<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcmiami.com/feature/nbc-6-pridehttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.pngNBC 6 South Floridahttps://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSun, 18 Nov 2018 04:55:36 -0500Sun, 18 Nov 2018 04:55:36 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Rainbow Wave or Ripple? Record Number of LGBTQ Candidates on Midterm Ballots]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 07:51:20 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hallquist-win-primary-gov-vt.jpg
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<![CDATA[Progress in the City of Progress: Hialeah Hosts Pride Parade]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 07:58:52 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/CTTC110513135131_0512.jpg

A first of its kind celebration will make way in the heart of Hialeah. It’s a huge deal for the city’s LGBTQ+ community, which has felt shunned for years.

Empowerment, progress and unity are all part of the point of a pride party, a celebration of how far the LGBTQ+ community has come. This weekend, Hialeah Pride will come to the city of progress for the first time.

“Hialeah is the fourth strongest conservative city in the United States, right behind three in Texas,” said Karen Larrean, the organizer for Hialeah Pride. “So when DJ Citizen Jane came to me and told me about the idea, Hialeah Pride and that was her dream, I started thinking. We’re going to make headway, that means we’re going to dig the trenches, we’re going to go ahead, and like she said, leave a legacy and open doors. It was important.”

And it was especially important to DJ Citizen Jane, who was born and raised in Hialeah.

“I’m a Hialeah girl, this is my hood like I would say,” said Jane. “My parents still live here and I still come here and hang out here. This part still means a lot to me. I did my 15’s pictures here, came to a lot of events here.”

The event will be held Sunday at the historic Hialeah Park.

“When I first came out here in Hialeah, I felt like I didn’t have anywhere to go,” said Jane. “I would get looked at differently, you know, because it was very closed minded, and I had to move to Miami Beach. I’ve been moving away from Hialeah because of that, but I’ve been coming back and seeing a difference.”

And there is a difference. Karen and Jane were met with support instead of resistance from this mostly Hispanic Latino community that is Hialeah.

Speaking of breaking barriers – the term Latinx is a term that has been thrown around a lot recently. Wonder what it means? Look it up – in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. It was added last month. It means relating to or marked by Latin American heritage, used as a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina.

“It means a lot, when words make the jump from the mouths of people into anything standardized like a dictionary or a grammar book or broadcast news, then you know its gaining acceptance,” said Michelle Ploetz, PhD, a language expert.

It’s a linguistic innovation, a molding of the English language, led by groups of Latin people who didn’t feel like they fit … until now.

“I think it’s important because that’s how certain people associate themselves and it’s like saying, it’s respect for all, we’re all one family and everybody should feel the way they feel and be free,” said Jane.

That’s why the only label at Hialeah Pride is – one. Regardless of what letter or color of the flag you identify with, this inaugural celebration of unity and inclusion among all people in Hialeah is for everyone in our vibrant community.

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<![CDATA[LGBTQ History Month: The Road to America's First Gay Pride March]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:07:25 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-88729344.jpg
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<![CDATA[NBC6 Hosts Will & Grace Watch Party at Rosie's Bar & Grill]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 22:18:11 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/100418+will+and+grace+1.jpgNBC6 hosted its second Will & Grace season premiere watch party at Rosie's Bar and Grill in Wilton Manors. Hundreds gathered to watch Will, Grace, Jack and Karen be their sassy selves, while indulging in some delicious food and yummy cocktails.]]><![CDATA[Gay Ex-Mormon Derek Kitchen Looks to Shake Up Utah Politics]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:45:13 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-116589283+%281%29+edited.jpgOn Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity’s fifth anniversary together on Oct. 10, 2012, they walked into the county clerk’s office here to sign up for a something like a marriage. Back then, Utah banned same-sex marriages, but progressive Salt Lake City offered “mutual commitment ceremonies” to gay couples — a sort of separate-but-unequal consolation prize with the few marriage benefits the city could protect, like hospital visitation rights.
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<![CDATA[Bert & Ernie Are a Gay Couple, Says Ex-Sesame Street Writer]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:25:36 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/berterniecouple.jpg

Ever since "Sesame Street" started in 1969, fans of all ages have grown to love two of the original characters, Bert and Ernie

And while there has long been speculation over the nature of their relationship, former "Sesame Street" writer Mark Saltzman confirmed in an interview with LGBTQ lifestyle website Queerty that the two are indeed a gay couple.

"I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked 'are Bert & Ernie lovers?' And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman shared with Queerty. "I didn't have any other way to contextualize them."

Saltzman explained that the duo is a reflection of his own same-sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman. He joked that he was Ernie while Arnold was Bert.

"I was already with Arnie when I came to 'Sesame Street.' So I don't think I'd know how else to write them, but as a loving couple," he explained. "I wrote sketches…Arnie's OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that's the Bert & Ernie dynamic."

"I will say that I would never have said to the head writer, 'oh, I'm writing this, this is my partner and me.' But those two, Snuffalupagus, because he's the sort of clinically depressed Muppet…you had characters that appealed to a gay audience," Saltzman continued. "And Snuffy, this depressed person nobody can see, that's sort of Kafka! It's sort of gay closeted, too."

Fans may also remember that in July 2013, The New Yorker magazine published an illustration of the two roomies shortly after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Yet despite Saltzman's declaration that the two are indeed a couple, on Tuesday the official Sesame Street Twitter account issued a statement contradicting their coupledom, saying they are "puppets" and "do not have a sexual orientation."

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<![CDATA['RuPaul’s Drag Race' Makes History at Emmys]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:02:47 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1035227058.jpg“RuPaul’s Drag Race” won big Monday at the 70th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
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<![CDATA[Cuba's New President Backs Same-Sex Marriage]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:05:41 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/173*120/Diaz-Canel-Cuba-entrevista.jpgCuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in his first interview since taking office in April that he supports a proposed change to the constitution to allow same-sex marriage.
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<![CDATA[SAVE Honors Young Professionals at Luminary Awards]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:10:34 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SAVE_Honors_Young_Professionals_at_Luminary_Awards.jpg

The foundation will honor those who are paving the way for equality this Thursday in Coral Gables. For more info, visit LuminaryAwards.com

<![CDATA[NBC 6 Hosts 'Will & Grace' Premiere Watch Party at Rosie's]]>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 16:07:53 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Will+and+Grace+Season+Premiere+Watch+Party+2018.jpg

The "Will & Grace" crew is back – and so is our official watch party.

Join NBC 6, along with Broward House and CAN Community Health, as we celebrate the award-winning show’s season premiere on Oct. 4th at 7 p.m. at Rosie’s Bar and Grill in Wilton Manors.

We’ll honor the hit comedy show’s revival and brand new season with giveaways, contests – and that’s right, honey – drink specials.

Will you celebrate with us? Click here for more details. 

<![CDATA[Boy, 9, Killed Himself After He Was Bullied for Being Gay: Mom]]>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:25:58 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/Leia-Rochelle-Pic-1.jpg

A 9-year-old boy killed himself in Denver last week, soon after the start of school. His mother says he'd been bullied after coming out as gay, NBC News reported.

Leia Pierce found the body of her fourth grader, Jamel Myles, on Thursday and unsuccessfully tried to revive him. He'd come out as gay this summer, she told the Denver Post, and told Denver NBC affiliate KUSA that he was being bullied for it.

“I lost a reason to breathe ... my heart, my sunshine, my son... he was being bullied and i didnt know. Not till it was to late," she wrote on a public Facebook post the next day.

On Monday, the school district sent a second statement addressing Myles' death, which was ruled a suicide, saying the district is "deeply committed to ensuring that all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or transgender status."

The Trevor Project offers multiple resources for LGBTQ youth in crisis, including the TrevorLifeline, a nationwide, 24/7 crisis and suicide lifeline: 866-488-7386. Anyone in crisis can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting "Home" to 741741.

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<![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride Gets Makeover for 2019]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:48:48 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Miami_Beach_Gay_Pride_Gets_Makeover_for_2019.jpg

Executive Director Dave Cook talks about the new name and new look for the upcoming year.

<![CDATA[Vermont Governor Faces Transgender Opponent]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:22:24 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hallquist-th.jpg

A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor. Christine Hallquist is challenging Republican Governor Phil Scott.

<![CDATA[Yankees Could Become Lone Team Not to Host LGBTQ Pride Night]]>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 22:25:31 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070518billybeanpride.jpg

About two years after the New York Mets hosted their first LGBTQ pride night, the New York Yankees have still yet to hold a comparable event. They’re the only team in Major League Baseball that hasn’t hosted a pride night and doesn’t have one scheduled, according to NBC News.

This week, the Los Angeles Angels announced plans to host an LGBTQ pride night in June 2019. They were the only other team in the 30-team league that hadn’t hosted or scheduled a pride night.

“It's going to be real hard to look in the mirror and see themselves as the only team in Major League Baseball that is not holding a Pride Night,” David Kilmnick, CEO of the LGBT Network, a New York-based nonprofit, told NBC News.

A Yankees spokesman told The New York Times last year that while the team may shy away from public events that support the LGBTQ community, it does work behind the scenes to advance inclusivity, like working with organizations that support LGBTQ youth.

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<![CDATA[Lauren Foster Honored as Woman of Empowerment]]>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 22:24:26 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Lauren_Foster_Honored_as_Woman_of_Empowerment.jpg

The former Real Housewives of Miami star and transgender advocate updates us on what she has been doing since the show.

<![CDATA[Gay Father Defends Son Accused of Pride Hate Crime Beating]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 12:42:41 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062518+Gay+Attack+Follow.jpg

The gay father of one of the men accused of beating a gay couple after Miami Beach's Pride Parade in April is defending his son, arguing he did not act out of hate toward the LGBT community.

Juan Lopez, the father of Juan Carlos Lopez, said that he raised his son along with his partner of 15 years. Lopez said his son and his three friends have never attacked "any gay people."

"I’m sure 100 percent of that," he said, adding that his son respects "everybody in this community" and that he "loves LGBT."

In early June, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office released body camera footage of police responding to the incident shortly after the Pride Parade ended on April 8.

Video also shows the arrest of the four men charged in the alleged attack – Luis M. Alonso, 20, and 21-year-olds Lopez, Adonis Diaz and Pablo Reinaldo.

Prosecutors filed enhanced hate crime charges, arguing the suspects acted out of "animus" toward the LGBT community.

However, the suspect's lawyer, Dennis Gonzales, argues that "clearly, that's not the case."

"These kids grew up with their friend Juan – their father has been in a gay relationship the last 15 years. These kids have participated in that – that's at issue," the lawyer said.

According to police, Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were standing near public restrooms when they were randomly attacked.

According to an arrest report, the incident began when Logunov and Romo bumped into each other near the restrooms.

Police said the victims were called gay slurs in Spanish during the attack.

<![CDATA[What You Need To Know About Wilton Manors' Pride Festival]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:30:00 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FREE+TO+BE+ME.jpgThis weekend for the 19th year, the city of Wilton Manors is celebrating the historic Greenwich riots with the Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival, Fort Lauderdale’s largest LGBTQ event.

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<![CDATA[Wilton Manors Stonewall Gay Pride Festival This Weekend]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:29:08 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Wilton_Manors_Stonewall_Gay_Pride_Festival_This_Weekend.jpg

The ladies of 6 In The Mix sat down with one of the event's entertainment organizers, Kitty Meow, along with Yoli Mayor ahead of her performance Friday night.

<![CDATA[Why We Celebrate Stonewall Pride]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:28:40 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Why_We_Celebrate_Stonewall_Pride.jpg

Jen Herrera gives us a history lesson as to why we celebrate Wilton Manors Stonewall today.

<![CDATA[NYC Suspends Uber Driver's License for Booting Kissing Women]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:41:51 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/couple-kiss-diptych-0611.jpg

New York City has suspended the license of an Uber driver who booted two women after they kissed in his car.

A Taxi and Limousine Commission spokesman calls the driver's behavior "ridiculous." Allan Fromberg says it's 2018 and "this isn't the way we live any more."

It comes after Alex Iovine and Emma Pichl -- both in their 20s -- said they were kicked out of the car after exchaning a "peck" on the lips during a trip from Gowanus, Brooklyn, to Manhattan's East Village.

“We peck kissed, like I reached across and pecked kissed her,” said Iovine. “That’s how fast it was that’s why I say ‘pecked.’”

Iovine recorded what became a tense standoff with their driver as he tells them kissing is "illegal."

The two women retort, “Kissing is not illegal.”

The driver then replies, “You can’t do this in the car. You aren’t allowed to do this.” He goes on to say, “It’s disrespectful.”

Iovine and Pichl can then be heard getting upset and threaten to report the driver to both the police and Uber before the video ends.

“It turned into anger, which we are not proud of,” Iovine said. “We were just so overcome with emotions.”

Pichl added, “I’d say if he feels so uncomfortable with two girls pecking in the backseat then he shouldn’t be an Uber driver in New York City.”

The pair did report the driver to Uber afterward, and the company has launched an investigation and “will take the appropriate action.”

“Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination,” the company said in a statement.

The driver hasn't responded to requests for comment.

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<![CDATA[W Hotels Debut Travel Guide for LGBTQ Travelers]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:04:34 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-469934926.jpg

The number of vacation destinations where LGBTQ travelers can be themselves has grown exponentially over the last several years.

As part of W Hotels' platform to embrace inclusivity and equality of travelers worldwide, the international hotel chain is launching a series of curated online travel guides of historic and social destinations around the world that offers queer travelers the opportunity to explore locations that have shaped LGBTQ history.

The once scarce amount of cruises and tours that cater to gay travelers is now a routine getaway at many high-end hotels.

For over 20 years, W Hotels has advocated for the LGBTQ community and has marketed their brand to target gay travelers.

The hotel wants to evolve beyond pride festivals and rainbow flags, and create destinations within their own international brand for LGBTQ travelers to broaden their horizons with unexpected places that aren’t always the first that come to mind.

The first guide debuts June 6 on the W Hotels website and will release a series of guides with videos and editorial content throughout the year. The W Hotels in Mexico City, Istanbul, Atlanta and Brisbane are among the announced destinations that will have a virtual guidebook.

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<![CDATA[New Study Says Record Number of US Adults Identify as LGBT]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 17:26:32 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/gay+pride+flags.jpg

A record 4.5 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a new Gallup estimate. The percentage, which works out to more than 11 million U.S. adults, is up from 4.1 percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2012, the year Gallup first started tracking LGBT identification.

The increase was driven primarily by millennials, defined as those born between 1980 and 1999, according to the report’s findings. In 2012, 5.8 percent of this cohort answered “yes” when asked, "Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?” In the 2017 estimate, that numbered jumped 40 percent to 8.2 percent of millennials.

In contrast, Gallup found the LGBT-identification rate of older generations is steady. In this latest survey, 3.5 percent of Generation X respondents (those born between 1965 and 1979) identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; 2.4 percent of baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964); and 1.4 percent of traditionalists (born prior to 1946).

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<![CDATA[Transgender Migrant From Honduras Dies in U.S. Custody]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 16:46:28 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/transdetainee.jpg

A transgender Honduran woman, who was part of the caravan of Central American migrants that arrived at the U.S. border earlier this month, died in detention on Friday.

Roxana Hernandez, 33, died in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from what appeared to be cardiac arrest. Hernandez was first admitted to a hospital more than a week ago "with symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration, and complications associated with HIV," according to a statement from ICE.

Immigration officials identified the woman as Jeffry Hernandez, but LGBTQ rights advocates and caravan organizers said her name was Roxana.

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<![CDATA[Ultimate Miami Drag Queen Competition This Saturday]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 13:19:51 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Ultimate_Miami_Drag_Queen_Competition_This_Saturday.jpg

Johanna spoke with Athena Dion, the reigning champion, about his year's battle at Magic City Casino.

<![CDATA[Sephora Offers Free Makeup Classes for Transgender Community]]>Sun, 27 May 2018 07:22:53 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Sephora-GettyImages-536074149.jpg

Sephora announced earlier this week that it will begin offering makeup classes geared toward transgender and gender-nonbinary individuals at its locations across the United States, NBC News reported.

The beauty retailer is calling the complimentary classes, which are set to start in June, "Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community." The classes will be 90-minute sessions featuring personalized skincare advice, application techniques and complexion tips, designed for "clients of all gender expressions," according to a company press release.

The classes will be taught by “trans-sensitive instructors,” some of whom are part of the transgender community themselves, the company said. Aside from the classes, Sephora will upload how-to video tutorials, led by transgender Sephora beauty advisors, to its YouTube channel.

"Being trans has definitely made me look at beauty in a completely new way,"said Jayde Sandoval, a Sephora employee based in San Francisco. "I hope to teach my clients that there are many different options available to them. The beauty world can be extremely overwhelming at times, so I want to show them easy yet effective looks they can rock every day."

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<![CDATA[ICE Arrested Man During a Green Card Interview in January. His Husband Is Still Fighting for His Release]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 09:03:48 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Ivan+Martinez+Paul+Frame.JPG

Jose Ivan Nunez Martinez and his American husband, Paul Frame, thought they were walking into a routine green card interview in January. Instead, the 37-year-old Nunez Martinez, who was born in Michoacan, Mexico, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Nearly four months later, the pair is still fighting for Nunez Martinez's release. 

He has been detained at York County Prison without a bond hearing since Jan. 31. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia law firm DLA Piper LLP filed a legal complaint on behalf of the couple, calling for an end to Nunez Martinez’s detention.

“I am very worried for his well-being,” Frame said. “The level of anxiety and sadness that I feel when I think about him at the detention center or when I visit him is unreal.”

The couple first met in August 2014. Nunez Martinez had already been living in the United States for more than a decade working as a mechanic and janitor. Two years after meeting, Frame and Nunez Martinez got married. The freedom to do so was one of the driving factors behind his decision to emigrate from Mexico.

Nunez Martinez’s friend, also a gay man, was killed in 2001. That same year, Nunez Martinez fled to the border and only traveled back once in 2010 when his mother became ill. When he attempted to return, Nunez Martinez received an expedited removal order and was sent back to Mexico. He re-entered a few months later and ICE reinstated his prior order of expedited removal.

Nunez Martinez was apprehended during a mandatory interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for processing immigration and naturalization applications. Frame had already submitted a petition to make his husband a legal citizen, a fairly routine procedure that thousands of couples undergo after a foreign national marries an American citizen.

But before Nunez Martinez’s case was heard, ICE arrested him.

“When an individual has been ordered removed and is encountered by ICE, ICE reactivates the prior order,” Audrey Allen, one of the lawyers working on the case, told NBC News in February. 

Allen added that the only relief available to him would be a Withholding of Removal claim, which is similar to an asylum claim.

The couple believes they have a valid claim to keep Nunez Martinez in the U.S. Not only are they already married, but Nunez Martinez fears for his life if he were to return to Mexico.

“He thought he would be safer here in the U.S.,” Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said. “His detention is cruel and unjust, and it discourages people who have a legal path to staying here from pursuing it.”

Meanwhile, 49 foreign nationals were arrested in Philadelphia area in the past week, according to ICE. They include people from Jamaica, Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. 

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