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Buttigieg is the only top 2020 candidate not offering staffers healthcare

Gay presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is not providing health care for his staffers, NBC reports. He is the only major candidate not to provide health care coverage to any of his own campaign workers, the news site found. His campaign told NBC Buttigieg is providing a monthly stipend to workers to buy insurance and plans to offer health care in the future. There has been a surge in support for Buttigieg, who is currently mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since he announced his candidacy in January. He has succeeded fundraising expectations and quickly scaled up his team. But, NBC reports that other Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders are all providing healthcare or claim they are. Warren’s campaign, for example, paid $87,000 to United Healthcare. On the campaign trail, Buttigieg has voiced support for affordable health care insurance. Some crtics have accused him of hypocrisy in not offering health coverage. But, people have praised Buttigieg for employing disabled people and paying interns US$15 an hour. Surge in popularity  Buttigieg announced that he would be running for president in January, and officially began his campaign in March. Since then he has experienced a surge in popularly and has begun to regularly feature in the media. Last month, he and his husband were on the cover of TIME magazine. He has consistently polled at third place among the field of Democratic presidential candidates. He is still trailing Democratic frontrunner, former Vice President Biden, and Vermont Senator Sanders. Fellow presidential ...

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Lord Mayor to lead 11th Exeter Pride march

THE Lord Mayor of Exeter will lead the march and give a speech to mark Devon’s biggest free celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities in the region. Councillor Rob Hanford will start the largest rainbow flag parade the city has seen as part of Exeter Pride at noon on Saturday, May 11… Read the original article Author:

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Cuba cancels annual Conga Against Homophobia

Cuba canceled its 12th annual march against homophobia and transphobia on Monday (6 May). The state-run National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX) said in a Facebook post ‘new tensions in the international and regional context’ forced the cancellation. Mariela Castro, the daughter of Communist Party leader Raul Castro and one of Cuba’s most vocal proponents for LGBTI rights, runs the center. Other LGBTI events to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) will go ahead, according to the BBC. Late last year, the Caribbean nation backed down on marriage equality after pressure from religious groups. Activist Norge Espinosa Mendoza labeled this week’s cancellation ‘a new step backwards’. ‘Not allowing [the parade] is a signal that we are not welcome’ he wrote on Facebook. ‘The enemies of a more diverse and progressive Cuba will be happier now’. ‘March for our rights’ Activists have organized an alternative march for Saturday when the conga was scheduled to take place. Event creator Yadiel Cepero wrote ‘Let us march for our rights’. British LGBTI campaigner Peter Tatchell labeled the cancellation ‘very suspicious’. According to Reuters, activists suspect the government banned the event because it did not want to risk a public forum for criticism amid rising tensions with the Trump administration in the US. Equal marriage Activists consider Cuba a leader in LGBTI rights in Latin America. A handful of countries in the Carribean still criminalize gay sex. Cuba, meanwhile, offers rights such as free gender-affirmative surgery. But, in December last year, Cuban ...

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Meghan McCain’s husband goes on homophobic rant against Seth Meyers

Ben Domenech, the husband of Meghan McCain (daughter of the late John McCain), went on a sudden and homophobic Twitter rant against NBC writer-comedian Seth Meyers. McCain appeared on the former SNL writer and performer’s Late Night talk show on Tuesday (7 May) night. Their sit-down together became tense, with McCain accusing the liberal Meyers of treating her unfairly. One of the tenser moments of the interview, in which Meyers questioned McCain’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) supposed ‘anti-Semitism’. On Wednesday (8 May), Domenech, founder of the conservative website The Federalist, published his since-deleted Twitter rant. What did he say? Screencaps of Domenech’s tweets show him using inflammatory and homophobic language. ‘I see that @sethmeyers, the untalented piece of shit who only has his job because he regularly gargled Lorne Michaels’ balls, went after my wife tonight with his idiotic anti-Semitic bullshit,’ he wrote in the first tweet. Domenech’s first tweet about Meyers | Photo: Twitter @bdomenech He then went on to call Meyers an ‘awful person’ and ‘monumental asshole’. Domenech added Meyers ‘deserves the mockery he receives’. Domenech’s tweets continued | Photo: Twitter @bdomenech As the tweets continued, Domenech said Meyers is ‘proof that white men get ahead despite their obvious lack of talent’. He also wrote that ‘all the people around @sethmeyers talk about what a shitty person he is’. Tweets continued | Photo: Twitter @bdomenech Last of the Twitter rant | Photo: Twitter @bdomenech Later Wednesday morning, Domenech apologized in a new tweet, justifying his words ...

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City For LGBT+ Live crowdfunding event

Consortium is looking forward to celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) at a special event on 21st May. We’re partnering with Give Out and The Funding Network for City For LGBT… Read the original article Author:

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San Francisco swears in first LGBTI fire chief

The mayor of San Francisco swore in the city’s first LGBTI fire chief on Monday (6 May). Jeanine Nicholson, a 25-year veteran of the fire department, said it was an ‘honor’ to be the first gay chief. ‘Because of my position and job in general, I have been a role model for much LGBTQ youth, and I will continue that’ she said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Congratulations to newly pinned Chief of Department Jeanine Nicholson. We look forward to working with you and @LondonBreed to keeping #SF safe. #yoursffd pic.twitter.com/MvKL8ATrSi — SF Firefighters 798 (@SFFFLocal798) May 6, 2019 ‘I look forward to ensuring that our department remains prepared to respond to any emergencies facing the city’ she also said. In her decades-long career, Nicholson has suffered second-degree burns in the line of duty. She also fought a battle with cancer and has since campaigned for efforts to prevent cancer among firefighters. Today we swore in our new Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson, who is the first LGBT Fire Chief in San Francisco’s history. Chief Nicholson is a dedicated public servant and a 25-year veteran of the Department who has worked her way up from being a Firefighter and a Paramedic… pic.twitter.com/kn1MajB0BH — London Breed (@LondonBreed) May 6, 2019 ‘This woman is tough, this woman is resilient, this woman is a leader’ Mayor London Breed reportedly said. ‘I am confident she will be ready to lead the department on day one’. Breed also said: ‘Yes, she has made history, and ...

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Gay US politician Brian Sims explains ‘aggressive’ confrontation with pro-life protesters

Pennsylvania and openly gay politician Brian Sims posted a video of himself on Twitter on Tuesday (7 May) explaining an interaction he recently had with pro-life protesters outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic. The original interaction, which he filmed and posted online, received plenty of criticism. Sims posted the video of himself approaching the protesters last week on Periscope. Lila Rose, the president and founder of Live Action, an anti-abortion organization known for publishing biased undercover sting operation videos against Planned Parenthood, posted another portion of the video on her own Twitter. In this video, State Rep @BrianSimsPA says he’ll pay his followers $100 if they are able to dox three teen girls he films who are quietly praying outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. How is this guy still allowed to be on Twitter? pic.twitter.com/yfNCHhRSqY — Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 6, 2019 In the videos, Sims repeatedly says ‘shame on you’ and ‘shame’ to the various people outside the clinic. At one point, as seen in the video posted by Rose, he offers his followers $100 (€89.35) to identify the protesters. He adds he’ll donate that money to Planned Parenthood. Sims also rhetorically asks the protesters why they think they should get to police women’s bodies. Many people online criticized Sims for the videos. Texas Senator Ted Cruz described Sims as an ‘angry, hateful Dem’ and asked in a tweet if the Democratic party would ‘condemn this abuse’. Cruz’s tweet about Sims | Photo: Twitter @tedcruz Sims responds in ...

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These LGBTI icons wowed the Met Gala red carpet

The most important people of the fashion world – including a host of LGBTI icons – gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday (6 May) for the annual Met Gala. The queer community was in the spotlight this year, as the event celebrating the opening of the spring fashion exhibit took the theme ‘camp’. It came from on bisexual author and philosopher Susan Sontag’s essay, Notes on Camp, dedicated to queer icon Oscar Wilde. Sontag wrote that camp is ‘love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration… style at the expense of content… the triumph of the epicene style’. And, global LGBTI icons did not disappoint with their lavish, eccentric, and fantastically queer outfits. Let’s look at some of the best: Lady Gaga Lady Gaga stunned the Met Gala red carpet with four different looks and three outfit changes. The bisexual pop star and LGBTI super-ally rocked looks in sleek black and bright hot pink. As always, her accessories were on point. Out of the four outfit changes so far, which one of Lady Gaga’s is your favourite? #MetGala pic.twitter.com/42Qs0IPvy7 — Lady Gaga Media (@GagaMediaDotNet) May 6, 2019 Billy Porter Actor Billy Porter arrived at the Met Gala decked head-to-toe in gold, including a 24-karat headpiece and face adornments. But Porter didn’t simply walk up the red carpet — he was carried. Six shirtless men, in gold pants, headpieces, and boots, carried Porter on a black velvet chaise. BILLY PORTER HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!! #MetGala pic.twitter.com/MaxMQuaGgZ — ...

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Lady Gaga slays the Met Gala red carpet with four different looks

Lady Gaga stunned the Met Gala red carpet with four different looks and three outfit changes. The bisexual pop star and LGBTI super-ally rocked looks in sleek black and bright hot pink. As always, her accessories were on point. The fashion industry’s big names gathered for the Met Gala on Monday night (6 May) to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This year’s theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’ a nod to the queer history of design. Out of the four outfit changes so far, which one of Lady Gaga’s is your favourite? #MetGala pic.twitter.com/42Qs0IPvy7 — Lady Gaga Media (@GagaMediaDotNet) May 6, 2019 Lady Gala Gaga, who is co-hosting the Gala, arrived in an over-sized voluminous hot pink gown designed by her friend Brandon Maxwell. Lady Gaga arriving at the #MetGala! pic.twitter.com/GKsXeAE5ib — Lady Gaga Media (@GagaMediaDotNet) May 6, 2019 A number of staffers helped her carry the huge train up the Gala’s stairs. Next, they helped her peel off the bright pink gown to reveal a black strapless dress. Gaga accessorized the gown with an umbrella. Witness the exact moment of Lady Gaga’s outfit reveal. #METGala pic.twitter.com/f7tqu1m0t8 — Lady Gaga Source (@MisterBroRo) May 6, 2019 But the Gaga wasn’t finished yet. Then, she removed the black gown to reveal a pencil dress in the same hot pink as the first outfit. She swapped her umbrella for an old-school mobile phone and large black sunglasses. A perfect illusion? Lady Gaga ...

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Opposite-sex marriage is ‘prevailing social norm’ says Singapore govt

Singapore’s ‘prevailing social norm’ remains opposite-sex marriage, a government spokesperson has said. They were responding to a recent survey that found Singaporeans are becoming increasingly accepting of same-sex couples. The results buoyed LGBTI-rights campaigners in the conservative city-state where gay sex remains illegal. ‘The prevailing social norm remains that of a man and a woman marrying, having and bringing up children within that framework of a stable family unit’ an unnamed spokesperson for the Ministry of Social and Family Development told Today Online. The spokesperson said maintaining social cohesion is the Government’s priority. ‘On issues where there may be deeply held views based on personal beliefs and values, it is important for… respectful and civil dialogue and for society to find common ground across the different perspectives’. ‘Robust surveys and studies can be useful in informing and supporting this process, but do not replace it.’ A survey conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) last week found just over 20% of people polled did not think that same-sex relations between consenting adults were wrong. Importantly, the survey found a 10% increase compared to five years ago. Section 377A But, a March survey found that Singaporeans were in favor of maintaining Section 377A of the Penal Code. The British colonial-era law which punishes homosexual sex between men with up to two years in prison. Authorities rarely enforce the law. But, it fosters negative attitudes towards LGBTI rights in the city-state. Prior to this, a petition launched in favor of maintaining Section 377A received over ...

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