Local News

Rev Dr Nancy Wilson Retires as MCC Global Moderator

Rev Dr Nancy Wilson Retires as MCC Global Moderator

Outspoken lesbian minister Rev Elder Dr Nancy Wilson was honored July 6, 2016 when she retired as global moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. Wilson served as pastor of Church of the Trinity MCC in Sarasota, Florida, from 2001 to 2005, before she was elected to the position of Moderator following the retirement of the Founder […]

| July 9, 2016
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Palm Beach County Looking at Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBT Children

Palm Beach County Looking at Ban on Conversion Therapy for LGBT Children

Palm Beach County could become one of the first communities in Florida to ban conversion therapy for children, according to a report in the SunSentinel of Broward & Palm Beach. “County Mayor Mary Lou Berger said Tuesday she would support the ban if county legal staff determines it’s within the County Commission’s authority.” The Palm […]

| June 22, 2016
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Contributors

Freedom Clothes

Freedom Clothes

The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch — So here I am, trying on men’s dress pants for the Golden Crown Literary Society Awards ceremony, and I keep thinking of the photos of our people in Orlando. They dressed up too in their best freedom clothes, also anticipating an evening of togetherness. I’m grateful to be […]

| July 9, 2016
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Astroflash Monthly Horoscope for July 2016

Astroflash Monthly Horoscope for July 2016

by Flash Silvermoon July comes flowing in on a sea of Cancerian planets bringing oceans of emotion and abundant healing energies and possibilities. Mercury, Moon, Sun and Venus are all part of this cluster with Venus sweetening the vibration which is very helpful with the presence of a Direct Mars in the water sign Scorpio. […]

| July 2, 2016
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State & National

Hillary Clinton Focuses on Pulse Tragedy During Orlando Campaign Stop

Hillary Clinton Focuses on Pulse Tragedy During Orlando Campaign Stop

On Friday, during a campaign pass through Florida, Hillary Clinton stopped in Orlando to meet privately with families of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting and to lay a dozen roses at the Pulse memorial site. The Washington Post reported that Clinton said “I’m really here to listen to what your experiences have been.” She noted […]

| July 23, 2016
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GOP Convention Delegates Ratify Anti-LGBT Platform

GOP Convention Delegates Ratify Anti-LGBT Platform

From the Washington Blade – “Despite efforts from pro-LGBT Republicans to remove opposition to same-sex marriage from the 2016 platform, the document seeks to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality through either judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning the issue to the states.” Virgil Goode, a Virginia delegate and […]

| July 21, 2016
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International

Is UK’s New Woman Prime Minister a Win for Feminism?

Is UK’s New Woman Prime Minister a Win for Feminism?

From Curve’s Victoria A Brownworth — “The UK has a new Prime Minister: Theresa May. Only the second woman PM in the history of the U.K., May is, like her predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, a conservative – a member of the Tory party.” “Did feminism win or lose with May taking the helm of #10 Downing […]

| July 14, 2016
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Canada’s Trudeau Marches in Toronto Pride Parade

Canada’s Trudeau Marches in Toronto Pride Parade

Surrounded by security, media and rainbow-flag-waving women and men, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marched in Toronto’s Pride Parade July 3, 2016. Trudeau is the first sitting prime minister to participate in Canada’s largest Pride event, reaffirming his support for the rights of LGBT people in Canada. “I’ve been coming to this for years and […]

| July 9, 2016
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Sports

At Least 38 Athletes Out at the 2016 Olympics

At Least 38 Athletes Out at the 2016 Olympics

Outsports reports – “The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will have a record number of publicly out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex athletes.” “Outsports and Olympic and LGBT historian Tony Scupham-Bilton have identified at least 38 out athletes who will compete, as well as three coaches. Several out athletes have also qualified for the […]

| July 22, 2016
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First Openly Gay UFC Champion Amanda Nunes

First Openly Gay UFC Champion Amanda Nunes

Erin Rook reports for LGBTQ Nation: “After defeating Miesha Tate Saturday at UFC 200 in a stunning underdog victory, Amanda Nunes became the first openly gay UFC fighter to win a title, The Guardian reports. She showed up to her weigh-in wearing a shirt saying “We are all fighters,” as part of a fundraiser for […]

| July 12, 2016
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Entertainment & The Arts

Cuba’s Gay Men’s Chorus Performs with Ft Lauderdale Chorus

Cuba’s Gay Men’s Chorus Performs with Ft Lauderdale Chorus

Mano a Mano, Cuba’s first and only gay men’s chorus joined Fort Lauderdale’s Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida in a concert at the Sunshine Cathedral on Saturday, July 23. Mano a Mano has been touring the country for over a month in their first-ever exposure to American audiences. This was the final concert on […]

| July 23, 2016
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WATCH: Sia Sings “Unstoppable”

WATCH: Sia Sings “Unstoppable”

Watch as Sia sings “Unstoppable” on Good Morning America Friday, July 22. OUT Magazine’s Dan Heching says: “Even though “Unstoppable” is a departure for the artist—the song is about feeling confident and powerful, as opposed to the damaged beauty of prior hits like “Chandelier” or “Elastic Heart”—Sia’s delivery and subtext still communicates untold reservoirs of […]

| July 23, 2016
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More News

National PTA Passes a Resolution Recognizing LGBTQ Individuals as Protected Class

National PTA Passes a Resolution Recognizing LGBTQ Individuals as Protected Class

| July 19, 2016

The resolution, passed during the organization’s 2016 national convention, calls for federal policies to protect LGBTQ youth and local policies to create safe and affirming learning environments. PFLAG National applauds National PTA and was represented at the convention by PFLAG National Board Member Joni Stacy and Director of Policy Diego Sanchez. We look forward to […]

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Looking Back: First US Woman’s Rights Convention July 19-20, 1848

Looking Back: First US Woman’s Rights Convention July 19-20, 1848

| July 18, 2016

From History.com: “At the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, N.Y., a woman’s rights convention–the first ever held in the United States–convenes with almost 200 women in attendance. The convention was organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two abolitionists who met at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. As women, Mott and Stanton […]

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100 Naked Women Pose Outside the Republican Convention

100 Naked Women Pose Outside the Republican Convention

| July 18, 2016

Esquire Magazine’s Kate Storey wrote this exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at photographer Spencer Tunick’s photo shoot for “Everything She Says Means Everything.” “As the sun rises Sunday morning over the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, 100 women stand completely nude, holding large, round mirrors facing the arena. They’re on an empty lot in between a […]

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| July 18, 2016

ThinkProgress reports: “The United Methodist Church (UMC) elected its first openly gay bishop Friday evening, a major step towards LGBT equality for America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination. But equality advocates point out that the vote is only a partial victory, as it directly violates the church’s ongoing ban on pastors who are “practicing homosexuals.” “After […]

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