National and International

15 Refugees Lead Columbus, Ohio Pride Parade

15 Refugees Lead Columbus, Ohio Pride Parade

| June 18, 2017

Refugees from LGBTQ persecution led the Pride Parade Saturday, June 17 in Columbus, Ohio. Thousands of marchers and visitors cheered on the 15 refugees as the parade travelled along the city’s North High Street to Downtown and continued to the Scioto Riverfront. “We’re all humans, and we all deserve to be happy on this earth,” […]

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Pride Goes On Despite Threats … in the US and Around the World

Pride Goes On Despite Threats … in the US and Around the World

| June 18, 2017

LGBTQ Nation’s Jeff Taylor posted a wrap up of six Pride events that went on around the world in the past year, despite threats of violence – two in the US. “Pride events offer a chance to express oneself, call for LGBTQ rights, and celebrate the victories that have so far been achieved in that […]

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Talking Pride in the Home Town of Vice President Mike Pence

Talking Pride in the Home Town of Vice President Mike Pence

| June 17, 2017

Upworthy’s Erin Canty talks about pride with LGBTQ activists in the home town of Vice President Mike Pence: As governor in 2015. Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that essentially allowed individuals and small businesses to discriminate on the basis of religion. Activists there including longtime resident Sondra Bolte protested and Pence […]

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VIDEO: 12-Year-Old Mormon Girl Comes Out to Her Church Community

VIDEO: 12-Year-Old Mormon Girl Comes Out to Her Church Community

| June 17, 2017

“I believe that God wants us to treat each other with kindness, even if people are different — especially if they are different.” Huffpost Queer Voices’ James Michael Nichols shared the story of 12-year-old Savannah, who came out to her entire Mormon church community recently. Just before she finished her statement, a church official asked […]

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VIDEO: Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau Says Government will Apologize & Reverse Past Same Sex Convictions

VIDEO: Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau Says Government will Apologize & Reverse Past Same Sex Convictions

| June 16, 2017

Justin Trudeau has announced that new legislation will be introduced to erase convictions for sexual activity with a same-sex partner under historical laws. The Toronto Star reports that Canada’s Liberal government will introduce legislation later in 2017 to reverse past convictions for sexual activity with a same-sex partner. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement […]

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Lesbian Police Officer is a Hero in Alexandria Shooting

Lesbian Police Officer is a Hero in Alexandria Shooting

| June 16, 2017

From the Washington Blade — “Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner — a lesbian in a same-sex marriage — was among those wounded during a shooting this week in the Virginia suburbs and received a visit from President Trump during his trip to the hospital to see the victims.” “Griner was among the five people shooter […]

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Atlanta’s Police Chief Comes Out in June Magazine Profile

Atlanta’s Police Chief Comes Out in June Magazine Profile

| June 7, 2017

Atlanta magazine introduced the city’s new police chief Erika Shields as the department’s first openly gay chief, and the second woman to lead the APD, in its June 2017 issue. Appointed in December 2016, Atlanta’s Camille Pendley reports that Shields is “chipping away at an ambitious agenda for the 1,850-officer department—one that could please both […]

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Chicago Unveils LGBTQ Veterans Monument on Memorial Day

Chicago Unveils LGBTQ Veterans Monument on Memorial Day

| June 7, 2017

LGBTQ Nation reports: “American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) officially unveiled Chicago‘s first memorial to LGBTQ veterans this Memorial Day, highlighting the sacrifices of troops who often served in silence. The granite monument is one of just a handful in the nation honoring LGBTQ servicemembers.” “Every veteran should be remembered and honored for their service,” […]

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