Travelogue: See East Coast Pride via Amtrak

New York City – In a promotional Queerty suggests that with the successful rollout of the Covid vaccines, people are thinking about venturing out again and one way to do so is by riding Amtrak to Pride destinations along the east coast from Washington to Boston with stops in Charm City, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Although Amtrak does not have a specific Pride promotion, the idea of riding the train to visit multiple cities along the route is reminiscent of the train’s $40 bicentennial 1976 round trip ticket that allowed passengers to visit every city. Catch Amtrak’s flagship high-speed […]

Florida governor continues attack on LGBTQ communities

Tallahassee, FL – In yet another spate of anti-LGBTQ activity in a Republican-controlled southern state, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has upped his efforts with a crazed crusade on the second day of Pride Month by vetoing all funding for LGBTQ programs from the state budget. Canceled funding includes money earmarked for mental health programming to support survivors of the Pulse Massacre, to house homeless LGBTQ children, and for Orlando’s LGBTQ Community Center. After signing the Transgender Youth Sports Ban into law June 1, Gov. DeSantis has now turned his attention to stripping funding for mental health support from survivors of […]

Gay, Black man elected to San Antonio City Council

San Antonio, TX – Jalen McKee-Rodriguez has won his bid for the District 2 seat on the San Antonio City Council, making him the first openly gay Black man elected to public office in Texas, according to LGBTQ Victory Fund, which endorsed McKee-Rodriguez in the race. He is also the youngest person ever elected to represent District 2, and one of the first openly gay men elected to the San Antonio City Council. McKee-Rodriguez, 26, is a high school math teacher who used to work for the District 2 incumbent, Jada Andrews-Sullivan. According to a press release from the Victory […]

Lesbian settles antibias suit against St. Joseph’s University

Philadelphia, PA – Noel Koenke, a former employee at St. Joseph’s University, has settled her antibias case against the university. Koenke worked at SJU for about seven years. But “hateful” pressure from supervisors to stay in the closet ruined her career, caused her to attempt suicide and resulted in the dissolution of her same-sex marriage. She resigned her position in November 2017, according to court papers. The settlement was announced by the court on May 27, but its terms were private. “I can confirm that the case has been resolved,” said a university spokeswoman in an email. Attorneys for Koenke […]

Kay Lahusen, early Gay Rights pioneer has died at age 91

Philadelphia, PA – Kay Lahusen, 91, died in gentle hospice care at Chester County Hospital on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, after a brief illness. She was born in Cincinnati in January 1930 and as an infant was adopted and raised by her grandparents. After graduating from Ohio State University, she moved to Boston, where she met her lifelong partner Barbara Gittings at a Daughters of Bilitis picnic in 1961. They lived variously in New York, Philadelphia and Wilmington DE. They were gay activists from the early days of the Gay Rights movement in the US, marching openly in picket lines […]

PFLAG National to broadcast weekly Pride podcast in June

Washington, D.C. – PFLAG National is launching a new broadcast called What Makes Pride, beginning June 1 and continuing each Tuesday in June. The new limited series is hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry, and episodes will premiere at 11:30 a.m. eastern every Tuesday in June on PFLAG National’s YouTube and Facebook channels, and at PFLAG.org/WhatMakesPride, with additional content on PFLAG National’s Instagram feed. “In a year marked by social upheaval, growing white supremacist movements and a global pandemic, organizations led by and for people who are queer, transgender, Black, Indigenous, and people of color are creating transformational change in communities,” according […]

Glad Day Toronto is North America’s oldest Gay Bookstore

Toronto, Canada – David Hudson writes in Queerty that it’s sad to think that a couple of decades ago, there were dozens of LGBTQ bookstores around the world. Thanks to the internet, and rising rent prices, that number has dwindled significantly. Glad Day in Toronto, Canada, is believed to be the oldest gay bookstore in the world. Its history dates back to 1970 before there was much of an established gay scene in Toronto. It began life with activist Jearld Moldenhauer becoming a mobile library and hauling LGBTQ books around in a backpack to community meetings. In 1981, Glad Day […]

Actor Ronen Rubinstein tells why he came out as Bisexual

Los Angeles, CA – Graham Gremore reports in Queerty that Actor Ronen Rubinstein currently staring on Ryan Murphy‘s series 9-1-1: Lone Star, last month, came out as bisexual in an interview with Variety. “I fully identify as bisexual,” he said at the time. “I literally just got goosebumps saying that. It feels so good to talk about it, it feels so good to finally be comfortable with it.” Now, speaking to ET Canada, the 27-year-old says coming out was inspired “in almost every way” by his role as gay firefighter T.K. Strand on the hit Fox series, which was just […]

Transgender candidate wins primary for County Executive

Erie, PA – Dr. Titus Tyler, Erie School Board President, narrowly won the Democratic primary for Erie County Executive in a four-way race. Titus, the first openly transgender person ever to be elected in Pennsylvania history, said in a statement: “This victory belongs to the people of Erie County who know we need new leadership to build a prosperous future for all of us. From investing in our schools and infrastructure to expanding broadband access and creating good-paying jobs across the county, it’s time to unite and deliver results for families across Erie County.” As school board president, a working […]

Cuba flies rainbow flag to mark Day against Homophobia

Havana, Cuba – Cuba draped its health ministry building with a giant rainbow flag on May 17 to mark the International Day against Homophobia. “I never thought I would live to see the flag of the sexual diversity movement hung next to the Cuban one on such an important institution as the health ministry,” said Teresa de Jesús Fernández, coordinator of the National Network of Lesbian and Bisexual Women, after posing for a photo with the flag. The display comes at a critical time for the country’s LGBTQ community. Cuba will soon pass a new family code, which could include […]