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  • Orlando Shops Designate Themselves 'Safe Places' For Gays

    (AP) Officials in a Florida city are launching a program allowing businesses to designate themselves as safe places for gays and lesbians if they feel threatened.

  • PA Group Uses DNC to Highlight Lack of Statewide Discrimination Law

    (WB) A Pennsylvania advocacy group is using the Democratic National Convention to highlight the lack of discrimination protections for the state’s LGBT residents.

  • Poll: Young Americans Favor LGBT Rights on Adoption, More

    (AP) Young people in America overwhelmingly support LGBT rights when it comes to policies on employment, health care and adoption, according to a new survey.

  • Prisons Wrestle With How To Reform Policies For LGBT Inmates

    HOUSTON (AP) — Black eyeliner rings Tyniesha Stephens' large brown eyes. Her long, dark hair is pulled back in a ponytail, and she excitedly shares pictures of herself in the blonde wig and skirts she dons when she's not in orange jail garb.

  • Private Kansas Christian School Will Expel Students with LGBT Family Members

    Prospective students for Trinity Academy in Wichita, Kansas better not have a gay brother or a trans mother — they may face expulsion.

  • Rhode Island Foundation Awards $50K In Grants To RI's LGBTQs

    (EDGE) The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that seven nonprofit organizations serving the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities will receive more than $50,000 in grants through its Equity Action Fund. The money will fund services ranging from wellness programs to domestic violence prevention.

  • Sam Smith Dedicates New Video to LGBT Community

    British soul singer Sam Smith dedicated his new music video for his single "Lay Me Down" to the LGBT community, with a message of hope that one day same-sex couples around the world will be able to legally marry.

    "Dear all, the 'Lay Me Down' music video holds a very dear place in my heart. With this video, myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in," Smith wrote on Instagram. "This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country.

    "I hope you enjoy it. I love you all. x," Smith, 22, added.

    n the music video, Sam stands at the alter of a church while singing with friends and family sitting behind him. The clips then cuts to Smith marrying his future husband as a crowd cheers and throws rice.

    Though it doesn't look like marriage for Smith is on the horizon anytime soon as he recently split from his boyfriend, model Jonathan Zeizel, after the two met on the set of the music video for "Like I Can" a few months ago.

    "Sometimes you just need to lay in bed with a glass of red wine and a football T-shirt and listen to Joni Mitchell. It's been a sad day. Beautiful show, but sad day x," Smith wrote on Instagram at the time of the breakup.

    His latest music video on his LGBT supportive message comes after the "Stay With Me" singer made headlines after saying he wasn't trying to be a role model for LGBT people.

    He did later clarify his comments, however, and said: "Of course I want to be a spokesman for the gay community. I want to be a spokesman for everyone. What I meant was I don't want to limit to just one community, I want to reach everyone, gay people, lesbians, transsexuals, straight people, Catholics, anyone. I want my music to hit everyone."

    [H/T The Mirror]

    Watch the music video for "Lay Me Down" below:

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  • Shame List Outs Anti-LGBT Colleges & Universities

    Since last summer’s Obergefell vs. Hodges Supreme Court decision, the U.S. Department of Education has received several requests for exemptions from Title IX regulations.

  • Socially Conservative Guatemala Sees Quiet LGBTQ Gains

    (AP) Alex Castillo knew growing up that he was a boy trapped in a girl's body. It wasn't until recently, 40 years after his birth, that the government of his native Guatemala -- or at least some parts of it -- agreed.

  • Study Ranks the Best Cities for LGBTQ People

    (EDGE) To celebrate Pride Month, German housing website Nestpickranked the best cities for LGBTQ people to live in.

  • Texas Senator Wants Schools to Forcibly Out LGBT Students

    A lawmaker in Texas wants to force schools to out LGBT students to their parents.

  • UMKC to Host Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Conference

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City expects to host more than 2,500 college students from across the country next week for the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference.

  • Vatican Gets with the Times, Uses Term ‘LGBT’ in Potential Historic First

    The Vatican finally figured out an appropriate way to address the LGBT community.

  • When We Rise: LGBT history comes alive in new ABC series

    Currently in production at ABC TV is an eight-hour miniseries titled "When We Rise." Scheduled to air early in 2017, "When We Rise" will chronicle the history of the LGBT equality movement from the Stonewall Riots in 1969 through to the present day.