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Former President of the United States, Cultural Icons and Military General Make List of 2016 LGBT History Month Icons

A former President of the United States joins cultural Icon David Bowie and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, as part of the 31 Icons to be celebrated during October’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month 2016. “President James Buchanan will join 30 other living and deceased lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Icons as(…)

Jury Convicts Killer of Lesbian and Attack of Her Lover to Life Sentence

A San Patricio County jury has returned a guilty verdict against David Strickland for the 2012 shootings that killed Mollie Olgin and critically wounded Kristene Chapa. Prosecutors were not pursuing the death penalty, therefore the defendant was given an automatic life sentence. Following the verdict, Kristene Chapa spoke to KRIS 6 News. “I was very shocked(…)

Alabama Justice ‘Urged Defiance, Not Compliance’ on Marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from office for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, a lawyer for a disciplinary commission argued on Wednesday. R. Ashby Pate, a lawyer for the Judicial Inquiry Commission, said marriage equality was settled law in all 50 states when Moore told Alabama’s 68 probate judges(…)

Study Reveals New Suicide Prevention Strategies for LGBTQI Youth

Homosexual, bisexual, and transgender youth tend to have a higher risk for suicide-related thoughts and behaviors, but research on interventions to prevent suicide among sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth has been limited. New research should focus on interventions specifically targeted to SGM youth and their unique and diverse challenges, including health needs, according to(…)

Texas Attorney General has Dinner with 8-year-old Trans Boy, Still Attacking LGBT Rights

  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accepted an invite to have dinner with a transgender 8-year-old whose rights he is trying to attack. The right-wing Republican lawmaker has dedicated much of his career to launching lawsuits aimed at blocking LGBT rights protections. Paxton this year launched a case that blocked an Obama administration directive protecting transgender students(…)

Indiana Legislature Shrugs off LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

Advocates on both sides of Indiana‘s debate over the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents remained divided and were unable to make recommendations Tuesday to a committee of lawmakers considering the topic ahead of the upcoming legislative session. Lawmakers sought public input on the possibility of adding LGBT civil rights protections into state(…)

Human Rights Advocates Blast Trump’s Immigration Policy

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivered his long-awaited speech on immigration yesterday in Phoenix, Ariz. Hard on the heels of his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Trump doubled down on his harsh immigration rhetoric vowing “no amnesty” for undocumented migrants living in the United States and promising to build a “beautiful” and “impenetrable”(…)

New Nonpartisan Poll Shows LGBTQ Equality is a Winning Message

A new national poll shows Americans are strongly rejecting laws like North Carolina’s HB2, which targeted transgender people and wrote discrimination into state law. The national survey released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute found that only 35 percent support such laws, while 64 percent of Americans oppose them. What’s more, only 30 percent(…)