Two lawsuits challenge Trump transgender military service ban In The News 

Two lawsuits challenge Trump transgender military service ban

(Reuters) Civil rights groups filed two new lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. The lawsuits, filed in federal courts in Seattle and Baltimore, say the ban issued on Friday violated U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. Trump had announced the ban in a series of tweets on July 26, reversing a policy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. On Aug. 9, five transgender service members filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. asking a judge to block…

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international : Hate crimes against LGBT people in UK almost double in 4 years (survey) In The News 

international : Hate crimes against LGBT people in UK almost double in 4 years (survey)

LONDON (Rueters) Hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Britain have almost doubled in the past four years, campaigners said, with one in five people targeted. A newly-released survey of 5,000 LGBT people by pollster YouGov found 16 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents reported experiencing hate crimes, such as abusive language, threats and violence, in the past year, up from 9 percent in 2013. Transgender people were not included in the 2013 poll. Gay rights group Stonewall described the trend as “alarming”, with these…

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International – Australian ad draws fire for linking gay marriage to boys in dresses In The News 

International – Australian ad draws fire for linking gay marriage to boys in dresses

Australia (Rueters) An Australian campaign ad that claims same-sex marriage laws would lead to school children acting out gay relationships and boys wearing dresses in class drew widespread fire. The advert was aired by the Coalition for Marriage, a group that opposes equal marriage laws. It said that legalizing same-sex marriage would usher in education programs that rob parents of the right to choose how children learn about sexuality. The adverts – the first national televised campaign for the ‘No’ vote in a September referendum on same-sex marriage – misled…

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INTERNATIONAL – Chile’s President Bachelet sends gay marriage bill to Congress In The News 

INTERNATIONAL – Chile’s President Bachelet sends gay marriage bill to Congress

SANTIAGO (Reuters) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet sent Congress a bill that would legalize gay marriage, a move that follows a string of liberal reforms in one of Latin America’s most conservative nations. In 2015, Chile’s Congress approved same sex civil unions after years of legislative wrangling. In March, Bachelet, a center-left politician, pledged to send a full marriage bill to legislators before the end of the year. “We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical nor fair to put artificial limits on love, nor to deny essential…

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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Out Front 

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

PATTI LABELLE DISHES ON ‘STILL STANDING’ THANKS TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY, LIP-SYNCING ‘DIVETTES’ AND TRUMP BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI Is there a singer more real than Patti LaBelle? The 73-year-old legend of song (and shade) is a firehose of strong-minded opinions, and in an age that has some tight-lipped “divettes,” as LaBelle calls them, refraining from saying too much, the ever-honest LaBelle is, refreshingly, that rare freewheeler who revels in being blunt AF. In 2014, she told me she no longer considers herself a diva because “all these little heifers who…

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Screen Savor : Beach Rats Out and About 

Screen Savor : Beach Rats

A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEACH BOYS  Unappealing title aside, writer/director Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats (Neon) is one of the most captivating and sensitive portraits of sexual confusion you are likely to see anytime soon. And that’s saying a lot in the age of Moonlight. Aimless teen Frankie (the scorching British actor Harris Dickinson) has various ways he likes to waste time in the summer, including getting wasted on pilfered prescription meds and pot with his equally adrift posse Nick (Frank Hakaj), Nick (David Ivanov) and Jesse (Anton Selyaninov). Frankie also…

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Book Review : Meeting My  Brother Out and About 

Book Review : Meeting My Brother

Meeting My Brother  The heartwarming story of donor siblings meeting and becoming family. Jennifer L. Dukoff is a homegrown Long Islander who recently authored the children’s “Meeting My Brother”. “Meeting My Brother” is a heartwarming story of donor siblings meeting and becoming family. This book is the first of its kind, and shows the great love and connection that donor siblings have. It tells the story of a little girl named Hazel who meets her brother Ravi. The story accounts how they meet and share experiences together, as children do,…

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LGBT Network Leads Action Against Trump Following Transgender Ban Out on LI 

LGBT Network Leads Action Against Trump Following Transgender Ban

Following President Trump’s move to ban transgender people from the military, the LGBT Network and members of the community spoke out and pushed back, vowing to fight the policy reversal. “These cowardly, disgraceful and un-American comments by President Trump, attacking thousands of brave transgender service members who protect our country every day, are just another shameful distraction from a failed administration,” said David Kilmnick, President and CEO of the LGBT Network. On Friday, July 28, the LGBT Network lead a massive protest of the President’s visit to Brentwood. The protest…

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Sunset on the Harbor Out on LI 

Sunset on the Harbor

The LGBT Network is in full swing celebrating summer in the Hamptons! On July 22nd, the Annual Sunset on the Harbor event welcomed over 250 friends, supporters, and allies to the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor for a cocktail reception featuring live music by Audrey Snow. Sunset on the Harbor raised over $50,000 for the East End work of the LGBT Network with its Hamptons Center located Sag Harbor. The Hamptons Center provides a range of life-saving and community-building services that provide support, reduce isolation, and ultimately give a home…

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U.S. Justice Department under Jeff Sessions says anti-bias law does not protect gay workers In The News 

U.S. Justice Department under Jeff Sessions says anti-bias law does not protect gay workers

Reuters – The Trump administration told a U.S. appeals court that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees, a sharp reversal of the position former President Barack Obama took on a key civil rights issue. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a friend of the court brief, told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Wednesday that Congress never intended Title VII, which bans sex discrimination in the workplace, to apply to gay workers. The department also said the court owed no deference to the…

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In first, U.S. pro teams unite to bolster LGBT inclusion In The News 

In first, U.S. pro teams unite to bolster LGBT inclusion

Reuters – Five big Seattle professional sports teams were poised to kick off a mass offensive against LGBT discrimination in sports, a first initiative of its kind in the United States. Seattle’s Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders FC, Storm and Reign said they had coordinated back-to-back matches and other activities this week to mark LGBT Pride Month, a celebration of LGBT people. The first pride match will pit the Sounders, a soccer club that competes in the top men’s soccer league in the United States and Canada, against Orlando City SC. Other…

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Judge refuses to block Mississippi anti-LGBT law In The News 

Judge refuses to block Mississippi anti-LGBT law

(Reuters) – A federal judge in Mississippi has allowed to stand a new state law that permits people to deny wedding services to same-sex couples based on religious objections. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves argued in his four-page order that since none of the lawsuit’s plaintiffs would be harmed by the law in the immediate future, a preliminary injunction would be inappropriate. “Here, none of the plaintiffs are at imminent risk of injury,” Reeves wrote. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said the measure unconstitutionally discriminates against lesbian, gay,…

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Florida LGBT rights push reflects changing times In The News 

Florida LGBT rights push reflects changing times

Reuters – A Republican, a Democrat and a lobbyist for leading businesses in Florida huddled this spring at the state Capitol, mapping out the next move in a campaign to enact the first statewide LGBT anti-discrimination law in the U.S. South. A record number of Republican lawmakers had thrown their support behind proposed protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and hundreds of companies backed the cause. While the bill has so far fallen short with time running out on the legislative session, its lead backers were heartened by…

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Trump: no transgender people will serve in U.S. military – Twitter In The News 

Trump: no transgender people will serve in U.S. military – Twitter

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump wrote in a series of Twitter posts. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,”…

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INTernational News: Germany’s Merkel voted against gay marriage In The News International News 

INTernational News: Germany’s Merkel voted against gay marriage

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she voted against legalizing gay marriage given her personal view that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but she hoped parliament’s approval of the measure would lead to more social cohesion. “For me, marriage in the Basic Law is marriage between a man and a woman and that is why I did not vote in favor of this bill today,” she told reporters moments after the 393-266 vote in favor of an amendment that will legalize same-sex marriage. “I…

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