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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Piers Morgan mocks non-binary couple’s gender identity on air

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Piers Morgan sparked controversy when he called gender neutrality a “fad” and compared non-binary identity to wanting to be an elephant on “Good Morning Britain.”

Fox Fisher and Owl Stefania were invited on the talk show to discuss their children’s book on gender neutrality, coinciding with International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

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Dax Shepard insists ‘CHiPS’ film is homophobic in ‘fun and challenging’ way

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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“CHiPS,” the film remake of the ’77-’83 buddy cop comedy series, has plenty of gay jokes but Dax Shepard says the film is homophobic in a “fun and challenging way.”

Shepard stars as Jon Baker opposite Michael Peña as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. Ponch is shown being disgusted by two men hugging in their underwear and refusing to hug Jon in his underwear. Another scene shows Ponch panicking after he accidently brushes his face against Jon’s crotch while carrying him.

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Pope begs forgiveness for scandals hitting Rome, the Vatican

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked forgiveness Oct. 14 for recent scandals that have hit Rome and the Vatican, showing again he doesn’t much care about making waves if it’s for the sake of reassuring his flock.

Francis didn’t cite examples in his off-the-cuff request for pardon at the start of his general audience. It was met with subdued applause afterward. However, the past week has seen its fair share of headline-making news that has involved the church in one way or another.

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Netflix renews “Orange is the New Black” for fourth season

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Netflix’s Orange is the New Black has been renewed for a fourth season even before season three has launched.

The popular women’s prison show, based on the memoir of Piper Kerman, made the announcement via the show’s official Twitter page on April 15.

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Gay journalist’s ‘personal view’ new in homophobic Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Nenad Mihailovic flouts Serbian taboo. He’s openly gay in a country notorious for strident homophobia. He uses a wheelchair in a society that shows little sympathy for the disabled. And he’s a voice of liberal thinking in a nation where strong leaders have a tendency to quash dissent.

So it’s perhaps surprising that Mihailovic has attracted tens of thousands of viewers to his independent talk show — in which he grills politicians, actors, pop stars and activists on such hot-button themes as gay adoption, same-sex marriages, government corruption and relations with Russia.

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Fox’s ‘Empire’ plans to ‘blow lid off homophobia’

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The creator of Fox’s prime-time soap “Empire” said he wants to “blow the lid off homophobia” in the African-American community with a depiction of the show’s lead character’s hostile relationship with his gay son.

Lee Daniels, who was also behind the movies “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Precious,” said that his own father’s hostility toward gays frightened him and he knows the same attitudes are being passed on from one generation to another in households around the world.

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MLB plans major pro-LGBT announcement at All-Star Game

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Major League Baseball will make a big announcement about about fighting homophobia before the All-Star Game in Minneapolis on July 15.

The announcement will “dramatically shift [the MLB’s] ability to combat homophobia and help gay players, coaches and staff in the League,” OutSports.com reported.

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Kluwe says homophobia played a part in his dismissal from the Vikings

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In a column on Deadspin.com, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on Jan. 2 admits that he doesn’t know if his activism for marriage equality was the reason the team’s ownership and coaches dismissed him.

“However, I’m pretty confident it was,” he said.

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Florida sees a bump in hate crimes

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Tallahassee – Hate crimes are on the rise in the Sunshine State.

According to a report released by the Florida Attorney General, hate crimes increased 22.3% in 2012, totalling 170 for the year. More than half of the crimes were motivated by race, but anti-gay attacks are the second most common type of hate crime, accounting for 28.8 percent.

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