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Biden Makes Commotion With 'Gay Waiter' Comment

He tells supporters homophobic remarks would have been tolerated 5 years ago

(Newser) - An awkward moment for Joe Biden: At a Seattle fundraiser on Saturday, the 2020 hopeful, speaking about how far gay rights have come in America, suggested that it would have been acceptable just five years ago for somebody at a business lunch to make fun of a gay waiter, the... More »

Parades in NYC, Other Big Cities All Commemorate This 1969 Event

It's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which sparked modern gay-rights movement

(Newser) - As Pride Month comes to a close, New York threw a massive LGBTQ Pride March, as other cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, also hosted parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between police and gay bar patrons that sparked the modern gay-rights movement. New York's Pride... More »

Welcome to Gay Hell, Literally

Elijah Daniel says he has bought Hell, Michigan, plans to add 'Gay' in front of name

(Newser) - About 15 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan, lies the small town of Hell. For now. A YouTube celeb named Elijah Daniel says he has bought the 5-acre commercial parcel and plans to officially rename it—to Gay Hell, Michigan. The 25-year-old announced his plan on Twitter Tuesday, reports NBC News... More »

What Really Happened During Gay Pride Panic

Police say a man threatened someone with a BB gun

(Newser) - A man threatened another person with a BB gun during an LGBTQ pride parade in the nation's capital and set off a panic that sent hundreds of people, who mistakenly believed gunshots were fired, running in fear, police said Sunday, per the AP . Aftabjit Singh, 38, was arrested on... More »

United Methodists Edge Toward Breakup

LGBT policies are the sticking point

(Newser) - There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist, and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors, the AP reports. The differences have simmered for... More »

Activist Charged in House Fire Investigated as Hate Crime

Michigan police call hoax on 2017 blaze

(Newser) - A Michigan gay rights activist and former Citizen of the Year has been charged with setting his home ablaze in what was first investigated as a hate crime. The 2017 fire killed five pets, the Detroit News reports. Nikki Joly, a transgender man, had received death threats prior to the... More »

US to Lead Global Campaign to Decriminalize Homosexuality

Execution in Iran helps prompt the administration's effort

(Newser) - The Trump administration is launching a worldwide effort to decriminalize homosexuality. "Some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct," a US official involved in the campaign, which is kicking off Tuesday night with a strategy session in Berlin, tells NBC . It's being... More »

WV Lawmaker Likens Gays to the KKK, to Outrage

Republican Delegate Eric Porterfield's remarks have been denounced by both sides

(Newser) - Virginia isn't the only state where a lawmaker is being called upon to resign. There's a brouhaha within West Virginia's House of Delegates over anti-LGBT comments Republican Eric Porterfield has repeatedly made over the last week. CNN reports things started last Wednesday during a hearing about an... 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 »

Twitter CEO's Restaurant Choice Ignites Controversy

After criticism, Jack Dorsey laments eating at Chick-fil-A during Pride Month

(Newser) - It started innocently enough: Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, tried to plug his latter company by tweeting that he'd saved money by using its mobile payment service. The problem, at least in some eyes, is that he saved that money while eating at Chick-fil-A. The fast-food chain... More »

'Take That, Trump!' Candidate Says as He Kisses Hubby in Ad

Richard Madaleno hopes to be Maryland's first openly gay governor

(Newser) - In what may be a political first, Democratic Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno is running a 30-second campaign ad that ends with him kissing his husband, Mark Hodge, reports the Hill . The state senator vows to stand up to President Trump and says, “Here are a few of things... 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 »

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 »

Kenya Bans 1st Cannes Film Over 'Lesbianism'

Director Wanuri Kahiu ran afoul of her nation's laws on homosexuality

(Newser) - Kenya has banned its first feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, accusing it of having "clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law," reports the AP . Director Wanuri Kahiu says she is "incredibly sorry" to confirm the ban of Rafiki, or... More »

China Social Media Site Reverses Gay Decision

After outcry, Weibo won't censor videos with homosexual subject matter after all

(Newser) - One of China's top social networking sites announced Monday that it will no longer be censoring content related to gay issues after the plan triggered a loud public outcry. Weibo.com was flooded over the weekend with the hashtags "#I'mGay" and "#I'mGayNotaPervert" after the Twitter-like... More »

Gay Rights Lawyer Fatally Sets Self on Fire for Different Cause

David Buckel self-immolated in NYC's Prospect Park, pleads for people to act for the planet

(Newser) - A lawyer known for advancing the cause of gay rights self-immolated in a New York City park early Saturday, reports the New York Times , but did so to advance the cause of the environment. David Buckel, 60, was was "one of the architects of the freedom to marry and... More »

Australians Party as Country Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

'About bloody time,' senator says

(Newser) - The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change . The public gallery of the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the bill passed to... More »

Analysts Parse Kennedy's Words in Gay Cake Case

He is expected to be the deciding vote, and he might be leaning toward the baker

(Newser) - So must a baker make a cake for a gay couple even if he opposes same-sex marriage? The answer, it seems, lies solely with Anthony Kennedy. That's the gist of coverage from Tuesday's closely watched arguments in the Supreme Court. The Washington Post reports that the four more... More »

Landmark Cakeshop Case Reaches Supreme Court

Baker argues he shouldn't be forced to make wedding cake for gay couple

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case—a divisive and complicated case with ramifications that go far beyond the world of baked goods. Lower courts found Colorado baker Jack Phillips guilty of violating anti-discrimination laws when he... 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 »

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