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These gay Army helicopter pilots just married at West Point

Two gay Apache helicopter pilots have married in what is believed to be the first active-duty same-sex wedding at West Point military academy.<p>Daniel …

Military

FCB/Six Turned the Pride Flag Into a Data Slider to Help LGBTQ People Travel Safely

The bars show how welcoming a city is, across six metrics.

Pitch Perfect Has a Queerbaiting Problem

The franchise markets to queer viewers, but denies us at every turn.<p>It starts with a shower scene. A recently arrived college freshman, Beca (Anna …

Movies

Same-Sex Spouses Should Have E.U. Residency Rights, Court Is Told

BUCHAREST, Romania — Same-sex spouses should be afforded the same rights to live and work across the European Union as married heterosexual couples, regardless of individual member countries’ stance on same-sex marriage, a senior legal adviser to the European Union’s top court said on Thursday.<p>The …

Same-sex Marriage

Chechnya's LGBT Muslim Refugees Struggle To Cope In Exile

The Netherlands is one of a handful of European countries giving refuge to gay Chechens, after reports emerged that Chechnya’s authorities were rounding up and torturing the LGBT community.

Hate Crimes Rise in 9 Major US Cities in 2017, Preliminary Data Show

At least 1,056 hate crimes were committed last year in nation’s nine largest cities, an increase of 18 percent from 2016 levels, according to police data

Transgender Americans Say They’re Finally Starting To Apply To The Military This Week

Federal courts ordered the Pentagon to start allowing transgender applicants on Jan. 1.<p>Openly transgender Americans are seizing on their first chance to apply to the US military in modern history, scheduling meetings with recruiters and filling out their final applications. The doors have finally …

LGBTQ

Chechnya's LGBT Muslim Refugees Struggle To Cope In Exile

Abdul Kadr's wife found out he was gay the night his relatives came to kill him.<p>She hid him inside the home in Grozny, Chechnya, where they lived with their four young children, and told him she'd stand by him.<p>"She saved my life," says Abdul Kadr, a silver-haired former businessman in his 40s.<p>Being …

Refugees

CenterLink: Bringing Out Pride Center Potential

The Wilton Manors area plays host to many well known LGBT related nonprofits like the Pride Center, SunServe and Latinos Salud. But then there’s CenterLink, an unknown but extremely important national LGBT non-profit that provides for emerging LGBT centers across the country.

Williams Institute releases 2017 LGBT data

The Williams Institute at UCLA released its report of data collected in 2017 on the LGBT community: • Using data gathered by the Gallup polling organization, 4.1 percent of adults identify as LGBT across the U.S. • The state with the highest percent of people identifying as LGBT is Vermont with 5.3 percent. Vermont was …

Doug Jones's Gay Son Gives Mike Pence Serious Side-Eye, Becomes Viral Meme

On Wednesday, Democrat Doug Jones was sworn in as Alabama’s newest U.S. senator after beating Republican Roy Moore in a tight race—and all eyes were on Jones’s son. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Mike Pence as Jones’s wife, Louise

Illinois To Ban 'Gay Panic Defense' In New Year

On Monday, Illinois will become the second state to ban the so-called "gay panic defense" in cases in which a murder defendant tries to justify their violence as a reaction to learning that their victim was gay.<p>California banned the defense tactic in 2014, a year after the American Bar Association …

Equality

The Fight for LGBT Equality in 2018 Will Be Fierce

LGBT rights seem imperiled under President Trump, and in danger around the world. The Daily Beast’s Jay Michaelson, Samantha Allen, and Tim Teeman look to what lies ahead in 2018.

It’s Time to Stop Labeling Our Sexuality

In the queer community, it’s all too easy to box ourselves in with labels like “daddy” and “boy.” But if we don’t break those stereotypes down, we’ll never move forward.

'Climate Of Hate' For LGBT Defenders In Former Soviet Republics

Amnesty International says groups that defend LGBT rights are facing a rise in hostility in parts of the former Soviet Union, fueled by discrimination, homophobia, and what it called Russia’

The majority of LGBTQ Americans have experienced harassment, threats and violence because of their sexual identity: survey

They face harassment everywhere from the doctor’s office to their own offices<p>Most LGBTQ Americans face harrassment and violence.<p>Indeed, 51% LGBTQ …

Abba, Amma, Adonai: An Australian Journey in Gender

“Abba, Amma, Adonai,” Peter and I recited, the Lord’s Prayer flowing from our lips as we read from the Koora Retreat Centre prayer books. We were sitting in Peter’s home, a train car remodeled into a one-bedroom house with large, beautiful windows that looked out into the Western Australian bush. Outside was sheer wilderness—shimmering golden-brown…

Hong Kong Confidential: Episode 12: Two Men and a Baby

Robert discusses growing up in South Africa and coming to terms with his sexuality as an adult in Hong Kong. He shares his coming out story and the reactions of his family to this news. Robert is now happily married and a father of a two year old boy, which is one of the greatest joys in his life. He reveals the challenges that he and his husband face as a gay couple with a son living in Hong Kong and also the many positive aspects of his life. We also explore ways to support young people who …

Hong Kong Confidential: Episode 13: The Accidental Activist

Kamoga Hassan is the founder of the Queer Kampala International Film Festival (QUEERKIFF), the first and only LGBTIQ festival in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal. Kamoga is a human rights activist and he is passionate about making a difference in a country where people can be driven out of their homes, arrested or even killed for their sexuality. Kamoga talks about his life as a gay man in Uganda and the way that he uses film to tackle social justice issues and raise awareness in the hope …

Egypt: Mass Arrests Amid LGBT Media Blackout

The Egyptian government has intensified its campaign against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters, arresting dozens of people in less than two weeks, Human Rights Watch said today. A media regulatory body has also banned all “positive” reporting on homosexuality.

In Shift, Justice Dept. Says Law Doesn’t Bar Transgender Discrimination

The move was the Trump administration’s latest contraction of the Obama-era approach to civil rights enforcement.

UN Human Rights Office unveils global standards for business to tackle discrimination against LGBTI people

Accenture, Baker McKenzie, BNP Paribas, The Coca-Cola Company, Deutsche Bank, EDF, EY, Gap Inc., Godrej, IKEA Group, Microsoft, Oath, Orange, SAP, and Spotify among early adopters of the Standards of Conduct, which offer guidance for the workplace and beyond.

For Hugh Hefner, gay rights were part of the sexual revolution

“If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society,” he wrote in 1955, “then the reverse was wrong, too.”

Transgender high school students kicked off school bus

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — Two transgender students were kicked off a Glens Falls High School bus Wednesday after choosing to sit along with other males.<p>According to a statement released on the South Glens Falls Central School District website, all of the students on the high school after-school activity …

Education

Roma LGBT People Talk About the Challenges of Facing Double Discrimination

“If your family isn’t open to it, of course you have to hide who you are.”

Pentagon: Transgender service members are able to re-enlist

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Transgender members of the military will be able to re-enlist for service while President Donald Trump's directive barring transgender recruits is under review, the Pentagon has confirmed.<p>"Transgender service members whose term of service expires while the interim guidance is in …

James Mattis

Pansy Craze: the wild 1930s drag parties that kickstarted gay nightlife

Early drag queens like Jean Malin helped bohemian gay culture thrive – before mob violence, Nazism and Hollywood homophobia drove it back underground

How Edie Windsor Championed Gay Rights: ‘She Was Everywhere’

Into her late 80s, Ms. Windsor continued to leverage her national profile as a winning Supreme Court plaintiff to support her favorite LGBT causes.

A New Survey Shows How Many Americans Support the LGBTQ Community's Rights

It shows what people are really thinking.<p>With the Trump administration making many moves seeming to curtail the rights of LGBTQ Americans, it might be easy to assume that there's no progress being made for the LGBTQ community. However, a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) …

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