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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 …


Shuffield: History reminds us why LGBT community celebrates

We learned how to fight, for our strength has been born in the trenches, our determination hardened by resistance, our love ignited by a hate!


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 …


Spokane Pride Parade, festival is Saturday

Spokane’s 26th annual Pride Parade is drawing a bit of inspiration from “Star Wars.”


Deadline looming for military to start accepting transgender recruits

Conservative activists are calling for Defense Secretary James Mattis to reverse policy on transgender people in the U.S. military. Mattis is facing a decision about whether to open the door …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

Spokane hoists pride flag above City Hall for first time

The rainbow colors of the gay pride flag, a rallying symbol for LGBT communities, will fly downtown above City Hall through Saturday, when the city will observe its 26th annual …


Transgender student wins appeal in final week of school

A federal appeals court says a transgender student who identifies as a male should be able to use the boys’ bathroom at his Wisconsin high school.


Lithuania opens door to gay Chechens fleeing persecution, while U.S. slams it shut

Gay Russian men are attempting to flee their country amid a wave of detention, torture, and killing in the country’s southern region of Chechnya. Now Lithuania has become one of …


Oregon on track to be first with no-gender option on license

Oregon is on track to become the first state to allow residents to skip a gender identity on their driver’s licenses and identification cards.


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 …


Russian foreign minister: No proof of persecution of gay men

Moscow wants to protect human rights but has no reason to believe reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya, Russian officials said on Monday.


NCAA returns events to NC after state rolls back LGBT law

The NCAA has awarded men’s basketball tournament games in 2020 and 2021 along with several other championship events to North Carolina after the state repealed elements of a law that …


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.


Hundreds march in Amsterdam to support beaten gay couple

Hundreds of people walked hand-in-hand through Amsterdam on Wednesday to show solidarity with two gay men who were badly beaten over the weekend in the eastern city of Arnhem.


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

Appeals court: Civil rights law prohibits discrimination of LGBT

A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Tuesday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination, setting up a likely battle before the Supreme …


North Carolina is flushing its bathroom bill. What’s next?

North Carolina’s General Assembly passed a measure on Thursday to repeal the “bathroom bill” that has provoked an economic backlash since its hasty enactment a year ago. Republican leaders and …


North Carolina lawmakers, governor reach deal to end ‘bathroom bill’ standoff

North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state’s “bathroom bill” through a replacement …


Transgender California inmates could have bras, cosmetics

Transgender California prison inmates would be allowed to have bras, cosmetics and other personal items corresponding to their gender identities under proposed rules filed with state regulators on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 8:27 p.m.

‘Bathroom bill’ to cost North Carolina $3.76 bill, study shows

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a …


Families of transgender students press education secretary on rights

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos watched a transgender girl eat applesauce and draw and listened to another student’s emotional story of feeling marginalized at school, as activists pressed DeVos to make …


100s attend Texas Capitol for transgender bathroom bill vote

A North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” is nearing a first vote in Texas despite opposition from big-name companies including Facebook and the NFL warning that the Super Bowl won’t return to …


Transgender teen to press Supreme Court case despite Trump administration guidance

Attorneys for a transgender teen who sued his school board for barring him from the boys’ bathroom said Thursday that they plan to continue to press his case before the …


Montana committee tables LGBT rights bill

A legislative committee has tabled a bill that sought to extend civil rights protections to gays, lesbians and transgender people across the state.


Trump administration signals change in policy for transgender students

The Trump administration signaled Friday that it was changing course on the previous administration’s efforts to expand transgender rights, submitting a legal brief withdrawing the government’s objections to an injunction …


Texas ‘bathroom bill’ may pose big test for sports leagues

Texas knows how to throw a party, and for the Super Bowl in Houston, a new 29-story luxury hotel with a rooftop pool shaped like a meandering “lazy river” is …


White House considers pulling back on LGBT protections

The White House is embroiled in a debate over whether to reverse some key protections the Obama administration extended to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, according to several people …


Chelsea Manning: a potent symbol for transgender Americans

When Chelsea Manning is released in May, she’ll re-enter a society bitterly divided over transgender rights.


Texas judge halts federal transgender health protections

A federal judge in Texas on Saturday ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 3:58 p.m.

North Carolina will strike down transgender ‘bathroom bill’

North Carolina’s incoming governor says that legislators are planning to hold a special session to repeal a law limiting protections for LGBT people.