LGBTQ News

Federal Judge Rejects MN Christian Couple’s Anti-LGBTQ Lawsuit

Carl and Angel Larsen of Telescope Media Group

Late last year Minnesota residents Carl and Angel Larsen filed a lawsuit challenging their state’s human rights act. Arguing state law unduly restricts them from discriminating against LGBTQ people in the course of their wedding services company, they sought a preemptive legal exclusion that would allow them to exclusively advertise to and serve heterosexual couples. Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim dismissed their […]

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DOJ Files SCOTUS Brief Defending LGBTQ Discrimination

Masterpiece Cakeshop

In the latest attack on the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration’s Justice Department just filed an amicus brief defending discrimination against LGBTQ people in places of business. The brief argues that business owners have a constitutional right to discriminate against LGBTQ people so long as they couch that discrimination in protected speech and expression founded in religious belief. The Justice […]

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Educational Choice: It Really Isn’t About the Quality of Education

No one who watched Mike Pence dramatically expand Indiana’s voucher program at the expense of the state’s public schools, and certainly no one who has followed the appointment and appalling performance of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, could come away thinking “Boy, those people really care about education!” Despite their rhetoric, Pence, DeVos and a number of other proponents of […]

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Charlottesville: Fox News Compares Confederate Flag to Rainbow Flag

Star Parker

Fox News guest Star Parker argued today that those decrying symbols like the Confederate battle flag are hypocrites because they defend the LGBTQ rainbow flag. This denouncement happened while offering a defense to Donald Trump’s two-day waiting period before reluctantly denouncing the Nazis and white supremacists that rioted in Chalottesville, Virginia and murdered one person. “What do you think about […]

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Two Fires, Two Potential LGBTQ Hate Crimes: Oklahoma & Michigan

After news emerged from Oklahoma earlier this week that a gay couple is suing over an alleged case of arson and their community’s participation in a set of hate crimes surrounding that fire at their home, a couple in Jaskson, Michigan are facing similar circumstances after their house burned to the ground this week in what’s being investigated as arson. […]

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Department of Justice Launches Attack on LGBTQ Civil Rights

Department of Justice Launches Attack on LGBTQ Civil Rights

Following the Twitter announcement that the transgender community will no longer be able to serve in the military, the Trump administration (via the Department of Justice) submitted a legal brief yesterday attacking the legitimacy of LGBTQ civil rights. The DOJ submitted the amicus brief in a case about Civil Rights Act Title VII protections in a case where the plaintiff […]

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Trump Bans Transgender Persons From Military Service [UPDATED]

Trump attacked LGBTQ rights by rescinding the Obama transgender Title IX guidelines

Over the course of three tweets this morning, Donald Trump effectively banned all transgender men and women from serving in the military. This announcement flies in the face of previous statements proclaiming himself to be a “real friend” to the LGBTQ community. In the tweets, he said: After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the […]

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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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