Judge Blocks Mississippi Law Denying LGBT Equal Rights

A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling that it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people.   U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that the title, text and history of the law show it is […]

Parents fuming over board’s forcing of LGBT issue

Angry parents are getting set to face off tonight with members of a Virginia school board who are considering how to punish students who disagree with its transgender policy.   More than a year ago, the Fairfax County Public Schools Board added “gender identity” its nondiscrimination policy, saying it was mandated to do so by […]

Judge issues injunction granting transgender teen access to boys’ bathroom

A federal judge has ordered a school board in rural Virginia to give a transgender student, who was born female but identifies as male, access to the boys’ bathroom while his discrimination lawsuit against the school board proceeds.   Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old rising senior at Gloucester High in Gloucester County, Va., sued the school […]

Israel marks Orlando massacre at first Pride embassy event

WASHINGTON — Israel’s embassy in Washington had been planning its first-ever Pride reception celebrating the gay and lesbian community, held on Monday evening, for several months. It had not planned to begin the event with a moment of silence.   Marking the murder of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida last week, […]

Istanbul riot police disperse ‘Trans Pride’ march

Istanbul riot police fired tear gas and rubber pellets on Sunday (June 19) to disperse a march for transgender people banned after ultra-nationalists said that “degenerates” could not demonstrate.   Hundreds of riot police cordoned off the city’s main Taksim Square to prevent the “Trans Pride” rally taking place during the Muslim holy month of […]

Orlando Highlights Islam’s Complicated Relationship With Homosexuality

Islam’s approach to homosexuality has been in the spotlight since the massacre at an Orlando gay club — criminal or compassionate? Prejudiced or progressive?   While ISIS death squads enforce an extreme version of Islam that punishes gays with death, the religion’s history is far more nuanced. And like most relationships, when it comes to […]

British Muslims Told It Is Their ‘Duty’ To Throw Gays From A ‘High Building’

Muslims living in Luton in the United Kingdom were told during Ramadan last year that it was their Islamic “duty” to throw homosexuals from a “high building,” a jury at the Old Bailey has heard. Five men have appeared at the court accused arranging a number of meetings and speaking in support of Islamic State, […]

Kansas Board of Education Votes to Ignore Obama’s Transgender Directive

The Kansas Board of Education has voted unanimously to ignore the Obama administration’s policy that students should be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice, regardless of their biological sex, and to allow the individual school districts to decide how to proceed. The school board contends it is vital that policies such as these […]

HPD investigating threat aimed at Pride parade

The Houston Police Department is investigating a threat made to the upcoming Pride parade, scheduled for June 25 in downtown Houston. The tweet, from the now-deleted account crehgdu123, reads: “There will be a massive shooting at the pride parade in Houston, Texas.” HPD spokesman John Cannon said police are aware of the tweet and are […]

Dove Soap Father’s Day Ad Features Two Gay Dads

Dove soap company released an uplifting Father’s Day ad on Monday that shows two dads kissing and rocking an infant to sleep.   The one-minute ad titled, “Caring Makes My Dad, My Hero,” depicts a montage of high-flying father-daughter, father-son moments caught on camera.   Various messages meant to describe dads flash on the screen. “The […]