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LGBTQ kids need protection from bullies and violence, not adults targeting and bullying them too

BY: - February 3, 2023

I grew up in a struggling, post-industrial Ohio town in the 1990s where ignorance and intolerance often reigned. I stood up to bullies my whole life, and when put under physical threat, I fought them. No bully can intimidate me, and so even though I was definitely a weird kid, I was also funnier, smarter, […]

Arizona Republicans approve bill to criminalize ‘evil’ drag shows

BY: - February 2, 2023

Concerns that a proposal seeking to restrict drag shows could lead to the criminalization of transgender Arizonans were ignored by Republican lawmakers on Thursday, who defended their approval of the bill by equating drag with pedophilia and calling it “evil” that must be stamped out.  “I will do everything I can as a senator in […]

Arizona considers a doomed GOP bathroom bill, advocates warn of harm from continued anti-trans rhetoric

BY: - February 1, 2023

Harrison knew when he was five that he was different, but he didn’t have the words to explain why he belonged in the boy’s restroom, and not forced into the girl’s. When he came out as trans in middle school, his classmates reacted with threats of assault.  Being able to use the right bathroom then […]

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So far away, so close to home: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

BY: - January 27, 2023

On Jan. 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz camp complex in occupied Poland. What the Soviet liberators found was grim enough, but most Auschwitz prisoners still alive in 1945 had already been forced by the Nazis on death marches weeks earlier.  An estimated 60,000 of them were brutally driven westward to other camps. Whoever […]

‘Drag is art’: Drag artists, LGBTQ community and allies rally against GOP vitriol

BY: - January 23, 2023

Rey spent more than six hours perfecting her look for a protest against anti-drag bills at the state Capitol on Sunday. The 18-year-old donned a cinched corset, bright red lipstick, white eye contacts and two tall hand-made horns — both of which curved around a sign that read, in capital letters: DRAG IS ART!  “I […]

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GOP lawmakers move to criminalize drag shows that aren’t adults-only

BY: - January 10, 2023

Arizona Republican legislators have turned their ire on drag performances in the ongoing culture wars against the LGBTQ community, proposing several new laws that would severely limit where and how often they can take place.  As of Tuesday afternoon, three bills had been filed that would move drag performances into the realm of adult shows […]

Arizona Freedom Caucus plans to sue Hobbs over executive order protecting LGBTQ employees

BY: - January 10, 2023

The Arizona Freedom Caucus, an offshoot of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Monday that it plans to sue Gov. Katie Hobbs for executive orders she issued in her first week on the job.  Arizona Freedom Caucus Chairman and Queen Creek state Sen. Jake Hoffman accused Hobbs of attempting to […]

High school students protest anti-LGBTQ sentiment in GOP-led legislature

BY: and - January 9, 2023

Across the street from the state Capitol, while lawmakers gathered in advance of the new legislative session, Arizona high school students laid out 180 black body bags in protest. “We are trying to let our legislators know that every single step they take, bill they vote on, there is a life on the line,” said […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court could fall on this slippery slope of discrimination

BY: - December 14, 2022

Few people like being told what they must do. Lorie Smith is one of them. The suburban Denver, Colo., business owner, a devout Christian, builds websites for customers. She wants to expand her business and begin building websites for couples who are planning weddings. But she is adamant that she does not want to be […]

Biden signs law extending marriage protections to same-sex and interracial couples

BY: - December 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Same-sex and interracial couples had many of their marriage rights codified Tuesday when President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan marriage equality bill during a ceremony attended by thousands outside the White House.  In a brief speech, Biden told supporters on the South Lawn that “marriage is a simple proposition — who do you […]

Marriage equality bill heads to Biden’s desk following bipartisan U.S. House vote

BY: - December 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality bill Thursday that would ensure same-sex and interracial couples continue holding many of the rights they have now, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the cases that established those constitutional protections.   The measure now heads to the desk of President Joe Biden, who plans to […]

Justices signal support for designer who won’t help gay couples with weddings

BY: - December 6, 2022

WASHINGTON (CN) — A six-year crusade came to a head at the Supreme Court on Monday, pitting Colorado’s nondiscrimination law against a Christian website designer who refuses to create wedding websites for same-sex couples. It was unsurprising that the narrow question at the center of the case perplexed many of the justices since the high court […]