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DeSantis Acts to Bar Lessons on Sexual Identity in All Grades

Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' policy would apply through high school

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration is moving to prohibit classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all grades, expanding the law critics call "Don't Say Gay" as the Republican continues to focus on cultural issues ahead of his expected presidential run. The proposal, which would not...

Uganda Has Harsh LGBTQ News
Uganda Has
Harsh LGBTQ News

Uganda Has Harsh LGBTQ News

Gay offenses could result in prison time if bill is signed by president

(Newser) - Ugandan lawmakers passed a bill prescribing prison terms for offenses related to same-sex relations, responding to popular sentiment but piling more pressure on the East African country's LGBTQ community. The bill was passed late Tuesday inside a packed parliamentary chamber after a roll call ordered by the House speaker,...

Disney Has Another Throwdown for DeSantis

Company to host major LGBTQ conference in September

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis' very public battle with Walt Disney World continues, now with another move by the latter to support LGBTQ rights. Disney World will be hosting a major summit from Sept. 11-14 to help boost lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in the workplace, with execs and team members from...

School That Quit Tournament Over Trans Player Hit With Ban

Mid Vermont Christian School is 'disappointed,' plans to appeal

(Newser) - A Christian school in Vermont that pulled its girls basketball team out of a state tournament because an opposing team had a transgender player won't be taking part in any other tournaments. The Vermont Principals’ Association, the state's governing body for school sports, ruled that Mid Vermont Christian...

Ruling Brings 'Sense of Relief' for Club Q Victim

Hate crime charges against suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich will stand

(Newser) - The suspect in the deadly shooting at a LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado in November, currently facing 323 charges including first-degree murder and crimes motivated by bias , will see those charges stick. Following a three-day hearing , Judge Michael McHenry ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence to try Anderson Lee Aldrich,...

More US Adults Than Ever Before ID as LGBTQ
Oldest Generation Warms
to LGBTQ Identification

Oldest Generation Warms to LGBTQ Identification

Slight uptick among those born before 1946, as overall rate among US adults hits 7.2%

(Newser) - The percentage of Americans who identify as LGBTQ has increased ever so slightly for a new record high, but has ultimately "leveled off," according to Gallup's 2022 polling of more than 10,000 adults. Some 7.2% of Americans identify as non-heterosexual, for a 0.1% increase...

Christian Leaders Join Pope in Denouncing Anti-Gay Laws

The three hold joint news conference during flight

(Newser) - Pope Francis, the head of the Anglican Communion, and a top Presbyterian minister together denounced the criminalization of homosexuality on Sunday and said gay people should be welcomed by their churches. The three Christian leaders spoke out on LGBTQ rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference returning home from...

FDA to Make Big Move on Blood Donation Rules

No more automatic 3-month waiting for gay, bi men, per proposal

(Newser) - A big change looks to be coming to the Food & Drug Administration's long-criticized guidelines for blood donors as it relates to the LGBTQ community. Bloomberg reports that the agency is seeking to ease its restrictions on gay and bisexual men, who, under the current policy, have had to...

Pink Floyd's Feting of Iconic Album Sparks Controversy

New logo for 50th anniversary of 'Dark Side of the Moon' irks some fans suddenly mad about rainbows

(Newser) - Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" turns 50 this year, and just as iconic as the album itself, which spent a jaw-dropping 18-plus years on the Billboard charts, is the cover art designed by British graphic designers Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell. Widely considered one of the...

UK Uses 'Nuclear Option' to Block Scottish Gender Reform

It creates a 'very, very slippery slope,' says Nicola Sturgeon, who promises legal fight

(Newser) - The UK government has for the first time used the "nuclear option" to block legislation passed by the Scottish parliament, in this case a law that would allow people to self-identify as transgender. The move sets up a court battle over Scotland's right to make its own laws....

Stranger Things' Schnapp Makes Big Reveal on TikTok

Actor, 18, who plays Will Byers on Netflix show says he's gay

(Newser) - Over the summer, Noah Schnapp confirmed that Will Byers, the character he plays on Netflix's Stranger Things, is gay. Now, in an instance of life imitating art, the 18-year-old actor reveals he's "more similar to Will than I thought"—i.e., he's gay in real...

Threats, Hate Hurled at LGBTQ Community Spike Online

'I don't think people understand the [state] of danger that we're living in right now'

(Newser) - In the days after a gunman killed five people at a gay nightclub in Colorado last month, much of social media lit up with the now familiar expressions of grief, mourning, and disbelief. But on some online message boards and platforms, the tone was celebratory. “I love waking up...

Nephew Slams GOP Lawmaker's Tearful Plea Against Gay Marriage

Andrew Hartzler's video goes viral for calling out 'Aunt Vicky' over Respect for Marriage Act vote

(Newser) - A GOP congresswoman made a tearful plea this week to fellow House members to vote against the Respect for Marriage Act , which offers federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, and a response from a member of her own family has now gone viral. On Thursday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler of...

Rainbow Flag Appears on Pitch
Rainbow Flag Appears on Pitch

Rainbow Flag Appears on Pitch

World Cup protester's T-shirt referred to fighting in Ukraine, demonstrations in Iran

(Newser) - Threats from FIFA have kept World Cup competitors from wearing rainbow armbands , but the rainbow flag made an appearance anyway during a match Monday. A man waving the flag ran across the pitch in the second half of the Portugal-Uruguay game, AFP reports, for about 30 seconds before security employees...

Russian Duma Approves Move Against LGBTQ Rights

Legislation prohibits 'gay propaganda' in ads, art

(Newser) - Russian lawmakers on Thursday gave their final approval to a bill that significantly expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting gay rights in the country, another step in a yearslong crackdown on the country's embattled LGBTQ community. The new bill expands a ban on what authorities call "propaganda...

Team Pushes Back at FIFA: Human Rights 'Non-Negotiable'

German Football Association protests after armband ban at World Cup in anti-gay Qatar

(Newser) - The captains of at least seven World Cup teams planned to wear rainbow armbands in support of LGBTQ+ rights during matches in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal , before FIFA threatened sanctions. Told the captains would receive yellow cards for the infraction or be removed from the field, per USA Today ...

One State Hits Milestone on LGBTQ Representation

10% of California's legislature identifies as such, a first for the nation

(Newser) - While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several milestone victories around the nation in this year's midterms, California quietly reached its own: At least 10% of its state lawmakers identify publicly as LGBTQ, believed to be a first for any US legislature. The California legislators are all Democrats, per...

Journalist Says Qatar Stopped Him Over His Rainbow Shirt

Grant Wahl was told before US-Wales match it was for his own protection

(Newser) - A CBS Sports writer said security employees in Qatar detained him Monday when he wore a rainbow shirt to the US-Wales World Cup match. A security guard told him the shirt was prohibited, said Grant Wahl, who wore it in a display of support for LGBTQ+ people, the Guardian reports....

Patrons Thought Club Was a Safe Space

'I lost friends,' one witness says after mass shooting

(Newser) - Witnesses, patrons and President Biden said Sunday that the LGBTQ nightclub attacked by a mass shooter was supposed to be a safe space. Instead, five people in the Colorado Springs club were shot to death and at least 25 wounded, CBS News reports. Police said a 22-year-old male suspect, who...

Mormon Church Makes 'Unexpected' Move on Gay Marriage

Church will get behind legislation on same-sex marriage, as long as religious rights are protected

(Newser) - Federal legislation designed to protect gay marriage rights has a somewhat surprising new supporter: the Mormon church. On Tuesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it will get behind the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act , after senators worked out an amendment that would protect how religious groups...

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