Pro Hockey Player Refuses To Wear Pride Night Jersey + More News

National Hockey League player Ivan Provorov opted to skip part of the Philadelphia Flyers’ annual Pride Night on Tuesday, sitting out warmups over a disagreement over a rainbow jersey, as well as rainbow-colored sticks and pucks to be auctioned at the end of the night.
Philadelphia Flyers’ Ivan Provorov (screen capture)

Some news items you might have missed:

The Daily Beast: National Hockey League player Ivan Provorov opted to forego part of the Philadelphia Flyers’ annual Pride Night on Tuesday, refusing to wear a Pride Night jersey to be auctioned at the end of the night. Members of the Tampa Bay Rays did the same last summer.

NBC News: North Dakota’s House Majority Leader Mike Lefor has introduced a bill that would ban books from public libraries (not just school libraries) that include mentions of sexual orientation and gender identity calling them “disturbing and disgusting.”

The Jewish Forward: Initially, George Santos falsely claimed his mother died in the 9/11 attacks. Then he walked it back saying she was in the South Tower during the attack, but died from the ash cloud 15 years later. Documents now show she wasn’t even in New York on 9/11.

LGBTQ Nation: Dutch lawmakers voted Tuesday to expand Article 1 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to explicitly include bans on discrimination based on sexual orientation and disability.

Political Flare: Former First Lady Melania Trump is apparently miffed that her her “deliberate styling of the furniture and accessories” during her time in the White House has been “significantly rearranged.”

OUT: In a recent episode of the Frosted Tips with Lance Bass podcast, Jonathan Knight opened up to Bass and Joey Fatone about the pressures he felt to remain closeted during his band’s early years. His manager reportedly told him his career – and the New Kids on the Block’s career – would be over if he came out.