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Mexico: Thousands protest against same-sex marriage proposal

<b>Thousands of people in Mexico City have protested against a government proposal to legalise same-sex marriage, which they say would undermine traditional families.</b><p>Organisers said they were not opposed to gay or lesbian rights, but wanted to defend family values and the institution of marriage.<p>The …

Marriage

NCAA Pulls 7 Championship Events From North Carolina, Citing Transgender Law

The NCAA announced Monday evening that it would relocate seven championship sporting events out of North Carolina during this school year, citing the state's HB2 law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT individuals, WUNC's Dave DeWitt reports.<p>The events moving out of state include first and …

Law

One of North Carolina's most prestigious universities is backing the NCAA boycott

Duke University has expressed support for the NCAA's decision to pull postseason sporting events out of North Carolina, according to a statement by the university.<p>The NCAA announced Monday that it would relocate seven championship events scheduled in North Carolina because of HB2, the state's " …

American South

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration Protections For Transgender People

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor issued the preliminary injunction sought by Texas and 10 other states who sued the Obama administration over its transgender rules.<p>A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s federal policies protecting transgender students and workers, …

Obama Administration

Transgender Bathroom Access to Extend to All Federal Buildings

The agency that oversees thousands of federal building nationwide is issuing a notice declaring that transgender employees and visitors must be allowed to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.<p>The notice, to be published Thursday in the Federal Register, applies to the more than 9,000 …

Bathrooms

Navy names ship after gay rights advocate Harvey Milk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is naming a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served in the Navy for four years before he began a career in San Francisco city government.<p>Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the decision to name the ship, which is one of a new fleet of …

Keeping Faith Without Hurting LGBT Students

Some conservative Christian colleges do not let young people be in same-sex relationships. The government should keep allowing this, but schools also have an obligation to be more empathetic.<p>Creating and sustaining a religious community is essential to the educational mission of Christian colleges …

A Transgender-Rights Ruling Blocked

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed a Fourth Circuit ruling on gender identity and Title IX Wednesday.<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> In a rare break from its summer recess, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a federal appeals court ruling Wednesday that allowed a transgender boy in Virginia to use the …

School Administration

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 …

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 …

Polling

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

Washington (CNN)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 studying …

LGBTQ

Federal Judge Criticizes Mississippi Marriage Recusal Law, Will Expand 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 …

Marriage

Pride parades tinged with sadness after Orlando massacre

left<p>right<p>People take part in the kick off of the annual NYC Pride parade in New York City, New York, U.S., June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid<p>1/12<p>left<p>right<p>People take part in the annual NYC Pride parade in New York City, New York, U.S., June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid<p>2/12<p>left<p>right<p>Pulse …

LGBTQ

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

left<p>right<p>Twelve crosses representing those killed, are erected again near the site of the Aurora Century theater shootings on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking<p>1/2<p>left<p>right<p>A Batman logo is covered in dirt left at the memorial for victims …

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

Student Gavin Grimm, who was barred from using the boys' bathroom at his local high school in Gloucester County, Virginia, U.S. is seen in an undated photo. Grimm was born a female but identifies as a male. Crystal Cooper/ACLU of Virgina/Handout via REUTERS<p>A federal court ordered a Virginia school …

American South

Tony Perkins: Trump better for LGBT Americans than Clinton

(CNN)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 argument …

Donald Trump

Judge refuses to block Mississippi anti-LGBT law

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 by the law …

LGBTQ