European court: Russia’s ban on LGBT rallies violates rights

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PARIS (AP) | The European Court of Human Rights issued a fresh rebuke to the Kremlin on Nov. 27, ruling that Russia’s continued ban on LGBT rallies is discriminatory and represents a violation of human rights.

Judges at the court based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg called on Moscow to introduce “systemic measures” to remedy the breaches to the European Convention of Human Rights that the Russian Federation became a signatory to in 1996.

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China-Taiwan tensions expected to surface at Gay Games in Paris

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Leaders of the Gay Games, the international LGBT sports competition set to take place in Paris Aug. 4-12, have released a cautiously worded statement about ways participants can show pride in their teams and countries after news surfaced that China was attempting to prevent Gay Games athletes from Taiwan from displaying the Taiwanese national flag.

The July 25 statement by the Federation of Gay Games came two days after Agence France-Presse reported that Yang Chih-chun, president of the Taiwan Gay Sports Development Movement Association, accused China of attempting to pressure the French government and the FGG into banning the display of the Taiwan flag at Gay Games events.

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Brazilian volleyball players dream of attending Gay Games

By : Felipe Alface of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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SAO PAULO | Members of a Sao Paulo-based LGBTIQ volleyball team are hoping to make it to next month’s Gay Games in Paris.

Born a decade ago, Angels Volley began when people who appreciated the sport and wanted to improve their game met. Gradually the group started getting stronger and more LGBTIQ-identified as more people started to get together and bring their experience in volleyball — some of the members played professionally for a while — and gave birth to the team that is now called Angels Volley.

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Fans think Harry Styles is hinting at being bisexual in new song

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Harry Styles debuted an unreleased song during his Paris tour stop and fans believe the singer got candid about his sexuality.

“The boys and the girls are here I mess around with them / And I’m okay with it / I’m coming down/ I figured out I kinda like it / And when I sleep I’m gonna dream of how you tasted,” Styles, 24, sings on the new track “Medicine.”

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Aaron Drake

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Age: 31

Hometown: Tipp City, Ohio

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Leo

It’s Aaron’s quest for adventure that led him to graduate high school early and leave his hometown behind to study abroad in college.

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South African girl’s HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

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A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines , more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure.

Her case was revealed July 24, at an AIDS conference in Paris, where researchers also gave encouraging results from tests of shots every month or two instead of daily pills to treat HIV.

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Paris officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack was a proud gay man

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PARIS (AP) – The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a Paris police officer just days before France’s presidential election had a note with him defending the Islamic State group, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said Friday.

Police investigating Thursday’s attack found a note praising IS that apparently fell from the pocket of French assailant Karim Cheurfi, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said. Cheurfi also had addresses of police stations written on bits of paper in his car, he said.

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Boy George talks politics at Paris menswear, Dior goes dark

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PARIS (AP) – Music maestro Boy George got political at Paris Fashion Week as Dior Homme went to the dark side, creating a hard, brooding fall-winter collection. Here are the highlights of the menswear shows Jan. 21.

DIOR PULLS IN THE STARS, BOY GEORGE DEFENDS MELANIA

A demure and relaxed Paris Jackson dodged journalists as she arrived at the Dior Homme show in a black Dior perfecto jacket and stylish white pleated skirt.

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Protesters march in Paris against same-sex marriage

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PARIS (AP) – Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris to call for the repeal of a law allowing same-sex marriage, six months before France’s next presidential election.

The protesters ended up at Trocadero Plaza, near the Eiffel Tower. Police estimated the crowd at 24,000, while organizers gave a figure of 200,000.

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Paris celebrates Pride under tight security

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PARIS (AP) – Thousands of people marched July 2 in a gay pride parade in Paris amid tight police security, three weeks after the massacre at a Florida gay nightclub.

Some participants at the Paris parade were wearing black armbands to pay tribute to the Orlando victims.

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Uprisings: November 19 – December 3

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As the windbag chorus of conservative war hawks circled the Eiffel Tower with misguided visions of cultural superiority after the Nov. 13 attack on innocents in the Paris city center, those of us who still drape our tear ducts with compassion were rattled at best (sobbing at worst), were allowing ourselves a minute before jumping into a Les Miserables with which many of us are only familiar in a good-guy/bad-guy binary sense. This column was anxiously awaiting some serious clarification from the foreign policy pockets making up this year’s My Three Democrats for their second official debate on CBS. Humor, we thought; maybe that will help.

This is how it goes. You starch your sarcasm collar up high and point your judgment nose low, and then everything falls into a saltwater pool of international proportions. While we had planned on digesting the Nov. 14 debate on CBS between the Democratic triumvirate bench in the typical bathroom manner with which we digest small bits of food, today has fallen beneath the pall of Friday night’s coordinated attacks on Paris and on Beirut. There’s still talk that this plays into theRussian plane crash and any other act of terror that might be bothering the temples on either side of your eyes. In response, CBS told the New York Times that it is realigning its question path to match the timbre of the times (the Bernie Sanders campaign apparently threw a tantrum at the last minute content redirection, according to report; in response, Clinton likely put on her best foreign-policy acumen dress). The O’Malley situation seems less relevant by the minute, but he’s eye candy, so there’s that.

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UPRISINGS!: We don’t want to liveblog the Democratic debate tonight (in the wake of unspeakable terrorism in Paris and Beirut), but we’ll give it a go.

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This is how it goes. You starch your sarcasm collar up high and point your judgment nose low, and then everything falls into a saltwater pool of international proportions. While we had planned on digesting tonight’s debate on CBS between the Democratic triumvirate bench in the typical bathroom manner with which we digest small bits of food, today has fallen beneath the pall of last night’s coordinated attacks on Paris and on Beirut. There’s still talk that this plays into the Russian plane crash and any other act of terror that might be bothering the temples on either side of your eyes. In response, CBS told the New York Times that it is realigning its question path to match the timbre of the times. OK, so … will it be like those strange post-9/11 telethons were? Or will it be Hillary’s chance to shine in the international diplomacy mirror? Or will Bernie shut it down with some well-earned outrage? The O’Malley situation seems less relevant by the minute, but he’s eye candy, so there’s that. At any rate, we will be chiming in as appropriate starting at 9 p.m. We apparently didn’t have anything better to do (which is a lie), but we’re also still puffy-eyed with tears from the decay of modern civilization at a freaking concert in Paris. Grab a corndog and watch along as everyone walks the “too-soon” tightrope walk on international conspiracy, the one that tilts as safely as possible to the left. It might not be as fun or funny as previous liveblogs from this particular scribe, but he (I) has a feeling that it may be an important moment in political discourse. And abuse of tenses.

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