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She Raved About LGBT Lifestyle. Now She's Been Deported

American Kristen Gray deported from Bali, accused of "spreading information that could unsettle public"

(Newser) - For Kristen Gray, Bali proved to be a dream come true, and the 28-year-old American wanted to share that dream—specifically, how the island is tolerant toward the LGBT community and Black visitors like her, and how others should move there. The Indonesian government, however, didn't exactly appreciate her...

Cyndi Lauper's Youth Benefit Gets Help From Some Big Names

Billie Eilish, Dolly Parton, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift, Cher join annual homelessness event

(Newser) - Taylor Swift, Cher, Billie Eilish, LL Cool J, and Dolly Parton are adding their voices to Cyndi Lauper's annual concert to combat youth homelessness, an issue the "True Colors" singer says has only gotten worse during the pandemic. "You can say, 'Stay home, protect yourself.'...

Newly Elected Lawmaker Just Pulled Off a Bunch of Firsts

Mauree Turner is first openly nonbinary state lawmaker, first practicing Muslim in state House

(Newser) - America's first openly nonbinary state lawmaker has been elected in the Bible Belt. Mauree Turner, a 27-year-old criminal justice advocate, won Oklahoma's 88th state House district on Tuesday, achieving her goal of making the state legislature more diverse. Not only does the Democrat—who uses the pronouns she/her...

Very Few Big Events Are Happening. Here, a Huge March

LGBT rally takes place in Taipei, Taiwan, where COVID has been kept at bay

(Newser) - A huge and festive crowd marched in Taiwan's capital on Saturday in an annual LGBT Pride event. Turnout was down from last year, but organizers said it still topped 100,000 on a mostly sunny day in Taipei. Many participants didn't wear protective masks, but others did, some...

A Film That Premiered Today Holds Big Statement From Pope

In it, Francis endorses same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope

(Newser) - Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary Francesco, which had its premiere at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the film that delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment,...

New SCOTUS Term Starts Quietly, but That Could Change

The term is so far short on high-profile cases, but perhaps not for long

(Newser) - The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with a remembrance of "a dear friend and a treasured colleague," the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Chief Justice John Roberts paid tribute to Ginsburg as the court resumed its work via telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic. Roberts said...

#ProudBoys Gets Hijacked in Name of Gay Pride

Gay community takes over #ProudBoys hashtag from far-right group

(Newser) - If most of America didn't know who the Proud Boys were before last week, they know now. President Trump refused to clearly denounce the far-right organization, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center , at Tuesday's debate, causing a commotion with his words to "stand...

Trump: Democrats Altered the Pledge of Allegiance

But that doesn't quite hold water on closer inspection

(Newser) - President Trump is accusing the Democrats of taking God out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their national convention—but the AP reports that he's "distorting" what happened. "The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention," Trump...

LGBTQ Stances Cost 6 Cities in Poland

Grant applications are rejected over hostile declarations by communities

(Newser) - The European Union promised to reconsider where its money goes last year after 80 municipalities in Poland declared they were "free of LGBT ideology." That shoe began to fall this week when the EU rejected grants for six of the cities, Euronews reports, and clearly said why. "...

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,...

Putin Ally: Rainbow Ice Cream Is Gay Propaganda

Head of Russia's Union of Women implies harmful effect on children

(Newser) - A newspaper has jokingly suggested that rainbows be banned in Russia after President Vladimir Putin heard complaints about one featured on ice cream packaging. Yekaterina Lakhova, a former MP and the current head of Russia's Union of Women, likened the image to gay propaganda during a Friday video conference...

Fallout Continues From Gorsuch's Surprise Ruling

Trump appointee gives landmark victory to LGBTQ employees, and evangelicals are angry

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's conservative bloc split along unusual lines Monday as the court delivered landmark workplace protections to transgender and gay employees . Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion, which was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts. Their frequent allies—Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh—dissented....

Supreme Court Delivers Big Victory for Gay Rights

Justices say LGBT people are protected from job discrimination

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a major victory to supporters of gay rights, reports the AP . In a 6-3 ruling, the justices decided that Title VII, a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protects LGBTQ workers from being fired because of their sexual orientation. Coverage:
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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...

Trump Administration Nixes Transgender Health Protections

New rule wouldn't protect against sex discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation

(Newser) - In a move applauded by President Trump's conservative religious base, his administration on Friday finalized a rule that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. The Department of Health and Human Services says it will enforce sex discrimination protections "according to the plain...

It's a Wrap for She-Ra: Why the Show Is Important

For LGBTQ fans, series shows 'you don't have to hide'

(Newser) - The fifth and final season of Netflix and DreamWorks' She-Ra and the Princesses of Power debuts Friday and there are a lot of mixed feelings. According to Linda Meleh at Forbes , the season is "incredibly satisfying … but its also difficult to say goodbye to a show that has...

Phyllis Lyon Won Her Battle to Marry

LGBTQ leader fought for same-sex marriage for decades

(Newser) - Phyllis Lyon, a civil rights leader who founded the nation's first lesbian rights organization, died Thursday at age 95. Lyon, who lived in San Francisco, died of natural causes, CNN reports. "We lost a giant today," said the chairman of the California Senate's LGBTQ caucus. Along...

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...

Putin Wants Constitution to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

He proposes amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman

(Newser) - Like George W. Bush before him, Vladimir Putin is supporting a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Unlike the American leader, the Russian president is highly likely to see the amendment become the law of the land. Russian lawmakers said Monday that Putin'...

Good Place Actress: This Is Not How I Wanted to Come Out

Jameela Jamil felt forced to reveal she's queer after backlash on her role in new ballroom show

(Newser) - "This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out." Those are the words of The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil, recently announced as a judge on Legendary, HBO Max's new show on ballroom/ voguing . But it's not the news of her participation in the...

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