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Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom.

Trump administration revokes transgender health protection

In a move applauded by President Donald Trump's conservative religious base, his administration on Friday finalized a rule that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care.

Spokane Pride celebrations go virtual after festival rescheduled

People won’t take to the streets this month to shower the city with acceptance and visibility for the LGBTQ community as they normally do each June, which is Pride month. But local organizers are hosting virtual celebrations to fill the gap until, they hope, the normal festivities can take place this fall.

Idaho student leaders denounce anti-transgender laws

“These bills have no constitutional or scientific basis and are negatively targeting a community that already faces a host of hurdles and discrimination based on who they are,” the students wrote. “The bills are unnecessary, potentially expensive, and may produce various legal repercussions.”

Legislature bans ‘surprise’ defense in LGBTQ attacks

A person charged with attacking or killing an LGBTQ victim won’t be able to argue they are not guilty because they were so “surprised” to learn of the victim’s sexual orientation or identity that they aren’t responsible for the crime.

Trump courts religious groups with rules that worry LGBTQ groups

President Donald Trump unveiled a slew of rule proposals Thursday intended to expand the ability of religious groups to get federal money and to loosen restrictions on how they spend it, courting a valuable political constituency as the Senate began a critical phase of the impeachment process.

Spokane developers create app to help transgender people transition

The app, which released for Android and Apple devices last week, is intended to be a first-of-its-kind, safe and secure way for people in the midst of transition to receive guidance. Robbi Katherine Anthony, one of the developers behind the project, said transgender youth can feel like the process is impossible, and the app provides a sense of progress toward a difficult goal.