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Saturday August 27th 2016



Canadian lesbian teen couple wins Prom King & Queen

Prom_Sara_Aisha_Hossein_Satari-280x280Joe Morgan posts on This gay teen couple, who won monarchy at prom, shows how the world is truly becoming a better place.

Sara Jahanzad and girlfriend Aisha Chettiar won king and queen at Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill, Ontario back in May.

Both aged 17 and together for two-and-a-half years, Sara and Aisha were the first same-sex couple to win the royal title at their school.

Leading up to prom, the two asked their friends to vote for them mainly because they thought it would be funny if Sara, the girl that wore the killer suit on prom night, won the role of ‘king’, while Aisha, the girl who wore the beautiful dress, won ‘queen’.

And they won by a huge margin.

‘Aisha and I were extremely excited we won. Honestly because I think it meant a lot to her,’ Sara told Gay Star News.

‘I’ve honestly always felt like an outsider at my school being one of the only open lesbian teenagers but tried to show people that its okay. And this was the most perfect moment to prove people wrong!

Aisha doesn’t talk much in front of big crowds but I’m a big talker and I love socializing so my tiny speech was about being yourself, and loving who you are, and my best friend.’

Sara said seeing Aisha happy was an ‘irreplaceable moment’.

‘We seemed to be the only people in the room at that moment, and there was so much adrenaline going through my system I don’t even know what song we danced to,’ she added.

Sara was originally given the crown and Aisha the tiara, but they decided to switch it up. ‘I told her it would be funny and frankly it wouldn’t matter because our gender really meant nothing that night,’ she said. ‘She liked the crown though, it fit her head better too!’

While both of them as out, Sara as lesbian and Aisha as pansexual, the 17-year-olds knew that many of the teachers and classmates in their school didn’t know if they were together.

‘It was a big moment and I saw lots of smiles like no one cared about what type of person we liked because we just seemed to like each other and that was enough,’ Sara added.

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Hospital won’t bill Pulse massacre survivors for care

The Pulse building

The Pulse building

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

Orlando Health and Florida Hospital will not bill survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre for out-of-pocket medical expenses, officials announced Wednesday. Instead, the hospitals will write off an estimated $5.5 million or more in care.

“The pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community,” Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong said. “During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support. This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward.”

Its main hospital — Orlando Regional Medical Center — treated 44 of the more than 50 victims who needed immediate medical attention from the June 12 attack that killed 49 people. The nightclub is only a couple of blocks from the Level 1 trauma center.

Nine of the Pulse patients died shortly after arriving at ORMC, and their families also will not be charged, hospital officials said. One victim remains hospitalized there.

At Orlando Health, bills will be sent to health insurers for patients who had coverage, but whatever those policies don’t cover will be absorbed by the hospital chain, said spokeswoman Kena Lewis.

LGBT news outlet box blown up in Salem, Mass.

salemPolice in Salem, Massachusetts are searching for a group of about seven people who placed an explosive device in a news box for the Rainbow Times, an LGBT friendly news outlet.

The explosion early on Tuesday morning was heard about a mile away.

Speaking to ABC, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who appeared on the cover of the latest issue of Rainbow Times, said:

“I am sad and upset about this incident, which based on the video surveillance footage appears to be targeting the Rainbow Times, an LGBT friendly news outlet.

“This cowardly attack runs contrary, not simply to that work, but to what it means to be a city whose very name means peace.

“We are a community that supports each other as neighbors and, even in the face of violence and hatred, today should be no different. Fear and hate may cloud the hearts of those committing this act, but it will never, ever characterize this community. Salem is the City of Peace.”

Publisher Gricel Ocasio added that new boxes will be set up across Salem.

“We are going to stay here,” said Ocasio. “This gives us more incentive to go ahead and promote not only the message of the paper, but the inclusion that this beautiful city is all about.”

The explosion is being treated as a hate crime. Read the full story on

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