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NBA pulls All-Star Game in North Carolina over LGBT law controversy

The National Basketball Association is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina, after the state passed a law banning anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and did not move to moderate or repeal it, the league announced Thursday.<p>“Since March, when North Carolina …

North Carolina

Donald Trump Said “Ask The Gays,” So We Did — With This Poll

We surveyed LGBT Americans, in partnership with the polling firm Ipsos, in a first-of-its-kind poll on guns, Islam, and immigration in the aftermath of Orlando.<p>A new BuzzFeed News–Ipsos survey of LGBT Americans finds Donald Trump’s policy proposals following the Orlando shooting have gained little …

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Republicans could be poised for a battle over gay rights at the GOP convention

The Republican party could be poised for a fractious proxy battle over LGBTI rights after activists on the party platform committee announced they had sufficient support to potentially force a vote on the convention floor.<p>Republican supporters of more gay-friendly policies would use a “minority …

Gay Rights

G.O.P. Platform Committee Welcomes First Gay Member but Not Gay Marriage

CLEVELAND — Rachel Hoff on Monday became the first openly gay person to sit on the Republican Party’s Platform Committee.<p>But, she would not make history a second time. Facing overwhelming opposition and fighting back tears as she spoke to the committee, Ms. Hoff, a delegate from the District of …

Same-sex Marriage

Same-Sex Marriage Proposed, Rejected for GOP Platform

CLEVELAND, Ohio - At the meeting to form the Republican Party's policy platform here, the committee for the first time was forced to vote on a resolution that would remove traditional marriage language and replace it with support of same-sex marriage.<p>The proposal, offered by Rachel Hoff, a delegate …

Same-sex Marriage

GOP rejects call to back off gay marriage opposition

CLEVELAND (AP) — Republican officials rejected an emotional plea Monday to back off the GOP's opposition to same-sex marriage, renewing the party's embrace of religious conservative values as delegates prepared to welcome Donald Trump to their national convention.<p>Republicans who gathered to shape …

Marriage

The Gay-Rights State That Took Years to Protect Transgender Citizens

A new Massachusetts law makes gender-identity discrimination fully illegal. Even in a liberal state, the effort took a long time.<p>Massachusetts was the first state in America to issue wedding licenses to same-sex couples. Gay marriage has been legal there for more than 12 years—much longer than in …

Massachusetts

Transgender nominee for Congress: 'It's about damn time' politics got inclusive

Misty Plowright believes she will live long enough to see people like herself run for public office and only be asked about real election issues: immigration and gun control, taxing the rich and nuclear energy, universal healthcare, abortion.<p>Someday the other questions won’t come up, because voters …

Transgender

Pentagon ends transgender ban

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.<p>The announcement -- which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual -- was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been …

LGBTQ

Federal Judge Criticizes Mississippi Recusal Law, Will Expand Same-Sex Marriage Injunction

After the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality, Mississippi passed a law allowing county clerks to recuse themselves from granting marriage licenses. Criticizing the state officials, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves wrote on Monday, “[T]he Supreme Court’s ruling will be …

American South

Pride parade steps off in New York under Orlando's shadow

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millions of people draped in the rainbow hues of LGBT pride turned out for an annual parade through New York on Sunday, two weeks after a mass shooting in a Florida nightclub stirred fear and solidarity among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.<p>A subdued but angry …

Parades

An Imminent End to the Military’s Ban on Transgender Americans

A formal announcement from the Pentagon is expected some time in July.<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> Pentagon officials may soon announce an end to the military’s longtime ban on transgender Americans, multiple news outlets are reporting. Officials are expected to formally lift the ban in July, though the exact date …

Transgender

Pentagon ban on transgender troops 'likely' to be lifted next month

The Pentagon is "likely" to repeal its ban on transgender service members next month, defense officials told Fox News Friday, even as one report claimed an announcement could happen as soon as next week.<p>According to USA Today, top personnel officials could meet as soon as Monday to finalize details …

Transgender

Judge tosses suit against theater chain over Colorado cinema massacre

DENVER (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday dismissed lawsuits filed against the owners of a Colorado theater where 12 people were killed and 70 wounded during a screening of a Batman film in 2012, court records showed.<p>Relatives of some of the dead victims and wounded survivors claimed in the …

Colorado

Bill Clinton's Costly Assault Weapons Ban

Patrick Griffin, his chief congressional affairs lobbyist, recalls the lead up to the bill’s passage in 1994—and the steep political price that followed.<p>For those who question whether anything will ever be done to curb the use of military grade weaponry for mass shootings in the United States, …

Democrats

Obama declares Stonewall Inn the first national monument to LGBT rights

Barack Obama announced on Friday that the Stonewall National Monument will be created outside the Stonewall Inn in New York where gay men, lesbians and drag queens reacted to a police raid in 1969 with a riot that spread and turned into the gay rights movement in America and around the world.<p>Obama …

Democrats

Obama names Stonewall national monument; 1st for gay rights

President Barack Obama created the first national monument to gay rights on Friday, designating the site of the Stonewall riots in Manhattan where the modern gay rights movement took root nearly five decades ago.<p>The Stonewall National Monument will be anchored by Christopher Park, a small park just …

Barack Obama

Obama designates monument to Stonewall Uprising

President Barack Obama designated New York City’s Stonewall Inn on Friday as a national monument, the first to commemorate the fight for gay rights.<p>The National Park Service will highlight how the a police raid targeting the popular gay bar in Greenwich Village in 1969, and subsequent protests, …

Barack Obama

U.S. court says Virginia transgender student can use boys' bathroom

(Reuters) - A federal court ordered a Virginia school district on Thursday to let a transgender student use the same bathrooms as other boys in a case that may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.<p>The case of Gavin Grimm, a high school student in Virginia's Gloucester County, has been closely …

Tony Perkins: Trump better for LGBT Americans than Clinton

<b>(CNN) —</b> Social conservative leader Tony Perkins said Tuesday he believes the LGBT community would be well-served by Donald Trump winning the presidency in November.<p>In the aftermath of last week's massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub, the presumptive Republican nominee has repeatedly made the …

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Judge refuses to block Mississippi anti-LGBT law

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Mississippi has allowed to stand a new state law that permits people to deny wedding services to same-sex couples based on religious objections.<p>U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves argued in his four-page order that since none of the lawsuit's plaintiffs would be harmed …

Orlando massacre prompts some in LGBT community to come out -- for Trump

The Orlando terror massacre has members of the LGBT community around the nation coming out – for Donald Trump and the Second Amendment.<p>Some among the reliable Democratic constituency were not persuaded by President Obama’s post-attack call for new gun control measures and renewed warning against …

Anderson Cooper grills Florida AG: I've 'never seen' you talk about LGBT community in 'positive way'

CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday grilled Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi over her past legal battles with same-sex couples over the state's ban on gay marriage, two days after a mass shooting at an LGBT club in Orlando on Sunday.<p>In the wake of the attack, which left 49 dead and dozens wounded, …

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#MemeOfTheWeek: Trump Asked 'The Gays,' And Got Answers

After last week's mass shooting that killed 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, politicians of all stripes have been speaking out about the LGBTQ community — arguing what should be done to protect them, speaking to the importance of their safe spaces, and pledging commitment to their …

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Utah Lt. Gov. Cox says Orlando attack prompted apology to gays

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Utah's second-highest-ranking public official says the Orlando massacre has prompted him to apologize to the LGBT community for his role in perpetuating homophobia.<p>"As I've gotten to know more people from the LGBT community, their love, their kindness, their patience with me -- …

Salt Lake City

Religious leaders reexamine words after Orlando gay club massacre

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - From pulpits in Orlando and beyond, church leaders are reckoning with religious views often hostile to homosexuality after a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub, with some wondering if they are contributing to breeding contempt.<p>At a prayer service soon after the …

Lifting U.S. curbs on gay blood donors seen years away: experts

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators are under increasing pressure to remove restrictions keeping most gay and bisexual men from donating blood, but experts say any change would require years of research to guarantee the safety of the blood supply.<p>The U.S. Food and Drug …

Limbaugh on Orlando: Liberals accept men as women but not terrorists as Muslims

Rush Limbaugh has a pressing question for liberals: Why do you accept the preferred gender of men who identify as women when you refuse to accept terrorists who define their acts by the Muslim identity?<p>Discussing the response to the Orlando, Florida, terrorist shooting on his show Thursday, …

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Utah Republican Is Unlikely Star at L.G.B.T. Vigil for Orlando

As a conservative Republican leader in Utah, Spencer Cox may be an unlikely luminary for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.<p>But the lieutenant governor’s speech at a candlelight vigil for the Orlando shooting victims has been widely shared on social media, and he said in an …

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