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LGBTI Rights in North America


ADDED ON: 12/26/2019

Thirty years ago, gay civil rights campaign set the stage for all that followed

When Massachusetts enacted a gay and lesbian civil rights bill 30 years ago, opponents warned about the slippery slope of acceptance. Senator David H. Locke, a Wellesley Republican, called the bill “the…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2019

US urges 69 nations, including Iran, to decriminalize homosexuality

US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and American Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft used the UN bully pulpit on Wednesday to call on 69 nations, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2019

Lambda Legal: Trump Administration’s Assault On the Courts and LGBTQ Protections Intensifies

Lambda Legal released the third edition of its annual report of judicial nominees revealing the alarming extent to which the Trump-Pence administration, with the help of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has…

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ADDED ON: 12/22/2019

Buttigieg under attack during Democratic debate

Openly gay Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg was under fierce attack Thursday night in the sixth Democratic debate and, by the end of the evening, there was some data suggesting he had…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2019

Will first trans hero mark a new era for LGBT+ roles in video games?

When Tyler Ronan and his twin sister Alyson ask video gamers to unravel their family’s mysterious past in small-town Alaska next year, the siblings will take followers on an untrodden journey. For…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2019

US Agency Could Pave Way for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds thousands of organizations that work on important health and social welfare issues including adoption and foster care, youth homelessness, and sexuality…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2019

Chinese censors, audiences unfazed by ‘Rise of Skywalker’ gay kiss

The first gay kiss of the "Star Wars" film franchise has surprisingly survived China's censors and made it to the big screens across the country. Audiences were unfazed as well - or,…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2019

Anti-LGBT discrimination has a huge human toll. Research proves it.

In a trio of cases heard in October, the Supreme Court weighed whether discrimination against LGBT people should be legal. Over the course of those and related cases, a handful of scholars…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2019

Hallmark Channel Reinstates Kissing Brides’ Ads After Backlash

In a change of heart, the Hallmark Channel will allow television commercials produced by wedding-planning website Zola that show two brides kissing. The cable network had pulled the ads over the weekend…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2019

Man Convicted of Hate Crime for Punching Transgender Woman

An Oregon man convicted of punching a transgender woman has been sentenced to probation. Dominick Gonzales, 38, changed his plea Friday and was convicted of first-degree bias crime for punching the woman…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2019

Construction of Navy ship ‘Harvey Milk’ begins at San Diego shipbuilder

Construction began Friday on a Navy ship named after Harvey Milk, a former San Francisco supervisor and activist who was fatally shot months after becoming the first openly gay man elected in…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2019

Advertiser Cuts Ties With Hallmark Channel for Pulling Lesbian Ad

Following pressure from anti-LGBTQ groups including One Million Moms, the Hallmark Channel pulled four ads from wedding registry site Zola that feature lesbian nuptials, while keeping two Zola ads that don’t include…

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