Police identify 5 victims in Colorado Springs shooting; also identify 2 ‘heroes’
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police have identified the five victims of the shooting at an LGBTQ+ bar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, over the weekend. The two “heroes” of the shooting were identified with their permission by CSPD in the news release as Thomas James and Richard Fierro. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said in the news conference that their actions prevented even more tragedies. The shooting happened just before midnight MST Saturday evening at Club Q, a nightclub in Colorado Springs, KDVR-TV reported. Suthers in the news conference said that the Colorado Healing Fund is stepping in to assist the families of the victims.wftv.com
Groups rally in Orlando to expand Florida’s LGBTQ+ healthcare coverage
Video: Groups rally in Orlando to expand Florida’s LGBTQ+ health care coverage Groups rallied in downtown Orlando on Sunday to push for expanded healthcare coverage for the LGBTQ+ community. (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — Groups rallied in downtown Orlando on Sunday to push for expanded healthcare coverage for the LGBTQ+ community. READ: Dems seem headed for climate, health win after ups and downsSupporters said possible changes in coverage in Florida will be harmful for transgender youth. Photos: Groups rally in Orlando to expand Florida’s LGBTQ+ healthcare coverageExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 Groups rally in Orlando to expand Florida’s LGBTQ+ healthcare coverageOn Aug. 5, the Florida Board of Medicine will meet to discuss gender-affirming care for transgender youth. READ: Florida health officials recommend monkeypox vaccine as global outbreak continuesThis comes just weeks after the agency for health care administration proposed blocking Medicare coverage for several transgender treatments.wftv.com
Daley protests LGBTQ+ intolerance at Commonwealth Games
Britain Commonwealth Games Protest A demonstrator wears a shirt during an LGBTQ+ protest at Aston Hall ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Thursday July 28, 2022. (Peter Byrne//PA via AP) (Peter Byrne)BIRMINGHAM, England — (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Tom Daley protested intolerance toward the LGBTQ+ community at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. This opening ceremony for us is about showing LGBTQ+ visibility to the billion people watching...”The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport Olympic-style event made up of mostly former British colonies. Daley is not competing in Birmingham, and Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Katie Sadleir said the organization was aware of his stand. But Sadleir conceded there were limits to the action the Commonwealth Games Foundation is able to take when it comes to the intolerance towards the LGBTQ+ community of several participating nations.wftv.com
Daley to protest LGBTQ+ intolerance at Commonwealth Games
Britain Commonwealth Games Protest A demonstrator wears a shirt during an LGBTQ+ protest at Aston Hall ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Thursday July 28, 2022. (Peter Byrne//PA via AP) (Peter Byrne)BIRMINGHAM, England — (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Tom Daley will protest intolerance toward the LGBTQ+ community at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Katie Sadier said the organization has been in touch with the 28-year-old Daley, who is not competing in Birmingham. Daley will feature in a documentary titled “Tom Daley: Illegal To Be Me,” scheduled to be released in August at the completion of the event in Birmingham. But Sadier conceded there were limits to the action the Commonwealth Games Foundation is able to take when it comes to the intolerance towards the LGBTQ+ community of several participating nations.wftv.com
Georgia man sentenced to death for killing guards dies of apparent suicide in prison
Ricky Dubose, a Georgia man who was recently sentenced to death in the killings of two corrections officers, has died in prison of an apparent suicide. Dubose fatally shot the guards five years ago during an attempted escape.news.yahoo.com
Pride parades march on with new urgency
Pride Marches Flags affirming LGBTQ identity dress the fencing surrounding the Stonewall National Monument, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK — (AP) — Parades celebrating LGBTQ pride kick off in some of America's biggest cities Sunday amid new fears about the potential erosion of freedoms won through decades of activism. As anti-gay sentiments resurface, some are pushing for pride parades to return to their roots — less as blocks-long street parties but overtly civil rights marches. Celebrations are now global, taking place throughout the year in multiple countries, with many of the biggest parades taking place in June. And I think the New York City Pride Parade does a very excellent job of that.”Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
George Chauncey wins $500,000 Library of Congress award
NEW YORK — (AP) — Historian George Chauncey has received a $500,000 lifetime achievement award from the Library of Congress, the John W. Kluge Prize, the first time the honor has gone to a scholar in LGBTQ studies. The prize is given for achievement in the study of humanity. Chauncey, a professor of American history at Columbia University, is known for such books as “Gay New York” and “Why Marriage? "His work that helped transform our nation’s attitudes and laws, epitomizes the Kluge Center’s mission to support research at the intersection of the humanities and public policy.”The Kluge prize is named for the late philanthropist and television mogul. “I am deeply honored to receive the Kluge Prize,” Chauncey said in a statement, “and grateful that the Library of Congress has recognized the importance and vibrancy of the field of LGBTQ history."wftv.com
Gay Days now back in Central Florida — KnightNews.com
Pride is in the air as Gay Days are finally back in Orlando! This week-long event is a celebration for the LGBTQ+ community, providing a safe and inclusive atmosphere for all. AdvertisementMultiple events such as pool parties, theme park meet-ups and socials at Orlando’s bars and night clubs are some of the events lined up for this year. Due to the pandemic, this is the first time Gay Days has been in Orlando since 2019. For more information on how to get involved, click on the website here.knightnews.com
Come Out with Pride working to bring WorldPride event to Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. — Come Out with Pride is working with the City of Orlando to develop a winning bid that will bring WorldPride to the City Beautiful in 2026. WorldPride is an event that promotes LGBTQ+ issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. A delegation from Come Out with Pride made up of community leaders, elected officials and other delegates will make a presentation at the at the InterPride meeting in October 2022 in Guadalajara, Mexico. In addition, Come Out with Pride will purchase space in the Expo area to increase exposure and highlight Orlando during the InterPride Membership Conference. Read: Lime introduces fleet of new, more sustainable e-scootersCome Out with Pride will also increase Orlando’s profile among WorldPride voting members at signature networking events and LGBTQ+ conferences in the United States and other countries throughout the year.wftv.com
Man and teen arrested in robberies through apps used by LGBTQ+ community
News 6 is hearing from a man who says he was the target of a hate crime. Police said they arrested an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy this week accused of carrying out robberies in some cases through apps used by the LGBTQ+ community.
Legislation aims to change LGBTQ+ guidelines in Brevard Public Schools
VIERA, Fla. – Tuesday night’s Brevard County school board meeting drew supporters and opposition who often clashed vocally in the discussion about the district’s guidelines for gay and transgender students and staff. School board member Jennifer Jenkins said a group speaking out against the guidelines for LGBTQ+ displayed, “so much hate towards a group of children.”[TRENDING: Will coronavirus ever go away? AdThe guidelines allow students to use bathrooms and play sports that correspond with their gender identity. “LGBTQ students were brave enough to come here and stand up for their rights,” Jenkins said. AdJenkins reiterated what the district continues to say - the LGBTQ+ guidelines follow the latest laws now.
Show us your Pride to celebrate National Coming Out Day
Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, and for many LGBTQ+ Americans, there are many reasons to celebrate their Pride. National Coming Out Day has been celebrated for 32 years now, and it’s an important reminder on just how far the queer community has come since earlier times. There was an entire generation of LGBTQ Americans who had live inside the closet because of laws and discrimination. So if you’re proud to be out and want it to shout it from the rooftops, tell us about it below! If you have advice for people still in the closet struggling with their identity, maybe offer some advice, and tell us how your life has improved since coming out.