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  • America’s Top Gay Diplomat Gives Status Report

    Randy Berry, special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons, updated reporters on the status of his office’s mission, saying he’s engaged in "challenging conversations with foreign government officials."

  • Mirror: “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band Returns to South Florida

    For more than 200 years, the musicians of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band have played a role in American history. This September, South Florida audiences will get a rare opportunity to hear the music performed at the White House. 

  • Off the Wall: A Tale of Two Cabinets

  • Over 100 Trans Military Personnel Seek Support for Transitioning

    More than a hundred personnel from airmen, soldiers of the U.S. Army and more are informing their superiors about seeking a transition thanks to a recent military transgender policy.

  • Thanksgiving Day Fast Facts

    (CNN) Here's a look at Thanksgiving Day, celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. In 2018, Thanksgiving is on November 22.

    Facts:
    AAA forecasts 54.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving in 2018.

    According to the USDA, 245 million turkeys were projected to be raised in the United States in 2017.

    9.05 million barrels of cranberries were projected to be produced in the United States in 2017.

    The president traditionally receives a turkey in a ceremony at the White House a few days before Thanksgiving Day. President Harry S. Truman started the tradition and President George H. W. Bush was the first to pardon the bird and not eat it.

    Timeline:
    Fall 1621 - The first Thanksgiving is observed in Plymouth. A good harvest leads Massachusetts Governor William Bradford to plan a festival to give thanks. Around 90 Native Americans attend.

    1789 - President George Washington issues a proclamation naming November 26 a day of national thanksgiving.

    There was no national Thanksgiving Day for several years, but many states had Thanksgiving holidays.

    October 3, 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln proclaims the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving.

    1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt moves Thanksgiving Day one week earlier to boost the Christmas shopping season.

    1941 - Congress rules that the fourth Thursday in November will be observed as Thanksgiving Day and a federal legal holiday.

  • U.S. Sanctions Chechnya Officials Behind Anti-Gay Crackdown

    (WB) The U.S. on Wednesday imposed sanctions against two Chechen officials under a 2012 human rights law.

  • United States Votes Against UN Condemning Death Penalty for Gay People

    Update: A White House National Security Council spokesperson explained why the U.S. made its decision to vote against the death penalty condemnation. “The United States unequivocally condemns the application of the death penalty for homosexuality, blasphemy,adultery and apostasy,” they said. “As in years past, we voted against this resolution because of broader concerns with the resolution’s approach to condemning the death penalty in all circumstances.”

     

    The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a measure to condemn the death penalty for gay individuals. The United States was among 13 countries who voted against it.