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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

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.


Louisiana governor’s LGBT rights order thrown out by judge

A judge has thrown out an executive order issued by Louisiana’s governor that was aimed at protecting the rights of LGBT people in state government.


Wal-Mart joining corporate surge to protect LGBT employees

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. added insurance coverage for transgender workers this year, joining more than 500 companies taking a bigger role in advancing the rights of LGBT employees in a competitive …


Trial over North Carolina LGBT bill delayed until summer

A federal trial on the legality of a North Carolina law limiting which restrooms transgender people can use in schools and government buildings has been pushed back until at least …


NCAA relocates 7 events pulled from NC due to LGBT law

The NCAA relocated its men’s basketball regional tournament to Greenville, South Carolina, on Friday after withdrawing the event from Greensboro, North Carolina, because of that state’s law restricting the rights …


ACC follows NCAA’s lead, will relocate athletic championships from North Carolina

The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA’s lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law limiting protections for LGBT people.


NCAA turns up pressure on North Carolina over bathroom law

The NCAA’s decision to pull seven championships out of North Carolina ratchets up the pressure on this college sports-crazy state to repeal its law on bathroom use by transgender people.


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 …


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.


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. …


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.


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 …


68 companies join legal fight against N. Carolina LGBT law

Sixty-eight companies have signed onto a legal brief opposing a North Carolina law that limits protections for LGBT people.


Security tight at gay pride events across country

People in wheelchairs, walking on stilts and riding rainbow-decorated motorcycles turned out for gay pride events over the weekend, including participants in a Denver parade who carried posters of the …


FBI: Spokane resident threatened Seattle, Tacoma gay bars

The FBI is investigating a Spokane resident who allegedly posted online threats about gay bars in Seattle and Tacoma, but does not believe the threats are credible. The person who …


Broadway stars to record song to benefit Orlando shooting victims

Dozens of Broadway stars horrified by the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting have lent their voices to recording a new version of the iconic 1965 song “What the World Needs Now …


Idaho won’t display rainbow lights on Capitol for LGBT event

Idaho officials say they can’t display rainbow lights on the Capitol building for upcoming LGBT pride observances in Boise.


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 …


Boise’s police, gay community work to heal old wounds

Idaho has a troubled history when it comes to the relationship law enforcement officers have with the LGBTQ community, dating at least back to Boise’s 1955 gay sex scandal.


Pride service welcomes LGBT people of many faiths

Pastor Jan Shannon knows many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are hungry for a faith community that welcomes them. This year, she decided to bring faith leaders together for …


‘Laramie Project: 10 Years Later’ opens at Stage Left

Matthew Shepard was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming. His shocking death lead to the acclaimed play “The Laramie Project.” A decade later, the legacy of Shepard’s murder was revisited …


Transgender bathroom case likely headed to Supreme Court

The debate over whether transgender students should be able to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals …


Grading our lawmakers: An incomplete at best

Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades …


GOP conservatives scuttle spending bill over LGBT rights

Conservatives angered by the inclusion of LGBT protections in an otherwise routine spending bill scuttled the measure Thursday in a stark display of the potency of a civil rights issue …


UPDATED: Wed., May 25, 2016

Eleven states sue over federal guidance on transgender students

Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools.


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.


Transgender bathroom choice nothing new for Seattle schools

In progressive Seattle, a presidential order that public schools give transgender students access to the bathrooms matching their gender identity won’t require a shift.