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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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Massachusetts Bans Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

A teenage boy being counseled by a female therapist.

  Gay conversion therapy, the practice of seeking to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity usually through aversion techniques, is regarded as being somewhere between homeopathy and abusive by medical and mental health professionals. Studies from all over the world link the practice to increased suicide rates and depressive symptoms, especially in children […]

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Portland Renames City Street After Harvey Milk

An illustration of civil rights icon Harvey Milk featured against a rainbow flag backdrop.

  Harvey Milk, the late City Supervisor of San Francisco, was one of the United States’ first openly gay politicians. He was elected as an out gay man in 1977, and was the force behind one of the earliest civil rights bills protecting the rights of LGBT people. His support was also a major part […]

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A Gay Man is Murdered; His Killer Receives 6 Months in Jail

A doorway blocked off by crime scene tape. Police officials are inside investigating.

  $11,000 in restitution, 100 hours of community service, and six months in jail sounds like a sentence for property damage or maybe a drunk driving conviction. But it’s the sentence that a jury and judge handed down for the murder of Daniel Spencer, a gay man in Austin, Texas, who was stabbed to death […]

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Landmark Decision Puts the U.S. One Ruling Closer to LGBT Equality

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  It seems like an inconsequential court case. In 2010, a skydiving instructor in New York lost his job and sued his employer over discrimination. Donald Zarda was fired, he contends, only days after mentioning his sexuality to his employer. The lawsuit is based on that being wrong by rule of law. To a compassionate […]

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Trulia Adds LGBT Protection Laws in Real Estate Listings

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As legislative bills constantly rise and fall concerning the conflict between religious and LGBT rights, finding a place to call home for an LGBT individual or family can feel like walking a minefield. Only 22 out of 50 states have full legal protection for LGBT needs across housing, work, and public life. In states that […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Jenny Durkan: Seattle’s First Openly Lesbian Mayor

A ballot for Seattle's mayor. The two options listed are Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon.

  Jenny Durkan is Seattle’s first woman mayor since Bertha Knight Landes in 1928. She was sworn in on November 28, 2017. She’s also Seattle’s first openly lesbian mayor. “Let’s get to work,” she said as she took her oath of office in the Ethiopian Community Center in Rainier Beach. According to her campaign, she […]

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Transgender Woman Elected into Virginia’s State Legislature

A photo of Danica Roem at the Protest Trans Military Ban in Washington, DC on July 26, 2017.

  A year ago, Danica Roem was a metal vocalist and a newspaper reporter in Prince William County, Virginia. Now, she is a state legislator for that state, setting two firsts. One, she is the first state legislator in the nation with multiple metal albums out. Her band Cab Ride Home has four albums out, […]

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Lawsuit Highlights Missouri’s Lack of Protections for LGBT Workers

A rainbow-colored map cut-out of the state of Missouri.

  Missouri is one of the majority of American states that lacks protections for LGBT citizens in employment or housing. Many people think that the fight for gay rights ended in 2015 with federal recognition of gay marriage. But all that means is that inviting your boss or your landlord is still a risk in […]

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