‘Heathers’ reboot will air internationally after U.S. cancellation

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The “Heathers” television reboot has found a new home overseas.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Network has sold the rights to the series internationally to HBO.

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US opposes UN resolution against death penalty for same-sex relations

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The U.S. on Sept. 29 voted against a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that condemns the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts.

The resolution — which Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland introduced — passed by a 27-13 vote margin.

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Activists in violence-plagued Honduras city hold Pride parade

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hundreds of people from across Honduras on Saturday participated in a Pride parade that took place in one of the world’s most dangerous cities.

Kendra Stefani Jordany, a transgender woman who is running for the Central American Parliament, is among the roughly 400 people who took part in the march in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.

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The Illusionists – Live from Broadway

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THE ILLUSIONISTS, featuring the world’s greatest magicians, returns to The Straz with incredible new magic and illusions! This fast-paced, wildly entertaining show broke box office records on Broadway and across the U.S. last year as families flocked to see mind-blowing magic, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder. NY1 calls it “Awesome. A solid 10!”

Chelsea Manning ends hunger strike after Army approves treatment

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) – A transgender soldier imprisoned in Kansas for leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks website will end a hunger strike after the Army agreed to allow her to receive medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Tuesday.

Chelsea Manning’s medical treatment will begin with surgery that was recommended by her psychologist in April, the ACLU said. Manning began the hunger strike at Fort Leavenworth military prison on Friday, vowing to continue until she received better treatment.

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Stonewall Inn to be named 1st national monument for gay rights

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New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve.

Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century. Since the 1969 uprising in Greenwich Village, the U.S. has enacted anti-discrimination protections, allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Conversion therapy finds new home in Israel

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IsraeliStarJerusalem (AP) – A leading American Jewish group promoting therapy it said could turn gays to heterosexuals was ordered shut by a New Jersey court, amid growing efforts in the U.S. to curb the generally discredited practice. But therapists with ties to the shuttered group say they have found a haven for their work in Israel.

Israel’s Health Ministry advises against so-called “gay conversion” or “reparative” therapy, calling it scientifically dubious and potentially dangerous, but no law limits it. In Israel, practitioners say their services are in demand, mostly by Orthodox Jewish men trying to reduce their same-sex attractions so they can marry women and raise a traditional family according to their conservative religious values.

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Before US, gay marriage accepted in parts of world

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LONDON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this month to review rulings that overturned bans on same-sex marriage marked a milestone in gay rights in the United States. Around the world, many countries have come to accept such unions as part of the tapestry of everyday life. But there are still pockets of resistance. Here is a look at some countries that have made same-sex marriage common practice:

BRITAIN WAITS, ACCEPTS:

In 1992, five same-sex couples in London applied for marriage licenses in one of the opening salvos of the battle for what campaigners call “marriage equality.”

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250,000 gay and lesbian couples married in U.S. in the first decade of marriage equality

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More than 250,000 LGBT couples have married in America in the first 10 years of marriage equality, meaning more than half a million married Americans are in gay or lesbian marriages.

The U.S. Census Bureau originally reported in 2012 there were 182,000 same-sex married couples in America, but after conducting the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey that number was found to be 252,000.

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Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

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WASHINGTON — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.”

Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from “Grace Adler Interior Design” and Will Truman’s framed college diploma.

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Star Trek Actor Takei honored for California LGBT Pride Month

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Former “Star Trek” actor George Takei is being recognized by the California Legislature as part of its celebration of LGBT Pride Month.

He was among several people honored June 23 in the Assembly and Senate.

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U.S. Catholic bishops keep focus on same-sex marriages and abortion

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – U.S. Roman Catholic bishops meeting June 11 renewed their focus on abortion and gay marriage under Pope Francis.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to make only limited revisions to a guide they publish every presidential election year on church teaching, voting and public policy. The bishops also reaffirmed their fight for broader religious exemptions to laws recognizing gay marriage and a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that employers provide health insurance covering birth control.

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