06.15.17 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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“Shame! Shame! Shame!”

So went the missive in unison as thousands marched by the White House on Sunday morning, many having traveled from all over the nation and the world to participate in the Equality March for Unity and Pride.

It was an effective palate cleanser, some might say, from the more corporate, more typical Capital Pride parade just the day before, though, through the looking glass, it was two sides of the same coined message.

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Across the US, marches and rallies in support of LGBT rights

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WASHINGTON (AP) – In the nation’s capital, and dozens of other cities across the U.S., supporters of LGBT rights gathered for marches and rallies Sunday, celebrating their gains but also angered over threats to those advances.

The centerpiece event, the Equality March in Washington, has been endorsed by virtually every major national advocacy group working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Leaders of those groups have been embittered by several actions of President Donald Trump’s administration – including the rollback of federal guidance advising school districts to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.

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Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith recalls 1993 March on Washington

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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ABOVE: National March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Rights and Liberation on April 25, 1993. Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith was one of its co-chairs. (Washington Blade archive photo by Doug Hinckle)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith is among the LGBT activists who met with then-President Clinton in the Oval Office on April 16, 1993.

The meeting — which was the first between a sitting U.S. president and advocates in the Oval Office — took place nine days before the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.

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‘Diverse’ co-chairs named for LGBTQ march on Washington

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Organizers of a planned LGBTQ march on Washington scheduled for June 11, which has been named The Equality March for Unity and Pride, released on Wednesday the names of 12 of 13 co-chairs of the event but provided few additional details such as how it will be financed or the route of the march.

“The Equality March for Unity and Pride is less than two months away and we are thrilled to host this historic march in our nation’s capital,” a statement released by organizers says.

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1.26.17 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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If there was any great takeaway – beyond awe and admiration – from the millions of women and the people who love them marching and rallying Jan. 21 in Washington D.C., Orlando, St. Petersburg – and the state, nation and world – it was that we’re more alike than we think.

Arm in arm with those marching for equal pay and for reproductive rights were people from the Black Lives Matter movement, the Latinx movement, various environmental causes and, of course, those of us draped in rainbows hoping that our LGBTQ victories will not be tossed aside by a president with only money (and unmentionables) on his mind.

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House Democrats hold sit-in for gun reform

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Washngton (AP) — A drained and dwindling group of Democrats, some draped in blankets and toting pillows, carried their remarkable House floor sit-in past daybreak June 23, disrupting the business of Congress in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage with demands for gun-control votes in an extraordinary scene of protest broadcast live to the world.

Unyielding Republicans who control the chamber branded the move a publicity stunt and summarily adjourned the chamber at around 3:15 a.m. EDT until after the Fourth of July. By 7:30 a.m. on June 23 — 20 hours after the protest commenced — around a dozen Democrats remained, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, giving speeches that mixed victory declarations with vows to never back down in their drive to curb firearm violence.

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Washington Capitals’ Braden Holtby to represent team at Pride Parade

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Washington, D.C (AP) – Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby will represent the Washington Capitals in the annual Capital Pride Parade on June 11, which the goaltender hopes is just the start of his involvement in the gay-rights movement.

Holtby and his wife, Brandi, were planning to attend the parade anyway, and he was honored when asked by the organization to participate. Holtby and other team representatives will walk in conjunction with the organization You Can Play, which has worked with the NHL to promote tolerance.

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Human Rights Campaign Alabama names new director

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s only openly gay legislator is the new state director of a group that advocates for gay rights.

Democratic state Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham was introduced April 17 as the new state director of the Human Rights Campaign in Alabama.

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Rick Santorum plans speech at anti-gay march

By : Christal Hayes
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Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum is set to speak at the March for Marriage, an event which supports traditional marriage being defined by a man and woman.

The president of the National Organization for Marriage, Brian S. Brown, released an announcement on their website telling supporters about the “thrilling” news.

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DC school principal comes out at gay pride event

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The principal at one of the District of Columbia’s largest public high schools has told students for the first time that he is gay at a pride day event.

Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall was joined June 4 by Mayor Vincent Gray and by the first openly gay member of the D.C. Council, David Catania.

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David Cox could be Florida’s first openly gay congressman

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Daytona – A Daytona man is making a run to be Florida’s first openly gay congressman.

David Cox, director of resources at Bethun-Cookman University, would represent District 6, which covers St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. He said being gay won’t affect his campaign, but his plans for being a voice for Florida in Washington D.C. will.

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