Adam Lambert talks new music and relating to Lil Nas X

Rocker Adam Lambert is back with his first project of original music in four years, “Velvet: Side A.” The former American Idol contestant reveals why it took him so long to release new music, and what he’s learned from touring the world with Queen. He also touches on understanding why Lil Nas X revealed he was gay as “Old Town Road” topped the charts, as well as moving beyond his “I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader” comments a decade ago to a public figure LGBT youth can look up to. (Oct. 18)

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Wide gaps in legal protection for LGBT workers

The Supreme Court’s decision on whether federal law shields LGBT people from job discrimination could leave millions of gay and transgender workers vulnerable in parts of the U.S. without protections at the state or local level. (Oct 14)

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Polls open in deeply divided Poland | AFP

Poles began voting on Sunday in a polarising election which the governing populists look set to win on the back of welfare measures and attacks on LGBT rights, but their majority is at risk, giving opposition parties a narrow chance to snatch power. IMAGES

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Here are the top stories for Tuesday, October 8th: Trump administration blocks ambassador from testifying in impeachment probe; Turkey military build up at Syria border; Supreme Court considers LGBT job discrimination; gallery displays paintings by chimp.

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High court appears split over LGBT rights

A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment. AP’S Supreme Court Reporter Mark Sherman explains. (Oct. 8)

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SCOTUS participants speak out after LGBT hearing

Plaintiffs and defendants responded to a seemingly divided Supreme Court that is considering whether federal civil rights law protects LGBT people from job discrimination. (Oct. 8)

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Protesters at high court as it weighs LGBT rights

Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices hear arguments in two of the term’s most closely watched cases over whether federal civil rights law protects LGBT people from job discrimination. (Oct. 8)

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Poland’s LGBT community under fire ahead of elections | AFP

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights have become a hot button issue in Poland ahead of the October 13 general election in the heavily Catholic country. The highly influential Catholic Church and the governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party, the odds-on favourite to win the election, have launched blistering attacks on the LGBT community in the campaign preceding it.

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Brazil artists fear LGBT shows doomed under Bolsonaro | AFP

After a state-run theater in Brazil suddenly dropped his LGBT-themed stage show “Gritos,” Artur Ribeiro began to worry it was curtains for his company under President Jair Bolsonaro. He and many other artists are denouncing the censorship and “cultural war” they are experiencing under Bolsonaro’s government.

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LGBT+ Brazilians fearing Bolsonaro flee to Portugal | AFP

Portugal has seen an increase in immigration from Brazilians who fear repression from the country’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro is outspoken in opposing homosexuality. In an interview with Playboy in June 2011 he said he would rather his son ‘die in an accident’ than be gay.

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Why 2020 Democrats Can’t Take the LGBTQ+ Vote for Granted

Beto ran a 5K for the cause, Joe Biden took a turn behind the bar at the Stonewall Inn, Mayor Pete and Elizabeth Warren are selling Pride-themed items in their merch stores. It’s Pride Month, and the 2020 Democratic contenders have been courting LGBTQ voters in a big way. But although most LGBT voters identified as Democrats in 2018, being trans, gay or pansexual does not a Democrat make.

VICE News put together a panel made up of 12 members of the LGBTQ+ community and asked them about their politics — which were extremely diverse — and who they like for 2020.

“I think Donald Trump is really changing the Republican Party by working with the gay and lesbian community,” said Paul Ramirez, a Republican gay man and the vp of advertising at The Wisdom Companies. “If there was a homophobic drop of blood in him, we would have heard that 20 years ago.”

Others decidedly disagreed about Trump’s record on LBGTQ issues, and its effect on the community.

“When the Trump administration, or perhaps just Trump via Twitter, puts out a statement saying that ‘no more trans people are allowed in the military, that’s it we’re cutting you off and anybody in has got to leave.’ That affects the lives of transgender citizens of this country,” said actor Donnie Cianciotto, who identifies as a pansexual transgender man and a Democrat. “It makes us appear ‘less than’ to other people, who now can justify their bigotry and their transphobia, because look at what the government does.”

As for Mayor Pete, the openly gay candidate running for President, his out and proud status wasn’t enough for panelists, on either end of the political spectrum.

“There’s nothing fresh. He’s an Obama sequel,” said Brandon Straka, a Republican gay man and founder of the # WalkAway Campaign, which aims to get left-leaning voters to turn away from the Democratic Party. “The fact that he’s gay — that doesn’t mean he has my back as a trans person,” said LGBTQIA+ educator and activist Jamey Jesperson, who identifies as a progressive queer non-binary asexual transfemme. “It means nothing to me that he is a gay person, because he’s also cis, and he’s also white.”

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Pride parade engulfs Sao Paulo despite unease over conservatism | AFP

Thousands of people fill the streets of Sao Paulo with color and joy to celebrate one of the world’s largest LGBT Pride parades with the carnivalesque festivities tinged with unease over Brazil’s conservative political climate under President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Pride parade engulfs Sao Paulo despite unease over conservatism | AFP

Thousands of people fill the streets of Sao Paulo with color and joy to celebrate one of the world’s largest LGBT Pride parades with the carnivalesque festivities tinged with unease over Brazil’s conservative political climate under President Jair Bolsonaro. IMAGES

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Death threats for Armenia transgender woman after parliament speech | AFP

Lilit Martirosyan is the first transgender woman to have spoken in Armenia’s Parliament, having made a speech against pervasive violations of LGBT rights in her socially conservative country. Despite receiving death threats after this bold move, she says she continues to fight for her community’s rights.

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NYPD sorry for ’69 raid at Stonewall gay bar

New York City’s police commissioner has apologized for the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn that catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement. (June 6)

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Muhlaysia Booker’s Murder Uncovered Cracks in Dallas’ LGBT Community

On April 12, Muhlaysia Booker, a black trans woman from Dallas, was jumped by a group of men yelling homophobic slurs in the parking lot of her apartment complex. A video of the beating was broadcast all over the world.

Days later, she went public and spoke out against her attackers, backed by members of the black trans community in Dallas.

“She knew she had to. But that’s not what she wanted. She didn’t want to do it. And she didn’t want to do it because she knew her doing it would put other people’s lives in jeopardy,” said Booker’s friend Robyn “Pocahontas” Crowe.

Four weeks later, Booker was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Booker was the fifth trans woman killed so far this year, and one of 133 killed in the last six years, according to LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign. Two-thirds of those murdered were black, and more were killed in the South than in any other region.

But Dallas is supposed to be different. Since at least the 1970s, the city has had a vibrant LGBT community, concentrated in the historic neighborhood of Oak Lawn. Today, that community has several allies in government and law enforcement.

But Muhlaysia Booker’s friends say that progress is limited by race and class — and specifically, that it does not extend to black trans women like them, and that the city has done nothing to stop the violence they routinely face. Even Oak Lawn, the city’s historic “gayborhood, has been gentrified beyond recognition.

“It makes us feel like we’re not wanted anywhere,” said Booker’s friend Mieko Hicks.

VICE News went to Dallas to learn how Muhlaysia Booker’s death affected the city’s black trans community.

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AP Debrief: Trump may rollback Trans protections

The Trump administration proposed revoking Obama-era discrimination protections for transgender people in health care, a move LGBT groups fear will result in denial of needed medical treatment. AP reporter Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar explains. (May 24)

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Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

Taiwan’s first official same-sex weddings kick off in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia as gay couples take the historic step of registering as married, the culmination of a three-decade fight for equality. IMAGES of couples at wedding celebration. COMPLETES VID1348201_EN ATTN CLIENTS: HD EDIT TO FOLLOW

Colombian fashion show breaks stereotypes with diverse models

A Colombian fashion show called Walkway Inclusion is trying to raise awareness and respect for marginalised groups by employing having a diverse range of people take part in the show. Participants include people with physical and mental disabilities, Afro-descendants, members of the LGBT community, indigenous people, albinos, plus-size women and homeless people.