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By Christel van der Boom | Gay rights are human rights

Poll On LGBT Tolerance Makes Grim Reading For U.S. Soccer

A poll of 50,000 soccer fans on LGBT inclusion and homophobic abuse in soccer, the largest ever poll of its type, found that just 63% of American soccer fans would be comfortable if a player in the national team came out as gay or bisexual.<p>The poll was conducted by LGBT rights charity Stonewall and …

Soccer

Cory Booker slams Trump's 'all-out assault' on LGBTQ Americans

"This administration has put forth an all-out assault on the LGBTQ community," Sen. Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, said of the Trump administration's approach to policies impacting LGBTQ Americans.<p>In an exclusive video sent to NBC Out, Booker took aim at President Donald Trump for his attempt …

LGBTQ

U.S. Supreme Court Turns Away Sexual-Orientation Bias Case

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a chance to decide whether the main federal job-bias law bars discrimination on the basis of sexual …

LGBTQ

Centre for homeless LGBT youths opens just in time for Christmas thanks to the late Bea Arthur

She left $300,000 to the Ali Forney Centre in her will<p>The Ali Forney Centre is named after a transgender teen who was murdered in 1997.<p>A new …

LGBTQ

why we need stronger lgbt+ representation in advertising

It’s probably not a massive shock that LGBT+ people are woefully under represented in advertising -- and then there’s the sad fact that the most complained about ad of 2016 was a builder in heels. So what’s being done to change this? We find out.<p><i>This article was originally published by i-D …

LGBTQ

Waiter fired after sharing customer’s homophobic receipt

A restaurant worker in North Carolina was fired after he shared a picture of a customer’s anti-gay receipt on Facebook.<p>A server, identified only as …

Homophobia

Kim Davis turned him away. Now he's running to unseat her.

“We weren’t anticipating it would blow up,” Ermold said. “We thought it would get some attention on Reddit, but then the emails started coming from all over.”<p>Emails were followed by journalists, politicians and pundits, who flocked to the town from across the country.<p>Davis, who spent five days in …

Equality

The Gay Wage Gap Is Both Real and Invisible

The glossy TV and pop culture images of high-earning, luxe-living gay men and lesbians hide a darker reality of low wages and financial insecurity.<p>If …

LGBTQ

The Supreme Court wedding cake case shows it’s time to redefine free speech

In 2012, a gay couple in Colorado asked a baker to make them a wedding cake. The baker refused, saying that to do so would mean going against his religious beliefs. The Colorado government sided with the gay couple, arguing that the baker’s decision violated state anti-discrimination laws.<p>The case …

LGBTQ

Freedom of speech, religion vs LGBT rights

The Lead political panel discusses.

LGBTQ

Sarah Sanders: Trump OK With Businesses Hanging Antigay Signs

The press secretary said the president's devotion to so-called religious liberties extends to businesses hanging signs about refusing service to LGBT …

LGBTQ

Justice Kennedy Grills Baker In Colorado Same-Sex Rights Case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided with likely pivotal vote Justice Anthony Kennedy posing tough …

Equality

LGBT reporters excluded from White House Christmas party for first time in generation

The Trump White House has excluded LGBT and black reporters from its annual media Christmas party.<p>It is the first time since President George W. Bush …

World AIDS Day

This Supreme Court Case Is About Cake. But It Could Change LGBT Rights

Three men will face the Supreme Court of the United States on Dec. 5 to settle a dispute over a wedding cake. David Mullins and Charlie Craig met …

Equality

Growing Up Black And Gay In The South

I thought there was literally a demon or evil spirit causing me to be gay and I wanted to do everything I could to get rid of it.<p>I remember my first solo in the Sunbeam Children’s Choir at Antioch Baptist Church: a beautiful, southern, predominantly African-American congregation nestled in the …

Emotions

Same-Sex Couples Don't Get the Same Marriage Benefits as Heterosexuals in Texas

Same-sex couples can get married in Texas, but they won’t have the same rights that heterosexual couples do.<p>The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower …

Equality

LGBT Youth Are 120% More Likely To Be Homeless Than Straight People, Study Shows

LGBT youth are 120 percent more likely to experience homelessness than their heterosexual and cisgendered peers, according to a study released …

LGBTQ

Most LGTBQ Americans have experienced violence

Most LGBTQ Americans face harrassment and violence.<p>Indeed, 51 percent LGBTQ Americans say they have been sexually harassed or experienced violence …

LGBTQ

My Dad's Military Job Was to Fire Gay People Like Me

"It is tough imaging my father investigating gays and lesbians, turning them into his superiors who would then drum them out of the military. His actions ruined lives."<p>This article originally appeared on <i>VICE Canada</i>.<p>During the Cold War, the Canadian government was preoccupied with the never-proven …

LGBTQ

Why a Forgotten KKK Raid on a Gay Club in Miami Still Matters 80 Years Later

Decades ago, a raid at a queer joint made headlines and became the source of major public discussion. Those who conducted the raid sought to suppress …

LGBTQ

Smirnoff continues focus on inclusivity in latest star-studded LGBTQ+ 'We're Open' campaign

Smirnoff has partnered with the LGBT Foundation for the next phase of it's inclusive 'We're Open' campaign, this time bringing together non-binary …

LGBTQ

Barbie’s New Collab Takes A Stand For LGBTQ Rights

Barbie Style Instagram post pictures of dolls wearing Love Wins shirts<p>For many kids, Barbie dolls are more than mere playthings. Barbies are vehicles …

Kids

Most LGBTQ Americans experience harassment, discrimination, Harvard study finds

The majority of LGBTQ Americans say they have experienced some form of harassment or discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a report by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Public Radio.<p>The survey, a …

LGBTQ

These 11 U.S. cities failed an LGBTQ equality evaluation

Eleven cities across the U.S. scored a zero — out of 100 — on the sixth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which evaluates municipalities based on the level of LGBTQ inclusion found in their municipal laws, policies and services.<p>The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the …

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Anti-gay supporters rally for Roy Moore, worrying LGBTQ community

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A smiling Roy Moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his fiercest religious allies.<p>Flanked by a huge sign for Moore's Senate campaign, one supporter railed against the "LGBT mafia" and "homosexualist gay terrorism." Another warned that "homosexual sodomy" destroys those who …

Equality

Lesbian Democrat pulls off election victory in conservative Oklahoma

Deeply red Oklahoma elected a state senator this week who breaks the mold of the typical Sooner State politician. Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman, a 26-year-old lesbian, bested Republican Brian O’Hara in Tuesday’s special election to win a seat in west Tulsa’s conservative Senate District …

Elections

LGBTQ Representation on TV Still Sucks

A new GLAAD representation report found that the majority of queer characters on TV are white and male.<p>From a lack of racial diversity in the LGBTQ characters that <i>do</i> exist on TV, to the tropes and clichés their roles often embody, it sometimes feels like the best case scenario for queer TV …

LGBTQ

This is the hidden financial cost of being an LGBTQ American in 2017

It’s true: Legal protections have increased measurably over the last decade for LGBTQ communities across the United States — most clearly with a 2015 …

Five brave LGBTQ teachers tell Moneyish how they came out to their students

Despite fears of stigma, prejudice and job insecurity, these five educators came out to their students in ways both bold and quiet<p>It gets better — …