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  1. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Within 48 hours of announcing it was removing LGBT content from its website, the Chinese social media giant Sina Weibo reversed itself in the face of mass protests by users. Weibo is sometimes called 'China's Twitter equivalent,' but with an estimated 390 million users - compared to 200 million for Twitter - it might be more accurate to say that Twitter is the Western equivalent of Weibo. Weibo said on April 13 that it would remove pornographic, violent, and LGBT-themed videos and cartoons over the next three months, singling out a genre of manga animations and comics that often depict Gay male relationships. A Weibo administrator said the decision was part of an effort to make the online environment 'clean and harmonious,' saying it had already 'cleared' more than 56,000 violations and closed more than 100 accounts. The announcement sparked a torrent of online pro
  2. by Chad Griffin - Human Rights Campaign Over the years, the ballot box has been a battleground for LGBTQ equality and our most fundamental rights. For decades, anti-LGBTQ forces have worked to repeal non-discrimination ordinances that provide protections for our community at the local level. In dozens of states, these groups worked to ban same-sex marriage at the ballot box, sometimes even succeeding in enshrining these bans in state constitutions. More recently, our opponents have run smear campaigns designed to scare voters into taking away protections from transgender Americans. But today, change is taking hold across this country. Americans are using their vote as a voice for equality. [Two weeks ago], Anchorage voters showed us just how far we've come. On Friday [April 13], Anchorage certified election results that cemented the defeat of Proposition 1, a vicious measure, pushed by anti-LGBTQ extremists, aimed at rescinding mun
  3. by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer I was on hand in person covering the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Red Carpet at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, April 12. I had a chance to chat with many personalities and will share those soon. However, the main action was on stage during the awards with Adam Rippon locking lips with fellow athlete, Gus Kenworthy. Hosted by Wanda Sykes, award recipients were announced in 12 of this year's 25 media categories at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, and Wells Fargo at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. GLAAD is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. At the event, celebrities sported blue 'and' pins for GLAAD's Together movement - representing GLAAD's work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women's rights, and LGBTQ acceptance. This subtle yet powerful symbol represe
  5. by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer Thomas, Jefferson, who served as U.S. Minister to France from 1785 to 1789, was a passionate lover of all things French. (His political enemy, Alexander Hamilton, loved the British.) According to a famous saying attributed to Jefferson, 'every man has two countries - his own and France.' Though Jefferson never said this, in his Autobiography, he admitted that France was his 'second choice' for a country to live in after his own. As the home of the Enlightenment and the Romantic Movement, France attracted intellectual and artistic pilgrims from all over Europe, Asia and the Americas. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries American students, tourists and expatriates, including many LGBT people, flocked to France for its history, its art, its literature and the freedoms that were often denied us back home. As a Gay man who has lived in South Florida for most of his life, there have been several places tha