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LGBT DC Bar Nellie's Responds To Controversy For Flying Blue Lives Matter Flag

Popular LGBT bar Nellie's Sports Bar responded Saturday, following comments to a controversial post on social media showing the bar flying a "Blue Lives Matter" flag this past week.

The flag, which the bar says was raised for LGBT police officers attending a meeting "in a welcoming space," was "promptly removed," but has since been met with criticism.

Grindr Is Sharing Users HIV Status And Location Data With Corporations For Profit

Via Buzzfeed: 

The gay hookup app Grindr, which has more than 3.6 million daily active users across the world, has been providing its users’ HIV status to two other companies, BuzzFeed News has learned.

The two companies — Apptimize and Localytics, which help optimize apps — receive some of the information that Grindr users choose to include in their profiles, including their HIV status and “last tested date.”

Senator Defends Gay Conversion Therapy "If Done In A Loving Way"

A  senator defended some forms of a therapy designed to change a child’s sexuality as the Senate voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would bar licensed medical professionals from performing the discredited practice.

State Sen. Bryan Simonaire, R-Pasadena, argued the state doesn’t have any business telling consenting children and parents what therapy to undergo.

Man Wearing Only a Tutu Storms The Ice Rink at Winter Olympics

A STREAKER sent shockwaves across the Winter Olympics after managing to make his way on to the ice rink.

The unidentified man took to the rink after the Men's Speed Skating during the 1000m.

He wore a pink tutu and bizarre monkey thong but little else.

The words ‘Peace + Love’ were emblazoned on his chest.

He managed to stay on the ice for quite a few minutes, and he could be seen in the background as competitors were interviewed off the rink.

It is not clear who the man is or why he decided to storm the rink.

4 Black LGBTQ Activists Found Guilty After Pride Protests

On Monday, a jury convicted three LGBTQ activists on six of eight misdemeanor counts stemming from a June 2017 protest during the Columbus Pride parade.

Wriply Bennet was convicted of disorderly conduct, failure to comply with a police officer’s orders and resisting arrest; Ashley Braxton of disorderly conduct and failure to comply; and Kendall Denton of disorderly conduct. Sentencing is expected in the coming weeks.

Man Who Accused Ex Mayor Ed Murray of Sexually Abusing Him As A Teen Found Dead

Via Seattletimes: 

Delvonn Heckard, the Kent man whose sexual abuse lawsuit against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray last year prompted other allegations to come to light — eventually leading to Murray’s resignation — was found dead early Friday of an apparent drug overdose in an Auburn motel.

“In my opinion, a hero died today,” attorney Lincoln Beauregard said Friday morning.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Heckard’s death on Friday afternoon, noting the official cause and manner of his death are pending.

Pastor Claims He Was "Healing" Man Found Tied Up and Nude In His Car

Pennsylvania pastor insists there’s an innocent explanation for him sitting in a parked car with a naked man who was bound with rope.

George Nelson Gregory, of Munhall, was cited about 11:30 p.m. Friday after police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a Homestead neighborhood, reported KDKA-TV.

A homeowner told police that a man wearing no clothing got out of the car, and he was concerned because it was parked within sight of his daughter’s window.

Gay alumni raise $300,000 for defunded LGBTQ center

The University of Tennessee’s LGBTQ Pride Center came under threat of closing in 2016 after state lawmakers defunded the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Now, openly gay alumni are fighting to save it.

Chad Goldman is a full-time volunteer fundraiser who is leading the effort to raise a private $3 million endowment to keep the Knoxville center’s doors open. He said he was infuriated when he found out the diversity office had been defunded, which essentially cut off funds to the Pride Center.

Police Find Bodies of Six Men Buried In Flower Pots in Gay Serial Killer Investigation

TORONTO — Toronto police said Thursday they've recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.

Lead investigator Det. St. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property McArthur used as storage in exchange for doing the landscaping, included some from Andrew Kinsman, one of the five men McArthur is already charged with killing.

Activists Fear PrEP Research Will Fail If More Gay Men of Color Don't Participate

Sexual health campaigners are warning a newly launched trial in the UK will fail if not enough people of color take part.

The new Impact study is now live, after a delayed start due to some computer problems.

The three-year trial will see 10,000 people using the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drug Truvada.

Marc Thompson runs Prepster, the PrEP advocacy group. He tells GSN, ‘If enough black men don’t take part, the trial won’t have been as successful as we hoped. It will create a health inequality.’