No doubt, the Stonewall riots were in the stars

Charlotte, North Carolina – Astrologers are often consulted to give proper perspective and intelligent illumination to certain major events. For those of us who enjoy a little 20/20 hindsight, I modestly offer an astrological analysis of the events at Stonewall 50 years ago. I, for one, believe that the planets set the whole thing in motion. June 28th, 1969 at 1:20 am, an unexpected police raid led to rebellion. The riots lasted five days and ultimately launched our liberation movement. Was it the drinks? Was it the planets? What was it that night that made the Stonewall Riots the event […]

Will presidential candidates support legalizing prostitution?

New York City – In a long piece in the New Republic, Melissa Gira Grant writes that back in February, advocates for er rights in New York announced their intention to fully decriminalize prostitution in the state. But no one really suspected then that within two weeks, Democratic candidates for president would be pledging support for competing legislative visions of what they called (at times, incorrectly) sex-work decriminalization. Quite suddenly, the enlightened thing to do – or at least to say you were doing – was to support these measures, a development that came as a shock even to many […]

Denver Zoo shares a gay love story in time for Pride

Denver – CBS’s local station reports that with just a few days before Denver’s PrideFest celebrations, the Denver Zoo is sharing the love story of a same-sex pair in their flock. The flamboyant flamingos are named after two LGBTQ icons – ’N Sync band member Lance Bass and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Among the nearly 80 birds in the exhibit, birdkeeper Brittney Weaver says the two have always been the standouts. “They have plenty of choices to choose from so we can’t really control what they choose,” she said. Freddy Mercury is a Caribbean flamingo brought to the zoo in […]

Philly landmarks to celebrate Pride through lights

Philadelphia – The “Philly Lights Up Rainbow” display will happen after sundown on two nights during June: Sunday, June 9th, on the evening of the Philadelphia PrideDay Parade and Festival; and on June 30th, when New York City hosts its WorldPride march. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Boathouse Row, and PECO Crown Lights are among the most prominent landmarks to get the rainbow-light treatment. Other confirmed locations include the South Street Bridge, and the light poles that stretch for 2.5 miles along North Broad Street, between Hamilton Street and Glenwood Avenue. “Of course, there may be others that join in, but […]

Brazil’s supreme court rules homophobia is a crime

Sao Paulo – Reuters reports that the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that homophobia should be criminalized under existing legislation until Congress creates a specific law for the subject, weighing in on a topic that has drawn the ire of President Jair Bolsonaro. Eight of 11 justices voted to treat homophobia in the same way as racism under Brazilian law, making it a criminal act. “Sexual orientation and gender identity are essential to human beings, to the self-determination to decide their own life and seek happiness,” Justice Gilmar Mendes said, according to the court’s Twitter account. During the court’s […]

Canadian writer losses lawsuit; remains banned by Twitter

San Francisco – Joe Morgan writes in Gold Star News that Canadian writer Meghan Murphy has lost a lawsuit against Twitter and will remain banned. The blogger was permanently banned over transphobic tweets. Murphy’s writing focuses on gender and politics. Her feminist opinions are rooted in the ideals that some describe as “TERF,” or trans-exclusionary radical feminists. In her lawsuit, Murphy alleged Twitter breached their contract. She also claims Twitter violated her free speech, thereby unjustly banning her. A San Francisco court ruled Twitter is protected by the Communications Decency Act. Murphy’s Twitter account was locked on last November 15th. […]

Possible serial killer charged in murder of transwoman

Dallas – On June 12th, Dallas police announced the arrest of Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, in connection with the May 18th murder of transwoman Muhlaysia Booker and two other people who are not members of the LGBTQ community. Investigators said Lyles is also a “person of interest” in the murder of two other transwomen, Chynal Lindsey and Armani Dante Morgan. Lindsey was killed on June 1th and Morgan’s 2017 death was ruled “unexplained.” Investigations continue to look into those deaths and the deaths of at least two other black transgender women in Dallas – Shade Schuler, whose body was found […]

Presbyterian minister spoke out for gay people in the 1900s

Philadelphia – Historian Jonathan Katz’s participation in a gay liberation organization during the 1970s spurred his passion for researching LGBTQ history. A native of New York City’s Greenwich Village, Katz joined the Gay Activists Alliance in 1971. His interest fueled his recent discovery at Philadelphia’s Presbyterian Historical Society. There, he found new evidence supporting the theory that Rev. Carl Schlegel, a German immigrant to the US, publicly defended gay rights in New Orleans in 1906-07 – making him the earliest-known gay rights activist in the country, Katz said. Schlegel, a Presbyterian minister, was known for advocating for homosexuals in the […]

Girl charged with ‘child porn’ over selfie of her oral sex act

Annapolis, Maryland – Robby Soave reports on that a 16-year-old girl is facing child-pornography charges for making a sex video of herself. A finding of guilt would be an attack on the autonomy and self-ownership of all young people. The Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court will soon decide whether the girl, “SK,” can face child-pornography charges for taking a video of herself performing a sex act and sending it to a few of her close friends. SK shared the video, in which she performs consensual oral sex on an unidentified male, with two close friends and fellow students, […]

High Court won’t hear challenge to trans students’ rights

Washington, DC – The US Supreme Court announced on May 28th that it will not hear a challenge to school policies that allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. The court’s decision leaves such policies in place, at least for now, and represents a victory for trans rights. The high court will only take up cases that at least four justices vote to hear. The case, Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, originated with a group of four students at a Pennsylvania high school, who claimed that their privacy rights were violated by […]