The Pink Pegasus Is Disneyland’s Spin On The Unicorn Frappuccino

It’s only been a few days since Starbucks closed the curtain on its made-for-Instagram Unicorn Frappuccino, but the follow-up flavors are flowing. One Starbucks in California conjured up the Dragon Frappuccino, while another location is mixing up Unicorn Lemonades.

But perhaps the most magically inspired drink has come from Disneyland.

The Starbucks located at Downtown Disney, adjacent to the Disneyland theme park, in Anaheim, California, blended together the Pink Pegasus and served it as a store exclusive.

Named after the winged horse from Disney’s “Hercules,” this pink drink was created after the store ran out of ingredients for the Unicorn Frappuccino, according to E! News. Flavors in the Pink Pegasus included white mocha and raspberry.

It may have been missing the swirl of sour blue from the Unicorn Frapp, but it still looked just as pretty.

The Downtown Disney Starbucks doled out the Pink Pegasus over the weekend, but like all mythical creatures, it remains elusive as ever. An employee at the California coffee shop told HuffPost that the Pink Pegasus was no longer being served. 

If you missed the window of opportunity to try the magical blended drink, indulge in the FOMO below.

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Senate Democrats reintroduce bill to outlaw gay ‘cure’ therapy

Senate Democrats have re-introduced a bill which would federally ban the practice of gay ‘conversion’ therapy.

Lawmakers in the senate re-introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act.

It was brought back by Senators Patty Murray of Washington and Corey Booker of New Jersey.

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The reintroduction of the bill is part of new efforts to outlaw the practice of gay ‘cure’ or ‘conversion’ therapy across the US.

Senator Murray in a statement said the Trump administration’s attitude to LGBT+ issues is a reason the bill has been introduced.

“On this and so many other issues impacting the LGBTQ community, the Trump Administration has laid out a hateful, damaging agenda to undo hard-won progress, divide our communities, and hurt our friends, neighbours and family members just because of who they are or who they love,” Murray said in a statement.

The bill was introduced last year but died without a hearing.

“So-called ‘conversion therapy’ isn’t therapy at all,” Sen. Booker added in a statement.

“It’s a tortuous, fraudulent practice that has been repeatedly condemned by medical professionals and has no place in our country.”

The 2016 Republican National Convention appeared in its Platform to endorse the use of gay ‘conversion’ therapy, despite that it has been widely condemned.

“We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children,” the platform read.

But the chair of the Republican National Committee has denied that this is the case.

Earlier today it was reported that White House officials are still working on an anti-LGBT religious freedom order which was supposedly spiked earlier this year.

A draft executive order leaked from inside the White House last month that would actively permit religious discrimination against LGBT people.

The leaked order would protect people who discriminate based on “the belief that marriage is or should be recognised as the union of one man and one woman [or that] male and female refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy at birth”.

After the document leaked and sparked immediate protests, White House officials claimed it had been spiked – but there have been several indications it is being worked on, and is being re-drafted to make it less vulnerable to a legal challenge.

Earlier this month, a group of 18 Republican Senators and 51 Congresspeople signed letters urging Trump to sign the executive order.

The Republican Governor of New Mexico last month signed a bill into law which bans gay ‘cure’, or ‘conversion’ therapy for minors.

Conversion therapy has already been banned in California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington DC.

Gay conversion therapy is not illegal in the UK, but any medical professional found practicing it would be struck off by their professional body

Rubio condemns anti-gay violence in Chechnya after pushing anti-LGBT order

Marco Rubio, who recently urged President Trump to sign an anti-LGBT religious freedom order, has condemned violence against gay and bisexual men in Chechnya.

Respected newspaper Novaya Gazeta originally reported that gay men were being held in two concentration camp-style prisons in the region.

Reports initially centred on two jails in the villages of Argun and Tsotsi-Yurt.

President Kadyrov

However, journalists from the area today said they have uncovered evidence of a further four prisons, meaning there are at least six prisons in the region holding people because of their sexual orientation.

Marco Rubio, President Trump’s former competitor for the Republican Presidential nomination, has now spoken out against the violence.

“We should use our voice on the global stage to call attention to these horrifying acts and to ensure that they are condemned in an appropriate way, ultimately in the hopes that they will be stopped,” Rubio said Monday, according to the Washington Blade.

This comes despite him being among a group of Republican Senators who earlier in April publicly urged him to sign an anti-LGBT religious freedom order.

A draft executive order leaked from inside the White House earlier this year that would actively permit religious discrimination against LGBT people.

The leaked order would protect people who discriminate based on “the belief that marriage is or should be recognised as the union of one man and one woman [or that] male and female refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy at birth”.

Editors of the Russian newspaper have said they fear that the “entire staff” on the paper are at serious risk after they uncovered the gay purge in Chechnya.

The paper’s staff have said that hundreds of gay men had been detained and some killed in the region of Russia.

Since breaking the story the staff have received serious threats to their lives.

In a statement released by the editors of the paper, they detailed a meeting of over 15,000 people headed by Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s leader, reportedly accused the newspaper of libel and declared it and the staff “enemies of our faith and of our country”.

It comes after Britain’s deputy foreign secretary revealed a terrifying threat from President Kadyrov while taking an urgent question on the situation in parliament.

President Kadyrov

Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, told parliament: “Human rights groups report that these anti-gay campaigns and killings are orchestrated by the head of the Chechen republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.

“He has carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community.

“Sources have said that he wants the [LGBT] community eliminated by the start of Ramadan.”

The minister added: “Such comments, attitudes and actions are absolutely beyond contemptible.”

Bill to protect anti-LGBT adoption agencies reaches Governor of Alabama

The Governor of Alabama is being urged to veto a bill which would protect anti-LGBT adoption agencies which refuse to place children with gay parents.

The bill, HB24, was passed by the Alabama Senate last week, and was passed again by the House, after an amendment was added.

It would protect adoption agencies which claim that religious beliefs mean they can’t place children with gay couples, by stopping the state from refusing to licence them.

The sponsor of the bill, Republican Senator Bill Hightower, claims that the bill would protect the agencies and allow them to continue to place children in appropriate homes.

Apparently not realising the irony of his statement, Hightower said: “The need for adoption is so high. We need to have every avenue available.”

But the legislation has been criticised by Democratic Senators and the Human Rights Campaign who say it is thinly veiled discrimination.

“It isn’t in the best interest of the child to deny them a qualified loving family simply because that family doesn’t share all the tendencies of the placing agency’s faith,” Senator Rodger Smitherman said.

“Plain and simple — H.B. 24 is discrimination dressed up as a ‘solution’ to a fake problem,” said Eva Kendrick, HRC Alabama State Director.

“It creates an unnecessary hardship for potential LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents in Alabama and primarily harms the children looking for a loving home. It’s unfortunate that leaders continue to push this bill, even as child welfare organisations, faith leaders and fair-minded Alabamians are standing up and calling this bill out for what it is: discrimination. We now ask Governor Kay Ivey to not sign into law this harmful bill.”

The only out gay legislator in Alabama, Representative Patricia Todd says she thinks that those backing the legislation aren’t familiar with LGBT people and the issues they face.

“They make an assumption that all of us would be bad parents,” said Todd.

The Senate passed the bill with 23 votes to 9, and was largely passed with the backing of Republicans, and opposed by Democrats.

It is believed that the state’s Governor could sign the bill into law this week. She has not indicated whether she will use her veto or not.

Then it will go to Governor Kay Ivey who will have an opportunity to veto or sign the bill.

Other states like South Dakota, Michigan, North Dakota and Virginia have already passed similar legislation.

Former Governor Robert Bentley, who claimed that permitting gay people to marry would “undermine” civil society, stepped down earlier this month as impeachment hearings started against him.

A Republican-backed bill in Alabama in January would force public institutions to hire real-life bathroom police to guard mixed-use bathrooms.

The state was earlier this year ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs for losing a court case over same-sex marriage.

The Alabama Legislature Voted To Let Adoption Agencies Turn Away LGBT Parents

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The Alabama legislature approved a bill on Tuesday to protect adoption and foster care agencies that refuse a service based their religious beliefs, joining a body of conservative states that have countered growing rights for LGBT people with so-called religious freedom laws.

The bill echoes similar laws in Michigan and South Dakota, which critics — and some supporters — say are designed to let agencies to turn away prospective parents because they are gay or transgender.

The text of the bill, however, doesn’t mention LGBT people or same-sex marriage. Rather, the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act, as it’s titled, bans the state from penalizing or refusing to license an organization because it “declines to carry out an activity that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the agency.”

The bill, which has yet to be approved by the governor, applies to all child placement services, including those that receive state money.

It is not clear what effect the bill may have, given that the state doesn’t have a general LGBT nondiscrimination law.

Some child-placement providers already discriminate against LGBT people with impunity, Alex Smith, the board chair of the LGBT advocacy group Equality Alabama, told BuzzFeed News.

“We are aware that agencies are already doing this, but this bill will give discrimination the state’s seal of approval,” said Smith, whose group tried to block the bill along with the Equality Federation.

“We value the place that faith has in many people’s lives,” Smith added in a phone call, “but using one’s faith to discriminate against another person is wrong, and should not be made the law of the land.”

He added that most members of the Republican-controlled legislature “have refused to listen to what we have to say.”

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rich Wingo, who did not respond to questions from BuzzFeed News, told the bill is “not about prohibiting gay and lesbian couples from adopting or fostering a child.”

He said, rather, “It’s about protecting and not discriminating against faith-based agencies that, due to their religious beliefs, could have their right to choose where to place a child taken away from them.”

Introduced as House Bill 24, the measure was approved by the House in March and by the Senate this month. The House voted 87 to 0 on Tuesday to concur with an amendment in the Senate, thereby sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey, who can sign the bill into law or allow it to become law by taking no action.

Yet Smith was also hopeful that Gov. Ivey may try to dial back the bill by inserting an amendment to ban publicly funded agencies from discriminating on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Both chambers of the state legislature would need to concur with the amendment.