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New LGBT Social Platform ‘Moovz’
(MOOVZ) MOOVZ, a global LGBT social platform created
by Interacting Technology, announced launch of their new
global campaign. MOOVZ is a social platform aimed at helping
gay men and women, transgender and questioning persons,
communicate and unify. The app is available for download on
Google Play and iTunes.
The MOOVZ app co-founder and CEO, Liav Eliash says, "Our
goal is to connect the entire worldwide LGBT community and
change the way LGBT individuals meet and interact.” Eliash
continues, “The MOOVZ app will allow members to share
their memories, make new friends, discover interesting stories
and keep up with their community anytime, anywhere.”
Thedevelopers describe the platform as Facebook, Instagram
and Tinder combined into one application for the benefit of
the LGBT community. For example, MOOVZ members can
create customized profiles for location based social discovery,
add members as friends, exchange messages, post status
updates, photos and videos. Users may join common interest
user groups and discussions called #MOMENTS, where
subscribers can connect and stay connected with other users
that share the same commonalities.
MOOVZ has acquired more than 1 million users within a few
months of launching. They have also seen over 200 million
interactions between their users, garnered 5 million posts and
comments from their subscribers within the beginning stages
of their beta testing.
Watch MOOVZ campaign videos:
You’re Gay, Now What? (http://bit.ly/1IgCis5 )
You’re Lesbian, Now What? (http://bit.ly/1MHdNEt )
Download the MOOVZ app here: https://moovz.com/r/2015.
Man Charged in Trans Woman's
Slaying in Tampa
(AP) Authorities in Florida say a man has been charged with
murder in the shooting death of a transgender woman.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported in a news
release that 18-year-old Keith Lamayne Gaillard is being held
on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 25-year-old
Clarke's body was found July 21 in a Tampa park, and an
autopsy later determined that she had been shot in the head
and an arm.
Officials say Gaillard's DNA was found under Clarke's
fingernails. Detectives also reported finding a condom with
Gaillard's DNA inside Clarke's car, which was found nearby.
Gaillard is being held on $275,000 bail. He turned himself in
Wednesday morning after a warrant was issued.
It is unclear whether Gaillard has retained an attorney.
Russian Police Detain Several Gay
(AP) ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Police in St. Petersburg on
Sunday detained several gay activists who have held pickets in
defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday.
Yuri Gavrikov, the leader of a gay rights group, was quickly
rounded up by police as he left his home to hold a one-man
picket in front of the Hermitage Museum.
Police accused him of cursing on the street, which he denied.
Gavrikov was held at a police station pending a court hearing.
Veterans of Russian Airborne Forces confronted several
other gay activists, who held individual pickets near the
Hermitage, and tore up their posters. Police quickly took the
gay activists away.
Paratroopers gathered in many Russian cities to mark the
Airborne Forces Day on Sunday.
Russia has been widely criticized for infringement on gay
rights following the passage of a law that prohibits vaguely
defined "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to
Senegalese Journalist Gets Six
Months for Homosexuality
(AP) A well-known Senegalese journalist was sentenced
Friday to six months in prison for acts of homosexuality,
which is illegal in this West African country.
Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye, who had previous homosexuality
convictions, was arrested in June after a young man accused
him of attempted rape. Chased by an angry mob, he took
refuge in a Dakar police station.
The magazine columnist was sentenced in 2012 to 4 years
in prison for acts of homosexuality, illegal possession of arms
and battery. The sentence was later reduced to 2 years and he
was paroled in 2013.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Senegal and punishable by
up to five years prison and
fines of up to $2,500.
A Human Rights Watch
report from 2010 reported
widespread abuse of gay
men, including torture and
Homosexuality is a
criminal offense in more
than two-thirds of African
Judge Deems Gay Couple as
Spouses after One Partner's Death
(AP) A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a
common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one
partner died before gay marriage became legal.
Sabrina Maurer's (MOW'-ers) case involves her fight over
death benefits and inheritance taxes following the 2013 death
of Kim Underwood.
Bucks County Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. says the women
retroactively qualify as common-law spouses because of their
2001 church union.
Underwood died a year before a federal judge ordered
Pennsylvania to conduct same-sex marriages and recognize
those performed earlier.
Fritsch's ruling Wednesday appears to extend that decision
to include earlier common-law unions, at least in Bucks
Family lawyer Helen Casale (KUH'-sal) says the ruling is
creating plenty of buzz in the legal community as gay clients
pursue death benefits, divorce settlements and other claims.
Compiled by Jillian Melero
Dream Lounge hosts
Fundraiser for Orgullo
(SFGN) Dream Lounge, an up and coming
nightspot in Wilton Manors, hosted a well-
attended fundraiser for Orgullo on Saturday
evening. Orgullo is the Spanish word for Pride.
“Orgullo celebrates a month of Hispanic LGBT
Pride,” said event organizer Herb Sosa.
Sosa was on hand at Dream Lounge pitching
the event to a crowd of stylishly dressed young
men and women. Presented by Unity Coalition,
Orgullo is from Sept. 4 through Oct. 3 in Miami
and Miami Beach.
Now in its fifth year, the event culminates
Oct. 3 at Museum Park in Miami with
musical performances accentuating Latin
America’s culture. For more information, visit
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