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Grindr Busted Making 'Disturbing' HIV Revelations

Company admits it has shared users' HIV status with 2 analytics vendors

(Newser) - If Grindr users share their HIV status on the gay dating app, they may assume that revelation will stay among themselves, potential partners, and Grindr. But BuzzFeed reported Monday that Grindr shared that data (including HIV status and "last tested date," as well as email addresses) with two... More »

Google Employee Claims Wrongful Firing

Tim Chevalier says he was fired for coming down on 'misogynistic' ex-engineer James Damore

(Newser) - First ex-Google engineer James Damore sued his former employer for firing him after he put out a memo saying women aren’t fit for tech jobs. Now another ex-Google worker has brought his own suit against the company after he came out hard against Damore. Tim Chevalier's complaint —... More »

In 1st Documented Case, Trans Woman Breastfeeds

It's 'a very big deal,' says one doctor

(Newser) - Though online forums suggest she's not the first to manage the feat, doctors are celebrating the case of a breastfeeding transgender woman, the first to be recorded in medical literature. The 30-year-old went to doctors at New York's Mount Sinai hospital with the intention of breastfeeding when her... More »

Gay Olympians' Message to VP Pence: 'Eat Your Heart Out'

Instagram post from 2 openly gay athletes references the vice president, #TeamUSGay

(Newser) - The first two openly gay males to compete in the Winter Olympics posed for a celebratory photo after the Games officially kicked off, though the caption had an eyebrow-raising ending. Freeskier Gus Kenworthy posted the pic of himself and figure skater Adam Rippon on Instagram Friday, along with the message:... More »

One Twin Is a US Citizen. The Other Faces Deportation

2 cases allege LBGT discrimination by State Department

(Newser) - Sixteen-month-old Aiden Dvash-Banks is a US citizen living with his family in Los Angeles. His twin brother, Ethan, is undocumented and thus at risk of being deported. It's an unusual situation that highlights discrimination against LGBT families by the US government, according to the boys' married male parents, who... More »

Report: HHS to Offer 'Conscience Protections' for Medical Staff

Official announcement expected Thursday on agency's new moral and 'religious liberty' rules

(Newser) - A planned Health and Human Services initiative would offer "conscience protections" for medical workers, and women's and LGBT rights advocates are teaming up with doctors' groups to push back against it before it's even announced. It appears a new civil rights division within the HHS would offer... More »

Neighbors to Vacationing Pence: 'Make America Gay Again'

Neighbors hang banner, feed Secret Service agents

(Newser) - Vice President Pence and his family arrived for vacation at a home near Aspen on Tuesday, and neighbors had a message for him: "Make America Gay Again." "You couldn't miss it," Pitkin County Sheriff's deputy Michael Buglione tells the Aspen Times regarding a rainbow... More »

They Said His 1988 Death Was Suicide. Now, It's Definitely Not

Australian coroner finds Scott Johnson's death was a hate crime

(Newser) - It's believed that Australia has only twice opened a third coroner's inquest into someone's death: with the infamous case of Azaria Chamberlain , the baby taken by a dingo, and with the 1988 death of a 27-year-old American mathematician. On Thursday, a coroner gave the ruling his brother... More »

House of Cards Is Done After Next Season

But move may not be related to the Kevin Spacey controversy

(Newser) - After actor Anthony Rapp made his explosive accusation that Kevin Spacey attempted to have a sexual encounter with him when Rapp was just 14, Spacey quickly apologized . But that apology itself has been under withering criticism all day, with the main complaint being that Spacey also used his note to... More »

Critics Say 2 Memos From Sessions Attack LGBTQ Rights

Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn't apply to transgender employees

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued two memos this week that critics say put the rights of the LGBTQ community at risk. NBC News reports a Justice Department memo issued Wednesday states Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sex,... More »

Murder of Transgender Teen Not a Hate Crime: Cops

Advocates disagree; Ally Lee Steinfeld was found stabbed in the genitals with her eyes gouged out

(Newser) - Questions are swirling around the grisly murder of a transgender teenager in Missouri who was found stabbed last week in the genitals with her eyes gouged out. Authorities in rural Houston say the killing of Ally Lee Steinfeld, who was born Joseph Matthew Steinfeld Jr., wasn't a hate crime,... More »

'Why Did You Have to Shoot?': Slain Ga. Student's Dad

Scout Schultz's family plans on filing lawsuit after student shot, killed by campus police

(Newser) - "Why did you have to shoot?" Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , that's the big question Bill Schultz had Monday at a presser, addressing campus cops at Georgia Tech after his oldest child, 21-year-old Scout Schultz, was shot dead Saturday. Scout, who headed the school's Pride Alliance, was killed... More »

Police Shoot Georgia Tech LGBT Leader

Police say Scout Schultz refused to drop knife

(Newser) - The president of Georgia Tech's Pride Alliance group was shot dead on campus Saturday night after suffering what a lawyer says appears to have been a mental breakdown. Police say Scout Schultz, who identified as non-binary instead of male or female, was shot after they responded to a 911... More »

Katie Sowers Has Broken an NFL Barrier

She's the 1st openly gay coach in NFL history

(Newser) - Katie Sowers—new San Francisco 49ers assistant coach and second woman ever to coach full-time in the NFL—is also the first openly gay coach—man or woman—in major American men's professional sports, Deadspin reports. Sowers discussed her sexuality for the first time publicly Tuesday on Outsports . "... More »

A 2nd Trump Move Has Ticked Off LGBT Supporters

Justice Department argues against protection for gay workers under 1964 law

(Newser) - On Wednesday, President Trump angered the LGBT community by banning transgender people from the military. But his administration made a second, lower-profile move the same day that has similarly angered the gay community. As BuzzFeed reports, the Justice Department filed a legal brief arguing that a federal civil rights law... More »

She Expressed Support for LGBT People—and Was Fired

Former BYU instructor Ruthie Robertson doesn't regret a thing

(Newser) - When Ruthie Robertson declared on Facebook that "homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins," the 22-year-old political science instructor at Brigham Young University-Idaho expected the feedback would be harsh. "But it never crossed my mind that I would lose my job," she tells the Idaho State Journal ... More »

Texas Business Leaders Slam Controversial Bill

They don't want to see a NC-style backlash

(Newser) - Texas lawmakers are debating a "bathroom bill" that would restrict choice for transgender people—but state business leaders have no interest in dealing with the kind of backlash that forced North Carolina to roll back a similar bill . Some 14 CEOs from major Texas employers, including AT&T, American... More »

Sessions Made a Closed-Door Speech to 'Hate Group'

Closed-door remarks were made at event for SPLC-designated 'hate group'

(Newser) - The Alliance Defending Freedom has been designated an anti-LGBT "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center , but the group still attracted a high-profile guest speaker this week: Attorney General Jeff Sessions. CNN and NBC News reports that Sessions spoke at the "Summit on Religious Liberty" Tuesday night... More »

California Bans State Travel to Texas

It's over an adoption rule restricting LGBT parents

(Newser) - A dispute between America's two most populous states is heating up: California has banned state-funded travel to Texas, citing a law that allows foster care agencies to deny adoptions to LGBT families and others based on "sincerely held religious beliefs," reports the Texas Tribune . California Attorney General... More »

A Teacher of the Year's Photo With Trump Is Going Viral

Thanks to a rainbow pin and black fan

(Newser) - Rhode Island's Teacher of the Year is drawing attention for his display of LGBT pride in a photo-op with President Trump, the AP reports. The photo from Nikos Giannopoulos' visit to the Oval Office in April shows the teacher wearing a rainbow pin on his suit jacket; he is... More »

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