Screen Savor – Move to This Out and About 

Screen Savor – Move to This

by Gregg Shapiro The best way to describe Jennifer Reeder’s multicultural lesbian rom-com Signature Move (Newcity) is to call it a delight. Sweet as a mango lassi but with a kick like hot salsa. From the opening shot of the street sign at the intersection of W. Devon Avenue and N. Oakley Avenue, it’s clear that we are in the section of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood where all the East Indian and Pakistani restaurants and stores are located. Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza, who also co-wrote the screenplay) is a lawyer who…

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LGBT Network Opens Community Center in Long Island City Out on LI 

LGBT Network Opens Community Center in Long Island City

On February 1st, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz joined NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Public Advocate Tish James and dozens of other dignitaries, city agencies, the NYPD, FDNY and LGBT Network President David Kilmnick to officially open the new 4,000 sq. ft. Queens LGBT Center in Long Island City Queens with two big events. The LGBT Network, now in its 25th year, hosted over 150 community members and elected officials at the afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony with more than 200 attending the community open house later that…

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Gay Indian prince throws open palace doors to vulnerable LGBT people International News 

Gay Indian prince throws open palace doors to vulnerable LGBT people

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The only openly gay prince in India – where same sex relations are illegal – is throwing open his palace doors to lesbians, gays, transgender and other Indians shunned for their sexuality. Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, heir apparent to the throne of Rajpipla in western Gujarat state, said it was particularly hard to come out in smalltown India, where traditional values hold sway and heterosexual relations are the norm. “People still face a lot of pressure from their families when they come out, being forced…

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Kenworthy proud to represent U.S., LGBT community in Pyeongchang In The News 

Kenworthy proud to represent U.S., LGBT community in Pyeongchang

Gus Kenworthy was terrified about the consequences of coming out as gay in 2015 but the American skier says that his decision prompted a huge outpouring of unexpected support and has allowed him to compete without the weight of the world on his shoulders. Kenworthy, an Olympic silver medal winner in the ski slopestyle at Sochi, came out in a cover story for ESPN The Magazine to become the first openly gay action sports athlete. “I had set myself up for the worst case scenario,” he told Reuters by telephone…

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Heterosexual employees can’t claim reverse discrimination when federal law doesn’t shield gays, lesbians – judge In The News 

Heterosexual employees can’t claim reverse discrimination when federal law doesn’t shield gays, lesbians – judge

As advocates for LGBTQ employees push to reverse appellate rulings that they’re not protected against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, a Louisiana federal judge held that a heterosexual employee who was fired after she posted an anti-LGBTQ comment on Facebook cannot claim reverse discrimination or retaliation at the hands of her LGBTQ boss. The scope of protection under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it would seem, cuts two ways. U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Bourgeois of Baton Rouge dismissed a suit by Bonnie O’Daniel, a former office administrator for Industrial…

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U.S. top court turns away challenge to Mississippi LGBT law In The News 

U.S. top court turns away challenge to Mississippi LGBT law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ended the first legal challenge to a Republican-backed Mississippi law that permits businesses and government employees to refuse to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people because of their religious beliefs. The justices left in place a June ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the plaintiffs – same-sex couples, civil rights advocates including the head of the state NAACP chapter, a church and others – did not have legal standing to bring the lawsuit. The law, passed by…

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LGBT Network and the New York Islanders host Pride Night Out on LI 

LGBT Network and the New York Islanders host Pride Night

    On February 3rd, the LGBT Network and the New York Islanders hosted Pride Night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Thousands filled the arena with rainbow flags in-hand, to cheer on the Islanders and show their pride. Before the Islanders took the ice, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth alum, Angela Reteguiz kicked off the fireworks with a stunning performance of the National Anthem. The arena’s video screens and scoreboards lit up in rainbow colors throughout the night as the Islanders one-upped the Columbus Blue Jackets, winning 4-3. Pride Night…

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(BAD) Moms know best Out Front Uncategorized 

(BAD) Moms know best

MILA KUNIS AND KRISTEN BELL TALK GAY BARS, ‘FROZEN’ DRAG AND WAITING TO MARRY UNTIL THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY COULD TOO BY CHRIS AZZOPARD “Are there gays in Michigan? They made it all the way there?” deadpans Mila Kunis to native Michigander Kristen Bell, as if to jokingly say all the world’s queers migrated from her hometown of West Hollywood. Seated next to Kunis, 34, at a hotel conference room in The Peninsula Chicago, Bell, 37, replies plainly: “Well, yes.” “I grew up with them in my theater community,” adds Bell,…

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LGBT NEtwork Launches NEw Online Business Directory and Job Board Out on LI 

LGBT NEtwork Launches NEw Online Business Directory and Job Board

The LGBT Network recently launched its brand new LGBT Business Directory and Job Board. The LGBT Business Directory and Job Board provides an important platform to business owners to advertise their services to an LGBT and allied audience, and helps members of the community find businesses that are supportive of LGBT people. Additionally, employers seeking to recruit LGBT and allied workers will now have a quick, easy way to reach a broader pool of talent. The LGBT Network held a Launch Party at Crest Hollow Country Club on November 9th…

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In defeat for Trump, judge blocks transgender military  ban In The News 

In defeat for Trump, judge blocks transgender military ban

(Reuters) A federal judge in Washington on Monday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, handing a victory to transgender service members who accused the president of violating their constitutional rights. The transgender service members sued in August to try to block the ban, which had not yet gone into effect, and U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted them an injunction halting enforcement of it until their case is resolved. The service members asserted that Trump’s policy violated their rights to due process…

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Actor Kevin Spacey declares he lives life as a gay man In The News 

Actor Kevin Spacey declares he lives life as a gay man

(Reuters) After years of refusing to address rumors about his sexuality, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey said on Sunday he has chosen to live his life as a gay man. Spacey, 58, who won Oscars for “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty,” made the declaration in a post on Twitter. He apologized to fellow actor Anthony Rapp in the same post for an incident Rapp said occurred in 1986. Rapp, who went on to star in the Broadway musical “Rent,” was 14 at the time and starting his career. Spacey said…

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Transgender candidates rack up  wins in first U.S. elections of  Trump presidency In The News 

Transgender candidates rack up wins in first U.S. elections of Trump presidency

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Transgender political candidates scored wins in the first U.S. elections since Donald Trump became president, a sign of their growing acceptance in parts of the country, experts said on Wednesday. Five transgender candidates were victorious, among them a woman who won a heated race for state legislature in Virginia, the highest elected office ever for a transgender candidate, experts said. The results came in the first nationwide elections since Trump, a Republican, was elected last year. The election results show the risk of “moving too…

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LGBT characters on  U.S. TV at record highs In The News 

LGBT characters on U.S. TV at record highs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) The number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television shows have reached record highs, and campaign group GLAAD said on Thursday that their stories were more important than ever given moves in the United States to roll back LGBT acceptance. In its annual report on diversity on the small screen, GLAAD found 329 regular and recurring LGBTQ characters across all broadcast, cable and streaming TV platforms, including the first asexual and non-binary characters. GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said TV was a critical place for…

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