Gov. Christie: NBA move of All-Star game ‘grandstanding’

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the NBA’s decision to move its All-Star Game from Charlotte because of a law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people was “grandstanding.”

Christie made the remarks while co-hosting the WFAN “Boomer and Carton” morning radio show Aug. 5.

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NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, cites LGBT law

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The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

The league had expressed its opposition to the law known as HB2 since it was enacted in March, and its decision Thursday came shortly after stage legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged.

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Spanish league denounces anti-gay insults at Cristiano Ronaldo

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MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league has denounced anti-gay slurs directed toward Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo during a match at Barcelona April 2.

The league says in a statement that it will send a report to the Spanish government’s committee against violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport.

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Birth certificates will determine gender for student-athletes in Texas

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Austin (AP) – School superintendents in Texas have overwhelmingly approved a change that requires public school officials to use a birth certificate to determine a student-athlete’s gender.

A referendum ballot submitted to superintendents last month shows they voted 586 to 32 to amend University Interscholastic League rules when it comes to transgender athletes.

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Poor Rich White Lady: Drunk for Trump

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We couldn’t use the image of the original Poor Rich White Lady because we don’t want to get sued. Here’s one of her beverages of choice, instead.

Listen, I am here to save you. We need to take back our country and make it great again. I don’t know who has taken it, or where they have taken it to, but it’s been taken somewhere by someone. When something is taken, we need someone to bring it back. Justin Timberlake brought sexy back, and I am convinced that Donald J. Trump can bring our country back. Come in closer and smelly my liquor whispers.

Why Trump? Donald Trump knows how hard it has been for us over the last eight years living under a Kenyan-born Muslim president. He knows how it is to make the hard decisions every day. What Ivy League schools should I send my children to? What car should I have the driver use today to take me to the spa? Who broke my blender? Life is tough.

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Orlando Derby Girls’ LGBT-inclusiveness puts them on track to compete internationally

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Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls are skating their way to high-stakes competition. On Jan. 22, the league was accepted alongside nine other teams – ranging in location from across the country in Hood River, Oregon to across the world in New Zealand –into an apprentice program for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of a sport considered by many to be the fastest-growing in the world.

Completion of the apprentice program typically takes from six months to a year. If the league is then accepted into WFTDA, it will play against the best teams in the country and even the world.

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Uprisings: The opposite of progress

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UpRisings_TinaFeyWhat if somebody came up to your party (which, for now, we’ll call “your life”) and told you through his or her whitened teeth that all of the victories you’ve fought for, all of the freedoms promised to you by your own constitution in your own country, didn’t matter anymore? We know, we know: This is the same sweaty-pitted badminton argument that comes along with every legislative back-and-forth session, either state or national. Red! Blue! Green! Translucent! But what if those values were so fundamental that their rolling back might result in you rolling into a ball and effectively giving up? What if they would mean that you would be perpetually sick, poor, fired or allowed to die there right next to the decency twig you clung to.

There’s a certain hollowness that comes with these realizations, an identity crisis that sets you apart from what your therapist might call the “river” to which sides you are supposed to cling when you need to catch a breath in a pause in life. Has your chest ever ached with the breadth of absolute futility? Well, given the current climate of state legislators (and presidential candidates) parading a nihilistic Mardi Gras against the rights of women and LGBT people (sometimes both!), that ache should inspire you to do more.

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You Can Play continues to fight homophobia in hockey

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Philadelphia (AP) – Nellie Fitzpatrick raised the Philadelphia Flyers jersey presented to her as the team’s “community teammate” of the night, turned her head to her left and smooched her wife right on the lips.

Much like salutes to veterans, youth hockey players and other celebrated guests, Fitzpatrick’s kiss was shown for everyone in the arena to see on the overhead videoboard.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Is St. Pete Pride on the move?

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Tampa to host the NAGAAA Softball World Series
The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance has named Tampa as the spot for the Softball World Series, well in 2018, so you have a few years to get ready for it. The NAGAAA is an international sports organization (that’s right, they play with Canadians!) that got its start back in 1977 as a way to provide opportunity and access for the LGBT community to participate in organized softball competition in a safe environment. The league is currently working with over 13,000 players from 43 cities, including Tampa. So let’s get out there and throw them balls and swing them bats and make sure that in 2018 Tampa gtes to say they won the whole damn thing in their own backyard.

Is St. Pete Pride moving?
Facebook was all asunder after several members of the community started to voice concerns about where and when St. Pete Pride would be holding the annual Pride celebration this coming summer. In the past, the parade route has started in the empty lot across from Georgie’s Alibi and would move through Kenwood and down Central Avenue through the Grand Central District where the festival would be, but with the closing of Georgie’s it has been speculated that the parade and festival may make a move to downtown. Officially nothing has been announced, and no final decisions have been made (St. Pete Pride’s website still shows last year’s route), but that didn’t stop the battle from waging as the fact that the lot across from where Georgie’s once was is not (and never was) owned by Georgie’s came to light. Many came to the defense of St. Pete Pride calling the other side “keyboard warriors” and stressing that everyone should wait and see before getting upset. An announcement should hopefully be coming soon from the St. Pete Pride camp and once we know, you will know.

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PHOTOS! Orlando Meltdown 2016

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More than 900 softball players hit the field Jan 15-17 for the 16th annual Orlando Meltdown Tournament, hosted by the Central Florida Softball League.

50 teams participated in Orlando Meltdown 2016. Here’s who came out on top:

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First LGBT private school set to open in Atlanta

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Atlanta (AP) – A first-of-its-kind private school in Georgia aimed at attracting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and teachers is being established in Atlanta for students who feel bullied or not accepted in traditional schools.

Pride School Atlanta is a k-12 institution designed to be an alternative for LGBT students, though the school is open to any student who believes they’re not getting the support they need for “being different,” says Pride School founder Christian Zsilavetz.

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Watermark Year in Review: October 2015

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Cindy Barnes is a woman who knows how to leave on a high note. After six years as chairwoman of Sarasota Pride, in 2015 Barnes announced she’s stepping down as the successful event’s big cheese.

Come Out With Pride caps a comeback year with a vibrant, crowded, but well-organized event. After the firing of COWP’s executive director in late 2014, the Pride committee worked overtime in overdrive to ensure that 2015 Orlando Pride would do Orlando proud. Mission accomplished.

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