Tag Archives: LGBT

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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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 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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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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Activists Find Clever Way Around Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws at World Cup

Official ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Adidas Krasava and a calendar with the symbols of the World Cup 2018.

  Russia’s anti-gay laws prohibit anything someone might deem “gay propaganda,” and specifically they include a ban on the rainbow flag, the symbol of the LGBT movement since it was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker and stitched together by 30 San Francisco LGBT activists. The ban is part of a 2013 expansion of a […]

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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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LGBT Representation in Marvel Comics vs. Movies

An illustration of Marvel comic book characters.

  The Marvel comics have had LGBT characters for decades. Northstar was the first major character to come out, in 1992 (though his creator, John Byrne, said he was gay from his 1979 origin but he couldn’t even hint at it through the ’80s due to the regime of editor Jim Shooter). Colossus, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, […]

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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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How Palm Springs Became One of the Gayest Cities in America

An image that reads, "Greetings from Palm Springs, California."

  Palm Springs, California is the third gayest city in America, according to the Williams Institute’s 2017 LGBT census. A rat pack city from the 1960s, Palm Springs gained a reputation for discretion. That reputation attracted queer vacationers, many of whom decided to make it their permanent home. In 2016, the city passed an ordinance […]

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