Steward Butler
He brutalized two gay men — but in West Virginia, that’s not a crime.

In a decision this month, a judge ruled that West Virginia civil rights law protects people based on sex -- but not sexual orientation.

Dean Saxton
Antigay preacher carrying ‘You Deserve Rape’ sign gets hit with bat

Metal hits bone, and he's seen staggering away, blood spilling down his skull, as students and staff celebrate.

Esten Ciboro
Anti-trans Target protestor arrested for shackling girl in basement

Whole an Ohio man complained about Target's policy allowing trans people to use the restroom, he and his father were forcing his chained-up stepsister to use a pail full of ammonia as a bathroom.

Madlen Matar, a contestant in the first Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant, uses her smartphone during rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The pageant will be held at HaBima, Israel's national theater, in Tel Aviv on Friday. Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the world's most LGBT-friendly travel destinations, standing in sharp contrast to most of the rest of the Middle East, where gays can face persecution. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Judges at Israeli pageant want contestants with ‘the transgender look’

The top prize at the first-ever Miss Trans Israel pageant is a $15,000 voucher for a renowned plastic surgeon in Thailand.


Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
‘I think you’re a bigot, lady! I think you are an ignorant bigot.’

A Democratic Congresswoman tearing into a transphobic witness = the best thing we've heard in days.

Are you a Democratic Socialist?

No country in the world today stands as a fully socialist state, but some of the most successful economies combine elements of capitalism with socialism.

Title page of "The Honeymoon Murder of the Transsexual Bride."
40 years after the ‘honeymoon murder of the transsexual bride’

No one attended the funeral for the unwanted bride whose body was dumped by the side of the interstate.

Queer Star Trek? It’s out there

Space is not the final frontier. We found this bottom in the red shir — well, he was wearing a red shirt.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
DNC swiftly rejects plea by Bernie Sanders to remove Clinton cronies

Now that the convention planners have rejected his play to unseat two key supporters of his rival, the question is how far is Bernie willing to fight for the nomination?

FILE - In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Mark Salling arrives at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest "Glee" held at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Salling, who played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy "Glee," was charged Friday, May 27, 2016, with receiving and possessing child pornography. The 33-year-old actor was charged with two counts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Ex-‘Glee’ star Mark Salling indicted on child porn charges

The actor, who played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the popular musical dramedy "Glee," was charged Friday.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves as he walks onto the stage during a rally on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Carson, Calif.
HOAX: Why did Bernie Sanders enter this rally to a homophobic DMX song?

The DMX song was edited into video footage of a rally to make it look like Sanders was using it as campaign entrance music.


Audrey and Jeremy Roloff
Are you automatically ‘antigay’ if you’re against same-sex marriage?

Is that term too harsh to describe people opposed to marriage equality?

Supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. It was 2004 when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Eleven years later, the Supreme Court has now ruled that all those gay marriage bans must fall and same-sex couples have the same right to marry under the Constitution as everyone else.
Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of every LGBTQ rights proposal

Across the US, a troubling amount of proposals protect clergy and businesses who decline to employ or serve LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R)
Wanted: lawyer to sue Obama, see Mississippi governor

Eleven states are suing the administration over the directive to schools about transgender students. Mississippi won't be one of them.

Never read the comments! Well, except for these…

Here's the story where your comments are what's news.

HS football players accused of sexually assaulting disabled teammate

They allegedly restrained the learning-disabled student and “physically forced a coat hanger into the plaintiff’s rectum.”

In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016 photo, contestants in the first Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant practice the walk on the stage during rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel. The pageant will be held at HaBima, Israel's national theater, in Tel Aviv on Friday. Tel Aviv has emerged as one of the world's most LGBT-friendly travel destinations, standing in sharp contrast to most of the rest of the Middle East, where gays can face persecution.
Israeli Christian wins first ‘Miss Trans Israel’ pageant

Talleen Abu Hanna, 21, from the northern city of Nazareth wore a white bridal dress as she was declared the first "Miss Trans Israel".

Nick Denton
Gawker founder Nick Denton annihilates gay billionaire Peter Thiel

in an open letter published on Gawker, Denton challenges Thiel to an "open and public debate."

Padres rehire fired DJ after plea by Gay Men’s Chorus

The man whose push of the wrong button (and humiliated 100 volunteer singers from the San Diego Gay Chorus) has been given a second chance.

Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
Democratic Congresswoman calls transphobic witness ‘ignorant bigot’

"We allow witnesses to say offensive things, but I cannot allow that kind of bigotry to go into the record unchallenged.”

Jane Sanders, wife of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens as he speaks to reporters after a campaign event, Saturday, April 9, 2016, in the Queens borough of New York.
HIV/AIDS activists angry at Bernie Sanders for ‘misleading’ claim

A leading HIV/AIDS activist is calling out the Sanders campaign for misrepresenting a meeting on the epidemic and a controversial ballot initiative.

North Carolina furniture market could show boycott impact

Buyers for Williams-Sonoma Inc. retail outlets, including Pottery Barn and West Elm, were among those boycotting the five-day event.

Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
Indiana governor may lose re-election race over LGBT rights

Governor Mike Pence's extremist stances on issues like LGBT rights, immigration, and abortion may cost him the election in the conservative state.

Mississippi governor intends to join trans bathroom lawsuit

Attorney General Jim Hood, the only Democrat in statewide office in Mississippi, said he won't represent Governor Bryant.

FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting, in Nashville, Tenn. As he leaves the volunteer presidency of the Boy Scouts of America, Gates said the organization is well-positioned for the future after deciding to allow gay adult leaders in its ranks. The former U.S. secretary of defense ended his two-year term Thursday, May 26, 2016, as volunteer president. He was replaced by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.
Gates leaves Boy Scouts presidency, defends gay adult policy

Gates finished his two-year term by arguing the Scouts had overcome that challenge and were ready to reverse years of membership declines.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 26, 2016, as the Congress prepares to leave for the week-long Memorial Day recess.
Angered by inclusion of LGBTQ protections, GOP scuttles spending bill

Conservatives angered by the inclusion of LGBTQ protections in an otherwise routine spending bill scuttled the measure Thursday.

Don’t miss country singer Brad Paisley’s trans bathroom anthem

"North Carolina, they're checking for vaginas, if you want to use the can.”

Dad attacked in front of his kids because of bathroom panic hysteria

It all started when a dad brought his 5-year-old daughter into the men's room.

Indiana legislative committee will examine LGBT civil rights

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said it would "let people think about it a little bit" before lawmakers return next January.