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Lori Lightfoot, an out lesbian candidate for mayor in Chicago, has gained key endorsements from across the political spectrum and appears to have the edge in the home stretch of the race despite getting hit with a vicious last-minute wave of homophobic flyers distributed outside of churches. Comment
New York City

Another St. Pat’s Win for Inclusivity

New York City

Another St. Pat’s Win for Inclusivity

New York’s St. Patrick’s Day season culiminated on March 17, the day after the traditional Manhattan parade was held on Fifth Avenue, with the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which included an LGBTQ group for the first time. Comment
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil stood alongside President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on March 19 and said the two nations are aligned in promoting straight relationships and rejecting political correctness. Comments (1)
After saying as recently as January that this year’s Pride March would be staged in Chelsea and end at 29th Street and Fifth Avenue, the organization that produces the parade and related events has reversed course and will now stage the march in the blocks above 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and end the event at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue. Comments (1)
A comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill re-introduced March 13 has won overwhelming support among Democrats, but one holdout in the Senate as well as the former leader of the Log Cabin Republicans are opposing the bill by echoing the concerns most commonly spouted by the far right. Comments (1)
Legal

Federal Judge to Pentagon: Not So Fast on Trans Ban

In a three-page notice to the Pentagon, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly reminded the Trump administration that the nationwide preliminary injunction she issued in October 2017 against the proposed ban on transgender military service remains in place, at least until such time as the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issues a final mandate in its review of her order. Comment
Ireland’s out gay prime minister didn’t waste any time getting right to the gay stuff when he met Vice President Mike Pence at the Naval Observatory last week. Comment
A threatening sign laced with a homophobic slur was seen at the Seneca Avenue subway station in Queens on March 15. Comment
New York City

Sara Ramirez Pulls LGBT Center Donation

New York City

Sara Ramirez Pulls LGBT Center Donation

Out bisexual actress Sara Ramirez has withdrawn a donation she made to the LGBT Community Center in New York after she said the organization failed to follow through on its pledge to use the funds to implement bisexual-based training for its staff. Comment
The out lesbian leader of a New York City-based veterans advocacy group has delivered a letter to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson asking him to address concerns that Veterans Committee Chair Chaim Deutsch has failed to lead on issues pertaining to LGBTQ veterans. Comment
Legal

Medicaid Coverage Ordered for Gender Reassignment in Iowa

The Iowa Medicaid program’s exclusion of coverage for sex reassignment procedures violates that state’s Civil Rights Act, the State Supreme Court ruled on March 8. Discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations has been part of Iowa’s Civil Rights Act since 2007. Comment

Drag Me into Spring

Drag Me into Spring

Ah, almost spring, when a gay man’s fancy leans heavily toward thoughts of drag — what was, what will be, and where in this wigged out world one can go to untuck his troubles. Therein lies the one to rub out, so to speak, in this March roundup of dresses, tresses, and bravely fought battles of the bulge. Comments (1)
A major LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill known as the Equality Act has been re-introduced in both chambers of Congress, setting up potentially historic votes on a bill that would usher in wide-ranging protections for the community. Comment
Barack Obama was the first sitting president to voice his support for marriage equality, but the first-ever same-sex marriage in the world might have occurred during Richard Nixon’s administration. Comment
The coalition supporting public health solutions to the epidemic of drug overdose deaths is backing a bill in Albany requiring prisons and jails to offer medically assisted treatment to inmates with a substance use disorder. Comment
Bronx Councilmember Ruben Diaz, Sr., retweeted a bizarre Twitter post March 12 featuring a screenshot of a 2017 Daily Beast article with a highlighted sentence saying, “Hollywood is controlled by homosexual Jewish men who expect favors.” Comment
Opinions released by two federal courts this month dramatically reduced the chances that lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Pentagon’s proposed ban on transgender service would be able to block its implementation even as the merits of the issue continue to be litigated. Comments (1)
Groups opposed to the movement to decriminalize sex work in New York State took their campaign to City Hall on March 11, and among them included a transphobic United Kingdom-based organization whose representatives held a sign saying “No to sex trade, surrogacy, and transgenderism.” Comment
A man charged in the fatal shooting death of a transgender woman in Detroit late last year told police that he fired his weapon while trying to defend himself from an armed robbery, according to video footage of his interview with officers. Comment
International

Bolsonaro Mocks Gay Men With Lewd Tweet

International

Bolsonaro Mocks Gay Men With Lewd Tweet

Far right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, who once described himself as “homophobic — and very proud of it,” tweeted out a sexually explicit video featuring two men who were participating in Carnival festivities. Comment
There was a nearly six-times increase in the use of PrEP from 2014 to 2017 among gay and bisexual men at high risk of acquiring HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but those numbers were significantly lower among gay and bisexual men of color. Comment
A coalition of 161 major businesses across 50 states have signed on to voice support for federal LGBTQ legislation known as the Equality Act ahead of its anticipated re-introduction in the House of Representatives next week. Comment
The executive director of Equality Utah resigned from the state’s Youth Suicide Task Force after Governor Gary Herbert and leading Republican state legislators endorsed a watered-down version of a bill that would have banned gay conversion therapy. Comment

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