GLAAD Media Awards among entertainment events cancelled due to virus outbreak

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The GLAAD Media Awards, scheduled for March 19 in New York, is among the tours, awards shows, conventions and festivals announcing cancellations and postponements due to the new coronavirus outbreak, causing a major impact on entertainment events both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The LGBTQ media advocacy organization announced the cancellation of its New York ceremony in a press release March 11.

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Madonna cancels another show due to injury

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The Queen of Pop has been forced to disappoint her fans once again due to injury.

As reported by Good Morning America on Monday, Madonna canceled a scheduled performance of her “Madame X” tour in Paris on Sunday after a Friday night fall required her to once more go on bed rest.

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First openly LGBTQ federal judge dies in New York

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NEW YORK (AP) | Deborah A. Batts, the nation’s first openly LGBTQ federal judge, has died. She was 72.

Batts was found dead on Feb. 3, three months before she was set to preside over a trial of California lawyer Michael Avenatti on charges that he cheated porn star Stormy Daniels, a former client, of proceeds of a book deal. No cause of death was immediately released.

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Polyamorous gay triad re-enacts American history in ‘Kill the Monsters’

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In case you’ve ever wondered what an allegorical story about the history of the United States would look like if it were told in the form of a polyamorous gay romantic comedy, you might be surprised to find that you’re not alone.

Filmmaker Ryan Lonergan has done more than wonder about it – he’s made a film based on exactly that premise. “Kill the Monsters,” which drops in February, follows three New York men living in a polyamorous relationship who set off across the country when their youngest member becomes “unwell,” seeking a holistic cure from a Santa Monica doctor. Along the way, they encounter a series of female characters whose interactions with them mirror U.S. history – while also playing out realistically in an entirely contemporary setting.

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Transgender boy sues NY state over sex on birth certificate

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) | A transgender teen unable to change the sex listed on his birth certificate sued New York state on Jan. 7, claiming a discriminatory policy is forcing him to rely on a document that inaccurately portrays his identity.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Albany argues that transgender minors should have the ability to correct their New York state birth certificates, something that minors with documents issued in New York City and some other states can already do. Transgender adults who have not undergone sex reassignment surgery have been able to change the gender listed on their New York state birth certificates since 2014.

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Joseph Caldwell’s memoir ‘In the Shadow of the Bridge’ revisits 1980s New York, AIDS epidemic

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New York was a different place in 1950, which is exactly why Joseph Caldwell loved it. The Milwaukee native, fresh from the Air Force and then 21, was finally ready to live openly as the young gay man he was. The city gave him that opportunity.

He found the home any New York-bound aspiring writer would want. It was an apartment “In the Shadow of the Bridge,” now the title of his memoir – which he saw published at age 91 this year.

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New York courts to expand gender options on jury documents

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) | New York’s court system says it plans to expand the gender options on jury documents in an effort to be more inclusive of people who do not identify as male or female.

State court spokesman Lucian Chalfen says the system aims to have the updated juror information card set for distribution by early January.

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NYPD investigating defaced Megan Rapinoe posters as possible hate crime

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ABOVE: Megan Rapinoe at the World Cup. Photo courtesy Rapinoe’s Facebook page.

The New York Police Department is investigating vandalism of Megan Rapinoe World Cup posters as a possible hate crime.

CNN reports that eight posters featuring Rapinoe in her U.S. Women’s National Team jersey were discovered on Monday to be vandalized at the Bryant Park subway station in New York City. The vandalized posters had “homophobic and defamatory slurs along with the phrase ‘Screw this ho.’” One poster also called Rapinoe a “shemale.”

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Attorneys general weigh in on LGBTQ employment cases

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) | A coalition led by the attorneys general of Illinois and New York has filed a legal brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring.

The brief comes ahead of oral arguments on three cases that may determine whether gays, lesbians and transgender people are protected from discrimination by existing federal civil rights laws.

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New York Gov. Cuomo: Eliminate ‘gay panic’ defense

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) | New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants lawmakers to pass a new law ensuring people who attack or kill a gay person can’t beat the charge by arguing they panicked because of their victim’s sexuality.

Under current law, defendants can attempt to excuse violent attacks by arguing they were under extreme emotional distress.

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Court: Adoption agency can’t reject same-sex couples

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) | A federal court says New York officials weren’t infringing on a Christian adoption agency’s religious freedom by requiring it to serve same-sex couples.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albany in December sought to stop the state Office of Children and Family Services from shutting down New Hope Family Services in Syracuse because of its “discriminatory” policy regarding child placements.

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Adele and Jennifer Lawrence whoop it up at NYC gay bar

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NEW YORK (AP) | Bar patrons in New York’s Greenwich Village were in the right place at the right time when Adele and Jennifer Lawrence showed up.

The Daily News reports Grammy-winning singer Adele and her Oscar-winning actress pal hit the gay bar Pieces on March 22, to the delight of the crowd.

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