News Brief: President Trump’s Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

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News Brief Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

News Brief:  President Trump’s Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

The highest-ranking officer in the US military has rushed to play down Donald Trump’s announcement of a transgender ban, saying there will be no action taken for now.  General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to military leaders to assure them that nothing has yet changed in the military’s inclusion of trans people.

In the message, seen by Reuters, General Dunford said there would be “no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

The letter emphasizes the shock at Trump’s announcement, even from figures in the highest levels of the US government, who seem to have been unaware of the President’s intentions.

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News Brief: Malta Passes Equal Marriage!

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News Brief Malta Passes Equal Marriage

News Brief:  Malta Passes Equal Marriage!

Malta’s Parliament has overwhelmingly passed marriage equality.

Earlier this year, the country’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, a strong supporter of LGBT equality, brought forward proposals to introduce equal marriage.  On July 12th, those proposals were given final approval by the country’s Parliament, thus paving the way for gay couples to start marrying.

The law furthers reforms first made in 2014, when civil unions were opened up to same-sex couples. 

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News Brief: School Forces Gay Teen to Watch Anti-LGBT Propaganda Film as Punishment

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News Brief School Forces Gay Teen to Watch Anti-LGBT Propaganda Film as Punishment

News Brief:  School Forces Gay Teen to Watch Anti-LGBT Propaganda Film as Punishment

Lawyers for Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania have admitted that staff members did in fact show a gay student anti-LGBT propaganda as a form of punishment.  Court documents revealed that the school forced at least one student to watch the video, which was created by an ex-gay activist.  This comes after a spokesperson for the school denied the allegations, which they deemed “outrageous,” earlier in the month.

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News Brief: Germany Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage!

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News Brief Germany Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief Germany Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief:  Germany Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage!

German MPs voted by a clear majority to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, June 30, the last day of Pride Month.

After years of campaigning, things moved rather swiftly with a vote being announced, carried out, and successfully passed in just a matter of days.  No matter the rush, he vote passed by a clear majority.  393 members of parliament voted in favor of the bill, with only 296 voting against and 4 abstentions.

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News Brief: COLT Studio Founder, Jim French, Passes Away

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News Brief COLT Studio Founder Jim French Passes Away

News Brief COLT Studio Founder Jim French Passes Away

News Brief:  COLT Studio Founder, Jim French, Passes Away

Jim French, COLT Studio's founder and renowned male physique photographer and artist, passed away on Thursday at age 84.

In 1967 under the pseudonym “Rip Colt," French founded what would eventually become a gay porn empire.  As the San Fernando Valley, company grew, so did its number of products, as well as its stable of men.  COLT Studio later expanded to include under its umbrella the brands Buckshot Productions, Minute Men, Olympus Manpower, COLT Men, Spurs and COLT Studio Presents.

French managed the COLT Studio brand until 2003, when he sold the company to Prowest Media Corp.  

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