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U.S. diplomat says negotiations to release Brittney Griner have stalled

WNBA star remains in Russian penal colony By Brody Levesque Washington Blade Courtesy National LGBT Media Association (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) In remarks published Monday, Elizabeth Rood, the U.S. chargée d’affaires in Moscow, told Russia’s state-owned RIA news agency that talks to free jailed Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan were continuing through the “designated channel.” Read More

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White House issues statement in Griner’s ‘wrongful detention’ in Russia

Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17 White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued the following statement regarding American basketball star Brittney Griner, who continues to be jailed in Russia, on Tuesday night, Nov. 8, on behalf of the Biden administration: “Every minute that Brittney Griner must endure wrongful detention in Russia Read More

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Demi Lovato among headliners named for 2022 Jingle Ball tour — just not in Texas

Demi Lovato at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood back in March. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP) NEW YORK (AP) — iHeartRadio unveiled a starry rotating lineup for the winter 2022 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour, including sets by Jack Harlow, Dua Lipa, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, Lizzo and Charlie Puth. Read More

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Cuban voters overwhelming approve same-sex marriage, adoption rights

Cubans approved gay marriage and adoption by an overwhelmingly large margin in a government-backed referendum on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to  number of sources. The referendum also boosted rights for women, Cuba’s national election commission said today (Monday, Sept. 26). National election commission president Alina Balseiro Gutierrez said in an interview broadcast on state-run television Read More

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Biden announces release of Frerichs in Afghanistan; work continues to bring Griner, Whelan home

President Joe Biden The White House announced today (Monday, Sept. 19) that the Biden administration has secured the release of Mark Frerichs, the U.S. civil engineer and former Navy diver who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in January 2020 by the Haqqani network, a group closely aligned with the Taliban. Frerichs has been held in Afghanistan Read More

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BREAKING: Texas judge says requiring employers to provide PrEP coverage violates their religious freedom

Judge Reed O’Connor U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has ruled that requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for PrEP violates employers’ religious rights under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The ruling came in a class action lawsuit filed in March 2020 by John Kelley and Joel Starnes, Kelley Orthodontics and Braidwood Management Inc. in Read More

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Beyond the Pride Parade

Pride in Dallas joins the fight to preserve Oak Lawn’s LGBTQ history Community and history are two words frequently bandied about in many LGBTQ+ conversations. The rainbow of ages, ethnicities and backgrounds among the Pride in Dallas board members seems to have impressed a common belief in the sacredness of historic communities, and debate on Read More

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Griner sentenced to 9 years

Brittney Griner plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. She has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17. Houston native and Baylor graduate Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian court. She was also fined 1 million rubles or about $16,000. The 31-year-old WNBA star was convicted of drug possession. President Read More

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BREAKING: Court again enjoins DPS from investigating families of trans youth

A Travis County District Court entered a second injunction today (Friday, July 8) against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and Commissioner Masters, barring them from implementing the agency’s rule expanding the definition of child abuse to presumptively treat the provision of gender affirming care as child abuse against two more families: Mirabel Read More