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Lindsey Graham Would Like States to Decide If LGBTQ People Count as Fully Human

Click here to read the full article. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he wants states to decide the issue of whether two consenting adults can get married. When Dana Bash asked him if he would support legislation codifying same sex marriage, Graham claimed it’s a state issue during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. “[Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is] trying to get enough votes to codify same-sex marriage because Justice Clarence Thomas suggested it might be in jeopardy,” Bash said. “You said two weeks ago that the state-by-state approach is the best way to go. I want to be clear...
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Vermontville Youth Pride Aug. 20 event designed to show presence of rural LGBTQ community

A pride event planned for Vermontville on Aug. 20 is focused on letting LGBTQ youth know there are people like them throughout the rural community. Christine Terpening didn't come out as gay until she turned 44. She grew up in the 1970s in Vermontville and said she couldn't talk to anyone about how she felt after hearing derogatory comments in the community.
VERMONTVILLE, MI
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Kevin Bacon’s Parenting Advice For Raising LGBTQ+ Kids Is Refreshing And Much Needed

Parenting can be really tricky but as long as our kids are the focus, and their well-being is front and center, tricky can be navigated. And that’s a general rundown of how Kevin Bacon approaches parenting with his partner and fellow actor Kyra Sedgwick. Their kids are adults now, but Kevin recently shared his philosophy about “forcing” kids into boxes, and it’s an important message.
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Free wedding ceremonies for LGBTQ+ community

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — More than a dozen LGBTQ+ couples got married in Luzerne County, on Sunday, for free. Sajadah and Kamani Bigelow exchanged their wedding rings in an intimate wedding ceremony Sunday. “Well we actually met through other friends and it was something that wasn’t supposed to be but ended up being,” said […]
LUZERNE COUNTY, PA
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Democrats to Deny Free Lunches for Christian School That Won’t Support LGBT Mandates

The Biden Administration is preparing to engage in political persecution against a Christian school in Florida that will not accept the administration’s new pro-LGBTQ mandates, even though the school has already qualified for a religious exemption. According to the Washington Free Beacon, the school, Grant Park Christian Academy in...
TAMPA, FL

Texas church sent cease and desist letter by Hamilton producers over anti-LGBT+ copycat play

A southern Texas church has been handed a cease and desist letter by the production company behind Broadway hit Hamilton after a copycat production was staged with an anti-LGBT+ message.Social media posts showed the Door Christian Fellowship church in McAllen, a city in southern Texas, advertised and staged its copycat Hamilton play on Friday last week and again on Saturday. As OnStage reported, The Door allegedly live-streamed its production of Hamilton without permission. Nor did The Door and a production company, RGV, seek permission to adapt parts of the play – a fact the church has denied, according to Dallas...
MCALLEN, TX
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Library Defunded for Having LGBTQ Books Raises 50k+ In Donations

Patmos Library in Michigan has faced a year-long attack from right-wing groups who want LGBTQ books removed from the shelves, which make up .015% of the collection. Despite harassment campaigns, the library has refused to censor its books. In response, the Jamestown Conservatives group rallied to have the library defunded, with signs that called the librarians “groomers” as well as claims that they were “indoctrinating” children.
JAMESTOWN, MI

Chalkbeat readers recommend titles for our LGBTQ book list

How can educators make classrooms more inclusive for LGBTQ youth? One small way, Chalkbeat readers said, is to incorporate stories that are reflective of the student body throughout the school year. We asked parents, students, and teachers for their book list suggestions — and you responded with titles ranging from young adult literature to picture books. Stories with diverse characters and themes help adolescents feel seen, but some educators have reported feeling more...
NEW YORK CITY, NY
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NEWS BRIEF: ASO announces lineup for LGBTQ+ community shows

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s initiative to highlight musicians who are part of the LGBTQ+ population, launched in 2020, has announced a schedule for the coming months. Known as IN UNISON, its events feature LGBTQ+ conductors, musicians, vocalists, composers, and presenters. The upcoming lineup features Nathalie Stutzmann conducting Lush Romantics...
ATLANTA, GA