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Hari Nef is L’Oréal’s first transgender model

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Hari Nef is the first out transgender person to appear in a L’Oréal ad campaign. L’Oréal via YouTube Model Hari Nef stars in a L’Oréal campaign that debuted during the Golden Globes, making her the first transgender model to say the brand’s tagline: …

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Gordon Klingenschmitt Exploits Abuse Allegations to Tar All LGBT People

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. The reliably and virulently homophobic preacher Gordon Klingenschmitt has latched on to accusations of child sexual abuse against a gay Minnesota couple to say all LGBT people should be barred from teaching. A police investigation found substantial evidence that the couple had indeed …

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Letter From Zimbabwe

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. As an ambitious young lesbian I knew there was no way I would be able to live openly in Zimbabwe. When my family discovered my sexuality, they took me to church and tried to “exorcise my demons and bad spirits.” Forced to conform, …

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Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett: The Exit Interview

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. During the eight tumultuous years of the Obama presidency, anyone would have killed to have a chair “in the room where it happens,” to quote one of the best numbers in the Broadway smash Hamilton. Among the very few people who can lay …

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Lesbian couple named co-pastors of D.C.’s Calvary Baptist Church

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Maria Swearingen, left, and Sally Sarratt Baptist News A historic Baptist church in Washington, D.C. that broke ties with the Southern Baptist Convention five years ago over several issues, including its opposition to the LGBTQ community, has chosen a lesbian couple to lead …

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Harvey Milk’s nephew endorses Ray Buckley for DNC chair

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. From left, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley and Harvey Milk Foundation Board of Directors President Stuart Milk (Photo courtesy Buckley) Stuart Milk, the LGBT advocate and nephew of gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, has thrown his support behind Raymond Buckley …

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Gay Man Finally Gives Blood After Year of Celibacy

This post originally published by Towleroad. On January 10, 2017, 21-year-old Jay Franzone gave blood. What made this noteworthy is that Franzone, as a gay man, had to abstain from sex for an entire year in order to be eligible as a blood donor as per federal policy. He took …

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Texas warned of backlash over transgender bathroom bill

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Protestors try to drown out a press conference with Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senator Lois Kolkhorst as they introduce Senate Bill 6 known as the Texas Privacy Act, which provides solutions to the federal mandate of transgender bathrooms, showers and dressing …

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Hawaii Says Aloha to Queer Families

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. Disney Avlani Waikolohe Valley A welcoming spirit frees LGBT families to set aside anxieties and take in all the senses. By Bryan Van Gorder January 12 2017 5:07 AM EST If every movie or television show set in Hawaii is to be believed, …

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Yes, Rex Tillerson, Saudi Arabia Does Violate Human Rights

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. Today at his confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of State, declined to call Saudi Arabia a human rights violator — even though global human rights groups and Trump himself have criticized the country’s record. “When you designate someone or …

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