• News Bites for September 9, 2015

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender stories of the week.

  • News Corp Selling Community Newspaper Business

    NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. said Monday it will sell its Community Newspaper Group, which is based in New York City and publishes 11 community newspapers and websites, as well as several magazines.

  • Official: Texas Will Forego Federal Funds Over LGBT Policy

    (AP) Texas' lieutenant governor said Friday that the state is prepared to forfeit billions of federal dollars in public school funding in defiance of an Obama administration directive requiring schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

  • Op-Ed: The Sun Is Rising On Gay America

    The LGBT community in America has much to be thankful for in 2018. As an example, be sure you take a moment and look at the article by Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade in this week’s paper. 

  • OpEd: City Hall Has a Duty to Make Public Restrooms Open to Public

    Over a year ago, SFGN determined to launch a  newspaper illuminating the life and times of Wilton Manors, the emerging neighborhood epicenter of LGBT life in South Florida.  The Gazette was thus born, first as a small, stand-alone newspaper, and now as a twice-a-month journal, chronicling news and events in the gay-centric Manors. We are proud to have our rainbow flag raised permanently on the steps of city hall.

  • 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.

  • Our Fund Gala To Distribute More Than $120,000 In Grants

    A reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18. Eighteen nonprofit LGBT organizations will soon receive early Christmas gifts, courtesy of Our Fund, South Florida’s LGBT community foundation.

  • 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.

  • Polish President Considers Banning 'Homosexual Propaganda'

    In a Nov. 10 interview with a Polish newspaper, the president of Poland announced he would support a ban of ‘homosexual propaganda’ in schools and scouting organizations, reported.

  • 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.

  • Pope’s Statement On Gay Priests Draws Mixed Reaction

    (WB) LGBT Catholic leaders say they are troubled over news that surfaced earlier this month that Pope Francis stated in a recently published book that gay men serving as priests “worries me” and that homosexuality has become “fashionable” in some societies.

  • 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.

  • SAGE Table: Building An Intergenerational LGBTQ Movement

    (EDGE) On November 8, in more than 150 locations across the U.S. and the globe, thousands of LGBT people and allies gathered as part of the intergenerational LGBT initiative, SAGE Table.

  • 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:

    From our media partner EDGE

  • SAVE Honoree Sparks Dolphins Miracle Win

    The player whose lateral produced Miami’s miracle win on Sunday is also a champion for LGBT rights. Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills was part of a last second play that propelled Miami past the New England Patriots, 34-33, Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.

  • SCOTUS Will Take On Some Important LGBT-Related Cases This Term

    Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court seem almost like an afterthought after last week’s political slugfest over the confirmation process for President Trump’s second nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But there are several cases before the high court that are of great importance to the LGBT community as the high court began its 2018-2019 session this week. In fact, this session could be one of the busiest in history for LGBT-related concerns.

  • 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.

  • Shopping: Ready Or Not, Christmas Is Close

    There’s really no debate anymore, but it’s always worth a mention. If you shop local, the community effect is nothing but positively positive.