Defense Secretary Ash Carter Pentagon will start dismantling military’s transgender ban on Monday
The goal is to have transgender troops added to the ranks within the next six months.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter
Pentagon will start dismantling military’s transgender ban on Monday

The goal is to have transgender troops added to the ranks within the next six months.

Bill O'Reilly
Bill O’Reillly: “From the waist down, [Caitlyn Jenner] is a he”

This was after calling pundit and advocate Danielle Moodie-Mills a "loon."

The Castro neighborhood in San Francisco
Is the decline of the modern “gayborhood” a good thing?

Are "tech-bros" and Grindr to blame? Or is it a sign of social progress?

The couple teamed up with photographers Fabio Lamounier and Rodrigo Ladeira.
Gay couple strips naked in streets of San Paolo — for a good cause

They wanted to raise awareness about homophobia in their country. See the uncensored photos here.

World record power lifter is now “transgender/genderfluid” Janae Marie Krok

"Being a total alpha male and transgender definitely makes me unique even in the transgender community," she said in a recent statement.

Hulk Hogan allegedly used a gay slur on the same tape that caught him saying racist remarks.
Hulk Hogan’s homophobic slurs caught on unauthorized sex tape

Hulk Hogan can be heard bashing gay people on the same tape in which he uttered racist remarks.


Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall in Brokeback Mountain, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary.
Gyllenhaal: Heath Ledger was extremely passionate about gay rights

"He was extraordinarily serious about the political issues surrounding the movie," Jake Gyllenhaal told Out magazine.

The number of marriage licenses issued to gay couples in South Dakota represents about 5 percent of the 839 licenses issued to all couples from June 26 to July 27.
In first month, only 40 gay couples apply to be married in South Dakota

Gay rights advocates called the statistics reflective of the barriers the gay community still faces in South Dakota and other conservative states.

Eric Hetland, left, and Chris Zelis, fellow Scouts For Equality - Chicago chapter lead, hold up their applications for assistant scoutmasters before submitting them in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park.
End of Boy Scouts’ ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

The contrasting reactions followed the BSA national executive board's 45-12 vote on Monday to lift the nationwide ban while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to continue excluding gay adults.

Tony Perkins
Matt Baume: Are gay leaders a threat to Boy Scouts?

Why did the Boy Scouts of America ban LGBT adults in the first place? Matt Baume debunks the flimsy lies that kept the discriminatory policy in place.

Michael Sam
Openly gay footballer Michael Sam to make Alouettes debut

The Alouettes play Saturday in Calgary, and coach Tom Higgins says the defensive end could compete in any of the five games in August.

Boy Scouts Gays
Boy Scouts of America: Five reasons we’ve won the battle (but not the war)

What instigated this sea change? Here are five key ingredients that helped lift the BSA ban.

"I have overcome," said governor hopeful Sam Dixon in a statement. "And will not allow evil to win.”
Conservative MO lawmaker: Child abuse made me gay

Dixon claims child abuse led him to doubt his sexuality as a teen and live as a homosexual for five years.


Gavin Grimm
Part of lawsuit on school transgender bathroom policy tossed

A policy adopted in December requires Grimm, who was born female but lives as a male, to use either the girls' restrooms or a private facility.

Participants on O'Connell Street in Dublin take part in a Gay Pride parade in Dublin Saturday June 27, 2015.
Survey: 50% of Gay Pride attendees are heterosexual

Six out of 10 people at last summer’s Pride Parade in Stockholm were women, and four out of 10 were heterosexual.

Bill Cosby
Gay sexual battery accuser: Cosby can’t “read” sexual cues

She's one of over 30 women who have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his Philadelphia-area home.

"Go find every song that's been written by a gay person for the last 100 years and don't sing it in church," Pastor E. Dewey Smith said during an impassioned sermon. "Let's see how many songs you can minister on that Sunday."
WATCH: Pastor attacks church leader’s hypocritical stance on gay people

"We demonize and dehumanize the same people that we use," Smith cried to a cheering congregation.

"In Brazil, even regular prisoners are an invisible to society at large. Transgender prisoners are doubly invisible . and vulnerable," said Claudio Nascimento, who heads the Rio Without Homophobia advocacy group.
Rio de Janeiro prisons seek to protect transgender inmates

Brazil's penitentiaries are notorious for rampant overcrowding and violence endured by all inmates. But advocates say few prisoners are as vulnerable as transgender people.

It’s Official: Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults

The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately.

Steve Grand faced a fair degree of criticism (and a lot of staunch praise_ for posting this photo to his Instagram account two weeks ago.
Steve Grand confronts everyone who criticized his “immodest” swimwear

"I’m not looking for everyone’s approval all of the time."

In a statement, the City of Reno said it wants to apologize to anyone offended by the flag's brief disappearance.
Rainbow flag removed from Reno city hall after controversy

The American flag was lowered over the weekend, replaced temporarily with the LGBT pride flag. By Sunday evening, the pride flag had been removed.

The donations and support will fund two annual Courage Scholarships that will acknowledge, affirm, and reward the courage of a graduating senior from Salem High School, and a graduating senior from another part of Missouri.
Missouri “Courage Scholarship” raises $12K in 12 Days for LGBT, ally students

The scholarship has raised 1K for each month the Missouri county voted to mourn traditional marriage -- receiving donations from across the country and as far away as Brazil.

Gavin Grimm
Gloucester County transgender student granted trial after hearing in Norfolk

At a hearing today, Gavin Grimm, 16, went before a Federal District judge to fight for his right to use the bathroom of the gender he identifies with.

This weekend, Scouts for Equality have been Tweeting the personal touching stories of men and women who've been fired from the BSA.
Here are 13 heart-breaking stories of amazing people thrown out of the Scouts simply for being gay

Get to know some of the countless men and women who've been fired from the Boy Scouts of America for being gay.

Drama teacher Emma Baldry's admission that she's gay inspired one of her students to come out, too.
Gay teacher’s honesty inspires student to come out

The student wrote an extremely moving coming out letter, which you can read here.

Twin Peak Charter School senior Evan Young reads his valedictorian speech on May 31, 2015 in Boulder, Colo. The Twin Peaks Charter Academy that barred Young, a gay valedictorian from coming out during his commencement speech denies it discriminated against the teen, but says no discussion of sexual orientation is appropriate for a graduation ceremony.
Lawyer: School that blocked gay speech didn’t discriminate

Eighteen-year-old valedictorian Evan Young was blocked this spring from giving a graduation speech in which he planned to out himself as gay.

The Boy Scouts' membership policy has been increasingly scrutinized in recent years, with prosecutors in New York and Colorado actively investigating the organization's hiring practices.
Boy Scouts expected to lift its ban on gay leaders today

However, even under this new policy, church-led scouting groups will still be able to limit leadership jobs to heterosexuals.

Elle Hearns, a transgender woman who helped organize the conference, said transgender women live on the margins and are too often victims of violence.
Conference unites black activists; focuses on transgender lives

The movement is paying special attention to youth, women and people who identify themselves as lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender.

An Ethiopia national flag, left, is seen next to a U.S. flag, center, in a busy street ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ethiopia leaders oppose Obama’s stance on gay rights

"Oppose the president if he raises the gay issue here," said the Ethiopian Orthodox Church-linked Weyiniye Teklehaimanot Association.

As editor-in-chief of Interview magazine, Sischy gained her reputation as as an astute taste-maker and cultural commentator.
Graydon Carter remembers legendary writer/editor Ingrid Sischy

The "empress" of fashion and art -- who was Interview's editor-in-chief for 18 years –– passed away Friday at the age of 63.

WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer
Gay marriage fight could cost taxpayers nearly $2 million

Under federal law, there seems to be no dispute that lawyers are entitled to payment from taxpayers.

WWE wrestler Darren Young
Is the WWE ready for a gay wrestling character?

Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon hints that Darren Young's character may come out.

David Lee Magnum
Missouri man gets 30 years for exposing sex partners to HIV

Mangum originally was charged after a male sexual partner tested positive for HIV and alerted police.

Michigan state capitol in Lansing.
The Michigan Constitution says only heterosexual couples can marry

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan wants to erase this part of the constitution; says it's "dead."

President Barack Obama, right, arrives with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta for a bilateral meeting at State House in Nairobi, Kenya.
Kenyan President sidesteps gay rights discussion, says they’re a “nonissue”

Gay sex is a crime in Kenya punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

Today, the Westboro Baptist Church tweeted: "God Sent The Shooter AGAIN!"
Louisiana shooter expressed admiration for anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church

John Russell Houser was also obsessed with white power groups and anti-Semitic ideas.

The ruling is similar to what other big Texas cities have adopted, and aims to protect gay and transgender people against discrimination in employment and public places.
Texas court sidelines LGBT equal rights ordinance

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is gay, helped push for the ordinance passed by the City Council last year. Opponents have fought it ever since.

Eminem’s freestyle rap about Caitlyn Jenner is predictably offensive

As was his halfhearted apology: "No pun intended -- that took a lot of balls."

Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards.
A gay dad’s open letter to those who doubt Caitlyn Jenner’s heroism

What is a hero? Tabloid discussion quickly shifted from whether Bruce Jenner might be transgender to whether Caitlyn Jenner was a hero. Meanwhile, distasteful memes compared her unfavorably to war veterans. I decided it was time for a letter.

Workers finish installing a large billboard showing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, and President Barack Obama, right, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. AP Photo/Ben Curtis
On eve of visit, Obama voices support for Africa LGBT rights

Many Kenyan politicians have warned Obama that any overtures on gay rights would not be welcomed in Kenya.

Michael Geilenfeld
Jury: Maine man defamed orphanage founder with abuse claims

The jury awarded $7 million in damages to Michael Geilenfeld, even though seven Haitian men testified that they were molested by him.

Strike that: Drag performers can, in fact, participate in Free Pride Glasgow's festivities.
Free Pride Glasgow lifts their ban on drag performers

Earlier this week, organizers of Glasgow's Free Pride decided to ban drag performers from the festivities. Well, they've changed their minds again.

A beefed-up Jake Gyllenhaal in his new film, Southpaw.
Jake Gyllenhaal on marriage equality: “It is so beautiful”

On the 10th Anniversary of Brokeback Mountain, Jake Gyllenhall candidly reveals his views on marriage equality.

India Clarke
Slain transgender woman remembered as loving, confident

Mourners for 25-year-old India Clarke gathered Wednesday at University Area Community Park.

Marian Edmonds Allen
Utah LGBT leader says more help needed for transgender youth

The issue is personally important for Edmonds-Allen. One of her and her wife's four children identifies as transgender.

Lawsuit alleges that County Clerk Sally Whitis told employees they were "only doing the paperwork and not performing their ceremony."
Indiana County Clerk fired for opposing gay marriage

Linda G. Summers says she is a Christian with a "sincerely held religious belief" against gay marriage.

Arkansas Supreme Court in Little Rock.
Justice: Court voted on narrow part of gay marriage case (UPDATED)

Justice Rhonda Wood did not say how the court was preparing to rule.

Professor Kaukab Siddique also wrote on Facebook that he thinks "many women are sluts."
Philly professor makes incendiary remarks about gays, Jews, and women

Despite calling the legalization of gay marriage "Obama's homo uprising," LIncoln University will take no action against Professor Kaukab Siddique.

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto condemns Obama’s “aggressive support” for gay rights.
Kenya’s anti-gay protest featuring 5,000 nude volunteers is cancelled

Republican Liberty Party leader Vincent Kidala says he “was forced to cancel it in a 2 a.m. phone call.”

Atticus Ranck, 26, of Sunrise, Fla., who identifies as a transgender male, poses for a photograph in a hammock at a friend's apartment in Sunrise, Fla.
AP PHOTOS: Transgender youths show hardship, resilience

Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, find themselves shunned by family, friends and co-workers. Here are their stories.

Human Rights Watch said gays in Kazakhstan live in "the climate of fear."
Report documents Kazakhstan’s hostility towards gays

Human Rights Watch on Thursday issued a 31-page report documenting violence and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face in the Central Asian nation.

"I want to let people know that I'm going to seek justice," Taylor said.
Black trans woman arrested and held in isolation is now free

Meagan Taylor was arrested after checking into an Iowa hotel, and then held in isolation at the Polk County Jail.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. will get extra meetings with the FDA as it studies the drug.
Bristol-Myers is testing a new HIV medication

Will BMS-663068 help HIV-positive adults who have developed resistance to other treatments?

Caitlyn Jenner, center, stands trackside to watch the seventh race as the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club opened its annual summer meet in Del Mar, California.
‘I Am Cait’ debuts as a docuseries with a broader purpose

There's not a scene in the premiere that doesn't seem stage-managed -- but there's something more substantial going on here.

Robert Smith apparently met with an undercover detective and sought to have sex, denying that he was HIV-positive.
HIV-positive St. Louis County man accused of deliberately exposing people (UPDATED)

Police claim Robert Smith used Craigslist and other social media to contact "potential victims."

"Burn Leviticus 18:22 Lies" was painted across the front doors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer on Tuesday.
Vandals spray-paint doors of pro-LGBT church in Georgia

The church's pastor and his partner were among the first gay couples to receive a marriage license in Richmond County.

This weekend, talk show host Mike Slater asked San Diego Pride attendees to play a game called "Which Bigot Said It?"
WATCH: Conservative talk show host asks San Diego Pride attendees to play a game

This weekend, Mike Slater played a rather odd prank on several revelers.

Glasgow's Free Pride has banned drag queens from performing . And not everyone is pleased.
Banning drag at Glasgow’s Free Pride: Have organizers gone too far?

Free Pride Glasgow claims to be an "anti-commercialist" alternative. But why are they suddenly anti-drag, too?

In a new report, Amnesty International said Wednesday the human rights situation has deteriorated sharply this past year.
Rights group calls out Gambia president for abuses

""The climate of fear worsened over the last 12 months, with people perceived to be gay or lesbian increasingly targeted," said Amnesty's West Africa researcher Sabrina Mahtani.