<![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, 17 Jun 2018 22:20:33 -0400Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:20:33 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[What You Need To Know About Wilton Manors' Pride Festival]]>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 21:17:25 -0400https://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 14:29:08 -0400https://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 14:28:40 -0400https://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 12:41:51 -0400https://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 11:04:34 -0400https://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 18:26:32 -0400https://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).

Click here to read more. 

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<![CDATA[Transgender Migrant From Honduras Dies in U.S. Custody]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 17:46:28 -0400https://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 14:19:51 -0400https://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 08:22:53 -0400https://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 10:03:48 -0400https://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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<![CDATA[Hate Crime Added to Charges in South Beach Gay Beating Case]]>Thu, 10 May 2018 18:52:29 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041118+Pablo+Reinaldo+Romo+Juan+Lopez+Adonis+Diaz+Luis+Alonso.jpg

The four men accused of beating up a gay couple on South Beach after last month's gay pride parade in an attack that was caught on camera are now facing enhanced hate crime charges, it was announced Thursday.

Luis M. Alonso, 20, and 21-year-olds Juan C. Lopez, Adonis Diaz and Pablo Reinaldo Romo were initially charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery, but Miami-Dade prosecutors filed the enhanced aggravated battery with prejudice hate crime charges Thursday morning.

The suspects also had their bond amounts increased under the new charges.

According to police, Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were standing near public restrooms in the 500 block of Lummus Park when they were randomly attacked by the four men on April 8, shortly after the pride parade ended.

"We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people," said Logunov.

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. They started to run away and were chased by the suspects and punched repeatedly, police said.

Helmut Muller Estrada, a good Samaritan who tried to break up the attack, was also punched and had to be hospitalized.

The four suspects surrendered to police two days later. They were released from jail after posting bail.

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<![CDATA[Pulse Survivor Says He Is No Longer Gay, Has Found Christ]]>Wed, 02 May 2018 10:55:33 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pulse-site.jpg

A survivor of the June 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead now says he has found Christ and is no longer gay, NBC News reported

“I should have been number 50!,” Luis Javier Ruiz said in a message posted to Facebook. “Going through old pictures of the night of Pulse, I remember my struggles of perversion, heavy drinking to drown out everything and having promiscuous sex that led to HIV. My struggles were real! The enemy had its grip, and now God has taken me from that moment and has given me Christ.”

Ruiz shared this revelation just ahead of the Freedom March, to be held May 5 in Washington, NBC News reported. The event bills itself as a “celebration of freedom from homosexuality and transgenderism” and is organized by Voice of the Voiceless, a group with religious ties who says its mission is “to defend the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, and their families,” according to its website.

The controversial practice of trying to change one’s sexual orientation or gender identity is often referred to as “conversion therapy.” A long list of health organizations have spoken out against the medically debunked practice.

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<![CDATA[Support for Same-Sex Marriage Grows Sharply in US: Survey]]>Wed, 02 May 2018 08:49:40 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_92680170-pride.jpg

In every major ethnic and racial group, support for same-sex relationships has risen sharply in the last five years, according to a major new survey.

NBC News reports that more than 6 in 10 Americans told the American Values Atlas that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, up from 52 percent in 2013. Now, a majority of black Americans signaled approval, with conservative Republicans remaining the main holdouts.

The survey was conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 1.2 percent.

"At a time when Americans are more divided than ever, the sea change in support for LGBT rights that now crosses lines of race, ethnicity, religion and geography means that LGBT rights are becoming one of the few areas of public agreement," PRRI research director Dan Cox said.

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<![CDATA[Unity Coalition Promoting Equality Inspiration at Event]]>Tue, 01 May 2018 13:33:27 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Unity_Coalition_Promoting_Equality_Inspiration_at_Event.jpg

John Buckley from Unity Coalition talked to Johanna about the 4th annual Elevate – a day of workshops, tools, and inspiration for being nicer. For more info, visit www.unitycoalition.com

<![CDATA[LGBTQ Teens Create First 'Rainbow' Prom in West Virginia ]]>Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:47:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Gay+pride+celebrated+in+Berlin+two+woman+hoplding+hands.jpg

For many teens the prom is the epitome of their high school experience. But for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer, it can be a challenge to feel like they belong. This year, some West Virginia students decided to start a new tradition: The Rainbow Formal, the state’s first dance for LGBTQ youth.

Last weekend’s event drew students from at least 10 counties to the student union at West Virginia State University. One of them, 15-year-old Steve Sartin from Mingo County, managed the jitters while adjusting his rainbow suspenders and rainbow Converse sneakers.

“I’ve never actually been to a dance with others before - like a big dance like this. And I’m kinda nervous that I’m going to embarrass myself,” said Steve, who is gay. “I know deep down inside myself I’m not doing to, but there’s that little anxiety that’s pushing up against me. But it’s gonna go away.”

Read more at NBC News here

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<![CDATA[4th Annual Diversity Honors Gala Takes Place Friday]]>Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:49:35 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/4th_Annual_Diversity_Honors_Gala_Takes_Place_Friday.jpg

The event kicks off Harvey Milk Day events across the nation and benefits the Harvey Milk Foundation. Johanna spoke with Milk's nephew, Stuart. For more info, visit milkfoundation.org

<![CDATA[In a First, 2020 Census to Count Same-Sex Couples]]>Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:57:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SJ_Sues_Trump_Administration_Over_Census_Question.jpg

The U.S. Census Bureau recently submitted to Congress its planned questions for the 2020 census, and for the first time ever, the decennial survey is expected to allow respondents to specify that they are part of a same-sex couple.

"As our population and communities change, so do their needs," a Census Bureau spokesperson told NBC News via email. "To better collect more detailed data about types of coupled households, the Census Bureau expanded the single response option of ‘husband or wife’ or ‘unmarried partner’ to the two response options of ‘opposite-sex husband/wife/spouse’ and ‘same-sex husband/wife/spouse,’ and ‘opposite-sex unmarried partner’ and ‘same-sex unmarried partner.'"

The spokesperson said the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage across the U.S., "furthered the need" to revise the survey to include same-sex couples.

Read more at here at NBCNews.com.

<![CDATA[U.S. Unsafe for AIDS Conference, Activists Say]]>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:24:14 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/022309+AIDS+HIV+Ribbon.jpg

After George Ayala learned last month that San Francisco and Oakland had been chosen to co-host the International AIDS Conference in 2020, he quickly published a statement of disapproval.

Ayala, an Oakland-based AIDS advocate, does not want the conference in his own city — or anywhere else in the United States, for that matter.

His statement of opposition and a second one drafted by colleagues at other AIDS organizations have been co-signed by hundreds of organizations and individuals in the United States and around the world.

Their biggest concern: long-standing U.S. visa policies will prevent many of the people most affected by AIDS and HIV, including drug users and sex workers who live in other countries, from attending the conference. They also worry about new restrictions affecting travel from Muslim countries.

Click here for more at NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Booker Questions Pompeo on Gay Marriage Stance]]>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:35:49 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/booker_pompeo.jpg

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., criticized CIA Director Mike Pompeo's public stance against gay marriage during Pompeo's confirmation hearing for Secretary of State.

<![CDATA[Trinidad and Tobago Set to Decriminalize Homosexuality]]>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:55:28 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-gay-rights-01.jpg

Trinidad and Tobago is set to decriminalize homosexuality after a high court judge ruled Thursday that the Caribbean nation’s colonial-era law banning gay sex is unconstitutional.

“The court declares that sections 13 and 16 of the [Sexual Offenses Act] are unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid and of no effect to the extent that these laws criminalise any acts constituting consensual sexual conduct between adults,” Justice Devindra Rampersad wrote in his ruling.

Section 13 of the country’s Sexual Offenses Act states that a person who engages in “buggery” — another term for anal sex — could face up to 25 years in prison. Section 16 states that an individual who “commits an act of serious indecency” — defined as an act “other than sexual intercourse” involving the “use of the genital organ for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire” —could face 5 years in prison.

Get More at NBCNews.com

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<![CDATA[Suspects in Beating of Gay Couple on South Beach Leave Jail]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:04:45 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041118+Pablo+Reinaldo+Romo+Juan+Lopez+Adonis+Diaz+Luis+Alonso.jpg

The suspects seen on video attacking a gay couple on South Beach after last weekend's gay pride parade were taken into police custody after turning themselves in Tuesday, officials said.

Miami Beach Police confirmed that the four men who were sought in the assault surrendered through their attorney around 5:30 p.m. They were identified by police as Luis M. Alonso, 20, and 21-year-olds Juan C. Lopez, Adonis Diaz and Pablo Reinaldo Romo.

Records showed the men were charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery. All four left jail Wednesday morning without speaking with reporters.

"It happened on a day of celebration, Gay pride day on Miami Beach which is an opportunity for people to celebrate who they are and be who they want to be. And then to be unexpectedly attacked, brutally, very violent attack and then they fled is just shameful, it’s intolerable, it’s despicable," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said. "Fortunately there was a tape."

According to police, Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were standing near public restrooms in the 500 block of Lummus Park when they were randomly attacked by the four men Sunday.

"We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people," said Logunov.

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. They started to run away and were chased by the suspects and punched repeatedly, police said.

"Obviously it is despicable, obviously our city takes it seriously, obviously we are going to do everything we can to investigate it and I think this committee is an appropriate place to discuss it," Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said at Tuesday's meeting of the city's LGBTQ advisory panel.

Helmut Muller Estrada, a good Samaritan who tried to break up the attack, was also punched and had to be hospitalized.

"I was angry, a lot of people standing around doing nothing. It sucks, man, that we live in a society where they're judged based on sexual orientation," Estrada said Tuesday. "I just wanted to help."

Miami Beach Police said the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office will decide if the hate crime enhancement will be added to the charges.

"There’s a state statute that allows these kinds of aggressive behaviors, these attacks, these beatings to be enhanced. It moves it from a second degree felony to a first degree felony," Fernandez Rundle said.

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<![CDATA[Gay Couple Attacked on South Beach After Pride Parade: Cops]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:30:32 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040918+gay+attackers.jpg

Police are searching for four men who allegedly assaulted a gay couple and a good Samaritan on South Beach Sunday after the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade.

According to police, Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were standing near restrooms on the 500 block of Lummus Park, when they were randomly attacked by four men.

Police said the men were being called gay slurs in Spanish during the attack. They started to run away and were being chased by the suspects. That’s when a good Samaritan, who was identified as Helmut Muller Estrada, tried to break up the attack.

"What you see on the video continues. And it continues once they are on the ground and they continue to be attacked and violently punched," said Ernesto Rodriguez of Miami Beach police. 

Estrada was hit and knocked to the ground and was injured. He was taken to the hospital for observation.

Chalarca and Logunov, who are a couple, were also injured in the attack.

"We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people," said Logunov.

The attack took place Sunday afternoon, the same day as the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade.

"This was the first time that I go to this type of event, and of course it got me overwhelmed like, 'Why, why us? Why is this happening, especially here in Miami?" said Chalarca. 

Police are now searching for the four men. Anyone with information about their identities are being asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Alaskans Vote 'No' on Anti-Transgender 'Bathroom Bill']]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 21:43:10 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-688309470.jpg

Nearly 53 percent of voters in Anchorage, Alaska, cast their ballots in opposition to a proposition that would have required transgender people to use public facilities that match the sex on their birth certificates.

The historic April 3 election, conducted primarily through mail-in-ballots, was the first time U.S. citizens directly voted on a so-called transgender “bathroom bill.”

“Anchorage voters refused to succumb to hate and bigotry by rejecting this discriminatory, anti-transgender ballot measure.Community leaders, businesses, faith leaders, and public officials all spoke out in support of equality,” Chad Griffin, president of national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement sent to NBC News.

The unofficial results, which will be certified on April 17, came as a relief to Anchorage transgender activist Lillian Lennon.

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<![CDATA[Mother's Day Luncheon]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 21:05:37 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mother_s_Day_Luncheon.jpg

The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition is hosting their annual Mother's Day Luncheon and you're invited!

<![CDATA['Love is Love': Scenes From 10th Annual Gay Pride Parade]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:35:08 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/040718BUS.jpg]]><![CDATA[2018 NBC 6 Pride List ]]>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:15:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/040818+pride+list.png

In honor of Miami Beach Gay Pride celebrating its 10th anniversary this past week, NBC 6 profiled six movers and shakers in the LGBTQ community.

Steve Adkins – President, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Liebe Gadinsky – National LGBTQ Task Force

Tiffany Fantasia – Entertainer

Dra. Ana Maria Polo – Host, Caso Cerrado

Matti Bower – Former Mayor of Miami Beach

Juan Sanchez – LGBTQ Liason, Miami Beach Police Department

<![CDATA[NBC 6 Pride List: Liebe Gadinsky]]>Sat, 07 Apr 2018 12:44:14 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_100000006343087_1200x675_1205255235537.jpg

NBC 6 Pride talks to Liebe Gadinsky, of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

<![CDATA[NBC 6 Pride List: Tiffany Fantasia]]>Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:29:05 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_100000006331752_1200x675_1204674627872.jpg

Sobe Entertainer Tiffany Fantasia speaks with NBC 6 Pride.

<![CDATA[NBC 6 Pride: Miami Beach Gay Pride Overview]]>Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:25:40 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NBC_6_Pride__Miami_Beach_Gay_Pride_Overview.jpg

Roxanne Vargas gives us a glimpse of what to expect on the sands of South Beach during the 10th anniversary of Miami Beach Gay Pride taking place through April 8.

<![CDATA[NBC 6 Pride List - Dr. Ana Maria Polo]]>Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:35:03 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_100000006328489_1200x675_1204462659873.jpg

Dr. Ana Maria Polo, host of Caso Cerrado, today on NBC 6 Pride.

<![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride Celebrates Equality For 10th Year]]>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:51:06 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/186*120/040618+miami+beacg+gay+pride.jpg

Diversity, unity, equality, love.

It's is the biggest celebration of the spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community as Miami Beach Gay Pride takes over the city this weekend.

In its 10th year, the celebration has been stepped up from a startup neighborhood event to a global event welcoming the biggest names in Hollywood to perform and serve as Grand Marshalls.

Stars ranging from Miami’s own Gloria Estefan to actor Mario Lopez, radio hots Elvis Duran will be joined by the 2018 Grand Marshall, seven time world champion and silver Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy.

Kenworthy will be part of Sunday’s world famous grand pride parade down historic Ocean Drive. Officials expect the number of attendees to top 2017, when over 130,000 LGBTQ members and allies came out for the festivities.

The events start Friday with several sold out events, including the VIP Gala at teh Faena Forum on Collins Avenue. Saturday will include events for LGBTQ youth and the Beach Party Festival Village in Lummus Park starting at noon.

Starting at noon Sunday, Pride celebrates a day "out" in the boldest, biggest most colorful way. NBC 6 and Telemundo 51, the first sponsors of Miami Beach Gay Pride, is proud to back the community again in its 10th year.

For a complete list of events, click on this link.

<![CDATA[NBC 6 Hosts Will & Grace Season Finale Watch Party at The Palace]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 21:54:05 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/040518+will+and+grace+.JPG]]><![CDATA[Pulse Survivors Sue Social Media Sites, Claim They Aid ISIS]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:07:58 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5395476301.jpg

Over a dozen survivors of the 2016 deadly mass shooting inside the Pulse nightclub are suing social media sites Facebook and Twitter, as well as Google-owned YouTube, accusing the tech companies of “aiding and abetting” the terror group ISIS.

The lawsuit, filed by 16 survivors in federal court in Orlando on Wednesday, claims the sites helped support and profited from the terrorist group by placing ads on ISIS posts and "deriving revenue for those ads," according to NBC affiliate WESH-TV.

"Without defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” the suit claims, noting ISIS promoted and carried out "terror activities" on the platforms.  

The lawsuit also claims that the social media giants allowed ISIS and its media arm to "openly maintain" accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, while refusing to actively monitor or block them. But months before the Orlando attack, Twitter began taking steps to crack down on extremist content, announcing in Feburary 2016 that it was shutting down more than 125,000 accounts.

On Thursday, Twitter reported that over 1.2 million accounts had been suspended since August 2015 for violations related to the promotion of terrorism. The company's public policy report also noted that of the 274,460 accounts suspended during the reporting period of July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 , 93 percent were flagged internally and 74 percent of those accounts were suspended before their first tweet.

"We continue to see the positive, significant impact of years of hard work making our site an undesirable place for those seeking to promote terrorism, resulting in this type of activity increasingly shifting away from Twitter," the social media site said in a blog post.

YouTube said in an emailed statement to NBC that the company takes its role in tackling extremism online "very seriously," and "never want terrorists to have a voice, or spread extremist material on our services."

"Our hearts go out to the victims of terrorism and their families everywhere," the statement added.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Facebook said that the platform uses photo, video and text-based technology to flag and remove any content that expresses support for terrorist activities. 

“We are committed to providing a service where people feel safe when using Facebook. There is no place on Facebook for groups that engage in terrorist activity or for content that expresses support for such activity, and we take swift action to remove this content when it’s reported to us. We sympathize with the victims and their families,” the statement read.  

Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured dozens more at the popular gay nightclub in Orlando in the early morning hours of June 12. During the attack, Mateen called 911 and told the operator that he pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Mateen was killed in a shootout with police. 

A similar lawsuit filed in 2016 by families of victims and survivors was dismissed last week. A Michigan judge ruled that there was no legal merit to claims that Mateen became radicalized by items he found online.

The ruling came the same day Mateen's widow, Noor Salmen, was found not guilty of aiding and abetting her husband and obstruction of justice.

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