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Nebraskans Now Favor LGBTQ Protections More Than Ever Before
Newly released survey data shows that the vast majority of Nebraska residents favor job protects for LGBTQ individuals.
These findings come just a month after LB627 failed in the Nebraska Legislature, which would have created new protections that would make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes in the state of Nebraska when it comes to employment discrimination.
Stars Help L.A. LGBT Center Open Campus for Youth and Seniors
The Los Angeles LGBT Center Sunday opened the first phase of its Anita May Rosenstein Campus, a two-acre complex in Hollywood designed to serve LGBTQ youth and seniors, making it the world’s first intergenerational LGBTQ facility.
The opening was celebrated with a six-hour block party featuring celebrities including Lily Tomlin, Kathy Griffin, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with guided tours and musical performances by Betty Who, VINCINT, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and Alexandra Billings.
The campus includes 100 beds for homeless youth, a new Senior Community Center, a Youth Drop-In Center, and the Ariadne Getty Foundation Youth Academy. It will also house the organization’s headquarters, being relocated from the McDonald/Wright Building, which will be transformed entirely into a health center. The second phase of the campus, scheduled to open in mid-2020, will have 99 units of affordable housing for seniors and 25 supportive housing apartments for youth.
Taylor Swift made a major donation to an LGBTQ group to fight Tennessee’s ‘slate of hate’ laws
Attorney General will investigate hostile work environment & issues LGBTQ nondiscrimination order
A Bunch of Lesbians Won Their Elections Last Night
Lori Lightfoot won her election on Tuesday, but not everyone is celebrating.
The former federal prosecutor beat Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in Chicago’s mayoral runoff election, securing nearly 75 percent of the vote, The Washington Blade reports. Lightfoot’s win makes her the first Black woman and the first openly gay person of any gender to serve as Chicago’s mayor. Chicago is now the largest city in the United States to have had an openly gay executive leading its government.
Pride: La oportunidad de curar, empoderar y respetar a la comunidad LGBT
Entrevista con Fernando López, director ejecutivo de San Diego LGBT Pride, una organización sin fines de lucro que trabaja para fomentar respeto e igualdad para la comunidad LGBT a nivel local y global.
Tener un lugar en la mesa no significa mucho si la mesa es demasiado pequeña para ser inclusiva de alguna manera significativa, y eso es algo que Fernando López Jr. no ha perdido de vista desde que se unió a San Diego LGBT Pride como director ejecutivo el año pasado.
“En la comunidad LGBT no sólo ves necesidades no compensadas, sino que te encuentras con un gran potencial que no se ha explotado. Mi objetivo ha sido construir una mesa más grande, venir de una mentalidad de abundancia y generosidad”, dijo López, quien se identifica como no binario y usa el pronombre elle (they, en inglés).
“La gente quiere sentirse escuchada, vista y valorada. Todos buscamos algún tipo de conexión y una forma de sentir que nuestras vidas están al servicio de algo más que de nosotros mismos”.
The San Diego Union Tribune
North Carolina legislators introduce slew of pro-LGBTQ bills
Lawmakers in North Carolina have introduced a trio of bills designed to protect LGBTQ North Carolinians, including legislation to halt the use of conversion therapy throughout the state.
The Mental Health Prevention Act, HB 516 and SB 426, would protect LGBTQ youth and disabled adults from attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity using psychological or spiritual means. In many cases, the practice of conversion therapy can be extreme, causing profound harm to those who are treated by such – including dramatic increases in suicide attempts.
Gay Couple Told: Take Down Your LGBTQ Pride Flag or Be Evicted — WATCH
Amid Pressure, Google Finally Drops Conversion Therapy App
Arizona is being sued for banning teachers from speaking positively about LGBTQ people
Gay Sex Will Be Now Be Punishable by Stoning in Brunei
A Renewed Call for Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott Amid Brunei Anti-Gay Policies
A Dallas Man Used Grindr To Target, Assault, And Rob Gay Men
Sean Hayes Is the Last of the Will & Grace Cast to Get a GLAAD Award
UK, George Clooney lead calls for Brunei to drop LGBT+ death penalty
Bisexual youth are the most likely to be bullied & consider suicide
Often overlooked in both straight and gay circles, bisexual-identified people nevertheless make up a significant part of the population. The 2015-2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 7% of youth identify as bisexual, compared to 4% being unsure or questioning, and just 2% identifying as gay or lesbian.
For Bisexual Health Awareness Month, the Trevor Project has released a new look at the YRBS data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlighting the suicide risks prevalent amongst bisexual youth.
Their findings are alarming: almost half of bisexual youth considered suicide as an option within the past 12 months, with 40% making an actual plan to take their life. 27% attempted suicide.
A second counselor at this Indiana Catholic school will lose her job over same-sex marriage
A second guidance counselor at an Indiana Catholic school has been told she will lose her job because she is in a same-sex marriage.
A lawyer for Lynn Starkey, co-director of guidance at Roncalli High School, says school officials told her that her contract will not be renewed for the 2019-2020 school year.
"Starkey’s 39 years of exemplary employment, including teacher of the year recognition in 2009, will end because she is in a same-sex marriage and because she filed discrimination complaints," attorney Kathleen DeLaney said Monday in an emailed statement.
Delaney said she will amend a discrimination charge Starkey filed in November with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to include the fact that Starkey is losing her job.
Straight dudes confess the gayest things they’ve done in private
A new Reddit thread asks hetero guys the question many of us are dying to know: “As a straight guy, what’s the gayest thing you’ve done?”
The thread was posted just yesterday and has already garnered over 7,000 responses.
“I’m a professional body piercer,” one guy writes. “I touch other dudes’ dicks all the time.”
Parents protesting over LGBT+ lessons in Birmingham told they risk attracting ‘extreme fringe movements’
Parents protesting about LGBT+ lessons at a Birmingham primary school have been warned that they risk attracting “extreme fringe movements”, by the city’s council.
The advice came as hundreds signed a petition supporting the school’s diversity programme.
Parents and staff at Parkfield Community School, where most pupils are Muslim, were urged by the council to “come together” amid a row over teachings on same-sex relationships.
It comes after a number of demonstrations by some parents who claim their children are too young for the topic. Some families took their offspring out of the school in protest.
Desi Arnaz: A Pioneer of the Television Sitcom
Discover how the I Love Lucy star changed TV
Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, and TV producer. He is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo in the cult classic American TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Co-starring alongside his then-wife Lucille Ball, the pair are credited as the inventors of the syndicated rerun as they were more than just actors in the show – they were key in making it into such a success. The show ran from 1951-1957 and spanned six seasons with 180 half-hour episodes in total, which was previously unheard of for a TV show.
Arnaz became part of one of the USA’s most watched shows, but his life wasn’t always glitz and glam, even if it might have seemed that way in the beginning. Born into a prominent Cuban family in Santiago in 1917, Arnaz’s father, Desiderio Arnaz II, was mayor of Santiago, the original capital of Cuba. His mother, Dolores de Acha, was the daughter of one of the founders of the Bacardi Rum Company. If that wasn’t enough of a claim to fame, Arnaz’s grandfather, Don Desiderio, was a physician who accompanied Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill in 1898.
Arts and Culture
The backlash against Ariana Grande headlining a Pride event is ridiculous
I have yet to attend a drag show or a gay party (that is, a party heavily attended by gays) in the year 2019, where I haven’t heard a Grande song, which I always assume (probably because I am an old millennial) is a new Mariah Carey song.
Grande is a diva, one whose stature doesn’t even begin to rival those that came before her: Britney, Cher, Madonna, Donna, Whitney, and so on.
But she is a diva nonetheless.
And divas, sexual orientation be damned, belong at Gay Pride.
That’s my opinion anyway.
Police sergeant resigns amid gay bashing and underage gay sex allegations
A gay police sergeant from Chicago has resigned in disgrace after finding himself at the center of a criminal investigation.
45-year-old Eric Elkins, who has been with the department nearly 20 years, officially stepped down from his post last week, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department says.
Elkins made headlines last September when he and a gang of three other men allegedly beat Thomas Stacha and his boyfriend John Sherwood outside of the popular Chicago gay bar @mosphere.
According to The Chicago Tribune, a fight between the men started inside the club and continued outside. The beating left Stacha with broken cheekbones and a perforated trachea and Sherwood with a compound leg fracture.
Elkins was placed on paid leave after the incident. That is, until now. A spokesperson for the department says that since he has “resigned under investigation,” he will be ineligible for retired police credentials.
Actor Matt Dallas reveals execs told him not to publicly come out as gay
Matt Dallas revealed executives of hit show Kyle XY told him not to publicly come out as gay.
The 36-year-old played the title character in the American science fiction television series for three seasons from 2007.
‘I was told to stay in the closet,’ he revealed. ‘Not talk about my sexuality, to be on every red carpet with a girl on my arm – because you could not be successful if you were openly gay in the entertainment industry, at least in front of the camera.’
‘I wish I had not taken that advice,’ he added.
Gay Star News
Protesting drag queens has become the new religious right merit badge
Another day, another religious right protest at a public library.
Evangelical Christians have a new target for their inane protests – drag queens. The perpetually perturbed are up in arms that drag queens are reading stories to children in public libraries.
All over the country, the radical right is showing up to terrify children and parents in the name of God. While the religious zealots would protest outside of abortion providers to shame and scare women who are at their most vulnerable, now they’re focused on being child abusers.
Transgender woman sues N.J. restaurant claiming unlawful termination
A transgender woman filed a lawsuit last week against a New Jersey restaurant claiming she was unlawfully fired due to her gender identity.
Crystal Aiello worked at Sicilian Sun in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., for just one day in September before the owner of the Italian restaurant, Jim Boggio, informed her she was being terminated.
"Boggio called plaintiff and left a message stating, 'Other servers did not feel like you were a good fit,' and that she did not need to return to the restaurant," the lawsuit states. "Boggio fired the plaintiff solely because at least one member of staff was uncomfortable working with a transgender woman."