Teen arrested after Boston gay bars receive threatening calls

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ABOVE: Bar patrons attend a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” viewing party at The Alley, one of the Boston gay bars where a 16-year-old made threatening calls. Photo courtesy The Alley’s Facebook page

BOSTON (AP) | A New Hampshire teen has been arrested for allegedly making threatening calls to gay bars in Boston.

Boston Police say the 16-year-old Hampton, New Hampshire resident was arrested by police in New Hampshire Nov. 23.

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Swing state, swing district: House seat has huge field in NH

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) | It’s been 16 years since there was an open seat in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District — and now more than 16 candidates are hoping to fill it.

Back when Republican Rep. John E. Sununu left to run for U.S. Senate in 2002, eight Republicans and two Democrats sought to replace him in what had long been a reliably red district. But after flipping in each of the last four cycles, it’s now a swing district in a swing state. The result? Eleven Democrats and six Republicans competing in Tuesday’s primaries.

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N.H. governor signs two pro-LGBTQ bills

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Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday signed two LGBTQ rights bills into law.

Sununu signed House Bill 1319, which adds gender identity to New Hampshire’s nondiscrimination law. He also signed House Bill 587, which bans so-called conversion therapy for minors in the state.

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Bill banning gay conversion therapy sent to NH governor

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The New Hampshire House has sent to the governor a bill that would ban therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors.

House lawmakers agreed May 10 to accept changes made to the bill by the Senate and advance it to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who has said he supports banning such therapy.

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House kills ban on gay conversion therapy for minors

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Therapy that seeks to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity will remain legal in New Hampshire, though lawmaker say they found no evidence it is being practiced in the state.

The House on Tuesday killed two bills that would have prohibited so-called conversion therapy. Supporters of the measure said the state should ban an inappropriate, ineffective and harmful practice regardless of how often it occurs. But opponents said state licensing boards already have the authority to regulate and discipline any practitioner who uses coercive tactics.

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Ray Buckley could be first openly gay person to chair DNC

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Democrats weren’t accustomed to success or power when Ray Buckley was first elected to the Legislature in 1986.

But by the time he was elected chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party in 2007, he had successfully led Democrats’ efforts to retake the state Senate in 2006 for just the second time in decades. His party  also won the House and the governorship. He has been party chairman since, helping turn New Hampshire from reliably Republican to a place where Democrats have withstood national GOP waves.

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2 men face charges in explosion of LGBT newspaper box

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) – Two men from New Hampshire will be charged in the explosion of a news box for an LGBT newspaper in Massachusetts.

The Salem News reports that 23-year-old John Richard of Holliston, New Hampshire, and 20-year-old Lawrence Gilman of Milford, New Hampshire, have been summoned to Salem District Court on Oct. 21 facing charges related to property damage and placing an incendiary device.

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Republican lawmaker proposes ban on LGBT conversion therapy

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation in New Hampshire to ban therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of minors, a move that is sure to cause friction within the GOP when lawmakers reconvene in January.

State Rep. Eric Schleien said he doesn’t think it’s possible to change someone’s sexual orientation through so-called conversion therapy, and research has led him to believe trying to do so can be dangerous. But some fellow Republican lawmakers say the effort could undermine religious liberty and parental rights.

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Transgender woman drops suit claiming jail assault

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A transgender woman has dropped a federal lawsuit against the Rockingham County claiming she suffered injuries after being classified as a man while an inmate.

Aja Kennedy, formerly known as Edward Brunetta, withdrew the suit from federal court in New Hampshire. She had claimed she was harassed and sexually assaulted while incarcerated at the Rockingham County jail in Brentwood.

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Bryant University men’s basketball coach comes out

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Division I men’s basketball has its first openly gay coach.

Bryant University assistant coach Chris Burns came out publicly in a personal essay posted Oct. 7 on Outsports.com.

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New Hampshire transgender students can choose graduation color

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NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Students at a New Hampshire high school will now be able to choose between black and white for their graduation gowns, after a group representing transgender students asked the school board to allow that.

Traditionally, boys at Kennett High School in North Conway wear black caps and gowns and girls wear white ones for graduation. WMUR-TV reports two weeks ago, members of the Gay- Straight-Transgender Alliance asked the board to change that after transgender students were assigned robes for the gender they don’t identify with.

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Gay Republican candidates face a tough road to DC

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Dan Innis’ husband persuaded him to run for the U.S. House.

It didn’t matter that Innis, a former business school dean, faced an aggressive Democratic incumbent, GOP colleagues who oppose his right to marry, and history no Republican ever has been openly gay when first elected to Congress.

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