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Federal Judges Block Transgender Restrictions in 2 States

Federal Judges Block Transgender Restrictions in 2 States

Jul 22, 2021

Federal judges temporarily blocked an Arkansas law banning gender confirming treatments for transgender youth and a West Virginia ban on trans athletes in women's sports, two major victories for LGBTQ advocates.

O'Reilly Accuser's Appearance on 'The View' Stopped by Order

O'Reilly Accuser's Appearance on 'The View' Stopped by Order

By David Bauder | Jul 22, 2021

"The View" canceled a planned appearance Wednesday by a woman who settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly, after the former Fox News Channel personality sought and received a restraining order against her.

Biden Says Getting COVID-19 Vaccine 'Gigantically Important'

Biden Says Getting COVID-19 Vaccine 'Gigantically Important'

By Alexandre Jaffe, Aamer Madhani | Jul 22, 2021

President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. and pleaded that it's "gigantically important" for Americans to step up and get inoculated against the virus as it surges once again.

Court: It's Free Speech for Nursing Homes to Deadname, Misgender Residents

Court: It's Free Speech for Nursing Homes to Deadname, Misgender Residents

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 21, 2021

A July 19 court ruling upheld the right of nursing home staff to use misgendering pronouns and to deadname residents, asserting that it's a matter of free speech.

Gay Black Man Sues Liberty University for Discrimination: 'God Doesn't Hate His Children'

Gay Black Man Sues Liberty University for Discrimination: 'God Doesn't Hate His Children'

Jul 21, 2021

LeeQuan McLaurin, a gay Black man, is suing Jerry Falwell, Jr.'s Liberty University for discrimination, claiming he was subjected to prejudice by senior management for his race and sexuality.

J.K. Rowling Says She Received Bomb Threat Over Transphobic Comments

J.K. Rowling Says She Received Bomb Threat Over Transphobic Comments

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 21, 2021

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling said she is receiving bomb threats over her problematic views about transgender people.

Out Olympian Gymnast Dominic Clarke Calls for More Visibility

Out Olympian Gymnast Dominic Clarke Calls for More Visibility

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 19, 2021

After coming out as gay last month, the gymnast is stressing the importance of LGBTQ visibility in sports and athletes as role models.

Provincetown Sets New COVID Directives after Uptick in Cases

Provincetown Sets New COVID Directives after Uptick in Cases

Jul 19, 2021

After an uptick in COVID cases after the July 4 weekend, local officials in Provincetown have issued a new mask-wearing advisory.

Transgender Magician Cancels Wyoming Shows After Death Threats

Transgender Magician Cancels Wyoming Shows After Death Threats

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 19, 2021

After being outed as a transgender woman, magician Mikayla Oz canceled a series of planned shows at a public library in Gillette, Wyoming.

Watch: Sheriff's Deputy Indicted in Shooting of Unarmed Gay Black Man

Watch: Sheriff's Deputy Indicted in Shooting of Unarmed Gay Black Man

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 19, 2021

A Virginia sheriff's deputy has been indicted in the April shooting of an unarmed gay Black man.

Students Show Support for Fired Gay Coach

Students Show Support for Fired Gay Coach

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 19, 2021

A gay high school cheer coach who brought suit after abruptly being fired is finding support from students demanding his job be restored.

With Pandemic Worsening in U.S., Surgeon General Worried

With Pandemic Worsening in U.S., Surgeon General Worried

By Jay Reeves | Jul 18, 2021

The U.S. surgeon general said he's concerned about what lies ahead with cases of COVID-19 increasing in every state, millions still unvaccinated, and a highly contagious variant spreading.

Protests over Transgender Rights at LA Spa Turn Violent

Protests over Transgender Rights at LA Spa Turn Violent

Jul 18, 2021

Police arrested several dozen people and fired non-lethal projectiles to disperse an unruly crowd on Saturday after a dueling protest over transgender rights at a Los Angeles spa turned violent.

California Fire Prompts Evacuations; Oregon Blaze Balloons

California Fire Prompts Evacuations; Oregon Blaze Balloons

By Daisy Nguyen and Gillian Flaccus | Jul 18, 2021

A rapidly growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe jumped a highway, prompting more evacuation orders and the cancellation of an extreme bike ride through the Sierra Nevada on Saturday.

Safety, Affordability Concerns Are Deterring LGBTQ Homebuyers

Safety, Affordability Concerns Are Deterring LGBTQ Homebuyers

By Natalie Campisi | Jul 17, 2021

Members of the LGBTQ community seeking homeownership have already faced years of systemic and societal injustices.

Billionaire Branson Took Pride Flag on Space Flight to Honor Pulse Victims

Billionaire Branson Took Pride Flag on Space Flight to Honor Pulse Victims

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 17, 2021

Billionaire Richard Branson rocketed 59 miles up to the edge of space on June 11 — and he took a Pride flag with him in tribute to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Not Real News: A Look at What Didn't Happen This Week

Not Real News: A Look at What Didn't Happen This Week

Jul 17, 2021

None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts.

Watch: Is Sign Stand-Off Over Adjacent Camps Homophobic?

Watch: Is Sign Stand-Off Over Adjacent Camps Homophobic?

Jul 16, 2021

In Scranton, Pennsylvania, a battle has ensued between a LGBTQ campsite and a Jewish summer camp over a pair of adjacent signs.

Minnesota Governor Restricts 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors

Minnesota Governor Restricts 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors

By Steve Karnowski | Jul 16, 2021

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order aimed at banning so-called conversion therapy on Thursday but said it's just a start and called on the Legislature to make the ban permanent.

Kentucky Contracts with Baptist-Affiliated Children's Agency

Kentucky Contracts with Baptist-Affiliated Children's Agency

By Bruce Schreiner | Jul 16, 2021

Kentucky reached a contract deal to continue placing youngsters with a Baptist-affiliated children's agency, coming after the Democratic governor's administration removed LGBTQ anti-discrimination language that the agency steadfastly refused to sign.

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