Trump’s speech to Congress mixes bleak outlook with populist view

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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President Trump’s wide-ranging speech Tuesday in the House gallery of the U.S. Capitol drew on many of the positions he expressed during the presidential campaign, such as rebuilding America’s infrastructure, expelling undocumented immigrants and rebuilding the military. All those goals stemmed from a perception — largely deemed incorrect or exaggerated — of the failing state of America.

“For too long, we’ve watched our middle class shrink as we’ve exported our jobs and wealth to foreign countries,” Trump said. “We’ve financed and built one global project after another, but ignored the fates of our children in the inner cities of Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit — and so many other places throughout our land. We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate. And we’ve spent trillions of dollars overseas, while our infrastructure at home has so badly crumbled.”

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Trump wants to test immigrants on LGBT rights, religious liberty

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump will call for a new ideological test for admission to the United States Aug. 15, vetting applicants on their stance on issues like religious freedom, gender equality and LGBT rights. The policy would represent a significant shift in how the U.S. manages entry into the country.

In a speech in swing state Ohio, Trump will also call for “foreign policy realism” and an end to nation-building if elected president. And he’ll argue that the United States needs to work with anyone who shares the mission of destroying the Islamic State group and other extremist organizations, regardless of other disagreements.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s emotional ESPY Awards acceptance speech

By : Billy Manes
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As you may have heard, Caitlyn Jenner accepted ESPN’s ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award last night. “The last few months have been a whirlwind of experiences and emotions,” she said, following a 15 minute tribute video that highlighted Jenner’s former career as an Olympic champion.

“I had never met a trans person [before],” she said after making a few jokes about the fashion police coming after her Versace dress.

But Jenner’s tone turned fairly and rightfully serious shortly thereafter, highlighting suicide rates and suicide stories from the trans community. She spoke of the responsibility of the spotlight and the responsibility of the media in highlighting “a very simple idea: accepting people for who they are.” It’s pretty amazing to see this in our times. Please, if you have a minute and a tissue, watch the link below.

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Colorado valedictorian comes out during graduation speech

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A 17-year-old valedictorian was able to come out as gay during her graduation speech, a first for Roaring Fork High School and a contrast from a charter school’s decision last month to deny one of its students the same privilege.

The Post Independent reports  Emily Bruell gave her administration-approved speech May 29 and talked about the limitations of labels, prompting a standing ovation from the audience when she said she was gay.

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Online petition seeks to save job of gay speech teacher

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Students, parents and alumni of an Omaha Catholic high school have signed an online petition calling for the school to reverse its decision to fire a teacher over his same-sex relationship.

The change.org petition seeks to save the job of Matthew Eledge, an English teacher and Skutt Catholic High School’s speech team coach. His team recently won its fourth straight state championship.

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Nation’s largest gay rights group to feature VP Biden at convention

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Washington (AP) – Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech this week to the nation’s largest gay rights group.

The Human Rights Campaign says Biden will headline its annual convention on March 6 in Washington. The group advocates for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

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LGBT Welcome Center Ribbon Cutting

By : Steve Blanchard
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It’s official, the new LGBT Welcome Center is open for business along St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District.

Metro Wellness and Community Center celebrated the grand opening of the center with a ribbon cutting on Dec. 12.

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2014 World AIDS Day at Lake Eola

By : Danny Garcia
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An event for World AIDS Day 2014 was held in Downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Dec. 1. There was free HIV testing, entertainment and remembrance of those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The event was put on by Central Florida AIDS Planning Consortium, Miracle of Love, Place of Comfort, The Center and Hope & Help Center.

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Official Tampa Pride 2014 Launch Party

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The Tampa Pride board officially kicked off its fundraising for the inaugural 2015 event at The Honey Pot on Sept. 26.

Despite downpours in Tampa Bay, nearly 200 people attended and learned the theme of Tampa Pride 2015 is “Proud. Determined. United.” It was also revealed that TampaPride.org would launch by Oct. 1.

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