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LGBT-related laws include but are not limited to: government recognition of same-sex relationships, LGBT adoption, sexual orientation and military service, immigration equality, anti-discrimination laws, hate crime laws regarding violence against LGBT people, sodomy laws, anti-lesbianism laws, and higher ages of consent for same-sex activity.

Justices Sharply Divided in Wedding Cake Case

By | December 5th, 2017|Intergroup Relations, LGBT|

WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who almost certainly holds the crucial vote in the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, sent sharply contradictory messages when it was argued Tuesday at the Supreme Court.

He asked a lawyer

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Transgender people are being killed at a record pace in U.S., advocacy groups say

By | November 17th, 2017|Hate Crimes, LGBT|

At least 25 transgender people in the United States have been homicide victims so far this year, the highest annual total on record, according to advocacy groups that have been monitoring the grim phenomenon and seeking ways to reduce the toll.

The Human Rights Campaign, in a report released Friday, calculated

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Palm Springs elects an all-LGBTQ City Council, showing the power of gay politics

By | November 15th, 2017|LGBT|

With its tolerant culture, Midcentury architectural style and lively arts scene, Palm Springs has for decades been a mecca for the LGBTQ community.

The city is ranked first in the state and third in the nation among cities with the most same-sex couples per 1,000 households, according to an analysis of U.S. census

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Aiding Transgender Case, Sessions Defies His Image on Civil Rights

By | October 16th, 2017|Hate Crimes, LGBT|

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, a highly unusual move that officials said was personally initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In taking the

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Colorado cake maker asks Supreme Court to provide a religious liberty right to refuse gay couple

By | September 12th, 2017|LGBT|

“Sorry, guys, I don’t make cakes for same-sex weddings.”

With that blunt comment, Jack Phillips, a baker who designs custom wedding cakes, sent two men out the door and set off a legal battle between religious liberty and gay rights that comes before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall…

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How Good Is Your Gaydar? How Good Is Your Science?

By | September 12th, 2017|LGBT|

It was bound to make headlines: a study claiming that a computer could predict if someone is gay or straight, based on a photo. But the story has moved beyond headlines, to gay rights advocates charging that the study is scientifically invalid and an author of the paper saying he’s under unfair personal

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Texas Transgender Bathroom Bill Falters Amid Mounting Opposition

By | August 8th, 2017|LGBT|

AUSTIN, Tex. — With little more than a week left in Texas’ 30-day special legislative session, a barrage of corporate advertising and activism has the potential to sink legislation restricting transgender bathroom use that has been a flash point in the state’s culture wars.

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‘Ask me about my pronouns!’ Genderqueer hairstylist provides a safe space for LGBTQ youth in a mobile salon

By | August 1st, 2017|LGBT|

The young, black transgender woman in hairstylist Madin Lopez’s chair used to hate getting her hair cut. Barbers always questioned her gender identity. They always cut her hair short. She’d always be disappointed.

But on a recent, sweltering afternoon, Lopez put a small plait across 23-year-old Kaityanna Phillips’ forehead. Phillips had been growing her hair

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In One Day, Trump Administration Lands 3 Punches Against Gay Rights

By | July 28th, 2017|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations, LGBT, Police & Community|

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration abruptly waded into the culture wars over gay rights this week, signaling in three separate actions that it will use the powers of the federal government to roll back civil rights for gay and transgender people.

Without being asked, the Justice Department

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