YouTube apologizes to LGBT content creators for demonetization, anti-LGBT ads

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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YouTube has apologized to the LGBT community for allowing anti-LGBT ads to run on videos with LGBT content and for monetization policies that prevented LGBT content creators from having ads at all on their videos.

LGBT content creators have complained that their videos have become age or content restricted, weren’t showing up in search results or were becoming demonetized because of their content, among other issues.

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Issue 25.12: Sweet 16

By : Jake Stevens
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St. Petersburg celebrates sixteen years of Pride, a new Pulse lawsuit in Central Florida, Tampa Bay Veteran’s Administration Pride program, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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issue 25.11: In The Beginning

By : Jake Stevens
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With changes to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend coming in 2019, we look back on the history of Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom and how we got from there to here, two years after later, groups and individuals remmeber those affected by the Pulse, Polk Pride celbrates diversity in its fourth year, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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U.S. agencies to celebrate Pride month, but without Cabinet secretaries

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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With Pride month approaching, many U.S. agencies in the second year of the Trump administration are continuing plans to hold celebrations for their LGBT workers, although Cabinet leaders will be absent and some annual events are in question.

The absence of Cabinet leaders at these events stands in contrast to the Obama years when they were featured speakers at the celebrations, wished LGBT federal workers a happy Pride and reflected on the significance of the annual event.

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GD2018: Watermark’s Complete Guide to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend

By : Jake Stevens
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The most comprehensive listing of all the events and fun surrounding the first week in June, celebrating 28 years of Gay Day at Disney!

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Issue 25.10: 10 Years Later

By : Jake Stevens
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A decade after Caylee Anthony went missing, former Orange County CSI Robin Maynard-Harris recalls the events that captivated a nation, Pulse interim memorial opens to the public, Jane Castor officially kicks off mayoral campaign, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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House Dems demand answers on LGBT removal from SBA website

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Rep. Yvette Clarke (L) and Rep. Nydia Velázquez are concerned about the LGBT removal from the SBA website. (Photos public domain)

WASHINGTON | Two House Democrats are demanding answers from the U.S. Small Business Administration over the continued omission of LGBT material from the agency’s website more than a year after the pages were removed.

In a letter dated May 9, Reps. Nydia Velazquez and Yvette Clarke — lawmakers from New York who serve on the House Committee for Small Business — requested information from Administrator Linda McMahon on the “disconcerting change” of the LGBT omission at the start of the Trump administration.

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Oregon school district accused of forcing LGBTQ student to read Bible as punishment

By : Wire Report
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COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school district is accused of forcing students to read Bible passages as a form of punishment, among other accusations.

The Coos Bay World reported Tuesday that the North Bend School District initially denied the claim, but the building administrator later acknowledged in an interview with state education officials that he demanded Bible reading for punishment.

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Latinx diversity finds outlet on STARZ show ‘Vida’

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On Sunday, STARZ breaks down some serious barriers with the premiere of “Vida.” Set on the Eastside of Los Angeles, the series was created by a queer Latinx woman who also serves as showrunner, features a non-binary actor in a lead role and has a writer’s room where the entire staff is Latinx and most of the team is LGBT and/or female-identified.

The series got started when executives at STARZ called Tanya Saracho in for a meeting. Saracho is a Chicago-based writer who has written for “Devious Minds,” “Girls,” “Looking” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” Her plays include “Mala Hierbe” and “Fade,” which was inspired by her experience as a “diversity hire” for a television studio.

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Watermark’s Wedding Guide 2018

By : Jake Stevens
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It’s time to celebrate your LGBT love! Watermark is very, very proud and excited to present our fourth annual Wedding Guide. A wedding guide made specifically to help out YOU plan your big day.

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Issue 25.09: Queer Fringe

By : Jake Stevens
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The 27th annual Orlando International Fringe Festival presents the Fringe-o-matic, GayDayS Inc. moves dates for 2019 event, while One Magical Weekend, Girls in Wonderland remain, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay seeks LGBTQ mentors, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Issue 25.08: Caribbean Queens

By : Jake Stevens
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Go beyond gay cruises in two LGBTQ-friendly Caribbean cultural hotspots—the island of Curacao and the Mexican Caribbean coast, the Contigo Fund hleps The LGBT+ Center Orlando to open second location in Kissimmee, an out Tampa Bay local launches global LGBTQ professional networking website, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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