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Big Win for Cop Told to 'Tone Down Your Gayness'

St. Louis County Sgt. Keith Wildhaber awarded $19M

(Newser) - A jury has awarded $19 million to a Missouri police officer who says his supervisors denied him promotions because he was too outwardly gay. "If you ever want to see a white shirt, you should tone down your gayness," a member of the St. Louis County Board of... More »

County Lawmaker Rants About 'Queer' Running for President

Apparent reference to Pete Buttigieg has earned Tennessee's Warren Hurst condemnation

(Newser) - A commissioners' meeting in Sevier County, Tenn., went off the rails Monday during a discussion on a resolution to make the county a "Second Amendment sanctuary," per the Washington Post . While a couple of people showed up to push back on the resolution, things remained generally coolheaded—until... More »

Miley Cyrus' Comments on Homosexuality Don't Go Over Well

She tells women they 'don't have to be gay' because 'there are good men out there'

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus has a new boyfriend , and while doing a livestream with him on her Instagram feed Sunday, she had this to say to her female fans, per E! : "Guys, I was being a little too, like ... hardcore feminist vibes and, just like, I don't know, not allowing... More »

Chick-fil-A Just Opened First UK Restaurant. It's Already Closing

The Chick-fil-A in Reading is shutting down after protests related to LGBTQ+ issues

(Newser) - On Oct. 10, the first-ever Chick-fil-A in the UK opened its doors. On Oct. 18 , the announcement was made that it would not be staying there. After the US fast food chain opened a branch in the English town of Reading, the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Reading Pride started organizing protests... More »

Warren Makes Waves With Gay Marriage Response

'Just marry one woman' line goes viral after CNN town hall

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren's performance at a CNN town hall in Los Angeles on Thursday might be summed up in two words: Oh snap. During the event focused on LGBT issues, the Massachusetts senator was asked what she'd say to a supporter who, for religious reasons, believes marriage should be... More »

Nation's Law Would Bring Death Penalty for Gay Sex

Critics say revived bill in Uganda will 'fire up more hatred'

(Newser) - Africa is known for having some of the most rigid laws against homosexuality in the world, with Uganda now vying for one of the top spots on that front. Reuters reports a bill is in the works there that would resurrect a long-dormant one, with a dire punishment for gay... More »

SCOTUS Sharply Divided Over the Meaning of 'Sex'

Justices heard oral arguments in LGBT job discrimination cases

(Newser) - We won't know the outcome until summer 2020, and the hints that came out of the Supreme Court on Tuesday weren't very revealing ones. The major question it's weighing: Does the Civil Rights Act of 1964 cover LGBT people when it comes to discrimination in employment? The... More »

Teen's Messages With Other Boy Were Posted. Hours Later, He Was Dead

Channing Smith, 16, killed himself in his Tennessee home

(Newser) - On the night of Sunday, Sept. 22, Channing Smith, 16, saw that private, sexually explicit messages between himself and a male classmate had been posted to Instagram and Snapchat. Within hours, Channing was dead, having taken his own life. His family says the cyberbullying is to blame; the Tennessee high... More »

Dem Donor's Legal Troubles Just Got Worse

Complaint: Ed Buck, accused of luring gay men for sex and meth binges, had at least 10 victims

(Newser) - When you're known around town as "Doctor Kevorkian," the implication probably isn't a good one. That's the nickname court records say was bestowed on wealthy Democratic donor Ed Buck, 65, who's been accused of luring homeless, gay black men to his home, then plying... More »

'History-Making Proposal' on Bachelor Show Gets Mixed Reax

Franchise has its first same-sex proposal on 'Bachelor in Paradise'

(Newser) - Every summer for the past six years, former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants take to a Mexican beach to try to once more find love, with the end of each season usually ending in one or more marriage proposals. This time around, per NBC News , a "history-making proposal" made its... More »

Drew Brees Draws Fire After Controversial Video

New Orleans Saints QB pushes back after appearing in clip from anti-LGBT Christian group

(Newser) - "For we live by faith, not by sight" is one of Drew Brees' favorite biblical quotes, he tells fans in a 20-second video spot aimed at students for "Bring Your Bible to School Day" on Oct. 3. It was a short clip meant to inspire, but instead it'... More »

Kristen Stewart Reveals Attitude Shift on Her Sexuality

Actress says she was told not to hold GF's hand in public: 'I don't want to work with people like that'

(Newser) - Kristen Stewart is seven months away from 30, a long way from the teenager she was when her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight movies catapulted her to stardom. After years of shying away from the mainstream post-Twilight, she's now starring in a reboot of Charlie's Angels,... More »

'Straight Pride' Parade Draws Protesters

Police made over 30 arrests amid arguments and minor fights

(Newser) - A "straight pride" parade and counter-demonstration went off in Boston Saturday without any major conflicts reported between the two groups, the AP reports. An organization calling itself Super Happy Fun America announced the parade as Boston celebrated LGBTQ Pride Month earlier this summer, saying it believes straight people are... More »

Dad of Elizabeth Smart: I'm Gay, Getting Divorced

Ed Smart also says he's not finding 'solace' anymore in LDS church

(Newser) - Ed Smart, father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart , posted a letter on Facebook Thursday that held some stunning revelations: He's gay, divorcing Elizabeth's mother, and "doesn't see a place for himself in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," per the Deseret News . Smart... More »

He Unnerved a Neighborhood in 2016. Now, an Unnerving Arrest

Feds say Conor Climo plotted to attack Jews, LGBT bar patrons in Las Vegas

(Newser) - Jews in synagogues and LGBT bar patrons were allegedly a Las Vegas man's targets—and he was working up a plan to attack them, the FBI says. NBC News reports 23-year-old Conor Climo was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, which a Justice Department release... More »

Christian Who Wrote Anti-Dating Book: 'I Am Not a Christian'

Joshua Harris getting divorced, apologizing to LGBT community, saying dating actually is OK

(Newser) - More than 20 years ago, he wrote a popular Christian guide to relationships that said dating—including holding hands, kissing, and couples spending time alone together—was bad and a "training ground" for divorce. Now, after pointing out the "flaws" more than a year ago in his I ... More »

Jaws Drop Over Bizarre Essay About Pete Buttigieg

And it gets pulled pretty fast

(Newser) - A shocking essay about Pete Buttigieg got yanked from the New Republic's website after a reporter noticed it was there, Mediaite reports. The post, by novelist and critic Dale Peck, scorns the presidential candidate for coming out as gay only four years ago and apparently marrying his first boyfriend.... More »

Archbishop Punishes School That Won't Fire Gay Teacher

Archbishop of Indianapolis Charles Thompson says it can no longer call itself Catholic

(Newser) - A Jesuit high school that refuses to fire a longtime teacher who is in a same-sex marriage no longer qualifies as Catholic, according to the Archbishop of Indianapolis. Archbishop Charles Thompson plans to issue a decree Friday saying Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School "can no longer use the name Catholic... More »

Law to 'Save Chick-fil-A' Will Hurt Gay Community: Critics

Democrats angered by new Texas bill providing religious protections

(Newser) - Chick-fil-A has a fan in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who on Monday signed into law a bill that blocks "adverse action" against the restaurant and other businesses and persons for contributions to religious groups. The "Save Chick-fil-A" law, to take effect Sept. 1, stems from a decision to... More »

VP on Pride Flag at Embassies: 'One American Flag Flies'

Mike Pence says keeping pride flag off of embassy flagpoles is 'right'

(Newser) - Mike Pence has no issue with the Trump administration's decision to keep pride flags off flagpoles at US embassies during Pride Month. "We're proud to be able to serve every American," but "when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around... More »

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