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3 Gay Rights Activists Found Dead in Mexico

Cops say killings were linked to extortion

(Newser) - Mexican officials say three gay rights activists have been shot dead and left along a highway in the troubled southern state of Guerrero. Guerrero security spokesman Roberto Alvarez says the bodies were found Sunday on a road between Taxco and Cuernavaca with bullet wounds to the head. Alvarez said Tuesday... More »

Millie Bobby Brown Vanishes From Twitter After Anti-Gay Memes

'Stranger Things' actress had been object of homophobic meme, hashtag campaign

(Newser) - She's taken on the Demogorgon, but Twitter trolls may have been too much. Variety reports that Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven in the Netflix series Stranger Things, has either deactivated or deleted her @milliebbrown Twitter account, and it may be linked to a proliferation of memes painting the... More »

Gay Cake Case: How a 7-2 Decision Is 'Narrow'

Supreme Court sides with baker, but didn't settle big question of gay rights vs. religious liberty

(Newser) - In one of the most closely watched cases of its current term, the Supreme Court sided with a baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple. But even though the decision was 7-2 in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, the ruling is seen as a narrow... More »

Gay Abuse Victim Spoke to Pope. Francis' Words Were 'Forceful'

Juan Carlos Cruz said Francis told him: 'God made you like this and loves you like this'

(Newser) - While religious conservatives have long argued being gay is a choice and even a "disorder," Pope Francis has been known to push back on those arguments, most famously with his 2013 statement : "Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" Now... More »

Governor Angers Libs, Conservatives in Single Day

Mary Fallin vetoed one bill and signed another

(Newser) - With two swoops of a pen, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin managed to enrage liberals and conservatives on the same day. First off, the Republican signed a bill allowing faith-based groups to deny adoption placement to anyone who defies their beliefs, the Washington Post reports. Gay rights advocates say this will... More »

Teacher Who Showed Pic of 'Future Wife' Files Discrimination Suit

Gay teacher Stacy Bailey says she was suspended for mentioning partner

(Newser) - A Texas teacher has filed a suit against her school district and two district officials, claiming she's been discriminated against for one reason: "Plaintiff is lesbian/gay and was born that way." The teacher, per the New York Times , is 31-year-old Stacy Bailey, who alleges in her complaint... More »

Man's 'Gay Panic' Defense Works

James Miller says he stabbed neighbor in self-defense

(Newser) - A former police employee skirted murder and manslaughter charges in Texas this week when a jury sided with his so-called "gay panic" defense, the Houston Chronicle reports. James Miller, 69, testified that in 2015 he was at the house of neighbor David Spencer, 32, drinking and jamming on their... More »

MSNBC Host Apologizes for Homophobic Blog Posts

Joy Reid says hackers posted homophobic comments

(Newser) - MSNBC's Joy Reid, under fire for homophobic language in old blog posts, apologized Saturday for any past comments that belittled or mocked the LGBTQ community and says she hasn't been able to verify her claim that her account was hacked, the AP reports. Reid opened her weekend show... More »

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 »

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