Channel your inner Ellen DeGeneres with her new emoji collection

Offerings include an avocado in a top hat, a rainbow flag, Ellen boxer briefs, a cat holding a tongue, and a "cool cucumber" decked out in a backwards cap and shades.

Transgender performance artist Bea Sullivan-Knoff, right, is suing to overturn Chicago's ban on women exposing their breasts in places where alcohol is served.
Transgender performer suing to overturn Chicago ban on topless women

"The law as it currently stands is sexist and transphobic. It only allows people who have a certain body type to be able to perform in a certain way."

Police say an alarm sounded when a man tried to replace lubricant with acid at a Sydney sex club.
Police: Man put hydrochloric acid in gay sex club’s lube dispenser

He has been charged with administering poison intending to injure or cause distress or pain, among other offenses.

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.
FBI won’t pursue hate crime charges in scalding assault on gay couple

The 48-year-old long-distance trucker poured scalding water on his girlfriend's son, Anthony Gooden, and his boyfriend, Marquez Tolbert, as they slept.


NBA player Reggie Bullock said his murdered transgender sister taught him to be himself.
NBA player recalls lessons his murdered transgender sister taught him

NBA player Reggie Bullock said that his sister Mia Henderson, who was murdered in Baltimore in 2014, was a strong person.

This Monday, July 11, 2016 photo shows a makeshift memorial outside the Pulse nightclub, a month after the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the attack have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight.
Online campaigns for Orlando shooting victims, from legit to laughable

One fundraiser said: "It was just for fun. If you look at the bigger picture, we raised $600 off a pair of underwear."

Victims of the most horrific crimes stepped up to help Pulse families

In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, those raising funds for victims took to heart lessons learned in Newtown and Boston.

Here is the complete, heartwrenching, Orlando-themed Gaycation episode

Ellen Page and Ian Daniel visited those in mourning. Get tissues. You'll need more than you think.

Bryce Cuellar
Vegas cops bust YouTuber who threatened to kill ‘faggots and lesbians’

Police said Bryce Cuellar's YouTube channel has 160,000 subscribers and its videos have been viewed 73 million times.

Two tees, two philosophies: ‘LGBTQ for Trump’ vs. lesbian farmers

Two T-shirts for two different kinds of people are now available online, and it's not yet clear which one will earn you more glares.

Gov. Paul LePage (R), Maine
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.


LGBT Rights North Carolina
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.

Pastor Ken Adkins
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.

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.

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."

‘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.

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.

Close up of Marlene Goetzeler's Ken doll cake
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.

Chris Rock in Kill The Messenger
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.

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."

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.

Peridot Amethyst
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.

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.

A bomb explodes inside a newspaper box for the LGBT publication Rainbow Times
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.