LGBTQ News

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Coming to VH1

Rupaul All Stars

[Given the darkest timeline nature of events over the last year, we’ve decided to institute a new weekly section called #FunFridays. Because we all need a laugh…desperately.] If you’ve never watched an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in its 9 years of existence, you’ve been missing one of the most important segments of the LGBTQ community condensed into reality television format. While it’s […]

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New “Religious Freedom” HHS Division Puts Women’s & LGBTQ Health at Risk

The Trump administration announced the creation of a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) division devoted to "conscience and religious freedom" (CRFD for short).

The Trump administration announced the creation of a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) division devoted to “conscience and religious freedom” (CRFD for short). Building on a steady pattern over the past year in placing the concept of religious liberty over other aspects of rule of law, the new division will be “responsible for OCR’s national conscience […]

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Vistaprint Sued For Sending Gay Couple Religious Literature

Vistaprint sued by Borg and Heasley over anti-gay religious materials sent instead of wedding programs

On the eve of their wedding, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg received a package from Vistaprint with what was supposed to be wedding programs. Instead, they received anti-LGBTQ religious material warning them about temptation entitled, ““Understanding Temptation: Fight the good fight of the faith.” After receiving the wrong materials, the couple had to place another order – at their own […]

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Trump’s Religious Freedom Day Proclamation is Problematic

Trump Religious Freedom Day proclamation

In his Religious Freedom Day proclamation, Donald Trump made a consequential and problematic statement placing religious liberty above rule of law. Were this a ceremonial gesture meant as a statement of goodwill and not one in a line of related actions and statements, it wouldn’t be cause for concern. Given this administration’s statements, actions and directives, however, today’s proclamation offers yet […]

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Supreme Court Refuses Mississippi Anti-LGBTQ Religious Liberty Case

Mississippi HB1523

Marking another setback for LGBTQ civil rights following oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the U.S. Supreme Court just declined to hear arguments in the cases challenging Mississippi’s controversial HB 1523 – also known as the anti-LGBTQ ‘license to discriminate’ law. Back Story As we reported last year, “[Mississippi HB 1523] enables legal discrimination against same-sex couples, transgender men and […]

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Carson Jones’ Precision Shade is the 2018 We Need

Carson Jones Delivers precision side-eye shade at Mike Pence

[Given the darkest timeline nature of events over the last year, we’ve decided to institute a new weekly section called #FunFridays. Because we all need a laugh…desperately.] By now you’ve probably already seen the picture, but it bears another view: the hilariously shade-filled photo of junior Senator Doug Jones’ swearing in ceremony where his openly gay son Carson appears to […]

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Oregon Bakery Sweet Cakes Loses $135,000 Fine Appeal

Sweet Cakes Appeal

After closing their business last year, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa appealed a decision requiring them to pay a $135,000 fine for releasing the personal information of a lesbian couple who filed a discrimination complaint against them with the state of Oregon. Owners Melissa and Aaron Klein just lost their latest appeal before the Oregon Court of Appeals. Background […]

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Trump Fires Entire White House HIV/AIDS Council

HIV / AIDS

In a move in line with his other anti-LGBTQ policy positions and actions, Donald Trump just fired all remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) without explanation. The firing follows the resignation of six other members earlier this year in protest of Trump’s handling of the battle against HIV/AIDS. The remaining 16 members were notified this Wednesday of […]

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Confirmation: It Isn’t About Religion

Persecution and Privilege

The Indianapolis Star, in one of its increasingly rare forays into what used to be called “news,”reported on a very interesting study investigating popular opinion about the pending Supreme Court case brought by a baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. As most of you are aware, the baker–routinely described as very pious–has argued that forcing him […]

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Roy Moore Would Eliminate Virtually Everyone’s Rights

Alabama Senate Candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore

During an appearance on a far-right, conspiracy theory driven radio show in 2011, Alabama Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore made the case for eliminating all of the Constitution’s amendments not included in the original Bill of Rights. He argued the elimination of every amendment following the Tenth Amendment would ‘eliminate many problems’ the nation has with governance. The […]

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