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This Book-Banning Campaign Gets Unusually Personal
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This Book-Banning Campaign Gets Unusually Personal

ProPublica looks at how woman's high-profile push in Texas has caused rift with her gay son

(Newser) - While book-banning campaigns aren't all that unusual, ProPublica takes a look at one such campaign in Texas that's uncommon on two fronts. First, 51-year-old Monica Brown filed a police report earlier this year in Granbury, Texas, accusing school district librarians of peddling pornography. Second, one of the most...

Victim: Family Attacked Me Over Belief I Turned Son Gay

4 Makarenko family members now charged with hate crime in Florida

(Newser) - A man permanently blinded and almost killed in an alleged hate crime in Florida says he was attacked by his boyfriend's family, who he says believed he had turned their son gay. The 31-year-old victim told Broward County Sheriff's deputies that his boyfriend of nine months, 21-year-old Oleh...

Professor of 41 Years Fired After Hosting Gay Speaker

Michael O'Keefe taught at Oklahoma Christian University for 41 years

(Newser) - A tenured professor who taught at Oklahoma Christian University for 41 years claims he was fired March 7 for having an openly gay guest speaker address his class. A lawyer for Michael O'Keefe said in a statement to KFOR that the graphic design professor was terminated for his "...

One-Fifth of Gen Z Adults in America Say They're LGBTQ

A record 7.1% of US adults overall identify as such, per latest Gallup poll

(Newser) - When Gallup took its first survey to gauge how many Americans identified as LGBTQ back in 2012, just 3.5% of US adults put themselves in the category of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, the options offered then in the poll. In just a decade, that percentage has doubled—...

In Off-the-Cuff Comments, Pope Speaks of Gay Kids

Francis tells parents to accompany, not condemn, gay children

(Newser) - Pope Francis urged parents on Wednesday not to condemn their children if they're gay, in his latest gesture of outreach to the LGBTQ community, which has long been marginalized by the Catholic hierarchy. Francis spoke off the cuff during his weekly Wednesday general audience dedicated to the figure of...

He Made History, and Maybe the Play of the Game

Carl Nassib becomes first openly gay player to play in NFL game

(Newser) - The game was going to be memorable for Carl Nassib no matter what happened, but making a huge play in overtime made it even more so. When the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end stepped on the field Monday night, he became the first openly gay player to play in a...

Handwriting Sample Ends Harassment For Gay Couple

A neighbor had been sending mail with homophobic slurs for years

(Newser) - A couple in a Boston suburb ended five years of harassment with a little creative detective work. And the neighbors who rallied around them to help have raised over $25,000 for the Milton schools Gay Straight Alliance. The harassment took the form of subscriptions sent to the gay couple’...

Some Context From the 'Virgin Bachelor': 'I'm Gay'

Colton Underwood talks about his realization with 'GMA'

(Newser) - Like many Americans, Colton Underwood has spent the last year in reflection. And what he discovered surprised him. "I'm gay," the former star of The Bachelor told Robin Roberts of Good Morning America on Wednesday. "I came to terms with that earlier this year and have...

Filmmaker: Warner Bros. Hid Velma's True Sexuality

James Gunn says he saw her as 'explicitly gay'

(Newser) - "I tried!" That's how filmmaker James Gunn opens a tweet about his effort to make the character of Velma "explicitly gay" in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie, the Sunday Times reports. Gunn says the studio, Warner Bros., "just kept watering it down & watering it down,...

Tweet May Finally Settle SpongeBob's Sexuality

Nickelodeon tweets about the character for Pride month

(Newser) - Nickelodeon rekindled the question of SpongeBob Squarepants' sexuality Saturday with a tweet celebrating Pride month, USA Today reports. "Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month," the tweet reads along with images of Spongebob, Michael Cohen from Henry Danger, and Avatar Korra...

Guys, Have an Older Brother? It May Play a Part in Your Sexuality
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Guys, Have an Older Brother? It May Play a Part in Your Sexuality

Researchers find men with older brother have 38% higher chance of being gay than those without

(Newser) - Past research has suggested that men with at least one older brother are more likely to be gay—a phenomenon called the fraternal birth order effect. Now, a new study by Canadian and German scientists adds more evidence to that theory, and it points to possible antibodies produced by the...

As a Congressman, He Fought LGBT Rights. Now, a Big Reveal

'I am gay,' announced ex-GOP Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois

(Newser) - A GOP congressman from Illinois who resigned in 2015 amid charges of defrauding the government voted against same-sex marriage and other LGBT-positive laws during his four-term tenure. Which is why Aaron Schock's Thursday announcement on social media was shocking. "I am gay," he wrote on Instagram and...

Netflix Ordered to Pull Film About Gay Jesus

Brazilian judge says 'freedom of expression ... is not absolute'

(Newser) - A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to remove a film depicting Jesus Christ with a boyfriend. The First Temptation of Christ, released as a Christmas special, caused such fury among Brazil's conservative Christians that 2 million signed a petition calling for its removal, while a group lobbed firebombs at...

1st Miss Universe Contestant Comes Out

Swe Zin Htet is from Myanmar

(Newser) - She's known to fans as "Superman," and not for nothing. Swe Zin Htet of Myanmar just became the first openly gay Miss Universe contestant at a time when same-sex relations are illegal in her home country, People reports. "I have that platform that, if I say...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Gang Demanded They Kiss. They Said No, and Beating Began

Gay couple says attack took place on London bus

(Newser) - Police in London have arrested four teenagers after an alleged homophobic attack on two gay women on a public bus, reports the Guardian . The high-profile incident already has drawn the condemnation of some of Britain's biggest public officials. The women say the men harassed them with lewd comments, ordered...

Duterte Reveals His 'Former' Sexuality

'I cured myself,' says the Philippines president

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte—a political hardliner who faces accusations of mass murder —apparently came out as ex-gay during a speech before calling four women to the stage to kiss him, the New York Daily News reports. At the Thursday event in Japan, Duterte also claimed that a gay...

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