Trans athletes make great gains, yet resentment still flares

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Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare when transgender women start winning and dominating their sport.

Exhibit A is a recent public exchange involving tennis great Martina Navratilova, who came out as a lesbian in 1981 and is a longtime gay-rights activist. She now stands accused of being “transphobic” after asserting that many transgender women — even if they’ve undergone hormone treatment — have an unfair advantage over other female competitors.

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Romania marriage referendum fails because of low voter turnout

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A referendum on whether to define marriage as between a man and a woman in the Romanian constitution’s definition of family has failed.

The Associated Press and other media outlets cited election officials who said turnout was below the 30 percent that was required to make the referendum valid.

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Nevada detective fired after sex abuse charge in Utah

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MESQUITE, Nev. (AP)| A veteran Nevada police detective was fired Wednesday following his arrest last week on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a southern Utah teen he met on a social networking app geared toward gay and bisexual men.

Gary Erickson, who was arrested Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, is awaiting extradition to St. George, Utah, on one count of sexual abuse of a minor, one count of dealing in material harmful to a minor and three counts of sexual exploitation.

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Cynthia Nixon comes up short in campaign against Andrew Cuomo

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Queer progressive activist and “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon came up short in her insurrection campaign against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s primary on September 11.

With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Cuomo claimed 65 percent of the vote compared to the 35 percent won by Nixon. The Associated Press called the race for Cuomo at 9:30 pm.

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AP Stylebook adds gender-neutral pronoun ‘They’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The Associated Press has updated its stylebook, a style guide for journalists, to include the gender-neutral pronoun, “They.”

Paula Froke, lead editor for the AP Stylebook, made the announcement at the annual American Copy Editors Society conference on Friday, NBC News reports.

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AP poll: Pulse listed fourth top news story of 2016

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NEW YORK (AP) – The turbulent U.S. election, featuring Donald Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, was the overwhelming pick for the top news story of 2016, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

The No. 2 story also was a dramatic upset – Britons’ vote to leave the European Union. Most of the other stories among the Top 10 reflected a year marked by political upheaval, terror attacks and racial divisions.

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New photo exhibit examines aftermath of Pulse shooting

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Snap! Downtown will open a new photography exhibit Oct. 5 looking at how the community responded to the Pulse massacre.

The exhibit, titled ‘UNISON’ and opening during Come Out With Pride week, will feature photographs taken by news organizations in the days after 49 patrons were murdered at the gay nightclub.

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Judge clears way for release of many more Pulse 911 calls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge Sept. 20 cleared the way for the release of many of the hundreds of 911 calls related to a mass shooting at a gay Florida nightclub, but calls capturing patrons’ deaths will still be exempt.

In dismissing a lawsuit by the city of Orlando, Circuit Judge Margaret Schreiber sided with more than two dozen media groups who sued for the recordings three months ago, immediately after the June 12 shooting at the Pulse club. Less than an hour after the lawsuit was filed, the city filed a complaint arguing that the records were exempt from the state’s public records law, both because they were part of an investigation and because some of them depicted patrons being killed. Current state law prohibits the public release of any 911 calls that capture someone’s death. Technically, the law will change on Oct. 1 to exempt only calls capturing the death of law enforcement officers. No officers died in the Pulse standoff.

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NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn’t been announced. An announcement was expected within the day, the person said.

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News outlets fight for release of Pulse 911 calls

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Attorneys for almost two dozen media groups are arguing in federal court in Florida that a lawsuit demanding the release of 911 calls involving the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando should be moved back to state court.

Attorneys for The Associated Press, CNN, The New York Times and other media groups are arguing Aug. 18 that the case doesn’t belong in federal court.

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