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Dana Milbank: Will Gorsuch abandon his judicial philosophy to get what he wants?

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is in a corner as the court decides whether to bless employment discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. Will he interpret the text of the law the …

‘Saturday Night Live’ adds Bowen Yang to cast in major step for Asian, gay representation

“Saturday Night Live,” which has long been criticized for its lack of diverse casting choices, just made a major step forward in Asian American representation.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Idaho AG signs on in argument against LGBTQ protections

Idaho’s attorney general has joined the U.S. Department of Justice in arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that federal civil rights laws do not protect LGBTQ employees against workplace discrimination.

U.S. women’s soccer team boldly embraces off-the-field activist role

With a lesbian coach and several lesbian players, including World Cup MVP Megan Rapinoe, the members of the U.S. women’s soccer team are a proud symbol of LGBTQ inclusion.

UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Thousands gather at Stonewall 50 years after gay community uprising

Thousands of people have converged on New York City’s Stonewall Inn for the 50th anniversary of the rebellion that catalyzed a movement for LGBTQ liberation

Leonard Pitts Jr.: LGBTQ pride on 50th anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

It is well and good that LGBTQ people are “proud.” It will be better when they don’t have to be.

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Somber memorials on anniversary of Florida nightclub rampage

Three years after a gunman massacred 49 people and wounded many others at a gay nightclub in central Florida, the anniversary was being observed Wednesday with somber memorial gatherings and …

‘To Thrive, Not Just Survive’: Spokane Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival enjoys record-breaking crowds

More than 100 groups signed up to be in the parade this year with 1,500 people marching, according to Michael Jepson, OutSpokane’s parade coordinator.

White House hopefuls target Trump for anti-LGBTQ policies

Democratic White House hopefuls are attacking President Donald Trump as harmful to LGBTQ Americans and promising if elected they would not just restore gay rights but expand them.

Pride Month celebrates history, activists

Did you know that some of the early advocates in the cannabis rights movement were also people working for gay rights?

UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019

Exhibits, panels, opera, more for Stonewall 50th anniversary

Stonewall’s 50th anniversary brings exhibits, panels, opera and more to Pride Month.

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., April 26, 2019

Plan with LGBT bans OK’d by United Methodist judicial panel

United Methodist Church’s judicial council upholds major portions of new plan that strengthens bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.

Faith and Values: Smudges, sneers and small gods

Traditionalist Methodist views about LGBTQ continue a painful division in the church, as well as personal disappointment and anger. However, gods can be small on both sides.

Amazon, other Washington companies, get perfect scores for LGBTQ policies, but some advocates ask for more

Amazon, along with 10 other Washington-based companies, scored 100 percent this week in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s latest measure of policies and practices that “affirm and include” lesbian, gay, …

Kesha to headline Dan Reynolds’ LGBTQ festival LOVELOUD

Kesha wants you to bring as much glitter as possible and sport the brightest colors of the rainbow when she visits Utah in June to headline the LOVELOUD Festival, the …

Human Rights Campaign to honor Christina Aguilera

The nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization is honoring Christina Aguilera with its Ally for Equality award

Clark County Methodists reject church ruling on LGBTQ

Clark County Methodists seek inclusive message after the United Methodist Church voted Tuesday to maintain bans against LGBTQ clergy and same-gender marriages.

Guest Opinion: Church unity means walking with LGBTQ disciples

My prayer for the upcoming General Conference is that United Methodists from around the world will find a way to stay together as we continue to learn from one another …

Balancing Act: ‘People are afraid of what they don’t understand’: 7th-grader is bringing a Pride parade to suburbia

On June 2, the Pride Parade will wind through the streets of Buffalo Grove and conclude at Mike Rylko Park, where the Buffalo Grove Park District will host a “diversity …

Review: If you still haven’t heard of Lucas Hedges, you will after ‘Boy Erased’

It’s well-meaning and finely crafted, yet short on surprises, either narrative or emotional. Like the conversion program it depicts, “Boy Erased” is unlikely to change any minds.

Matthew Shepard, symbol for gay rights, laid to rest in DC

After 20 years without a permanent resting place, the remains of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student whose brutal murder in 1998 has come to symbolize the plight of the …

‘Pride’ coming back to Spokane’s streets, with a welcome for all

Last year, OutSpokane handed out 1,000 rainbow flags during the city’s annual Pride parade. This year, they’re adding to the mix with the Pride flags for transgender, bisexual, pansexual and …

Griffin honored for LGBTQ activism, pays tribute to Spade

Kathy Griffin paid tribute Tuesday night to Kate Spade by dressing head-to-toe in the late designer’s apparel to accept an honor for her activism and fundraising for LGBTQ causes.

‘Betsy DeVos, how do you sleep at night?’ LGBTQ advocates project data on Education Department building

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos apparently wasn’t around to see it, but a message to her was projected on the Education Department’s headquarters in Washington about policy on LGBTQ youth, asking, …

UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018

Oklahoma governor signs adoption law opposed by LGBT groups

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill late Friday that gay rights advocates say would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people and non-Christians in placing …

MSNBC’s Joy Reid can’t prove hackers wrote ‘hurtful’ posts

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, under fire for homophobic language in old blog posts, apologized Saturday for any past comments that belittled or mocked the LGBTQ community and says she hasn’t been …

‘Versace’ stars: Anti-gay bias led to designer’s death

Do the intersecting lives of a fashion designer and the serial killer who murdered him add up to a political saga?

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Washington birth certificates could list sex as M, F or X

The Department of Health considers allowing listing a person’s sex as something other than male or female on a Washington birth certificate

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017

‘Will & Grace’ will navigate new era

The groundbreaking sitcom, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from 1998 to 2006, returns to television this fall after more than a decade – a period that has seen …