Madaleno mocks Democratic opponent at Victory Fund brunch

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno speaks at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual National Champagne Brunch in D.C. on April 8, 2018. (D-Montgomery County)

Maryland state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) on Sunday at the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s National Champagne Brunch in D.C. mocked a Democratic opponent who said he “prances around Annapolis.”

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Jimmy Kimmel apologizes to gay community for Sean Hannity jokes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jimmy Kimmel has apologized for using gay jokes to fuel his ongoing feud with Sean Hannity.

Kimmel made fun of first lady Melania Trump’s accent during a segment on his late night talk show earlier this week. Hannity blasted Kimmel for the joke on his Fox News show calling him a “despicable disgrace” and an “ass clown.”

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Perez Hilton says he doesn’t want his son to be gay because it’s ‘easier’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Perez Hilton posted a YouTube video to clarify remarks he made on his podcast that he doesn’t want to enroll his five-year-old son Mario in dance class because boys who dance “end up being gay.”

“This is all stemming from me saying on [my] podcast that I wouldn’t put my son into dance class because I think dance class might help make your son gay,” the celebrity blogger begins. “And I wasn’t even joking.”

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Piers Morgan slams BBC for airing ‘homophobic’ cartoon of him and Trump

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Piers Morgan is lashing out at the BBC for airing a cartoon of him with his head in Donald Trump’s naked backside.

Morgan recently interviewed Trump in the president’s first international television interview since taking office. The journalist was criticized for the interview being too fluffy and not a hard-hitting piece.

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Rapper Offset apologizes for homophobic lyric

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Offset, one part of the rap trio Migos, has apologized for a lyric that people thought came across as homophobic insisting that he didn’t write the lyric with gay people in mind.

The 26-year-old rapper is featured on the song “Boss Life” by YFN Lucci. The music video was released this week.

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UK promises to prosecute online hate crimes vigorously

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LONDON (AP) – British authorities are promising to prosecute hate crimes committed online as vigorously as those that take place face-to-face, recognizing the growth of hate speech on social media and the potential for such crimes to affect large numbers of people.

New guidelines issued Aug. 21 outline a tough stance on cyber hate attacks on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity. In addition, the guidance for the first time recognizes hate crimes against bisexuals as distinct from homophobic or transphobic attacks.

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Floyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor anti-gay slur during press event

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Floyd Mayweather’s press tour with Conor McGregor got especially heated for the crowd when Mayweather hurled an anti-gay slur at McGregor during their London press event.

Mayweather called McGregor a “f*gg*t* which caused the crowd to boo, but McGregor had no reaction. A representative for Mayweather told TMZ that Mayweather’s use of the anti-gay slur was in response to McGregor calling Mayweather a “monkey” off mic. At a previous press event, McGregor also told Mayweather, “Dance for me, boy” in what some people thought came across as a racially charged remark.

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Stephen Colbert’s ‘homophobic’ Donald Trump joke sparks #FireColbert campaign

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert gave his usual roast of President Donald Trump on Monday night but his opening monologue included a joke that some people deemed homophobic.

Colbert skewered Trump in response to the president’s White House interview with CBS reporter John Dickerson on “Face the Nation,” which came to an abrupt end. Trump called the program “Deface the Nation” and “fake news” before leaving the interview.

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‘American Idol’ finalist claims she ‘chose’ to be straight

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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“American Idol” runner-up La’Porsha Renae is claiming that being gay or straight is a choice because she was able to choose her sexuality.

Renae began defending herself when a person tweeted that the 23-year-old singer was homophobic.

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Md. schools still hostile to LGBT students

By : Steve Charing of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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GLSEN last month released state-level data from its benchmark “National School Climate Survey,” which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many LGBTQ students.

In Maryland, the report found:

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Swastikas, homophobic slurs and Trump’s name painted at Ohio school

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Police are trying to determine who spray-painted swastikas, racial and homophobic slurs, and President Donald Trump’s last name on sidewalks and signs around a Cincinnati school whose students are mostly minorities.

The weekend graffiti at Withrow University High School was washed away before students returned to class Jan. 23.

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Oklahoma man arrested on hate crime charge after store incident

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A 31-year-old Tulsa man has been arrested on a hate crime charge in connection to an assault on a Hispanic man that involved racial and homophobic slurs.

The Tulsa World reports Joshua Price was arrested Dec. 19. Price was charged in September for the alleged assault.

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