VIDEO: Bullied gay teen fights back, goes viral

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A video of LaPorte High School student Jordan Steffy fighting a bully who called him a faggot has gone viral.

In the video, posted to Twitter, Steffy is seen hitting another student after the unnamed boy gets into Steffy’s face and calls him a faggot.

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Ellen DeGeneres defends sitting with former president George W. Bush at football game

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Ellen DeGeneres stirred up controversy after a photo was posted online of her and wife, Portia de Rossi, sitting with former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, at the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers game on Oct. 6.

Many took to Twitter to blast DeGeneres for sitting with a president who they pointed out, during his two terms in office, opposed same-sex marriage and led the U.S. into a war with Iraq on false pretenses.

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Trump brings up global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality at UN

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a surprise move, President Donald Trump included in his speech before the United Nations on Sept. 24 his administration’s global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality in the more than 70 countries where it remains illegal.

“My administration is working with other nations to stop criminalizing of homosexuality,” Trump said. “And we stand in solidarity with LGBTQ people who live in countries that punish, jail and execute people based upon sexual orientation.”

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Buttigieg calls comments about LGBTQ media a ‘grumpy moment’

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ABOVE: Pete Buttigieg (L) with Alex Berg on AM to DM with Buzzfeed News. (Screenshot from Twitter)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg addressed his comments that he “can’t even read LGBT media anymore” in an interview with Alex Berg on AM to DM with Buzzfeed News on Sept. 21.

Berg began the discussion with a Twitter question from Out magazine editor-in-chief Phillip Picardi.

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Karamo Brown deletes Twitter after calling Sean Spicer a ‘good guy’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Karamo Brown. (Photo by Alex Rhoades)

“Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown has deleted his Twitter account after coming under fire for calling Sean Spicer “a good guy.”

Brown and Spicer will compete on season 28 of “Dancing with the Stars.” In an interview with “Access Hollywood,” Brown refers to the controversial former Trump White House press secretary as “a good guy; a really sweet guy.”

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Watermark 25: Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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Watermark began covering Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in 1995, not long after its 1994 founding in Orlando.

It was more than a decade before I would move to Florida and more than two before I would be fortunate enough to become Watermark’s Tampa Bay Bureau Chief, but it’s a decision I’m very thankful that our founder Tom Dyer made just the same.

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‘Andi Mack’ star Joshua Rush comes out as bisexual

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Joshua Rush as Cyrus Goodman on ‘Andi Mack.’ (Screenshot via Twitter)

Actor Joshua Rush has come out as bisexual.

The 17-year-old actor is best known for his portrayal of Cyrus Goodman on the Disney Channel series “Andi Mack.” Cyrus is the first openly gay main character on the Disney Channel.

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Rhode Island baseball team criticized for Sean Spicer throwing out pitch, offering free Chick-fil-A on Pride Night

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) | A decision to have President Trump’s former communications director Sean Spicer throw out the first pitch at a Rhode Island minor league baseball game on “Pride Night at the Ballpark” is getting pushback.

Some fans said on Twitter they felt Spicer’s appearance at the Pawtucket Red Sox game July 19 was an insult to the LGBTQ community, given Trump’s policies.

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Patti LuPone slammed for telling Lindsey Graham to come out

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Performer Patti LuPone (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Broadway star Patti Lupone came under fire after she told Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to “come out” on Twitter.

Graham supported Donald Trump after the president made comments telling four congresswomen of color to “go home.” Trump also stood in silence while a crowd of people at his rally chanted “send her back,” referring to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

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Central Florida singer-songwriter Billy Mick releases new single ‘Flesh and Bone’

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ORLANDO | Central Florida singer-songwriter Billy Mick released the first single from his upcoming debut album on YouTube July 1.

The song, titled “Flesh and Bone,” is an upbeat track preaching tolerance, acceptance and understanding.

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Take the 2019 LGBTQ community survey and have your voice heard

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Want to help out your LGBTQ community and get the chance to win $50? Of course you do! All you have to do is take part in the 13th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey.

Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides valid data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities and supporting their LGBTQ employees. Last year’s survey yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries!

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck prayed after hearing Rosie O’Donnell had a crush on her

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck says she “immediately started praying” after hearing that Rosie O’Donnell had a crush on her when they were co-hosts on “The View.”

In O’Donnell’s new memoir “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,’” O’Donnell revealed she once had a “little bit of a crush” on Hasselbeck but that it wasn’t sexual.

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