NATIONAL NEWS: Wife of Florida Nightclub Gunman Pleads Not Guilty to Aiding Attack In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Wife of Florida Nightclub Gunman Pleads Not Guilty to Aiding Attack

Reuters- The wife of the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history pleaded not guilty to charges she assisted him ahead of the fatal shooting of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida and later misleading authorities. Noor Salman, 30, aided and abetted husband Omar Mateen in his attempt to provide material support to a terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said. They also accuse her of obstructing justice by lying to authorities investigating the June 2016 massacre. Salman appeared in federal court in Oakland, California, in an…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Only Two Hollywood Films get GLAAD Nominations For LGBT Stories In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Only Two Hollywood Films get GLAAD Nominations For LGBT Stories

Reuters- Just two mainstream movies – “Moonlight” and “Star Trek Beyond” – earned nominations for the annual GLAAD awards recognizing the fair portrayal of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in film, television, music and journalism. Activist group GLAAD said the two nominations were the lowest since 2003 in its wide-release movie category and reflected the dearth of LGBT-inclusive storylines at Hollywood movie studios. “At a time when progress is at a critical juncture, it is imperative that Hollywood tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Boy Scouts to Begin Accepting Transgender Boys In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Boy Scouts to Begin Accepting Transgender Boys

Reuters- The Boy Scouts of America said the group would begin accepting transgender boys, bucking its more than a century-old practice of using the gender stated on a birth certificate to determine eligibility.   “Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application,” Boy Scouts of America communications director Effie Delimarkos said in an emailed statement. Delimarkos cited shifting definitions of gender under state laws, which can “vary widely from state to state,” in explaining…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Secretary of State John Kerry Apologizes for Firings of LGBT Staff In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Secretary of State John Kerry Apologizes for Firings of LGBT Staff

Reuters- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry apologized to hundreds of State Department employees who were fired after the start of the Cold War for being gay in what is known as the “lavender scare.” “In the past – as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades – the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing some employees to resign or refusing to hire certain applicants in the first place,”…

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NATIONAL NEWS: Poll: Most Americans Oppose So-Called “Religious Freedom” Laws That Permit Discrimination In The News 

NATIONAL NEWS: Poll: Most Americans Oppose So-Called “Religious Freedom” Laws That Permit Discrimination

LGBTQ NATION- Americans are not on board with discrimination against the LGBTQ community under the guise of “religious freedom,” according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute.   Sixty-one percent of respondents said they oppose religious based refusals of service to LGBTQ people. Only thirty percent said they agree with such exemptions, and nine percent said they did not know or refused to answer.   The White House has reportedly been considering a “religious freedom” executive order that would be a license to discriminate against the LGBTQ…

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National News: Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General Despite Racist, Anti-LGBT Views In The News 

National News: Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General Despite Racist, Anti-LGBT Views

The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as U.S. attorney general after a rancorous debate and criticism of a long anti-LGBT career.   Lawmakers approved Sessions as the nation’s top lawyer by a 52-47 vote along party lines. The Republican caucus, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), was unified in support of Sessions. The Democratic caucus, including lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), was largely opposed, although Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) broke ranks to vote with Republicans.   Sessions, who has been a U.S. senator since 1997 and was previously…

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Horoscopes – January 2017 Living Smart 

Horoscopes – January 2017

ARIES– Neptune in the 12th house – don’t be limited by small ideas where your home or property is concerned. The time is ripe for big steps, bold moves and investments in your future. Let a cautious relative know you will no longer be bound by petty restrictions. Aries and Libra play key roles this month.   ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Taurus – Neptune in the 11th house – an adventure you’ve been waiting for begins. Your happy-go-lucky attitude draws many persons to you, including someone of the opposite sex who is interested…

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Hungry for the Holidays – Recipes Living Smart 

Hungry for the Holidays – Recipes

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting INGREDIENTS: • 1½ cups flour • 2 tablespoons ground ginger • 2 teaspoons cinnamon • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves • 1½ cups butter • 1 cup sugar • ½ cup brown sugar • 3 tablespoons molasses • 4 eggs, at room temperature • 1½ teaspoons vanilla • 4 cups powdered sugar • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened • 1 tablespoon cinnamon • ½ teaspoon vanilla • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin tins…

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More Suitcase Memories at jericho library Out and About 

More Suitcase Memories at jericho library

On Sunday afternoon, November 6, 2016 at 2:00pm, a white spot poured across a Steinway grand piano located center stage. Soon, the first few notes were heard, and Lydia Sabosto began to transcend the room. Sabosto, with her one of a kind smile greeted the audience and opened with the theme from the motion picture Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory that was easily identified as “Pure Imagination”. She took firm hold and like a whirlwind brought the audience through a kind of musical time warp. Beginning with the back to Broadway segment,…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Gift of Movies Out and About 

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Gift of Movies

Who doesn’t love movies? The DVD and Blu-ray titles that follow cover a broad range of subjects and genres. There are dramas (including The Dresser), comedies (such as the Neighbors sequel), and several documentaries (Tab Hunter Confidential, for example). In other words, there’s something for almost everyone on your holiday gift list. There are probably even movies that you might enjoy watching or owning. Popcorn and Milk Duds sold separately. FOR THE POLITICALLY MINDED: The 2016 Presidential election may be a memory but politics aren’t. All The Way (HBO Home…

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Dancing in the dark Out and About 

Dancing in the dark

There are dark days ahead with the Trump/Pence team taking office. As they begin to erode our inalienable rights, let’s hope that dancing is not high on the list. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that neither Trump nor Pence is smart enough to decipher the name of electro-pop band STRFKR. Otherwise, Trump might add the band the list of those owing him an apology for imagined insults. With its Norman Rockwell homage cover art and perspective of finding our collective place in the universe, the band’s fifth…

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HIV Advocates Face Challenges New and Old After U.S. Elections A full repeal of Obamacare is unlikely, but the Ryan White Care Act will be even more important to people with HIV Out and About 

HIV Advocates Face Challenges New and Old After U.S. Elections A full repeal of Obamacare is unlikely, but the Ryan White Care Act will be even more important to people with HIV

It is not an overstatement to say that the nation Americans woke up to Nov. 9 is charted on a fundamentally different course than the day before. The differences in both temperament and in policy between the now President-elect Donald Trum and Hillary Clinton could hardly have been starker. For people living with or affected by HIV, the choice was between a woman who had been working to end the HIV epidemic for more than two decades as a First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, and a man whose…

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IS LOVE IS LOVE Out Front 

IS LOVE IS LOVE

MICHAEL BUBLÉ ON LEAVING AN LGBT-AFFIRMING LEGACY, MAN CRUSHES AND MALE ADMIRERS – BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI “You know what I’ll be Googling tonight: Bublé, gay, queer, all that stuff,” says Michael Bublé one recent afternoon, after being informed that said search terms render colorful results. All you lovers, though, needn’t search beyond the dreamy crooner’s recently released album, Nobody But Me, and its 10 feel-good tunes, including several new originals and reimagined classics gleaned from the Great American Songbook. Love, naturally, is featured prominently on Bublé’s ninth studio album, as…

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National news: Cherokee Nation Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriage In The News 

National news: Cherokee Nation Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

The attorney general of the Cherokee Nation issued an opinion on Friday indicated that the tribe of approximately 300,000 living mostly within the state of Oklahoma, will recognize same-sex marriages. Tulsa World reports: While agreeing that the tribe, as a sovereign nation itself, was not bound by the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, Todd Hembree echoed the court’s reasoning, deciding that the tribe’s own constitution “protects the fundamental right to marry,” regardless of the genders involved in the relationship. That decision…

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