Quick Hits 07.15.16

Beyond the Carolinas

The U.S. Department of Justice is interested in setting up meetings or phone calls with transgender employees and prospective employees in North Carolina, as well as students as part of its litigation process and investigation. Call 844-664-0223 or email community.hb2@usdoj.gov to learn more.
info: usdoj.gov.

“Americans Against Terrorism, Hate and Gun Violence” will take place at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. on July 23, 2 p.m.
info: marchforamerica.us.

ChristianMingle must now allow lesbians and gays to avail of its services following a legal battle.
info: huff.to/29nxGCS.

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During Ontario’s first Pride month celebration, its Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth walked in solidarity with children and youth who identify as LGBT in the annual Toronto Pride Parade.
info: provincialadvocate.on.ca.

Mr. Sulu is the first official LGBT character in the “Star Trek” franchise. “Live long and prosper, Mr. Sulu!”
info: bit.ly/29IHeJ1.

Log Cabin Republicans are gearing up for their party’s convention. To date, “American Idol” contestants Candice Glover and Melinda Doolittle and “The Voice” contestants Jermaine Paul and Dez Duran, along with Caitlyn Jenner and Montel Williams will be part of Log Cabin’s festivities.
info: logcabin.org.

Transgender service members from SPARTA pose with SPARTA’s Sue Fulton (far left) and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (second from right). Photo Credit: TransMilitary.

Transgender service members from SPARTA pose with SPARTA’s Sue Fulton (far left) and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (second from right). Photo Credit: TransMilitary.

SPARTA celebrated the ban lift on transgender military members’ service. It was joined by OutServe-SLDN. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the announcement for the Department of Defense in late June.
info: spartapride.org. outserve.org.

The MSMGF has released its pre-conference program and abstract booklet. The organization has also unveiled an e-learning platform for health professionals serving gay and bisexual men.
info: bit.ly/29Gbkyi. bit.ly/29OgpGb.

The Point Foundation is providing a new community college scholarship and educational advancement program to help expand opportunities for LGBT students.
info: pointfoundation.org.

Victory Fund’s International LGBT Leadership Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from Dec. 8-11.
info: lgbtleaders.org.

A new transgender awareness course seeks to end widespread workplace discrimination. It is being created between ZipMart and trainer Californian Carolyn Weiss.
info: zipmart.com.

Freedom for All Americans Education Fund’s LGBT University is now accepting applications through July 22.
info: freedomforallamericans.org.

A video series created by Greater Than AIDS now gives voice to transgender women about the high risks of HIV in their community. There is also a toolkit to accompany the program.
info: empowered.greaterthan.org. youtube.com/greaterthanaids.

Lesbian and bisexual women can now have improved health behaviors through a new initiative.
info: health.missouri.edu.

“Brainwalker,” a YA paranormal fantasy series’ first installment will feature one of the first youth horror novels to include an LGBT main character. The author is Pete Schaus. The book is available on Kindle and Nook.
info: facebook.com/BramhouseBooks/.

Equality Florida’s Pulse victims fund has now exceeded $7 million.
info: eqfl.org.

A Philadelphia archbishop has been instructed not to give communion to divorced, remarried and cohabiting couples and not to allow individuals involved in same-sex relationships to occupy leadership or ministerial roles in parish life. This goes contrary to the Pope Francis’ instructions.
info: newwaysministry.org.

“Love Has No Labels” has launched “We Are America” to show caring for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. WWE’s John Cena stars in the initiative’s new PSA of acceptance and love.
info: lovehasnolabels.com.

NBC OUT, a vertical portal, is one of the newest additions to NBC News.
info: nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out.

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Gay social network Hornet has acquired the gay city guide “Vesap.”
info: hornetapp.com.

A survey estimates that 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in the U.S.
info: law.ucla.edu.

“The Lost Ones” is currently in performance through the end of July at the The Duplex on Christopher St. in New York.
info: purplepass.com/theduplex.

“The Global D&I Tipping Point: 11 Key Trends in Diversity & Inclusion” has been released.
info: wintersgroup.com.

A the first installment in a new “Parenting 2.0” series has been released. It follows a five-year-old trans girl.
info: bit.ly/29Jp9ur.

Sir Ian McKellen joined the Alliance of Straights and LGBT for Equality in Russia during his visit there.
info: vk.com/straights_for_equality.

Project Inform is documenting the 35-year history of HIV/AIDS.
info: projectinform.org.

Sports Illustrated released a 40th anniversary retrospective of Caitlyn Jenner’s decathlon performance at the Montreal Olympic Games.
info: si.com/jenner.

Comcast has contributed $1.5 million in airtime to broadcast the Equality Forum summit’s public service announcement leading up to the Democratic National Convention from July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pa.
info: equalityforum.com.

The San Francisco LGBT Center has introduced its Trans at Work Visibility Campaign.
info: sfcenter.org.

Lambda Legal has announced its 22 member Dream Team in a video.
info: lambdalegal.org.

Andrew Shayde has released his first comic book, “Monsters Among Us.”
info: stormfrontpublishing.com.

GLAAD and Interscope Records has released a musical tribute, “Hands,” to benefit the victims and families of the Orlando shootings and LGBT organizations. It includes a plethora of national and global musical stars.
info: smarturl.it/HandsTribute.

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.