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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Bisexual lawyer rejected by Union Gospel Mission sues

A bisexual Christian man is suing Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission after it refused to hire him as an attorney because of his sexual orientation.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Drag queen planting seeds of growth in Moscow community

Gordon Mellott lives a crazy busy life. And that is just the way he loves it.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Feds say rainbow crosswalks in Kentucky pose safety hazard

A rainbow-colored crosswalk honoring the LGBT community in Lexington, Kentucky, is a distracting safety hazard and should be removed, a federal official said.

Rights report urges China to ban gay conversion therapy

The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement and forced medication, a …

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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 …