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Shawn Vestal: Longtime activist looks back on half-century of progress since Stonewall riots

Christopher Lawrence has seen massive social changes in the 50 years since the riots at the Stonewall Inn, and he’s helped a lot of those changes come about in Spokane …


‘To Thrive, Not Just Survive’: Spokane Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival enjoys record-breaking crowds

More than 100 groups signed up to be in the parade this year with 1,500 people marching, according to Michael Jepson, OutSpokane’s parade coordinator.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Court again rules against florist who refused gay couple

A Richland florist did not face religious intolerance as government officials considered the case of whether she could refuse to provided flowers for the wedding of a gay couple, the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Kenyan court upholds laws criminalizing same-sex relations

Kenya’s High Court on Friday upheld sections of the penal code that criminalize same-sex relations, a disappointment for gay rights activists across Africa where dozens of countries have similar laws.


House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections …


Griffin honored for LGBTQ activism, pays tribute to Spade

Kathy Griffin paid tribute Tuesday night to Kate Spade by dressing head-to-toe in the late designer’s apparel to accept an honor for her activism and fundraising for LGBTQ causes.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Cake v. Flowers: Supreme Court ruling may not apply in Washington case

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that said a Colorado baker didn’t have to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding has some differences with a Washington case involving flowers for …


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 …


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.


Rainbow flag flies at U.S. monument, but not on federal land

Gay rights activists who worked to get a rainbow flag installed permanently at the newly created Stonewall National Monument are upset the National Park Service says the flag isn’t actually …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Businesses ask Supreme Court to take gay rights case

Some of America’s most well-known companies are urging the Supreme Court to decide whether a federal law prohibits discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation. They ultimately want the court …


Egypt steps up crackdown on homosexuals, arrests 27

Egyptian security officials say authorities are stepping up a crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality, arresting a total of 27 over a little more than a week.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Richland floral shop owner wants U.S. Supreme Court to review discrimination ruling

Barronelle Stutzman is taking the discrimination case against her Richland flower shop to the U.S. Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 8:26 p.m.

Gay rights parade held in Poland ruled by conservative gov’t

Thousands of people marched and danced down the streets of central Warsaw on Saturday to show their support for gay rights, calling for stronger defiance of discrimination and greater acceptance …


Lowry stood up for liberal beliefs

His lack of varnish was part of his charm. We’ll remember him as a political leader who tried to stay true to his causes.


It’s now illegal in Russia to share an image of Putin as a gay clown

Russia has banned a picture depicting President Vladimir Putin as a potentially gay clown.


UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 2:26 p.m.

Creator of rainbow flag, symbol of gay rights, dies at 65

The creator of the rainbow flag that has become a widely recognized symbol of gay rights has died at age 65.


Census suggests counting LGBTQ, then ‘corrects’ and deletes

The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it mistakenly proposed counting LGBTQ Americans and has since “corrected” the proposal to remove the gender and sexuality category. Gay rights groups quickly …


Idaho Dems introduce ‘Add the Words’ bill on discrimination against gays

Idaho Democrats have introduced the “Add the Words” bill – to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act to ban discrimination on those …


Lawsuit: Idaho paternity laws violate rights of same-sex couples and their kids

Idaho’s laws on paternity, artificial insemination and vital statistics unconstitutionally violate the rights of same-sex couples and their children, a new lawsuit filed Thursday in federal district court charges.


Court: Gays can seek parental rights for nonbiological kids

New York’s highest court expanded the definition of parenthood Tuesday by ruling that former same-sex couples may seek visitation and custody of children even when they aren’t the biological or …


Lawsuit nixed against Kentucky clerk who fought gay marriage

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Central Idaho school district adopts gender inclusion policy

A school district in central Idaho has approved a new gender inclusion policy that allows students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.


New Jersey proposal expands infertility coverage to lesbians

A federal lawsuit brought by a New Jersey lesbian couple who want to have a baby may mean insurance coverage for women who currently don’t meet the state’s definition of …


Q&A: No immediate ruling on Obama transgender directive

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas and 12 other states asked a federal judge on Friday to halt an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools. …


Navy ship to be named for late gay rights leader Harvey Milk

The late gay rights leader Harvey Milk already has schools, streets and parks named in his honor. Soon, a U.S. Navy ship will join the list.


George Takei says the decision to make Sulu gay is ‘really unfortunate’

George Takei did not want “Star Trek Beyond’s” Sulu to be gay? Oh my. While news broke that “Star Trek Beyond” will feature an openly gay Hikaru Sulu in a …


Opinions from past provide perspective

Editorials covered the fight against poverty, city-county consolidation, and an anti-gay rights initiative in Idaho.


Photo: Mark of solidarity

A tattoo in tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting decorates the leg of Jen Loder, of Orlando, Fla., as she attends a memorial vigil Saturday.


Looking Back: Opinions from past add perspective

Editorials covered moving holidays to Mondays, an initiative to limit employment opportunities for gay people and increasing U.S. secrecy and surveillance after 9/11.