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July 2017 Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!



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Micah Porter Sr., Out Athletic Director at Northfield High School in Colorado
… for writing arguably the most beautiful and powerful Father’s Day letter ever written from a gay dad to his gay son following their shared march in the recent Denver Pride Parade. To read it in its entirety go to

… for featuring transgender voguer Leiomy Maldonado in its latest Be True ad. Known as the Wonder Woman of Vogue, Maldonado is the first transgender woman to compete on America’s Best Dance Troupe. The video narration says: “Which angels gave you their wings? Which skies have you flown? Go ahead, fly.”

Los Angeles Dodgers
 … for having both the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA and the Trans Chorus of LA accompany actress and athlete Dot Marie Jones in singing the National Anthem at the Dodgers LGBT Night last month. Jones’ character on the TV show “Glee,” coach Shannon Beiste, transitioned to a man on the series.


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World OutGames Miami Organizers
 … for lack of fiscal responsibility and due diligence, waiting until the last minute to cancel the opening and closing ceremonies and most of the sports competitions when financial problems were seen early on. It left many athletes stranded, paying double for lodging and angry, and Miami Beach authorities opening a fraud investigation.








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