Lesbian couple’s housing discrimination lawsuit dismissed

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) | A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged a suburban St. Louis senior living community discriminated against a married lesbian couple by denying them housing.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton said in the decision issued Jan. 16 that the Fair Housing Act doesn’t protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Mary Walsh and Bev Nance sued the Friendship Village location in Sunset Hills in July 2018.

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Central Missouri sees spike in HIV diagnoses

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) | Missouri is seeing a dramatic uptick in HIV diagnoses, a trend that is mostly concentrated in the central part of the state, according to health experts.

New HIV diagnoses in Missouri increased by more than 10 percent between 2013 and 2016, which is the most recent state data available. But the increase was much steeper in the 40 central counties that the state considers part of the Central HIV Care Region, with new HIV diagnoses climbing by nearly 170 percent during that same period, the Columbia Missourian reported.



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Change-of-venue granted in slaying of transgender teen

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) | A judge has granted a change of venue for a suspect in the slaying of a transgender teen whose eyes were gouged out and her body set on fire in southwest Missouri.

Court records show that the first-degree murder case against Andrew Vrba was transferred Dec. 3 to Greene County.

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Missouri pair makes map of handicapped-accessible restrooms

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) | A Missouri couple have created an online map that shows where there are bathrooms suitable for people with disabilities who need assistance from a caregiver.

David Nykodym, a professional geographic information system specialist, and Christina Ingoglia, an associate professor at Columbia College, began working on the tool last month, The Columbia Missourian reported.

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Candidate with anti-gay views running for Missouri House

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) | A candidate with anti-gay views is running for the Missouri House of Representatives.

Hardy Billington, 65, is the only Republican candidate campaigning to represent Poplar Bluff, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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Missouri lesbian couple sues after being denied housing

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)| A married lesbian couple is suing a St. Louis senior living community for discriminating against them by denying them housing.

Mary Walsh and Bev Nance filed a federal lawsuit against Friendship Village Sunset Hills Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges the housing community violated the federal Fair Housing Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act by denying them housing because they are a same-sex couple.

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LGBT representation strong at 90th annual Academy Awards

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ABOVE: DANIELA VEGA at the Academy Awards Sunday night. Screen capture courtesy ABC.

Despite a bloated presentation that clocked in at almost four hours, the telecast of the 90th Academy Awards had some spectacular moments, especially for LGBT movie fans.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Jason Lee

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Age: 23

Hometown: Troy, Missouri

How you identify: Heterosexual, Transgender Man

What’s your sign: Gemini-Cancer Cusp

Jason Lee would rather be naked. It’s his mantra and passion.

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No LGBTQ role or film winners at 75th Golden Globes, despite multiple nominations

By : Rebekah Sager OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Start of the 75th Golden Globes live from the Beverly Hilton Jan. 7, 2018.

The 75th anniversary Golden Globes featured Hollywood actors donning all-black gowns and suits, and wearing #TimesUp pins in support in of those who have spoken out about sexual harassment and to protest gender inequality. It was a hugely important night celebrating women and women’s stories.

But many in the LGBTQ community were left puzzled by the lack of representation among the acting, directing and screenwriting category nominees and winners, even though #TimesUp resonates against homophobia too.

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Former Missouri college wrestler sentenced for HIV exposure

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – A former suburban St. Louis college wrestler has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for infecting another man with HIV and endangering four other sexual partners.

Michael Johnson, 25, was sentenced Sept. 22 after reaching a plea deal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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Missouri high school removes gay students’ senior yearbook quotes

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Two out Missouri high school students say their school removed their senior yearbook quotes because they referenced being gay.

Kearney High students Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz told KCTV5 when they checked to see their yearbook quotes under their senior portraits, they were nowhere to be found.

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Missouri Senate votes down LGBT discrimination protections

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)- Missouri state senators voted down a proposal Mar. 1 to ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, in what was a loss for LGBT advocates.

Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp’s amendment would have banned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and covered employment, housing and public accommodations.

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