Russia leads effort to stop UN resolution to decriminalize homosexuality

By John Mack Freeman Russia has put its weight behind an effort to remove language from a resolution related to AIDS that would have urged countries to decriminalize homosexuality and drug use. Via Radio Free Europe: Russia was joined by Iran, Poland, and several Gulf states in blocking the decriminalization language from being included in […]

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Los Angeles police apprehend man with weapons who said he planned to attack LA Pride

By John Mack Freeman Police apprehended a suspect in Los Angeles who had a car with weapons, ammunition, and explosives who said he was on his way to attack the Los Angeles Pride festivities. Via LA Times: Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said on Twitter that the 20-year-old man told one of her officers after he was […]

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At least 50 dead, 53 injured in Orlando gay club shooting

By John Mack Freeman Over 100 people are dead or injured after a shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. This is the largest mass shooting in American history, surpassing the Virginia Tech massacre from 2007. The shooting took place at 2:02am. In a shootout with police, the suspect was […]

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Watch: Samantha Bee on “Potty Prefect” McCrory

By Ashley R. Lierman On her show Full Frontal, Samantha Bee was another commentator to tear into North Carolina’s recent transphobic law House Bill 2. Her shaming of Governor Pat McCrory as “potty prefect” of the state came as part of a larger piece on how moderate and liberal voter apathy in the 2010 election […]

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Sims 4 Update Removes Gender Restrictions

By Ashley R. Lierman A new update to the popular Sims 4 will remove gender restrictions from character options, letting players fully customize their characters’ genders, clothing, and option to whatever they choose. The move came as a result of lengthy consultation with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Out.com reports: Electronic Arts […]

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Watch: Colbert Checks the Math on All-Gender Restrooms

By Ashley R. Lierman Responding to Donald Trump’s recent claim that it would cost “hundreds of billions of dollars” to create gender-inclusive restrooms in his properties, Stephen Colbert decided to check his calculations on the actual cost of making the change. Watch the clip below:

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Whoopi Goldberg to Produce Series about Transgender Models

By Ashley R. Lierman The Advocate reports that Whoopi Goldberg will be producing an upcoming television series called Strut. The series will be a modeling show focusing on models from Slay Model Management, the “first transgender modeling agency.” According to Goldberg, the series will “give viewers a unique opportunity to spend time with real people […]

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Queer Quest 20 – Why I’m Not Mad At Deadpool

By Ashley R. Lierman Last fall, before the Deadpool movie came out, I reported on an interview where Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller confirmed that the movie would portray a pansexual Deadpool. At that time, it wasn’t clear what the character’s sexuality would have to do with the movie itself, and to a certain […]

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EU says North Carolina’s HB-2 violates UN treaty

By John Mack Freeman The European Union has issued a statement urging the state of North Carolina to reconsider the anti-GLBT law HB-2. Via The News and Observer: A statement posted on the EU website from spokeswoman Catherine Ray says the laws “discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons” and “contravene the International Covenant […]

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