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Inside the Trump White House’s Fight Over LGBT Rights

Inside the Trump White House’s Fight Over LGBT Rights | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Don’t rely on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s influence. LGBT allies are few in the Trump administration—which could spell disaster for civil rights and equality.
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On the run from persecution: how Kenya became a haven for LGBT refugees

On the run from persecution: how Kenya became a haven for LGBT refugees | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
For people fleeing harsh legislation in their own countries, Kenya is offering sanctuary and the chance to live life free from fear
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Where do LGBT People in the U.S. Live?

Where do LGBT People in the U.S. Live? | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

I love gender and sexual demography. It’s incredibly important work. Understanding the size and movements of gender and sexual minority populations can help assess what kinds of resources different groups might require and where those resources would be best spent, among others things. Gary J. Gates and Frank Newport initially published results from a then-new Gallup question on gender/sexual identity in 2012-2013 (here).

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At the time, 3.4% of Americans identified as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. It’s a big deal – particularly as “identity” is likely a conservative measure when it comes to assessing the size of the population of LGBT persons. After I read the report, I was critical of one element of the reporting: Gates and Newport reported proportions of LGBT persons by state. As data visualizations go, I felt the decision concealed more than it revealed.

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LGBT North Dakotans look ahead after discrimination law fails

LGBT North Dakotans look ahead after discrimination law fails | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Reachel Benson sits in a chair in the living room, wearing a bright pink T-shirt and long hair draped across her shoulders. She tells the story of growing up. Animated at times, her voice becomes louder, more forceful — her hands in motion as she recalls trying to figure out who she was.

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Benson is disappointed once again at the failure of North Dakota House Bill 1386, legislation that would have specifically banned discrimination against LGBT individuals in the state on matters from employment to service at a restaurant, with certain hiring and admission exceptions included for religious groups. The bill failed 22-69 in the North Dakota House on Feb. 10.

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This is the shortlist for the British LGBT Awards

This is the shortlist for the British LGBT Awards | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The Independent is pleased to announce the shortlist for the British LGBT Awards 2017.  The awards celebrate community activists, public figures and straight allies who work to advance the rights of LGBT communities. The Independent is the British LGBT Awards Media Partner for 2017.
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Laverne Cox and the Politics of Transgender Beauty

Laverne Cox and the Politics of Transgender Beauty | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
‘Trans Is Beautiful’ is more than a hashtag, and more than the clothes, makeup, and glamour of celebrities like Laverne Cox. It means that transness itself is beautiful.
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3 ways to make LGBT-friendly policies work at work

3 ways to make LGBT-friendly policies work at work | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The World Bank's LGBT advocates have worked hard to push forward fair diversity policies. Here's what they learned along the way.
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Who are 2017's LGBT heroes? Tell us about the activists creating change

Who are 2017's LGBT heroes? Tell us about the activists creating change | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
LGBT people face discrimination all over the world. Help us recognise grassroots campaigners doing inspiring work
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China’s transgender Oprah

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CHINA’S favourite chat-show host has had an extraordinary career. Jin Xing was the country’s most successful dancer before becoming a colonel in an army entertainment troupe. He won fame in America, where the New York Times called him “a Chinese genius”. He trained dancers in Brussels and Rome, before returning to China for a sex-change operation. As a woman, she resumed her career as a ballerina, set up the country’s first private ballet company, ran a bar in Beijing and married a German businessman. 

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In a conservative society where even homosexuality is frowned upon, let alone sex-reassignment, her life would seem to place Ms Jin well outside the stodgy mainstream of Chinese broadcasting (she is pictured at her home in Shanghai). Yet Ms Jin, who is 49, is the country’s most popular television judge. She began with a local version of “So You Think You Can Dance” and hit the jackpot with “The Jin Xing Show”, a variety and chat programme with an audience of around 100m. She has appeared with her husband on the Chinese version of “The Amazing Race”, in which couples race each other around the world. Her latest venture, “Chinese Dating”, is in its first season.

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How being a gay man can make your body issues worse

How being a gay man can make your body issues worse | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Body image is an issue for many men, regardless of sexuality. But it seems to be more of a problem in the gay community. When it comes to appearance, gay men hold themselves - and one another - to far more exacting standards.

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Bride & Prejudice's Chris and Grant speak on relationship

Bride & Prejudice's Chris and Grant speak on relationship | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Chris plans to get married to his long-term partner in Palm Springs next month - against the wishes of his homophobic parents.
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'We've woken up': What it's like to be LGBT under Trump

'We've woken up': What it's like to be LGBT under Trump | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

On Inauguration Day, the LA Times interviewed LGBT leaders, activists and community members in Philadelphia at the annual Creating Change conference about their hopes, fears and expectations under the new administration. This is what they said.

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Alan Turing Law Grants Posthumous Pardons to Gay Men in Britain

Alan Turing Law Grants Posthumous Pardons to Gay Men in Britain | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The policy is named after the World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, who was chemically castrated after being convicted of gross indecency for having sex with a man.
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Ireland's next PM could be a gay, half-Indian, conservative politician

Ireland's next PM could be a gay, half-Indian, conservative politician | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s minister for social protection, is the strong favourite to replace Enda Kenny as Taoiseach of Ireland.

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The 38-year-old, who came out as gay during the same-sex marriage referendum campaign in Ireland in 2015, has dropped to 2/5 with Paddy Power to become the next leader of Fine Gael, which leads a minority government.

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Kannetic and Total Engagement Consulting Launch LGBT Inclusion Builder Solution

Kannetic and Total Engagement Consulting Launch LGBT Inclusion Builder Solution | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Stan Kimer, President of Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, and Darren Noy, CEO of Kannetic, today launch a new cloud-based application to assist businesses and organizations to better plan and execute their LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) diversity initiatives.
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Cleve Jones on Harvey Milk, ‘When We Rise,’ and Fighting for LGBT Equality Under Trump

Cleve Jones on Harvey Milk, ‘When We Rise,’ and Fighting for LGBT Equality Under Trump | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Cleve Jones saw his mentor Harvey Milk’s dead body, and has been a passionate activist for 40 years. Now mainstream stardom beckons thanks to ABC drama ‘When We Rise.’
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There's a powerful conservative case to be made for gay marriage in Australia

There's a powerful conservative case to be made for gay marriage in Australia | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

On January 1 this year, the tiny territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha in the Atlantic became the latest country to allow same-sex marriage. Its elected council voted for the reform after a consultation found that a majority of its 5600 residents supported the change. After all, isn't that what's meant to happen in a representative democracy?

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One after another, countries across the world have legalised gay marriage, usually because that is what their people wanted.  Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UK, the US and Uruguay have all taken this step.  Finland is about to follow.

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Congressman to keynote inaugural LGBT Housing Policy Summit

Congressman to keynote inaugural LGBT Housing Policy Summit | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

On March 14, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals will be hosting its first-ever LGBT Housing Policy Summit at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington, DC.

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The full day-event will feature well-known LGBT and allied housing leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Association of Realtors (NAR), HRC and the LGBTQ Task Force.

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LGBT Staff Association Strives for More Diversity

LGBT Staff Association Strives for More Diversity | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Todd Sloves, president of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, said only in a group like his would you consider Republicans part of a diversity effort.
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truth Calls Out Tobacco Industry for Profiling Disguised as Target Marketing

truth Calls Out Tobacco Industry for Profiling Disguised as Target Marketing | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer. For decades, African Americans, low-income neighborhoods, LGBTQ communities and those with mental illness have been disproportionately affected by tobacco use—a result of profiling by the tobacco industry.
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Why it’s still not ‘Mission Accomplished’ for LGBT workers in the UK

Why it’s still not ‘Mission Accomplished’ for LGBT workers in the UK | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Award-winning journalist Matthew Todd gives his verdict on the current situation facing LGBT employees.
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LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education Announce 2017 Institute: Removing Barriers and Building Pathways

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education Announce 2017 Institute: Removing Barriers and Building Pathways | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

 LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education have announced their third annual Institute designed to support LGBTQ leaders who are looking to advance within higher education. The Institute will take place in Seattle from June 23-25, 2017.

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The Profit North Carolina Sees in LGBT Prejudice

The Profit North Carolina Sees in LGBT Prejudice | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
North Carolina is already counting the multimillion-dollar cost of its ‘bathroom bill.’ But for the bill’s backers, anti-LGBT ideology trumps economics.
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Vermont Leads States in LGBT Identification

Vermont Leads States in LGBT Identification | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Among the 50 U.S. states, Vermont has the highest proportion of adults identifying as LGBT at 5.3%. The largest increases in LGBT identification are in the Pacific-region states.
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OutChina: Sources of Hope for China's LGBT Population

OutChina: Sources of Hope for China's LGBT Population | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
US-China Today is a student-driven publication of the USC U.S.-China Institute. The magazine focuses on the multidimensional and evolving U.S.-China relationship and on significant trends in contemporary China. The magazine offers coverage of and commentary on a wide range of political, economic, social, and cultural issues.
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