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UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 10:54 a.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is repealing 2015 rules banning baptisms of LGBT parents

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules unveiled in 2015 that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy …


For many Native Americans, embracing LGBT members is a return to the past

The sound of drums, singing and prayers marked the opening of a powwow in Phoenix on a Saturday afternoon this month. Marchers carried the flags of the United States and …


Methodists in Coeur d’Alene applaud inclusivity sermon

Pastor Heather Seman says the Community United Methodist Church stands for inclusivity, contrary to an international conference of Methodists which upheld a ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy. About …


Area leaders of United Methodist church react to LGBT decisions

At a special session Tuesday, the United Methodist Church voted for the plan that would continue the prohibition of gay clergy and same-sex marriage within the church, and provide harsher …


United Methodist Church on edge of breakup over LGBT stand

The United Methodist Church is teetering on the brink of breakup after more than half the delegates at an international conference voted to maintain bans on same-sex weddings and ordination …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

Japan court upholds sterilization to register gender change

Human rights and LGBT activists on Friday denounced a ruling by Japan’s Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their …


Report: 2 killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya

The Russian republic of Chechnya has launched a new crackdown on gays in which at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained, LGBT activists in …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films.


Colorado baker back in court over 2nd LGBT bias allegation

Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds – a stand partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court – …


Kentucky clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples loses to Democrat

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, lost Tuesday in her re-election bid for the Rowan County clerkship.


Drag show thrives in Washington’s timber country, but it’s not all sequins and rainbows

Despite some opposition, drag shows have helped draw support for the region’s LGBTQIA community.


Democrats pick gay, Native American nominee in Kansas 3rd

Sharice Davids shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from ruby red Kansas on Wednesday, becoming the state’s first Native American and gay nominee for Congress.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 10:34 a.m.

Thousands march in Jerusalem Gay Pride amid surrogacy uproar

More than 15,000 people marched in the Gay Pride Parade through Jerusalem on Thursday, partying in the shadow of a recently passed surrogacy law that excludes homosexual fathers and outraged …


Imagine Dragons headlines festival for LGBT youth in the Mormon church

Apple CEO Tim Cook is among those heading to Salt Lake City for a Saturday music festival organized by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds to support LGBT youth in the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

WNBA All-Stars see coming out as way to help others

Many of the WNBA’s top players, including several in this weekend’s All-Star game, have come out over the past few years. Their decisions have not generated the headlines they once …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 11:55 a.m.

Young conservative shakes things up at GOP confab, but party sticks with anti-gay marriage stance

A young conservative shook things up Saturday at the Idaho Republican Party state convention in Pocatello, but despite his plea, the party stuck with anti-gay marriage platform planks.


Celebration, defiance mix at New York City gay pride parade

Celebration and pride mixed with defiance in New York City on Sunday as throngs of people crowded the streets, rainbow flags waving, for the annual gay pride march.


29th Boise Pridefest: ‘You matter. You are loved.’

Though there was no rain, downtown Boise radiated hues from a rainbow Friday and Saturday as the 29th Boise Pride Festival took place.


Pride parades and rainbow art defy conservative Polish times

Pride celebrations come as LGBT activists say a conservative turn in Poland is forcing them to fight harder for their rights, even though their hope of seeing same-sex marriage legalized …


Va. hardware store at center of Boy Scout controversy fires employee accused of making anti-gay slur

A historic hardware store in Purcellville, Virginia, announced Tuesday morning it has fired an employee accused of using an anti-gay slur while kicking out a teenage Boy Scout seeking donations …


Oklahoma passes faith veto on LGBT adoptions; Kansas close

Oklahoma legislators approved a measure Thursday to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes and lawmakers in Kansas …


The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’ support for gay rights

Although the company’s search materials don’t make it explicit, Amazon has quietly made rights for and acceptance of gay and transgender people part of its criteria in choosing a second …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

Conversion therapy for LGBT youth banned in Washington state

Washington bans conversion therapy as harmful to LGBT youth.


California to get first female and first LGBT Senate leader

San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate’s top job.


‘Love, Simon’ breaks ground with a radical ordinariness

It’s not that Hollywood studios haven’t centered high-profile stories around gay protagonists, or even coming-of-age stories with a gay lead– just last year “Moonlight” won best picture at the Oscars …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 2:53 p.m.

Mississippi town rejects gay pride parade; lawsuit possible

Organizers of a group planning a Mississippi college town’s first-ever gay pride parade said Wednesday they’re exploring legal action after city officials denied them a permit.


Kenworthy embracing LGBT flag-bearer role in Pyeongchang

U.S. skier Gus Kenworthy is vigorously embracing an unofficial role at the Winter Games as flag-bearer for the LGBT community. The 2014 silver medalist hopes to help sport reach a …


South Dakota considers ban on teaching about gender identity

South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say targets transgender students in the same way some …


Imagine Dragons singer in Sundance film about LGBT Mormons

The Mormon frontman of the Imagine Dragons rock band hopes the Sundance Film Festival documentary that follows his journey to becoming an advocate for LGBT Mormon youth triggers real change …


In lawsuits, same-sex couples say U.S. wrongly denied their children citizenship

When Blixt tried to register her son as an American citizen at the U.S. consulate, officials refused because he was not her blood relative, and her wife, who conceived the …