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“The question before us is not whether the L.G.B.T.Q. community faces outrageous and immoral discrimination, for the r...
05/17/2019
House Extends Civil Rights Protections to Gay and Transgender People

“The question before us is not whether the L.G.B.T.Q. community faces outrageous and immoral discrimination, for the record shows that it clearly does,” said Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. “The question is whether we, as Congress, are willing to take action to do something about it. The answer goes straight to the heart of who we want to be as a country — and today, that answer must be a resounding ‘yes.’”

The House passed legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, but the White House and Republican Senate oppose it.

The couple met in 2011 during a trip to Fire Island, N.Y.
05/17/2019
Jared Levan, Lance Lin

The couple met in 2011 during a trip to Fire Island, N.Y.

The couple met in 2011 during a trip to Fire Island, N.Y.

the gay community in Tunisia has re-appropriated the once derogatory term “queer,” and taken ownership of it as a bl...
05/17/2019
A Queer Film Festival in Tunisia — Where Being Gay Is Illegal

the gay community in Tunisia has re-appropriated the once derogatory term “queer,” and taken ownership of it as a blanket term for L.G.B.T.Q. “We use ‘queer’ quite often not only as Mawjoudin but every L.G.B.T.Q.I.++ organization,” Ms. Hammemi said. “We encourage people to use it, actually.”

“It is normal to be queer, to be different, and we have the right, of course, to exist.”

Five years ago, Asher Freeman tried to find a personal trainer knowledgeable about the fitness needs of queer and transg...
05/17/2019
Fitness for Bodies That Don’t Fit the Mainstream

Five years ago, Asher Freeman tried to find a personal trainer knowledgeable about the fitness needs of queer and transgender people. The search came up empty.

Workouts tailored to the needs of transgender people who want to build strength after surgery.

Olivia Wilde’s directing debut “Booksmart” has many of the moments we’ve come to expect from a gross-out high sc...
05/17/2019
‘Booksmart’ and How Hollywood Stopped Fearing Lesbian Teens

Olivia Wilde’s directing debut “Booksmart” has many of the moments we’ve come to expect from a gross-out high school comedy, except this time, the teenager on a merry quest for sexual discovery is a lesbian.

With the new comedy from Olivia Wilde, the movie mainstream is finally ready to tell jubilant stories about teenagers who happen to be lesbians.

When James Charles, 19, became the first male face of CoverGirl, following in the steps of household names like Tyra Ban...
05/17/2019
James Charles, From ‘CoverBoy’ to Canceled

When James Charles, 19, became the first male face of CoverGirl, following in the steps of household names like Tyra Banks, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, he was just a high school senior.

The 19-year-old internet personality and makeup artist has provoked the ire of beauty YouTube.

The episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” was the latest moment in daytime television to include a ...
05/17/2019
‘Arthur’ Opens Season With a Same-Sex Wedding and a Cake

The episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” was the latest moment in daytime television to include a more diverse set of characters as it kicked off the show’s 22nd season.

The animated show’s first episode of its 22nd season was the latest moment in daytime television to include a more diverse set of characters.

Activists who believe that New York City's massive gay pride parade has become too corporate are planning an alternative...
05/17/2019
NYC Activists Plan Alternative Gay Pride March for Same Day

Activists who believe that New York City's massive gay pride parade has become too corporate are planning an alternative "Queer Liberation March" on the same day.

Activists who believe that New York City's massive gay pride parade has become too corporate are planning an alternative "Queer Liberation March" on the same day.

As New York City prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion by hosting World Pride this June,...
05/17/2019
The Queer Coffee Table: 10 L.G.B.T.Q. Books to Usher In World Pride

As New York City prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion by hosting World Pride this June, an array of titles celebrating the L.G.B.T.Q. community’s history, art and culture are suddenly on offer.

Visual monographs commemorating a culture of resistance and resilience on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion.

Virtually nonexistent among the city’s monuments, L.G.B.T.Q. men and women have made outsize contributions to New York...
05/17/2019
Where are the Statues of L.G.B.T.Q. Pioneers? Here Are 11 Worthy New Yorkers

Virtually nonexistent among the city’s monuments, L.G.B.T.Q. men and women have made outsize contributions to New York’s identity. It is long past time they were put on a pedestal.

Virtually nonexistent among the city’s monuments, L.G.B.T.Q. men and women have made outsize contributions to New York’s identity. It is long past time they were put on a pedestal.

“On May 17th, 2019 in #Taiwan, #LoveWon,” President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted after the vote. “We took a big step towar...
05/17/2019
Taiwan Legislature Approves Asia’s First Same-Sex Marriage Law

“On May 17th, 2019 in #Taiwan, #LoveWon,” President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted after the vote. “We took a big step towards true equality, and made Taiwan a better country.”

The vote came as tens of thousands of protesters filled Taipei’s streets while lawmakers faced a court-ordered deadline to act.

Brian Souter, Stagecoach’s chairman, campaigned in 2000 against teaching about homosexuality in schools, and has spoke...
05/03/2019
Turner Prize Drops Sponsor Whose Chairman Led Anti-Gay Campaign

Brian Souter, Stagecoach’s chairman, campaigned in 2000 against teaching about homosexuality in schools, and has spoken against same-sex marriage.

The decision, by Britain’s major art prize, is the latest example of ethical debates affecting the art world.

The Rev. Tom Lambrecht, general manager of the conservative Methodist magazine Good News,  suggested that Methodists opp...
05/01/2019
Plan With LGBT Bans OK'd by United Methodist Judicial Panel

The Rev. Tom Lambrecht, general manager of the conservative Methodist magazine Good News, suggested that Methodists opposed to the plan should start negotiating to leave the UMC and form a new denomination that would allow them to adopt LGBT-inclusive policies.

The United Methodist Church's judicial council on Friday upheld major portions of a new plan that strengthens bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.

The subject has gained visibility recently with the success of transgender athletes winning women’s sprinting events i...
05/01/2019
Court Bars Women With High Testosterone From Some Track Races

The subject has gained visibility recently with the success of transgender athletes winning women’s sprinting events in high school in Connecticut and with widely-criticized remarks by Martina Navratilova, the tennis star and gay-rights activist, who suggested it was cheating for transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports.

Most notably affected will be Caster Semenya of South Africa, a two-time Olympic champion at 800 meters, who had challenged the rule.

Fox announced on Tuesday that it had renewed its hip-hop drama “Empire” for a sixth season, but the network said tha...
05/01/2019
Jussie Smollett’s Future on ‘Empire’ Is in Doubt

Fox announced on Tuesday that it had renewed its hip-hop drama “Empire” for a sixth season, but the network said that there were “no plans” for Smollett’s character, Jamal, to return to the series in the fall.

Though it did not shut the door, Fox said on Tuesday that there were no plans to bring back Smollett, who was accused of faking a hate crime attack before charges were dropped.

A Michigan college student says pro-Trump agitators recruited him to falsely claim he was raped by Democratic presidenti...
05/01/2019
Student Says Trump Backers Recruited Him for Buttigieg Smear

A Michigan college student says pro-Trump agitators recruited him to falsely claim he was raped by Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, then published the smear without his permission.

A Michigan college student says pro-Trump agitators recruited him to falsely claim he was raped by Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, then published the smear without his permission.

The city has been working to diversify its statuary, planning tributes to more women and people of color. Now it is time...
04/30/2019
Which L.G.B.T.Q. Figures Should Get Monuments in New York?

The city has been working to diversify its statuary, planning tributes to more women and people of color. Now it is time to look toward representing another important community.

The city has been working to diversify its statuary, planning tributes to more women and people of color. Now it is time to look toward representing another important community.

Raymond Buckley, the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, talks about Pete Buttigieg and what it means to be ...
04/30/2019
Is America Ready for a Gay President? ‘You’re Going to See the Wall Crumble’

Raymond Buckley, the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, talks about Pete Buttigieg and what it means to be gay and married and running for president in 2019.

Raymond Buckley, the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, talks about Pete Buttigieg and what it means to be gay and married and running for president in 2019.

Matt Easton said Monday he hopes the speech helps ease loneliness felt by other LGBTQ students at the institution where ...
04/29/2019
Gay BYU Student Comes Out in Valedictorian Speech

Matt Easton said Monday he hopes the speech helps ease loneliness felt by other LGBTQ students at the institution where an honor code forbids dating between members of the same sex.

A gay student who came out during a valedictorian speech at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University is earning applause and admiration from students and notable figures like actress Kristin Chenoweth.

The woman, Lilit Martirosyan, 28, said she embodied those people who are “tortured, raped, kidnapped, subjected to phy...
04/29/2019
A Trans Woman Got 3 Minutes to Speak in Armenia’s Parliament. Threats Followed.

The woman, Lilit Martirosyan, 28, said she embodied those people who are “tortured, raped, kidnapped, subjected to physical violence, burned, immolated, knifed, subjected to murder attempts, killed.”

Lilit Martirosyan was the first transgender woman to speak in Armenia’s National Assembly, according to organizers. The backlash began immediately.

The couple met in 2003 at a mixer in a Manhattan bar, when a mutual acquaintance, who knew both had careers in the elect...
04/29/2019
Victoria Watkins, Caroline Garcia

The couple met in 2003 at a mixer in a Manhattan bar, when a mutual acquaintance, who knew both had careers in the electric utility industry, introduced them.

The couple met in 2003 through a mutual friend who knew they shared a background in the electric-utility industry.

Michael Fesco, whose trendsetting clubs on Fire Island and later in Manhattan gave gay men a place to gather, dance and ...
04/26/2019
Michael Fesco, Whose Gay Clubs Were Trendsetters, Dies at 84

Michael Fesco, whose trendsetting clubs on Fire Island and later in Manhattan gave gay men a place to gather, dance and explore sexually at a time when homosexuality was largely unwelcome in mainstream society, died on April 11 in Palm Springs, Calif.

His Ice Palace on Fire Island and Flamingo in Manhattan gave gay men the opportunity to meet, dance and perhaps find a sense of empowerment.

Having reached her age and lived for equal amounts of time as a man and as a woman, she says, the transition she made so...
04/26/2019
The Many Lives of Jan Morris

Having reached her age and lived for equal amounts of time as a man and as a woman, she says, the transition she made so long ago somehow feels less relevant.

It wasn’t until her latest book, “In My Mind’s Eye,” was serialized on BBC that many of her neighbors realized there was a celebrity in their midst.

The story moves from all that is done to the girls to all that the girls do. One is transgender, one navigates her blind...
04/26/2019
In This Novel, the Fate of an Indian Slum Is in the Hands of Its Women

The story moves from all that is done to the girls to all that the girls do. One is transgender, one navigates her blindness, one discovers a family secret, another an unexpected sexuality, one might just be a future Banksy.

In Mathangi Subramanian’s debut, “A People’s History of Heaven,” five girls represent the fate of a nation.

Men are dogs, some more so than others.
04/26/2019
We Live in Packs

Men are dogs, some more so than others.

In San Francisco, the dogs are very out.

“Queer California: Untold Stories,” an exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California  opened earlier this month.
04/26/2019
Telling Untold Stories About Queer California

“Queer California: Untold Stories,” an exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California opened earlier this month.

Friday: A new exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California explores LGBTQ history. Also: San Francisco’s school desegregation effort; and tamarind pie.

On a scale of one to 10, with one being “completely straight” and 10 being “completely gay,” what number are you...
04/23/2019
How Gay Are You?

On a scale of one to 10, with one being “completely straight” and 10 being “completely gay,” what number are you?

A new film explores the many shades of human sexuality.

Graves wrote "Liberty Guns Bible Trump BBQ That's my kind of LGBTQ movement." He said LGBTQ people are offensive and sho...
04/23/2019
Deputy on Leave for Homophobic Comment Over Teen's Suicide

Graves wrote "Liberty Guns Bible Trump BBQ That's my kind of LGBTQ movement." He said LGBTQ people are offensive and shouldn't be accepted. Graves has deleted his comment.

An Alabama deputy has been put on administrative leave for posting a homophobic comment on a Facebook post about a gay teen who killed himself.

Back home, family and friends sometimes asked if she was gay. It was an alarming question in the Southeast Asian country...
04/19/2019
Transgender Teenager From Brunei Seeks Asylum in Canada

Back home, family and friends sometimes asked if she was gay. It was an alarming question in the Southeast Asian country, which this month introduced new Islamic laws to punish homosexuality, adultery and rape with the death penalty, including stoning.

Zoella Zayce displays no photos of her family in her basement apartment in Vancouver, thousands of miles from where she left them in Brunei. The 19-year-old refugee claimant is a transgender woman, something she never told the family she describes as conservative.

The "kiss-a-thon" was held just days after two gay men in their early 20s were harassed at the Andino shopping center.
04/19/2019
Colombians Stage Kiss-a-Thon in Support of LGBT Rights

The "kiss-a-thon" was held just days after two gay men in their early 20s were harassed at the Andino shopping center.

Dozens of same sex couples kissed simultaneously outside an upscale shopping mall in Colombia's capital, in the latest demonstration calling for LGBT rights in the South American country.

During the campaign Mr. Kenney, a social conservative, didn’t remove a candidate who once equated gay men with pedophi...
04/19/2019
Jason Kenney and the New Alliance on Canada’s Right

During the campaign Mr. Kenney, a social conservative, didn’t remove a candidate who once equated gay men with pedophiles and who claimed that love in same-sex couples wasn’t real.

Alberta’s incoming premier has already allied himself with four other Conservative provincial leaders against carbon taxes and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"We were out and proud, and while careful with our safety when need be — like when we traveled to countries where bein...
04/19/2019
For a Lesbian Couple, the Path to the Family Holiday Table Was Down the Aisle

"We were out and proud, and while careful with our safety when need be — like when we traveled to countries where being gay could mean a prison sentence or worse — I never thought we’d have to put our guard up at a family gathering."

The most radical change came from the most traditional one: Getting married.

McKee wrote and spoke openly about the struggles of growing up gay in a hostile environment.
04/19/2019
Slain Northern Irish Journalist, 29, Was 'Inspiring Thinker'

McKee wrote and spoke openly about the struggles of growing up gay in a hostile environment.

A year after moving to Londonderry, celebrated young Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee wrote about how she looked forward to "better times ahead and saying goodbye to bombs and bullets once and for all".

The couple met in June 2010 during Pride Week celebrations in San Francisco.
04/19/2019
Carter Hahn, Aaron Hartselle

The couple met in June 2010 during Pride Week celebrations in San Francisco.

The couple met in June 2010 during Pride Week celebrations in San Francisco.

The couple met through an online dating website in 2014 and were engaged in September 2017.
04/19/2019
Daniel Leung, Richard Kinnard

The couple met through an online dating website in 2014 and were engaged in September 2017.

The couple met in 2014 through a dating website and were engaged three years later.

The couple met on OkCupid in December 2013, and had their first date at a wine bar in New York.
04/19/2019
Claire Pires, Katherine Rhodes

The couple met on OkCupid in December 2013, and had their first date at a wine bar in New York.

The couple met nearly six years ago on OkCupid.

The couple met in 2013 on the uptown local C train in New York, and have been together ever since.
04/19/2019
Michael Crouch, Daniel Henning

The couple met in 2013 on the uptown local C train in New York, and have been together ever since.

The couple met in 2013 on the uptown local C train in New York, and have been together since.

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