Thursday, May 16

Month: May 2023

The Human Rights Campaign Warns LGBTQ+ People Against Visiting Florida
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The Human Rights Campaign Warns LGBTQ+ People Against Visiting Florida

The largest LGBTQ+ rights organization in the U.S. issued a Florida travel/relocation advisory Tuesday. This comes as newly passed Florida legislation may pose a threat to minorities according to the organization. The Human Rights Campaign’s travel advisory comes just days after the NAACP and the League for United Latin American Citizens issued similar warnings.  The LGBTQ+ advocacy group stated that they aren’t calling for a boycott of the Sunshine State. They claim that the purpose of the advisory is to highlight new policies that have been passed by the Florida GOP, that they consider to be “hostile” to the LGBTQ+ community. The Human Rights Campaign also criticized recent efforts by the DeSantis administration to restrict abortions and to allow Floridians to carry concealed we...
Malaysian Authorities Seize Pride Watches in Swatch Store Raids
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Malaysian Authorities Seize Pride Watches in Swatch Store Raids

Swiss watch giant Swatch revealed Tuesday that Malaysian officials have raided and confiscated 164 watches from their Pride Collection. The company claimed that the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs raided their stores in various malls throughout Malaysia on May 13 & 14. The watches were reportedly seized because they featured "LGBT connotations.” In a statement released by the Swatch group, CEO Nick Hayek Jr. said that they “strongly contest” that their “collection of watches using rainbow colors and having a message of peace and love could be harmful for whomever.” Adding that, “on the contrary, Swatch always promotes a positive message of joy in life. This is nothing political. We wonder how the Regulatory and Enforcement Division of the Home Ministry will confiscate the man...
Texas Senate Pass ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill
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Texas Senate Pass ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

The Texas Senate advanced a bill mirroring Florida’s infamous “don’t say gay” bill without much debate.  In a 19-12 vote on Monday, the senate’s upper chamber decided to preliminary advance House Bill 890. The legislation seeks to drastically limit teacher guidance, classroom lessons and school programming about gender identity and sexual orientation.  If signed into law, the bill will ban discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in Texas classrooms from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. While critics are accusing the Texas GOP of mirroring Florida’s efforts to suppress the LGBTQ+ community. Texas republicans claim that the bill is an effort to protect parental rights. "This bill takes a stand by enshrining parental rights and ensuring that Texas parents ar...
NAACP Warns Against Visiting Florida in New Travel Advisory 
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NAACP Warns Against Visiting Florida in New Travel Advisory 

According to the organization, Florida is “openly hostile” to the LGBTQ+ community & people of color. The NAACP issued a travel advisory Saturday claiming that the Ron DeSantis administration has made “aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.” The travel advisory comes just days after LULAC (the League of United Latin American Citizens) issued a similar one in response to DeSantis’ new immigration law.  In the advisory, the NAACP warns that “Florida is openly hostile towards African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.” “Before traveling to Florida, please understand the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African American...
Andy Cohen Reveals That He Feels Vulnerable as a Single Gay Dad
Entertainment

Andy Cohen Reveals That He Feels Vulnerable as a Single Gay Dad

Bravo executive Andy Cohen recently opened up about being brought to tears as a single gay dad.   In an interview with Tamra Judge & Teddi Mellencamp on their podcast Two T’s in a Pod. Andy spoke on the difference between having one child and two. While also discussing his experience as a single gay parent.  The 54-year-old father of two, has a four-year-old son named Benjamin and a 12-month-old daughter named Lucy. Andy spoke on the difference of having two children compared to one, “The thing has been for me in the last year is when Lucy came, I think it really changed me as a parent. I felt way more in control when I had just one. Then when I had two, I not only felt, I don’t want to say I felt out of control, but I just felt the experience got a little lone...