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(SFGN) Last Tuesday’s mayoral primary
in Utah was led by out lesbian candidate
Jackie Biskupski, according to according to
the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. (http://bit.
Biskupski, a former state legislator
received 46 percent of the vote compared
to incumbent Mayor Ralph Becker at 31
percent, a promising outcome for Biskupski
leading up to the general election in
"I'm excited for sure," Biskupski told the
Salt Lake Tribune. "All that hard work paid
In addition to Biskupski, other LGBT
candidates running in Utah include openly
gay Derek Kitchen for Salt Lake City Council,
and Sophie Hawes-Tingey, Utah’s first
openly transgender candidate, running for
an election seat on the Midvale City Council.
"We're excited about these results," said
Aisha Moodie-Mills, president and CEO of
the Victory Fund. "Electing LGBT candidates
is so important to changing politics and
giving hope to folks in places like Utah,
where it's still hard to be out and honest
about who you love or how you identify.
That's why over the next 83 days we're going
to work hard to make sure these candidates
have the support they need to win."
"I don't think people were voting for me
because I'm openly gay," Biskupski said on
"Salt Lake City is voting for candidates
based on merit and not some factor of
who they are. We live in a very progressive
community, and people are much further
along in accepting everyone for who they
are. We find value in diversity in our city."
(AP) Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer
David Denson has become the first openly
gay player on a team affiliated with Major
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said
Denson, with the help of former major
leaguer Billy Bean, reached out to the
newspaper to tell his story.
The 20-year-old first baseman plays for
the Helena Brewers in the rookie Pioneer
League. Bean, Major League Baseball's first
Ambassador for Inclusion, revealed he is gay
after his playing career.
"Talking with my teammates, they gave
me the confidence I needed, coming out to
them," Denson told the newspaper. "They
said, "You're still our teammate. You're still
our brother. We kind of had an idea, but
your sexuality has nothing to do with your
ability. You're still a ballplayer at the end of
the day. We don't treat you any different.
We've got your back.'
"That was a giant relief for me. I never
wanted to feel like I was forcing it on them. It
just happened. The outcome was amazing.
It was nice to know my teammates see me
for who I am, not my sexuality."
Denson was selected by the Brewers in the
15th round in 2013 after playing for South
Hills High School in West Covina, California.
He spent last season with the Wisconsin
Timber Rattlers in the Class A Midwest
League, hitting .243 with four homers and
29 RBIs in 68 games. He started this season
with Wisconsin, hitting .195 with one homer
and eight RBIs in 24 games before being sent
to Helena. In 42 games with the Montana
team, he's hitting .245 with four homers and
"It's a lot to take in right now," Denson
told the Idaho Falls Post-Register. "I'm a ball
player first. That's what I'm focusing on."
(SFGN) Governor of Puerto Rico,
Alejandro Garcia Padilla, issued executive
orders extending the rights on transgender
people in the U.S. Commonwealth on
Monday, the Washington Blade reports.
One order specifically prohibits hospitals
from discriminating against potential
patients based on their gender identity
when they seek treatment in an emergency
The second order allows trans Puerto
Ricans to change the gender on their driver’s
“García in 2013 signed two bills into
law that ban anti-LGBT discrimination in
Puerto Rico and added sexual orientation
and gender identity to the island’s domestic
violence laws. The governor earlier this year
announced his administration would no
longer defend the U.S. commonwealth’s ban
on the recognition of same-sex marriages
and those in which one person is trans,” the
Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of Puerto
Rico Para Tod@s, a Puerto Rican LGBT
advocacy group, praised García.
“I congratulate the governor for doing the
right thing,” Serrano said. “Transgender and
transsexual people deserve all rights. This is
a great step that recognizes their dignity and
begins to eradicate the institutional barriers
that prevent them from having the same
opportunities that the rest of the population
(of Puerto Rico) takes for granted.”
Rhode Island Congressman David
Cicilline and U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.),
Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Cory Booker
(D-N.J.) introduced the Equality Act last
month, if passed, the bill would add sexual
orientation and gender identity to the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act.
(SFGN) According to social dating site,
Her, there has been a nearly 20 percent drop
in women on the site identifying as Lesbian
over the last year, reports the Independent.
Among 85,000 women surveyed, 27
percent identified as bisexual, up from 16
and 9 percent chose “no label” up from 1
percent. The site’s main age range is from 18-
40, and covers the UK, the U.S. and Canada.
Robyn Exton is the founder of Her, and
ran the survey. Exton believes that visible
bisexuals, or even “no label” representation
in the media has helped women become
more open or fluid with their own sexual
“The visibility of queer women until the
last year or so was so limited, it was Ellen
[DeGeneres] and Clare Balding,” said Exton.
“Now you’ve got Cara Delevingne, who’s
in her second relationship with a woman,
saying ‘I like who I like.’ You couldn’t have
a more prominent celebrity,” Exton told the
“It’s not about women exploring
their sexuality, I think it’s about them
understanding their sexuality better,” said
Exton. “It’s less, am I gay, am I not gay, and
more confident that it just doesn’t matter,
it’s the person you like.”
“There’s as much a perception change in
the gay community as in the mainstream,”
Exton said. “A while ago, a lot of lesbian
women wouldn’t date bisexual women. Gay
women are also accepting women more for
who they like.”
Compiled by Jillian Melero
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