Proud Boys founder sues SPLC over hate group label

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) | The founder of a far-right men’s group filed a defamation lawsuit Feb. 4 against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling the organization as a hate group, in the latest attempt to use litigation to fight the extremist label.

Gavin McInnes, founder of the Proud Boys — an organization that describes its members as “Western chauvinists” — contends in the lawsuit that he was banned from social media platforms and saw his livelihood suffer after getting the designation from the SPLC.

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Judge says Tampa should be barred from enforcing parts of conversion therapy ban

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TAMPA | A federal magistrate judge has recommended that the city of Tampa be barred from enforcing parts of its ban on the discredited practice of conversion therapy.

Tampa’s Ordinance 2017-47 is designed to protect the physical and psychological well-being of LGBTQ youth from “exposure to the serious harms and risk caused by conversion therapy.” It was signed into law in April 2017.

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Christian group condemns Parents magazine for featuring gay dads

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Parents magazine featured fitness trainer Shaun T., his husband Scott Blokker and their one-year-old twins on the cover of its February issue. This is the first time a same-sex couple has been included on the cover since it was first published in 1926.

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Faith-based shelter fights to keep out transgender women

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states urged a U.S. judge on Jan. 11 to block Alaska’s largest city from requiring a faith-based women’s shelter to accept transgender women.

Alliance Defending Freedom has sued the city of Anchorage to stop it from applying a gender identity law to the Hope Center shelter, which denied entry to a transgender woman last year. The lawsuit says homeless shelters are exempt from the local law and that constitutional principles of privacy and religious freedom are at stake.

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‘Superman’ actor Dean Cain slammed for speaking at anti-LGBT event

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor Dean Cain, best known for portraying Superman on the TV series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” came under fire after he agreed to speak at the Family Research Council’s Value Voters summit over the weekend.

The Family Research Council has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center which describes the group’s intention as “to denigrate LGBT people as the organization battles against same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.” The summit’s lineup included names such as Michele Bachmann, Mike Pence, Tony Perkins and Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips.

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Tillerson out as secretary of state

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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President Trump on Tuesday announced he has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Trump in a tweet that announced the decision said he plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed Tillerson. Trump also said he will nominate Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel to succeed Pompeo.

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Pro-LGBTQ groups file motion for Equality Florida to defend Tampa’s conversion therapy ban

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Tampa | The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the law firm Carlton Fields have filed a motion on behalf of Equality Florida to defend Tampa’s conversion therapy ban.

In December, the anti-LGBTQ group known as Liberty Counsel filed a suit against the city for banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors, citing a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

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Florida Christian ministry sues watchdog group over hate label

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A Florida-based evangelical ministry is suing a liberal watchdog organization that called it a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights.

The federal religious discrimination lawsuit was filed this week by D. James Kennedy Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, against the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. It seeks an unspecified amount of money.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: All Hallows invitations are out and hate groups close to home

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TAMPA BAY READIES FOR ALL HALLOWS

Whispers on the wind and secrets in the shadows (okay, emails) have indicated that the invitations for Tampa Bay’s 41st Annual All Hallows’ Ball will soon be mailed, revealing the by-invitation-only event’s theme in the process.

The celebrated not-for-profit Halloween party, organized by a secretive group of locals and spearheaded by a friendly neighborhood “ghost” known only as Casper, will hold this year’s party at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in mid-October. (We’d give you more information, but we’re not sure Casper would appreciate it. No one wants to anger a ghost.)

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Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what’s already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The fiery Republican jurist’s stands against gay marriage and for a courthouse display of the Ten Commandments have earned him the nickname the “Ayatollah of Alabama” from the Southern Poverty Law Center — and legions of loyal followers across the country. Moore announced his candidacy among the swelling GOP field Wednesday in what is expected to be a cutthroat primary.

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Anti-LGBT legal organization designated a hate group

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The Southern Poverty Law Center on Wednesday announced it has designated an anti-LGBT legal organization as a hate group.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is based in Montgomery, Ala., describes the Alliance Defending Freedom as “a legal advocacy and training group that specializes in supporting the recriminalization of homosexuality abroad, ending same-sex marriage and generally making life as difficult as possible for LGBT communities in the U.S. and internationally.” The Southern Poverty Law Center on Wednesday also released a series of anti-LGBT statements that current and former Alliance Defending Freedom staffers and their supporters have made.

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With hate crimes on the rise, victims are choosing to stand up against their bullies

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Tampa Bay – Fears of a rise in hate crimes in the wake of Donald Trump being chosen the 45th President of the United States have unfortunately turned into a reality. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported more than 700 hateful incidents in the first seven days after the election.

Of the incidents reported, anti-LGBTQ harassment was the third most common behind anti-immigrant and anti-black attacks. Florida reported the seventh most incidents among all states.

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