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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 9:11 p.m.

Stalled in Congress, LGBT rights advance at the local level

At the U.S. Capitol and in most statehouses nationwide, supporters of LGBT rights are unable to make major gains these days. Instead, they’re notching victories in seemingly unlikely venues, such …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

Hundreds join pride march in India, where gay sex is illegal

Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, marched through India’s capital on Sunday in celebration but also defiance in a nation that continues …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 7:29 p.m.

Court orders Arizona tribe to recognize same-sex marriages

A tribal court has cleared the way for gay couples to marry on an American Indian reservation in the Phoenix area after a two-year legal battle that could have repercussions …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Faith and Values: Tolerance, a step toward embrace

How can we see tolerance as one (big) step toward more fully embracing either our own humanity or someone else’s? I was stimulated to ask this question of myself – …


In Africa, LGBT rights activists worry about Trump impact

Defending LGBT rights can be dangerous in Africa, where many countries have laws against homosexuality. But in recent years activists have stepped out of the shadows, empowered by the support …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 12:24 a.m.

Montana may update rule for birth certificate gender change

Montana’s health department is taking public comment on a rule change that would make it easier for transgender and intersex residents to correct the gender on their birth certificate.


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: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court is asked to block Mississippi LGBT law

Advocates of same-sex marriage are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a new Mississippi law that lets government workers and business people cite their own religious objections to …


Trump’s one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump’s administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 3:34 p.m.

Sessions ends transgender workplace protections

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work.


New discussion in challenge to LGBT religious objections law

Opponents might get another chance to block a Mississippi law that lets government workers or private businesspeople cite religious beliefs to deny services to gay or lesbian couples.


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: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Supreme Court opens pivotal term with Trump nominee in place

Disputes over a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and partisan electoral maps top the Supreme Court’s agenda in the first full term of the Trump presidency. Conservatives will look …


Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

Two international rights groups called on Egyptian authorities on Saturday to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 7:28 p.m.

‘Ja’ at last: 1st same-sex couples in Germany to wed Sunday

The two civil servants from Berlin are expected to become the first gay couple to tie the knot in Germany when a law allowing same-sex marriages takes effect Sunday.


Popular priest disinvited from Catholic University’s seminary after protests over his LGBT book

The Rev. James Martin, a popular priest who published a book earlier this year encouraging a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church, has been disinvited from giving …


Trump adds to rollback of Obama legacy with anti-gay measures

Early on, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people seemed to be exempted from Donald Trump’s most inflammatory rhetoric. He was the first Republican presidential nominee to mention LGBT people in …


Trump directive sparks criticism among transgender troops

Active-duty transgender troops say a policy change that puts them at risk of being removed and indefinitely bars transgender people from enlisting in the military is a step backward for …


Christian ministry sues watchdog group over hate label

A Florida-based evangelical ministry is suing a liberal watchdog organization that called it a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights.


Shawn Vestal: No compassion visible in imperious judgment of transgender people

A column in last Saturday’s newspaper stated that transgender identity was neither normal or acceptable. That’s a lie. Or perhaps lie isn’t the right word – it’s probably not a …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 3:37 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 3:49 p.m.

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.” …


Robin Pickering: Sex-education curriculum reflects reality

These students do not deserve to be brushed aside because meeting their specific curriculum concerns makes educators, school board members, or our community uncomfortable.


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.


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 …


UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 9:13 p.m.

Mayor: Unity celebrated in 43rd annual Seattle Pride parade

As temperatures began to rise, hundreds of men, women and children carrying rainbow flags hit the streets in the 43th annual Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday.


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 …


California AG bans state travel to Texas, 3 other states

California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year.