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By Kevin James O'Brien | In Support of LGBTQ Community

‘Pro-Life’ Christians Killing LGBTQ Teenagers

Joe and Terry go to the same church. It was my church once, too. Joe is a pro-life Christian—at least that’s what he would tell you. That’s what his …

Faith

George Weinberg Dies at 87; Coined ‘Homophobia’ After Seeing Fear of Gays

George Weinberg, a psychotherapist who, in the mid-1960s, observed the discomfort that some of his colleagues exhibited around gay men and women and invented a word to describe it — homophobia — died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 87.<p>His wife, Dianne Rowe, said the cause was cancer.<p>Dr. Weinberg was …

The Other Presidential Vote that Got Rick Perry’s Attention

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — Last week, Rick Perry, the energy secretary of the United States, took time to criticize the student government election at his alma mater, Texas A&M. In an op-ed essay in The Houston Chronicle, Mr. Perry asserted that the process, which resulted in the election of the first …

Chechen Authorities Arresting and Killing Gay Men, Russian Paper Says

MOSCOW — First, two television reporters vanished. Then a waiter went missing. Over the past week, men ranging in age from 16 to 50 have disappeared from the streets of Chechnya.<p>On Saturday, a leading Russian opposition newspaper confirmed a story already circulating among human rights activists: …

Russia

Gilbert Baker, Gay Activist Who Created the Rainbow Flag, Dies at 65

Gilbert Baker, a self-described “gay Betsy Ross” who in 1978 hand-dyed and stitched together eight strips of vibrantly colored fabric into a rainbow flag, instantly creating an enduring international symbol of gay pride, was found dead on Friday at his home in New York City. He was 65.<p>Cleve Jones, …

Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers, Court Rules

In a significant victory for gay rights, a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay workers from job discrimination, expanding workplace protections in the landmark law to include sexual orientation.<p>The decision by the United States Court of Appeals …

Equality

Dutch Men Hold Hands in Solidarity With Attacked Gay Couple

From Amsterdam to New York, London to Havana, Dutch men across the world held hands this week to show solidarity with a gay couple who say they were brutally beaten in Arnhem, the Netherlands.<p>The outpouring of support came after the married couple, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, …

The lines are drawn in national debate over transgender bathroom access

<b>Judy Woodruff</b><p>: The battle over the use of school facilities by transgender students has already flared up in North Carolina and in other communities, …

ABOUT | ALEX MYERS

CONTACT<p>AUTHOR<p>Alex regularly speaks about transgender identity<br>at schools, libraries, and conferences<br>as well as appearing on TV and radio.<br>If you would …

Educator explains what it means to be transgender

<b>DOWNLOAD VIDEO</b>As a transgender boy growing up in rural Maine, Alex Myers had to fight for visibility; today, he travels around the country educating …

LGBTQ

Don’t Be a Cis Sissy! Embrace the Rise of Trans—and Non-Trans—Awareness

Last month, the Merriam-Webster dictionary adopted a cavalcade of words related to gender, including the gender-neutral honorific <i>Mx.</i>, the noun</i> …

Letter: Finding the courage to support transgender students : WHYY

It’s easy to feel like we live in a world that is populated almost exclusively by bullies. For most of my life, “put your head down” was my guiding …

Fighting Transphobia in 10 Minutes

Can a brief conversation change voters’ minds about transgender legistlation? | Reuters/Ulises RodriguezFor anyone who feels that healthy discourse …

Psychology

Transgender student sues Wisconsin school district, alleging discrimination

A transgender student has filed a federal lawsuit alleging a Wisconsin school district won't let him use the boys' restrooms and repeatedly uses his female birth name, violating federal anti-discrimination laws and the U.S. Constitution.<p>The Transgender Law Center and the civil rights law firm …

LGBTQ

Why an Activist Was Sentenced to Death for Being a Lesbian

IDEAS<p><i>Michal Zebede is a screenwriter and producer known for the social-justice news show ASPIREist.</i><p>Amal had watched for years as some of her secretly …

Extremism

Why Rachel Maddow Enjoys Talking to Homophobes

"I don't want to destroy those guys. I want to make them talk to me."<p>When Rachel Maddow rose to prominence in the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election, she was an obvious role model for me. I was a 16-year-old lesbian Democrat. I lived for Model Congress. I even had a dog-eared pocket …

Rachel Maddow

"That's so gay": classroom lessons to battle bullying

It was a crush on the singer Pink that made Jaimee​ realise she was different to other girls in her Year 8 class.<p>"My friends were all off dating but …

5 accidentally transphobic phrases allies use — and what to say instead

Words can be tricky — especially when you're an ally.<p>As transgender lives and experiences increasingly come into the public sphere, our conversations …

LGBTQ

Upworthy

Matt Shepard was a son, a brother, and a friend. His tragic death affected a nation and fueled the fight for LGBTQ rights. Here's the trailer from …

October 7, 1998: Matthew Shepard Is Found Brutally Tortured and Left for Dead

On the night of October 6, 1998, a young student at the University of Wyoming was brutally tortured and left for dead, his body found tied to a fence …

God, Jesus and the Bible: FAQs for Gay Pride Month

June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and for dance tents. It is a time to recognize the amazing progress that has been made on LGBT equality as we recommit ourselves to continuing the struggle until liberty and justice for all really means "all." …

LGBTQ

Ireland strongly votes Yes——Welcome to the Rainbow Republic

Dublin: Something seismic has just happened in Ireland.<p>Welcome to the Rainbow Republic.<p>The experts are saying it is a huge majority victory for the …

Toolkit for LGBT Best Practices

From December 1993 through September 2011, the U.S. military allowed gay and lesbian service members to serve in the armed forces as long as they …

Bless it

APRIL DEBOER and Jayne Rowse have lived together for ten years and want to get hitched. However, the state of Michigan, where they live, won’t let …

Equality

Religious Americans Support Gay Marriage

Most of the recent growth in public support for same-sex unions has come from within denominations that once opposed them.<p>The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that weighs whether state bans against same-sex marriage violate the constitution’s guarantee of equal protection for …

Gallup poll finds more gay marriages, domestic partnerships than thought

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, a new poll shows that more American adults are believed to be in gay marriages or domestic partnerships than had been previously thought.<p>A Gallup poll released on Friday found that nearly 2 million adults are part of a same-sex …

Equality

Pennsylvania High School Students Organize "Anti-Gay Day"

The students coordinated wearing flannel shirts and wrote "anti-gay" on their hands after the school's Gay-Straight Alliance held a "Day of Silence."<p>Students at a Pennsylvania high school held an "Anti-Gay Day" protest on Thursday, wearing coordinated flannel shirts, writing "anti-gay" on their …

LGBTQ

Breaking: American Approval Of Same-Sex Marriage Breaks All-Time Record

Advertisement<p>Become a patron of breaking LGBTQ news<p>American attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed at lightening speed. Just a decade ago, …