Christopher Farstad, a musician from Minneapolis, speaks with his father, James, at a coffee shop Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Gilbert, Ariz. Farstad was among a group of people attending a music event inside a warehouse in Oakland, Calif., on Friday night, Dec 2, 2016, when a fire tore through the building, killing dozens of people. He described the scene as a "hellish situation."
Fire survivors: Ghost Ship was a rare space for artists on the margins

Comfort among kindred spirits masked dangers that now seem hard to have missed after a fire raced through the building and killed 36 people.

Rogue safer sex campaign roils officials surprised by condoms in trees

The public restrooms at Austin's Walnut Creek Park have long been known as a meeting place for sex.

Macklemore performed "Wednesday Morning" on "The Ellen Show."
Watch: Macklemore performs protest anthem ‘Wednesday Morning’ on Ellen

In an anthem of resistance, Macklemore commits to fighting to defend marriage equality, the First Amendment, and reproductive rights.

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How can we teach critical thinking in the heyday of fake news?

The more people develop critical thinking skills, the more likely we might actually save ourselves, our country, and our world from possible destruction.


Jessica Silva pets her brothers dog, Juicy at in the re-opening of the D'Magazine Salon Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Silva's brother Juan Rivera Velazquez, the original owner of the salon and partner Luis Daniel Conde, were both killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Six months after brother died at Pulse, sister reopens his salon

Monday marks the six-month anniversary of the attack, and hundreds of central Florida residents are expected to join officials in a memorial observance that day.

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Transgender victims of Oakland fire still being misgendered after death

The media is learning proper naming is critical because it validates the way people who have died lived.

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National Soccer Coaches Association of America launches LGBT diversity course

"We want to help encourage the most respectful, inclusive environments possible across all of soccer."

School in Pence’s D.C. neighborhood removes Pride flag because it’s ‘political’

The principal says she took it down "to avoid any unwanted attention or to have any symbols misinterpreted as a political action."

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Republican gay rights activist targets Mormon church’s tax-exempt status

Fred Karger, the first openly gay candidate for a major U.S. political party, wants whistleblowers to come forward with damning evidence against the LDS Church.

Pope Francis speaks with journalists on board the flight from Baku to Rome, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.
Catholic Church: No priesthood for gays, supporters of ‘gay culture’

The recent document is prompting calls for clarification on the Pope's position on gay priests, since he previously said it was not for him to judge.

San Francisco petitioners Xin Farrish and Char Crawford are among those seeking legal recognition of their non-binary gender.
Non-binary gender recognition movement makes strides with new petitions

Three Californians recently submitted petitions to have their gender legally changed to non-binary.


Donald Trump is losing a Florida neighbor: Rosie O’Donnell

For $6.05 million, you can buy her one-acre estate including a water-facing swimming pool, two loggias, an outdoor kitchen and a boat dock.

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How to survive President Donald Trump (We can)

"Our democracy is on the line."

Washington state capitol in Olympia.
Washington State GOP lawmakers introduce anti-transgender bathroom bill

The bill would amend civil rights law to block transgender people from using the facilities that correspond to their gender unless they have had genital surgery.

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Evangelicals propose truce over LGBTQ rights in hopes of ‘Fairness for All’

"Both sides of the debate actually get more of their priorities put into law when they work together."

Arkansas Court puts ‘basic biological truths’ ahead of same-sex parents’ rights

"This is wrong," said Cheryl Maples, who sued on behalf of three couples and may take her fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Six months after massacre, Pulse to reopen for ‘Remembering Our Angels’ memorial

A moment of silence is scheduled inside the club at 2:02 a.m., the time the attack began on June 12.

‘Star Wars Against Hate’ campaign sparks #DumpStarWars boycott

Trump supporters turned to the dark side when rumors spread that the screenwriters added an "anti-Trump" message.

Why you need to be a transgender ally now more than ever

Trans Americans are twice as likely to be poor, three times as likely to face harassment, and 30% are homeless.

An Oscars first: actress Kelly Mantle can be nominated in two gender categories

The Academy is allowing Kelly Mantle of Drag Race fame to be considered for nomination in both best supporting actor and actress categories.

Firefighter charged with burning his own house, blaming Black Lives Matter

Jason Stokes is jailed on $10,000 bond after allegedly painting “lie with pigs, fry like bacon" on his home and setting it ablaze.

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One Million Moms attacks Highlights children’s magazine over gay inclusion

One Million Moms has called supporters to action to pressure Highlights to reverse its decision to start depicting LGBTQ families.

Donald Trump and President Barack Obama shake hands after a meeting at the White House.
Trump claims President Obama has approved of his homophobic cabinet picks

Trump has spoken about consulting with the president on his impending appointments, suggesting Obama helped guide them.

HIV/AIDS activists protest in the Philippines. The country has one of the highest infection rates in the world.
HIV infections in the Philippines have gone up 100%

For the first 10 months of this year, 7,756 new HIV cases were recorded out of a population of less than 100 million.

Pray for U.S.: Evangelical advisors secretly influencing Trump transition team

"I have been surprised at the level to which the transition team has solicited our input on personnel,” says one Baptist advisor.

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Rightwing pundit calls on Trump’s health secretary to end HIV/AIDS programs

Linda Harvey wants incoming HHS head Tom Price to go after the CDC's HIV/AIDS strategy and start "dismantling" the "mythological gay identity."

Megan Mullally: ‘Very good chance’ Will & Grace revival is happening

"We’re not rehearsing or anything like that. But there is a very good chance that something is going to materialize."