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WeHo Protesters Rail Against Mayor John Duran, Ed Buck, and Racism in the Political Establishment

On Tuesday night, more than a dozen protesters, including representatives from Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement, stood outside the West Hollywood library and called for the resignation of embattled mayor John Duran. Duran has been a target of ire for weeks now—and not just for allegedly inappropriately touching a ...

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Why MLK’s Right-Hand Man, Bayard Rustin, Was Nearly Written Out of History

Bayard Rustin was an indispensable force behind the Civil Rights Movement…and openly gay. On the morning of August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to a crowd of more than 200,000 people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Marking the 100-year anniversary of Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg ...

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LGBT police officers say they’ve faced horrible discrimination, and now they’re suing

LOS ANGELES – It didn’t matter whether Jay Brome called for backup during high-speed stolen car pursuits, intense vehicle impoundments or hit-and-run investigations. His fellow officers at the California Highway Patrol would not respond even when situations required him to hold his gun out, putting his life at risk. They ...

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As grassroots liberals rise, Democrats sideline 2 black activists in Indianapolis

Derris Ross heard President Donald Trump was coming to town. He responded by leading a rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. An April 2016 photograph shows Ross, who goes by Dee, protesting against Trump’s visit by shouting into a red bullhorn, his left index finger pointing to the sky. Belinda Drake is a former ...

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When W.Va. Delegate Compared LGBT to KKK, He Highlighted the History of Religious Right Prejudice

When West Virginia House of Delegates member Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, called the LGBT community “the modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan” in an interview with a Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter last week, it drew condemnation not just in the state, but nationwide. But Porterfield, in fact, joined a long legacy of right-wing ...

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The Jussie Smollett attack highlights the hate black gay Americans face

After “Empire” star Jussie Smollett was hospitalized early Tuesday after reportedly being attacked by two people who hurled slurs, black gay men took to social media and other outlets to share the challenges they face on a regular basis in this current political climate. As The Washington Post reported: Smollett, 35, ...

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NEW JERSEY LAW TO REQUIRE SCHOOLS TO TEACH LGBT HISTORY IN SCHOOL

What a requirement to come up with during Black History Month. New Jersey has become the second state in the United States following California’s lead to pass a law requiring schools to teach LGBT history in their classrooms. Under this latest move by the LGBT community, public schools must include ...

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Being both black and gay shapes how I think about justice — and how I write about it as a journalist

Sometimes my inspiration for this column springs from something happening in the world around me. Sometimes it springs from something deep within. More often than not, it’s a combination of the two. So it is this week. Last week I’d just returned from attending a conference and spending a weekend ...

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Gay Couples Rush to Wed Before Brazil’s New President Takes Office

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Just hours after Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election in a landslide victory for conservatives, Carolina Zannata and her girlfriend called the closest public notary and set a date for their wedding. Gay marriage has been legal in Brazil since 2013, and Ms. Zannata said she ...

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A diverse Congress is worth celebrating — but it’s just a start, experts say

It’s an early contender for the most repeated political factoid of 2019: The 116th Congress is the most diverse in U.S. history. But the physical presence of people of color in Congress, which is one form of representation, does not automatically equal robust political advocacy. That could wind up disappointing some of ...

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