Buttigieg to 9-year-old seeking advice on coming out: ‘You seem pretty strong’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Pete Buttigieg gives youth advice on coming out at campaign rally in Denver (Screenshot via Twitter)

When a 9-year-old boy asked Pete Buttigieg on stage at a campaign rally in Denver Feb. 23 for advice on having the bravery to come out, the gay presidential hopeful initially didn’t have much to offer, but said he was very impressed.

“I don’t think you need a lot of advice from me on bravery,” Buttigieg said. “You seem pretty strong.”

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Ireland’s openly gay prime minister resigns

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Leo Varadkar, photo via Varadkar’s Facebook page.

Ireland’s first openly gay prime minister resigned on Thursday.

The BBC reported Leo Varadkar submitted his resignation after the Irish Parliament failed to name a new prime minister. Varadkar resigned less than two weeks after his Fine Gael party lost 15 seats in the country’s general election.

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Kentucky governor makes history by attending LGBTQ rights rally

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ABOVE: Gov. Andy Beshear becomes the first sitting Kentucky governor to speak at a statewide Fairness rally at the state capitol. Photo via Gov. Beshear’s Facebook page.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) | Gov. Andy Beshear spoke against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and supported a ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth during a historic appearance at an LGBTQ rights rally Wednesday at Kentucky’s Capitol.

Beshear became Kentucky’s first sitting governor to attend a rally staged by the Fairness Campaign in the Capitol Rotunda, a few steps from the governor’s office. The rallies by LGBTQ rights supporters date back to the 1990s, activists said.

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PHOTOS: Tampa Pride celebrates 2020 grand marshals

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TAMPA | Tampa Pride welcomed supporters to the Hilton Tampa Downtown Feb. 20 for its Grand Marshal Gala, introducing this year’s honorees while looking ahead to the organization’s 2020 celebration.

Organizers advised that the grand marshals were chosen by Tampa Pride’s board, which carefully considered their contributions to and longtime support of Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community at large. Tampa Pride President Carrie West introduced each of them between performances by Tampa Bay entertainer De Delovely.

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Trump taps loyalist Grenell as nation’s top intel official

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ABOVE: Richard Grenell (Photo from Gage Skidmore on Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Feb. 19 named Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as acting director of national intelligence, putting a staunch ally in charge of the nation’s 17 spy agencies.

The move drew immediate criticism from Democrats who said the job should be held by someone with deep intelligence experience. It also puts a Trump loyalist in charge of an intelligence community that the president has routinely disparaged and ignored, notably in the context of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Mormon-owned BYU eases rules on ‘homosexual behavior’

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ABOVE: BYU, photo via BYU’s Facebook page.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Brigham Young University in Utah has revised its strict code of conduct to strip a rule that banned any behavior that reflected “homosexual feelings,” which LGBTQ students and their allies felt created an unfair double standard not imposed on heterosexual couples.

The university is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which teaches its members that being gay isn’t a sin, but engaging in same-sex intimacy is.

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U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training

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ABOVE: LGBTQ Outreach and Engagement at Harvard Medical School (Photo from website)

Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. For Rhi Ledgerwood, who was designated female at birth, identifies as trans and doesn’t have sex with men, it was a doctor advising about condoms and pregnancy prevention. For Tim Keyes, who came out as gay at age 17, it’s when doctors automatically assumed he sleeps with women.

Ask any LGBTQ patient about awkward doctor visits and chances are they’ll have a story to tell.

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Canadian Olympic swimmer comes out in online essay

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Olympian Markus Thormeyer, photo via Instagram.

An Olympic athlete has come out as gay in an emotional online essay.

Canadian swimmer Markus Thormeyer, who competed in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay team in the 2016 Olympics, posted his coming out story on the website OutSports Wednesday, beginning his narrative by revealing that “the secret I was keeping” was “holding me back” when he began training with his team in Vancouver in 2015.

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Eugene Hernandez named director of New York Film Festival

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ABOVE: Eugene Hernandez. (Photo from the New York Film Festival’s website)

NEW YORK (AP) | Eugene Hernandez will succeed Kent Jones as the director of the New York Film Festival, becoming only the fifth person to lead the esteemed Lincoln Center showcase for cinema in its 57-year history.

Lesli Klainberg, executive director of Film at Lincoln Center, announced the appointment Feb. 19, naming Hernandez to the top position at arguably the most revered film festival in the country. Hernandez will oversee the New York Film Festival, along with Dennis Lim, the festival’s new director of programming. Lim already presides over year-round programming for Film at Lincoln Center.

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Marvel actor reveals ‘The Eternals’ will feature married gay superhero

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Actor Haaz Sleiman. (Photo from Twitter)

It looks like Marvel is finally going to deliver on its promise to provide substantive LGBTQ representation in its “cinematic universe.”

Actor Haaz Sleiman, who is openly gay, was speaking to LGBTQ media outlet NewNowNext for a profile story when he revealed that he will be portraying the husband of a gay superhero in the studio’s upcoming film, “The Eternals,” slated for a November 2020 release.

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Bloomberg pummeled, lackluster in response in bloody Democratic debate

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Michael Bloomberg faced the wrath of Democratic candidates in a bloody Democratic debate. (Photo by NBC News; used with permission)

With Michael Bloomberg ascending in the polls, fellow candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination pummeled during him — and in some cases each other — in a bloody debate Feb. 19.

Across the stage in Las Vegas, candidates seeking to thwart Bloomberg hammered him on the “stop-and-frisk” policy, allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination and being a billionaire seeking to buy the presidency. In response, Bloomberg delivered responses that were cerebral at best, but largely seemed disengaged and lacked a presence on stage.

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