Philly Gay Basher Kathryn Knott Claims Self-Defense in Civil Suit

Kathryn Knott

In a filing entered last month in the civil suit related to the brutal assault on a gay couple in Philadelphia in September 2014, defendant Kathryn Knott – convicted of assaulting Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught with two others that took plea bargains in exchange for lighter sentences – claims she was acting in self-defense when she participated in the group assault […]

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Sharp Uptick in Misogyny After Doctor Who Announcement

The new Doctor on Doctor Who will be Jodie Whittaker

After the BBC announced yesterday that Jodie Whittaker would take over this Christmas as the new Doctor as Peter Capaldi steps down, the internet saw a sharp uptick in misogyny as critics and trolls exclaimed a woman could never fill the role. Whittaker – who many already know from the hit series Broadchurch (which also starred former Doctor David Tennant) – is […]

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Planet Fitness Transgender Lawsuit Heads To Michigan Supreme Court

Yvette Cormier is taking her anti - transgender lawsuit against Planet Fitness to the Michigan Supreme Court

Following an unsuccessful lawsuit and appeal against “no judgement” gym Planet Fitness, a Michigan woman is taking her case to the state Supreme Court to argue that she shouldn’t be forced to share locker rooms with transgender women. The complainant – Yvette Cormier – misgendered the trans woman in question (Carlotta Sklowdowska) throughout lower court hearings arguing she was a man […]

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Chick-fil-A Still Funneling Profits to Anti-LGBTQ Organizations


Following national outrage over their funding of several anti-LGBTQ organizations a few years ago, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy announced his company’s charitable arm – the Winshape Foundation – would no longer fund anti-LGBTQ organizations or causes. Claiming Chick-fil-A would “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender,” they considered the matter settled […]

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This Is How The LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement Stalls For A Generation


Last week two important events happened: the Texas Supreme Court ruled that married LGBTQ couples do not enjoy a right to any of the benefits traditionally associated with the institution of marriage; and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy – contrary to rumors – did not announce his retirement. One of these two events is cause for concern while the […]

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TX Supreme Court: No Government Benefits To Married LGBTQ Couples


The Texas Supreme Court just ruled that married same-sex couples do not enjoy the right to the same government-related benefits married opposite-sex couples have access to. The decision comes mere days after the United States Supreme Court struck down an Arkansas law that treated same-sex couples differently in having both names on their children’s birth certificates. The Austin Statesman reported today: […]

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The Piety Police: The GOP’s Obsession With The Prosperity Gospel

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Those of us who live in Indiana are well aware of Mike Pence’s hostility to the rights of LGBTQ citizens, but the national press is still learning about “Pastor” Pence’s fundamentalist religious views on women and gays. Just a few days ago, a Newslo reporter dug up an old Pence speech: Digging up Mike Pence’s past political work has become a sport in […]

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“HIV Carriers”: Trump’s National HIV Testing Day Statement

Trump and the AIDS epidemic - National HIV Testing Day statement

In what may be his first statement this month relating to any LGBTQ-adjacent issue, Donald Trump issued a statement today as a part of National HIV Testing Day. That statement not only omitted LGBTQ people, but labeled HIV+ persons as “carriers” of the disease. The statement doesn’t come as a surprise since he’s on schedule to potentially bring back the AIDS […]

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Supreme Court To Hear Case About LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Masterpiece Cakeshop

Yesterday the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. At the center of that case lies the question: does a private business have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people? We’ve covered Masterpiece at each stage of its legal journey over the years as business owner Jack Phillips insisted his religious beliefs should […]

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Religious Liberty And the Marketplace

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Most of us have heard the military admonition against “fighting the last war.” The point is obvious: generals and political actors need to evaluate and respond to the reality in which they live; getting stuck in the past–fighting the last war– is a formula for failure.That admonition also suggests one way of analyzing America’s current political situation. Much of our […]

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