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Matthew Shepard's Ashes Find Final Resting Place

Will be interred at Washington National Cathedral; he was slain in 1998 for being gay

(Newser) - Twenty years after he was tied to a fence, beaten, and left to die for being gay, Matthew Shepard will be laid to rest in the same cathedral as Hellen Keller and Woodrow Wilson. The ashes of the University of Wyoming student—kept in an urn since his 1998 murder—... More »

US Denies Visas to Diplomats' Gay Partners

Unless they're legally married, a high hurdle for many

(Newser) - A new State Department mandate that a rep says will "help ensure and promote equal treatment" between heterosexual and same-sex couples is attracting no shortage of critics, with one former US ambassador calling it "needlessly cruel & bigoted." Foreign Policy reports that under the new policy, the... More »

'One of World's Oldest Bans' on Gay Sex Is No More

Colonial-era law banning homosexuality has been overturned by India's Supreme Court

(Newser) - Calling sexual orientation "one of the many natural phenomena," the chief justice of India's Supreme Court made a big announcement Thursday about one of the nation's colonial-era laws. The Guardian reports India's highest court has struck down a 160-year-old law banning consensual gay sex, with... More »

Malaysia Just Caned 2 Lesbians

Amid a worsening crackdown on LGBT people

(Newser) - Malaysia caned two women who were caught having sex in a parked car, giving them each six lashes on Monday morning amid a heightened crackdown on homosexuality, reports CNN . The women, ages 22 and 32, were also fined $800. The AP appears to make the punishment sound softer, noting that... More »

New Batwoman Quits Twitter Over 'Ridiculous' Backlash

Ruby Rose was criticized after she took on gay superhero role for the CW

(Newser) - If you're looking for Ruby Rose, you'll have to try her Bat Phone. The Orange Is the New Black star made headlines last week when it was announced she'd play Batwoman for the CW, the first openly gay superhero in a TV series leading role. But while... More »

Ruby Rose Makes History as Lesbian Batwoman

'Orange Is the New Black' star's role for the CW will be first openly gay superhero lead on a TV series

(Newser) - Ruby Rose is making history with her latest role as Batwoman, the first openly gay superhero to headline a TV series. Batwoman will be introduced in a December crossover event between the CW network's other DC Comics shows, Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, the AP reports. A stand-alone series... More »

Alaska Airlines Apologizes for Asking Gay Couple to Separate

Two men were told to move so a straight couple could sit together

(Newser) - Alaska Airlines has issued an apology amid widespread outrage that stemmed from an incident in which a flight crew reportedly appeared to favor a straight couple over a gay couple. Per the New York Times , David Cooley, owner of West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey, was preparing to fly to... More »

$82K Raised for Gay Teen's Tuition After Parents Spurn Him

Seth Owen, co-valedictorian of his senior class, got in to Georgetown, couldn't afford to go

(Newser) - Seth Owen was over the moon when he received what appeared to be the path to his "life goal" of going to college: an acceptance letter from Georgetown University. But the Florida 18-year-old, who was the co-valedictorian of his senior class, had his hopes dashed when he later received... More »

He Wanted a New Car. Insurance Was Steep. He Had a Plan.

Canadian driver applied for gender status change on paperwork to cut his premium rates

(Newser) - "I'm a man, 100%. Legally, I'm a woman," a Canadian man boasts to the CBC in explaining how he "beat the system" to save $900 a year on his car insurance. How "David" of Alberta (who requested anonymity) did it: He got a doctor'... More »

Hit Podcast Sued for Revealing Man's Intimate Details

'S-town' delved into the life of John B. McLemore

(Newser) - Millions of people know all about John B. McLemore, and that may be a problem. In fact his estate is suing S-Town, one of the most popular podcasts ever, saying it revealed highly personal details of McLemore's sexuality, friendships, and mental-health issues without his consent after he died, Vox... More »

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 »

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