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Many Navy soldiers must be chuckling after they decided to name a "replenishment oiler" for Harvey Milk. But it's true, the US Navy announced the names of a number of new ships for civil rights leaders, including the one pictured above.

His namesake ship will keep the fleet lubed up!
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First out Italian Olympian
More LGBTIQ-ness from the Olympics as Rachele Bruni became the first openly gay Italian Olympian, dedicating her silver medal to her girlfriend. Meanwhile the deplorable Nico Hines sex "expose" and failure of NBC sports coverage received more condemnation from the Washington Post.
Cher in Ptown
This wknd Cher is cameoing at 2 political events (with guess who!) if you are going all-in financially this year, these are the best opportunities either in the Pines or join me in Provincetown. Also Sept 9 Barbara Streisand will headline another event at the Cipriani on Wall Street. Meanwhile Trump is rallying with anti-gay evangelicals this week.
Justin Trudeau Marches in Montreal
Sunday Canadian PM Justin Trudeau marched again in Montreal Pride. This weekend is the close of Ptown Carnival (sadly just as I arrive for my first time there!) as well as Pride in Copenhagen & Glasgow. Looking ahead this fall don't forget to make plans for Sept 25 Folsom St Fair in SF, Atlanta Pride and OutFest in Philly Oct 9.

Female world news reporter  World News

The UK's Independent gave internet air time to Iraqi LGBTIQ activist Amir Ashour, leader of IraQueer - take a listen to his take on the struggles of gay Muslims.

This time gays he didn't blame the LGBTIQ community for a natural disaster: After Louisiana floods destroyed Tony Perkins' home, leader of the anti-gay US-based Family Research Council, he said god sent them to send us to the next level of spirituality.

The Obama administration issued a directive to require transgender access to bathrooms in all US federal buildings nationwide and Target planned to spend $20 million to create single-occupancy gender-neutral bathrooms in all of its stores.

  Travel

Another gay bar bites the dust in London - Queen's Head bar will close its doors on Sept 6 - but there's hope, Yard Bar is winning against redevelopers and will remain unaltered! But be safe out there - Syphilis cases are up 163 percent in Britain's capital.

Thailand was hit by another bombing targeting its tourism industry in southern beaches, but like the last explosion in Bangkok, the investigation will likely be charged with politics.

Uncover LGBT history in this all-inclusive tour of San Francisco from the NYT.

Champagne Icon  Events

NYC. Join me tonight at an I'm From Driftwood fundraiser, Eden Sundown Social at the Starliner.

Pines. Enjoy Low Tea with Cher to support Hillary on Saturday, Aug 20.

P-town. Join Cher and Hillary for an exciting fundraising event in the Cape Sunday, Aug 21.

Upcoming! NYC. Join me at this summer's second big international LGBTIQ event again at Bamboo 52. OutRight hosts its second summer mixer August 25th.

Upcoming! Pines. Join Immigration Equality for a $50 fundraiser to support the work ensuring asylum seekers and LGBTIQ immigrants are treated fairly Aug 27.

Upcoming! Thinking about travel this fall? Join me at the Montpellier InterPride World & European Conference October 13-16. Check it out and also email me if you're interested in attending (I think it's a great excuse to see this beautiful French town.

  Featured Tours & Trips

Get to P-town yet this summer? Labor day is your chance! Right now there are still spots available to stay in the perfect central location, right on the main Wharf! This 4 bedroom home is available from August 27- Sept 6. Email to inquire today!
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