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“gay” – Google News: Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies – The Republic


Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies  The Republic

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Queer Voices – LGBTQ News, Opinion and Conversations: Egg-Napping Drama Unfolds In Dutch Queer Penguin Community


Two “very determined” gay penguins took a nest of unfertilized eggs from a lesbian couple.

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Equality Virginia TIES conference draws bigger crowd with virtual format


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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Equality Virginia’s seventh annual Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) last week was attended by nearly 700 people, according to the organization.

The four-day conference that featured keynotes and workshops for the transgender community began on Oct. 14. Equality Virginia held this year’s events virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Scheduled events included workshops on health insurance, racial justice and voting rights as well as a free name and gender marker change clinic and a free wellness center visit with trans-affirming mental health or medical providers.

Vee Lamneck, Equality Virginia’s executive director, said the TIES conference was “unlike anything we’d ever seen or done.” 

“With nearly 700 participants, we were able to successfully transition from a one day, in-person conference to a four-day, digital conference without skipping a beat,” they said in a statement. “While nothing will replace meeting face-to-face, the virtual format allowed more people than ever the opportunity to participate while continuing the event’s tradition of empowerment and fostering community.”

An overarching theme throughout this year’s conference was the topic of racial inequality. 

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a trans activist and woman of color, was the first of several keynote speakers and reflected on her history of advocating for Black trans women. Aurora Higgs, an LGBTQ scholar and public speaker, led a panel focused on the work of Black trans activists in Virginia. The last keynote speech featured Black trans and non-binary youth from Side by Side, an LGBTQ advocacy organization based in Virginia. 

TIES also included a workshop on the Virginia Values Act, a historic law banning discrimination against the LGBTQ community that went into effect July 1.

The conference also served as a way for attendees to network and socialize with different breakout rooms. 

“TIES helps foster connections with Virginians from all corners of the commonwealth and we’re proud we can still offer the event through a virtual format this year,” Equality Virginia’s Program Director Thalia Hernandez said in a statement before the conference.

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Queerty: WATCH: The World’s First Transgender District With Aria Sa’id


Eric Cervini sat down with Aria Sa’id, founder and Executive Director of the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, the world’s first transgender district, celebrating the resilience, culture, and presence of transgender people in San Francisco’s famed Tenderloin neighborhood.

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: D.C. Attorney General: It’s illegal to destroy election campaign signs


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Several LGBTQ candidates have reported their campaign signs were vandalized in recent weeks. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Mulhall)

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine issued a legal advisory statement on Thursday declaring that destroying election campaign signs is a violation of D.C. law and targeting campaign signs for discriminatory reasons could be an additional violation of the city’s hate crimes law.

Racine’s advisory statement comes after reports have surfaced from at least four LGBTQ candidates for seats on D.C.’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions that their signs were being targeted for damage or being pulled down while nearby signs for other candidates were left alone.

“According to reporting by the Washington Blade, election signs of three Advisory Neighborhood Commission [candidates] from the LGBTQ+ community were destroyed in recent weeks,” a statement from the Attorney General’s office accompanying Racine’s advisory says. “The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) also received complaints from residents that signs have been destroyed,” the statement says.

“Under District law, individuals who have been found guilty of intentionally removing, defacing, damaging, or destroying a lawfully placed election sign could face a fine of up to $100,” the statement continues. “When sign removal or destruction is found to be discriminatory, the perpetrator could face heightened civil penalties,” it says.

“Intentionally destroying property, such as election signs, to target members of the LGBTQ+ community is unacceptable and unlawful in the District,” Racine said in his own statement. “Today’s advisory warns District residents that these acts could result in serious legal consequences,” he said. “I urge anyone who witnesses unlawful property destruction to report it to MPD’s non-emergency line (311),” he said in referring to the D.C. police department.

The Blade reported last week that gay Advisory Neighborhood Commission candidate Kyle Mulhall, who is running for a seat in ANC district 2B09 in the Dupont Circle area, has had his campaign signs pulled down and ripped in half repeatedly, often a day or two after he replaces them.

LGBTQ candidates Rehana Mohammed and Alexandra Bailey, who are running for ANC seats in nearby Logan Circle area districts 2F07 and 2F08, told the Blade that unidentified perpetrators have repeatedly damaged or attempted to tear down their campaign signs.

Earlier this week, lesbian activist Aiyi’nah Ford, who is running for a seat in ANC 8A06 in Anacostia, said she too has had her campaign signs damaged or pulled down.

“The District’s bias-related crime law prohibits, among other things, injury to property based on a range of characteristics of the victim of the offense, including race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or [gender] expression, disability, and other similar classifications,” Racine’s advisory states.

“Destroying, defacing, or removing signs for discriminatory reasons could violate that law and subject the perpetrator to heightened penalties,” the advisory says. “In addition, the victim can bring a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator.”

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Advocate.com: No, Trump Is Not a Friend to LGBTQ+ People. Here’s the Evidence


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This election season, you may encounter people who don’t think Trump really is a threat to LGBTQ+ people. Here’s how to convince them he is.

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“gay tv” – Google News: Billy Porter helps examine origins of gay rights movement – Seymour Tribune


Billy Porter helps examine origins of gay rights movement  Seymour Tribune

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Queer Voices – LGBTQ News, Opinion and Conversations: Susan Collins ‘Truly Grateful’ For Endorsement From Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Abortion Group


The Christian Civic League of Maine supports conversion therapy and opposes gay marriage — and the Republican senator is thrilled to have its support.

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Queer Voices – LGBTQ News, Opinion and Conversations: Dolly Parton Gets Angel Wings In ‘Christmas On The Square’ Trailer


Due out Nov. 22, the Netflix musical stars Christine Baranski as a Scrooge-like woman and Parton as a celestial being sent to change her mind.

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Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights: Ric Grenell accuses reporter of homophobia in rebuke for not covering Biden emails


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Richard Grenell (Photo public domain)

Richard Grenell, who served as the first openly gay acting director of national intelligence and is now the face of LGBTQ outreach for Trump’s re-election campaign, made a baseless charge of homophobia Thursday as he rebuked reporters for not asking about the alleged Hunter Biden emails in a campaign call.

In a conference call where the Trump campaign sought to highlight the alleged emails, which make explosive claims — with little substantiation — Hunter Biden facilitated a meeting between his dad and Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where he served as a board member, and helped facilitate cash payments from China to his dad, Grenell refused to respond to questions not related to the subject matter.

When the time came for a question from a reporter with National Public Radio, who in fact asked Grenell whether he expects the Biden emails to come up in the upcoming presidential debate, Grenell in response asked whether she had reported on the Biden emails.

The NPR reporter started to explain she had talked about how the president has discussed the Biden emails and wrote about the Clinton emails in 2016, but Grenell amid crosstalk between the two wasn’t having it and interrupted her.

“I’m speaking, I’m speaking, don’t be homophobic,” Grenell said, echoing a line from Kamala Harris during the vice presidential debate with Mike Pence. “Don’t interrupt, don’t interrupt, don’t interrupt. I’m speaking.”

Grenell said he thinks it would be “quite important” for NPR to coordinate among its staff for coverage of the Biden emails, although he acknowledged the statement from the media outlet on Thursday declaring it won’t “waste readers’ time” about them.

“The Biden team is not talking about it and they’re trying to use this Russian disinformation excuse,” Grenell said. “Don’t you think…that it’s pretty important to confront whether or not the use of Russia disinformation as an excuse for these Biden emails is important?”

The NPR reporter replied she’s “feeding this information to my colleagues who are writing this up,” repeating her question about whether the emails will come up in the debate. When Grenell asked for verification NPR would write about the story, the reporter repeated she has two colleagues “eagerly awaiting my transcript of this call.”

“OK, great,” Grenell said. “So, we’ll share with them all the research that we’ve done, and hopefully encourage them to do their own.”

Many media outlets have declined to cover the emerging story, citing insufficient corroboration for alleged emails found on a laptop at an Apple Store in Delaware. Serious questions remain as to whether the emails are part of a Russian disinformation campaign, which would be consistent with media reports Burisma was hacked in January. John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence for President Trump, has denied the emails are part of a foreign disinformation campaign.

Meanwhile, the Biden campaign has said no such meeting between the former vice president and the head of Burisma is found on his official schedule, but hasn’t outright denied the meeting took place. Tony Bobulinsk, who has said he’s a former business partner of Hunter Biden, has gone on the record to say he was a recipient of the Biden email to affirm their accuracy and said the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee has reached out to him.

The Washington Blade joined the reporters’ call to ask Grenell what evidence he had the Trump Pride event he’s hosting in swing states, most recently a widely panned event in Tampa with Tiffany Trump, was having a positive impact on motivating voters. The Blade, however, wasn’t called on the conference call to ask a question despite dialing in.

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