Ellen comes to the defense of Kevin Hart, wants him to still host Oscars

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Ellen DeGeneres came to the defense of Kevin Hart in an interview with the actor-comedian on her talk show saying the Academy Awards should ask Hart back to host the Oscars.

Hart stepped down from hosting the annual Hollywood celebration after homophobic tweets sent between 2009 and 2011 resurfaced online.

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‘Queer Eye’ star Tan France accuses TSA of racial profiling him

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Queer Eye” star Tan France blasted TSA for having him “put through extra security checks 3 times this week” even though he says he has TSA pre-check.

France, who is Pakistani, posted on Twitter that a TSA agent informed him that he kept getting extra security checks because his name “is on a list.”

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Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray apologizes for old anti-gay tweets

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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University of Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray has issued an apology for old homophobic tweets he posted when he was 14 and 15 years old.

Murray, now 21, received the Heisman Trophy on Saturday after helping his team win a 12-1 record. Hours after Murray was honored with the award, his old homophobic tweets began to circulate. The tweets were posted between 2011-2012 and included the words “queer” or “queers.” Most of the tweets have since been deleted.

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Patricio Manuel becomes first male transgender boxer to win pro fight

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Patricio Manuel beat Hugo Aguilar on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. becoming the first U.S. professional transgender male boxer to win a match.

Manuel, 33, won in a unanimous decision from the judges. In video captured by Golden Boy Boxing, Manuel’s win was met with boos from the crowd.

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Milo Yiannopoulos banned from Patreon after one day

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Milo Yiannopoulos attempted to make a “magnificent 2019 comeback,” funded by the public, but his efforts were shut down in one day.

The former Breitbart editor has faced challenges continuing to be relevant in the public eye after a string of scandals. Yiannopoulos was booted from Twitter for harassing comedian Leslie Jones and was forced to step down from his position at Breitbart after old comments which appeared to support pedophilia resurfaced. Things seemed to be turning around for Yiannopolous as he got married in Hawaii and got a job as a columnist for the Daily Caller. However, after one day the column was canceled because Yiannopolous made claims without evidence such as citing that straight people are more likely to be fired for their sexuality than LGBT people.

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WATCH: Out eSports player SonicFox wins eSport Player of the Year at The Game Awards

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Fighting game star Dominique “SonicFox” McLean took home the award for eSport Player of the Year at The Game Awards on Dec. 6.

SonicFox, 20, is an openly-queer gamer, rotating multiple fighting games in his roster in a community that is dominated by straight males.

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Kevin Hart steps down from hosting Oscars after backlash over homophobic tweets

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Comedian Kevin Hart announced on Twitter Dec. 6 that he is stepping down as Oscar host.  Hart made the announcement after a series of homophobic tweets were discovered on his account.

The tweets, which were posted from 2009 through 2011, feature anti-LGBTQ slurs and homophobic terminology. In a since deleted tweet from 2010, Hart says someone’s profile pic looks “like a gay bill board for AIDS.” In another deleted tweet from 2009, he referred to a user as a “fat faced fag.”

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Madonna shades Lady Gaga over ‘A Star is Born’ quote

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Madonna subtly shaded Lady Gaga for copying the “100 people in a room” quote which has become one of the most popular memes of 2018.

While doing press for “A Star is Born,” Lady Gaga repeatedly shared one quote in praise of her co-star Bradley Cooper for choosing her for the role of Ally.

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PETA criticized for comparing ‘anti-animal language’ to homophobia, racism

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is under fire for comparing “anti-animal language” to ableism, homophobia and racism.

The animal rights organization posted a list of popular idioms involving animals such as “Beat a dead horse” and “Bring home the bacon.” It offers alternatives to what it calls “anti-animal language.”

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Rugby player Gareth Thomas reveals he was victim of homophobic attack

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Former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas revealed he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff in a video posted on Twitter on Nov. 18

Thomas, 44, came out as gay in 2009 making him the first out professional rugby union player. He retired from the sport in 2011.

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Kehlani gets real about her struggles as a pregnant queer woman

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Kehlani opened up about the negative backlash she received for announcing her pregnancy in a revealing interview with Nylon. 

The 23-year-old singer told fans she was expecting on social media in October but she says some people doubted her sexuality because she is pregnant.

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US ‘troubled’ by anti-LGBTI crackdown in Tanzania

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Nov. 9 said the U.S. is “troubled” by the Tanzanian government’s anti-LGBTI crackdown.

“The United States government is deeply concerned over escalating attacks and legislative actions by the government of Tanzania that violate civil liberties and human rights, creating an atmosphere of violence, intimidation and discrimination,” she said in a statement. “We are troubled by the continued arrests and harassment of marginalized persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and others who seek to exercise their rights to freedom of speech, association and assembly. Legislation is being used to restrict civil liberties for all.”

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