Rupert Everett says gay actors treated as ‘second-class citizens’ in Hollywood

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rupert Everett opened up that he has lost out on big roles because of his sexuality, in a Press Association interview.

“There’s tons of roles that I haven’t got for lots of different reasons, some of them probably for not being a good enough actor or doing a lousy audition — all that counts,” Everett, who is openly gay says.“But there were three or four big films, when I was successful, that I was absolutely blocked from, when the director and the other actors wanted me to be in the film, by a studio, just for the fact of being gay.”

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Dean Trantalis becomes Fort Lauderdale’s first openly gay mayor

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Wilton Manors attorney Dean Trantalis defeated former police chief and current vice mayor Bruce Roberts with 64 percent of the vote March 13 to become Fort Lauderdale’s first openly gay mayor.

Trantalis was also Fort Lauderdale’s first openly gay city commissioner. Trantalis was elected to the city’s District 2 seat in 2003 and served until 2006. Trantalis was re-elected to the seat in a 2013 special election and served up until his mayoral win.

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Log Cabin assails Dems for blocking Ric Grenell nomination

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Richard Grenell is facing opposition in his confirmation process from Democrats. Screen capture public domain.

Log Cabin Republicans officials are assailing Democrats for blocking the confirmation of Richard Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany.

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Sarah McBride is first transgender person to speak at major U.S. party convention

By : Chris Johnson, The Washington Blade
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PHILADELPHIA — History was made Thursday when an openly transgender person spoke for the first time ever at a major U.S. party convention and declared she was a “proud transgender American.”

Sarah McBride, a transgender activist now affiliated with the Human Rights Campaign, enjoyed the historic distinction on the final day of the Democratic National Convention.

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Methodists elects first openly gay bishop despite ban

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Scottsdale, Arizona (AP) – The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination’s ban on same-sex relationships.

The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late July 15 night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church’s Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first openly gay bishop in the 12.7 million-member denomination.

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Boy Scouts president defends gay tolerance compromise in final speech

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Dallas (AP) – Robert Gates became the Boy Scouts of America’s president facing deep divisions within the organization’s membership over whether to let gays serve openly in its ranks.

On May 26, Gates finished his two-year term by arguing the Scouts had overcome that challenge and were ready to reverse years of membership declines.

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First openly gay U.S. Army leader confirmed by Senate

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Vatican envoy who arranged meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis resigns

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States who was behind Francis’ controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, 75, had submitted his resignation in January after he reached the mandatory retirement age for bishops.

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Mississippi church a window into national LGBT rights debate

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BRANDON, Miss. — On many Sundays, conservative Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant can be found in the sanctuary at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, almost always in his trademark suit and boots, often among those helping pass the offering plates.

In the same sanctuary — sometimes just a few wooden pews away — are Jan Smith and Donna Phillips, a same-sex couple who are also active in the suburban Jackson church and have a 9-year-old daughter named Hannah.

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Positive living: The importance of our straight allies

By : Greg Stemm
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GregStemmHeadshotI have a bumper sticker on the back of my car that reads: “I don’t mind straight people as long as they act gay in public.”

Now before you roll your eyes about my well-known snarky sense of humor, just let me say that bumper sticker was a gift… a gift from a straight ally friend. If you are like me, relationships with the “opposite sex” (hetero v. homo) are rewarding and treasured bonds. I adore my straight friends, and some of them are more “family” than any gay “family” members could ever be. As a community, too, our straight allies have time and time again rushed to our defense, stood solidly against the powers of discrimination and given us comfort and support at times when we’ve needed it most.

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Openly gay Santa Fe mayor draws criticism for “I Am Cait” appearance

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Democratic mayor says he doesn’t regret appearing on Caitlyn Jenner’s reality TV show despite drawing criticism because of the host’s conservative politics.

The New Mexican reports that Mayor Javier Gonzales spoke about gender-neutral bathrooms in Santa Fe on a recent episode of I Am Cait.

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