LGBT News

Barrett’s First Test On LGBTQ Rights Comes Next Week

NBC News reports: Amy Coney Barrett has been fueling the fears of LGBTQ advocacy groups since President Donald Trump first nominated her to the federal bench in 2017. Now, with Barrett officially confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, advocates worry that she and the court’s five other conservatives could start stripping away gay rights imminently. The most …

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TX Reverses: Social Workers Must Serve LGBT Patients

The Texas Tribune reports: After backlash from lawmakers and advocates, a state board voted Tuesday to undo a rule change that would have allowed social workers to turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have a disability. The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted unanimously to restore protections for LGBTQ and disabled clients to Texas social workers’ code of conduct …

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British Couple Found Guilty In Grindr Luring Murder

The New York Daily News reports: A U.K. couple has been found guilty of killing an Irish man by poisoning him with a powerful drug known as “devil’s breath.” Joel Osei, 25, and Diana Cristea, 19, were arrested after the body of Adrian Murphy, a 43-year-old champion dancer, was found in his South London apartment in June 2019. Investigators say …

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Vatican Edited Out Pope’s “Civil Unions” Comments In Original Interview But Filmmaker Got The Raw Footage

The New York Times reports: The Vatican had required that the interview be filmed with Vatican cameras and that the Vatican be given control over the footage. The Vatican cut out the pope’s remarks on same-sex unions in the edited version provided to Televisa, the two people said. Gone was this comment from the pope: “What we have to create …

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Allegedly Ex-Gay Catholics: No Matter What The Pope Says, Only Heterosexual Unions Are “Morally Good”

Via press release from Courage International: First, and most importantly, Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is His Body, and the Spouse of the Church, which is His Bride. He has promised never to leave us abandoned (cf. John 14:18), to give us the Holy Spirit to teach and remind us what He has said (cf. John …

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SF Archbishop Responds To Pope : “There No Reason” Why Brothers And Sisters Shouldn’t Get Civil Unions

From San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: In our bishops region’s audience with Pope Francis last January during our ad limina visit (the visit diocesan bishops make every five years to the Vatican), the topic of civil unions came up in conversation. The Holy Father clearly differentiated between a civil arrangement which accords mutual benefits to two people, and marriage. The …

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Famed Skeptic James “The Amazing Randi” Dies At 92

The Wrap reports: James Randi, a magician and illusionist known as “The Amazing Randi” as well as a scientific investigator who debunked paranormal and occult phenomena through his organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, has died. He was 92. Among one of Randi’s more famous instances of debunking — a word he frequently said he disliked in favor of “investigator” …

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Support For Same-Sex Marriage At Record High 70%

From the Public Religion Research Institute: The vast majority of Americans (70%) favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, compared to 28% of Americans who oppose it. Majorities of Democrats (80%) and independents (76%), as well as half of Republicans (50%), support same-sex marriage. White evangelical Protestants stand out as the only major religious group in which a …

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Pope Francis Backs Civil Unions For Same-Sex Couples

The Catholic News Agency reports: In a documentary that premiered Wednesday in Rome, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples, departing from the position of the Vatican’s doctrinal office and the pope’s predecessors on the issue. “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a …

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Tiffany Trump Appears At “LGBQ” Homocon Pride Event

Newsweek reports: The youngest daughter of Donald Trump, Tiffany Trump took part in a Trump Pride event in Florida this week to help her father’s re-election efforts. The event took place at the Westshore Grand Hotel in Florida and a clip of Tiffany on stage has started to circulate on social media, with many criticizing her for speaking for the …

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Pete Buttigieg: My Marriage Might Depend On What’s About To Happen In Senate With Amy Coney Barrett

The Guardian reports: Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Pete Buttigieg, who married his husband Chasten in 2018, indicated that the court’s 2015 decision that made same-sex marriage legal was among a number of rulings a strong conservative majority could look to overturn. Republicans are seeking to seat Barrett before the 3 November general election. The Senate judiciary committee will vote …

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Biden Responds To Town Hall Questions On Protecting LGBTQ Rights: “I’ll Flat Out Change The Law” [VIDEO]

Out Magazine reports: Tonight in Philadelphia, one voter asked, in the context of Amy Coney Barrett being rushed through a confirmation process to a seat on the bench of the Supreme Court, if the LGBTQ+ community should be worried about an erosion of its rights. “I think there’s great reason to be concerned,” Biden started in his response. He went …

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Giuliani’s Daughter: Don’t Abstain, Vote For Joe Biden

Caroline Giuliani writes for Vanity Fair: Trump and his enablers have used his presidency to stoke the injustice that already permeated our society, taking it to dramatically new, Bond-villain heights. I am a filmmaker in the LGBTQ+ community who tells stories about mental health, sexuality, and other stigmatized issues, and my goal is to humanize people and foster empathy. So …

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New TX Rule Lets Social Workers Reject LGBTQ Clients

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas social workers are criticizing a state regulatory board’s decision this week to remove protections for LGBTQ clients and clients with disabilities who seek social work services. The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously Monday to change a section of its code of conduct that establishes when a social worker may refuse to …

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Michigan Moves Closer To Statewide LGBT Rights Law

Detroit’s CBS News affiliate reports: A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state’s civil rights law. If election officials determine roughly 340,000 are valid, the bill would be placed before the Republican-led Legislature, where similar legislation has long stalled. If lawmakers did not …

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Barrett Won’t Say If Rulings Decriminalizing Gay Sex, Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Were Rightly Decided

The Washington Post reports: Barrett said Wednesday that she believed two Supreme Court decisions outlawing racial discrimination were correctly decided but declined to say the same for other landmark opinions involving gay rights and access to contraceptives. Those responses came under questioning from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who asked her whether Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed the “separate …

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Barrett Lobs Anti-LGBT Dog Whistle In Senate Hearing

The Guardian reports: Moments ago, Amy Coney Barrett was asked about Antonin Scalia’s criticism of the ruling that established the right for same-sex couples to marry. Again relying on the “Ginsburg rule,” Barrett declined to offer an opinion on Scalia’s criticism. But she said, “I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on …

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Record 574 Openly LGBTQ Candidates On 2020 Ballot

NBC News reports: More lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer candidates will appear on ballots across the country this November than ever before, according to a new report from the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a group that trains, supports and advocates for queer candidates. At least 1,006 openly LGBTQ people ran or are still running for office this election cycle, up …

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Joe Biden Celebrates National Coming Out Day

From the Biden campaign: Joe Biden believes that every human being should be treated with respect and dignity and be able to live without fear no matter who they are or who they love. During the Obama-Biden Administration, the United States made historic strides toward LGBTQ+ equality—from the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to Biden’s historic declaration in support …

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NFL Issues National Coming Out Day PSA [VIDEO]

ESPN reports: The NFL has launched a series of initiatives associated with LGBTQ History Month, which includes National Coming Out Day on Sunday and Spirit Day on Thursday. Included are a dedicated website (NFL.com/PRIDE ); a PSA celebrating former NFL players who have come out and voicing support; expanded partnerships with GLAAD and The Trevor Project; a pride-themed NFL shield; …

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