 3 courageous women — a Muslim reformer, a Jewish feminist and an ex-Muslim — who have each been personally affected by violence, understand this essential principle and have joined hands and hearts to begin a candid and courageous conversation on healing after trauma. Each of these women assert that sensitive and fearlessly honest discourse is a moral imperative and a necessary pathway for healing and hope.

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‘Versace’ stars: Anti-gay bias led to designer’s death

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Do the intersecting lives of a fashion designer and the serial killer who murdered him add up to a political saga?

Absolutely, says Ryan Murphy, the powerhouse executive producer of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” season two of the FX showcase that debuted with 2016’s Emmy-winning “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

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