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New York Today: Refugee, Immigrant and Citizen

New York Today: Refugee, Immigrant and Citizen | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

When Luis Mancheno was 14 and living in Quito, Ecuador, he knew he had to learn English, and fast.

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From LGBT to LGBTQIA+: The evolving recognition of identity

From LGBT to LGBTQIA+: The evolving recognition of identity | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

As society’s understanding of diverse sexual identities and gender expressions has grown more inclusive, so has the acronym used to describe them.

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Hola Papi: ‘I Came Out. No One Cares.’

Hola Papi: ‘I Came Out. No One Cares.’ | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Papi advises a letter-writer who feels their coming out was a total flop after it failed to elicit any response from friends or family. Silence is better than anger and rejection, but they were hoping for support, for positive reinforcement.

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Keeping Grindr a safe space for gay people is a matter of life and death

Keeping Grindr a safe space for gay people is a matter of life and death | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Apps like Grindr have become a popular way to meet, but their most vulnerable users must be protected from outing and potential harassment.

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From Leather Daddies To ‘Drag Race’, Dissecting The Revolutionary History Of The Queer Aesthetic

From Leather Daddies To ‘Drag Race’, Dissecting The Revolutionary History Of The Queer Aesthetic | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

“Discussions of fashion and beauty norms often focus on ways in which they restrict us – and they can do, of course. But queer people have created their own visual codes over the years, with aesthetics providing opportunities for identity exploration and even political resistance”

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It’s Time for People in Power to Defy These New Anti-LGBTQ Laws

It’s Time for People in Power to Defy These New Anti-LGBTQ Laws | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Unprecedented legislative assaults aimed at trans people are underway, making 2021 the worst year for anti-L.G.B.T.Q. legislation in recent times.

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In Covid-19 Vaccine Data, LGBTQ People Fear Invisibility

In Covid-19 Vaccine Data, LGBTQ People Fear Invisibility | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Few states collect sexual orientation or gender identity data, so no one knows how many people in some communities are getting vaccinated.

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The American Rescue Plan Act Will Significantly Address LGBTQ Poverty

The American Rescue Plan Act Will Significantly Address LGBTQ Poverty | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

LGBTQ people—particularly LGBTQ people of color and transgender people—were among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARPA’s investments are a critical first step on the road to recovery.

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Unleashed LGBTQ: The lineup and the schedule

Unleashed LGBTQ: The lineup and the schedule | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Unleashed LGBTQ, the virtual networking event beginning Thursday, March 25, offers a lineup of 30 presenters, ranging from elected officials to nonprofit leaders, from activists to entertainers. For more information and to register for the event, visit the website at UnleashedLGBTQ.com.

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'Lockdown isolation helped me come out as LGBT'

'Lockdown isolation helped me come out as LGBT' | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Some of us learned to make banana bread. Others made life-changing revelations.

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The Pope's openness to LGBTQ Catholics hits a wall

The Pope's openness to LGBTQ Catholics hits a wall | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

In the eight years of his papacy, Francis has talked about and modeled more acceptance of LGBTQ people than his predecessors, writes Heidi Schlumpf. He sends signs and makes baby steps. But when it comes to actually changing church teaching, not so much -- as with a new ruling that leaves LGBTQ Catholics out of the sacramentality of marriage. That needs to change.

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As a Queer Person With Autism, I'm Doubly Erased

As a Queer Person With Autism, I'm Doubly Erased | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

I feel like an outsider in the LGBTQ community, and lots of autistic people feel the same way.

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eHarmony's new inclusive ads are enraging some on the right

eHarmony's new inclusive ads are enraging some on the right | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The online matchmaker recently launched its first ad with a lesbian couple.

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The Largest Native American Two-Spirit Powwow Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

The Largest Native American Two-Spirit Powwow Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The team behind the first BAAITS Powwow sought to de-gender traditions and bring Two-Spirit people, those who do not identify within the gender binary, together. They did all of that and more.

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Date Lab: These two tried to keep a secret from us

How can you tell when you’re really clicking with a person? Is it when you uncover some mutual obsession? Is it when you accidentally-on-purpose brush against their shoulder and your insides go all glittery?

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Social media influencer becomes first gay man to grace cover of Playboy Magazine

Social media influencer becomes first gay man to grace cover of Playboy Magazine | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

“For Playboy to have a male on the cover is a huge deal for the LGBT community, for my brown people community and it’s all so surreal,” the cover star said.

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#ILoveGay Views LGBTQ+ Bars short film accepted into Palm Spring's Cinema Diverse LGBTQ+ Film Festival

#ILoveGay Views LGBTQ+ Bars short film accepted into Palm Spring's Cinema Diverse LGBTQ+ Film Festival | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
We are pleased to announce our first #ILoveGay Today series of interviews edited into a longer form short-form documentary about LGBTQ+ bars and how they have adapted during the pandemic has been accepted into the Palm Springs Cinema Diverse LGBTQ+ film festival.
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They Came to Slay: LGBTQ Trailblazers

They Came to Slay: LGBTQ Trailblazers | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

These artists, activists, entrepreneurs and mentors have been leading the way and opening doors for other LGBTQ people of color for more than 30 years. And they have no plans to stop.

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“Pride in a Box” Brings LGBTQ+ Pride Home, Proving Decor and Joy for At-Home Celebrations

“Pride in a Box” Brings LGBTQ+ Pride Home, Proving Decor and Joy for At-Home Celebrations | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Brand|Pride is proud to announce the official launch of Pride in a Box! Pride in a Box is an at-home Pride kit that guarantees to bring fun, joy and unicorn love into your home! For 20 years, Brand|Pride has been guiding brands on LGBTQ+ promotional items and helping brands show their support for the LGBTQ community. 

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Amazon, Delta and Tesla among companies backing LGBTQ bill

Amazon, Delta and Tesla among companies backing LGBTQ bill | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The Equality Act passed the House for a second time in February, but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

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Republican State Lawmakers Push Wave of Bills Targeting Transgender Youth

Republican State Lawmakers Push Wave of Bills Targeting Transgender Youth | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

At least 28 state legislatures are weighing measures that would bar transgender youth from participating in sports or receiving medical treatment. Some have already been passed.

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Support for LGBT Nondiscrimination, Marriage Equality Hits All-Time High

Support for LGBT Nondiscrimination, Marriage Equality Hits All-Time High | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The study from the Public Religion Research Institute comes as the Senate wrestles with legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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The pandemic offered a unique chance for many people to come out as queer

The pandemic offered a unique chance for many people to come out as queer | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The COVID pandemic gave many people the space and quiet to examine their gender and sexual identities more deeply and come out to themselves and others.

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Anti-LGBTQ+ orgs are drafting anti-trans bills for policymakers with an online form

Anti-LGBTQ+ orgs are drafting anti-trans bills for policymakers with an online form | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The site promises to deliver “model legislation” to policymakers designed to keep trans youth from accessing medical care and participating in athletics.  

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Equality Act introduced in House to expand LGBTQ protections

Equality Act introduced in House to expand LGBTQ protections | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Decades in the making, the Equality Act has broad support in the House but will likely face opposition in the Senate, where it will need at least 10 Republicans to vote in favor of the bill.

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With a more gay-friendly administration in place, what’s next on the LGBT-rights agenda?

So much progress has been made relatively quickly in recent years, but LGBT rights advocates have a list of areas where they’d still like to see more advancements for their cause.