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Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue In The News 

Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue

Reuters – PAWHUSKA, OKLA. A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 decision making the practice legal in all states. The same-sex case known as Obergefell v Hodges has rippled through the 567 federally recognized Indian Nations. As sovereign entities, they are not necessarily bound by the Supreme Court decision, leaving many in the precarious position of trying to decide whether to make the hot-button issue part…

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Teen advocate Jazz Jennings inspires first transgender doll In The News 

Teen advocate Jazz Jennings inspires first transgender doll

CNN WIRE – NEW YORK Like any other girl, 16-year-old Jazz Jennings always loved dolls and dresses. But unlike many others, Jazz, who is transgender, couldn’t find one that truly represented her. That’s all about to change. As one of the youngest transgender people to be extensively documented on social media, Jazz has garnered a large following that includes nearly half a million Instagram followers, and the latest installment of this appreciative fandom is a doll version of the teen. The Tonner Doll Company, which specializes in adult collectibles and high fashion…

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Americans oppose bathroom laws limiting transgender rights In The News 

Americans oppose bathroom laws limiting transgender rights

The majority of respondents to a new U.S. poll opposed laws barring transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identities and indicated growing acceptance for gay rights, a nonpartisan research group said on Friday. Fifty-three percent of the Americans surveyed oppose laws requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth, according to the national poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. The survey showed that 39 percent of respondents favored such laws, and almost one in 10 of the 2,031 adults surveyed in…

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US sends “pro-family” group to UN  fueling fears over LGBT rights In The News 

US sends “pro-family” group to UN fueling fears over LGBT rights

REUTERS – NEW YORK, March 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States has sent a pro-family lobbying group listed as a “hate group” by civil rights activists in its delegation to key United Nations meetings, advocates said on Wednesday, fuelling fears over rolling back gay rights. The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) was named this week by the U.S. State Department to attend the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, an annual set of high-level meetings on women’s equality and empowerment. C-FAM has been listed as…

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Disney to feature first gay scene in Beauty and the Beast In The News 

Disney to feature first gay scene in Beauty and the Beast

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Disney will feature its first gay scene when a character is seen struggling with his sexuality in the live-action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, according to the film’s director. The film’s stars will be heterosexual – British actors Emma Watson and Dan Stevens play the title roles – and manservant LeFou, sidekick to the film’s macho main man Gaston, will grapple with his own sexuality. “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,”…

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Thai contestant crowned Miss International Queen in transgender pageant In The News International News 

Thai contestant crowned Miss International Queen in transgender pageant

REUTERS – Thai contestant Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen 2016 at a contest billed as the world’s largest and most popular transgender pageant. The 25-year-old beat 24 other contestants for the crown, with the second and third place going to contestants from Brazil and Venezuela, respectively. The pageant, which brings together transgender people from around the world, was launched over a decade ago to help transgender women feel more accepted by society. “It’s like a new category, but the gender already existed a long time ago,” said Jiratchaya,…

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Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens press for same-sex marriage In The News International News 

Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens press for same-sex marriage

REUTERS – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), junior partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition, said on they would launch a new push to legalize same-sex marriage in Germany, a move opposed in the past by Merkel’s Christian Democrats. Thomas Oppermann, who heads the SPD’s parliamentary faction, told Der Spiegel magazine his party would raise the issue at the next meeting of the right-centre coalition, a move welcomed by the pro-environment Green party. The issue could help the SPD differentiate itself from Merkel’s conservatives as the uneasy coalition partners ramp up…

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YouTube admits that LGBT videos are hidden in its  “restricted mode”, apologies for confusion In The News International News 

YouTube admits that LGBT videos are hidden in its “restricted mode”, apologies for confusion

INDEPENDENT TECH The Google-owned video company offers a “restricted mode” that aims to “screen out potentially objectionable content”. But a number of prominent YouTubers noticed that LGBTQ videos appeared to be hidden as part of that rule – provoking huge protests. Now YouTube has admitted that such videos are being hidden, but says that it only does so to ensure that people don’t see videos that deal with “more sensitive issues”. “We are so proud to represent LGBTQ+ voices on our platform – they’re a key part of what YouTube…

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Having his cake and eating it too Out Front 

Having his cake and eating it too

JOE JONAS ON ‘FUN’ GAY RUMORS, BARBRA STREISAND FANDOM AND THE PLEASURES OF S&M BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI Why is Joe Jonas talking about whips and leather? Apart from recalling his experience with both, the answer is simply because he can. Because the former baby-faced JoBro is all man now, from his 5 o’clock shadow to his steel physique, which he’s not been shy about showing off. While making the promotional rounds for his debut as lead singer of Los Angeles-formed collective DNCE, the newly liberated 27-year-old hasn’t merely shifted away…

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The LGBT network stands up for equality Out on LI 

The LGBT network stands up for equality

In February, the Trump Administration began its attack on the LGBT community by rescinding an Obama administration policy that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex. This meant that transgender students were protected under Title IX, the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Trump has put these protections in jeopardy, leaving transgender students open to discriminatory and dangerous interpretations of Title IX. Within hours of the announcement, the LGBT Network mobilized a response, holding a press conference…

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Most Important Long Island Pride celebration comes to long beach Out on LI 

Most Important Long Island Pride celebration comes to long beach

The Long Island Pride Parade and Festival has been celebrated in various ways in the 26 years since it was founded. From its earliest beginnings as a march brought forward after suing for the right to take to the streets, to stand up and be visible, to the relatively celebratory times of the past 8 years – one constant has remained – Pride is a powerful showing of the beautiful diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community of Long Island. In 2017, we are celebrating just a bit…

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Pitching in to Strike Out Bullying Out on LI 

Pitching in to Strike Out Bullying

The LGBT Network and the New York Mets are celebrating the 2nd Annual “Pride Night at Citi Field”, on Saturday, June 17th ( 4:10pm game) that creates an exciting, memorable experience for thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community members and allies. Last year, The Mets made Citi Field a true home for the LGBT Community. From Rainbow Flags flying over the stadium, to openly gay former Major League player Billy Beanthrowing out the first pitch, to honoring an LGBT Veteran between innings during the game with a US…

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Hundreds Attend Long Island’s 21st Annual LGBT Conference Out on LI 

Hundreds Attend Long Island’s 21st Annual LGBT Conference

More than 300 attended The LGBT Network’s 21th Annual Long Island LGBT Conference on Tuesday, March 28th at the Stony Brook University Charles B. Wang Center. The annual Long Island LGBT Conference is Long Island’s only LGBT-specific conference that seeks to educate and empower students, educators, health and human service providers, and other members of the community to address the needs of  LGBT people throughout the lifespan in their schools and communities. The Long Island LGBT Conference offered attendees a broad range of workshops with topics of interest to students,…

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Hamptons LGBT Center Hosts Youth Leadership Program Uncategorized 

Hamptons LGBT Center Hosts Youth Leadership Program

On December 15th, the LGBT Network hosted a youth leadership development program at its Hamptons LGBT Center. More than 50 students from local Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs joined together to learn how to fight anti-LGBT bullying and to design a visibility and outreach campaign to get the message out to more of their peers. Students received “upstander” training, which educates and empowers youth and adults to stop bullying when they see it, thereby serving as an upstander. In most instances of bullying, if someone steps in to help the…

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The LGBT Network Center at Bay Shore Hosts Long Island Unity Rally Out on LI 

The LGBT Network Center at Bay Shore Hosts Long Island Unity Rally

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the LGBT Network’s Center at Bay Shore hosted a diverse coalition of organizations, advocates, and over 150 community members to stand up and speak out for the rights of all, regardless of their ethnicity, citizenship status, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or sexual orientation. The event was planned to help raise awareness of the efforts being undertaken by local organizations like the LGBT Network to protect community members whose rights could come under-fire by the Trump administration, as well as to engage people in productive…

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