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Man convicted in 2000 Virginia gay bar shooting dies in prison

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Ronald Edward Gay died while serving life sentences for attacking a Virginia gay bar. (Washington Blade clipping from Sept. 29, 2000)

A man sentenced to four consecutive life terms in prison for the September 2000 shooting at a gay bar in Roanoke, Virginia, in which one man lost his life and six others were wounded, died of natural causes on Jan. 15, according to the Virginia Department of Corrections.

A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections told WSLS 10 TV News that Ronald Edward Gay died while being treated at a hospital near the Deerfield Correctional Center, a state prison where he had been living as an inmate. He was 75.

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Mother: teachers manipulated child to change gender identity

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | A mother who claims teachers secretly manipulated her 11-year-old daughter into changing her gender identity and name has filed a legal case against a tiny California school district.

Spreckels Union School District was responsible for “extreme and outrageous conduct” that led the student on a path toward transitioning as a boy and drove a wedge between mother and child, according to the claim filed Jan. 19 by a conservative legal group.

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Samsung pulls pro-LGBTQ ad in Singapore after backlash

By : Staff Reports from The Washington Blade, Courtesy the National LGBT Media Association
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An advert campaign by South Korean electronics giant Samsung was yanked after significant backlash in Singapore from some members of its Muslim-majority community.

The ad, part of the company’s “Listen to Your Heart” campaign to promote its Galaxy Buds2 and Watch4, featured a Muslim mother expressing support for her drag queen son.

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Tampa Pride 2022 seeking entertainers

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE: The main stage of Tampa Pride 2021. Photo by Dylan Todd.

TAMPA | Tampa Pride is seeking entertainers for its upcoming eighth celebration, currently scheduled to return to Ybor March 26.

“Much of the success of Tampa Pride’s events, such as our Street Festival, depends on the great talent we attract each year,” organizers advise. Performers are being sought for both the event’s  outdoor main stage as well as inside of the Cuban Club.

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French fashion icon Manfred Thierry Mugler dies at 73

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ABOVE: Manfred Thierry Mugler, photo via Facebook.

TOKYO (AP) | French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, whose dramatic designs were worn by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B, has died.

Mugler died Jan. 23 at 73, his official social media accounts shared. “May his soul Rest In Peace,” an initial post read.

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Gus Kenworthy skis Team Great Britain at 2022 Winter Olympics

By : Brody Levesque OF THE LOS ANGELES BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Gus Kenworthy. Photo via Instagram.

Openly LGBTQ British-American freestyle skier, actor and YouTuber Gus Kenworthy will be competing in his third Olympic Winter Games next month for the 2022 Beijing Games, his first for Team Great Britain.

In 2014 and 2018 Kenworthy represented the USA, where during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in Russia he became an Olympic Silver Medalist.

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‘Count Your Lucky Stars’ to launch at Tombolo Books

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE:  Author Alexandria Bellefleur. Photo via Tombolo Books.

ST. PETERSBURG | Lambda Literary Award winner Alexandria Bellefleur will launch her new book “Count Your Lucky Stars” at Tombolo Books Feb. 1.

Bellefleur will be interviewed in Tombolo’s courtyard from 7-8 p.m. by Sarah Penner, another best-selling author. Her latest book follows “Written in the Stars” and “Hang the Moon” and is billed as “another steamy queer rom-com guaranteed to delight existing fans and garner many more.”

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Transgender Mexicans receive amended birth certificates at country’s consulates

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced Jan. 19 that transgender people who were born in Mexico can receive an amended birth certificate at any of the country’s consulates.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard is among those who spoke at a ceremony at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Mexico City where he and other officials detailed the policy. Trans Congresswomen Salma Luévano and María Clemente García attended alongside Sen. Malú Micher, trans activist Jessica Marjane, Global Equality Caucus Deputy Director Aron Le Fevre and Amicus Director Juan Pablo Delgado are among those who attended.

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Watermark’s 2021 WAVEs FINAL round – Tampa Bay

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After all the promoting, campaigning, sharing and voting you have done in the nomination round of the 2022 Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, we are ready for the final round of voting.

Because we received such a large and varied selection of nominees, we are giving you the Top 5 from over 50 categories to pick from. So we ask you, our loyal readers, who was THE most inspiring? Who was THE most motivating? Who was THE best of the best in the LGBTQ community? It’s time for you to pick the 2022 WAVE winners.

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Watermark’s 2021 WAVEs FINAL round – Central Florida

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After all the promoting, campaigning, sharing and voting you have done in the nomination round of the 2022 Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, we are ready for the final round of voting.

Because we received such a large and varied selection of nominees, we are giving you the Top 5 from over 50 categories to pick from. So we ask you, our loyal readers, who was THE most inspiring? Who was THE most motivating? Who was THE best of the best in the LGBTQ community? It’s time for you to pick the 2022 WAVE winners.

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Watermark’s 2022 WAVEs FINAL round – VOTE NOW

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After all the promoting, campaigning, sharing and voting you have done in the nomination round of the 2022 Watermark Awards for Variety and Excellence, we are ready for the final round of voting.

Because we received such a large and varied selection of nominees, we are giving you the Top 5 from over 50 categories to pick from. So we ask you, our loyal readers, who was THE most inspiring? Who was THE most motivating? Who was THE best of the best in the LGBTQ community? It’s time for you to pick the 2022 WAVE winners.

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Two LGBTQ people named to Chilean president-elect’s Cabinet

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Chilean President-elect Gabriel Boric giving victory speech in 2021 after winning the election. (Photo by Fotografoencampana, from Wikimedia Commons – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license)

Chilean President-elect Gabriel Boric named Jan. 21 two openly LGBTQ people to his Cabinet.

Marco Antonio Ávila, who is a gay man, will be the country’s education minister. Alexandra Benado, who is a lesbian, will be Chile’s sports minister.

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