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Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Diplomats Will No Longer Be Given Visas

A close-up of a visa document.

  In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote a directive informing all diplomats assigned to the U.S. that same-sex domestic partners should be eligible to accompany diplomats as family members to the U.S. “The Chiefs of Mission are informed that, in addition to the categories of individuals previously accepted as family members, the Department […]

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World’s First Transgender Minister is a Global Inspiration

A photo of Audrey Tang, the world's first transgender minister.

  Audrey Tang may very well be the world’s only transgender cabinet minister. Appointed in 2016 to the Chinese Lin Chaun cabinet in Taiwan, she is a minister without portfolio—or a minister who does not have a particular office but maintains a right to vote on ministry matters. A genius of the software world, her […]

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Trans-Inclusive Policies Do Not Increase Safety Risks, Study Shows

A trans-inclusive bathroom sign.

  A new study from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law backs up what LGBT activists and people with common sense have been saying all along: policies allowing trans people to use public facilities aligned with their gender identity have no correlation with increased safety risks. “Opponents of public accommodations laws that […]

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India’s Supreme Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex

February 19, 2017: LGBT activists hold a long rainbow colored flag demanding equality during Queer Swabhimana Yatra in Hyderabad, India.

  Section 377 was a law enacted at the height of the British occupation in India during the 1850s. It outlawed “sodomy,” along with all other forms of consensual same-sex activity. Those who were found guilty of violating the law could incur punishments that began at flogging and went up to life imprisonment. Lawyers say […]

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Activist Group Reunites Gay Refugee Couple

An activist holds a sign that reads, "With LGBT refugees."

  Alireza is Iranian. Kiran is from India. Together, they have traveled thousands of miles in the name of love. In 2011, Alireza fled Iran out of fear for his own safety. At the time, his country was both carrying out and condoning the executions of men like him: gay men. It was the same […]

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Wisconsin Insurance Will Cover State Workers Seeking Transgender Treatment

A sheet of paper that's titled "Hormone Therapy." It is pictured alongside pills and a syringe.

  In 2016, Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board (which controls the insurance programs for all of Wisconsin’s state and public workers plus those who have retired) voted to allow the inclusion of transition expenses in their insurance coverage. In February 2017, they reversed that, specifically banning that coverage. August 24, 2018, they flipped again. With a […]

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Judge Grants Posthumous Marriage to Lesbian Couple

A sick elderly woman in a hospital bed. She is wearing a wedding band.

  Bonnie Foerster and Beverly Grossaint were together for 50 years, until death did them part. They met in 1968, and fell in love in an instant. Openly out in a time when it was risky to be, they shared the first pride parade in New York City in 1970, living together as wife and […]

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Russian Teen Says He’ll Continue to Protest Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

Activists in London protest Russia's anti-gay laws.

  On August 7th, Maxim Neverov, a 16-year-old student from Biysk, Russia, was summoned to the police station, where he was arrested and charged with violating Russia’s “gay propaganda” law. Neverov is reportedly the first minor to be charged since the law’s passing in 2013, but thousands of adults have been caught and fined by […]

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Cuba is Gearing up to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The Cuban flag as shown in rainbow colors, a symbol of same-sex marriage.

  Cuba has seen a lot of changes in the past decade. In 2006, Raúl Castro became president, succeeding his sick brother, Fidel. Under his leadership, the stringent rules of their brand of communism have been eased off. Private property is legal, as is self-employment (previously, the only legal employer was the state). A tourism […]

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Abandoned By His Parents, Gay Valedictorian Defies All Odds

A high school graduate raises his cap and diploma in celebration.

  Seth Owen graduated high school with a fist full of honors cords, a 4.61 GPA, the lofty title of valedictorian, and an acceptance letter to an Ivy-league school. He also graduated without a home. In February, just a few months before commencement, his parents gave him a choice: attend their church or move out. […]

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