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He's Getting Adopted. A Teacher Told Him He Shouldn't Be Thankful

Because he'll have two dads, and 'homosexuality is wrong,' she says

(Newser) - It's a heartwarming pre-holiday moment: As students are about to leave for Thanksgiving break, the teacher asks them what they're thankful for. Only this time, the teacher's response was not so heartwarming. When a substitute teacher asked fifth-graders at a Utah public school the gratitude question, one... More »

Always: Our Pads Aren't Just for Females

Company will remove Venus symbol from packaging

(Newser) - Always is scrubbing the female gender symbol from the packaging of its sanitary pads in an effort to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary customers. The move comes after LGBTQ activist Ben Saunders—named Young Campaigner of the Year by LGBTQ rights charity Stonewall—asked the company to remove... 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 »

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 »

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 »

NFL Veteran: I'm Bisexual, Tired of Hiding It

'I just want to play ball for a team that knows me off the field and values me on it'

(Newser) - Free agent defensive end Ryan Russell says he wants to live his dream of playing in NFL again and to live his life openly—and "those two objectives shouldn't be in conflict." The 27-year-old, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 and played in 23... 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 »

Lil Nas X May Have Come Out

Rapper issues a series of tweets on the matter

(Newser) - On the last day of Pride Month, rapper Lil Nas X, who shot to fame with the viral hit "Old Town Road," appears to have revealed that he is a member of the LGBT community. "some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t... 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 »

Author Apologizes for Opposing LGBTQ School Club

Emails show Nicholas Sparks didn't want a club at his school

(Newser) - Nicholas Sparks has apologized as part of an explanation for opposing the formation of an LGBTQ club at the Christian school he cofounded in North Carolina, per the Hollywood Reporter . After conceding the power of words, Sparks said, "I regret and apologize that mine have potentially hurt young people... More »

Detective-Pastor: We Must Arrest, Kill All Gay People

DA in Tennessee is now reviewing all pending cases involving Grayson Fritts

(Newser) - The pastor of a small Baptist church in Tennessee delivered a sermon earlier this month that likely would have made headlines under any circumstances. Grayson Fritts told his congregation that police should arrest gay people ("freaks" and "animals") so they can be tried and executed, reports the... More »

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