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Gay music director says he was fired from Catholic church job after same-sex marriage

Gay music director says he was fired from Catholic church job after same-sex marriage | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Michael Templeton married his husband in July 2015, but now it seems that the marriage cost him his job as the St. Mary’s music director.

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Ban calls for continued efforts to secure equal rights for LGBT community

Ban calls for continued efforts to secure equal rights for LGBT community | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to continue working for equal rights and fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, reiterating the UN’s commitment to securing their human rights.
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Grindr wants tech people to combat LGBTQ inequalities

Grindr wants tech people to combat LGBTQ inequalities | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people make up nearly 40% of the 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness every year. Meanwhile, trans..
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Out of the Closet Grand Opening - Atlanta - Sept 17, 2016

Out of the Closet Grand Opening - Atlanta - Sept 17, 2016 | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Charity thrifting comes to Cheshire Bridge when Out of the Closet Thrift Stores benefiting AIDS Healthcare Foundation launches its Atlanta location with the Out of the Closet Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting with DJ and Food Truck on site this Saturday..

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Discussing LGBTQ Equality with One of Ukraine's Only Openly Gay Journalists

GAYCATION host Ian Daniel catches up with journalist Maxim Eristavi about the fight for LGBTQ equality in Ukraine.

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Dance Pride: Queer Culture is Driving a New Underground Dance Music Scene

Pride month may be over, but from Berlin to San Francisco, the real parties are just getting started.
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Three New Queer Vancouver Writers

Three New Queer Vancouver Writers | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Vancouver has a vibrant writing community as well as a queer community, so it’s not surprising that the intersection of those two groups is such a diverse, talented bunch. Here are a few newcomers to the scene that you should probably know about. When they become super famous authors, you can say that you’ve been following them since the beginning.

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The Battle Over .GAY

The Battle Over .GAY | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
A company want to establish the domain suffix .GAY as a community resource for LGBT people and organizations, but internet overlords won't let it.
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The World Wide Web will soon be responsible for more than 10 percent or even 15 percent of gross domestic product in G20 countries, yet gay people continue to be denied opportunity to fully participate in its operation. Despite clear plans and global support to create community benefit from the new .GAY namespace, the top brass of the internet continue to deny LGBTQIA efforts to operate it. What does this say about equality of opportunity and nondiscrimination for the gay community when it comes to operations of the world’s most important means of communication and enterprise?

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Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce gives Clinton its first presidential endorsement

Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce gives Clinton its first presidential endorsement | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Although Donald Trump has pledged to be an advocate for gay Americans, Hillary Clinton argues that he would appoint federal judges opposed to same-sex marriage.
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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday picked up the endorsement of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, a group that had not previously endorsed a presidential candidate in its nearly 15-year history. In a statement, Chance Mitchell, the organization’s co-founder and chief executive, said the community had “come too far to lose our seat at the table” and called Clinton “the progressive champion our businesses and our families need to thrive.”

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I joined a bunch of LGBT techies at the White House to help tackle some world-threatening problems

I joined a bunch of LGBT techies at the White House to help tackle some world-threatening problems | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Climate change and the dearth of women in tech and are topics President Obama hopes to make more progress on before he leaves office.
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Billy Bean teaching MLB teams about inclusion in clubhouse

Billy Bean teaching MLB teams about inclusion in clubhouse | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Billy Bean has come full circle, throwing out the first pitch for the first Mets Pride Night on Saturday against his former San Diego team

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Introducing Armani Versace - TV Personality, LGBT Public Figure, Blogger, Motivational Speaker

Introducing Armani Versace - TV Personality, LGBT Public Figure, Blogger, Motivational Speaker | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Introducing Armani Versace, both from a business angle and, following the links below, from his own personal story of coming out as an African-American in Georgia... TV Personality, LGBT Public figure, Journalist, Actor, Model, Television Host, Instagram Celebrity, Brand Ambassador, Blogger, Motivational/Public Speaker

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Next Frontier in LGBT Marketing?

Next Frontier in LGBT Marketing? | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
As trans visibility increases, more companies are becoming aware of the unique challenges faced by trans men and women when it comes to choosing garments that reflect their gender identity. For trans people who haven’t begun the surgery process, finding underwear to tuck and bind can be a major hurdle: many of the options available are uncomfortable, ugly, or even unhealthy to wear for extended periods of time.
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Luckily, the situation is starting to improve, and smart manufacturers, retailers, and marketers are realizing that providing high-quality, comfortable, and attractive underwear may be the “next big thing” in LGBT marketing as trans awareness within the community grows. With several businesses already popping up to provide options for trans underwear, it’s clear that this segment of LGBT marketing and retail is set to see some major growth in the coming years.

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England’s ‘queer history’ celebrated with LGBT landmarks

England’s ‘queer history’ celebrated with LGBT landmarks | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Six LGBT landmarks across England have been given special status to celebrate the country's "queer history".
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You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down — But You Can Tie Him Up And F**k Him

You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down — But You Can Tie Him Up And F**k Him | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
How the gay leather scene nearly died and bounced back in less than 20 years
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Being hunted for holding hands with another man

Being hunted for holding hands with another man | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
24 years after being featured on Newsweek's 1992 "Gays Under Fire" cover, Brad Lamm writes what has changed since he and his then partner were attacked in New York.
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A Proud Moment for Dallas’ LGBT Community – D Magazine

A Proud Moment for Dallas’ LGBT Community – D Magazine | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
We talk with one of the grand marshals for this weekend's Dallas Pride parade.
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Queer As Folk - A Cultural Milestone

Queer As Folk - A Cultural Milestone | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
That Certain Summer, a made for TV movie, airs as the ABC Movie of the Week. It is the first TV movie to deal with the subject of homosexuality cordially.
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Lesbian activist in China challenges homosexuality 'disorder' textbooks

Lesbian activist in China challenges homosexuality 'disorder' textbooks | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
A lesbian student activist on Monday lodged a suit against China's Ministry of Education over school textbooks describing homosexuality as a mental disorder.
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From alcoholic and addict to extreme adventurer: my story

From alcoholic and addict to extreme adventurer: my story | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Adventurer Gavan Hennigan: ‘I don’t particularly identify as a gay role model’
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An Overdue Victory for Gay Parents and Their Children

An Overdue Victory for Gay Parents and Their Children | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
New York’s highest court overturned a 1991 ruling denying parental rights to many gays and lesbians, as well as others in nontraditional families.
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White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Briefing addresses national issues

White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Briefing addresses national issues | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The country faces a plethora of issues that affect millions of people every day. Although there has been some progress as a society around pro-LGBTQ legislation and healthcare, there is a lot left to be done around poverty, criminal justice reform, federal statistics around LGBTQ people, youth solutions, mental health, the environment, education and inclusion in tech.
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The Sissies, Hustlers, and Hair Fairies Whose Defiant Lives Paved the Way For Stonewall

The Sissies, Hustlers, and Hair Fairies Whose Defiant Lives Paved the Way For Stonewall | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The queens had finally had enough: In August 1966—fifty years ago this month—transgender and gender-nonconforming customers at Gen
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The LGBT Netflix has arrived with REVRY

The LGBT Netflix has arrived with REVRY | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The streaming service of 'queerated' content will launch original programming this fall.
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REVRY: the world's first LGBT streaming content platform, now available on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, and iOS and Android smartphones. And it's basically the Netflix of queer and trans media. REVRY has launched with nearly 200 hours of licensed "queerated" content, much of which started as indie projects on YouTube. Jinkx Monsoon's Capitol Hill, HIV-positive drama Unsure/Positive, and Cooking With Drag Queens are just three examples of the kind of bootstrapped queer content that REVRY has brought to streaming TV devices for the first time. There's even music: REVRY features licensed podcasts like Homoground that are already wildly popular with LGBT listeners.

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Gayer than Netflix? Revry launches as the first LGBT streaming app for Apple TV

Gayer than Netflix? Revry launches as the first LGBT streaming app for Apple TV | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The all-new app – available on tvOS, Chromecast and Roku – aims to provide the best "queerated" entertainment.
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According to a recent GLAAD report, shows on Netflix and Amazon Video have more LGBT characters than all the broadcast TV channels combined. But even in these streaming services, transgender characters and racially diverse gay characters are still noticeably lacking.

A brand-new streaming app, Revry, launched this summer to help close this gap by exclusively showcasing LGBT entertainment—web series, short films, documentaries, podcasts, music videos, viral videos, and other “snackable” digital content—made by indie creators from all over the world. Revry is the first LGBT-focused streaming app for tvOS and Chromecast, and it’s also currently available on iOS, Android, Roku, and on the web. You can sign up for a monthly Revry subscription for $5 a month, or $55 a year.

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