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Advocate.com: Editors Letter: A Cherished Memory of Elton John

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: 10 times Janet Jackson was there for LGBT community

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Janet Jackson returns to D.C. on her acclaimed State of the World Tour on Nov. 16. (Photo by Shilla Patel)

Its not often you have the opportunity to see a bona fide music icon and legend perform live, so dont miss Janet Jacksons acclaimed State of the World Tour coming to D.C. (Nov. 16) and Baltimore (Nov. 18).

In celebration of Janets arrival, weve compiled a list of 10 ways she has demonstrated her love and support for the LGBT community. In no particular order, they are:

1. The Velvet Rope project. In 1997, Jackson released her critically acclaimed sixth studio album The Velvet Rope, an introspective and deeply personal collection of songs that touched on her depression, but also tackled LGBT issues. On the track Free Xone, she spoke out forcefully against anti-LGBT bias. She also covered Rod Stewarts Tonights the Night, without changing the pronouns in the love song, prompting speculation about her sexual orientation. But it was her international No. 1 hit Together Again that continues to resonate with LGBT fans. An upbeat, joyful dance song, It was conceived as a tribute to Jacksons friends who died of AIDS.

2. GLAAD award. In 2008, Ellen DeGeneres presented Jackson with the Vanguard Award at the 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards. GLAADs president said, We are delighted to honor Janet Jackson at the 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles as such a visible, welcoming and inclusive ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Ms. Jackson has a tremendous following inside the LGBT community and out, and having her stand with us against the defamation that LGBT people still face in our country is extremely significant.

3. Ebony magazine interview about her sexuality. In 2001, Jackson gave an interview to Ebony magazine in which she was asked about her sexual orientation. I don’t mind people thinking that I’m gay or calling me gay, she said. People are going to believe whatever they want. Yes, I hang out at gay clubs I go where the music is good. I love people regardless of sexual preference, regardless of race. No, I am not bisexual. I have been linked with dancers in our group because we are so close. I grew up in a big family. I love being affectionate. I love intimacy and I am not afraid to show it.

4. Video support for It Gets Better, Trevor Project. In 2010, Jackson recorded a video for the Trevor Project and later appeared on CNNs Larry King Live to promote awareness of youth suicide. If youre LGBT youre probably thinking youre all alone, but youre not, she said in the video. I can relate because I was one of those kids who internalized everything.

5. State of the World Tour. Jacksons LGBT support continues in 2017. Her current tours opening sequence highlights a range of problems facing the world, from famine and war to police brutality and includes a call for justice and for LGBT rights.

6. The Kids. Jackson has always employed a diverse crew of professional dancers for her videos and tours. Some of her closest friends and collaborators over the years have been prominent out gay and lesbian choreographers, singers, dancers, makeup artists and designers. She lovingly refers to her backup dancers as the Kids.

7. NYC Pride performance. In 2004, Jackson performed for a packed audience at Pride Dance NYC at Pier 54.

8. Will & Grace cameo. In 2004, Jackson made a memorable cameo on Will & Grace, judging a dance-off between Jack and another dancer.

9. HRC, AIDS Project Los Angeles awards. In 2005, Jackson was honored by both the Human Rights Campaign and AIDS Project Los Angeles for her work raising money for AIDS charities.

10. Janets Blade interview. In 2006, Jackson granted an exclusive interview to the Washington Blade. It was one of the rare times she touched on the Super Bowl controversy and her brother Michaels acquittal on child molestation charges, telling Blade Editor Kevin Naff, I got all of that out of my system, thats not what Im feeling right now. I wrote about [those controversies] but I didnt choose to put it out there on the album. In the interview, Jackson also reiterated her support for marriage equality, said shed never had a sexual relationship with a woman and revealed that shed never met Madonna.

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Patrick Wojahn wins re-election in College Park

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College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn, center, won election to a second term. (Washington Blade photo by Tom Hausman)

College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn, whos gay, won election to a second term in office on Tuesday, finishing ahead of three challengers by a wide margin.

Final but unofficial returns showed that Wojahn received 1,495 votes. Council member Mary Cook came in second place with 572 votes followed by candidates S.H. Tom Chen and Lalzarliani Malsawma receiving 351 votes and 98 votes respectively.

Wojahn became College Parks first out gay mayor when he was first elected to the mayoral post two years ago.

Im excited, honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to serve College Park another two years as mayor, he said in a statement Tuesday night. Im eager to continue the progress weve made over the past two years on revitalizing our city and making our neighborhoods safe and our communities strong, he said.

Also winning re-election on Tuesday was College Parks gay City Council member P.J. Brennan, who finished ahead of four challengers.

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Gay Maryland resident Barry Hobson earlier this year filed a complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights charging the D.C.-based Washington Teachers Union with violating the citys Human Rights Act by firing him based on his sexual orientation, gender and age.

Hobson released a copy of his complaint to the Washington Blade on Monday.

His complaint says he was subjected to what he believes was unfair and discriminatory treatment and harassment by the unions chief of staff shortly after he was hired as a receptionist/office assistant on Jan. 15, 2017.

I began to experience harassment by respondents chief of staff (Ms. Egbufor) approximately ten days after submitting my new-hire paperwork, which clearly indicated I am in a same-sex relationship, he states in the complaint. Ms. Egbufor abruptly ended a phone call when I told her the male listed on my paperwork is my finance, the complaint says.

It says Egbufor falsely accused him of failing to do his job and of repeatedly showing up late for work among other alleged infractions that Hobson said were completely fabricated by Egbufor, whom at least two fellow employees told him dislikes gay people, the complaint says.

It also says Washington Teachers Union President Elizabeth Davis persuaded the unions board to fire him on April 3 on grounds of attendance and punctuality while allowing a female employee with a newborn child to start work later to avoid being late for work so she could drop off her child at a daycare center. This constitutes sex discrimination, Hobson says in his complaint.

His complaint says he learned that an older employee said to be 62 years old was allowed to keep his job after allegedly making personal purchases with the unions corporate credit card. When Hobson asked why this employee was allowed to keep his job while Hobson was about to be fired, Davis explained that the older employee needs more guidance than [you] youngsters, Hobsons complaint says, prompting Hobson to accuse the union of discriminating against him because of his age.

Larry Rubin, the Washington Teachers Unions communications director, told the Blade on Tuesday he and union officials consider Hobsons complaint baseless, ridiculous and laughable.

He referred the Blade to the unions attorney, Lee W. Jackson, for further information on why the union feels the complaint has no merit. Jackson couldnt immediately be reached.

An Oct. 10 notice that Office of Human Rights Director Monica Palacio sent to the union, which Hobson released to the Blade, says the union was required to submit to the OHR its official response to Hobsons complaint by Oct. 30. The notice also says Hobson and a union official were required to attend a mandatory mediation session on Nov. 2 to determine whether a settlement agreement could be reached.

Hobson said the mediation failed and OHR has begun a formal investigation into the complaint. Under OHR procedures the investigation, which could take several months to complete, would determine whether probable cause exists that discrimination occurred. If that finding is reached, another mediation session would be held to determine whether a settled could be reached. The case would go to a public evidentiary hearing similar to a trial if a settlement could not be reached.

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Gay U.S. ambassador Daniel Baer is running for Congress. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key).

A gay former U.S. ambassador who served under the Obama administration has launched a campaign to run for Congress, shifting his focus from tangling with representatives of Vladimir Putin overseas to President Trump at home.

Daniel Baer, who served in the Obama administration as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, announced on Tuesday his bid to succeed retiring Rep. Ed EarlPerlmutter (D-Colo.) in representing Colorados 7th congressional district.

Were at a pivotal moment, Baer said in a statement. We need bold new ideas and a commitment to stand up for our Colorado values. Working together, we can put our communities and our country on a path toward success in the 21st century.

Baer accompanied his announcement with a video titled Are we doing everything we can? declaring his candidacy. Among the images in the video is a picture of Baer and his spouse, Brian Walsh.

Under the Obama administration, Baer served not only as U.S. envoy to OSCE, but deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, where his portfolio included LGBT international human rights issues. After his appointment as U.S. ambassador, Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry took over the issue at the State Department.

In his role at OSCE, Baer represented the United States in talks with envoys from Russia a country known for hostility to LGBT rights. At one time, the Russian government called on Baer to step down for tough comments he made abut the country, but Baer says in the video he still managed to get things done with them.

During a 2014 interview with the Washington Blade, Baer said he never felt that his sexual orientation has been an issue for Vladimir Putins representatives at OSCE.

Just like being gay, working with the U.S. ambassador is not a choice, and Im ready to work with all of them, Baer said.

Baer joins a crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in Colorados 7th congressional district, including State Sen. Andy Kerr, State Sen. Dominick Moreno and State Sen. Brittany Pettersen. No Republican candidate have formally declared yet.

As tough as things are, Im an optimist, Baer said. I believe in the power of Colorado common sense, and I believe that we can make our democracy work for everyone. The American dream must be part of our future, not a nostalgic memory from our past. We all worry about the divisions in our American family. The best way to build bridges, to mend our rifts, and to lift each other up is to roll up our sleeves and start making progress, rebuilding the middle class, and digging deep into the bottomless well of American optimism. Lets do this.

Russian group claims to have evacuated 64 people from Chechnya

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The Russian LGBT Network in a report it published on July 31, 2017, says it has evacuated 64 people from Chechnya. (Photo by Alexxx1979; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A Russian LGBT advocacy group says it has evacuated 64 people from Chechnya over the last four months.A 31-page report the Russian LGBT Network released on Monday notes those it has helped leave the semi-autonomous Russian republic in the North Caucuses were relocated to shelters in central Russia. The Russian LGBT Network, which is based in St. Petersburg, also said more than 130 people from Chechnya and neighboring republics have requested assistance of a different nature because of the persecution from the local authorities and hostile relatives.

Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, in April reported Chechen authorities have arrested more than 100 men because of their sexual orientation since the beginning of the year. At least three of these men reportedly died after their arrest, while others have been beaten and tortured and sent to secret prisons.

They threw me to the floor and beat me, said a person identified as I.J. in the Russian LGBT Network report. They beat my chest and my face with their feet, and they hit my head against the floor.

I.J. also told the Russian LGBT Network he thought authorities were going to rape them as they took off their clothes. A person identified as A.B. said authorities forced them to watch a video of them torturing a man by inserting a hollow tube and a piece of barbed wire into his anus.

They enjoyed the torture, said A.B. We were forced to beat others up and to electrocute them. They instructed other inmates to do whatever they wanted with us.

Novaya Gazeta reporter Elena Milashina contributed to the report, which indicates Chechen authorities have begun to target lesbian women. The Russian LGBT Network also notes dozens of gay Chechens may have been killed by their relatives in so-called honor killings.

U.S. remains deeply concerned about crackdown

The ongoing crackdown against gay and lesbian Chechens has sparked widespread outrage around the world.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in April said the U.S. is disturbed by the crackdown. The State Department has also urged the Russian government to conduct an investigation.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are among the world leaders who have condemned Chechen authorities. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told the Washington Blade last month the State Department has raised the crackdown in conversations at the highest levels, even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) in June during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing he has not discussed it with Russian officials.

Neither Tillerson nor President Trump has yet to publicly condemn the crackdown.

Tillerson on Tuesday made no mention of Chechnya when he spoke to reporters about relations between the U.S. and Russia during a State Department press briefing.

The United States continues to be deeply concerned about the situation in the republic of Chechnya, where credible reports indicate at least 100 men have been detained and tortured with some killed on the basis of their sexual orientation, a State Department official told the Blade on Tuesday in a statement.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said last month during an interview with HBOs Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that gay people dont exist in the republic. The Russian LGBT Network has also expressed skepticism over the Kremlins claims it has launched an investigation into the crackdown.

Nauert on July 18 described Kadyrovs comments as very concerning and upsetting to us. The State Department official with whom the Blade spoke on Tuesday stressed the U.S. categorically condemns the persecution of individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis.

We urge Russian federal authorities to follow through on its promise to conduct an independent and credible investigation into these reports, and hold any perpetrators responsible as soon as possible, added the official. We also urge Russian federal authorities to speak out against such practices and take steps to ensure the release of anyone wrongfully detained.

Media Matters criticizes lack of Chechnya coverage

The Russian LGBT Network released its report a day before Media Matters for America published a study that notes there have only been three significant mentions of the Chechnya crackdown in the six major networks evening newscasts between April 1-July 31.

A segment of NBCs Nightly News broadcast on April 23 focused on Chechnya. CNNs The Lead with Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper 360 highlighted the anti-gay crackdown on April 24 and May 4 respectively.

Chechnyas brutal attacks against and murders of queer men in the region have become an international human rights issue, but the American public would not know that by watching the evening news, said Media Matters. Though NBC’s and CNNs pieces provided solid reporting, one package on each network’s evening programming over a four-month span is not enough, and the utter silence of ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox News does a disservice to their viewers.

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