Pulse Activist: I ‘misspoke,’ Pence wants gays in ‘conversion camps’

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Under fire from the right-wing media for comments he made about Vice President Mike Pence wanting gays in “concentration camps,” one of the survivors of the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub now says he “misspoke.”

Brandon Wolf — who’s now head of the Dru Project, an organization that supports GSAs in schools — told the Washington Blade via email on Monday he intended to say Pence wants gay people in “conversion camps” to subject them to the widely discredited practice of “ex-gay” conversion therapy.

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid can’t prove hackers wrote ‘hurtful’ homophobic posts

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NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC’s Joy Reid, under fire for homophobic language in old blog posts, apologized Saturday for any past comments that belittled or mocked the LGBTQ community and says she hasn’t been able to verify her claim that her account was hacked.

Reid opened her weekend show “AM Joy” by acknowledging has said “dumb” and “hurtful” things in the past. “The person I am now is not the person I was then,” she said.

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MSNBC’s Reid says homophobic posts were result of hack

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NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC’s Joy Reid insists that homophobic language in one of her old blog posts is the work of a computer hacker and her security expert said Wednesday they have a strong suspicion of who did it, although he would not name the suspect.

The bizarre tale involving the news network’s rising star is a technical who-dun-it that not everyone believes, given that Reid had admitted in December to similar anti-gay language in the same forum and had apologized for it. A gay rights organization has subsequently backed away from its plans to give an award to Reid, host of the “AM Joy” weekend shows on the cable news network.

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Ronan Farrow comes out as part of the LGBTQ community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Journalist Ronan Farrow came out as part of the LGBTQ community while accepting the Courage Award, an honor given by the Point Foundation, a national scholarship organization for LGBTQ students.

Farrow, who is the son of actress Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen, was honored for his work covering the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, the #MeToo movement and his reporting on transgender issues.

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TV ad aims to pressure Trump on transgender military service

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Activist groups are turning to television ads, including on President Donald Trump’s go-to network, Fox News, to pressure the White House into allowing transgender people to keep serving in the military.

Trump has pledged to ban transgender troops from serving. He’ll be able to see the 30-second commercial as of Friday, when it starts airing on Fox, CNN and MSNBC morning shows. It uses a series of quotes from Trump, a former senior military leader and several Congress members who were in the armed forces to argue that all qualified Americans should be able to serve.

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LGBT voters overwhelmingly support Clinton heading into the first presidential debate

By : Jeremy Williams
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A majority of registered LGBT voters plan to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race this November, according to the latest NBC News/Survey Monkey poll.

Polling shows that, if the election were held today, 72 percent of registered LGBT voters would support Clinton, compared to 20 percent for Trump.

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American Family Association spokesman is speaking less

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One of the key mouthpieces for American Family Association is being muffled.

Bryan Fischer is no longer the AFA’s official analyst, but will still make radio appearances on behalf of the notoriously anti-gay group.

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Joe Saunders named a gay candidate to watch by MSNBC

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With November coming closer into sight, what better way to embrace Pride Month than by acknowledging the hard work of LGBT politicians across the United States. MSNBC recently released a photo essay titled “12 gay candidates to watch in 2014,” where Florida House District 49, Democratic state Rep. Joe Saunders of Orlando was named onto the list.

Elected in 2012 as one of the first openly gay legislators in Florida, Saunders represents what is better known as the “UCF seat” in the Florida Legislature. Since being appointed, he has introduced the Florida Competitive Workforce Act; acted as a voice for LGBT students and against bullying; fought for rights and benefits for same-sex military spouses; and uplifting the arts and cultural institutions in his district.

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