New Orleans mayor to create city task force on LGBTQ issues

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ABOVE: New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell. Image from mayor Cantrell’s Facebook page.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Issues affecting LGBTQ people, particularly ones that disproportionately affect those of color, will be a focus of a task force the mayor of New Orleans said she will create.

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Governor, top prosecutor ask ex-Senate president to resign

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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey are calling on former Senate President Stan Rosenberg to immediately resign his seat after an ethics investigation found he showed lack of judgment and leadership in dealing with his husband, who’s facing sexual misconduct charges.

The report released Wednesday concluded the Amherst Democrat “failed to protect the Senate” from his husband, Bryon Hefner.

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Husband of ex-Senate leader pleads not guilty to sex charges

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BOSTON (AP) — The estranged husband of former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg looks forward to defending himself in court after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges that he sexually assaulted or harassed several men, according to his lawyer.

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State senator’s husband indicted on sexual assault charges

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ABOVE: State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg.

BOSTON (AP) — A state senator’s husband was indicted Thursday on charges of sexual assault, distributing nude photos without consent and criminal lewdness.

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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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Fit to Print: When flattery turns into harassment

By : Steve Blanchard
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I don’t follow pop culture. I’m so out of the loop that if I watch any show with “celebrity” or “stars” in the title, I’m asking my friends who’s who in the lineup of famous faces.

But there is one celebrity name in the headlines that caught my attention: Kevin Spacey.

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George Takei blames Russian bots for spreading sexual assault allegation

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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George Takei blamed Russian bots for spreading the sexual assault allegation against him in a now-deleted tweet.

Male model Scott Brunton recently accused George Takei of sexually assaulting him in 1981. Brunton told the Hollywood Reporter that while having drinks with Takei he began to feel woozy and passed out. Brunton alleges that when he woke up, his pants were down and Takei was groping his crotch.

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Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A new study shows that 1 out of every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school. And the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade.

The study by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Justice Department released May 16 says that overall instances of bullying have been declining in American schools over the past decade. But 21 percent of students aged 12-18 still reported being bullied in 2015. That’s slightly below the international average.

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D.C. dentist pleads guilty to sexually assaulting male patients

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A former D.C. dentist pleaded guilty on May 15 to sexually assaulting five male patients and one male employee at his dental office at 3211 M St., N.W., between 2010 and 2014.

In a 13-page plea bargain agreement filed by prosecutors in D.C. Superior Court, Bilal Ahmed, 44, affirmed that he fondled the penises of the five male patients after administering nitrous oxide anesthesia to the patients through a facemask.

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Trump’s boasts ‘re-traumatizing’ for Oregon governor

By : CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade
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Donald Trump’s recently unearthed 2005 remarks bragging about sexual assault were “re-traumatizing” for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who’s a survivor of domestic violence.

The governor, who could become the first out LGBT person elected as governor in the United States, reflected in an interview Tuesday with the Washington Blade on the misogynistic comments from Trump that shook up the presidential race.

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Human rights group urges against forced anal exams in 8 countries

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Geneva (AP) – Human Rights Watch is urging an end to “forced anal examinations” with a report documenting them in eight countries, mostly in Africa, saying the practice is based on flawed ideas about supposedly proving homosexual conduct.

The advocacy group calls the examinations “a form of cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment” that amounts to sexual assault, violates international conventions and could rise to the level of torture. 

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Watchdog group debunks bathroom myth

By : Jamie Hyman
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The bathroom myth is an argument hate groups consistently trot out whenever LGBT equality measures are up for discussion, claiming that if we allow transgender people to use preferred bathrooms, predatory men will exploit this access to assault women and children.

A bathroom bill, requiring people to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender at birth, even made it through a few committees in the Florida House before the 2015 legislative session came to a close.

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