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    Blade newspaper box design contest

    Blade newspaper box design contest

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter We are looking for local LGBTQ artists who would like to design and paint a Washington Blade newspaper box as part of the 2018 Best of Gay DC Awards. Artists will receive a newspaper box to paint and showcase the images of their representation of the LGBTQ community. Artists participating will receive a $25 gift card courtesy of Logan Hardware. Boxes will be available starting Tuesday, September 4th and will be due Monday, October 1st. The final boxes will be voted upon by the public to pick a winner. The winning artist will receive…

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    France Witnessed a Increase in Homophobic Assaults in

    France Witnessed a 15% Increase in Homophobic Assaults in 2016-2017

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter Like many countries, France has progressed in its protection of LGBTQ rights. The country legalized same-sex marriage in May 2013, two years before the United States allowed same-sex marriage nationally. However, that victory was bittersweet: the number of French homophobic acts increased after legalization. The French gay-rights organization, SOS Homophobie, monitors the levels of homophobia in France. According to a report, the number of recorded homophobic acts increased by 78 percent in 2013. According to the document, the same year that same-sex marriage was legalized, a homophobic assault took place in France every two days. A…

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    Say Anything lead singer Max Bemis opens about his sexuality

    Say Anything lead singer Max Bemis opens about his sexuality

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter Say Anything lead singer Max Bemis (Photo via Wikimedia Commons) Say Anything lead singer Max Bemis has opened up about his sexuality in a candid letter to fans. In the nine-page letter titled  “A Goodbye Summation,” Bemis, who also has been open about his bipolar disorder, says that he identifies as “bi-ish” or “queer.” “I have always been bi-ish or queer or a straight guy who can also like boys,” Bemis, 34, writes. “I always talked or joked about it with my friends and found it to be blatantly clear I was. I was…

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    Clarksdale is third Mississippi city to pass LGBTQ Inclusive Ordinance

    Clarksdale is third Mississippi city to pass LGBTQ-Inclusive Ordinance

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter Mississippi is one of thirty states not legally bound by LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. However, the state is slowly changing. Local communities are moving to guarantee protection toward all citizens with passage of LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances in several cities. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) created a project in 2014 called Project One America to expand LGBTQ equality in the South. The campaign aims at advancing LGBTQ equality in the traditional “red” states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. The campaign features nine main goals that include creating a safer environment for LGBTQ young people and…

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    Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ earns on opening day

    Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ earns $126 on opening day

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter Kevin Spacey in ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ (Screenshot via YouTube) Kevin Spacey’s latest film “Billionaire Boys Club” bombed at the box office over the weekend pulling in just $126 on Friday (opening day) and $162 on Saturday. The opening weekend total came in at $618, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  This is Spacey’s first film to be released in theaters since his numerous sexual harassment allegations. Vertical Entertainment, the company that produced the film, chose to move forward with the film’s release because of the work of the rest of the cast and crew. “We don’t condone…

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    Costa Rica Lifts Ban On Gay Marriage

    Costa Rica Lifts Ban On Gay Marriage

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter In a huge victory for the LGBTQ population in Costa Rica and worldwide, the supreme court of Costa Rica lifted the ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that it was unconstitutional and discriminatory. The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, welcomed the decision, tweeting, “We continue to deploy actions that guarantee no person will face discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that the state’s protection be given to all families under equal conditions.” He added, “Our commitment to full equality remains intact.” President Alvarado also said that the government of Costa…

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    Labor Dept Uses “Religious Liberty” to Discriminate LGBTQ Advocates Say

    Labor Dept. Uses “Religious Liberty” to Discriminate, LGBTQ Advocates Say

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter As part of an ongoing Trump Administration campaign stressing religious freedom, on August 10, 2018 the Department of Justice implemented Directive 2018-03, an addition to Executive Order 11246 that critics call a “license to discriminate.” The new directive follows after a series of executive orders and court rulings in favor of religious individuals and corporations arguing that the government cannot require them to comply with policies that are contrary to sincerely held religious beliefs. The directive cites cases including Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Burwell, Secretary of Health and…

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    Accentuating apartment spaces

    Accentuating apartment spaces

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter With an expanded lobby, rooftop pool, and a ‘speakeasy’ styled bar, amenities abound at The Belgard. Apartment buildings nationally have been expanding on their common spaces for residents, as amenities have begun taking an increased importance for potential residents over living space. D.C. metro area buildings have taken note of the trend and have been adding larger club rooms, fitness centers and differentiated lounging areas, and more to woo guests. Nationally, many developers are creating smaller in-unit living spaces and expanding the common spaces in the building. The Belgard has created special settings…

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    Va school district approves PrEP lessons

    PrEP adherents have better overall health care

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter Flu shots, screenings more likely for those on HIV-blocker. BOSTON — People on PrEP for HIV prevention are more likely to get routine health care like flu shots and recommended screenings for common health problems, Reuters reports citing a new U.S. study published in the American Journal of Public Health. People taking this daily pill also tend to get tested and treated more often for hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), researchers note. But many people who take PrEP have other unmet medical needs, noted lead study author Julia Marcus of the Harvard Pilgrim Health…

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    Cost a barrier to LGB health treatment study

    Cost a barrier to LGB health treatment: study

    RSS. Epeak Daily Epeak Daily Bitcoin OldTwitter More queer people avoid procedures than their straight counterparts. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Under the Affordable Care Act, LGB adults are insured at the same rate as straights in the U.S. but are more likely to avoid necessary medical treatment due to cost, MedicalXPress reports. Researchers analyzed three data sets from the CDC spanning from 2014-15 (the first year the survey asked about sexual orientation) to 2016-17, the most current data set. The study included about 330,000 adults between ages 18-64, 4.3 percent of whom identified as LGB. Of those surveyed via the study, 16.4 percent…

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