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‘Straight Pride’ in Boston has Cops, Protesters Out in Force

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BOSTON (TMZ) — After months of debate, controversy, and a threatened Brad Pitt lawsuit … the so-called Straight Pride Parade is underway in Boston.

The parade organizers — a group called Super Happy Fun America — claim straight people are an “oppressed majority” and believe “the day will come when straights will finally be included as equals among all other orientations.”

Those kinds of statements made many think the whole parade was just a troll, and not something that would really happen, but there are several hundred people lining the same route of the Boston’s Pride Parade back in June.

The Grand Marshal is, ironically, the openly gay, but extremely conservative, Milo Yiannopoulos.

Protesters are on hand as well, but don’t appear to be confrontational. Hell, they brought musical instruments.

Still Boston police are out in force … just in case tensions rise and anything goes down.

You’ll recall, earlier this year the parade organizers used Brad Pitt’s face on promotional material … calling him straight America’s mascot — but as TMZ first reported, Brad wasn’t down. He threatened to sue if Super Happy Fun America didn’t cease and desist. They did.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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The Chapel at The Abbey Offer LGBTQ Lineup Weekends

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Weekends at The Chapel at The Abbey in West Hollywood have gotten a bit more inclusive and representative of the people in the LGBTQ community. 

Beginning on Thursday, March 5 9pm-2am and Friday, March 6 9pm-2am, The Chapel is launching the grand opening of Altargirl Thursdays and CLSQ Fridays.  Altargirl Thursdays, created by Sandy Sachs and Robin Gans’ Girl Bar of 30 years remains one of the few and longest running lesbian parties in the city. 

CLSQ Fridays pronounced “classic”, created by Brandon Anthony of B.A.S.H. LA, caters to the modern alternative and upscale urban contemporary people of color LGBTQ audience.

The first weekend in March at The Chapel closes out with Heavenly Bodies monthly party on Sunday, March 8 from 10pm-2am, an evening celebrating and supporting the transgender and queer community created by trans activist and model Sasha Colby. 

While identities and definitions of LGBTQ shift and change, The Chapel at The Abbey remains dedicated to being a safe space where everyone is welcomed offering some of the best night parties in town to represent all members of the LGBTQ community.

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L.A., WeHo Provide Support for Local Transgender Initiatives

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Jazzmun Nichcalo Crayton, Karina Samala, chair of the Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council, and APAIT Division Director Jury Candelario attended a ribbon cutting for the first publicly funded Enhanced Bridge Housing project for transgender women in the county last November. (photo cred: APAIT)

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Beverly Press) — On Feb. 18, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to allocate $180,000 for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team to run the Midnight Stroll and After Hours Café program, which offers services for the transgender community.

“This funding for the Midnight Stroll will help secure emergency shelter beds and provide critical resources to help improve the lives of transgender individuals experiencing homelessness in Hollywood and other parts of the city,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, where the program is operated.

Midnight Stroll enlists volunteers twice a month to walk Santa Monica Boulevard at night and provide food, water and clothing vouchers to transgender women experiencing homelessness or domestic violence or participating in survival sex work.

Volunteers also promote HIV testing and other services and on occasion […]

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LA LGBT Senior Services Affordable Housing Event -Feb 21

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PLUMMER PARK — The Los Angeles LGBT Center has a new development in senior housing, and are offering info and answering questions about 98 new affordable and accessible units -tomorrow at Plummer Park. The development, located at 1127 N Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90038, will be open in fall 2020, brought to us in part by Thomas Safran and Associates.

The Center’s case managers are experts at helping seniors navigate the complex world of Social Security, Medicare, affordable housing, and more. Please join them and learn about how to grab one of these apartments and what what services they offer for veteran and disabled community members.

Applications will be available Feb. 26-March 4.

More information about the housing at mccaddencampus.com

RSVP for Senior Services events through the Senior Services Portal (seniors.lalgbtcenter.org).

The Center’s website states “The LGBT Center is a safe and welcoming place where individuals of all ages can find help, as well as hope and support, when they need it the most…From housing homeless youth to providing affordable housing for seniors—and from helping transgender people find employment to providing legal support for asylum seekers—no organization serves more LGBT people than the Center.”

Check their calendar for upcoming activities and events that include:

  • Health and wellness programs
  • Enrichment classes (computer, writing, dancing, acting, photograph, etc.)
  • Monthly dinners and social networking opportunities
  • Cultural excursions (theater, opera, museums, etc.)
  • Educational seminars and workshop
  • Senior-Youth Photo Project
  • Senior-Youth Dinners

More info about the center at lalgbtcenter.org

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