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Sports - NCAA Relocates 7 Events Pulled from NC Due to LGBT Law
(AP) The NCAA has relocated its men's basketball regional tournament to Greenville, South Carolina, after withdrawing the event from Greensboro, North Carolina, because of that state's law restricting the rights of LGBT people.
The NCAA announced the move Friday after pulling seven championship events from North Carolina last month. The first and second rounds of the men's basketball tournament will be played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
The NCAA also announced the relocation of the following events:
- the Division I women's soccer championship to San Jose, California.
- the Division III men's and women's soccer championships to Salem, Virginia.
- the Division I women's golf regional championships to Athens, Georgia.
- the Division III men's and women's tennis championships to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- the Division I women's lacrosse championship to Boston.
- the Division II baseball championship to Grand Prairie, Texas.
HIV - 'Finding Prince Charming' Suitor Opens Up About HIV Status
(EDGE) [Spoiler alert: This story contains spoilers about the most recent episode of "Finding Prince Charming."]
Weeks before Logo's controversial "Bachelor"-style gay dating show "Finding Prince Charming" was set to air, TMZ reportedone of the suitors vying for the titular prince charming revealed he is HIV-positive.
Host Lance Bass, along with Prince Charming himself Robert Sepulveda Jr., both confirmed one of the contestants is HIV-positive.
"It's true," the former *NSYNC singer told People magazine. "This is one of the things I love about the show - it's a fun reality show, it's dramatic, but there's a lot of heart in it and amazing story lines that you're going to shed a tear over. And one of those is finding out about this guy's HIV."
On the Thursday night episode of the reality show, Eric Leonardos, a 35-year-old celebrity hairstylist in Los Angeles shared his status with a fellow suitor Justin Roisom before telling Sepulveda.
"Ten years ago I found out that I was HIV-positive," Leonardos told Roisom. "When I realized I was gay I was so ashamed, the way that I was raised, the way that I was brought up-it wasn't an option. Then when I found out I was HIV-positive, I was so ashamed."
Leonardos also opened up to People magazine in a lengthy interview, saying he was nervous about revealing his status on TV.
"I'm sharing this not only with Robert, I'm sharing it with my peers on the show, I'm essentially sharing this information with anybody who's going to watch the show," he said. He added that the experience was "very freeing" and he hopes he raises HIV awareness.
Entertainment - Disney Star to Play Jeffrey Dahmer in Upcoming Film
(EDGE) A Disney star best known for his role on "Teen Beach" is making headlines this week after being cast as the infamous gay serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, to whom he has an uncanny resemblance, in an upcoming film.
The Wrap reports Ross Lynch, 20, will play the Milwaukee Cannibal in "My Friend Dahmer," based on the graphic novel of the same name. The website notes a photo of the two men was shared on Instagram Wednesday and social media users are taking notice of their similarities.
"It's pretty uncanny how similar they look," the caption reads.
The film is based on Derf Backderf's graphic novel and is set to be released in 2017. It's directed by Marc Meyers and along with Lynch, also stars Alex Wolff, Vincent Kartheiser and Anne Heche.
Lynch is also known for his role as Austin Moon on the Disney Channel's popular TV show "Austin & Ally."
The real life Dahmer raped, murdered and dismembered 17 men between 1978 and 1991 before being caught. In 1994, he was beaten to death in prison by a fellow inmate.
Pride - Orlando Pride Postponed Due to Hurricane Matthew
The impending Hurricane Matthew has forced the city of Orlando, Fla. to postpone its upcoming LGBT Pride event.
In a press release Thursday, event organizers said the risk of the storm to central Florida is too great and that Come Out With Pride, which was initially planned for this weekend, will be moved to November.
"The safety of participants and attendees is our highest priority," a statement from organizers reads.
The release adds:
The Central Florida area is currently facing the possibility of widespread power outages, obstructed roadways, and high demand for Police and Fire services in the period following the storm. While the weather forecast for Saturday is favorable for our event, expected conditions today and Friday will severely impact the ability of our team to set up and prepare the park for a festival. Additionally, many non-local vendors, entertainers and supporting businesses will be unable to participate due to transportation and logistical issues.
With so many in the community looking forward to uniting together at Pride, the Come Out With Pride board is committed to making the event happen at a later time in November. We will be working with officials on alternative plans and will announce the details as soon as possible.
As the Advocate points out, a party planned for Saturday was to benefit those impacted by the Orlando massacre at the Pulse nightclub in June.
Come Out With Pride also posted about the postponement via Facebook.
To check on updates for Come Out With Pride, visit the organization's website at www.ComeOutWithPride.com.
Kylie Minogue Won't Marry Until Gay Marriage is Legalized in Australia
(EDGE) Pop star Kylie Minogue won't be tying the knot anytime soon.
The Australian-born singer said and her fiancé, actor John Sasse, said they won't marry until the Australian government recognizes same-sex marriage, CNN reports.
"There are chances of a Melbourne wedding," Sasse said. "But me and Kylie have talked about it and... until this law has passed in Australia, we will not be getting married."
Minogue, 48, and Sasse, 28, announced their engagement in February.
"I simply can't fathom on any level whether it's moral, religious, or anything, that I have the right to get married and to marry the person I love, and that somebody else doesn't just because of their own sexual orientation," Sasse saidtold CNN affiliate station Seven Network. "That is not what equality is all about."
Sasse is heading a campaign called "Say I Do Down Under" and is selling t-shirts to promote the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country. Proceeds go to Australians for Equality, a coalition of organizations advocating for same-sex marriage with a "free vote of parliament" and not a referendum.
Australian stars including, Sia, Margot Robbie and even Americans Kelly Ripa and Dolly Parton have supported the cause. Robbie was seen wearing a "Say I Do Down Under" shirt while hosting "Saturday Night Live" last weekend.
Australia's conservative Liberal government plans to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in February 2017. The opposing Labor Party, however, wants the government to make same-sex marriage legal without holding a nation-wide vote.
U of Utah Packet Asks Students 'Why Gay Marriage Should Be Prohibited'
(EDGE) LGBT students shopping around for a university may want to consider skipping Utah altogether.
A report in The Salt Lake Tribune uncovered a course packet for the University of Utah's English Language Institute that asked students to choose from options to support the statement "[Why] Gay marriage should be prohibited."
The course packet, aimed at teaching argument skills to those learning English, asks them to choose from three supporting reasons as to why "Gay marriage should be prohibited."
The three choices were:
A. Gay marriage has never been allowed.
B. Gay marriage is disgusting.
C. Societies should promote traditional marriage as the ideal environment for children.
For the record, according to the SLTrib, "C" was the right answer.
"The scenarios in each exercise, which were created years ago by an instructor no longer employed by the university, are intended to help students hone their writing skills, not engage students in a debate about laws and values," sidestepped University spokeswoman Maria O'Mara.
According to O'Mara, the course packet was "due for a content review." As for the gay marriage question, "it will be eliminated from the curriculum in the future," she concluded.
The University of Utah isn't the first institution of higher learning in the Beehive State to come under fire for being anti-LGBT. An August report in The Salt Lake Tribune revealed how the "Honor Code" at Mormon-run Brigham Young University prohibits homosexual behavior, defined as "not only sexual relations between members of the same sex, but all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings."
Politics - Colbert Wants You to Know About Pence's Anti-LGBT Voting Record
(EDGE) There wasn't much talk about LGBT rights during the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. As The New York Times noted, it was an opportunity for Hillary Clinton running mate Sen. Tim Kaine to call out Donald Trump's VP pick Gov. Mike Pence over his terrible voting record on LGBT issues.
That moment came and went and Kaine, for whatever reason, didn't grill Pence on his feelings on LGBT rights. But "Late Night Show" host Stephen Colbert picked up Kaine's slack and blasted Pence during his opening monologue Tuesday night.
"As governor, Pence's record was marked by his 'religious freedom' bill that allows businesses to refuse service to gay customers on religious grounds, because, as Jesus himself said, 'Get out of my pizza parlor, you queers,'" Colbert said.
Watch the clip at https://youtu.be/MyjAw7-eKIs.
AIDS - amfAR Collaborates with Top Artists to Recreate Iconic Hits
(EDGE) A collection of classic hits from the 1980s has been rejuvenated with re-imagined and updated versions by contemporary artists in "The Time Is Now," a compilation album created specifically to benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. The 14-track album will be released on October 7 by Republic Records and Mass Appeal.
Among the notable covers featured in "The Time Is Now" is the album's first single: a soulful rendition of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" by singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc. Those who pre-order the album receive a copy of the track instantly.
The artwork for the album cover was designed exclusively for amfAR by the talented and generous British artist Tracey Emin. "The Time is Now" is the brainchild and labor of love of executive producers Michelangelo Lacqua, internationally acclaimed music curator, Andy Boose, longtime producer of many of amfAR's events, and Peter Bittenbender, CEO of Mass Appeal.
"The 1980s was a decade of revolutionary changes in the music scene, with an explosion of new sounds and rhythms, the ascendance of MTV, and the emergence of new musical movements on both sides of the Atlantic," said Bittenbender.
"Music also provided the soundtrack to people's daily lives and was a source of inspiration and solace with the advent of HIV/AIDS. This album is a tribute to that extraordinary time," said Lacqua.
"'The Time Is Now' is a music-driven call to action in support of amfAR's push to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime," added Boose.
For more information, visit www.amfar.org.
International - Austria Upgrades Same-Sex Unions, But Not to Marriage Status
(AP) Austria plans to upgrade the status of same-sex unions while still stopping short of declaring them marriages.
A draft law submitted Tuesday for final review foresees that such partnerships will be registered at the district clerk's office, as marriages now are. Up to now, homosexual unions have been registered by the district administration department, which oversees local and municipal statutes.
The draft also will allow couples to list their common names as "family names" instead of "last names."
Austria's government coalition is split on the issue of same-sex marriage. Social Democrats generally support it, while the center-right People's Party is opposed.
With the two parties in the majority in parliament, passage into law is a virtual certainty later this year.