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By Christel van der Boom | Gay rights are human rights

Betsy DeVos: If States Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students, It's Cool By Me

Trump's education secretary apparently sees no problem with giving federal money to schools that reject queer kids.<p>WASHINGTON ― Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Wednesday that states should have the flexibility to decide whether schools can discriminate against LGBTQ students ― even if those …

Education

GLAAD Report Finds LGBTQ Characters Are Either Invisible Or Used As Punchlines In Studio Movies

Only 18.4% of studio releases included characters identified as LGBTQ, and the vast majority of those were white, gay men.<p>GLAAD’s annual studio …

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Bay Area remembers the revolutionary Harvey Milk

The Bay Area is observing Harvey Milk Day with several activities around San Francisco. The late gay rights icon would have celebrated his 87th …

LGBTQ rights activist Harvey Milk would have been 87 today—and the movement he helped lead remains as powerful as ever #HarveyMilkDay: https://t.co/BCxedw1bxB

Nurses could deny helping LGBTQ people under Texas’ new ‘religious freedom’ bill

With the Texas Legislature’s session set to close on May 29, Republicans are attempting to beat the clock by pushing through a flood of anti-LGBTQ …

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Dads denied 'family boarding' at Southwest gate

Southwest's family boarding policy, according to southwest.com.<p>Southwest's family boarding policy, according to southwest.com. less<p>CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. …

Airlines

Multimillion-Dollar Hate Groups Are Bullying LGBTQ Children

Aren’t you exhausted by the constant barrage of news — the proposed legislation against our communities and the reports of hate crime after hate …

LGBTQ

Study Finds LGBTQ Students Still Face Higher Rates of Bullying

One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a federal study released Tuesday.<p>"There are areas of concern in terms of bullying and …

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Court Rules LGBTQ People Not Covered by West Virginia Hate Crime Law

If two men are violently attacked for kissing each other in public, is that a form of sex discrimination?<p>Prosecutors in a prominent West Virginia case argued that it is, because if one of those men were female, the alleged homophobic assault would not have occurred. But on Wednesday, the state's …

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OutFront: Out CEO Helps Give Back to Homeless LGBTQ Youth

When Brendon Lynch visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center in November 2016, he got his first glimpse into the lives of homeless LGBTQ youth.<p>"I thought I knew a lot, and as a gay man — I thought I knew it all, but I learned so much more," Lynch told NBC Out.<p>The Rudy's Barbershop CEO said the company, …

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50 States, 50 Heroes

Alabama<b><br>Patricia Todd</b> <br>“Patricia was an out lesbian advocate before being LGBTQ was cool. She is the first openly gay elected Alabama legislator …

LGBTQ

BREAKING: Discrimination in Texas: House Passes Anti-LGBTQ Bill

Today, HRC called out the Texas House of Representatives for passing HB 3859, a bill that would allow child welfare organizations -- including …

Rights & Freedoms

LGBTQ centers face "horrifying and shocking" wave of attacks in Trump's America

The bullet holes weren't what terrified Toby Jenkins. It was what happened after that shook him — and left Tulsa's LGBTQ residents searching for …

LGBTQ

Shepard Smith Gets More Vocal About Being Gay Amid Fox News Tumult

"I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I’m in love with.”<p>Shepard Smith, chief breaking news anchor at Fox News …

Texas Adoption Agencies Could Soon Ban Gays, Jews, Muslims

AUSTIN, Texas — Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature.<p>Five other states have passed …

Equality

Bullying Is Driving LGBTQ People Out of Tech, Study Finds

There has been no shortage of news coverage surrounding high-profile reports of harassment and discrimination in the tech industry. Most notably, perhaps, was the recent coverage of a former Uber engineer who detailed in a blog post the sexual harassment she said she experienced while working for …

Diversity

Florida LGBT rights push reflects changing times

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Republican, a Democrat and a lobbyist for leading businesses in Florida huddled this spring at the state Capitol, mapping out the next move in a campaign to enact the first statewide LGBT anti-discrimination law in the U.S. South.<p>A record number of Republican …

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The first 100 days in LGBT rights

<b>(CNN) —</b> Even before US President Donald Trump took office, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans feared his administration would roll back gains they made in the Obama administration.<p>Now, 100 days into Trump's presidency, advocacy groups say their concerns have been realized through …

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Should Companies Lead the LGBT Equality Revolution?

Last week, Nikki Haley, America's ambassador to the United Nations, issued a statement reaffirming U.S. commitment to non-discrimination and calling …

LGBTQ

LGBT Groups to Trump: Sign the Anti-LGBT EO, and We’ll See You on Court

It is not known whether President Trump is about to sign a sweeping anti-LGBT executive order, but if he does, LGBT groups plan to take him to court.<p>LGBT and civil rights groups were not surprised by reports that President Donald Trump may sign an anti-LGBT executive order on “religious liberty” on …

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Texas faith leaders don't want state legislators pushing anti-LGBT laws in their name

Prayer is a staple of the Texas Capitol, where lawmakers begin each legislative day with an invocation and bowed heads.<p>But on Wednesday, about 50 faith leaders of various denominations lined the stairs outside the Texas House in protest. Their prayer was silent, but their message was clear: don’t …

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Over 200 Members of Congress File Federal LGBTQ-Rights Bill

In a majority of U.S. states, it's legal for a business to put a sign in the window saying "no gays allowed."<p>While such a scenario seems unlikely in 2017, it could happen. That's because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not included in the nondiscrimination protections provided by …

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Gay Man Sues Funeral Home That Refused His 82-Year-Old Husband’s Body

One Mississippi family's pain and grief after losing a loved one was compounded when the local funeral home suddenly refused to perform their relative's cremation because he was gay.<p>Robert Huskey passed away in May 2016 after his heart condition worsened over the previous year. Knowing that his …

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LGBTQ groups fear Tennessee bill would roll back civil rights

Knox Pridefest takes place in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2012. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Wyoming_JackrabbitLGBTQ groups fear a bill in Tennessee, …

Equality

Private College Mandates Staff Signs Document Opposing Gay Marriage

MONTREAT, N.C. — A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. One faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school.<p>News media outlets report that …

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Alt-Right Gays to Log Cabin Republicans: You're No Conservatives

Being gay and conservative used to be an idiosyncratic curiosity, like being gay with a bad haircut—now, it’s a way to get favs and followers.<p>When the Metropolitan Republican Club unveiled an upcoming panel discussion on “The Gay Right: LGBT Conservatives, Libertarians and Beyond!”, the first thing …

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The NBA is teaming up with LGBT entrepreneurs, and that's good business for both

In welcome news for LGBT business owners across the U.S., the National Basketball Association (NBA) has partnered with the National Gay & Lesbian …

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First 100 Days: How President Trump Has Impacted LGBTQ Rights

This Saturday marks Donald Trump's 100th day as President of the United States, but for some Americans, his tenure feels much longer. Trump's first 100 days have been marked by dozens of executive actions, heated protest marches and even a Senate investigation into election tampering.<p>For many LGBTQ …

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Sen. Mike Enzi: A Guy Who Wears A Tutu To A Bar 'Kind Of Asks For It'

The Wyoming senator was speaking to a group of high school and middle school students.<p>Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) told a group of high school and middle school students last week that it’s fine to be a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer community ― but if you’re too open about …

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