Firefighters assess the scene where a fire tore through a warehouse party early Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Oakland.   The blaze began at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday during a party at a warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area city.  Several people are unaccounted for.
Site of deadly Oakland warehouse fire was a live-work artist space

Firefighters pulled nine bodies from the charred rubble of the building Saturday and estimated at least two dozen remained missing.

In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, inaugural preparations continue on the West Front of Capitol Hill in Washington, looking at the National Mall and Washington Monument. One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up, whether it’s to celebrate or commiserate.
At Trump’s inauguration there may be more protests than parties

Instead of throwing an equality ball, Human Right Campaign is encouraging its supporters to get involved in demonstrations and marches.

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First ever Native Son Awards celebrate Don Lemon and other black gay men

Don Lemon, Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and Tony-winning director and playwright George C. Wolfe were among those honored.

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers remarks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Green Party-backed voters dropped a court case Saturday night, Dec. 3, 2016, that had sought to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, in what Green Party presidential candidate Stein had framed as an effort to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.
Green Party’s Jill Stein takes Pennsylvania recount bid to federal court

Saturday's filing to withdraw the state case said the voters who filed it "are regular citizens of ordinary means" and cannot afford the $1 million bond.

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Rogue BART signage cautions riders against homophobia and transphobia

The unofficial flier advises riders to avoid bigotry while riding BART and "get your shit together."

FILE - In this March 1985 file photo, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during an interview at the presidential palace in Havana, Cuba. Castro has died at age 90. President Raul Castro said on state television that his older brother died late Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.
Semper (and suffer) Fidel: Artists conflicted about Castro

While visiting in the mid-1960s, gay poet Allen Ginsberg saw gays rounded up and sent to work camps. He quickly, and publicly, became a government critic.

The University of Maine men's basketball team will wear rainbow shirts during their game against Duke University to show support for the LGBTQ community.
Maine basketball uses game in North Carolina to show LGBTQ support

"Boycotting is one way to stand up to [HB2]. Another type of pressure is to go stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Duke and show our support."

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Anti-Klan rallies counter North Carolina KKK parade celebrating Donald Trump

A collection of clergy and community activists wanted to show the KKK that love still trumps hate.

Flames overwhelm a Fruitvale warehouse where revelers — including numerous queer, trans, and gender non-conforming guests — gathered for a party. At least 9 people are believed to be dead, and dozens more are still missing.
At least 9 killed in fire at Oakland warehouse party, dozens missing

Numerous queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people are believed to have been in attendance. Many are still unaccounted for.

Protestors demonstrate against the Dakota Access Pipeline in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 13, 2016.
Why marginalized communities should care about Standing Rock and the DAPL

The Dakota Access Pipeline is yet another incident in the long and brutal history of physical and cultural genocide against "othered" bodies.

A billboard put up by Planting Peace after North Carolina passed HB2 is raising eyebrows in the Tar Heel state.
Officials say anti-LGBTQ law cost North Carolina project with 700 jobs

A Charlotte Chamber of Commerce official wrote in an email that CoStar was rethinking Charlotte "due to all of the press and chatter over HB2."

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Janet Mock on the election: ‘We will not be forced to be silent’

"It is a time of uncertainty, but we’ve always had times of uncertainty."

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Closing arguments filed in dispute over Louisiana LGBT-rights order

The attorney general wants to block the governor from enforcing his executive order prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination in government contracts.

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Nick Offerman’s woodworking book includes steamy cartoon co-starring Chris Pratt

If you ever fantasized about Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer having some special alone time in the woods, Offerman has the book for you.

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Walmart settles same-sex benefits discrimination lawsuit for $7.5 million

More than 1,000 people may be eligible for compensation as a result of the settlement, which has yet not been approved by a judge.

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Trump’s Defense Secretary pick Mattis is opposed to female and LGBTQ soldiers

Mattis believes that moves toward greater equality by the Obama administration has allowed combat effectiveness to suffer.

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Pastor of HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ hosts says their antigay church is not antigay

"We are not only not antigay, but we are pro-helping people in their journey to find out who God is and who He has made them to be."

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Rising GOP star Virginia Foxx called motive in Matthew Shepard murder a ‘hoax’

Rep. Virginia Foxx was arguing against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which is now a law.

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One woman’s answer to homophobic neighbor: 10,000 rainbow Christmas lights

Letting lesbians attend the prom together and teaching kids about being transgender were just too much for this woman's neighbor.

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The president who gave France marriage equality says he’s had enough

Francois Hollande, the least loved French president of modern times, says he will not run for reelection next year.

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Why Oregon is the number one state for post-election hate

“Both the harassment since the election and the energy on the radical right are the predictable results of the campaign that Trump waged for the presidency."

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Study: Bisexual and rural LGBTQ people face highest rates of depression

Nearly half of bisexuals between the ages of 18 and 24 said they had been diagnosed with depression.

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Michigan neighbors fly rainbow flags to drown out the hate

After a Michigan woman received an anonymous complaint about her rainbow flag, her neighbors responded by flying 20 rainbow flags of their own.

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Jeff Sessions tried to block an LGBTQ campus conference as Alabama AG

Sen. Jeff Sessions claimed that allowing the University of Alabama to host an LGBTQ conference would cause "irreparable harm."

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is announcing its support for requiring women to register for the military draft. The administration has been deliberating for roughly a year about whether to back such a change to the Selective Service.
Obama administration announces support for women in military draft

Social conservatives decried drafting women as another step toward blurring gender lines akin to allowing transgender people to use public restrooms.

"How to Survive a Plague" movie poster.
3 groundbreaking documentaries to watch on Netflix for World AIDS Day

Two of the films focus on the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America, while the third focuses on the current state of AIDS in America, India and South Africa.

Chelsea Manning. Illustration by Alicia Neal, in cooperation with Manning, commissioned by the Chelsea Manning Support Network, April 23, 2014.
Chelsea Manning supporters send her holiday cards and books post suicide attempt

This will be the transgender soldier's seventh Christmas in military custody.

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New York City AIDS Memorial unveiled on World AIDS Day

The memorial has been in the works for over five years.