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Trump Pastor ‘Freedom’ To Reject Gays By Michelle Brooks

Smoking Pot Prevent Cognitive Decline HIV By Jennifer Davis

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Who Is In A Gay Family? By Michelle Drummond

Florida Proposes Anti-LGBT Law By Jason Miller

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Trump Pastor ‘Freedom’ To Reject Gay Customers By Michelle Brooks

Donald Trump’s inauguration preacher Franklin Graham has insisted that Christians should have the right to discriminate against gay people. In January, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham was controversially invited to preach to millions by Donald Trump at his Presidential inauguration. But once again the pastor has demonstrated why no sensible politician would go near him with a barge pole.

bother to watch – is an attempt to convince young people to make “homosexual lifestyle choices”.

He said: “Many who had never heard of the film Moonlight, which received best picture, have heard of it now. From the reviews I have read, Moonlight portrays a young gay African American coming of age and it stereotypes him as violent, a drug dealer, and a convict.”

defying God’s definition of gender by accepting a Best Actor award from MTV after it abolished gendered categories. Hitting out at Watson, Graham wrote: “Genders are a part of God’s design. He created us male and female. No matter how much MTV or others want to change or redefine it, they’re never going to change the fact that God made us male and female.”

The sinister comments are hardly new ground for Graham. In a 2015 interview with a Russian newspaper, Graham “Hollywood is notorious for praised Vladimir Putin’s support glorifying sin. This is just another for anti-gay laws – and claimed example of the LGBT’s agenda that homosexuals “take people’s to make lifestyle choices that children”. Parroting disturbing God defines as sin seem more rhetoric often used by anti-LGBT and more culturally acceptable. I vigilantes in Russia, he said: In a Facebook message this warn families and the church– “Homosexuals cannot have week, Graham led a rallying call don’t allow your young people to children, they can take other to reject people in the LGBT be sucked into Hollywood’s dark people’s children.” “lifestyle”, openly calling for plan. “We love all people, but we He added: “I very much Christians to discriminate against have to be honest about sin’s appreciate that President Putin is them in business. He said: “Why consequences. Sin is sin—it protecting Russian young people can’t Christians have the doesn’t matter if it gets an Oscar against homosexual freedom to say ‘No’ to what they or not.” propaganda. If only to give them want to say no to? “The LGBT In May he picked a fight with the opportunity to grow up and community continues to target Beauty and the Beast star Emma make a decision for themselves.” Christians to try to get us to Watson, claiming she was accept their lifestyle. It ain’t gonna happen. “God calls homosexuality sin—take it up with Him if you don’t like it. He is the one who defines sin, not me. “As a Christian of course I don’t hate gays, I love them and want them to know the truth. “If they choose to live that lifestyle, they certainly have the freedom to do so in this country—but don’t tell me what I have to believe or participate in.” In March, the head of Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse claimed that Oscar-winning film Moonlight – which he didn’t 06 7 2677 Forbes St Jacksonville FL (904) 387-1400

Smoking Pot May Help Prevent Cognitive Decline In People With HIV Dr. Jennifer Davis

A recent small study found that pot smokers had less evidence of inflammation associated with cognitive decline.

non–pot users had very high levels of key inflammatory cells compared with the pot smokers. Those who smoked marijuana had levels of these People with HIV who smoke pot inflammatory cells similar to may have less cognitive decline those seen in HIV-negative related to the virus compared individuals. with those who abstain. This theory derives from a small study investigating the relationship between THC, a key chemical in marijuana, and markers of the sort of inflammation associated with HIV-related cognitive decline.

This paper suggests that THC acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Much more extensive research is needed to further investigate THC’s role in inflammation among HIVpositive individuals and how this component of marijuana may thus affect the trajectory of cognitive function over time. As with any medications consult with your physician prior to taking any new medications and/or changes with your HIV treatment plans. Pot has become legal in many states.

Publishing their findings in the journal AIDS, researchers studied blood samples from 40 people with HIV who reported whether they smoked pot. Isolating the white blood cells from the samples and studying THC’s effect on them in laboratory experiments, the study authors found that the 09

No one at the center had ever heard of a kid coming out that young before. I glanced through the other meeting Who Is In A Gay Family? notices. There By Michelle Drummond was a monthly It was a Saturday night. I was meeting of gay families in the sans children and out with some park, for parents and their kids. I of my best (adult) guys at a bar. I picked up the flier. had already had a couple of (or four) drinks and was talking “What about this?” I asked. “It about my kids. Yes, I am that looks perfect.” annoying person. “Um, that’s for gay and lesbian “Are you a gay parent?” asked parents and their children. It the stranger I was talking to. might not be the best idea. Those meetups are really about Without even a second’s the parents getting together and thought, I responded, “Yes! My 8 talking about their family -year-old son is gay.” I then went situation. You wouldn’t have a lot on and on telling the poor in common.” stranger how incredible my kid is. That’s what happens when As I said before, the person I somebody asks me questions was talking to was nice and about any of my sons. well-informed, but that last statement had an undertone of It wasn’t until later that I realized “not our kind, dear.” Not that I that that wasn’t what he was really blame him. I am a woman, asking. He was asking whether I and my husband is a man. We am a gay person who has kids. enjoy complete heterosexual Oh, well, no harm done. privilege. We have a legal marriage, share legal standing But that experience made me over our children and claim them think about another. When our jointly on our tax return. We son announced that he is gay, simply don’t have some of the my husband and I went to our same issues and concerns as local LGBT center to ask about same-sex couples. And I can resources for gay kids. imagine people not being too keen on having this hetero The very nice center worker couple homing in on their safe handed me a brochure. “We space. have a support group for ages 14 and up,” he said. So I get it, but I wish there were an alternative. Kids are coming “My kid is 7,” I replied. out younger and younger. My son is among the youngest, but there are others like him out 10

there. I’ve talked to parents all over the country who have children who identify as gay before the age of 12. We aren’t the biggest group around, but we’re growing. One of the most common laments I hear is about the lack of a support place to call home. A lot of us have tried PFLAG but received the blank stares that we’ve become so familiar with. “A gay kid in grade school?” we’re asked. “Really?” (I even got referred to my own blog for support, which, I have to admit, was pretty amusing.) And we’ve all experienced the disappointment of seeing something advertised as being for gay families only to learn that they didn’t mean us. Despite that, when the media, politicians, or right-wingers start talking about “gay families,” I put my family in that group. My husband and I are fierce supporters of equal marriage and equal rights for LGBT people. We are concerned about bullying in schools and passive (and active) homophobia. We don’t want to support companies that give money to hate groups. My husband and I did and thought all these things before we ever had kids. But now that we have a son who identifies as gay, we are more immediate and intense about all these issues. That is my son who they are saying does not deserve equal rights under the law. That is my child whom they are calling all those nasty names. And to those who think that my baby boy needs to be fixed: Fuck you. My kid is perfect just they way he is. So, yeah, I definitely consider us a gay family. My son is gay. We are a family. Attack my son and

toward making a better future for our kids. We need to speak out and let everyone know that we are here. We need to fight with all those former gay kids who are now gay adults. If we do that, then maybe someday soon we won’t have to think about what is a “gay family.” We will all just be a family. No adjectives needed. you are attacking me.

emerging but frequently forgotten And if we are a “gay family,” then group of gay people: the children. During the DOMA trial that means that the percentage Supreme Court Justice Anthony of “straight families” just took a Kennedy spoke out about the really big hit. And I am OK with that. Same-sex parents are only nearly 40,000 kids in California being raised by same-sex coua small percentage of a “gay ples and their need for protecfamily” anyway. There are also their moms and dads, their sons tions under the law. Those kids are important and deserve to be and daughters, their aunts and talked about. But the uncles, their nieces and approximately 4.2 million gay nephews, their cousins, and so on. Oh, and all those gay people kids currently growing up in the who aren’t parents? They count U.S. need to be protected too. too. It makes me wonder if there Unfortunately, for some gay kids, their parents are the people they are really any “straight families” need to be protected from. at all. (By the way, a big welcome to the Cheney and But the parents of gay kids have Gingrich families! You are one of the opportunity to be their us!) fiercest protectors. We need to take all the fierce mama- and Recognizing this would be papa-bear energy and turn it especially helpful to an always

Florida Proposes Anti-LGBT ‘License To Discriminate’ Law By Jason Miller

The US state of Florida could be getting its own brand-new law allowing businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Trump-supporting Republican Florida state Representative Jay Fant has introduced the ‘Free Enterprise Protection Act’, which would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.

sexual orientation in employment, housing or public accommodations.

The baker and owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop Jack Phillips, who once said that he would rather go to prison than make a cake for a gay couple, refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, as he said it would go against his firmly held Christian beliefs.

So activists have already called out the law as an invitation The couple, David Mullins and to discriminate. Charlie Craig, launched a discrimination complaint against The bill specifies “discriminatory the Masterpiece Cakeshop. In actions” as tax penalties, response, Jack Phillips launched denying grants, contracts or a legal challenge to the certifications. complaint of discrimination. It also specifies excluding businesses from speech forums as “discriminatory actions”.

In the five years since the original complaint, the case has gone through several courts and is now in the hands of the Supreme Court.

“I hope SCOTUS overturns this very bad ruling out of liberal Fant, a state Representative who Colorado, but I’m not sitting back An American pastor has also also has aspirations to be the to see what happens,” Fant made a scathing video criticizing state’s next attorney general has wrote on Facebook. the ‘LGBTABCDEFG’ community said he was inspired by a legal for not wanting to be case around the Masterpiece The current Supreme Court case discriminated against in Cakeshop which refused to sell a is against a baker who refused bakeries. wedding cake to a same-sex service to a gay couple in 2012. couple. The bill, House Bill 871, is crafted in the vision of the First Amendment Defense Act which has been introduced in Congress.

If enacted, the law would block the government from taking “discriminatory action” against any business over its “personal employee benefit policies”. It would also protect businesses claiming they are exercising freedoms of religion. The state of Florida currently has no law banning discrimination based on gender identity or 12 13 1522 King St Jacksonville, FL (904) 738-7182

They were there while Manila was performing, and Manila Luzon Marries In Vegas her By Micheal Wells boyfriend, On Christmas Eve, Rupaul’s whose real name is Michael Drag Race star Manila Luzon Alvarez, was visiting family. married his partner Mic J Rez, at a ceremony in Vegas. Alyssa Edwards, another RPDR, officiated the gay But, surprising to RuPaul fans, wedding of two fashion Manila wore the suit, while his designers last week, and it was partner wore the white just as fabulous as you might dress! He posted the picture on imagine. Instagram with the caption ‘Husbands! Happily Ever After!’ Manila Luzon , aka Karl Westerberg, is famous for being The longtime couple got a runner up on the third married at the famous Silver season of RuPaul’s Drag Bell Wedding Chapel, with an Race. Elvis Presley impersonator officiating. Her drag queen name comes from the capital They got engaged in November city and largest island of 2016 after several years the Philippines, where her together. mother is from. Of course, Manila didn’t do it by halves, getting on one knee in front of a crowd at a performance at LemonLab in Santiago, Chile.


She is involved in a lot of LGBT activism, particularly around HIV/ AIDS awareness. She was previously in a

relationship with season two Drag Race contestant Sahara Davenport, who died of heart failure in 2012. “She is embedded into my soul at this point,” Manila told the RuPaul podcast ‘What’s The Tee?’ Earlier this month is was announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3, which will bring back favourite queens from past seasons, will air on January 25th, and the trailer was released. The UK and Ireland Werq the World Tour was also announced, which will take place in May and June 2018.

funeral director is the emotional strain of dealing with death daily. We are expected to be professional Naugle Funeral Homes’ Roger Delaney and nonAnswering Your Questions emotional at a By David Vandygriff time when families are The staff members of Naugle distraught or even angry about Funeral Home and Cremation what has happened. The Services will guide your family in challenge of balancing our emocreating a meaningful ceremony tions and being there to help can to honor the life and memory of a be very draining. loved one. A ceremony can be But the ultimate reward is when anything you wish it to be: simple a family you have helped makes or elaborate, traditional or sure you know that you have unique. No matter how it's gone above and beyond their tailored, such a ceremony is an expectations. important step in recovering from What does excellent customer loss. service mean to you in this Roger Delaney a funeral director industry? To me, excellent with about 30 years’ experience, customer service is going above has worked for family owned and and beyond the client family’s corporate funeral homes. expectations. Anticipating their Having been involved in needs before they are expressed management of funeral homes and always being one step for many years, as well as ahead. I have always said that operated small-town funeral it is our duty to fulfil their wishes homes, Roger brings a unique as long as it is moral, legal, and perspective about the funeral ethical. I have very seldom said industry. “This is my calling. NO to a family. Some people just report to work What is the process of every day. I have no doubt in cremation? I signed so many my soul that I am right where papers and had to initial here God wants me to be, caring for families and helping through the and there so many times to have my father cremated. Why difficult time of losing a loved is that? The actual process of one.” cremation is very simply, the We had a chance to sit down incineration of human remains with Roger from Naugle Funeral and the processing of the result Home and Cremation Services of that incineration to what to ask few questions we felt our resembles ashes. It is in fact not readers would like answers to. ashes, but is processed bone, processed in such a manner as What is the most difficult part to make it resemble ashes. The of being a funeral director? human body is mostly water and The most difficult part of being a when exposed to heat that water

dissipates into the atmosphere. The reason for the extra paperwork for cremation is the FINALITY of cremation. If a person is buried in a wrong spot, that is fixable. If a person is cremated and then later there are regrets about it, that is irreversible. Therefore, it is necessary to make sure the survivors understand what is being done, and the chain of custody is established. The cremated remains will be turned over to someone and that needs to be established and agreed upon if not in a written document done on a predeath basis by the deceased. When dealing with an unexpected death in the family, how can one feel confident choosing the right funeral home? The best way to know that is to talk to friends and relatives in the town involved. Ask relative questions and the call or visit that funeral home to not just see the facilities, but to meet the staff and feel their empathy, professionalism, costs, and ability to impress upon you their desire to meet your needs and to care about you and your family. There have been so many changes in the funeral industry in the past few years and new funeral and cremation providers have opened up. Check them out. You may find that it is very possible to get the kind of service you desire from a less well known firm for less financial burden and receive the extremely personal service you are looking for. How do I go about planning my own funeral arrangements? Planning your own funeral arrangements is not a complicated procedure. Very

simply there are two ways, prearranging and prepaying. PREARRANGING Obtaining a Personal Planning Guide from us at Naugle Funeral Guide. This guide is a detailed explanation of assets, survivors, church affiliation, and your wishes as far as funeral, cremation, type of casket, where service is to take place, music, food, flowers, etc. This can be as simple or as complete as you wish it to be. Then, I would make copies and make sure that you bring one to put in our file and others should be given to people who would carry out those directions and fulfil your wishes. Don’t put it in your safe deposit box, because no one can get into it. PREPAYING This has become a very popular and smart thing to do over the past few decades. Most prepaid plans have an insurance instrument with them, offering extra protection to the family. First off, a prepaid arrangement takes care of the financial burden of the ever increasing cost of funeral and cremation services by Freezing the cost. Secondly, the insurance instrument allows for the unpaid balance of prepaid contract to be paid by insurance as long as certain health questions fit the requirements of the insurance company. What is the cost of cremation vs. an actual funeral where the body is embalmed and displayed for visitation? At both Naugle Funeral Homes, we offer a simple cremation for 895.00, a cremation with embalming, viewing, a funeral service followed by cremation for $4265.00. A traditional can be purchased at Naugle Funeral Homes, with

embalming, visitation, and a casket for as little as 4395.00. We pride ourselves in making sure that our services offer quality, professionalism, caring, while at the same time, being very affordable. Do you have any special procedures or issues with HIV positive bodies? NO In the funeral industry, as in healthcare, we practice what is referred to as UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS. Universal precautions refer to the practice, if avoiding contact with patients' bodily fluids, by means of the wearing of nonporous articles such as medical gloves, goggles, and face shields. The practice was introduced in 1985–88. In 1987, the practice of universal precautions was adjusted by a set of rules known as body substance isolation. In 1996, both practices were replaced by the latest approach known as standard precautions. Use of personal protective equipment is now recommended in all health settings.

necessary. But, since they are, I would recommend that you not automatically assume that the funeral or cremation provider your family has historically used is the one you should use. Check it out. Meet the staff. Ask about prices, the wide range of pricing will surprise you. Compare services and make sure you feel comfortable with the choice you make. Remember, they are not all the same. Roger invites anyone to contact him with questions or to just stop by for a visit. He also has many times spoken to groups about funeral, cremations, preplanning and other pertinent topics. Naugle Funder Home and Cremation Services San Marco (904) 396-1611 or Riverside (904) 683-9588

If you could say one thing to a potential customer what would that be? If it was possible, I would wish that no funeral or cremation provider would be 21

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to Winter Rendezvous, Gay Ski Week, the annual LGBTQ pride celebration Gay Stowe which coincides with Stowe’s Discover the wonderfully eclectic Winter Carnival Festival, attractvillage of Stowe, Vermont. Home ing hundreds of LGBTQ skiers, to a thriving arts community and riders and winter enthusiasts! exciting cultural happenings. Let's Get OUT There! Get your Enjoy endless activities, events Gay Ski Week passes now, use and recreation which make this the code 'GAYTRAVELVT' and beautiful town so special and receive 20% OFF! LGBT welcoming! Spring: The seasons in Stowe are pure When the snow melts, the trees magic, thanks to a spellbinding bloom and everything is bursting pair of attractions no other Eastern destination can match: a with color, Vermont becomes alive! Spring in Stowe is the time charming village and majestic to relax, rejuvenate and surround Mt. Mansfield. oneself with nature. Come see Winter: for yourself how good a day at the spa, a microbrewery tour or a The most popular time of year guided hike feels in the fresh for skiers and non-skiers alike, mountain air of spring. Winter in Stowe is simply magical. Read a book and get Summer: cozy by the fires, or partake in There's a reason Vermont is the one of the many outdoor home of the Green Mountains. activities available. From Summer in Stowe abounds with

lush forests, warm days, cool nights, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventures at all ages. Take a guided hike to local swimming holes, stroll or bike on the Stowe Recreation Path, experience the new zip line tour on Mt. Mansfield and aerial adventure course, or experience our 36 holes of world-class golf. Fall: While Stowe is known as one of the top winter destinations, locals will say that Autumn is the best time of year to visit Vermont. There is so much to explore by hiking, biking, running or driving. Or just revel in the beauty of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, and Stowe’s world-renowned fall foliage. Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Week 2018 - Stowe, Vermont. Join hundreds of LGBTQ winter enthusiasts in Stowe VT at Winter Rendezvous, featuring a sensational lineup of activities, parties, and entertainment. Including Miss Coco Peru, Comedian Julie Goldman, DJ Steve Sidewalk and Rob Douglas Visit any season, you will find there is something for everyone in Stowe! 23


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senior Foreign Office and No10 officials that another perceived national snub will make it impossible for Royal Wedding Trumps or Obamas Theresa May to By William Johnson meaningfully engage with Prince Harry’s spring wedding to Trump,” The Sun continued. Meghan Markle will be the social Trump has no plans to visit Britevent of 2018 for world leaders, ain until at least 2019, over worbut UK Prime Minister Theresa ries about massive protests. May’s government is worried “When I know I’m going to get a about former President Barack better reception,” the president Obama and his wife Michelle said in June, “I’ll come and not attending the nuptials, The Sun before.” reports. Prime Minister May scolded “The 33-year-old prince has become good friends with the Obamas since bonding with them during the Invictus Games,” The Sun explained. “The property billionaire does not hide his loathing of Mr Obama and is expected to be enraged if his predecessor gets the coveted call up when he won’t.” “There are deep fears among


Trump in September and again in November for irresponsible tweets about Britain. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” a senior government official told The Sun. “Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen.” “If the PM lays down the law, Harry will just have to suck it up,” the source says, despite the fact the wedding is not a state occasion. Stay tuned the World of Politics Turns at cityXtra Magazine.

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musical and an affirming look at American life in the 1980s, I’m so proud that Pose and FX have made history Ryan Murphy's New Show ‘Pose’ to Feature right from the Largest Trans Cast in TV History beginning by By Barbara King featuring the most trans FX announced on Wednesday series regular actors ever in an that it is giving a series order to American television production,” Pose, the Ryan Murphy drama Murphy said in a statement. that will feature the largest cast “Additionally, the first season of of transgender series regulars in Pose will feature 50-plus LGBTQ American TV history. characters—a record in The musical series takes place in American television history.” 1980s New York, focusing on “the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe” and the ball culture world, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to featuring five trans actors, MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross, in series regular roles, the project recently cast Evan Peters and Kate Mara as a New Jersey couple who get sucked into the glamour of ’80s NYC. James Van Der Beek will play Peters’ financial kingpin boss. “Along with being a dance


As part of the producer’s Half Foundation, the series will also invite trans directors to be guided through his Directing Mentorship Program. Pose will begin production in February in New York and is scheduled to debut in the summer of 2018. Indya Moore, who

was featured in this year's Out100, also stars in Saturday Church, the debut feature by queer director Damon Cardasis. In Pose, she will be seen playing Angel, a figure on the Harlem ballroom scene. In an interview with Out last fall, Moore gave a hint of what was in the pipeline for 2018, saying, "Although I can't disclose information on other major projects, I will say 2018 is going to be a renaissance and golden age for the rise, incorporation, and visibility of trans people in entertainment media and other areas. Stay tuned, support trans people of color, and encourage/ share awareness when and while you learn."

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