Clinton: I want LGBT people to know that I will always have your back

By : CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade
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In an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade, Hillary Clinton pledged to build a “hopeful, inclusive America where everyone counts” as she continues to draw a contrast between herself and Donald Trump over their views on LGBT issues.

The Democratic presidential hopeful answered 13 questions on issues important to the LGBT community in a written interview with the Blade completed Wednesday with less than one week remaining before Election Day.

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Poll: Support for LGBT Rights increasing in young Americans

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Young people in America overwhelmingly support LGBT rights when it comes to policies on employment, health care and adoption, according to a new survey.

The GenForward survey of Americans ages 18-30 found that support for those policies has increased over the past two years, especially among young whites. But relatively few of these young adults consider rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender to be among the top issues facing the country.

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Kasich on gay rights: People should take a “chill pill”

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San Francisco (AP) – Asked about gay rights and marriage equality, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says more people should take a “chill pill” and try to get along with one another rather than turn to unwieldy legislation.

The Ohio governor appeared at a town hall hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California April 29, where he answered questions on issues that included terrorism and health care as well as discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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North Carolina governor issues executive order on LGBT protections

By : Jamie Hyman
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After weeks of boycotts and backlash, the governor of North Carolina has issued an executive order “clarifying” aspects of controversial HB2, which requires transgender people to use restrooms that align with their birth gender, rather than the current gender with which they identify, and prohibits municipalities from establishing protections for their LGBT citizens.

According to Gov. McCrory’s website, here’s what the executive order does:

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Federal judge issues final ruling on Florida’s marriage ban

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That settles it.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle has issued a final ruling that Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. This ruling should bring an end to the state’s attempt to continue to not fully recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

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2016 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Scott Maxwell

By : Billy Manes
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Even in the Andy Griffith Show lexicon of Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell’s “malarkey” thesaurus – just kidding, Scott! – the day Watermark caught up with your favorite Orlando columnist wasn’t a great one. Tribune Company, which owns the Sentinel, had just announced another restructuring, this time blurring the lines between editors and publishers. Maxwell’s spirits, however, remained unvarnished, probably because he’s a fixture that’s not likely to succumb to the leaks in mainstream journalism. He’s both lightning rod and hood ornament; he’s Wally Cleaver and Eddie Haskell (we’re aging ourselves here); he’s an icon and a humble hero. He’s also been a consistent ally for the Central Florida LGBT community.

“I have been writing about this for a long time,” he says. “Some of my earliest columns were about this issue. One of the things that I find inspiring is that in the early years, I would get a shitstorm of criticism every time I mentioned the [LGBT] issue. Today, I hardly get any.”

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Transgender tech sues hospital over lack of anti-discrimination rules

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Fargo, N.D. (AP) – Attorneys for a Fargo hospital say a lawsuit brought by a transgender employee alleging discrimination in the workplace has no merit and should be dismissed.

Faye Seidler, who was born as a male and identifies as a female, said in a federal lawsuit filed last month that Sanford Medical Center violated her civil rights. She is seeking unspecified damages and an order to stop the hospital from discriminating against employees who have undergone or are undergoing a gender transition.

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Same-sex marriage plaintiff backs ex-Ohio governor for Senate seat

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The lead plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that led to legal gay marriage nationwide is endorsing the Democratic challenger to Ohio senator Rob Portman, despite Portman’s dramatic position reversal in favor of same-sex unions.

James Obergefell told The Associated Press Dec. 14 he’s backing ex-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in next year’s closely watched U.S. Senate contest.

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12.3.15 Editor’s Desk

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When Dame David Bowie once asked us to “turn and face the strange,” because, you know, “ch-ch-ch-changes,” we had some idea what he was going on about. It wasn’t all platform shoes and glitter, shaved eyebrows and existential overstatement, the cold war and some cold cream – it was about evolving as people, living statements and art installations. Minus a trickle of pretension, that’s what this issue is largely about, too. We’re moving, not stopping; we’re trying, not giving up. We got this.

As several stories within this dangling, old-year issue purport, those changes don’t always come easy, and if we choose to roll our eyes and ignore our movements forward, we become the wrinkles of our checkered pasts. We become boring crows’ feet.

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Sir Ian McKellen wants to know more about trans issues

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Sir Ian McKellen knows a great deal about a lot of things.

After all, he is a classically trained actor, the man who portrayed some of the greatest characters on film and Patrick Stewart’s BFF, but McKellen admits there are areas where he knows very little.

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A post-marriage primer for ally activism

By : Jamie Hyman
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JamieHymanHeadshottCongratulations, allies!

Marriage equality is the law of the land, 26 million of us turned our profile pics into a pretty rainbow, we wished a hearty “Mazel Tov!” to our flurry of newly-engaged gay pals, and our work here is done, right?

Nope.

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What’s at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

The decision in United States v. Windsor did not address the validity of state marriage bans, but courts across the country, with few exceptions, said its logic compelled them to invalidate state laws that prohibited gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

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