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Clinton backers call on Trump to denounce GOP governor’s antigay rant

Republican Gov. Paul Richard LePage called a liberal opponent "cocksucker" among other things in a heated phone call.

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Republicans renew trans predator myth after judge’s HB2 injunction

N.C.s GOP leaders said HB2 offered "commonsense protections to keep grown men out of bathrooms and showers with women and young girls."

Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn declared the rules unconstitutional.
Federal judge blocks UNC from enforcing trans provision of HB2

In a very narrow ruling, a judge told the University of North Carolina they cannot bar the trans plaintiffs suing over HB2 from using gender appropriate campus bathrooms.

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Pastor who said Pulse victims deserved to die busted for child abuse

Kenneth Adkins, 56, faces one count of aggravated child molestation and one count of child molestation.

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Meet the men of TV’s first gay dating show, ‘Finding Prince Charming’

Lance Bass will host as Robert Sepulveda Jr. chooses which of the 13 eager contestants might be the man of his dreams.

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Big Freedia gets probation after unlawful use of Section 8 voucher

Big Freedia has already made restitution of more than $34,000 and has taken steps to be a better role model, including working with Habitat for Humanity.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, right, is fighting for his political life.
North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ law a factor in close Senate race

Sen. Richard Burr has criticized both the Charlotte City Council, and the General Assembly for going too far with what it passed.

Russell Wilson and Ciara tied the knot on Wednesday. The couple is shown here at a Japanese State Dinner in 2015.
Russell Wilson and Ciara moved wedding from NC thanks to bathroom bill

"They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws."

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‘Façades’ web series rewrites the script for gender roles

“Façades” focuses on the emerging boy-meets-they love story between Phinn and Rhys.

Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign in Louisville, was arrested in August while demonstrating at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2015 Country Ham Breakfast. He is pictured at a rally in 2013 in Louisville.
LGBTQ activists protest Kentucky Farm Bureau’s anti-gay policies

The Farm Bureau is one of the state's most influential lobbying organizations and the annual ham breakfast was attended my Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

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Most populous nation on earth adopts ‘all gender’ public toilets

The trans-friendly program was launched with the aim of expanding awareness of gender diversity and equality.

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Whoops: Conservative Christians flip out over ‘transgender cake’

After she posted a photo of her latest creation on Facebook, people started accusing the baker of promoting transgender rights and leaving negative remarks.

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Delta Airlines yanks Chris Rock special from flights over gay slurs

The comedian insists using the word "faggot" is okay in some circumstances in a segment of the 2008 "Kill The Messenger" stand up show.

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Right wing nut Christian thinks this fish will stop LGBTQ progressives

In a stirring (some would say scary) email, Matt Barber implored followers to "strike down this progressive movement in America."

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Gay airman cleared of sexual assault charges at court martial

Lt. Joshua Seefried, a prominent advocate for gay rights in the military, co-founded the LGBT military advocacy group OutServe.

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Openly gay ‘Steven Universe’ staffer hounded by fans, quits Twitter

The storyboard artist felt she had no choice but to delete her Twitter account after fans starting hounding her.

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Orlando hospitals won’t charge Pulse survivors for medical assistance

The move will write off a total of about $5.5 million in hospital bills.

Grand Canyon National Park intern Mi-Kal White looks waits for visitors to approach him for assistance on July 26, 2016. As the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary on Aug. 25, the agency is working to attract more minorities to the country's national parks and monuments as the demographics of America are expected to change dramatically in the coming years.
National Park Service celebrates 100th anniversary with focus on diversity

The agency has pushed to designate more sites that highlight the history and contributions of minorities. New York's Stonewall Inn became the first LGBT site last June.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 photo, former state Sen. Al McAffrey, left, candidate in the run-off election in the Democratic race for U.S. House District 5, smiles at his watch party after unofficial results put him 40 votes ahead of Tom Guild, in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma: 40 votes separate gay congressional candidate from opponent

Al McAffrey was the first openly gay person ever elected to the Oklahoma Legislature when he won a state House seat in 2006.

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Watch as a bomb explodes inside a Massachusetts LGBT newspaper’s box

Police believe the box was specifically targeted. It reportedly has been vandalized nearly 10 times in the past.

Martin Blackwell watches arguments in his trial in Atlanta, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Blackwell was convicted of pouring hot water two gay men as they slept and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Man gets 40 years for pouring boiling water on gay couple

Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Martin Blackwell, 48, guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault.

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Tony Perkins: I never said God causes disasters, but He can and does

The far right leader who last year said of natural disasters, “God is trying to send us a message," now says he didn't say that.

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Pulse first responder suffering PTSD denied worker’s compensation

"I still see the red," says Officer Gerry Realin, who with seven other HazMat officers removed the 49 victims "with dignity."

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Cops refused hate victim’s plea to arrest homophobic homeless attacker

Omar Villalobos was attacked because he is gay, but one officer told the bleeding man, "find someone who cares."

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory makes remarks concerning House Bill 2 while speaking during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department has said.
NC Governor launches anti-trans attack ad against Democrat opponent

McCrory has launched a campaign ad against Cooper implying transgender people are child rapists.

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42 awesome neighbors hang Pride flags after vandals hit lesbians’ home

Cari Ryding said it was their first experience with prejudice, and wife Lauri said “Love conquers hate. Love wins. We win.”

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Actress Bella Thorne comes out as bisexual

Asked by a fan on Twitter whether she is bisexual, the former Disney star replied with a simple "yes."

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Out vocalist Brian Justin Crum gave us goosebumps singing this song

America's Got Talent Judge Heidi Klum called it the “best performance of the night hands down.”

FILE- In this Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, 26-year-old Christina Christian, center left, socializes with other surrogate mothers at a dormitory run by Akanksha Clinic, one of the most organized clinics in the surrogacy business, in Anand, India. The Indian government hopes to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India's surrogacy services in order to protect poor women from exploitation.A new legislation will soon be introduced in Parliament, where the governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party commands a majority in the lower house.
India plans surrogacy ban for foreigners and gay couples

Single parents would also be banned under a proposed law intended to protect poor women from exploitation.

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Experts say NC case unaffected by Texas anti-transgender court ruling

The Texas decision doesn't trump a ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, whose decision supporting a transgender student in Virginia sets a precedent for the Carolinas as well.

During the trial for Martin Blackwell a lawyer holds a pot they say Blackwell used to pour boiling water on his girlfriend's gay son and his friend as they slept, in Atlanta, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
Prosecutor: Boiled water attack on gay men was premeditated and vicious

The vicious attack caused severe burns and multiple surgeries for Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert, who were asleep together after working an overnight shift.