Pride at Work endorses Biden for President

Washington, D.C. – The Pride at Work National Executive Board voted Tuesday night, June 24, to endorse Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden for president in 2020. It is the first time the organization has ever endorsed a presidential candidate. “I am so proud to be a part of this dedicated and thoughtful team of LGBTQ labor leaders, especially as we make history by offering our first endorsement for president,” Pride at Work Co-President, Shellea Allen said and the vote to endorse. “Donald Trump is an unmitigated disaster for working people, for LGBTQ people, for immigrants, for Black […]

Charlotte Rugby Club supports Black Lives Matter protests

Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Royals Rugby Football Club, founded by and predominately comprised of queer men and allies, shared that they have always had the intention to stand with and for justice and equality for minority communities. “As a rugby club we are united and steadfast in our call for justice for the oppressed and believe fervently that black and brown lives matter,” they shared.             The team issued the following statement in response to recent social injustices and racism: “Let us start this statement by saying we have let our players, club members, supporters, opponents, and extended rugby […]

Seattle Gay News GoFundMe launched after death of owner

Seattle, WA – Seattle Gay News was founded in 1974, making it one of the oldest LGBTQ newspapers in the country with a huge on-line archive. Last month, George Bakan, owner and publisher of the newspaper died at age 78, reportedly working at his desk on the paper he helmed since 1983. His death and the COVID-19 pandemic have threatened the survival of this iconic LGBTQ community resource that has led the staff to setup a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $30,000.00 (Here is the link to donate for this important institution:              James Stansberry remembered George […]

X-Men fans petition for Trans actress to play Storm

Los Angeles, CA – Queerty reports that with fans of the X-Men eagerly awaiting the introduction of the series characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one name has emerged as a somewhat ironic candidate for a key role: transgender actress Dominique Jackson, whom fans want to see play the platinum headed mutant Storm. For anyone unfamiliar with the character, Ororo Munroe/Storm hails from Kenya, where her mutant powers to manipulate the weather caused her fellow villagers to worship her as a goddess. She later emigrated to the US where she joined the X-men as a co-leader of the team.             […]

Some Dallas Gay bars did not open to protect everyone

Dallas, TX – Early on Friday, June 26, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a new executive order, under the umbrella of the COVID-19 disaster declaration issued in March, requiring all bars in the state to again shut down in an effort to stem the rising COVID-19 infection rate across the state. The order came after the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, June 25, reported a record 5,996 new cases, the state’s positivity rate spiked to 11.56 percent and healthcare professionals across the state expressed growing concern that Texas hospitals will soon be overwhelmed.             In response, Dallas […]

Naval Academy LGBTQ support club founded in 2011

Annapolis, MD – This year, like the celebrations in New York, Philly and around the world, the pride parade in Annapolis, Maryland has gone virtual. There won’t be rainbow-decked floats cruising down West Street and there won’t be queer people of all races cheering together. A group that will look forward to next year’s parade is Navy Spectrum, the Gender and Sexualities Alliance Club at the U.S. Naval Academy.             As students of one of the five service academies, midshipmen at USNA become military officers upon graduation and must serve for at least five years in active duty to repay […]

Google changes tracking history to delete after 18-months

Mountain View, CA – CNBC reports that Google announced on June 24 that it will start to automatically delete users’ location history and web activity after 18 months. (Click the link below for the full story.) Previously, users had to turn this setting on if they didn’t want Google to store their data for an indefinite amount of time. The move allows Google to still hold on to information and recommend things you might like based on your previous location or browsing history, but it won’t have years and years worth of private data.             Google location history tracking is […]

Cuba recognizes that a baby has two mons

Havana, Cuba – It’s a major step forward in family recognition in Cuba, where campaigners are also pushing for same-sex marriage. Two moms have won their battle in Cuba to register themselves as mothers to their newborn son on his birth certificate. Dachelys Valdés Moreno and Hope Bastian used an assisted reproduction service in Florida because they weren’t able to do so in Cuba. But when they returned from Florida with their son Paulo, born on 19 May 2019, they faced a battle to register themselves as his parents.             Bastian is originally from Florida but her partner Moreno is […]

Civil Rights and early Gay activist Jon Gee has died

Jon Louis Gee III, lifelong Baltimorean and 1960s civil rights and early Gay activist, died of cardiac arrest at Sinai Hospital on Sunday, June 14, 2020. He was 74 years old and lived his entire life with his sisters in the family home in the Coppin Heights section of West Baltimore. Although his death was sudden, he had been in declining health for the past several years.             Jon came out as a teenager and joined the Baltimore Gay Alliance shortly after its founding in 1975. He was a fixture at BGA meetings, social events, and political actions. He joined […]

Baltimore Protests in the Midst of George Floyds Death

From small rallies on Harford Road to much larger much-larger youth-led marches that traveled from the Convention Center, past the city jail and on to City Hall, hundreds of Baltimore City residents have joined together to peacefully protest and mourn the violent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 as well as the countless other black lives taken by the hands of police brutality and misconduct. This incident was all to reminiscent of events in 2015 when Baltimore was roiled by weeks of tense protests after the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who […]