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Boss Walks Woman Down Aisle When Dad Refuses

He was 'very supportive' of gay wedding ceremony

(Newser) - Jennifer and Sam share the same blood type and birth date, down to the year, but that's not what makes them a perfect match. In a video posted to YouTube by Jennifer's employer, HSBC Bank—pointed out by Mashable —the Taiwanese couple explain they make each other... More »

Disney's First Openly Gay Character Has Arrived

LeFou gets 'exclusively gay moment' in 'Beauty and the Beast'

(Newser) - If trailer views are any indication , moviegoers will be flocking to Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast this month. But they may find the "tale as old as time" isn't quite how they remember it. For one thing, the remake features Disney's first openly... More »

Transgender Teen's Wrestling Win Courts Controversy

Critics say Texas' Mack Beggs shouldn't have competed against girls—a fact he agrees with

(Newser) - The outcry started building after Mack Beggs started winning match after match in Texas' high school wrestling tournament—and once the 17-year-old from Trinity High School in Euless clinched the championship Saturday, the controversy reached its peak. NBC News reports that the junior won to "cheers and jeers,"... More »

Caitlyn Jenner to Trump: 'This Is a Disaster'

'You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community'

(Newser) - Caitlyn Jenner wants transgender students to be able to choose their bathroom just like she can at Trump Tower —and she wants President Trump to call her. Jenner called out Trump over his reversal of federal protection for trans students in a video posted on Twitter Thursday, saying "... More »

Sources: Ivanka Helped Sink Trump Order on Gay Rights

Religious right still hopes for action

(Newser) - President Trump decided against an executive order rolling back gay rights after Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner argued against it, sources tell Politico and the New York Times . The draft order, which reversed some of President Obama's orders on gay rights and expanded religious exemptions, was killed after the... More »

Transgender Teen Sued by Mom Fights Back

Claims parents abused her before she cut ties, transitioned

(Newser) - The transgender teen sued by her own mom in Minnesota says there's a good reason her mother was never notified of her transition from male to female. The 17-year-old, identified as JDK, alleges in court documents that her parents struggled with substance abuse when she was growing up, leaving... More »

Cub Scouts Boot 8-Year-Old Transgender Boy

'How dare they judge me,' says New Jersey's Joe Maldonado

(Newser) - Joe Maldonado was excited about his new Cub Scout pack from the moment he joined it. But the 8-year-old had only been settled into the Secaucus, NJ, group for about a month when his mom received a phone call that stunned his family: He was being kicked out because he... More »

Surprise Move Could Nix NC's Controversial 'Bathroom Bill'

Charlotte rescinded LGBT protective ordinance that started the whole controversy

(Newser) - Last week saw an "extraordinary power grab" in North Carolina as GOP lawmakers there proposed a slew of bills to strip incoming Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, of his powers. This week, a different kind of movement as the Charlotte City Council voted 10-0 Monday to repeal the LGBT... More »

Gay Marriage Taboo Is About to Fall in Asia

Taiwan poised to be first Asian country to allow it

(Newser) - Despite recent gains for the LGBT community in the US and Europe, same-sex marriage remains banned throughout Asia. But that could soon change. Three bills in the works in Taiwan— under the leadership of its first female head of state, who expressed support for same-sex marriage just last month—would... More »

Man Willing to Lose Job Over 17-Minute Diversity Video

David Hall has refused the Social Security Administration's directive for months

(Newser) - David Hall would rather lose a job he's held for 14 years than watch a 17-minute video. The 42-year-old Social Security Administration employee is making headlines over his months-long refusal to watch a training video about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender diversity as part of an initiative "in... More »

NCAA Pulls Championship Events Out of NC

Move is latest protest against anti-LGBT law

(Newser) - The NCAA has pulled seven championship events from North Carolina, including opening-weekend men's basketball tournament games, for the coming year due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people , the AP reports. In a news release Monday, the NCAA said the decision by... More »

Ken Doll Cake Sparks LGBT Debate

The bakery co-owner felt the buttercream work was 'amazing'

(Newser) - A couple weeks ago, a group of friends that meets monthly for a dice game in Sacramento, Calif., decided to order a Ken doll cake for a birthday party. The recipient isn't transgender and the cake, which features a dolled-up Ken, wasn't meant to be political, but when... More »

Biden Officiates His First Wedding—for Gay Couple

'Couldn't be happier,' he tweeted

(Newser) - The wedding of two White House staffers was extra special Monday, and not just because the vice president was in attendance. Joe Biden was actually the one to pronounce the couple husband and husband as he officiated his first ever wedding, reports ABC News . The couple—Brian Mosteller, the director... More »

Openly Trans Person Addresses Convention for 1st Time Ever

Sarah McBride just made history

(Newser) - A historic first just happened at the Democratic National Convention—and this time we're not talking about the nomination of Hillary Clinton. When Sarah McBride took the stage to speak Thursday she became the first openly transgender person to address a national party convention, Vox reports. Introducing herself as... More »

Westboro Baptist Church Gets In on Pokémon Go

With its usual offensive messages against LGBT community

(Newser) - The new Pokémon Go game that everyone's obsessing over isn't all fun and games: In Missouri, four teens were busted for using the app to lure victims they could rob , and now the Westboro Baptist Church is tapping into it to spread its own message, USA Today ... More »

George Takei Is Not Happy With Star Trek's First Gay Character

'It's a twisting of Gene's creation'

(Newser) - John Cho of Star Trek Beyond drops a bomb in a new interview with the Herald Sun : His character—Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise—(spoiler alert) will be revealed as a gay man who has a daughter with his partner. "I liked the approach, which was not... More »

FBI Has No Proof Orlando Gunman Was Gay: Officials

But nothing has been ruled out yet, per AG Lynch

(Newser) - FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation who spoke anonymously to the AP . The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men... More »

LGBT People Need More Guns, Not Fewer

Laws and cops can't save gay, transgender people—guns can, writes Nicki Stallard in 'NYT'

(Newser) - When Nicki Stallard first started her journey from a male body to a female one, she got a "preposterous" piece of safety advice that left her feeling insulted: Carry a whistle. "I didn't need a whistle; I had a gun," she writes in her New York ... More »

Police to Apologize for Canada's 'Stonewall Moment'

1981 raids targeting gay men sparked gay rights movement

(Newser) - Some 35 years after police targeted gay men in a series of raids on bathhouses, Toronto’s gay community will finally get an apology. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is expected to deliver an official apology Wednesday for the Feb. 5, 1981, raids on four bathhouses—known as Operation Soap—... More »

Marine's Jaw-Dropping Photo: 'Coming to Gay Bar Near You'

1st Marine Expeditionary Force has promised 'appropriate action'

(Newser) - Two Marines are under investigation after a photo was posted Wednesday to Facebook showing a uniform-clad corporal with his hand on the trigger of a rifle aimed at the camera and the message, "Coming to a gay bar near you!" The image, believed to be from Snapchat, was... More »

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