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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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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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National news:  Mom Sues Trans Teen Over Medical Transition In The News 

National news: Mom Sues Trans Teen Over Medical Transition

A lawsuit filed by a Minnesota woman, Anmarie Calgaro, on Wednesday alleges that her 17-year old transgender daughter wrongfully underwent transition-related medical care without her mother’s consent. Calgaro named her child, referring to as her “son” and by the initials “J.D.K.” in the suit, as one of the defendants. The teen’s health care providers, Park Nicollet Health Services and Fairview Health Services, were also named as defendants, as well as St. Louis County and the teen’s school district, all for treating her as an emancipated minor. Calgaro is being represented…

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National news: AP- Pulse Owner Decides Not to Sell Club to City of Orlando In The News 

National news: AP- Pulse Owner Decides Not to Sell Club to City of Orlando

The owner of the Florida nightclub where the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place said Monday that she is no longer interested in selling the property to the city of Orlando. Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma said in a statement that she can’t walk away from the property, where 49 people were killed and dozens more injured during a massacre last June. Gunman Omar Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members after a three-hour standoff, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Poma…

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National news: Startling new report shows more must be done for LGBT Youth In The News 

National news: Startling new report shows more must be done for LGBT Youth

A report released recently by Human Rights Watch reveals that despite the “positive trends” for LGBTQ rights this past decade, there is still a great deal of work to be done to support and affirm LGBT young people in the US. LGBTQ youth, according to the report, still “have disproportionately high rates of homelessness, physical and mental health concerns, and suicidality.” They can be put into “conversion therapy,” which is legal in all but five states, and in 2016, lawmakers in at least 18 states tried to pass legislation to…

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National news: North Carolina’s Governor-Elect: “Time to Repeal” Anti-LGBT Law In The News 

National news: North Carolina’s Governor-Elect: “Time to Repeal” Anti-LGBT Law

ADVOCATE – In one of the few bright spots on election night, North Carolina elected Roy Cooper to be its next governor. The Democrat recently addressed supporters gathered at North Carolina State’s McKimmon Center, saying that after weeks of a recount that stalled the outcome of the painfully close 2016 election, it’s time to nullify North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law. “With this election, North Carolina is on its way to repairing its reputation,” Cooper told the crowd, which packed the room to hear his speech. “Let’s finish the job and repeal…

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National news: National Center for Transgender Equality Releases Latest Survey Results In The News 

National news: National Center for Transgender Equality Releases Latest Survey Results

The National Center for Transgender Equality has released results from the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey (USTS), the follow up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey and the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. The study was developed and conducted by the National LGBTQ Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality in 2008- 2009, and the results were released in the 2011 report: Injustice At Every Turn. As the single-most cited study about trans people—cited by media over 15,000 times—it has dramatically changed…

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International news: India: Protester Take to Streets over Law Criminalising ‘Homosexual Acts’ In The News 

International news: India: Protester Take to Streets over Law Criminalising ‘Homosexual Acts’

UK INDEPENDENT: Hundreds of gay rights activists marched to the beat of drums in Delhi recently both to celebrate their sexuality and to draw attention to the continuing discrimination India’s LGBT community faces. Some participants in the annual gay pride parade said the ninth event felt different to past marches because more people have come to accept gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. But others said India’s right-wing government is reversing rights gains by re-instating a law criminalizing ‘homosexual acts.’ In 2009, activists cheered and danced in the street when…

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International news: Hong Kong Rainbow Lions Spark LGBT Rights Debate In The News 

International news: Hong Kong Rainbow Lions Spark LGBT Rights Debate

BBC NEWS: One of Hong Kong’s icons – a pair of lions guarding the HSBC building – has been given a rainbow-coloured makeover. Replicas of the two lions have been painted as part of the bank’s “Celebrate Pride, Celebrate Unity” campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights. It’s a sight that might not be considered controversial in many cities – but in Hong Kong it has reignited debate about gay rights and whether corporations should get involved. Although Hong Kong is an international city, it is divided when…

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International news: Beijing Opens First HIV Prevention Center for Students In The News 

International news: Beijing Opens First HIV Prevention Center for Students

HIV PLUS MAGAZINE: Young men in China have one of the fastest rates of new HIV cases in the population, with 2,300 students testing positive in the first nine months of this year, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Beijing has finally begun to focus prevention strategies towards high school and university students specifically to begin addressing this epidemic. In fact, the city just opened its very first center for HIV prevention focusing on ages 15 to 24, reports China News Service. It’s long overdue, seeing…

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