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Jared Polis is the first openly gay man elected governor in the US

Jared Polis is a history-maker in today’s midterm elections in the United States. He is officially the first openly gay man elected a state governor. Polis ran as the Democratic candidate in Colorado’s gubernatorial race. He was declared the victor with 52% of the votes after 57% of the precincts reporting. He ran opposing Republican candidate Walker Stapleton, who took 44.9% of the votes. Third-party candidates Scott Helker (Libertarian) and Bill Hammons (Unity Party of Colorado) took 2.4% and 0.9% of the votes, respectively. ‘Tonight, Colorado rejected the Trump-Pence administration’s politics of bigotry and fear by choosing bold pro-equality champion Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay man elected governor,’ said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. ‘For nearly a decade in Congress, Jared Polis fought to advance fairness and equality in Colorado and across America. He is a proven leader who will take his commitment to securing full equality to the governor’s mansion and fight to make Colorado a stronger and more inclusive state.’ Earlier today, a gay Democrat won in Guam and anti-marriage equality figure Kim Davis lost her re-election. Read the original article Author: Anya Crittenton

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Anti-equal marriage county clerk Kim Davis ousted from office

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lost her bid for reelection in US mid-term elections on Tuesday. Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. beat Republican Davis 4,210 votes to 3,566 votes for the position of Rowan County clerk, according to local media.   TOTALS from the Kim Davis race in Rowan County: Davis (R): 3566 Caudill (D): 4210@heraldleader @BGPolitics — Will Wright (@HLWright) November 7, 2018 God’s Authority Davis made headlines around the world in August 2015 when she was briefly jailed for refusing to issue a marriage license to a gay couple in Kentucky. Davis claimed to be acting on ‘God’s authority’. This was after the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the US. She recently stood by her anti-gay position. Five same-sex couples sued her. A judge, therefore, ordered her to issue the licenses but she refused to comply. In September 2015, a judge sentenced her to jail. But, she was released after five days. Importantly, as she holds an elected official position, she could not be fired and returned to work. In 2014, Kentucky elected Davis as a Democratic nominee. However, she claimed the Democratic party ‘abandoned’ her in the wake of her stance on same-sex marriage. She, therefore, switched to the Republican party. Sashay away WinningDemocrat Caudill said: ‘I believe that as a community we must continue to work together toward a more prosperous and cohesive Rowan County’, according to local reporter Will Wright. The LGBTI ...

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Thailand’s lesbian tennis player wins big

Thailand’s only openly gay professional tennis player, Luksika Kumkhum, is making an impact at home and abroad after a big win on Sunday (4 November). She beat Russia’s Irina Khromacheva, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, in a nearly four-hour WTA Mumbai Open Final. Twenty-five-year-old Luksika is now ranked 80th in the world. Luksika is one of just four openly gay players to compete in a major 2018 tennis event, according to Out Sports. Her victory was celebrated in local Thai newspaper, the Nation. ‘I hope this win won’t be my last. And I hope I can win bigger’ she told the paper. Luksika will compete in China and Taiwan in the next two weeks. Life as an LGBTI athlete Luksika also travels often for competitions. She told the Indian Express she is used to life as an LGBTI athlete. ‘When I go to another country, they’re surprised. They’re like, ‘oh, you’re a man, right?’ I say no, I’m a woman. But then they don’t say anything. They just say OK and that’s that,’ she said. Thailand is a highly popular LGBTI holiday destination. But, a lot of Thai society remains conservative. The military junta, however, may be looking to enact equal marriage legislation ahead of elections in February next year. The generals want to gain support inside the country and internationally. ‘There is still the old thinking’ Luksika told the Indian Express. ‘I’m comfortable with this. There are so many people in the world who are gay, but you’re still a person. If ...

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Randy Rainbow encourages you to vote tomorrow with fabulous Wicked parody

Everywhere you look, someone or something is telling all US people to vote tomorrow in the midterm elections — and that’s because these elections could have huge consequences. More LGBTI candidates and women are running than ever before, with people anticipating a blue and/or rainbow wave. Democrats could take back control of the House, and earn some leverage in Congress. States like Massachusetts are voting on propositions dealing with transgender rights. Today, satirist and performer Randy Rainbow released a more fun way to encourage people to vote — with a Wicked parody! Known for his musical and political mash-ups, this newest video from Randy Rainbow takes the upseat song What Is This Feeling?, Glinda and Elphaba’s first duet together, and turns it into a plea about voting. ‘What the hell’s up with the country today,’ Rainbow sings. ‘I feel like packing and running away. It’s very scary, and super strange, it makes me weary/How can I change it? I think I found a fix, on November 6, I’ll be voting!’ The video is full of Randy Rainbow’s trademark catchy lyrics and scathing commentary on the Trump administration. After a bit about press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, her sings: ‘If you want the privilege to whine, don’t just tweet, lament and opine/Put some make-up on and get your ass in line.’ As he also sings in the video, it’s not too late to change the way things are going. The following states all have same-day voter registration: California, Colorado, Connecticut, the ...

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British Columbia now recognizes gender ‘X’ on driver’s licenses and birth certificates

The Canadian province of British Columbia now recognizes a third gender marker on official IDs — gender X. Tell me more! British Columbians who don’t identify as male or female have the option of choosing ‘X’ in the gender field of state-issued identification. This includes driver’s licenses, state ID cards, birth certificates, and BC Services cards. ‘Since last summer, we have been working on changes to government documents in recognition and respect of people who do not identify as male or female,’ BC Health Minister Adrian Dix told Global News Canada. ‘Including the X gender designation on key ID is an important step in this.’ BC catching up Last year, Joshua Ferguson, a non-binary person assigned male at birth, wasn’t permitted to use ‘X’ on their BC identification. Similarly, parent Kori Doty faced ongoing challenges with getting British Columbia to issue a non-binary birth certificate for their child. But things are starting to change in Canada. This year, Ferguson traveled to the province of Ontario to receive Canada’s first non-binary birth certificate. Additionally, a judge in the province of Saskatchewan ordered the removal of gender markers on birth certificates entirely. ‘Well I am very thankful residents will now be able to apply for X marker for sex on their BC driver’s license and care card and other forms of identification,’ Ferguson told Global News Canada. ‘In actual fact I haven’t been issued my correct BC ID with an X marker [that] I have applied for 16 months ago and had ...

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin debuts rainbow crosswalks

The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin recently debuted their own rainbow crosswalks. Tell me more! The rainbow-striped crosswalk near Cathedral Square Park was unveiled Saturday, 3 November. The crosswalk installation celebrates the city’s LGBTI community. Funding for the project was provided by non-profit advocacy group Milwaukee Pride, Inc. Milwaukee Pride, along with the East Town Association and 13 other affiliated LGBTI organizations, raised $2,000 [£1,540.60; €1,757.09] for the initial installation. The location chosen wasn’t random, either. Just steps away is This Is It, one of the oldest gay bars in the country. The bar, currently undergoing renovation and expansion, celebrated its 50th anniversary this past summer. Additionally, the city’s first-ever Pride parade took place in this area in 1989. Still, decades before the Pride parade and This Is It, this area was home to the Seaway Inn Tavern and the since-demolished St. Charles Hotel. Both spots were important hubs for the city’s then-underground LGBTI community. ‘You’re at the epicenter of history that has been hidden for 90 years,’ LGBTI author Michail Takach said of the location. However, the city doesn’t think the rainbow magic will stop at just this one intersection. ‘There’s been a great need and a great interest to do this throughout the city,’ City Engineer Jeff Polenske said during a Saturday morning press conference. For Milwaukee’s LGBTI community, this visual statement is important. ‘They affirm, that we, as LGBTQ people, are a valuable part of this city,’ said city Equal Rights Commission member Tony Snell Rodriguez. ‘Keep in ...

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Consortium to Join Government’s LGBT Advisory Panel

Today the Government announced their plans for investing in the LGBT sector to help fulfill their commitments set out in the LGBT Action Plan. As part of these plans, Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt has announced the formation of an LGBT Advisory Panel which will bring together expertise from within our communities and ensure… Read the original article Author:

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Trump’s State Department may ban terms like ‘sexual health’

United States diplomats may soon be prohibited from saying phrases like ‘sexual and reproductive health’ and ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ under a new proposal. Tell me more Politico reports that four people familiar with the State Department have seen this proposal suggested to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The proposal is being pushed by numerous conservative political appointees at the State Department and in other government agencies. These phrases have been used for years in both domestic and international communications. It is unclear at this time what direct policy changes will come from eliminating such words. However, changing these phrases could put the United States in a contentious position with the United Nations. This is because they would be changing globally-accepted language in agreements and resolutions. Additionally, it could cause issues for non-government groups that receive US funding and use those terms. Still, removing the word ‘sex’ is a symbolic gesture that aligns with Trump’s other proposals. For instance, eliminating funds for women’s reproductive health, particularly abortion and Planned Parenthood. According to Politico’s sources, this new proposal is in a memo that is awaiting Pompeo’s approval. The alternatives Foreign Policy reported some of what the memo contains. Instead of ‘sexual and reproductive health’ or ‘comprehensive sexuality education,’ officials will be instructed to use terms such as ‘reproduction and the related health services’ in their correspondence. These alternate terms are expected to come with definitions and an explanation of what services they cover. According to the memos obtained by Foreign Policy, the ...

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Children of homophobic GOP candidate urge people not to vote for him

The son and daughter of Republican Missouri House candidate Steve West are urging residents to vote against their father on 6 November. Emily and Andy West have begun speaking to the press regarding their father’s bid for a seat on the Missouri House of Representatives. ‘I can’t imagine him being in any level of government,’ Emily told The Kansas City Star on 29 October. Who is Steve West? West, 64, is a Christian radio host with a history of racism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism. ‘If he gets elected, it would legitimize him,’ Andy told AP on 31 October. ‘Then he would become a state official, and he’s saying that Jews shouldn’t even have civil rights.’ Emily and Andy West decided to speak out against their father after seeing numerous yard signs supporting him in the district. Currently, the district’s representative is Democrat Jon Carpenter who won by double-digits in 2012. On 15 October, just days before the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 worshippers dead, West spoke about Israel on his show. According to him, Israel ‘gave’ the United States gay marriage and was ‘anti-Christian.’ ‘They have been running this assault on America,’ he told AP. ‘They have been giving us gay marriage, pornography, abortion, everything that’s anti-Christian. This is what they do. This is how they corrupt a Christian nation, because they are an anti-Christ people.’ Back in 2017, West alleged that Hitler was ‘right.’ ‘Looking back in history, unfortunately, Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany,’ ...

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Get ready to experience Pussy Is God, the new queer bop from King Princess

Genderqueer artist King Princess released her latest single, Pussy Is God, and it is definitely a bop. King Princess wrote the song with her girlfriend, Amandla Stenberg, who came out as gay in June. Its lyrics make the song’s meaning crystal clear: Your pussy is God and I love it Gonna kiss me real hard, make me wanna it I think star signs mean nothing But I know you feel right so I’m coming This is the chorus: You know that it’s God, baby, when you’re around her I’ve been praying for hours You know that it’s God, baby, when you’re around her She’s God and I’ve found her, oh On top of all that, it’s a catchy tune  as well. King Princess appears in the music video donning a white tank top and khakis, all while in front of a green screen. The created landscape for the video is dreamy, vintage, and cinematic all at once. It certainly lends an extra ethereal quality to the song. King Princess (born Mikaela Straus) is a Brooklyn-based artist. In February of this year, she released her first single, 1950. The song is dedicated to the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, as well as to the LGBTQ Community. It has earned more than 41 million video and audio streams so far. King Princess also announced her Pussy Is God tour on Twitter. Big pussy tour. pic.twitter.com/dUQUrBCYv1 — King Princess (@KingPrincess69) November 2, 2018 The tour begins on 17 January in Minneapolis and ends, after ...

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