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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 did. WNBA players’ sexual orientation was rarely publicly discussed when the league first started, but now it is embraced and topics like same-sex marriage and child care are commonplace. Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi see it as a chance to help others struggling with their sexuality.

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 has no real chance in the country now.

More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

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 were close to passing a similar measure.

‘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 and this year “Call Me By Your Name” was nominated for that top award. But most of those films didn’t get “Love, Simon’s” reported $17 million budget and a wide-release out of the gates. And the slick high school comedy was one that still hadn’t yet been done.

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 point where being a gay athlete is no longer even an issue.

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 states limit the positive portrayal of homosexuality in the classroom.