Florida AG candidate Sean Shaw fights ‘for the people, not the powerful’ if elected

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TAMPA | Rep. Sean Shaw (D-Tampa) pledges to fight “for the people, not the powerful” if elected as Florida’s next attorney general.

Shaw, a Sunshine State native who studied law at the University of Florida, has represented District 61 for the State House of Representatives since 2016. While in office Shaw supported The Florida Competitive Workforce Act and voted to ban conversion therapy statewide.

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Caitlyn Jenner wouldn’t vote for Trump again, says she can ‘handle’ Pence

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Caitlyn Jenner thinks President Donald Trump “has been, for all LGBT issues, the worst president we have ever had.”

In a profile for Broadly, Jenner regrets supporting Trump in the 2016 election.

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Watch: baby drag queens save the world in ‘Drag Tots’ series

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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World of Wonder has released the trailer for its animated series “Drag Tots.”

“In a world on the brink of chaos, where fear is the rule of the land, the voices of a generation have banded together to give our planet what it needs,” the narrator says over clips of President Donald Trump, tornadoes and explosions, before unveiling baby drag queens as the answer to the chaos.

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Bills to curtail LGBTQ rights are failing in US legislatures

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NEW YORK (AP) — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBTQ rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory.

In the thick of this year’s legislative sessions, LGBTQ activists were tracking about 120 proposed bills that they viewed as threats to their civil rights. Not one of them has been enacted as many sessions now wind down; only two remain under serious consideration.

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Judge: Trump’s ban on transgender troops on hold until trial

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SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge in Seattle has ordered President Donald Trump not to ban transgender troops from serving in the military, saying it’s unclear whether recent changes to his administration’s policy are constitutional.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman was one of four judges nationwide who blocked Trump late last year from overturning an Obama-era directive allowing transgender troops to serve openly. The Justice Department asked her to dissolve that ruling, citing changes that would allow transgender troops to serve in limited cases.

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Gay Connecticut chief justice defeat becomes election year issue

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate’s rejection Tuesday of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s State Supreme Court chief justice nominee, mostly along partisan lines, set off political reverberations in a state where an open governor’s seat and control of the General Assembly are at stake in November.

State Democrats and various candidates pounced on the 19-16 vote opposing the confirmation of Associate Justice Andrew McDonald as the high court’s top justice, linking Connecticut Republicans with President Donald Trump and Washington Republicans. Malloy and other Democrats have accused GOP lawmakers of opposing McDonald for political reasons and in part because he is openly gay. He would have been the first openly gay state supreme court chief justice in the U.S.

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Craigslist removes personal ads after passage of sex trafficking bill

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Craigslist’s personals section is now a thing of the past.

The classified ads website announced on Friday that it would be shutting down the section in response to the Senate approving the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which passed on Wednesday.

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Hawaii candidate fights off ‘anti-LGBT preacher’ claims

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HONOLULU (AP) — A well-known Democratic candidate for Congress who gained notoriety opposing President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting mostly Muslim countries is being forced to explain a decades-old rant perceived as intolerant of gay people.

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Doug Chin said he won’t “quibble” about what’s on a recording posted on YouTube last year, or its context, and has apologized. But he hasn’t been able to put the issue entirely behind him.

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Caitlyn Jenner says Trump has set trans community back ’20 years’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Caitlyn Jenner believes President Donald Trump’s administration is the “worst ever” for the transgender community.

While appearing at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York on Thursday, Jenner criticized the Trump administration for its stance on transgender issues.

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TV ad aims to pressure Trump on transgender military service

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Activist groups are turning to television ads, including on President Donald Trump’s go-to network, Fox News, to pressure the White House into allowing transgender people to keep serving in the military.

Trump has pledged to ban transgender troops from serving. He’ll be able to see the 30-second commercial as of Friday, when it starts airing on Fox, CNN and MSNBC morning shows. It uses a series of quotes from Trump, a former senior military leader and several Congress members who were in the armed forces to argue that all qualified Americans should be able to serve.

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Gay Santa Fe mayor denies sex assault alleged by a relative

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales is denying allegations of decades-old sexual assault that have been reported to authorities by a female relative.

Gonzales in a statement this week called the allegations slanderous, saying they have been harmful to him and his family.

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Drag queen to star in Rio samba parade at Brazil Carnival

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SAO PAULO (AP) — A drag queen is headlining the parade of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most storied samba schools Monday night as Carnival celebrations across the country continue the tradition of ridiculing cultural icons and pushing social boundaries.

Pabllo Vittar will perform with Beija-Flor de Nilopolis, whose theme is promoting tolerance. Last year’s champions, Portela, are to portray the story of Jews who fled persecution in Europe for Brazil.

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