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Thailand Overwhelmingly OKs Same-Sex Marriage

Bill sailed through both houses in a first for Southeast Asia

(Newser) - Thailand's Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, clearing the last legislative hurdle for the country to become the first in Southeast Asia to enact such a law. Thailand has a reputation for acceptance and inclusivity but has struggled for decades to...

Inflammatory Candidate Shakes Up NC Race
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Trump Ally Shakes Up NC Race

GOP's Mark Robinson takes flak for posts about women, LGBTQ community

(Newser) - One of the most high-profile governor's races in the nation is in North Carolina, where GOP Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is up against Democratic state Attorney General Josh Stein. Given that North Carolina is a swing state with a Democratic governor (Roy Cooper) and a GOP-controlled Legislature, the race...

Vietnam Vet's Obit Reveal: 'I Was Gay All My Life'
Vietnam Vet's Obit Reveal:
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Vietnam Vet's Obit Reveal: 'I Must Tell You One More Thing'

Edward Ryan tells the world he was gay, had longtime partner, was afraid of being ostracized

(Newser) - By all accounts, Edward Thomas Ryan could claim a life well-lived. As noted in his obituary published earlier this month in the Albany Times Union, the 85-year-old Vietnam vet and retired firefighter from Rensselaer, New York, was a beloved brother and uncle to many nieces and nephews, with various "...

Bishops 'Shocked' at Word the Pope Used in a Meeting

Francis has apologized for using gay slur during private debate on gay individuals becoming priests

(Newser) - Pope Francis has been more publicly welcoming of the LGBTQ+ community than his predecessors, but according to Italian media, his language behind closed doors caused a stir that has the pontiff apologizing. Reuters cites newspapers La Repubblica and Corriere Della Sera in reporting that the 87-year-old pope used a slur...

Juror to Drag Perfomer: 'Sorry You Went Through This'

Eric Posey wins $1.1M in defamation suit against blogger who falsely claimed he exposed himself

(Newser) - A jury has awarded more than $1.1 million to an Idaho drag performer who accused a far-right blogger of defaming him when she falsely claimed that he exposed himself to a crowd during a Pride event in June 2022. The Kootenai County District Court jury unanimously found Friday that...

LGBTQ+ Travelers Get Special Alert From State Department

There's 'increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence' overseas

(Newser) - The State Department renewed a global security warning Friday for Americans overseas, adding to it that LGBTQ people and events in particular face an "increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence." The alert is a standard renewal of travel advice telling Americans to exercise increased caution against possible...

Attending Pride Events? Heed This FBI Warning

FBI, Homeland Security warn that terrorists may target next month's celebrations

(Newser) - Those planning to attend June's Pride Month celebrations should be on the watch for terrorist threats, according to the FBI and Homeland Security. The security agencies warned of the "potential targeting of LGBTQIA+-related events and venues" by foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters in a news release , which...

Judge: Long Island Leader Had No Authority for Trans Ban

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman's EO that barred female trans athletes was struck down

(Newser) - A New York judge on Friday struck down a Long Island county's order banning female transgender athletes after a local women's Roller Derby league challenged it. Judge Francis Ricigliano ruled that Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman didn't have the authority to issue his February executive order, which...

Target Makes a Change on Its Pride Month Merch

Retailer will offer smaller selection only in 'select' stores and online after last year's backlash

(Newser) - The backlash last June against Target's offerings for Pride month, featuring various LGBTQ+-themed products, took a toll on the its bottom line , leading to its first quarterly drop in sales in six years. Now, with this year's Pride month right around the corner, the retail giant says it...

Utah's Transgender Bathroom Tip Line Doesn't Go as Planned

Instead of legit reports, activists flood it with thousands of hoaxes

(Newser) - Transgender activists have flooded a Utah tip line created to alert state officials to possible violations of a new bathroom law with thousands of hoax reports. As the AP reports, it's an effort to shield trans residents and their allies from any legitimate complaints that could lead to an...

Radcliffe: JK Rowling's Stance 'Makes Me Really Sad'

Actor talks the rift, why he felt compelled to speak out in defense of transgender people

(Newser) - Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe hasn't spoken with author JK Rowling since she expressed her view that transgender women are not women, the actor reveals in a new interview with the Atlantic , while disputing the idea of him as an "ungrateful brat." "Obviously Harry Potter would...

Methodists Are Now OK With LGBTQ Clergy

Ban on 'self-avowed practicing homosexuals' is overwhelmingly shot down

(Newser) - United Methodist delegates repealed their church's long-standing ban on LGBTQ clergy with no debate on Wednesday, removing a rule forbidding "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" from being ordained or appointed as ministers. Delegates voted 692-51 at their General Conference—the first such legislative gathering in five years, reports the AP...

West Virginia's Transgender Sports Ban Gets Bad News

4th US Circuit Court of Appeals says it's a Title IX violation

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has overturned a West Virginia transgender sports ban, finding that the law violates Title IX, the federal civil-rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools. The ruling Tuesday from the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals blocks a West Virginia law banning transgender girls from playing...

Transgender Christians Slam 'Hurtful' New Vatican Document

Declaration approved by Pope Francis says surrogacy, gender-affirming surgery are affronts to human dignity

(Newser) - The Vatican on Monday declared gender-affirming surgery and surrogacy as grave threats to human dignity, putting them on par with abortion and euthanasia as practices that violate God's plan for human life. The Vatican's doctrine office issued "Infinite Dignity," a 20-page declaration that's been in...

JK Rowling to Scotland: Go On, Arrest Me
Police Say They
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JK Rowling

Police Say They Won't Arrest JK Rowling

Comments on trans women 'are not assessed to be criminal and no further action will be taken'

(Newser) - Police in Scotland said Tuesday that they have received complaints about a tweet from JK Rowling but her "comments are not assessed to be criminal and no further action will be taken." In the post, the author described several transgender women as men and dared police to arrest...

In Thailand, a First for Same-Sex Marriage

Thai House of Representatives passes bill; it now moves on to Senate, king to be turned into law

(Newser) - The first big step to giving the legal green light to same-sex marriage in Thailand is complete. The New York Times reports that the nation's House of Representatives "overwhelmingly" passed a bill Wednesday that would legalize LGBTQ unions, with a vote of 400-10. Two members of the 415-member...

Settlement Clears Up Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Teachers can talk about sexual orientation, gender identity, just not as part of instruction

(Newser) - Students and teachers can discuss sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida classrooms, provided it's not part of instruction, under a settlement reached Monday between Florida education officials and civil rights attorneys who'd challenged a state law that critics dubbed "Don't Say Gay." The settlement...

DOE Turns Spotlight on Nex Benedict's Death

Feds to investigate what happened in Oklahoma school district where nonbinary teen died

(Newser) - Federal officials are opening an investigation into the Oklahoma school district where a nonbinary 16-year-old high school student was in a fight before dying last month, according to a letter sent by the US Department of Education on Friday. Nex Benedict, whose family says the teen was bullied at Owasso...

Before Her Murder, the Texts Got Tense

Man found guilty of killing Black transgender woman, the first federal hate-crime trial of its kind

(Newser) - A South Carolina man was found guilty Friday of killing a Black transgender woman in the nation's first federal trial over a hate crime based on gender identity. After deliberating for roughly four hours, jurors convicted Daqua Lameek Ritter of a hate crime for the murder of Dime Doe...

Kristen Stewart Says Twilight Is a 'Gay Movie'

33-year-old actor chats with 'Variety' about embracing her queerness

(Newser) - It's been 15 years since viewers first got to witness the Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle on the big screen, and now, the actor who plays the female protagonist is looking back on that film with a "fresh perspective," per People . "It's such a gay movie,"...

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