Museum: John Waters film fest hails part of collector’s gift

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Museum of Art is about to begin a John Waters film festival to celebrate a gift of photographs and a sculpture by the movie maker.

Waters’ pieces include “Pig Latin,” a 6 1/2-foot-long (2-meter) strip of photos showing eight movie scenes with a pig Latinized line from seven of them, starting with Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront” and “I-way oulda-cay een-bay a-way ontender-cay.” Then there’s “Toilet Training,” a 5 1/2-foot (1.7-meter) strip of photographs showing toilet scenes from nine movies including John Travolta in “Pulp Fiction” and Nicole Kidman in “Eyes Wide Shut.”

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Transgender community, authorities meet to discuss safety

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NEW ORLEANS (AP)- Members of the transgender community, the New Orleans police and local officials met during a town hall discussion on transgender violence.

The New Orleans Advocate reported the Friday forum was hosted by the Trans United Fund and Transitions Louisiana.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Love for Orlando, stick figure stickers and a Thirsty film

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Good morning Baltimore!

It’s great to see the love that continues to come from all over the world. Sometimes that love comes in the form of donations, sometimes it comes in the form of expression by artistic mediums. The Baltimore Love Project completed their “LOVE” hands mural, now on the side of the Kaley Street Einstein Bagels.

The project has taken four months to be completed, raising money to cover the cost of the mural and additional funds will benefit the OnePulse Foundation. We were advised that they have exceeded their goal of $3,000. The new mural will feature giant hands spelling out one word: LOVE. It will feature forty nine Orange Blossoms (the state flower) in honor to those who lost their lives on June 12.

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NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn’t been announced. An announcement was expected within the day, the person said.

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Louisiana gay widower denied Social Security survivor benefits

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New Orleans (AP) – A civil rights group said August 2 it is seeking Social Security survivor benefits for a Louisiana man who legally married his husband in California before a 2015 Supreme Court ruling established a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said Gerald Allen Beem and William Floyd Conley had lived together since 1982. Louisiana residents since 1997, they were legally married in California in 2014.

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Bond denied for accused in transgender woman’s murder

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Pascagoula, Miss. (AP) – The mother of a transgender woman killed at a Mississippi hotel has learned the wounds her daughter suffered included “deep” stab wounds to her face.

Vickie Whigham tells The Sun Herald that the funeral home told her Dee Whigham’s wounds were severe when she went there on July 27 to try to make final arrangements. Vickie Whigham says it would be a closed casket funeral.

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New Orleans favored to host All-Star game after NBA drops North Carolina

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New York (AP) – A person close to the situation tells The Associated Press that New Orleans has emerged as the favorite to host next year’s NBA All-Star game. The person said the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the details of the discussions have not been publicly announced.

The league moved the game out of Charlotte on July 21 because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

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Transgender man sues loan company over sex bias claim

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New Orleans (AP) – A 21-year-old transgender man says in a sex discrimination lawsuit that he was forced to leave his job at a Mississippi-based loan company once officials there found out he was born a woman but dressed and acted like a man.

Tristan Broussard filed suit on April 13 against First Tower Loan LLC., a financial loan company based in Flowood, Mississippi, with offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri and Illinois.

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Louisiana judge rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge in Louisiana has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, in part because he says it violates equal protection rights.

KLFY-TV reported that Judge Edward Rubin ruled Sept. 22 that the ban violated the 14th Amendment and the constitutional requirement that states give “full faith and credit” to each other’s laws.

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New Orleans gay activist’s home vandalized

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New Orleans (AP) – A gay activist says somebody tore a rainbow gay pride flag from his second-floor balcony and spray-painted a slur on the house he and his partner share. Police said they and the FBI are investigating it as a hate crime.

A neighbor got surveillance video of the crime early Saturday, Aug. 3. but it doesn’t show the vandal’s face.

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