Isn't It Queer

By Jonny Gray | LGBTQ News items

Why 2016 was the deadliest year ever for the LGBTQ community

Shutterstock<p>A disturbing new report out Monday — exactly one year after the massacre at Pulse — reveals an alarming increase in violence against the …


European court hands Russia stinging defeat in ‘gay propaganda’ case

Russian police officers detain a gay rights activist with his flag during an attempt to hold a gay pride parade Sunday in Moscow, Russia. Russian …


Ireland Elects First Gay Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

If you thought the gayest thing about Ireland was the leprechauns at the end of the rainbow, we have an update. The country just made history by …

If You Hate the New Pride Flag, You're the Problem

The brown and black stripes on Philadelphia's Pride flag are not an attack on anyone, writes Amanda Kerri.


Texas Governor Signs Bill Allowing Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Adoption

The legislation lets faith-based agencies turn away anyone offending the operator's religious beliefs.


Mass Resignation at HIV Council Exposes Trump's Cruelty

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have quit and penned a letter saying the president "doesn't care" about people with the …


Google Donates $1 Million to Preserve the Stonewall Inn and Its Stories

The internet titan has partnered with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center to chronicle the landmark's history.


Former NFL Tackle Ryan O'Callaghan Comes Out of the Closet

Before coming out, the former Patriots and Chiefs player planned to spend his life playing football or end it completely.


Gay son of Indian immigrant likely to be Ireland's next leader

<b>(CNN) —</b> He was 22 when he entered Irish politics. At 27, he was elected to parliament. At 36, he publicly came out as gay. And now, at 38, Leo Varadkar, the son of an Indian immigrant father and an Irish mother, appears on course to become Ireland's next prime minister.<p>The young Dubliner, currently …

Leo Varadkar

Anton Yelchin plays a struggling gay son in his final film, ‘We Don’t Belong Here’

Peer Pedersen’s directorial debut, <i>We Don’t Belong Here</i>, tells the story of a conflicted mother searching for her troubled gay son.<p>Anton Yelchin, who …

Trump’s latest budget is doomsday for LGBTQ people and anyone living with HIV/AIDS

While Donald Trump has been busy awkwardly dancing with the king of Saudi Arabia and posing for uncomfortable pictures with the pope, his …

“No entry for fa**ots” signs appear outside popular food chain

It’s one of Russia’s prominent food chains, and it’s run by a fervently religious nationalist and millionaire who’s taken it upon himself to hang up …

Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage

AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File<p>In a first for Asia, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, punctuating a …


Pride, consumerism, & the sale of a civil rights movement

Bigstock<p>Today, we see more lesbian and gay people, and occasionally bisexual and transgender characters on television, in films, fiction and …

People are furious Pittsburgh sold their pride march to a fracking company

Two marches will be held for Pittsburgh Pride, the EQT Equality March and the People's March. Jeff Taylor<p>The nonprofit Delta Foundation announced in …


Besty DeVos says state-funded schools can reject LGBTQ students

“Do you see any circumstance where the federal Department of Education, under your leadership, would say that a school is not qualified? What if they …


Alan Cumming says Trump condoning hate crime attacks with his silence

Alan Cumming blasted Trump as an "embarrassment to America" in an interview with CBS News. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP<p>Alan Cumming is set to host the …


Texas’s ‘bathroom bill’ causes Republican stand-off

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Flickr/Gage Skidmore<p>A proposed Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people neared collapse Friday over a deadlock …


United Nations official wants answers on gay detentions in Indonesia

Shutterstock<p>The United Nations‘ human rights office is calling on Indonesian authorities to release people detained on the basis of their sexual …

Rights & Freedoms

Illinois House approves bill to lower birth certificate correction requirements

Illinois Rep. Greg Harris Wikipedia<p>The Illinois House has endorsed a plan to make it easier for transgender people to correct their birth …


‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway comes out as trans and non-binary<p>In an interview with <i>The Guardian</i>, Jill Soloway says that they identify as non-binary and prefer gender-neutral pronouns. …


France takes in first gay refugee from Chechnya

Protests took place in Paris and in Versailles as Russian president Vladimir Putin met with French president Emmanuel Macron for the first time. …


LGBTQ youth homeless shelter in Charlotte getting major backing

After being forced out of their old space due to gentrification, LGBTQ youth organization Time Out Youth has moved on to bigger and better.


Despite tough talk, few countries willing to take gay, bi men fleeing Chechnya

French President Emmanuel Macron meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Associated Press<p>So far only two countries have made headlines for …


Chechen Trans Woman Tells of Attack and Escape

A Chechen transgender woman who escaped after being attacked in Moscow in 2015 has come forward with her story of facing harassment and violence.<p>The …


How the World Responded to Chechnya

Dozens of gay and bi men have been imprisoned, tortured, and even killed in the Russian province of Chechnya. While our own president has yet to …


G.O.P. Candidate in Montana House Race Is Accused of Attacking Reporter

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Republican candidate in a hotly contested special House election in Montana was charged with assaulting a journalist on Wednesday at what was to be a final rally in Bozeman on the eve of the vote. The attack brought police officers to the event and sent the reporter to the …

Greg Gianforte

Men Cry Discrimination Over Women-Only Screening of 'Wonder Woman'

In a country where Donald Trump and his administration continue an onslaught against women that includes cutting funding for reproductive services, …


These Are the Trans People Killed in 2017