102 LGBT leaders ‘enthusiastically endorse’ Nancy Pelosi for speaker

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of The National LGBT Media Association
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Amid uncertainty over whether House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be elected speaker next year despite a Democratic majority in the House, a group of 102 LGBT leaders have come out to “enthusiastically endorse” her to become presiding officer of the chamber.

The leaders expressed support for Pelosi in a joint statement Nov. 16 asserting they “understand that the progress we have made is progress we must protect.”

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Uprisings: Conventional Wisdom

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The time for political walk-and-talks around cubicle boxes and D.C. streets is nearing its preliminary end, Aaron Sorkin, and that momentary pause couldn’t come any sooner. Despite all of the cage-rattling that has been portrayed in the Men-Seeking-Men – er, “mainstream media” – print presses and b-rolls, Democrats have managed to hold it together as best as they can, it would seem. Pragmatism isn’t sexy, but nor is losing.

On July 12, Sanders finally crossed the breach into the wild world of endorsing the Democratic Party’s most electable candidate, Clinton. It didn’t come easy. Our electronic transoms and our friendships have been littered with email/Benghazi/genocide nuances originating from websites that didn’t exist until there was a bone to pick. And for those of us who initially supported Clinton in the 2008 stakes, it’s not an unfamiliar feeling. Things, however, are not as ugly as they may appear in your rearview mirror, though. In fact, level heads have mostly prevailed, give or take a few stand-up-back-turned protests as the Orlando Platform Committee gathered last week to rub sticks together (to make fire, of course) and get the balance right. Politics, especially interparty politics, is not a game of absolutes, after all, and even though there were shouts about Clinton’s vague support of global trade via the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there are too many things that progressives agree on to let negotiable planks end up shattered.

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EEOC: Lawsuit alleging sexual-orientation discrimination settled

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Baltimore (AP) – A landmark lawsuit alleging sex discrimination based on sexual orientation has been settled for more than $200,000, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced June 29.

The EEOC said in a statement that Pallet Companies, doing business as IFCO Systems, will pay just over $182,000 to Yolanda Boone, who alleged she was fired after complaining that her supervisor made comments regarding her sexual orientation and appearance. The EEOC said in its lawsuit filed earlier this year in Baltimore that Boone’s supervisor made comments including “I want to turn you back into a woman” and “You would look good in a dress.”

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Our Pride Does Go On: Tampa Bay will cautiously move forward with all Pride celebrations

By : Jeremy Williams
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Security is the number one concern as the city of St. Petersburg prepares for the state’s largest Pride celebration June 25 and 26.

“We just want to assure everyone we are using everything at our disposal to make sure everyone has a safe event,” says Yolanda Fernandez, spokesperson for the St. Petersburg Police Department. “Immediately after the incident in Orlando, we started security meeting to assess the security plan, a strategic plan in place that we use for the city’s large events. We reassessed that plan and looked where we could strengthen it.”

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Alabama drag queen is suspended chief justice’s nightmare

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Wearing big hair, loads of makeup and high heels, small-town drag queen Ambrosia Starling is the new worst nightmare of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore has called out Starling twice by name in recent days while defending himself against allegations of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. During a news conference and in a written statement, Moore cited the cross-dressing entertainer as a reason he’s at risk of losing his job for the second time since 2003.

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Overheard in Orlando: Softball spat

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Recently, there was a scuffle at the softball fields where some players lost their cool resulting in what’s been described as a brawl. According to witnesses, the physical altercation resulted in players of both teams clearing the benches to break up the physical altercation. Despite the competitive nature of the game, most players are friends on and off the fields. When questioned about the incident, a rep for the CFSL referred us to its mission statement: “The Central Florida Softball League is dedicated to offering a safe social and competitive athletic environment for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered community, and their straight allies. The CFSL doesn’t feel this isolated incident is newsworthy and says that the situation will be handled internally. With that said, the CFSL also wanted to mention their efforts to establish philanthropic efforts geared to the sports oriented LGBT youth and their allies. We were told the news will break on May 15, so please stay tuned.

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A movement of recent anti-transgender bills requiring people to use public restrooms that align with their birth identity has many transgender people nervous about using public facilities. The Orlando based Liberty Counsel’s president Anita Staver solidified why everyone should be nervous recently. With her loaded threat, Anita claimed that she’s taking a Glock .45 to the ladies room. She went on to explain that it identifies as her bodyguard. This statement was Tweeted as a direct response to Target’s April 19 statement that transgender employees and customers are invited to “use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” In a statement to Watermark, founder and chair of the anti-LGBT hate group and Anita’s husband Mat Staver said, “Women are not concerned about transsexuals committing violence. They are concerned about men using ‘gender identity’ as an excuse to stalk and sexually assault them” – We call bullshit, of course.

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St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman endorses Carlos Guillermo Smith for Florida House District 49

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St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman officially endorsed Democratic candidate Carlos Guillermo Smith for Florida House District 49 May 5.

“While serving in the Florida House, I witnessed first-hand how Carlos can get things done. He knows his district and he understands the issues facing our state. Carlos is a real progressive leader for all of Florida,” Kriseman said in a statement.

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Transgender student solves bathroom access complaint in what ACLU calls “a model for other districts”

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Williamsville, Ill. (AP) – A transgender student at Williamsville High School in central Illinois who was born female but identifies as male will be able to use the men’s bathroom.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and its lawyers from Chicago, Alex McCray, 18, recently resolved a complaint that he filed in October with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

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Alabama chief justice fires back at those seeking his removal for blocking LGBT marriage

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is lashing out at organizations seeking his removal from office and defending his actions seemingly aimed at blocking gays and lesbians from marrying in the state.

Moore, in an April 27 news conference at the state judicial building, defended his actions. Those include a January administrative order telling probate judges that a state court order to refuse same-sex marriage licenses remained “in full force and effect” despite last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Anti-gay Republican Dennis Hastert sentenced for molesting boys

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When he sentenced Dennis Hastert to more than a year in prison, the judge in the former House speaker’s hush-money case delivered the verbal equivalent of a public flogging.

Before imposing the 15-month sentence, a far stiffer sentence than federal guidelines suggested, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin spent nearly an hour Wednesday rebuking the 74-year-old Republican for sexually abusing high school athletes decades ago, when he was a wrestling coach.

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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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Watermark & National Gay Media Association condemn murder of LGBT magazine editor

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Watermark is a member of the National Gay Media Association. In solidarity with LGBT journalists around the world, the NGMA has issued a statement on the murder of the editor of a LGBTI publication in Bangladesh.

Read the full statement after the jump: 

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