Louisiana governor’s race ad takes aim at transgender rights

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) | Republican candidate for Louisiana governor Ralph Abraham has released a new TV ad that takes aim at abortion rights and the transgender community as he works to draw attention for his campaign.

In the 30-second spot launched Thursday, the three-term congressman looks directly into the camera to establish what he calls “the truth.”

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Issue: 26.17 25th Anniversary

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Watermark celebrates its 25th Anniversary in this commemorative issue, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Colton Haynes opens up about addiction, shares throwback hospital photos

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Colton Haynes, photo via Haynes’ Instagram.

Colton Haynes opened up about his pill addiction with a series of throwback photos including some pictures of the “Arrow” star in the hospital.

“Throwback. I don’t want worrying about if I look hot or not on Instagram to be my legacy,” Haynes captioned the photos. “I don’t want to skirt around the truth to please other people or to gain economic success. I have far more important things to say than what magazine I just shot for or what tv show I’m a part of (Although I’m very thankful I still get to do what I love). I no longer want to project a curated life.”

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Listen: Ciara joins Todrick Hall’s ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ remix

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Todrick Hall and Ciara, photo via Ciara’s Instagram.

Todrick Hall released a remix version of his latest single “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” featuring Ciara.

The pair performed the song together during the WorldPride opening ceremony in New York City.

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Sam Smith gets candid with fans about mental health

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Sam Smith got candid about mental health in a series of tweets offering encouraging words to his fans.

The 27-year-old singer explained that he was reflecting on mental health while on his “first holiday in a long long time.”

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Watch: Showtime releases first ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ trailer

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ABOVE, L-R: Returning cast members Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey and Katherine Moennig. Photo via “The L Word on Showtime” Facebook page.

Showtime has released the first trailer for “The L Word: Generation Q,” the sequel to the network’s groundbreaking LGBTQ series that ran for six seasons until 2009.

The original series, which premiered in from 2004, followed a group of friends in Los Angeles, California. It was the first dramatic series exclusively about lesbian characters, detailing their sexuality and relationships.

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HRC’s new leader Alphonso David recruiting more troops

By : Karen Ocamb OF THE Los Angeles BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: HRC President Alphonso David with the bull horn as former HRC President Chad Griffin looks on. Photo courtesy HRC’s Marty Rouse.

There is something reminiscent of black gay author James Baldwin in Alphonso David’s intense bearing, though the new president of the Human Rights Campaign is considerably more down-to-earth and welcoming than the defiant intellect who scorched racist America in “The Fire Next Time.”

For David, it is the fire this time that is fueling his drive for full equality and his fight against the dark amoral forces demolishing democracy through the rapacious black hole that is President Donald Trump.

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Ada County, Idaho adds LGBTQ status to anti-discrimination policy

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ABOVE: Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho. (From Wikimedia Commons)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) | Ada County has expanded its anti-discrimination policy to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees.

Boise State Public Radio reports the new policy has been in the works for a couple of months now, and was recently approved by the Ada County Commissioners.

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Transgender filmmaker Lana Wachowski to direct ‘The Matrix 4′

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Lana Wachowski. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Lana Wachowski will direct the fourth installment of “The Matrix ” films series with the original stars, Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Ann Moss (Trinity), Variety reports. The filmmaker could become the first transgender director to helm a blockbuster film.

Lana and her sister, Lilly Wachowski, co-wrote and directed “The Matrix” trilogy which released its first film in 1999. The trilogy earned $1.6 billion globally, according to Variety.

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Equality Florida Action PAC endorses Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for re-election

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ORLANDO | Equality Florida Action PAC endorsed the re-election of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in a Facebook post Aug. 22.

“Equality Florida Action PAC is proud to endorse Mayor Buddy Dyer – a champion for our LGBTQ community,” the organization posted.

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‘Queer Eye’ cast member Karamo Brown among celebs on new ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown will compete on season 28 of “Dancing with the Stars.” The cast was announced on “Good Morning America” on Aug. 21.

Brown will compete against former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, founding member of The Supremes Mary Wilson, “Pose” season one star James Van Der Beek, model Christie Brinkley, ex-NBA star Lamar Odom, country singer Lauren Alaina, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, former NFL star Ray Lewis, actress Kate Flannery and actor/comedian Kel Mitchell.

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The bizarre history of Log Cabin’s presidential endorsements

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Log Cabin Republicans have a history of endorsing and not endorsing Republican candidates. (Photos of H.W. Bush and W. Bush public domain; Washington Blade photos of Romney and Trump by Michael Key)

Perhaps no organization has inspired greater controversy within the LGBT community than the Log Cabin Republicans.

The group gets blamed by other LGBT advocates when GOP administrations attack the community. Meanwhile, straight Republicans are often unwelcoming to the gay Republican group, even hostile.

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