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Club Q another example of how anti-LGBTQ rhetoric leads to the death of queer, trans folks

It was 7:15 a.m. and I had just landed after traveling across the country from working with my military unit. My phone started ringing. “Did you see it? and “How are you feeling?” were the messages that started pouring in. Then I saw the news: “Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ Club Q Shooting.” I was struck with Read More

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Tucker Carlson repeats anti-LGBTQ lies, denying link between Club Q shooting and hateful rhetoric

Shortly after five people were murdered and dozens injured over the weekend when a gunman opened fire in a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub, Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended his and his allies’ escalating use of incendiary anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. During his show on Monday night, Carlson inveighed against individuals and groups that responded to the Read More

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Senate to revisit Respect for Marriage Act after Thanksgiving break

Just before midnight on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-Ny.) announced that consideration of the Respect for Marriage Act and an associated amendment will resume on November 28, when the chamber reconvenes following the Thanksgiving break. The historic legislation would preserve the more than 1,100 rights and benefits enjoyed by married same-sex couples regardless Read More

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Va. lawmaker introduces bill to ban trans athletes from school sports teams

A Virginia lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban transgender athletes from school sports teams that correspond with their gender identity. State Del. Karen Greenhalgh (R-Virginia Beach) introduced House Bill 1387 on Tuesday An HB 1387 summary notes it would require “each interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural or club athletic team or sport sponsored by a public elementary Read More

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Defending democracy matters deeply for diverse older Americans

Congress adopted the Voting Rights Act in 1964 to ensure that Black Americans could effectively exercise the franchise. A year later, Congress adopted the Older Americans Act to ensure that our country’s older adults have the services they need to age in community and to prioritize older populations facing special challenges. Almost 60 years later, the back-to-back Read More

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NYC LGBTQ historic sites project receives ‘excellence’ award

The National Trust for Historic Development has chosen the New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project as the recipient of its Trustees Award for Organization Excellence. The LGBT Historic Sites Project is one of nine historic preservation-related organizations that were recognized with awards at a Nov. 4 virtual ceremony that was available to the public. Read More

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Marriage equality now legal throughout Mexico

Same-sex couples can now legally marry across Mexico after lawmakers in Tamaulipas state on Wednesday approved a marriage equality bill. Mexico City in 2010 became the first jurisdiction in the country to allow same-sex couples to legally marry. The Mexican Supreme Court in 2015 ruled state laws that ban same-sex marriage are “discriminatory.” Lawmakers in Read More

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LGBTQ candidates on the ballot in all 50 states for first time

The LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, released its 2022 Out on the Trail report Wednesday. This is the only annual report on the number and diversity of LGBTQ candidates who ran for office in 2022. At least 1,065 openly LGBTQ people ran or are running for offices with elections in Read More

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Transgender woman deported from U.S. murdered in Honduras

A transgender woman who the U.S. deported to Honduras earlier this year has been murdered. Reportar sin Miedo, the Washington Blade’s media partner in Honduras, reported a group of “hooded subjects” shot Melissa Núñez in Morocelí, a municipality in El Paraíso department in eastern Honduras, on Tuesday night. Initial reports indicate Núñez, 42, died from a gunshot Read More