Sen. Rubio denounces gay Chechnya arrests on Senate floor

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) denounced on the Senate floor Monday the ongoing reports of anti-gay arrests and detention in Chechnya, blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for allowing them to happen.

Rubio, who previously denounced the alleged atrocities on Twitter, called on the U.S. government to “do more to ensure that all people are protected and those who harm them are held responsible.”

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‘Stranger Things’ star Shannon Purser comes out as bisexual

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Shannon Purser, best known for her roles as Barb on “Stranger Things” and Ethel Muggs on “Riverdale,” has come out as bisexual.

The 19-year-old actress revealed her sexuality on Twitter after fans of “Riverdale” accused the show of queerbaiting. Two of the main characters, Betty and Veronica, share a kiss in an earlier episode of the show. Nothing romantic has been explored between the two characters since and fans of the relationship, known as “Beronica”, have taken to social media to tweet their disappointment.

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Anti-gay pastor gets reality show on Oprah Winfrey Network

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Oprah Winfrey has added “The Book of John Gray,” a docuseries featuring pastor James Gray who has shared his anti-gay views on social media, to her network OWN.

“John, who is an associate pastor at Houston’s Lakewood Church under Pastor Joel Osteen, is just beginning to achieve success. Known for his loud, hilarious, unconventional ways, John will give viewers unprecedented and intimate access into his church and home life. John uses his deep convictions, hard-earned wisdom and famous sense of humor to help people overcome their greatest challenges, all while facing his own everyday struggles as a husband and father,” reads the show’s description on the OWN website.

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Lady Gaga premieres new song ‘The Cure’ at Coachella

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lady Gaga surprised Little Monsters with a brand new single, “The Cure,” which she debuted during her Coachella set in Indio, California, on Saturday.

During her 18-song set, Gaga performed “The Cure” to the delight of fans in the crowd and on social media, Billboard reports.

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Kylie Minogue refused to cut gay kissing in ‘All the Lovers’ video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kylie Minogue has been vocal in the media about her gay rights advocacy but her push for equality has also occurred behind the scenes.

The Australian pop star has said her 2010 music video for “All of the Lovers” was an “homage” to her gay fans who supported her career. In the video, Minogue is seen standing on top of a writhing group of people dressed in white underwear caressing and kissing each other. While both heterosexual and gay couples are featured the gay kissing almost didn’t make the video’s final cut.

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‘Walking Dead’ actor Daniel Newman comes out as gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“The Walking Dead” actor Daniel Newman publicly came out on Twitter on Thursday.

Newman, 36, plays Daniel, a soldier of the colony The Kingdom, on the post-apocalyptic show. He announced in a tweet that he is “#OUTandProud” and encouraged people to be proud of who they are.

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Gay scholar warns against reading into U.S. Census redaction of LGBT categories

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A leading gay scholar of U.S. LGBT demographics is warning LGBT rights supporters against reading too much into the U.S. Census Bureau’s removal of proposed LGBT categories, saying the media reports on the development are incorrect.

Gary Gates, a former research fellow at the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, made the remarks on Twitter after a firestorm erupted over the U.S. Census Bureau initially proposing LGBT categories for federal surveys in a report to Congress only to remove them later in the day on the basis they were “inadvertently” included.

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Santa is gay and in an interracial relationship in new picture book

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Santa Claus will be gay and black in a new children’s book being released this fall.

Harper Design is publishing “Santa”s Husband” by Daniel Kibblesmith, a story about Santa Claus and his same-sex partner who fills in for him at malls, Time reports. The book is written in a similar parody to “Go the F**k to Sleep.” Kibbelsmith is also a staff writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and co-author of “How to Win at Everything.”

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The Tender Activist: We’re not getting any younger

By : Scottie Campbell
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scottie campbellWarren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong movie for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. If you didn’t watch the broadcast, you probably watched the video of the moment, gone viral and only recently unseated by a couple of precocious kiddies strolling in their dad’s office during a BBC broadcast. At the very least you may have heard about the award ceremony snafu around the watercooler, and goodness knows we no longer need to have witnessed something to have an opinion about it.

The immediate assumption heard ‘round the world: Bonnie and Clyde screwed up because they’re old. Beatty turns 80 this month and Dunaway is 76. Hate gets an express pass in the day and age of social media and the assumption was given Herme’s speed. “HOLY SHIT!” tweeted a Hollywood writer friend of mine. “This is what you get when you let two ancient vampires awakened before their time present an award.”

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NC state senator responds to critics with GIF of defecating dog

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina state senator who’s running for mayor of Charlotte has had his Twitter use restricted by his campaign manager after he posted an animated image of a defecating dog in response to critics of his LGBT stance.

WFAE-FM in Charlotte reports campaign manager Dakota Cary confirmed the tweet was sent Tuesday by Democratic state Sen. Joel Ford.

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St. Patrick’s parade organizers will allow gay vets to march

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BOSTON (AP) — Organizers of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade reversed course on Friday and said they would allow a group of gay veterans to march in this year’s parade.

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced on the parade’s Twitter account that it had signed an “acceptance letter” that would clear the way for OutVets to participate.

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Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump’s transgender policy ‘a disaster’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Caitlyn Jenner responded to President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke federal guidelines to protect transgender students with a video posted on Instagram and Twitter.

In the video Jenner, who has been vocal about her Republican views, addressed transgender children and told them not to give up hope.

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