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‘I am proud to be a gay son of God’: Mormon valedictorian comes out in graduation speech

A commencement ceremony on Friday at Brigham Young University, the flagship academic institution of the Mormon Church, was an unlikely occasion for this pronouncement: “I stand before my family, friends …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

‘Are you gay, though?’ Man records alleged assault, prompting police investigation.

It was closing time Saturday, and Sal Trejo waited for a car to pick up him and a group of friends in the Salt Lake City night. An unidentified man …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Alaska Air faces backlash after gay couple forced to give up seats

Alaska Airlines faces a public relations storm after a gay couple were forced to give up their seats on a flight from New York City to Los Angeles on Sunday …


Response to sex abuse claims cost Seattle mayor gay support

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray built his standing in the gay community and in Washington state politics through a decades-long push for bias protections, domestic partnerships and finally, marriage equality. But …


Chechen leader invokes damnation for gay persecution claims

Chechnya’s strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that his southern Russian republic has tortured and even killed gay men, denying that there even are any homosexual men in his region.


44 people detained during Istanbul’s banned LGBT pride event

Turkey’s official news agency says 44 people were detained during a march for LGBT rights that the governor of Istanbul had banned.


UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 4:14 p.m.

Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance – and face some

Thousands of people lined the streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as …


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 …


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 …


Skittles ditches rainbow to give LGBT pride ‘center stage’

Skittles has temporarily ditched its rainbow theme in favor of an all-white look in the United Kingdom and Germany in order to give LGBT pride celebrations “center stage.”


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 12:28 p.m.

From The Spokesman-Review archives: Decades of clips show evolution in attitudes toward LGBT community

As Spokane prepares for its 26th Pride Parade Saturday, clips from The Spokesman-Review archives provide a window into how much some attitudes toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 5:12 p.m.

Mormon church severs some of its ties to Boy Scouts

The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths from the organization as part …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 9:11 p.m.

Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims

Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under …


Chechen gays survive torture, flee to Moscow safe houses

Anzor is a gay man from Chechnya, the predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia where dozens of men suspected of being gay were reportedly detained and tortured, and at least …


Gay activists detained in Russia at protest against torture

Russian police have detained several gay rights activists in St. Petersburg during a protest against the reported abuse of homosexuals in Chechnya.


Hawaii bill giving equal access to fertility treatment dies

Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill that sought equal access to fertility treatments for gay and lesbian couples and single women.


Russia asked to end alleged killings of gays in Chechnya

International organizations on Thursday urged the Russian government to investigate the reported abuse and killings of gay men in Russia’s southern republic of Chechnya.


U.K. pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

The British government has passed a law granting posthumous pardons to thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished anti-homosexuality laws, and allowing those who are still alive to have …


Idaho student group to host ‘Why Gay is not the New Black’

Dr. Voddie Baucham, a black pastor and author, will deliver a talk titled “Why Gay is not the New Black” today during an open event hosted by the University of …


Idaho man charged with federal hate crime in fatal beating

An Idaho man has been charged with a federal hate crime after prosecutors said he lured a gay man to a remote location and then beat him to death.


Trump considering woman, openly gay man for leadership posts

President-elect Donald Trump is considering a woman and an openly gay man to fill major positions in his new leadership team, history-making moves that would inject diversity into a Trump …


U.K. to pardon thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible …


Jury convicts Georgia man who threw boiled water on gay men

A jury convicted a Georgia man on Wednesday for throwing boiled water on a same-sex couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.


Seattle City Council bans ‘conversion therapy’ for gay youngsters

The Seattle City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance to bar the practice of conversion therapy to try to make gay young people straight.


Reports: Authorities feared terrorism, explosives at Pulse

Law enforcement officials immediately suspected terrorism and adjusted their staging areas due to fears about an explosive device as they responded to reports of shots fired at a gay nightclub …


Motivations of Orlando killer hard to untangle

Omar Mateen is the worst mass murderer in American history. But why?


Man going to gay pride event had numerous weapons, police say

Police found a loaded assault rifle with magazines rigged to allow 60 shots to be fired in quick succession, along with 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode …


Michael Sam, NFL’s first openly gay player, to speak at CWU during Pride Week

Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, will be a guest speaker at Central Washington University during the school’s annual Pride Week.


Colton Haynes: ‘Terminal anxiety’ led to ‘Teen Wolf’ break

Former “Teen Wolf” star Colton Haynes says “terminal anxiety” is what prompted him to take a break from television.


Dana Milbank: Tar Heels stuck on discrimination

Though it’s not clear whether that broader shift to the left will occur among corporations, there is no doubt that a dramatic change has occurred on gay rights.