Indiana man pleads not guilty for taking weapons to Indiana Pride

Gay community left out of Pulse remembrance announcement

Snickers and Gay Star News tell LGBT community to ‘be who you are’


An Indiana man who told police he was headed to a gay pride event in California and was found with a loaded assault rifle and chemicals mixed and ready to explode in his car has pleaded not guilty to weapons charges.


James Wesley Howell, of Charlestown, Indiana, was also charged Tuesday with possessing a destructive device. His attorney declined to comment.


Authorities say Howell was stopped in Santa Monica in July with a loaded AR-15 rifle and magazines rigged to allow shots to be fired in quick succession.


They say he also had 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode.

Howell said he was going to a gay pride event in West Hollywood.


Howell was arrested the same day 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Florida.


Gay community left out of Pulse remembrance announcement


In revealing plans to commemorate the lives lost in the June 12 massacre at Pulse nightclub, neither Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer nor Orange Mayor Teresa Jacobs explicitly mentioned the gay community in announcing “Orlando United Day,” something seenas a glaring error given that the attack targeted a gay nightclub.


In a statement, Dyer defended his commitment to supporting the LGBTQ and otherminority communities but did not directly explain the omission.


Jacobs also issued a statement saying any offense that resulted from the 44-second video posted to YouTube on Monday was unintended.


Pulse was an LGBTQ safe space, making its impact on the local gay community more acute.


Snickers and Gay Star News tell LGBT community to ‘be who you are’


Snickers is sponsoring Gay Star News’s new Gay Star Support section, which carries resources to help those in the LGBT+ community who are struggling, telling the stories of people who have been through tough times and who now want to help others.


The Mars-owned chocolate brand will use its own online advertising to carry the “be who you are” message.


Michele Oliver, Mars Chocolate UK’s vice-president of marketing, said that Snickers wanted to “promote friendship” and the “support network we all give each other”.


She said that’s what the Snickers brand stands for: good friendship, camaraderie and being the best version of yourself.


The tie-up has been welcomed by London mayor Sadiq Khan and minister for women, equalities and early years, Caroline Dinenage.


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