‘Straight Pride’ parade organizers hit with glitter

BOSTON — The organizers of Boston’s upcoming “Straight Pride” parade received suspicious packages that turned out to be filled with glitter. CNN reported that the FBI and Massachusetts state police are investigating. From CNN:
At least three parade organizers received envelopes in the mail with no return address, one of the organizers, Samson Racioppi, said. Racioppi is part of the group Super Happy Fun America, which has applied for a permit to host a “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston in August. He told CNN he discovered the envelope in his mailbox around 1:30 p.m. Monday and called the police because of its strange appearance.

Welp, ‘Straight Pride’ got parade permits in Boston

BOSTON — The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday that the announced “Straight Pride Parade” had gotten permits from the city. The organizers, Super Happy Fun America, got approval for a parade on Aug. 31 from noon to 3 p.m. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had told the newspaper that the city couldn’t deny the permits based on a disagreement with the organizers’ values. The Globe said that Walsh would not be attending the parade. Milo Yiannopoulos is the “mascot and grand marshal” for the event.

Candidate wants to restore benefits to vets discharged under ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

BOSTON — U.S. Rep Seth Moulton, a Democrat from Massachusetts running for president, has said he wants to restore benefits to veterans discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The Hill reported that Moulton announced a plan to return the benefits on Thursday. The congressman told the website that more than 100,000 LGBTQ service members missed out on veterans benefits such as the GI Bill because they were less-than-honorably discharged under the policy. Started during the Clinton presidency, the policy was supposed allow LGBTQ people to serve in the military as long as they didn’t declare their orientation and the military was not supposed to ask about orientation. It was supposed to be a “lighter” version a ban on LGBTQ people in the military.

Straight ‘Pride’ parade coming to Boston. Twitter had an opinion.

BOSTON — A guy named Mark Sahady announced in a Facebook post that he had actually gotten permits for a “Straight Pride Parade” sometime this summer. According to Boston website Caught in Southie, they even have a website set up, complete with straight pride flag. Caught in Southie’s reaction was mostly “Wait, for real? Are you nuts?” Buzzfeed reported that Boston officials were denying the group had received any permits.

Mayor Pete jumps to third in Democratic field with new poll

BOSTON — A new poll of the Iowa caucus has Pete Buttigieg, the out gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., in third place, just a head of California Sen. Kamala Harris. The Emerson Poll had former Vice President Joe Biden in first place with 25% and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 24%. The poll was released on Monday. Spencer Kimball, director of the Emerson Poll said in a release that “the biggest surprise in this poll is Mayor Pete, last week we saw him inching up in our national poll, and now he’s in double digits in Iowa, America is going to be asking who is ‘Mayor Pete’?”

In a January Iowa poll, prior to many candidates’ announcements, Biden led with 29%, followed by Harris,who had made her announcement just prior to the poll, at 18%, and Sanders, who had not yet formally declared, at 15%. Mayor Pete Buttigieg was polling at 0%. 

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Mutual of Omaha will now cover PrEP after lawsuit

BOSTON — The Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company will now cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescriptions for their clients. The announcement came from GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defender (GLAD). From GLAD:
The parties have reached a settlement in the lawsuit Doe v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company (United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts) that challenged Mutual’s policy of declining applicants who take the medication Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (known as “PrEP) from long-term care insurance. Mutual of Omaha has revised its underwriting guidelines and no longer declines long term care insurance applicants solely on the basis that an applicant takes Truvada as PrEP for HIV prevention. Mutual will issue a long-term care insurance policy to the plaintiff, who proceeded under the pseudonym John Doe.