Donations Pour In After Man Burns LGBT Books

A stack of book on fire.

  In a Facebook Live video posted on October 19, 2018, a man named Paul Dorr stole a number of LGBT-themed books from the Orange City Public Library and burned them in a barrel in front of the Prairie Winds Events Center in Orange City, Iowa. Shouting angrily into his camera, he read aloud from […]

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Sharice Davids Becomes First Native American Woman Elected to Congress

Sharice Davids delivers a speech to supporters at a pre-election rally on November 5, 2018.

  Only eight Native Americans have been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives prior to 2018, from John Floyd (elected in 1817) to Markwayne Mullin (elected in 2013). There have been 300 women Representatives. There have been 18 LGBT Representatives. Out of a historical total of 10,943 Representatives, those are small numbers. Together, they […]

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New Documentary Explores the World of Queer Farmers

A group of gay cowboys hold hands in celebration of the LGBTQ Pride Parade in Chicago.

  There is likely no industry that does not have its share of LGBT practitioners. There are stereotypes, such as hairdressers, bartenders, performers, and artists. But beyond those, it’s simply truth that queer folk have every type of job one can have. It’s to bring awareness to this fact that Jonah Mossberg directed and shot […]

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2018 New York LGBT Film Festival to Kick Off 10/24

Actors Sheila Munyiva and Samantha Mugatsia attend the photo-call for "Rafiki" during the 71st Cannes Film Festival on May 9, 2018.

  In 1989, the AIDS crisis was in full bloom. The government was finally addressing the epidemic with the creation of the National Commission on AIDS, but it remained a terrifying time to be gay. That year, the reported deaths due to AIDS reached 100,000 in the United States. In June of 1989, The New […]

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Same-Sex Couple Given Equal Parental Rights in Historic Civil Rights Case

A gavel with a rainbow flag in the background.

  One of the driving forces behind the fight for marriage equality was the need for both same-sex parents to have rights to children of their unions, regardless of who was biologically related to who. Three years after Obergefell v. Hodges, many states still recommend that same-sex parents perform a second-parent adoption of their children—even if […]

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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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