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Arkansas asks that city’s LGBT rights ordinance be blocked

Arkansas asked a judge Friday to block enforcement of a city ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, months after the state’s highest court ruled the measure violated a law aimed at prohibiting local LGBT protections.

Transgender community reacts to Trump’s military ban

The president’s tweeted announcement Wednesday morning offered no plausible explanation for denying people who want to serve the opportunity to do so, members and allies of the region’s transgender community said.

Trump declares ban on transgender troops in U.S. military

President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban Wednesday on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military, catching the Pentagon flat-footed and unable to explain what it called Trump’s “guidance.” His proclamation, on Twitter rather than any formal announcement, drew bipartisan denunciations and threw currently serving transgender soldiers into limbo.

Germany legalizes same-sex marriage after Merkel U-turn

German lawmakers voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a move widely supported across the country that brings Germany in line with many of its Western peers. Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the measure, but paved the way for its passage by allowing members of her conservative party to vote according to their conscience.

Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway

Turkish authorities announced Saturday they will not allow the Istanbul Pride march to take place on Sunday – the third year in a row the celebration has been banned. The move prompted criticism from rights groups and fears of possible violence, as Pride organizers said they would defy the ban.

For advocates of gay adoption, progress but also obstacles

Gays and lesbians have ever-expanding opportunities to adopt, and a strong likelihood of finding community support if they do so. Yet bias against prospective gay adoptive parents remains pervasive, whether it’s overt or subtle, and experts in the field say many thousands of gays and lesbians are dissuaded from adopting for fear of encountering such bias.

NBA announces 2019 All-Star game will held in Charlotte

The NBA will hold its 2019 All-Star game in Charlotte. The game will be played at Spectrum Center, home of the Michael Jordan’s Hornets. The All-Star game had been set for Charlotte last February. But the NBA moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. The weekend festivities in Charlotte will be held Feb. 15-17, 2019.