Come Out With Pride to host virtual event to benefit LGBTQ community

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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride announced March 31 a virtual event to benefit Central Florida’s LGBTQ individuals, nonprofits and organizations effected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Stay In With Pride” will be an online, interactive event that will broadcast live April 3 starting at 8 p.m. on Come Out With Pride’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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Idaho governor quietly signs anti-trans bills amid coronavirus crisis

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ABOVE: Gov. Brad Little signs another measure into law March 13. Photo via Little’s Facebook page.

As the nation’s focus has become fixated on the coronavirus, Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law Monday on the eve of the Transgender Day of Visibility two pieces of anti-trans legislation.

One measure, House Bill 500, is aimed at restricting transgender youth’s participation in sports. The other measure, House Bill 509, is aimed at banning transgender people from changing the gender marker on the their birth certificate.

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Police: Salt Lake City man sexually assaulted lesbian

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ABOVE: Adam Quinn Atwood, photo via Salt Lake County police.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | The Salt Lake City Police Department launched an investigation March 26 into a possible hate crime after a man was arrested on multiple sexual misconduct charges.

Adam Quinn Atwood, 34, was accused of sexually assaulting a lesbian, who said he told her he would “fix the gay,” the Deseret News reported.

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LGBTQ people urged to ‘get counted’ in Census

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ABOVE: The National LGBTQ Task Force is encouraging supporters to “Queer the Census.” Photo via the Task Force’s Facebook page.

The D.C.-based National LGBTQ Task Force has announced it will celebrate Census Day on April 1 by “mobilizing LGBTQ people across the country to get counted in the 2020 Census.”

The Task Force is part of a coalition of national civil rights and progressive advocacy groups that launched the “Queer the Census” campaign last year to encourage members of marginalized communities to make sure they are counted in this year’s Census.

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Dolly Parton to read bedtime stories online

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Legendary musician, philanthropist and LGBTQ ally Dolly Parton will launch “Goodnight with Dolly” April 2, reading bedtime stories online from her Imagination Library.

Parton launched the Imagination Library in 1995. The book gifting program has mailed more than 130 million free books to children from birth to age five in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

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Equality Florida virtually honors Transgender Day of Visibility 2020

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ABOVE: Equality Florida will host a virtual gathering March 31, photo via Equality Florida.

Equality Florida will mark International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) 2020 on March 31 at 4 p.m. EST with a virtual town hall honoring the transgender community.

TDoV is an annual holiday currently in its 11th year. It celebrates the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming people across the globe while raising awareness of the work still needed to save their lives.

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International AIDS Conference to be held virtually because of coronavirus

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Organizers of the 2020 International AIDS Conference announced March 27 the event will be held virtually because of the coronavirus.

The conference was scheduled to take place in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., from July 6-10. International AIDS Society President Anton Pozniak and the conference’s two U.S. co-chairs, Cynthia Carey-Grant and Monica Gandhi, in a statement said the virtual conference “will enable delegates to access and engage with the latest HIV science, advocacy and knowledge traditionally presented at the conference.”

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Funko announces 2020 Pride Pop! collection

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Funko, the American pop culture collectibles company best known for its vinyl figures and bobble-heads, announced March 30 its collection of Funko Pride Pop! figures.

“Our Funko Pride Pop! collection is a celebration of inclusivity and acceptance,” the company wrote in a press release. “Funko supports the LGBTQ+ community and rejects intolerance and discrimination. At Funko, FUN is for EVERYONE!”

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DC’s Capital Pride postpones 2020 events

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ABOVE: Capital Pride Alliance Executive Director Ryan Bos announced all Pride events have been postponed. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Capital Pride Alliance, which organizes D.C.’s annual Pride Parade and Festival, announced March 30 that it has postponed all of its Pride related events scheduled for May and June, including the parade and festival, due to the escalating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Capital Pride officials said new dates for the events would be announced in the coming weeks.

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Tampa Bay community champion Robert Barnum dies from COVID-19 complications

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ABOVE: Robert Barnum, photo via Barnum’s Facebook.

ST. PETERSBURG | Tampa Bay community champion and realtor Robert “Bob” Barnum died March 27 from complications of COVID-19. He was 64.

Barnum’s death was among three coronavirus-related deaths confirmed by the Florida Department of Health of Pinellas County March 28. The announcement brought the county’s loss to four residents.

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Tidal Wave Party first group to cancel June events in Orlando

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ABOVE: Tidal Wave pool party in 2018. (Photo by Jake Stevens)

ORLANDO | As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow in the U.S., Tidal Wave Party has officially become the first group to cancel its 2020 events for Orlando’s first weekend of June LGBTQ celebration.

“Tidal Wave is labor of love for us and we did not come to this decision easily,” the group wrote in a statement posted to its website March 28.

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PrEP manufacturer to test drug against COVID-19 — but has low expectations

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Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of Truvada, is set to test components of the HIV prevention drug against COVID-19 as the pandemic continues to rage across the globe — but has low expectations for the results, a company spokesperson told the Washington Blade March 27.

Sonia Choi, vice president for public affairs at Gilead Sciences, said via email the company plans to test components of the drug against coronaviruses in response to a Washington Blade inquiry on the use of Truvada against COVID-19.

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