Pulse shooting survivors sue Google, Facebook, Twitter for ‘providing support and resources to ISIS’

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ORLANDO | Sixteen survivors from the June 12, 2016 massacre at Pulse Orlando filed a federal lawsuit in the Middle District Court of Florida April 4 against Google, Facebook and Twitter asserting the online media titans provided “material support” to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly referred to as ISIS.

The 122-page lawsuit states the plaintiffs are seeking damages against the three companies “for aiding, abetting, and knowingly providing support and resources to ISIS, the notorious designated foreign terrorist organization that carried out the June 12, 2016 terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 innocent civilians and wounded some 53 others.” The lawsuit goes on to list the 16 plaintiffs.

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Court dismisses Olivia de Havilland’s ‘Feud’ lawsuit against Ryan Murphy

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Olivia de Havilland’s lawsuit against Ryan Murphy and FX for Catherine Zeta-Jones’ portrayal of the iconic actress in “Feud: Bette and Joan” has been dismissed by the California Court of Appeals 2nd Appellate District.

According to Deadline, the lawsuit claimed the character hurt her “professional reputation for integrity, honesty, generosity, self-sacrifice and dignity.”

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Suit: Gay couple gets ‘hateful’ flyers, not wedding programs

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BOSTON (AP) — Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg were excited to see the wedding programs they ordered for their big day. But when the package arrived, the gay couple was horrified to instead find religious pamphlets with messages about temptation and sin, according to a federal lawsuit against printing company Vistaprint.

The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Massachusetts, accuses Vistaprint of attacking the couple because they’re gay by replacing their wedding program order with the “hateful, discriminatory” pamphlets.

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Director Bryan Singer sued for alleged rape of 17-year-old boy

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Director Bryan Singer has been accused of allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy at a party in 2003.

According to court documents filed in King County, Wash., Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claims he met Singer at a yacht party hosted by Lester Waters, who “was a wealthy tech investor who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area.”

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Transgender inmate settles Oregon lawsuit over medical care

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The state prison system in Oregon will provide a transgender inmate with hormone therapy, bras and women’s underwear and will consider transferring her to the state’s only all-women’s prison as part of a settlement agreement announced Oct. 24.

The state will also pay Michalle Wright $167,500 in damages, waive medical fees associated with three suicide attempts, provide counseling and consider referring her for gender surgery in January if it’s deemed medically necessary, according to the agreement.

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Two students seek $1 million in racial, sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Two students have filed a discrimination lawsuit against The Evergreen State College and its former women’s basketball coach Jennifer Schooler.

A complaint for damages was filed by ShaMarica Scott and Linda Wilson, both of Olympia, on Oct. 13 in U.S District Court’s Western Washington district in Tacoma, The Olympian reported.

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Federal court reopens intersex passport applicant case

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A federal court in Denver on Tuesday reopened the case of an intersex person who sued the State Department after it denied them a passport.

Dana Zzyym, a U.S. Navy veteran who is the associate director of the U.S. affiliate of the Organization Intersex International, applied for a passport in 2014 in order to travel to Mexico City for a conference. The State Department told Zzyym it denied the passport application because it was “unable to fulfill your request to list your sex as “X.””

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Court: Gay couple’s suit against Kentucky clerk Kim Davis can proceed

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A federal appeals court says a gay couple’s lawsuit seeking damages from a Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue them a marriage license can proceed.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue a marriage license to David Ermold and David Moore in 2015 because she said it violated her religious beliefs. Ermold and Moore sued, along with several other couples. Davis lost, and spent five days in jail for refusing to follow a court order.

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DOJ withdraws lawsuit against N.C. over anti-trans bathroom law

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Although North Carolina replaced anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with a law that critics say still enables anti-LGBT discrimination, the U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn the lawsuit against the state filed last year under Obama administration.

In a five-page notice, the Justice Department under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced it has voluntarily withdrawn the lawsuit filed last year by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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Pulse lawsuit against employer, wife moved to state court

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A lawsuit brought by victims of the Pulse massacre against the gunman’s employer and wife was withdrawn from federal court and filed in state court in South Florida March 27.

Attorneys for 61 Pulse victims and family members of those killed filed the lawsuit in state court in Palm Beach County, just days after a federal judge said in an order that he doubted federal court was the proper jurisdiction for the case.

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Lawsuit: Bus terminal bathroom arrests target gays

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NEW YORK (AP) – A class action lawsuit accuses Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police of targeting gay men who use the restrooms at New York City’s main bus terminal.

The suit, filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, claims Port Authority police officers engage in discrimination by falsely arresting men perceived as gay at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on baseless charges including public lewdness and exposure.

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Va. Supreme Court hears Fairfax school district lawsuit

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenges the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Fairfax County School District’s nondiscrimination policy.

The Washington Times reported Daniel Schmidt, a lawyer for the Liberty Counsel who represents Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty and an unnamed minor and his parents, told the court the Dillon Rule prohibits school boards from adding LGBT-specific provisions to their nondiscrimination policies unless the Virginia General Assembly were to pass a law allowing them to do so.

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