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Gay high-tech mogul gives $300 million to counter homophobia

<i>This article first appeared on The Daily Signal.</i><p>A Colorado high-tech multimillionaire backing LGBT activism warns that his foundation will “ punish …

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California Prison Doctor Sues State Alleging LGBTQ Discrimination

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A psychologist at a California prison facility has alleged she was twice locked in a room with a dangerous inmate in retaliation for reporting mistreatment of LGBTQ inmates.<p>Lori Jespersen sued the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Monday for violations …

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Why I feel compelled to come out, often, under the Trump administration

As the skies rain ash from the massive garbage fire fueled by this administration, I am protected by an umbrella of privilege. I am white, cisgender, …

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How Obama Left Trump An Opening To Attack LGBT Rights

Legislators have been trying to change civil rights law since 1994, but by the time Obama stepped up his support, Republicans had recaptured the House.<p>There’s one main reason why it was relatively easy for the Trump administration to launch a multi-pronged assault on LGBT rights in the space of a …

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Oil and gas companies — including Shell, Chevron and Exxon Mobil — come out against Texas bathroom bill

AUSTIN — The nation's largest oil, gas and chemical companies are the latest big businesses to publicly oppose the so-called Texas bathroom bill.<p>In a …

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‘It’s not my thing’: A history of Trump’s shifting relationship with the LGBT community

For decades leading up to President Trump’s Wednesday tweets announcing a ban on transgender people in the military, the businessman-turned-politician has approached the LGBT community on nonideological terms.<p>Trump’s relationships with LGBT people, and his evolving positions on issues, have been …

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Since Pulse, LGBTQ Bars Have Upped Security and Activists Are Worried

It's not unusual for lines to stretch down the block at Portland's Blow Pony, a monthly queer dance event that brings up to 2,000 people to a warehouse in the city's industrial Inner Eastside. But one Saturday night in June of last year, a restless crowd waited in a particularly sluggish line for …

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Tennessee judge rules gay couples have equal parental rights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination, a judge ruled.<p>Four married lesbian couples sued after the state passed a law that requires using the "natural and ordinary meaning" of words in …

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How Businesses Can Take Action To Support The LGBTQ Community

Businesses voicing their support for the LGBTQ community is undoubtedly impactful, but actually taking action is the true measure of a company’s commitment.<p>Lists of LGBTQ-friendly companies were released throughout pride month to highlight which organizations are on the right side of history, which …

Here's what Jeff Sessions said to anti-LGBT group, Alliance Defending Freedom

The transcript of a speech that Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave to a right-wing legal advocacy group behind closed doors has finally been …

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AG Sessions under fire for closed-door speech to Alliance Defending Freedom

<b>(CNN) —</b> Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to a self-described Christian religious freedom advocacy group known for anti-gay stances Tuesday evening, and the Justice Department is keeping his remarks under wraps.<p>Sessions' attendance at the closed-press "Summit on Religious Liberty" hosted by the …

Jason Collins continuing to push for LGBT acceptance in sports

Jason Collins remembered the sting he felt as a closeted athlete when teammates used homophobic slurs in the locker room.<p>"It felt horrible," he said.<p>After becoming the first active NBA player to come out as gay in 2013, Collins has devoted himself to helping make sports a more open and welcoming …

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LGBT Americans Say They Feel Less Safe Under President Trump: Poll

Nearly two-thirds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people say they feel less safe since President Donald Trump took office because of their …

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Lambda Legal says it will appeal employment discrimination case to Supreme Court

<b>(CNN) —</b> An LGBTQ legal advocacy group is appealing an employment discrimination case to the Supreme Court, the group announced Thursday, after a federal appeals court declined to rehear the case.<p>A full panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to rehear the case of Jameka Evans, a …

LGBTQ Children's Experiences Prove Why We Still Need Pride

Things have come a long way. Public attitudes towards LGBTQ people have improved over the last few years and we're slowly seeing better representation of our country's diversity, both in the media and in politics.<p>Experiences for LGBTQ young people are altogether more positive than they were decades …

This is what anti-LGBTQ housing discrimination looks like

A massive pilot study demonstrates the subtle ways LGBTQ people are disadvantaged when seeking housing.CREDIT: iStockphoto/vadimguzhvaA new study …

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Quotes From Famous LGBT Business Leaders

Talk about Gay Pride, these LGBT captains of industry have powerful things to say.<p>International Pride Month just ended and brought great awareness to the many valuable contributions from the LGBT community.<p>Below is a collection of 19 quotations from respected LGBT leaders. They come from all …

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Hate crimes up in California; blacks, Jews, gay men targets

The number of hate crimes in California increased about 11 percent last year, the second consecutive double-digit increase, but the overall number …

LGBTQ Resource Center Excluded From Utah July 4 Parade

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah LGBTQ resource center says it was excluded from participating in a July Fourth parade in the city of Provo because organizers decided the nonprofit was an advocacy group.<p>Stephenie Larsen, executive director of the Provo-based nonprofit Encircle, says organizers of the …

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The Trevor Project Hears Every Day How President Trump Is Putting LGBT Teens In Danger

Amit Paley, CEO of the Trevor Project—a suicide hotline for LGBT youth—talks about the harm the Trump administration is doing, and why he knows the desperation that callers feel.<p>His father, furious that his son had just come out as gay, told the teenager that the family’s gun cabinet was unlocked …

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Pilot Study Finds Housing Discrimination Against Gay Men, Transgender People

A pilot study released Thursday by the Urban Institute found instances of housing discrimination against gay men and transgender people in three major U.S. metropolitan areas.<p>In Los Angeles and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where researchers sought to compare the experiences of gay men to …

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The Nordic Countries Lead The World On LGBTQ Equality. Here's Their Message To The U.S.

The Trump administration has already rolled back government protections against discrimination.<p>WASHINGTON ― Pride Month comes to a close this year with no official White House recognition of the LGBTQ community’s struggle for equality in the U.S.<p>Rights advocates are worried about the views of many …

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Top Texas Court Sides Against Same-Sex Couple Marriage Benefits

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex couples are not necessarily entitled to government-dispensed spousal benefits, dealing a blow to backers of marriage equality, who have vowed to fight the decision.<p>The Republican-dominated court said the landmark 2015 U.S. …

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In a nod to Angela Merkel’s political genius, Germany votes “yes” to gay marriage

Angela Merkel, the longest-serving national leader in the European Union, just showed off the political cunning that has kept her in office so long.<p>In what has so far amounted to a rather boring re-election campaign for Merkel, the German chancellor decided to shake things up, to her great benefit. …

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Flashback: Stonewall Inn Riots of 1969

Where nostalgia meets news.<p>On June 28, 1969, patrons at NYC gay bar Stonewall Inn decided they had finally had enough after yet another police raid, and their resistance is widely credited with sparking the modern LGBTQ-rights movement in the U.S. In honor of LGBTQ History Month, NBC OUT looks back …

Fox panel argues that a Colorado baker should be able to refuse service to gay couples

JULIE BANDERAS (CO-HOST): I want to switch gears a bit. Another one. Another case the court agreed to hear. It’s the story of a baker who objects to …

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Nike Features a Transgender Woman of Color in Its Newest Ad for Pride Month

Voguing legend Leiomy Maldona stars in the #BeTrueCampaign.<p>To celebrate Pride Month, Nike cast transgender vogue artist and ballroom dancer Leiomy Maldonado in a new video campaign for its #BeTrue collection. It's the second Nike commercial to feature a transgender athlete after Chris Mosier, the …

Who Gets to Use Facebook's Rainbow 'Pride' Reaction?

An analysis to see if the algorithms behind the new emoji contribute to political bubbles in America<p>James Berri traveled three hours to Sacramento earlier this month for his first Pride parade, one of hundreds of annual LGBTQ celebrations across America. Berri also talked about the experience on …

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