460x 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.

"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.

The change came at the end of a 25-day window in which the U.S. Supreme Court could have reconsidered its decision.
2 more Alabama counties to issue wedding licenses (UPDATED)

Houston and Henry counties had previously refused to issue any licenses because of gay marriage.

The ACLU said conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's statements on the issue have been "equivocal at best."
Kansas seeks dismissal of ACLU lawsuit on gay marriage

Kansas contended in a court filing that continued litigation "serves no legitimate purpose."

Christian Parks said his group, EMU's Safe Space, was pivotal in changing the school's policy.
Harrisonburg’s Eastern Mennonite University expands non-discrimination policy to include married LGBTQs

Two American Mennonite universities have just updated their non-discrimination policy to include same-sex couples and transgender folks.

Gay baker asks the gay community: "Are you stupid?"
Gay baker blames LGBTQ community for Sweet Cakes by Melissa scandal

Gay baker calls the gay community "stupid" and "Nazis."

Daniel Mears, APFrom left, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse with DeBoer's attorney Dana Nessel.
August wedding for Detroit-area couple in gay marriage case

Their lawsuit erased Michigan's ban on gay marriage. Now, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse will be getting married on August 22.

As of yet, Arkansas' civil rights law doesn't include sexual orientation or gender identity.
Arkansas city is going to keep its anti-discrimination ordinance

A state law takes effect tomorrow, which is aimed at prohibiting these kinds of ordinances.

Kansas has asked the court to dismiss as moot the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the ban.
Kansas seeks dismissal of ACLU lawsuit on gay marriage

Will a judge explicitly strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriages? A federal court says Kansas must respond today before it makes its ruling.

Reporter Zoey Tur
Right-wing reporter Ben Shapiro files lawsuit against transgender reporter Zoey Tur

Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro has filed assault charges against Zoey Tur, the transgender reporter he provoked by asking her, “What are your genetics, sir?” Tur responded by placing her hand on the back of Shapiro’s neck and saying, “You cut that out right now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.” “That

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto
In Kenya, 5,000 naked people will protest Obama’s stance on gay marriage

The protest's objective is to show Obama "the difference between a man and woman."

Brenda Mohney, of Rockbridge, filed a new divorce complaint last week in Athens County court.
Ohioan again seeks same-sex divorce; 1st request was undone

Brenda Mohney's request for a same-sex divorce was accidentally granted and then denied. Now, she's asking for a redo.

The new law extends hate crimes protections to community centers that may be targeted for institutional vandalism because of sexual orientation or gender identity status.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Enhanced Hate Crimes Law

The Enhanced Hate Crimes Law further protects LGBT Illinoisans and includes explicit mention of crimes against transgender people.

Alabama Supreme Court
Groups urge Ala. Supreme Court to resist gay marriage ruling

The Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program urged justices to resist the gay marriage ruling, echoing how some courts resisted pro-slavery laws in the 1850s.

Coeur d'Alene Wedding Chapel
Lawsuit challenges Idaho’s LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance

Christian advocacy group thinks Coeur d'Alene chapel doesn't have to follow the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.

Jim Obergefell
Plaintiff in Supreme Court gay marriage ruling has book deal

Jim Obergefell is collaborating with Washington Post journalist Debbie Cenziper on "21 Years to Midnight," William Morrow told The Associated Press on Monday.

Document will help districts foster a safe and inclusive environment for transgender students.
New York issues districts guidance for transgender students

The state Education Department says the document addresses issues like the use of pronouns and students' use of restrooms and changing rooms.

"It pains me deeply that my good name and reputation have been put into question," said former Archbishop John Neinstedt to The Star Tribune.
Following his resignation, former Archbishop John Neinstedt denies allegations

Neinstedt has called homosexuality "evil" in the past, and thinks equal marriage laws are a Satanic "man-made experiment" that would harm children.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, walks with her attorney Roger Gannam
Clerk prayed over decision to stop issuing marriage licenses (UPDATED)

She says the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives her the right to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.