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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Chicago prosecutors drop all charges against Jussie Smollett

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois have dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. On March 14, Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false report. He pled not guilty.

Smollett was summoned to an emergency court hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday where State Attorney Kim Foxx told him that all charges against him had been dropped and his record expunged. Smollett forfeited his bond and the judge also granted a motion to seal the case from the public.

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Sam Smith comes out as non-binary

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith opened up about identifying as non-binary and his struggles with body image in an interview with Jameela Jamil for the new Instagram series “I Weigh Interviews.”

“I’ve always had a bit of a war in my body and my mind. I do think like a woman in my head at times. I’ve sometimes sat there and questioned, do I want a sex change? It’s something I still think about, but I don’t think it is,” Smith told Jamil.

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Poland’s ruling chief speaks strongly against LGBT rights

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) | The leader of Poland’s right-wing ruling party used hostile language March 16 while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke to Law and Justice party activists and government members at a convention in Katowice, ahead of both the European Parliament election, slated in Poland for May 26, and of Poland’s general election in the fall. The elections will decide whether Law and Justice, which is critical of European Union ways and values, will preserve the control of Poland’s parliament it has since 2015.

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Terry Crews apologizes for calling children of same-sex parents ‘severely malnourished’

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Terry Crews has apologized for saying that children of same-sex parents will be “severely malnourished,” calling his remark “poorly worded.”

The comment was sparked after the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star began to criticize a New York Times’ op-ed titled “Why Does Obama Scold Black Boys?”

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Ian McKellen apologizes for Bryan Singer and Kevin Spacey comments

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Ian McKellen has apologized for saying that the alleged sexual abuse caused by Bryan Singer and Kevin Spacey was because they were closeted.

McKellen, 79, appeared on the “#QueerAF” podcast where he was asked for his thoughts on the #MeToo movement, Singer and Spacey.

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Cottonelle’s gay toilet paper ad draws criticism

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Cottonelle recently released a new ad that includes a gay couple but the 15-second spot angered some TV watchers.

In the commercial, one man is about to meet his boyfriend’s parents.

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Ariana Grande to headline Manchester Pride

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ariana Grande is scheduled to headline Manchester Pride in England later this year.

The event will take place from Aug. 23-26. Manchester Pride CEO Mark Fletcher on Feb. 25 in a statement said his organization is “truly honored to be welcoming Ariana back to the city to help us celebrate LGBT+ life.”

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Va. House approves pro-LGBT surrogacy bill

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The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Feb. 20 to make the state’s surrogacy laws gender-neutral.

Introduced by state Del. Richard Sullivan (D-Fairfax County), the bill, House Bill 1979, removes the terms “husband and “wife” from the laws. The measure also permits someone who is not married to be “an intended parent.”

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Salt Lake police investigating attack on gay man in video

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Investigators say they have identified a man they believe may be linked to a potential hate crime in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake police said in a tweet Feb. 18 the man was “cooperating fully” with an investigation of an attack on a gay man that was caught on video.

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Florida legislator accuses fellow lawmaker of bullying

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) | A South Florida lawmaker has accused a fellow Democratic legislator of bullying her at a meeting of party leaders, but the other lawmaker says the exchange was being mischaracterized.

Florida Rep. Anika Omphroy on Feb. 11 wrote a letter to the Florida House speaker saying that Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith lashed out at her with “verbal assaults” at the meeting of Democratic leaders at an Orlando hotel last weekend.

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