Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Gaga for Tampa, GLAAD for the Times and Bolts Pride

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Mother Monster is Gaga for Tampa

Anyone who saw Lady Gaga’s Halftime Show at the Super Bowl (and with more than 100 million people tuning in, it’s likely most of you did) saw the goddess that is Mother Monster put on one of the hottest shows to ever take the field.

Moments after her performance – filled with drones, Gaga’s biggest hits and a dive from the top of the stadium – the Poker Faced diva announced the dates for her next world tour, supporting her fifth studio album, Joanne.

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Pence dodges on anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ executive order

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday began an exchange on ABC’s “This Week” with an effort to affirm support for LGBT people, but subsequently dodged on whether he thinks a religious freedom executive order is needed that could undermine LGBT rights.

Pence said the Trump administration would reject discrimination under questioning from George Stephanopoulos about a White House statement affirming the president would leave intact an Obama-era executive order barring federal contractors from engaging in anti-LGBT workplace bias.

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Supreme Court to hear trans student case March 28

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear on March 28 the case of a transgender student who’s suing his Virginia school to obtain access to the restroom consistent with his gender identity.

The court, which agreed to take up the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board late last year, announced it would hold arguments in the case on that date as part of its monthly calendar announcement.

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Transgender Nepali has her big moment on Indian catwalk

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NEW DELHI (AP)- It was her big moment. Anjali Lama sashayed down the catwalk in the swanky Mumbai auditorium. A fitted, cream dress highlighted her tall, slender frame. Her pulled-back hair showed off her high cheekbones.

Modeling at Lakme Fashion Week often seemed like a dream far beyond her reach, but Lama has become the first transgender woman to model at one of the top events on India’s fashion calendar and one sponsored by a top Indian cosmetics brand.

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Stuart Timmons, author and LGBTQ historian, dies at 60

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LOS ANGELES (AP)- Stuart Timmons, an activist and writer who chronicled the history of gays and lesbians in Los Angeles, has died. He was 60.

His sister Gay Timmons tells the Los Angeles Times her brother died Jan. 28. He had suffered a debilitating stroke nine years ago but remained active in the community.

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UK pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

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LONDON (AP)- Thousands of men convicted under now-abolished anti-homosexuality laws in Britain have been pardoned posthumously under a law enacted Jan. 31, and many more still alive can now apply to have their criminal convictions wiped out.

Announcing the new law, the Ministry of Justice said the pardons apply automatically to deceased men who were convicted for consensual same-sex relations before homosexuality was decriminalized several decades ago. Men living with convictions can apply to the government to have their names cleared.

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South Dakota’s transgender locker room bill scuttled

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP)- A bill that would have restricted which locker rooms South Dakota transgender students could use was scuttled Jan. 31, averting another bitter fight in the Capitol over the regulation of school facilities.

The sponsor, Republican Sen. Lance Russell, said the measure was withdrawn because of GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s opposition and because a legal defense group that had offered to defend the bill if it passed withdrew support since it didn’t apply to bathrooms.

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Women, minorities and the LGBTQ community march in St. Petersburg and Orlando for equality

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Groups in St. Petersburg and Orlando participated in the Women’s March that took place across the nation, and world, on Jan. 21.

The marches began with inspiring speeches which were followed by huge crowds marching for equality. Many brought signs, both witty and smart: a majority in protest of the new President of the United States and his proposed policies.

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6 Hampton Roads police departments employ LGBTQ liaisons

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Hampton Roads region now has six police departments with liaisons to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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From London to LA, women’s marches pack cities big and small

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago. Oklahoma City. London. Los Angeles.

Across the globe, cities big and small saw throngs of women, men and children take to the streets Jan. 21 in a show of unity and support for women’s rights. The swarms of marchers came together in the sunshine and rain to rally against sexism, racism and hatred and to protest President Donald Trump.

The crowds were so large that some U.S. cities ground to a halt as demonstrators overwhelmed streets, train stations and parks. The more than 600 “sister marches” were held in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington a day after Trump’s inauguration.

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Commission Impossible: Kevin Beckner raised the flag and our expectations of what we hope for from our politicians

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The year 2016 saw the end of an era in Hillsborough County as we bid farewell to District 6 County Commissioner Kevin Beckner.

Beckner was elected for his first term in 2008, and then won reelection in 2012, becoming Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner. The county was a very different place then.

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Dozens gather at LGBTQ Pride in conservative Montenegro

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POGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – Dozens of people have participated in a LGBTQ Pride event in highly conservative Montenegro where authorities are promising to boost LGBTQ rights as part of efforts to join the European Union.

Hundreds of policemen deployed Dec. 17 in downtown Podgorica, the capital, to prevent possible attacks from extremists. Participants in the pride march carried banners reading “born this way” or “equality for everyone.”

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