Gay philanthropist Tim Gill to obtain high honor in Colorado

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Tim Gill, screenshot via YouTube.

Tim Gill, a gay Colorado based philanthropist who has donated more than $500 million to organizations working to advance LGBT rights, is set to receive one of his state’s highest honors from Gov. Jared Polis.

Polis, the first openly gay person elected governor in the United States, announced on Friday Gill would be one of six recipients of the Colorado Governors Citizenship Medal at an Oct. 12 celebration. The medal was established by executive order in 2015.

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Equinox, SoulCycle customers threaten boycott over Trump fundraiser

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: SoulCycle, photo courtesy SoulCycle.

Stephen Ross, chairman of real estate company Related Companies, is facing backlash for hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s reelection at Ross’ home in the Hamptons on Friday.

Related Companies owns luxury fitness club Equinox Fitness, the parent company to fitness clubs PURE Yoga, Blink Fitness and SoulCycle. Ross is also the owner of the Miami Dolphins, the Hard Rock Stadium, the Time Warner Center and Hudson Yards.

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Tituss Burgess slams Trump in ’45’ music video

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Tituss Burgess has released a catchy political anthem blasting President Donald Trump.

“45,” featuring Daniel J. Watts, begins with a group of tuxedoed people with painted blue eyes over their eyelids dancing as if they are being controlled by a puppet master. Burgess and Watts are tied to pillars and trying to escape. Burgess can also be seen singing while in a straight jacket in a padded room.

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The Other Side of Life: Jane Castor and American Exceptionalism

By : Jason Leclerc
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LGBTQ is not a qualification. Woman is not a qualification.

These are genetic characteristics, inscribed on a human’s chromosomes at conception (or, in a religio-metaphysical sense, since the conception of the heavens).

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Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus elects new leaders, prepares for Lobby Days

By : Lauren Lee
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ABOVE: Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus’ new officers. Image courtesy Florida LGBTA Democrats Facebook page

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus elected new leadership at Moving Forward Together, the organization’s Winter Conference, held in Jacksonville Feb. 23-24.

The caucus represents LGBTA Floridians as part of the Florida Democratic Party.

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Gay friend defends Trump’s pick for AG amid concerns from LGBT groups

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: William Barr in the early 90s as Attorney General under George H.W. Bush. Photo public domain.

A longtime gay friend of William Barr, President Trump’s pick as the next U.S. attorney general, has come to the defense of the nominee amid concerns from LGBT groups he’d continue the anti-LGBT legal positions of the Trump Justice Department.

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PHOTOS: COWP’s Most Colorful Parade brings pride, pageantry and politics to Lake Eola

By : Jaime Donelson
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride had the eyes of the city on them as The Most Colorful Parade passed through the streets of downtown Orlando for thousands of attendees Oct. 13.

The parade route was filled with rainbow-colored floats, performers and — this being an election year — lots of voters, activists and politicians.

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Activists sharply criticize passage of Israel surrogacy bill

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: LGBTI rights advocates in Israel have sharply criticized the passage of a bill that prevents gay couples from using surrogates in the country. (Photo by Wayne McLean; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Activists have sharply criticized the passage of a bill in the Israeli Knesset that prevents gay couples from using surrogates.

The Jerusalem Post reported the bill passed on Wednesday by a 59-52 vote.

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Delaware governor fails to issue Pride proclamation, triggering backlash

By : BLAKE CHAMBERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Delaware Gov. John Carney was criticized for failing to issue a Pride proclamation.

The administration of Delaware Gov. John Carney has been receiving criticism for its handling of LGBTQ issues as of late.

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Exclusive: Kennedy, Markey seek to ban anti-LGBT panic defense in court

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation against anti-LGBT panic defense. (Washington Blade photo of Kennedy by Michael Key; photo of Markey public domain)

The use of a panic defense to justify anti-LGBT violence in federal court will come to an end if new legislation introduced this week by a pair of Massachusetts Democrats becomes law.

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Idaho GOP delegates talk immigration, marriage at convention

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POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Republicans spiked a last-ditch effort calling for harsher punishments for employers who hire workers living in the country illegally.

Delegates discussed the issue while finalizing amendments to the Idaho Republican Party platform during the final day of the GOP convention in Pocatello June 30.

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Jane Castor officially enters Tampa’s mayoral race

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa | Tampa’s former Chief of Police and out local Jane Castor officially announced her candidacy for Tampa mayor on April 19.

Castor, who served as one of 2018’s Tampa Pride grand marshals and has a long history of LGBTQ community involvement, made the formal announcement via her new website “Jane Castor for Mayor.”

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