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By Christel van der Boom | Gay rights are human rights

Apple takes stand against Trump on transgender rights

The nightmare of Obamacare is about to end. Despite the best efforts of liberal activists at town halls around the country, Obamacare has failed and …

White House: States Should Get To Decide Whether To Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students

"The president has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government."<p>WASHINGTON ― White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave a clear indication Tuesday that the new administration will not be a forceful defender of transgender rights, saying …

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After refusing to watch LGBT diversity video, Social Security judge sues to avoid being fired

Citing his First Amendment rights and religious protections under the Civil Rights Act, a Social Security Administration judge in Texas who refused to watch an LGBT diversity training video is suing his superiors to avoid being fired, saying he was subject to a “religiously hostile work …

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NFL's Kiss Cam Will Acknowledge LGBTQ Relationships

With growing awareness that not all romantic relationships are between a man and a woman, one cultural tradition has remained stuck in the past in this regard: the "kiss cams" that capture people on the bleachers at sports games. But the National Football League is changing that.<p>The NFL showcased …

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LGBTI Pride will be a big deal in 2017

It’s easy to be critical of gay pride events, but 2017 could be a milestone year for how the LGBTI community around the world marks the evolving …

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Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens, study says

Guess what? It <i>did</i> get better for gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers when the states they were growing up in changed their laws to allow same-sex marriage, a new study finds.<p>More specifically, in a 16-year period during which changes in state marriage laws were sweeping the nation, states that …

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Federal Judge Orders South Carolina to List Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates

In 2015’s <i>Obergefell v. Hodges</i>, the Supreme Court ruled that states must provide marriage rights to same-sex couples “on the same terms and conditions …

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Her son was lynched for being gay. Now her fight for justice is at risk from Trump

Matthew Shepard’s murder in Wyoming in 1998 spurred his mother Judy to get the law changed but Trump’s election means ‘my plan got blown to smithereens’<p>Almost 20 years after the brutal and very public death of her son, Matt, who had been the victim of one of the most notorious anti-gay hate crimes …

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This Powerful Ad Urges LGBTQ Couples To Hold Hands In Public

A few years ago a friend told me I was brave for holding my girlfriend's hand in public. That shouldn't be true, but it was. I felt brave. Braver than I had been two years before, when my then girlfriend and I had just started dating and would stop holding hands as soon as we got a dirty look. And, …

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A Florist Who Refused A Gay Couple Just Lost At The Washington State Supreme Court

Barronelle Stutzman claimed her Christian faith exempted her from the state’s LGBT nondiscrimination law. The Washington Supreme Court disagreed, unanimously.<p>The Washington State Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously against a Christian florist who had refused to sell flowers for a gay …

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

PASADENA, Calif. — Fifty years ago next month, CBS broadcast “The Homosexuals,” an unsettling documentary about a subject “that people find disturbing,” as Mike Wallace, the anchor, put it. For nearly an hour, viewers saw a gay man in shadows describing the tragedy of his life, psychiatrists who …

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We're About To See If Employers Can Protect LGBT Workers When The Government Won't

The White House and state legislators have made it clear they won't protect LGBT employment rights, but some businesses are fighting back.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of</i> Fast Company.<p>Late last month, a leaked draft of an executive order …

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Trump shows his true hand on LGBTQ rights

Tim Holbrook is a professor of law at Emory University School of Law. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia. The views expressed are his and his alone.<p>(CNN)There has been some uncertainty as to how …

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NBA All-Star game spotlights LGBT oasis in the South

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city hosting this year's NBA All-Star game has long enjoyed a reputation as a welcoming place for the gay and lesbian community. New Orleans is home to one of the country's oldest gay bars, the gay celebration Southern Decadence draws nearly 200,000 people yearly, and gay and …

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LGBTQ Advocates ‘Disappointed’ by DeVos Confirmation

Betsy DeVos was confirmed as education secretary head Tuesday after Vice President Mike Pence took the unprecedented step of voting to break a 50-50 tie.<p>Opposition to DeVos was intense compared to that expressed at other Trump administration Cabinet hearings; Democrats held an all-night speaking …

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Here is how the Boy Scouts has evolved on social issues over the years

When the Boy Scouts of America announced last week that it would now accept transgender boys, it was the latest example of how the storied institution has transformed as the country changed around it.<p>“Communities and state laws are now interpreting gender identity differently than society did in …

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The Loving, Warlike Unity of Gay Americans Against Trump

“We have faced institutional oppression for as long as society has existed,” Corey Johnson, a young, gay New York City Council member, said on Saturday afternoon. “Progress is not guaranteed.” He was speaking to the several thousand demonstrators who had gathered outside Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn, …

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Levi’s launches 2017 Pride collection

Levi’s is about to roll out the fourth installment of its limited-edition Pride collection for 2017. The collection’s inspiration, “Fight Stigma,” underscores Levi’s commitment to fighting for and protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community.<p>The Pride offering features T-shirts ($29.50), trucker …

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner worked to sink LGBT order

Members of the religious right with ties to the Trump administration say they have been led to believe that some changes will still be coming.<p>Updated 02/03/17 04:42 PM EST<p>Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump helped lead the charge to scuttle a draft executive order that would have overturned Obama-era …

Government

Gorsuch is Wrong for the LGBTQ Community, SCOTUS

In <i>Druley v. Patton,</i> Gorsuch forfeited the opportunity to recognize the Constitutional rights of a transgender woman who was incarcerated, refusing to …

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Hundreds of Faith Leaders Urge Trump to Preserve LGBTQ Protections

Hundreds of religious leaders have signed a letter urging President Donald Trump not to weaken federal protections for LGBTQ Americans working for government contractors.<p>The letter is being circulated at the same time as a purported draft of a proposed executive order that would carve out an …

Government

Thousands Of LGBTQ People Set To Protest Trump In NYC On Saturday

Because now is not the time to be silent.<p>The symbolic heart of the LGBTQ rights movement will be a place of peaceful demonstration once again this weekend.<p>New York Councilman Corey Johnson has organized an “LGBT Solidarity Rally,” set for this Saturday, Feb. 4, outside of the Stonewall Inn in …

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Lauren Jauregui Speaks Out Against Mike Pence and Conversion Therapy

It's one of many reasons why she's against the Trump administration.<p>A lot of celebrities have come out against President Trump's administration for a lot of different reasons. From women's rights to Trump's anti-immigration policies, many have spoken out against Trump and his team both before and …

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What Is FADA & Why Is It Important Now?

There was a rumor this week that President Trump was gearing up to announce a discriminatory executive order targeting LGBTQ people. Thankfully, the White House shut this down, issuing a statement emphasizing President Trump's commitment to upholding the executive order signed by President Obama in …

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Trump continues Obama order protecting LGBTQ federal workers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> An executive order protecting federal employees from anti-LGBTQ discrimination that was first signed in 2014 by President Barack Obama will continue under President Donald Trump, the White House said Tuesday.<p>"President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all …

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Just How Worried Are LGBT Americans About Their Rights Under Trump? Very.

In a whirlwind of actions since assuming the Presidency, Donald Trump has implemented a number of controversial decisions, which his supporters applaud and his detractors jeer.<p>Now, members of the LGBT community are becoming concerned they may be the next target for one of Trump's blizzard of …

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Some good news: Trump will keep Obama’s workplace protections for gay and transgender people

While most minority groups are hunkered down, waiting for the next salvo from the White House, the LGBTQ community can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now.<p>The White House put out a brief statement today saying US president Donald Trump will uphold a 2014 executive order, signed by Barack …

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Iranian Engineer Takes Gay Cruise, Barred from Coming Home

For many, it's risky to leave the United States.<p>Maysam Sodagari, an Iranian chemical engineer, was coming back to the U.S. via Florida from a gay …

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Donald Trump may be planning an assault on LGBTQ rights

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not deny rumors his boss, Republican President Donald Trump, may sign an executive order targeting the …

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