Window and neon sign smashed at gay landmark Stonewall Inn

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NEW YORK (AP) | A teenager has been accused of smashing the front window and iconic neon sign at New York’s Stonewall Inn, a landmark in the fight for gay rights.

Police say the 19-year-old was upset he had been thrown out of the historic gay bar and destroyed the window with a baseball bat early Saturday, causing about $6,000 in damage. The teenager faces charges of reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.

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Hawaii governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday signed into law a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

“Sexual orientation is not an illness to be ‘cured’ — we accept you just the way you are,” said Ige in a tweet that included a picture of him signing the bill.

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Gillibrand to propose amendment against Trump’s trans military ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) plans an amendment against Trump’s transgender military ban. Image courtesy of YouTube.

Coming off her aggressive questioning of top military leaders in committee on the transgender military ban, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) now plans to seek to amend major defense legislation against the policy.

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N.Y. trans rights bill killed in Senate committee

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Any hopes that New York would join other states this year and enact a law explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity were dashed Tuesday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee voted down a transgender rights measure.

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, was defeated in the New York Senate Investigations & Government Operations Committee by a 5-4 party-line vote. The measure would have amended the state human rights law to bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression and would have added transgender people to the state human rights law.

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‘Sex and the City’ star Cynthia Nixon announces run for New York governor

By : Randa Griffin
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Former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon announced on Monday via Twitter her decision to run for governor in the upcoming New York Democratic primary. Her decision sets up a race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a two-term Democratic incumbent, in the upcoming September election.

In her announcement video Nixon said, “We want our government to work again. On health care, ending massive incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.”

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High Fidelity: Welcome to Buffalo, New York!

By : Miguel Fuller
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“Welcome to Buffalo, New York!!!”

That’s the phrase I heard for five days over my holiday break. This Southern boy, who was born in Atlanta and has lived the past 10 years of his life by the beach (in some form) in Florida, was spending Christmas in one of the coldest places in our union. Why was I so out of my comfort zone? I had gone to meet the parents, family and friends of my boyfriend. 

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Central Florida: Kevin Fonzo

By : Jeremy Williams
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Age: 54

Hometown: Monroe, New York

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Taurus

Kevin is a man of flavor and taste. He started one of the first truly authentic farm-to-table restaurants in the Central Florida area.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Jonathan J. Jusino

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Age: 27

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Taurus

If you’ve enjoyed a performance at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, you have Jonathan Jusino to thank.

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Two arrested in murder of lesbian couple, children in N.Y.

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Police in upstate New York have arrested two men in connection with the brutal murder of a lesbian couple and two children.

The Times Union newspaper reported prosecutors have charged Justin Mann with three counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree murder. James White has been charged with four counts of second-degree murder.

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As far right rises, LGBTQ gun group hits firing line in NY

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – A gay, lesbian and transgender group concerned that extremists have become more emboldened and dangerous has decided to take up arms.

The Trigger Warning Queer & Trans Gun Club meets once a month to shoot long guns in a field in upstate New York.

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The other side of life: Cosmos

By : Jason Leclerc
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This season marks the fortieth anniversary of the launch of Voyager toward the edge of the universe. American spacecrafts Voyager 1, currently in interstellar space, and Voyager 2, currently in the Heliosheath, set upon different trajectories in 1977. They will re-converge, the first manmade objects to leave our solar system, sometime in the mid- 2020s. 1977 is also the year that a thoroughly unsexy Carl Sagan made cosmology sexy as he speculated upon the vastness of the universe and the unlimited, promising expanse of humanity’s role within it. His 1980publication and PBS series, Cosmos, have informed every generation since, tracing timespace from Eden along dandelions’ windswept seeds to the farthest reaches of the universe, billions upon billions of miles into the not-yet-known.

Anybody who’s spent more than an hour in Ybor City in the presence of a local knows all about the two dollar martinis at Bernini’s. Patrons order, sometimes two at a discounted time, their favorite Ruso-derived cocktails. Olive-averse, and otherwise a gin drinker, I’m all in for the bargain: the fruitiest—and pinkest–of all concoctions, the Cosmo. I drink them until the price goes up and then coast into the rest of the night with a healthy, sugar-induced inebriation. That journey into the unknown, into the the insular potential of 12th Ave, carries the same danger and exhilaration as a trip into interstellar space.

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Cynthia Nixon considering run for New York governor

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cynthia Nixon is considering running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) in the primary race in 2018, according to reports.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the “Sex and the City” star “is being encouraged to run by liberal groups. Her candidacy has been floated before, but she shot it down in the past. Associates of hers said she is now considering it.”

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