Some news stories you might have missed:
• The Advocate: A man has been charged with threatening to destroy a Pride flag displayed at a shopping mall in Massachusetts. He said he would shoot down and burn the flag if it were not removed within three days.
• NBC News: A third and final suspect was arrested in connection with the homicides of two men who were drugged, robbed and killed in separate incidents after visits to New York City gay bars last year.
A third and final suspect has been arrested in connection with the homicides of two men who were drugged, robbed and killed in separate incidents following visits to New York City gay bars last year, officials tell @NBCNews. https://t.co/03xxCWgxjM
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 17, 2023
• Back2Stonewall: A gay couple were reportedly attacked and beaten in Times Square by 4 men. Although the area was full of people, the victims say no one intervened to help.The two men were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where one needed to have a metal plate put into his fractured jaw.
• Washington Post: Nope, we’re not crazy. At least 29 bills targeting LGBTQ rights that have become law in 14 states so far this year — already surpassing last year’s record high of 20 such bills that became law in 12 states.
Since January, state legislators have introduced more than 400 anti-trans bills — more than the number introduced in the previous four years combined.https://t.co/UDCy3S0aoQ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 17, 2023
• Washington Blade: The National Assembly of Hungary last week approved legislation that included a provision for citizens to anonymously report on same-sex couples who are raising children.
• Variety: The Writers Guild of America has passed a strike authorization vote with 97.85% voting in favor, giving union leadership the power to call a strike. The WGA is seeking a reworking of writer compensation, including an increase in minimums and a better formula for residuals on streaming platforms.
The Writers Guild of America has passed a strike authorization vote with 97.85% voting in favor, giving union leadership the power to call a strike once the contract expires on May 1. https://t.co/SeKHSGznj4
— Variety (@Variety) April 17, 2023