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The singular, gender-neutral ‘they’ added to the Associated Press Stylebook

The Associated Press Stylebook, arguably the foremost arbiter of grammar and word choice in journalism, has added an entry for “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun in its latest edition.<p>“We stress that it’s usually possible to write around that,” Paula Froke, lead editor for the Associated …

Gender

China is getting more liberal despite a government crackdown

Changing social attitudes is the very reason the state is so alarmingly brazen in stifling its own population, Vox reports.

When Nuns Tried to Kick-Start India's First Transgender School

On a sunlit day in mid-December, humid and ripe as South India winters tend to be, six Carmelite nuns invited the transgender activist Vijayaraja Mallika over for tea. They sat inside the Provincial House of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC) to discuss Mallika’s new venture: a school for transgender people in the state of Kerala. The sisters knew Mallika was still looking for a building to house the school she had named Sahaj, which means “natural” in Hindi. They asked if Mallika …

Transgender bullying is on the rise. How can we stop misinformation spreading?

Though the visibility of trans issues has increased, inaccurate representations are behind an increase in bullying, according to Mermaids, Britain’s support group for families of trans children.

Who Would Go After LGBT Elders? The Trump Administration

Despite Donald Trump’s campaign pledges to respect the equality of LGBT people, it’s becoming increasingly clear that his words can't be trusted.<p>Our …

LGBTQ

When Nuns Tried to Kick-Start India's First Transgender School

It didn’t exactly work out as planned.<p>On a sunlit day in mid-December, humid and ripe as South India winters tend to be, six Carmelite nuns invited the transgender activist Vijayaraja Mallika over for tea. They sat inside the Provincial House of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC) to …

Education

Transgender bullying is on the rise. How can we stop misinformation spreading?

Last month, an 11-year-old trans girl was shot with a BB gun by fellow pupils in Greater Manchester - an incident her parents said left her “traumatised.” It is just one of many examples of the rise in bullying, from the mum who says her child is too anxious to make new friends because, as she puts …

Transgender

Authors Forced To Point Out To North Carolina Politicians That A Book Can't Make You Gay

A North Carolina school district was <i>going</i> to use a book about a boy who wears dresses as part of its first grade curriculum on bullying. Wouldn’t …

North Carolina

OITNB's Samira Wiley Tied the Knot in Palm Springs

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli tied the knot in Palm Springs, California. Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli met on the set of OITNB and instantly found love.

LGBT community top target for hate acts in Boston

Hateful acts against members of the LGBT community constituted about one-third of the city’s 275 reported hate crimes in 2016. Black people were the second most common targets.

LGBT community in Denmark rejoices: homosexual marriages in church are not against constitution

Supreme Court has ruled gays and lesbians can freely choose to have a civil or religious wedding. LGBT community in Denmark rejoices: homosexual marriages in church are not against constitution

Taiwan's Top Court Hears Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Case

A panel of judges at Taiwan's Supreme Court on Friday began hearing deliberations in a landmark case that could see the island become the first …

Taiwan

German Cabinet OKs plan to annul homosexuality convictions

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany.<p>The decision clears the way for compensation for those still alive who were …

Germany

Advocates Fear State Dept. Weakening Commitment to LGBTQ Rights

The State Department appointed two organizations with anti-LGBTQ track records — the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and the Heritage Foundation — as the only two civil society organizations in its delegation to the United Nations' annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).<p>C-FAM has …

Human Rights

Duterte Closes the Door on Legalizing Gay Marriage

News that Rodrigo Duterte would not, after all, support gay marriage came partway through a lengthy speech during the Philippine President's two-day …

LGBTQ

LGBT seniors marked for removal from survey on elder care services

Draft of 2017 National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants drops question about sexuality as critics worry administration is trying to roll back LGBT rights

Duterte Opposes Gay Marriage in Philippines, Reversing Campaign Pledge

MANILA — The Philippines will not legalize same-sex marriage anytime soon, President Rodrigo Duterte has said, reversing a campaign promise in which he pledged to support legislation to allow gay unions.<p>Mr. Duterte stressed that the country was Asia’s bastion of Roman Catholicism, which steadfastly …

Philippines

Church in Wales urged to rethink rejection of gay candidate for bishop

Supporters of Jeffrey John, who claims he was not appointed bishop of Llandaff over his sexuality, say he has been discriminated against<p>The Church in Wales has been urged to reconsider its decision to exclude a senior gay clergyman from its appointments process for the next bishop of Llandaff amid …

Religion

Trump Administration Removes LGBTQ Questions From Elderly Survey

Advocates are outraged that questions about LGBTQ seniors have suddenly been removed from an annual survey that determines services for elderly Americans.<p>The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) uses the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) to decide how to allocate …

LGBTQ

LGBT community anger over YouTube restrictions which make their videos invisible

#YouTubeIsOverParty trends on Twitter after users say videos referencing same-sex relationships are being filtered out<p>YouTube has responded to accusations of discrimination from high-profile members of its LGBT community, who have reported their videos being hidden by the …

Social Media

LGBT community worries about hate crime prosecutions

In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, supporters of LGBT rights hailed the first federal hate crime conviction for the killing of a transgender woman in Mississippi. With President Donald Trump now in office, they worry about the future of such prosecutions.

‘Proud gay Kurd’ marries under Finland’s new same-sex marriage law

‘I have decided to marry a man…This is my nature which I am proud of

'Homophobia' row over Bishop of Llandaff selection

<b>A gay clergyman has accused the Anglican Church in Wales of homophobia after he was rejected for a job as a bishop.</b><p>The Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Jeffrey John, was not chosen as the Bishop of Llandaff earlier this month.<p>A current bishop said it would be "too much of a headache" to appoint …

Religion

For LGBT Undocumented Immigrants, Detention Means More Fear and Humiliation

Often fleeing persecution or violence in their countries of origin, LGBT undocumented immigrants face heightened trauma if they’re taken into custody by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

As HIV landscape shifts, move to rethink laws on transmission

The laws, they say, are unnecessary as well as dehumanizing for the tens of thousands of people with HIV, many of whom are able to manage their disease now and pose virtually no risk to others.

Reaching LGBT Youth With Support, Mentoring and a Message That ‘It Gets Better’

As a high school student, Brian Wenke was harassed and bullied before he even realized he was gay.

Video: Inside the world of South Florida’s drag queens

South Florida’s drag community, according to two drag queens, is an incredibly supportive one. Stavros Stavrakis, known as Athena Dion, and Alex Velez, known as TP Lords, share their insights.

Gaymoji are new, but gays and code go way back

Grindr’s new set of gay emoji may look basic, but they draw from a deep, proud lineage of slyly worded signals, clues, and double entendres that have kept the culture connected.

In conservative America, small cities stand up for LGBT rights

When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride.