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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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LGBT Refugees Endangered by Trump’s Executive Order In The News 

LGBT Refugees Endangered by Trump’s Executive Order

Glamour-President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order halting all U.S. refugee admissions for 120 days, while suspending Syrians indefinitely, has thrown scores of people hoping to enter the U.S. into uncertainty. Yet for LGBT refugees in the Middle East, the order has a particularly dangerous impact, stranding them in countries where living too openly can get them arrested, beaten, or murdered.   It’s a threat posed not just from Islamic State terrorists, who’ve documented horrific executions of LGBT people in Syria and Iraq, but also from those closest to…

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Britain Pardons Thousands of Gay Men For Convictions Under Abolished Laws In The News 

Britain Pardons Thousands of Gay Men For Convictions Under Abolished Laws

Reuters-Britain has pardoned thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of crimes under sexual offense laws which have now been abolished, following on from the 2013 exoneration of World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing. Homosexual acts were not decriminalized in England until 1967 and it was not until 2001 that the age of consent for homosexuals was reduced to 16, making it the same as for heterosexuals. The so-called “Turing’s Law”, named after the celebrated mathematician who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man,…

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Pakistan Counts Transgender People in National Census for First Time In The News 

Pakistan Counts Transgender People in National Census for First Time

Reuters-Pakistan will count transgender people in its national census for the first time when it surveys its population in March this year following a top court ruling. The Lahore High Court issued the order to the government, National Database and Registration Authority, and the interior ministry with a government official assuring the court that the transgender community will be part of the 2017 census. This stemmed from a petition filed by transgender person Waqar Ali last November that argued Pakistan’s transgender community had been marginalized and their fundamental rights should…

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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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