Apple ads fall far from the LGBT tree

By : Scott Stiffler OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Apple CEO Tim Cook. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

We buy their phones, wear their watches, and use their products to drive our businesses—but finding their iconic ads in the pages of your local LGBT newspaper or website is like looking for an apple in an orange grove.

“Some big companies with a good reputation in the community, like Apple, fail when it comes to speaking to us directly, effectively,” says Leo Cusimano, publisher and owner of the Dallas Voice newspaper, and OUT North Texas, a glossy magazine. “More and more, LGBT individuals are frustrated by brands that treat them as an afterthought.”

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Kesha to headline Dan Reynolds’ LGBTQ festival LOVELOUD

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NEW YORK (AP) | Kesha wants you to bring as much glitter as possible and sport the brightest colors of the rainbow when she visits Utah in June to headline the LOVELOUD Festival, the LGBTQ+ event founded by Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds.

And if you’re “skeptical or don’t understand the LGBTQ community,” Kesha invites you to attend to help change your perception.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says being gay is ‘God’s greatest gift to me’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Apple CEO Tim Cook opened up why he decided to come out in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“I was public because I started to receive stories from kids who read online that I was gay, and they were going through being bullied, feeling like their family didn’t love them, being pushed out of their home, very close to suicide—things that just really pulled my heart,” Cook says. “I needed to do something for them, and show them you can be gay and still go on and do some big jobs in life, there’s a path there. ”

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Gay-friendly Apple weighs North Carolina despite LGBTQ laws

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gay-rights advocates are divided on whether to cheer or bemoan a potential marriage between the state of North Carolina and one of the global corporations most friendly to LGBTQ workers and causes.

Feelings remain raw over North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill, which prompted a boycott campaign. Many advocates remain frustrated that a legislative compromise that put an end to the controversy still allows discrimination against them.

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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ fades as legislative session wraps up

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will keep spending $800 million on border security while putting little new money into public schools, maintaining therapy cuts for disabled children and easing handgun license fees as the Republican-led Legislature approved a new state budget Saturday.

The $217 billion spending bill sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will likely be a quiet footnote to a rancorous legislative session that ends Monday — upended by a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people and an immigration crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities.”

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Laverne Cox, Tim Cook among TIME magazine’s Most Influential People

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Apple CEO Tim Cook, Orange is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox and Empire executive producer Lee Daniels were among the LGBT names selected for TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, or TIME 100.

TIME magazine first published the now annual list in 1999 as The Most Influential People of the 20th Century. Since then notable members of the LGBT community have been named to the list including Ellen DeGeneres, Glee‘s Chris Colfer and Neil Patrick Harris.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says anti-gay religious freedom laws are dangerous

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NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called “religious objection” legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business.

The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individuals, mostly business owners, to claim that a law or regulation mandated by the government infringes on their religious beliefs.

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Tim Cook: ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’

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NEW YORK — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s proud to be gay.

The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.

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