06.14.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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We live in an age where it can be easy to forget your pride. The White House certainly does. Even with orange prominently displayed in our flag, the current administration declined to issue a proclamation acknowledging LGBTQ Americans for the second year in a row.

The Pentagon followed suit, opting for the first time since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to not formally acknowledge LGBTQ Pride Month. It was a bold reflection of the administration’s ever-looming transphobic military policies.

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Derek Dillard blasts Nate Berkus’ family, Berkus fires back

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent with their daughter Poppy. Photo courtesy of Instagram.

Nate Berkus defended his family and upcoming reality series “Nate and Jeremiah By Design” after former TLC star Derick Dillard slammed the family of four.

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UK promises to prosecute online hate crimes vigorously

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LONDON (AP) – British authorities are promising to prosecute hate crimes committed online as vigorously as those that take place face-to-face, recognizing the growth of hate speech on social media and the potential for such crimes to affect large numbers of people.

New guidelines issued Aug. 21 outline a tough stance on cyber hate attacks on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity. In addition, the guidance for the first time recognizes hate crimes against bisexuals as distinct from homophobic or transphobic attacks.

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‘Big Brother 19’ houseguests spark backlash with transphobic conversation

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Big Brother 19” contestants Jason Dent and Cody Nickson sparked a fan debate after they made transphobic comments captured on Sunday’s live feeds.

Dent and Nickson were in the hot tub with fellow contestants Jessica Graf and Matt Clines discussing season 17 of “Big Brother.” Graf mentions Audrey Middleton, the first transgender contestant in the show’s history, causing Dent to become confused about what that means.

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Comedian Lil Duval defends transphobic remarks, refuses to apologize

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lil Duval is defending the transphobic comments he made on “Breakfast Club” last week, which led to a Twitter hashtag campaign to boycott the popular morning radio show.

When asked how he would react if he found out he was dating a transgender woman, Duval responded that he would kill her.

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Laverne Cox fires back at comedian who joked about killing trans women

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Laverne Cox took to Twitter to condemn stand-up comedian Lil Duval for making transphobic and violent comments while a guest on radio show “Breakfast Club.”

Host DJ Envy asked Duval how he would feel if he discovered he was sleeping with a transgender woman.

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‘Big Brother 19’ contestant upsets fans with transphobic comments

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cody Nickson, a construction sales rep and Marine vet houseguest on “Big Brother 19,” has come under fire from fans offended by his transphobic comments.

Nickson, 32, was captured on “Big Brother” live feeds discussing tucking with another houseguest, Jessica Graf.

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Lou Reed’s friends insist ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ wasn’t transphobic

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A Canadian university has apologized for playing Lou Reed’s hit song “Walk on the Wild Side” at a campus event because the song has been accused of being transphobic. However, Reed’s friends think the situation is “stupid.”

The student association at the University of Guelph in Ontario posted a since-deleted apology on Facebook for playing the song at a recent event.

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Oregon students could face expulsion for racially charged, transphobic video

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OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – Two high school students could face expulsion after they allegedly made a video in which they use a racial epithet to refer to the school’s principal and black students at their school.

The Oregon City High School students also refer to transgender people in a derogatory way.

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