Canada apologizes to victims of anti-LGBT government laws, policies

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday apologized to those who suffered persecution and discrimination under the country’s anti-LGBT laws and policies.

Trudeau — who spoke in the Canadian House of Commons — formally apologized to Canadians who were convicted of “gross indecency” before the country decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations in 1969. He also announced the introduction of a bill that would expunge the criminal records of those who were prosecuted under the law.

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Issue 24.23: We Are Family

By : Jake Stevens
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Why having a family is easier than ever for Central Florida and Tampa Bay LGBTQ couples, MBA Orlando holds its Pride Gala, Mayor Kriseman wins re-election in St. Pete, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Stalled in Congress, LGBT rights advance at the local level

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At the U.S. Capitol and in most statehouses nationwide, supporters of LGBT rights are unable to make major gains these days. Instead, they’re notching victories in seemingly unlikely venues, such as Morgantown, West Virginia, and Birmingham, Alabama.

They are among scores of cities and towns in Republican-governed states that have acted on their own, passing resolutions and ordinances pledging nondiscrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in the absence of comparable statewide laws.

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DeLand Pride Block Party

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2nd Annual DeLand Pride Block Party in the Artisan Alley Garage downtown DeLand. DJ, vendors, Café DaVinci and Persimmon Hollow will be open. BakeChop and Neighbors Artisan Taqueria. Drag Show at Café DaVinci 6pm. Admission is free!

24.22: Served and Unprotected

By : Jake Stevens
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Equality Florida’s Todd Richardson shares his story of being discharged from the United States Air Force because he is gay, Chris King makes bid for FL governor, Metro Wellness celebrates 25 years, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Reactions to Kevin Spacey’s apology for alleged assault, coming out as gay

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NEW YORK (AP) — It was an apology that managed to trigger even more anger.

Kevin Spacey’s statement of regret after being accused of trying to seduce former child actor Anthony Rapp has kicked up a backlash when the two-time Oscar winner then chose to come out of the closet, prompting many to question the timing and accusing the actor of trying to change the subject.

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Egyptian lawmakers introduce LGBT criminalization bill

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Lawmakers in Egypt on Wednesday introduced a bill that would criminalize the country’s LGBT community.

A translated copy of the measure the Washington Blade obtained states “any two individuals or more, whether male or female, who conduct perverted sexual relations between themselves in any public or private place will each be arrested and sentenced to a period of no less than one year and no more than three years.”

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Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is the first LGBT character in a Marvel film

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Valkyrie is the Marvel film universe’s first LGBT character.

Tessa Thompson tweeted to clarify that her character is bisexual in “Thor: Ragnarok” just like in the “Fearless Defenders” comic book series.

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Issue 24.21: Deck The Hallows

By : Jake Stevens
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Why is Halloween like gay Christmas? Eric Rollings announces his run for Orange County Commissioner, Annie Hiotis joins EQFL board, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Issue 24.20: LGBTQ TV

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The new fall season brings back Will & Grace, and a plethora of LGBTQ characters, to the small screen, Orlando police department hires new LGBT community liaison, Tampa Bay cleebrates 5 years of Big Gay Busch Gardens Day, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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LGBT groups protest potential California textbooks

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gay rights groups told a California state commission Wednesday that they object to several of the textbooks that could be recommended for use in schools, saying the books don’t include enough information about the contributions of LGBT Americans.

The state Department of Education is preparing to update textbook recommendations for the first time since California became the first state to require teaching about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Issue 24.19: Taking Action

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Come Out With Pride wants you to keep dancing, but also to keep involved, Andy Cohen talks about his AC2 tour through Tampa with Anderson Cooper, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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