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Congressman to keynote inaugural LGBT Housing Policy Summit

The full day-event will feature well-known LGBT and allied housing leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Association of Realtors (NAR), HRC and the LGBTQ Task Force.

Washington State Supreme Court rules against florist who turned away gay couple

In a victory for gay rights advocates, Washington’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a Christian florist who was fined by the state for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.<p>The justices agreed with a lower court that Barronnelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, …

Equality

LGBT Staff Association Strives for More Diversity

Todd Sloves, president of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, said only in a group like his would you consider Republicans part of a diversity effort.

‘When We Rise’: Stories Behind the Pain and Pride of Gay Rights

The eight-hour mini-series on ABC, written by Dustin Lance Black, tells the history of the movement through the lives of four activists.

The Man Who Let India Out of the Closet

Karan Johar has done more to normalize homosexuality in India than anyone else. When will he make peace with that?

Laverne Cox and the Politics of Transgender Beauty

‘Trans Is Beautiful’ is more than a hashtag, and more than the clothes, makeup, and glamour of celebrities like Laverne Cox. It means that transness itself is beautiful.

Lesbian Dating Guru Frankie Bashan on Why Online Dating Kills Love

Dr. Frankie Bashan is one of the few speed dating gurus who gears events toward lesbian and bisexual women. Her company, Little Gay Book, wil

Church of England's rejection of gay marriage report welcomed

<b>Gay rights campaigners have welcomed the rejection by the Church of England's Synod of a call for continued opposition to same-sex marriage.</b><p>The House of Bishops's report maintained church marriages should be between men and women, and same-sex relationships cannot be blessed - but the House of …

Religion

New Alan Cumming Film, Others to Premiere at London LGBT Film Festival

BFI Flare, the U.K.’s leading LGBT film festival, has announced its full lineup, including U.S. drama “After Louie,” starring Alan Cumming.

This Mom’s Supreme Court Battle Is for All Transgender Kids

Gavin, 17, should be thinking about senior skip day. Instead he’s thinking, ‘I’m going to the Supreme Court so they can discuss my genitals and bathroom use.’

3 ways to make LGBT-friendly policies work at work

The World Bank’s LGBT advocates have worked hard to push forward fair diversity policies. Here’s what they learned along the way.

Who are 2017's LGBT heroes? Tell us about the activists creating change

LGBT people face discrimination all over the world. Help us recognise grassroots campaigners doing inspiring work

truth Calls Out Tobacco Industry for Profiling Disguised as Target Marketing

Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer. For decades, African Americans, low-income neighborhoods, LGBTQ communities and those with mental illness have been disproportionately affected by tobacco use—a result of profiling by the tobacco industry.

Film Review: ‘Tom of Finland’

Too cautious about letting its freak flag fly, but a conventionally attractive, enjoyable portrait.

Church faces new split over attitude to gay relationships

Attempts to uphold traditional teaching on marriage likely to provoke dissent<p>The Church of England is facing a fresh crisis over its stance on gay relationships following unprecedented criticism by a group of leading retired bishops over its failure to provide leadership on the issue, and its …

Religion

North Dakota bill for LGBTQ protections fails for fourth time in 8 years

For the fourth time in eight years, the North Dakota House rejected a bill that would have added sexual orientation to the list of classifications …

Justice Department no longer fighting injunction on transgender school guidance

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Justice Department on Friday signaled it stopped fighting to overturn a national injunction blocking the federal government from giving guidance to schools and transgender students, another sign President Donald Trump's administration is taking a different approach than former President …

Civil Rights

SF LGBT Center Launches Mass Transit Ad Campaign to Encourage Employers to Hire Transgender Workers

The SF LGBT Center announced that it has launched #HireTrans, a mass transit PSA campaign aimed at encouraging employers to hire transgender workers.

China’s transgender Oprah

In a conservative society where even homosexuality is frowned upon, let alone sex-reassignment, her life would seem to place Ms Jin well outside the stodgy mainstream of Chinese broadcasting (she is pictured at her home in Shanghai). Yet Ms Jin, who is 49, is the country’s most popular television judge. She began with a local version of “So You Think You Can Dance” and hit the jackpot with “The Jin Xing Show”, a variety and chat programme with an audience of around 100m. She has appeared with …

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education Announce 2017 Institute: Removing Barriers and Building Pathways

LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education have announced their third annual Institute designed to support LGBTQ leaders who are looking to advance within higher education. The Institute will take place in Seattle from June 23-25, 2017.

Gayborhood Episodes 3 & 5 // American Web Series Review

Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Let’s Talk. In this post we’re going to be talking about Gayborhood Episodes 3 & 5. Gayborhood is a comedic, American web series about the lives of a group of friends. The show is setup in a mock reality show format to depict the daily lives of these people. They go out and have hilarious yet normal events and narrate their thoughts and feelings about them during a separate shooting (much like on shows like The Kardashians).

The Profit North Carolina Sees in LGBT Prejudice

North Carolina is already counting the multimillion-dollar cost of its ‘bathroom bill.’ But for the bill’s backers, anti-LGBT ideology trumps economics.

Inside Renaissance-Era Rome’s Gay Marriage

Gay marriage didn’t only emerge in recent years as a key issue, its history dates back to the late 16th century.

Exploring London’s forgotten black gay clubbing history

Inky Cloak’s new play ‘We Raise Our Hands In The Sanctuary’ explores what happens when two black gay friends decide to start their own clubnight in London’s East End

How being a gay man can make your body issues worse

Body image is an issue for many men, regardless of sexuality. But it seems to be more of a problem in the gay community. When it comes to appearance, gay men hold themselves - and one another - to far more exacting standards.

New Zealand to quash historical gay sex convictions

<b>New Zealand has said it will move to quash historical convictions for consensual sex between men.</b><p>Justice Minister Amy Adams said an application process will be introduced and cases will be judged individually.<p>In 1986 when the Homosexual Law Reform Act was passed, sex between men above 16 years old …

With HIV in its grips, Desert AIDS Project attacks new foes

Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs is changing with the times to take on more than HIV.

Vermont Leads States in LGBT Identification

Among the 50 U.S. states, Vermont has the highest proportion of adults identifying as LGBT at 5.3%. The largest increases in LGBT identification are in the Pacific-region states.

Bride & Prejudice's Chris and Grant speak on relationship

Chris plans to get married to his long-term partner in Palm Springs next month - against the wishes of his homophobic parents.