NYC subway announcements go gender-neutral

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is taking a step towards modernizing the New York City subway system by using gender-neutral language in its subway announcements.

Pix11 reports that the gendered words “ladies and gentlemen” will be removed from pre-recorded and live announcements. They will be replaced with gender-neutral words such as “passengers,” “riders” and “everyone.”

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Stonewall Rebellion: It wasn’t Judy!

By : Perry Brass
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Judy Garland, while a gay icon, was not the reason for the Stonewall riots in 1969.

Many things have been said and written about “Stonewall,” the historic confrontation in June 1969 after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village that ignited the Gay Revolution—and an incredible change in attitudes and feelings about queer people throughout the world.

Among them, it happened on the night of a full moon, so a lot of the craziness on the streets can be blamed on that—not true. Another rumor is that it was all sparked by the death—and funeral, at Frank E. Campbell’s mortuary, uptown on Madison Avenue and 83rd, around the corner from the Metropolitan Museum—of gay icon Judy Garland. The “girls” were just so discombobulated by grief that they let go of all restraint and started breaking windows, uprooting parking meters (remember them?), throwing 40-pound garbage cans through the windows and even biting cops on the legs.

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Sam Smith spotted kissing ’13 Reasons Why’ star Brandon Flynn

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith and “13 Reasons Why” star Brandon Flynn were spotted locking lips on the streets of New York City, TMZ reports.

Smith, 25, and Flynn, 23, were photographed kissing and holding hands while taking a walk in Greenwich Village. This is the first time the pair has been seen together. It’s unknown what their relationship status is.

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Straight cop shares heartfelt Pride message to LGBT community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A straight cop sent a message of solidarity with the LGBT community before he worked the Pridefest in New York City last weekend.

The ally, who goes under the name Huge Fat Loser on Facebook to chronicle his weight loss journey, shared a special photo of himself before the Pride festivities. He is seen wearing a T-shirt with the words “I may be straight but I don’t hate” with the word “hate” written in rainbow lettering.

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Lawsuit: Bus terminal bathroom arrests target gays

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NEW YORK (AP) – A class action lawsuit accuses Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police of targeting gay men who use the restrooms at New York City’s main bus terminal.

The suit, filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, claims Port Authority police officers engage in discrimination by falsely arresting men perceived as gay at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on baseless charges including public lewdness and exposure.

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National Park designation for Stonewall Inn brings an auction of fabulousness! Hello, Cher. Hello, Madonna.

By : Billy Manes
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It’s so heartwarming to see our friends across the country offer support to Orlando after the summer of hell. Last night, an auction kicked off – sadly on the day the death of Dead or Alive lead singer Pete Burns’ passing – that includes some things you might need (OK, NEED!!!!) for your collections. Back in June, Stonewall became a a national monument, the first LGBTQ national monument in our history. Last night, an auction kicked off to buffet the cause and to raise awareness. Here’s what we know about the auction, as sent by a friend:

“We are working on a historic auction for the newly designated —by President Obama—Stonewall National Park. The auction opened online at Charitybuzz.com/Stonewall at midnight on Oct 25 through the first week of November. Among the confirmed luminaries are: Madonna, Cher, Bette Midler, Taylor Mac, Anderson Cooper, Stevie Nicks, George Clooney, Cindy Lauper, Bryan Lourd, Andy Cohen, Jonathan Adler, Bob Gruen, Mick Rock,  Dustin Lance Black, Mick Rock, Troye Sivan, CEO & Founder of Tumblr David Karp and more.

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Clinton calls half of Trump’s backers in ‘basket of deplorables’ at LGBT fundraiser

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Hillary Clinton verbally banished half of Donald Trump’s backers to a “basket of deplorables,” and the Republican presidential nominee quickly pounced, saying Sept. 10 she had smeared many Americans and would pay a heavy political price.

“Wow, Hillary Clinton was SO INSULTING to my supporters, millions of amazing, hard-working people. I think it will cost her at the polls!” Trump said in a tweet.

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Kristofer Geddie and the Venice Theatre would like to diversify your theater-going experience

By : Jeremy Williams
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Venice, Florida, is a quaint little town of a little more than 20,000 people just south of Sarasota. It isn’t as worldly known as some of the bigger cities surrounding it – Tampa, St. Petersburg or Orlando – but the small Gulf Coast town is home to one of the most well-known theaters in the U.S., the Venice Theatre.

“Who knew that would happen here? Before I came here I never knew that Venice’s community theater was one of the largest in the country,” says Kristofer Geddie, Venice Theatre’s director of diversity.

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NYC enacts anti-discrimination rules for city facilities

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NEW YORK (AP) – A regulation that ensures people visiting New York City facilities can use restrooms or locker rooms aligned with their gender identity was enacted March 7.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, signed an executive order on Monday that guarantees people access to single-sex facilities consistent with their gender identity at city facilities, including offices, pools and recreation centers, without the need to show identification or any other proof of gender. The move comes amid a continuing national debate over anti-discrimination laws.

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James Corden to host the 2016 Tony Awards

By : Jeremy Williams
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CBS announced that The Late Late Show host James Corden will be hosting to a bit of a larger audience this summer as he has been tapped to emcee the 2016 Tony Awards.

Corden took over hosting duties of The Late Late Show last March from Craig Ferguson and gone viral recently due to a hugely popular segment on his show, Carpool Karaoke.

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Radio City Music Hall attorneys send Wanzie cease and desist over “Christmas Spectacular”

By : Jamie Hyman
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When one sits in Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre and watches The Orange Blossom Trail Living Nativity Christmas Spectacular, featuring Blue Star’s naughty angel, a drag Joan Collins and three wise men pulled from the audience, usually still clutching their cocktails on stage… well. It is almost exactly being in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, watching their annual Christmas Spectacular.

Except not at all. Too bad Radio City’s attorneys don’t agree, as they’ve sent Watermark columnist and Orange Blossom Trail Living Nativity Christmas Spectacular creator Michael Wanzie a cease and desist letter. 

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OMG! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt films in Orlando

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Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtThe Netflix mega-hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has renewed for a second season, and there seems to be a surprise in the new season. Possible spoiler: a casting call was out for looking for extras for filming to take place at Universal Orlando Resort.

The casting call was looking for extras to appear in the theme park and specifically asked for coaster enthusiasts. The filming started and wrapped mid-January.

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