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Taiwan’s referendums on LGBTQ rights have disappointing results Taiwan’s highest court ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2017, giving lawmakers two years to pass legislation accordingly. The country’s voters, however, voiced strong opposition to marriage equality in a series of referendums this weekend, which will surely water down whatever laws are eventually passed.In hopes of deterring marriage equality, conservative groups collected signatures for a referendum on the question, essentially giving the majority the opportunity to vote on the rights of a minority. While they were at it, they also asked about rolling back LGBTQ-inclusive sex education standards, which have been in place since 2004.Hoping to counter those efforts, LGBTQ advocates launched their own referendums with positive spins on the questions and campaigns in their favor. As a result, voters encountered five different questions on the ballot Saturday related to LGBTQ rights.LGBTQ advocates suffered major losses once votes were eventually counted.While the referendums are not binding, they send a strong signal to lawmakers to weaken whatever marriage equality legislation they pass as much as possible. Indeed, on Question 12, 61 percent of voters agreed that same-sex couples should be afforded a “separate but equal” status under the law rather than equal access to marriage.Freedom to Marry, which continues to monitor marriage equality fights internationally, called the results “disappointing,” but insisted lawmakers are still bound by the courts to allow same-sex couples to marry by May of next year.When that happens — in whatever form — Taiwan will become the first Asian country to legalize marriage equality. #freefollowers #gainfollowers #followers #kindcomments #lgbtqrights #like4likes #explorepage😍 #explorepage🔥 #explorepage#lgbtqpride #likeforfollowers #20likes #comments🎵💗 #explorepage❤️ #lgbtqtravelers #commentsgofirst #explorepageffr #autocomments #commentsfirst #200likes #jualfollowers #instalikes #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #lgbtqcommunity #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage🔥🚀 #explorepage🎈 #ilovemyfollowers

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LGBTQ migrants stick together for safety in Migrant Caravan LGBTQ migrants stick together for safety in Migrant Caravan November 13, 2018 Dozens of transgender women and gay men in the caravan moving through Mexico with hopes of seeking asylum in the United States have banded together for protection — not from the uncertainty of a journey fraught with danger from the gangs who prey on migrants but from their fellow travelers.Fleeing violence and discrimination back home because of their gender identity or sexual orientation, these LGBTQ migrants have found the journey north to be just as threatening amid catcalls and even physical abuse.In this Nov. 2, 2018 photo, members of a LGBTQ group who are traveling with the Central American migrants caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, run towards a truck who stopped to give them a ride, on the road to Sayula, Mexico. #followers #explorepage😂😂😂 #lgbtqpride #lgbtq🌈 #commentsforcomments #instafollowers #explorepage❤️ #instalikes #likesreturned #jualfollowers #explorepage😍 #200likes #lgbtqplus #explorepage🔥🚀 #explorepage🔥 #commentsplease #explorepage🎈 #10likes #lgbtqcommunity #explorepage#kindcomments #gainfollowers #100likes #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #comments🎵💗

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The Flag-bearer of Equality at Workplace Parmesh Shahani, a believer in the rights of the LGBTQ community in India is the head of the Godrej India Culture Lab and has been tracking LGBTQ issues in India for the past 15 years now.Back in 2004, when he came out to his family, he called his father to say ‘The BBC says I am gay, so it must be true because it’s the BBC,” In an interview, Shahani had said his family accepted his sexuality without batting an eyelid. Shahani says it is no different to love in India as an LGBTQ person from what it is to love as a heterosexual person – love is love and is not restricted by something as basic as the gender of the person you love. He believes we need to ensure that we create a society in which all kinds of love are honoured and treated with respect and is sure that we will create this society over the next few decades.At the Culture Lab, Shahani has been able to bring about a change. The experimental ideas space boasts of the most progressive HR policies when it comes to LGBT issues, from non-discrimination to same-sex partner benefits. As a flag-bearer of equality at the workplace, Shahani thinks the SC court repealing Section 377 has fundamentally changed the country. He believes the verdict will now lay the grounds for the creation of a more just, a more equitable and a more inclusive India. “This will not be easy and will take a long time – it requires a change of mindsets in our homes, educational institutions and our workplaces. Corporate India will have a big role to play in this and I am glad to see so many companies step forward, especially post the verdict, and indicate that they are going to create workplaces that will invite LGBTQ employees and treat them on par with other employees," Shahani said. #followers #explorepage😂😂😂 #lgbtqpride #lgbtq🌈 #commentsforcomments #instafollowers #explorepage❤️ #instalikes #likesreturned #jualfollowers #explorepage😍 #200likes #lgbtqplus #explorepage🔥🚀 #explorepage🔥 #commentsplease #explorepage🎈 #10likes #lgbtqcommunity #explorepage#kindcomments #gainfollowers #100likes #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #comments🎵💗

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Twitter can’t seem to agree on the LGBTQ legacy of Marvel comics creator Stan Lee Stan Lee — the comic book writer, publisher and editor-in-chief who helped transform Marvel comics from a small publishing division into a multi-million dollar media empire — died Monday at age 95 following a battle with pneumonia.Lee is best known for helping create The X-Men, a long-running series about superheroic mutants who are rejected by mainstream society. The series addressed issues of racism, homophobia, discrimination and injustice in ways that other comics never dared.But while Lee has a legacy of groundbreaking inclusion, previous interviews with him show that he didn’t always consider the possibility of making his established heroes, like Spider-Man, more racially or sexually diverse.Related: Stan Lee Addresses The Leaked Agreement Specifying Spider-Man Never Be Depicted As Gay.Speaking about Iceman, an X-Man who was recently re-imagined as gay, Lee said, “If [my comic book characters] were gay I didn’t play up to the fact that they were. I wasn’t aware of my characters sexual proclivities.”When someone suggested Spider-Man be a non-white character, Lee said, “I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way. But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”He also added that he was happy to create new superheroes that were LGBTQ or people of color.This legacy has left some LGBTQ comics fans with mixed feelings.Many folks are celebrating Lee for his inclusive work, defending him against detractors:As a member of the LGBT community Stan Lee always meant the world to me because of the X-Men and the social issues it reflected.  #MagnetoWasRightpic.twitter.com— Timothy (@timothyjames) November 12, 2018. #commentsgofirst #jualfollowers #pleasecomments #comments🎵💗 #lgbtqcommunity #lgbtqrights #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #commentsplease #explorepage #followers #lgbtqplus #commentsfirst #instafollowers #explorepage🎈 #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage😍 #explorepage❤️ #explorepage#autocomments #ilovemyfollowers #gainfollowers #kindcomments

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Transgender Advocate Amiyah Scott will be Honored at GLAAD Gala in Atlanta Transgender advocate and actress on FOX’s “Star” Amiyah Scott will be honored at the 2018 GLAAD Atlanta Gala this Friday (November 9), GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization – announced today.The gala is a celebration of national and local leaders accelerating LGBTQ acceptance. The event will be hosted by actress and recording artist Kat Graham. Appearances at the gala will include “Walking Dead” actor Daniel Newman, TV news host Thomas Roberts, author Michelle LeClair, singer Tena Clarke, and reality star and singer Jermaine Sellers. The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus will also perform.Scott will receive GLAAD’s Rising Star Award, which is given to young artists who are using their growing platform to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance.Scott is the first transgender woman of color to play a regular character in a scripted drama series on broadcast television. She first made her mark in New Orleans’ underground ballroom scene as a teenager.The actress and advocate continues to focus her efforts on providing transgender females a voice. She recently joined Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and other transgender leaders to speak out against the Trump Administration’s reported anti-transgender proposal.“Amiyah Scott is a talented actress and brilliant advocate who uses her voice to uplift transgender women of color and educate fans everywhere about transgender people and issues,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “At a time when LGBTQ visibility in the South is critical to moving our community forward, we are proud to stand with women like Amiyah to promote messages of love and acceptance.”Angelica Ross, who stars on FX’s “Pose” – the show with the largest transgender cast ever in a scripted series – will present the award to Scott. #commentsforcomments #lgbtqdating #autocomments #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage😍 #lgbtqsupporter #explorepage😂😂😂 #followers #explorepage❤️ #commentsfirst #comments🎵💗 #explorepage#ilovemyfollowers #commentsplease #explorepage🔥 #explorepage🎈 #jualfollowers #explorepage🔥🚀 #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #lgbtq🏳️‍🌈 #instafollowers

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Eat Your HRT Out For Planned Parenthood’s Trans Health Clinic! Head to Strange Matter Saturday night and help support a health care program with an essential role in our local LGBTQ community.Marilyn Drew Necci November 9, 2018.Queer music fans, rejoice! You’ll have a chance this weekend to dance it up to some excellent live performances while also supporting your community. Sounds excellent, right? It’s all happening Saturday night at Strange Matter, where Virginia League for Planned Parenthood is getting together with some of Richmond’s best LGBTQ musicians to present Eat Your HRT Out, a musical benefit for Planned Parenthood’s Trans Health Clinic.This isn’t just some random cause, either — for Richmond’s trans community, the support provided by Planned Parenthood and the Trans Health Clinic are essential to receiving the medical care they need. What’s more, according to Planned Parenthood, 37 percent of trans clinic patients paid out of pocket for their care this year. And with transgender people, according to an HRC survey, being twice as likely to be unemployed and four times more likely to have a household income under $10,000 a year as the general population, they need all the assistance with medical costs they can get.This is where you come in. All donations received at the door of this benefit show go to help defray costs for Planned Parenthood’s Trans Health Clinic patients, and with clinic locations in Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Hampton Roads providing service to over 1200 patients in the past two years, you have the chance to help a large number of your community members.And you’ll get to do it by having the most fun you can have in Richmond, VA on a Saturday night without getting arrested! Toxic Moxie are at the top of this bill, and their driving hybrid of disco beats and punk rage is impossible to stand still for. #commentsforcomments #lgbtqdating #autocomments #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage😍 #lgbtqsupporter #explorepage😂😂😂 #followers #explorepage❤️ #commentsfirst #comments🎵💗 #explorepage#ilovemyfollowers #commentsplease #explorepage🔥 #explorepage🎈 #jualfollowers #explorepage🔥🚀 #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #lgbtq🏳️‍🌈 #instafollowers

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Malcolm Kenyatta Is Pennsylvania's First Openly Gay Black State Legislator Malcolm Kenyatta is just one of several political candidates who declared victory in Tuesday's midterm elections. The 27-year-old is the first openly gay Black lawmaker to hold a state legislator position in Pennsylvania. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!  I’m so humbled to be the next State Representative for the 181st District of Pennsylvania. Together we made history! pic.twitter.com/Z90Wb9Dcpm — Malcolm For PA (@malcolmforpa) November 7, 2018.Kenyatta will replace retiring Curtis Thomas with the Temple University graduate capturing 95.3 percent of votes. Back in May, Kenyatta won as Philadelphia’s 181st District nominee after a historic race against another openly gay Black male candidate, Alex Deering.Before his time in the legislature, Kenyatta served as the campaign manager for city council candidate Sherrie Cohen and served on the board of Equality Pennsylvania. During his campaign, the community activist faced homophobic attacks when posters were distributed of himself and his ex-husband with the words "NO" across the sign.In an interview with WHYY, Kenyattahttps://whyy.org/segments/pa-statehouse-likely-getting-first-openly-gay-lawmaker-of-color/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">shared why the representation of openly Black LGBT political figures is so imperative.“When I grew up, there were not many Black LGBT figures in politics or public life,” he shared. “So if there are folks who can look to any aspect of who I am: ‘Malcolm’s young, Malcolm’s passionate, Malcolm’s living in his truth, Malcolm’s openly LGBT.’ That’s great.”His victory has received an outpouring of love and support from fellow politicians and allies. #lgbtqia #lgbtqap #followalways #commentforlike #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage❤️ #commentsfirst #commentalways #commentall #explorepage🎈 #followforfollow #explorepage🔥🚀 #comments #followers #lgbtqiapd #explorepage😂😂😂 #commentplease #followbackalways #explorepage🔥 #lgbtqtravelers #followbackteam #likeforlike #followher #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #explorepage#explorepage😍 #commentsforcomments

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Christiansburg LGBTQ Attorney Offers Pro-Bono Name And Gender Changes If you're searching for name- or gender-change legal services, Christiansburg attorney Oneida Huntington has you covered. Sage Cannady November 7, 2018 Read More:christiansburg, gender change, legal rights, lgbtq name change #explorepage🔥 #commentbelow #lgbtqcommunity #followme #commentplease #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #likeforlike #commentsfirst #comments #followbackalways #comments4comments #followers #following #explorepage😍 #followforfollow #explorepage🔥🚀 #followhim #explorepage#instagood #explorepage❤️ #commenting #explorepage🎈

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Hollywood Rejoices as Jared Polis Elected U.S.’s First Gay Governor America didn’t quite get the Blue Wave many in Hollywood hoped for Tuesday, but they did get a Rainbow Wave in Colorado: Stars from James Corden to Billy Eichner rejoiced as Jared Polis won in Colorado to become the first openly gay governor in American history.Polis defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, the Associated Press reported. He will succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.“Wow!! Congratulations @jaredpolis of Colorado who just became the first openly gay man to be elected Governor in US History!!!,” wrote Eichner.Corden, host of CBS’ “Late Late Show” added: “This is incredible! Massive. Congratulations Jared Polis. You did it!”.Jaboukie Young-White, who was recently named the newest correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” was also a fan of Polis’ win, writing: “jared polis is the first openly gay governor in the u.s. and i openly stan”.Others, including GLAAD, The NoH8 Campaign and Human Rights Campaign, weighed in as well, with HRC president Chad Griffin writing: “History made in Colorado as @jaredpolis becomes the first openly gay man elected governor in history! Congratulations on this landmark win, Governor-elect!”.Overall, Election Night was a mixed-bag. Democrats won the House — which will give them subpoena power to investigate President Trump — while Republicans will keep control of the Senate.Two of Hollywood’s most-loved candidates — Texas Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams — couldn’t overcome the odds to beat Republicans in traditionally red states. #explorepage🔥 #commentbelow #lgbtqcommunity #followme #commentplease #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #likeforlike #commentsfirst #comments #followbackalways #comments4comments #followers #following #explorepage😍 #followforfollow #explorepage🔥🚀 #followhim #explorepage#instagood #explorepage❤️ #commenting #explorepage🎈

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Massachusetts passes first statewide referendum protecting transgender rights Massachusetts became the first state to uphold protections for transgender and non-binary people at the ballot box by voting to preserve the state's anti-discrimination law.Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the Question 3 ballot initiative to keep the current wording of the state's anti-discrimination statute, according to news website MassLive. Official numbers have not yet been released.The law prohibits discrimination in public accommodations -- restaurants, hotels, hospitals, stores and public transportation -- and allows allowing people to use spaces that align with their gender identity.Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed the measure into law in 2016, but opponents gathered enough signatures to put the law on the 2018 ballot for repeal.The vote comes amid reports that the Trump administration weighing a change that would require individuals to identify as male or female based on their genitalia at birth, a move that would narrow the definition of gender and roll back protections that include an estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify as members of the trans community.Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox of Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" celebrated the Massachusetts measure on Twitter.LGBTQ advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) also celebrated the vote the landmark vote."Transgender residents of Massachusetts can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their hard-fought protections will remain in place," HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride said in a statement. "This was a crucial test for our community and movement. The Yes on 3 Campaign demonstrated that when we tell the stories of transgender people and our families, voters will reject the scare tactics and side with dignity and equality." #explorepage🔥 #commentbelow #lgbtqcommunity #followme #commentplease #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #likeforlike #commentsfirst #comments #followbackalways #comments4comments #followers #following #explorepage😍 #followforfollow #explorepage🔥🚀 #followhim #explorepage#instagood #explorepage❤️ #commenting #explorepage🎈

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The Rainbow Wave Brings a Record Number of LGBTQ Candidates Into Office Are you still recovering from the emotional rollercoaster that was the 2018 midterm elections? Yeah, me too. And while the Dems may have lost some high profile (and highly contentious) races, the fact that they have regained control of the House is an unmitigated win and a massive check on Donald Trump.But perhaps what is most exciting about this election was the record number of LGBTQ candidates who won their races. These wins are especially crucial at a time when the Trump administration continues to push their anti-transand anti-queer agenda.Jared Polis won the Colorado gubernatorial election, making him the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the U.S. Polis had previously broken records as the first openly gay parent in Congress when he was in the House of Representatives. Kate Brown, the first openly bisexual governor, retained her seat in Oregon. Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay person elected to the Senate, handily won her re-election.Queer candidates also saw big wins in the House race, with Sharice Davids becoming the first LGBTQ person to win in Kansas. Davids, a former MMA fighter, is also one of the first Native American women to be elected, alongside New Mexico’s Deb Haaland. Chris Pappas won the seat in New Hampshire’s first district and became the first openly gay man elected to Congress from the state.Minnesota’s Angie Craig unseated the virulently anti-gay Jason Lewis, after losing to him by only 2 points in 2016. Openly bisexual Katie Hill looks to be cruising to victory in California’s 25th district as the final results are coming in.LGBTQ candidates also won several state-level seats. Two transgender women, Lisa Bunker and Geri Cannon, have been elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. #explorepage🔥 #commentbelow #lgbtqcommunity #followme #commentplease #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #likeforlike #commentsfirst #comments #followbackalways #comments4comments #followers #following #explorepage😍 #followforfollow #explorepage🔥🚀 #followhim #explorepage#instagood #explorepage❤️ #commenting #explorepage🎈

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Pennsylvania Doubles LGBTQ Lawmakers, Elects First Out Gay Black Man Malcolm Kenyatta, Re-elects Brian Sims - Towleroad Gay News Pennsylvanians elected Malcolm Kenyatta to its House. He’s the first out gay black man to elected to the PA legislature. PA Rep. Brian Sims was also re-elected, doubling the LGBTQ representation there.Tweeted Sims: “MALCOLM KENYATTA: This is a special announcement in so many ways! My friend @malcolmforpa has been elected to the Pa House and is the first ever African-American gay man elected to the legislature and only the second Out person ever elected to the House!!! #RainbowWave”.THANK YOU! I just got off the phone with my Mom & Dad and I’m humbled to announce that I’ve been re-elected to the House of Representatives! Fighting for the people and ideas most important to this City & this country are the work of my life and I’m grateful to return.  #BlueWavepic.twitter.com/Q4y38THSsB — Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) November 7, 2018.Said Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund: “The rainbow wave did not skip Pennsylvania on Election Night, with voters doubling the number of openly LGBTQ state legislators who can fight for equality in the Pennsylvania state House. Rep. Brian Sims has been the sole voice for our community in the legislature, facing down one of the most homophobic lawmakers in the country and fending off legislative attacks on our community. To have Malcolm join him will certainly be welcome, because we know that when more openly LGBTQ candidates are in the halls of power, it leads to more inclusive debates and legislation.” #explorepage🔥 #commentbelow #lgbtqcommunity #followme #commentplease #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #likeforlike #commentsfirst #comments #followbackalways #comments4comments #followers #following #explorepage😍 #followforfollow #explorepage🔥🚀 #followhim #explorepage#instagood #explorepage❤️ #commenting #explorepage🎈

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Will Hurd, Gina Ortiz Jones Congressional Race Too Close to Call in Texas - Out in SA Left: U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, speaks at a town hall in Alpine on Sept. 16, 2018. He stopped in the city as part of his annual end-of-summer swing through the district. Right: Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee challenging Hurd, smiles as she is introduced during a Women at the Top Rally in San Antonio on Sept. 23, 2018. U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, is looking to hold on to the 23rd District. His opponent is Gina Ortiz Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer who is openly LGBTQ.Updated: November 7, 2018, 8:08 a.m. By Teo Armus, The Texas Tribune The Texas congressional race between incumbent Republican Will Hurd and Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones is still too close to call following a dramatic overnight in which Ortiz Jones pulled ahead, Hurd pulled back, and news outlets across the nation retracted their projections.On Wednesday morning in Congressional District 23, the state’s only true battleground district, Hurd was leading Ortiz Jones by nearly 700 votes, with all precincts counted.That’s well within the margin where either candidate can request a recount. (Under Texas law, the difference in votes between the two candidates must be less than 10 percent of the winner’s total votes — in this case, about 10,000.)Hurd, a two-term lawmaker and former CIA officer, has attempted to distance himself from President Donald Trump on issues such as Russian interference in the 2016 election and immigration — a key issue in this district, which covers hundred of miles of the Texas-Mexico border.This would not be Hurd’s first razor-thin victory: In 2016, he won reelection by about 3,000 votes. #explorepage🔥 #commentbelow #lgbtqcommunity #followme #commentplease #lgbtq🌈 #explorepage🔥🔥🔥 #likeforlike #commentsfirst #comments #followbackalways #comments4comments #followers #following #explorepage😍 #followforfollow #explorepage🔥🚀 #followhim #explorepage#instagood #explorepage❤️ #commenting #explorepage🎈

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