LTQ Bites: First Openly Gay UFC Champion, Man Charged with Stalking Trans Neighbor & More!

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Here's what you need to know this week for lesbian, transgender, and queer news!

 

Lesbian -- UFC 200, Openly Gay Amanda Nunes Takes Title

(AP) UFC 200 capped three fight cards over three days for the world's dominant MMA promotion, which used a golden canvas for its first event in T-Mobile Arena, the spacious new entertainment venue just off the Las Vegas Strip.

The UFC stacked the card with compelling matchups, and while every fight wasn't a classic, the underdog Nunes' victory was a stunner.

''Everybody knows that I respect Miesha a lot, [but] I'm the new champion,'' said Nunes, also the first openly gay champion in UFC history. ''For years I've been working hard for this moment. I feel amazing.''

Nunes (14-4) became the fourth different fighter to hold the UFC's 135-pound belt in the last eight months since Ronda Rousey lost it to Holly Holm. Holm lost the belt to Tate in March, but Nunes dominated Tate (18-6) from the start, stunning her with multiple big shots.

Tate was bloodied and unsteady by the time Nunes sunk in a rear naked choke and ended it 3:16 into the first round.

 

Related: New UFC Champ Michael Bisping Calls Opponent a Faggot in Post-Fight Interview

 

Transgender -- Man Charged with Stalking Transgender Neighbor

(AP) Prosecutors have charged a Mankato man with stalking his transgender neighbor.

The Mankato Free Press reports 56-year-old Randy Alan Adams was charged Friday with two firearm felonies and three stalking felonies in Blue Earth County District Court.

According to a criminal complaint, a man transitioning to becoming a woman told police on Wednesday that Adams was pounding on her apartment door because she told the landlord he smoked marijuana. An officer later heard Adams use a gay slur to describe the victim to another officer.

The victim told police that Adams had called her derogatory names linked to the victim's sexual orientation in June.

Adams was in custody at the Blue Earth County jail on Saturday.

 

Queer -- Gender Identity Church Language Revised in Iowa Brochure

(AP) An Iowa Civil Rights Commission brochure that some churches interpreted to mean they must abide by transgender bathroom rules and muzzle ministers who may want to preach against transgender or gay individuals has been changed, the commission said Friday.

The brochure, which was last updated in 2008, led a Des Moines church to file a lawsuit Monday and a Sioux City church to threaten one if the commission didn't change its policy that the churches alleged censored them unconstitutionally.

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The commission said Friday it revised the "Revised Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Public Accommodations Brochure" to make it clear places of worship are generally exempt from Iowa's antidiscrimination law except when they're open for voting, providing a day care facility or other non-religious activities. It also said it regretted any confusion the brochure may have caused.

"We're taking the state at its word that it will not encroach on the church in any way," said Chelsey Youman, the organization's attorney and chief of staff. "However, if it does in the future, we stand ready to use the full force of the law to protect the church's free exercise of religion under the Constitution."


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