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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Spokane’s Catholic bishop criticizes new LGBT legal clinic at Gonzaga

Bishop Thomas Daly expressed “concern that Gonzaga Law School will be actively promoting, in the legal arena and on campus, values that are contrary to the Catholic faith and natural …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youth

Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people at the urging of conservative advocacy groups


Split over LGBT issues shakes United Methodist churches in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

A 16-member committee of bishops and other church leaders announced Friday they had agreed to spin off a “traditionalist Methodist” denomination that would uphold bans on same-sex marriage and the …


In reversal, Hallmark will reinstate same-sex marriage ads

The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a “wrong decision,” said Sunday it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group.


Hallmark to reinstate same-sex marriage commercials it pulled

The Hallmark Channel says it will reinstate same-sex marriage commercials that it had pulled from the network.


UPDATED: Sat., July 27, 2019

‘His spirit just bloomed’: Renowned AIDS activist, art scholar Douglas Crimp, who grew up in Coeur d’Alene, dies at 74

Douglas Crimp grew up in a house on Sanders Beach in Coeur d’Alene and became a renowned and controversial art scholar and AIDS activist with ACT UP. He died this …


Shawn Vestal: Longtime activist looks back on half-century of progress since Stonewall riots

Christopher Lawrence has seen massive social changes in the 50 years since the riots at the Stonewall Inn, and he’s helped a lot of those changes come about in Spokane …


High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding cake

The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in landmark Africa case

Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday in a landmark case for Africa when the High Court rejected as unconstitutional sections of the penal code punishing …


Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics

The Vatican issued an official document Monday rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual “complementarity” of men and women to make …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019

Detroit man charged in deaths of gay men, transgender woman

A man charged with fatally shooting three people and wounding two others at a Detroit home had targeted them because they were gay or transgender, prosecutors said Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

NYPD apologizes for 1969 raid at Stonewall Inn gay bar

Nearly 50 years after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement, New York’s police commissioner apologized Tuesday for what his department did.


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

Supreme Court rejects appeal over transgender bathrooms

The Supreme Court will not take up a challenge to a Pennsylvania school district’s policy allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019

Administration moves to revoke transgender health protection

The Trump administration moved Friday to revoke newly won health care discrimination protections for transgender people, the latest in a series of actions that aim to reverse gains by LGBTQ …


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019

Kenyan court upholds laws criminalizing same-sex relations

Kenya’s High Court on Friday upheld sections of the penal code that criminalize same-sex relations, a disappointment for gay rights activists across Africa where dozens of countries have similar laws.


House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections …


Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in first for Asia

Taiwan’s legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades.


Planned Parenthood spokesman: Trump’s religious refusal order an attack on health care rights

President Donald Trump’s new executive order to strengthen health care providers’ religious right to refusal is just another attack on the sexual and reproductive health of women and the LGBT …


‘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: Sat., April 20, 2019

United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies

United Methodist Church is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is repealing 2015 rules banning baptisms of LGBT parents

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules unveiled in 2015 that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy …


For many Native Americans, embracing LGBT members is a return to the past

The sound of drums, singing and prayers marked the opening of a powwow in Phoenix on a Saturday afternoon this month. Marchers carried the flags of the United States and …


Methodists in Coeur d’Alene applaud inclusivity sermon

Pastor Heather Seman says the Community United Methodist Church stands for inclusivity, contrary to an international conference of Methodists which upheld a ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy. About …


Area leaders of United Methodist church react to LGBT decisions

At a special session Tuesday, the United Methodist Church voted for the plan that would continue the prohibition of gay clergy and same-sex marriage within the church, and provide harsher …


United Methodist Church on edge of breakup over LGBT stand

The United Methodist Church is teetering on the brink of breakup after more than half the delegates at an international conference voted to maintain bans on same-sex weddings and ordination …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019

Japan court upholds sterilization to register gender change

Human rights and LGBT activists on Friday denounced a ruling by Japan’s Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their …


Report: 2 killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya

The Russian republic of Chechnya has launched a new crackdown on gays in which at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained, LGBT activists in …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018

Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films.


Colorado baker back in court over 2nd LGBT bias allegation

Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds – a stand partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court – …


Kentucky clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples loses to Democrat

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, lost Tuesday in her re-election bid for the Rowan County clerkship.