N.H. governor signs two pro-LGBTQ bills

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday signed two LGBTQ rights bills into law.

Sununu signed House Bill 1319, which adds gender identity to New Hampshire’s nondiscrimination law. He also signed House Bill 587, which bans so-called conversion therapy for minors in the state.

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Orange County Republicans support LGBT non-discrimination bill

By : Jeremy Williams
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Orange County mayor Teresa Jacobs, along with nearly two dozen Central Florida Republican leaders, signed a resolution pledging support for statewide legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity July 28, according to The Orlando Political Observer.

The resolution was presented at the Orange County Republican Executive Committee Lincoln Day Dinner by Jacobs.

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Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas cancel North Carolina stops on Future Now tour

By : Jeremy Williams
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Young pop stars Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, who are currently touring together, are cancelling the North Carolina shows in Raleigh and Charlotte of their Future Now concert series. They made the announcement via a statement signed by both Lovato and Jonas, and posted to Lovato’s Twitter account.

“One of our goals for the tour has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are,” the statement reads.

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LGBT leader Chris Sgro appointed to North Carolina House

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The leader of gay-rights group Equality North Carolina is now a North Carolina House member days before the General Assembly reconvenes with a new law addressing LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances a likely topic.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Chris Sgro of Greensboro April 14. State law obligated the governor to appoint Sgro, the choice of Guilford County Democrats to fill the unexpired term of the late Rep. Ralph Johnson.

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Adam Lambert joins the cast of FOX’s “Rocky Horror” remake

By : Jeremy Williams
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Fresh off being named the biggest 2015 moneymaker of all the American Idol alumni and getting a spot in the Universal Studio’s Mardi Gras concert series, Adam Lambert has signed onto FOX’s Rocky Horror Picture Show remake.

“I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision. Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was okay to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll,” Lambert said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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Chilean President signs law allowing civil unions

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Santiago, Chile (AP) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on April 13 signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America’s most socially conservative nations.

The measure had been in the works for more than four years, and its signing into law was hailed by gay advocates as step toward full marriage rights.

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Two Florida Congressmen demand accountability in research on gay blood ban

By : Susan Clary
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Two Florida Democratic Congressmen have signed on to a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius demanding accountability for research into the ban on blood donations by gay men.

Representatives Ted Deutch of Boca Raton and Alcee L. Hastings of Fort Lauderdale joined 82 other U.S. Senators and House members in signing the letter, which expresses concern with the timeline of the work.

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