University ends United Methodist affiliation over LGBTQ bans

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ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) | A university in Ohio has ended its affiliation with the United Methodist Church over the denomination’s renewed bans on LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage.

The Canton Repository reports the University of Mount Union president says the board of trustees considered the issue for months before voting recently to end the affiliation of more than 150 years.

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November trial set for cases over North Carolina LGBT law

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A federal court has set a November trial date for dueling lawsuits over a North Carolina law that limits protections for LGBT people.

A written order signed July 24 by a federal magistrate judge says the trial will begin Nov. 14.

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Wyoming parade float mocks transgender bathroom equality

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Cody, Wyo. (AP) – A float that appeared during a Wyoming parade has been the subject of criticism, with many suggesting it insulted members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Cody Enterprise reports the float seen during the Stampede Parade over the July 2 weekend featured a wildlife scene and outhouse with a sign that read “Transgender Restroom.” An arrow on the sign pointed at the outhouse.

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Philadelphia archbishop says no Communion for sexually active gay couples

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia says divorced and remarried parishioners should abstain from sex and live “like brother and sister” if they want to receive Holy Communion and haven’t had their previous marriage annulled.

Archbishop Charles Chaput issued a new set of pastoral guidelines for clergy and other leaders in the archdiocese.

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Chicago gun shop owner calls off raffle of AR-15 rifle for Pulse victims

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MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) – A suburban Chicago gun shop has canceled a raffle of a semi-automatic rifle to benefit victims of the Pulse shooting.

The Chicago Tribune reports Second Amendment Sports in McHenry, Illinois, called off the raffle following questions about whether it would be legal. Under Illinois law, only nonprofit groups may hold raffles.

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Gay army secretary speaks out about journey, struggles

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Washington (AP) — Army Secretary Eric Fanning calls his elevation to the job “remarkable.” Fanning is the first gay head of a military service branch.

Of his sexuality, Fanning tells NBC’s “Today” he initially preferred to have people talk about his qualifications. But he says, “Now, I embrace it.”

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MBA headed in a director direction

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The Metropolitan Business Association is restructuring, investing in a full time executive director to lead the LGBT chamber of commerce’s continued growth.

Nayte Carrick, who has served as part-time executive director for about 18 months, says nothing is finalized yet, but he’s “in the final steps of pursuing new opportunities.”

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Brevard Schools anti-discrimination protections headed to final vote

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Despite a strong showing from the hate group Liberty Counsel and a speaker being carried out by police, updated anti-discrimination protections for the Brevard County School District are moving toward a final vote.

At the May 24 special meeting, the board voted 3-2 to set a hearing for July 19, where the board will vote on a proposed overhaul to their anti-discrimination policy, which would add protections for LGBT students and staff. Board members John Craig and Karen Henderson were the dissenting votes.

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Orlando Gay Chorus is restructuring and reaching out

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The Orlando Gay Chorus wants the community to know they’re here, they’re queer and they’re ready to sing.

At their “We Are Family” concert May 14, the OGC hosted a reception after the show at the Plaza LIVE, where Artistic Director and Conductor James Rode extended an invitation to the LGBT organization representatives in attendance: The Orlando Gay Chorus is available to perform at events and fundraisers.

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Illinois church says gay congregants ‘bring new life’

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KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Kankakee’s St. John’s United Church of Christ is no stranger to taking the road less traveled.

The small, brown-brick church at the northwest corner of South Rutledge Avenue and West River Street has called the city home since 1870.

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Lesbian barred from her prom for wearing suit might get her big night after all

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York, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania high school student barred from attending prom at her Catholic high school because she wore a suit rather than a dress has been invited to another school’s prom.

William Penn Senior High School Principal Brandon Carter says he invited Aniya Wolf to the May 21 event because “We do embrace all.” Another teacher says Wolf accepted.

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‘Arrow’ star Colton Haynes comes out as gay

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Former Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes says “terminal anxiety” is what prompted him to take a break from television.

The 27-year-old tells Entertainment Weekly in an interview published May 5 that he asked to step away from MTV’s Teen Wolf and the CW’s Arrow, on which he had a recurring role, because he cared more about his “mental and physical health” than his career.

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