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LGBT Tears Into Trump’s U.N. Speech

As predicted, LGBT foreign policy experts have weighed in on Donald Trump’s recent U.N. speech – The result is not favorable. During this speech, Trump taunted terrorists, calling them losers. He also denounced “rogue nations” and vowed to “totally destroy North Korea.” Trump stressed the importance of sovereignty from all of the independent nations to lead to ultimate success. He claimed that this would be the basis for cooperation. He also stated that he does not expect other countries to uphold our same cultures, norms, and values. Finding this statement troublesome, LGBT groups fear that this emphasis on sovereignty would… Keep Reading

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Michigan Civil Rights Commission Will Not Revise Laws to Be LGBT Friendly

As per a request to revise the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, one that does not currently include protection for the LGBT community, members of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission have decided to decline the notion. The purpose of the Civil Rights Commission is to determine if a group or community is being discriminated against. By way of revising the Elliott Larsen Act, action could be taken towards those discriminating against the LGBT community when it comes to job opportunities and housing purchases. Commissioner Linda Lee Tarver simply stated that it was not within their intention to re-write the law.… Keep Reading

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German Reparations: Is 35 Million Euros Enough?

In recent years, the concept of paying reparations to Black Americans has been a center of discourse on racial equity (in part because of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article “The Case for Reparations,” published in the Atlantic in 2014). In his article, Coates starts a dialogue about how the U.S. could compensate black Americans for the legacy of slavery. The question is easy to answer: There’s no way for America to provide full reparations to the descendents of slaves, or to the Black Americans who live today amongst institutions that continue to be complicit in racism. However, his article sparked a national… Keep Reading

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From LA To NYC: DragCon With Holly 2017

Five months ago, during his Keynote speech at the end of an incredible two days of RuPaul’s DragCon in Los Angeles, RuPaul instructed us to pack up our lashes and tuck tape, as they would be flying to New York City for the first ever East Coast DragCon. After an overwhelming response resulted in an early date change, this past weekend it finally happened, and of course, I flew across the country to be there. After L.A. DragCon completely exceeded all my expectations, the idea of an East Coast Con was exciting, but felt a journey into the unknown. L.A.… Keep Reading

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Country Queers

Ever heard the term “queer migration?” I hadn’t realized it was a trend until I found myself connecting with a gay friend the other day over losing LGBTQ+ communities to the pull of LA, New York, and Chicago. Apparently, it’s enough of a phenomenon that there’s a growing body of academic scholarship exploring the causes and effects of queer migration. One of the premises for this phenomenon is perpetuated in part by shows like The L Word, which perpetuate the myth that big cities are the only places where queer people can thrive. In the United States, we see cities… Keep Reading

DracgCon NYC 2017

Congratulations RuPaul’s DragCon on a successful Dragcon. We were thrilled to be a part of it. RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions (“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Million Dollar Listing”, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,”) – winners of three Emmys at this weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys for RuPaul’s Drag Race, including a second consecutive Outstanding Host win for RuPaul – welcomed a sold out crowd of more than 35,000 attendees to the first ever RuPaul’s DragCon NYC on Sept. 9-10 at Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Center. Created by RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions, RuPaul’s DragCon is the world’s largest all-ages and family friendly… Keep Reading

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Biphobia: It Happens Here Too

We all know what homophobia, the dislike and non acceptance of the gay and lesbian communities, looks like; hate crimes, discrimination in work, marriage, health care, adoption, etc. But one secret of the LGBT community that is rarely discussed among heterosexuals and homosexuals alike is biphobia, the dislike and non acceptance of the bisexual community. Some define “bisexual” as the attraction to both men and women, while some simply label it as an attraction to multiple sexes or genders. Either way, it is no secret, or it should not be a secret, that biphobia has a strong place in the… Keep Reading

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Hurricane Harvey: Who’s Affected?

All of us. That’s the answer. On Monday, in response to a Politico article linking Hurricane Harvey to climate change, conservative TV personality Ann Coulter tweeted the following: “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than ‘climate change.’” — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) Of course! How could we have thought that the worst rainstorm in U.S. history was caused by an unwillingness to take climate change seriously, when it’s clearly just God’s way of putting Houston in a time-out for electing a qualified official who happens to be gay?… Keep Reading

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History Making: Federal Bar Association

Designed to advocate for the people and to represent the Federal legal profession, the FBA (Federal Bar Association) recently made history thanks to its Chicago-based section chairman, Chirag Badlani. This section of the association is dedicated to the LGBT community. Badlani explained that the FBA aims to strengthen law practice for those who are practicing in Federal courts. Over time, many suggestions came pouring in that there needed to be LGBT representation in the organization. The people spoke, and the FBA listened. Through this newfound representation, several events have been organized that were designed to promote visibility amongst the community… Keep Reading

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The Consumer You Can’t Ignore: Our $3.7 Trillion Spending Power

Moneytalks: Recent studies show that the global LGBTQ+ market is growing rapidly. In 2015, the yearly “spending power” of LGBT people globally was estimated at $3.7 trillion, according to LGBT Capital. Global LGBTQ+ tourism in particular has been on the uptick for years, with an annual worth upwards of $211 billion, according to WTM London in 2016. As context for these numbers, the spending power of black consumers in the United States is averaged at $1.3 billion, and the spending power of women in the United States lies somewhere between $5 and $15 billion, according to Nielsen Consumer. However, in… Keep Reading

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