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May 25, 2024 at 10:13 PM

Idaho drag performer awarded $1.1 million in defamation case against far-right blogger

A jury has awarded more than $1.1 million to an Idaho drag performer who accused a far-right blogger of defaming him when she falsely claimed that he exposed himself to a crowd, including children, in 2022
May 25, 2024 at 10:13 PM
May 24, 2024 at 3:02 AM

NBA great Dwyane Wade launches Translatable, an online community supporting transgender youth

NBA great Dwyane Wade has launched Translatable, a nonprofit online community dedicated to supporting transgender youth
May 24, 2024 at 3:02 AM
NBA Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, center, poses with Carolina Garcia Jayaram, left, CEO of the Elevate Prize Foundation, and Joseph Deitch, right, founder of the foundation, after having received the Elevate Prize Catalyst Award, Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the Make Good Famous Summit in Miami Beach, Fla. Wade has launched Translatable, a nonprofit online community dedicated to supporting transgender youth. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
May 21, 2024 at 10:14 PM

South Carolina governor signs into law ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed into law a ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors
May 21, 2024 at 10:14 PM
FILE - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster answers questions about the 2024 General Assembly's session at a news conference on Monday, May 13, 2024, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law Tuesday the bill that bans gender-affirming care for transgender minors. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, file)
May 19, 2024 at 2:25 PM

State department issuing alert for LGBTQ+ travelers

The State Department issued a rare world-wide caution alert for American LGBTQ+ travelers due to “increased potential for foreign terrorist organization inspired violence.”
May 19, 2024 at 2:25 PM
VIDEO: State department issuing alert for LGBTQ+ travelers
May 18, 2024 at 1:10 AM

'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' visits LGBTQ+ seniors

Drag artists Nina West and Shannel shared the importance of "slaying it forward," with the queens competing for charity this season.
May 18, 2024 at 1:10 AM
VIDEO: 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' visits LGBTQ+ seniors
May 17, 2024 at 10:26 PM

State Department issues travel alert for LGBTQ people, events abroad

The alert follows a similar warning from the FBI and the DHS.
May 17, 2024 at 10:26 PM
The alert follows a similar warning from the FBI and the DHS.
May 17, 2024 at 10:08 PM

State Department issues travel alert for LGBTQ people, events abroad

The U.S. State Department issued a caution alert, warning U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution related to violence against "LGBTQI+ persons and events.”
May 17, 2024 at 10:08 PM
In this July 1, 2023, file photo, a group of performers are seen with flags at the Pride Parade in London.
May 16, 2024 at 8:38 AM

As countries tighten anti-gay laws, more LGBTQ+ migrants seek asylum in Europe

While many of the migrants who reach Europe are escaping war, conflict and poverty, an increasing number are fleeing possible prison terms and death sentences because they are gay
May 16, 2024 at 8:38 AM
Ella Anthony, right , and her partner Doris Ezuruike Chinons, flanked by their dog Paddy, have a coffee during an interview in their house in Passo Corese, near Rome, Monday, March 11, 2024. Knowing that she faced a possible prison term since Nigeria criminalizes same-sex relationships, Anthony fled with her partner to Libya in 2014 and then Italy, where they both won asylum. Their claim? That they had a well-founded fear of anti-LGBTQ+ persecution back home. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 14, 2024 at 5:28 PM

New Title IX rules intensify fight over transgender youth restrictions in schools

Several states are rallying against new federal Title IX regulations announced by the Biden administration that codify protections for transgender people in schools.
May 14, 2024 at 5:28 PM
President Joe Biden speaks in Washington, DC, on April 12, 2024.
May 13, 2024 at 7:25 PM

Foreign terrorist organizations could target Pride month events: FBI, DHS

Foreign terrorist organizations may seek to exploit "LGBTQIA+-related events and venues," including events during 2024 Pride month, the FBI and DHS said.
May 13, 2024 at 7:25 PM
The seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seen on their headquarters on February 23, 2024 in Washington, D.C.
May 10, 2024 at 12:39 PM

Target will only sell Pride Month collection in some stores after backlash in 2023

Target has announced that it will only sell their Pride Month collection in select stores after suffering a backlash and boycott last year during the 2023 Pride season.
May 10, 2024 at 12:39 PM
Target has announced that it will only sell their Pride Month collection in select stores after suffering a backlash and boycott last year during the 2023 Pride season.
May 10, 2024 at 12:37 PM

Target will only sell Pride Month collection in some stores after backlash in 2023

Target has announced that it will only sell their Pride Month collection in select stores after suffering a backlash and boycott last year during the 2023 Pride season.
May 10, 2024 at 12:37 PM
Target has announced that it will only sell their Pride Month collection in select stores after suffering a backlash and boycott last year during the 2023 Pride season.
May 7, 2024 at 9:01 AM

Series of bomb threats targeting LGBTQ+ Pride events in Montana deemed to be hoaxes

A series of bomb threats targeting annual Pride events in Montana were deemed to be hoaxes “used to try to dissuade people from participating” in the LGBTQ+ celebrations.
May 7, 2024 at 9:01 AM
1 month ago

Sophia Bush reflects on coming out as queer, encourages those on their 'journey'

Sophia Bush reflected on her announcement on Instagram quoting poet Maggie Smith.
1 month ago
Actress Sophia Bush as she arrives at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, April 27, 2024.
1 month ago

Drag queens of HBO’s “WE’RE HERE” risk arrest to change minds

ABC News’ Linsey Davis spoke with “WE’RE HERE” stars Latrice Royale, Sasha Velour, Jaida Essence Hall, and Priyanka about building queer community in small town America and the power of voting.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Drag queens of HBO’s “WE’RE HERE” risk arrest to change minds
1 month ago

Sophia Bush says she can 'finally feel like I can breathe' after coming out as queer

Sophie Bush is opening up about her new love with former US Women's soccer player Ashlyn Harris.
1 month ago
Sophia Bush opens up on finding new love in her latest Glamour interview.
1 month ago

Expanded so-called 'Don't Say Gay' education restrictions advance in Alabama

Alabama is on track to further restrict discussions of "gender identity or sexual orientation" in public schools in a new proposal of the so-called "Don't So Gay" law.
1 month ago
A person holds up a sign reading, "Trans People Belong in Alabama," during a rally outside the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., on International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2023.
1 month ago

Melania Trump announces push for gay conservatives during fundraiser, organizer says

Melania Trump at a fundraiser on Saturday announced a major voter outreach initiative to garner conservative gay and lesbian support for her husband, an organizer said
1 month ago
Former First Lady Melania Trump speaks at a fundraiser for pro-conservative LGBT organization Log Cabin Republicans at Mar-a-Lago on April 20,2024.
1 month ago

'I don't think she'd be alive:' Trans youth care bans put pressure on families

Legislation restricting gender-affirming health care for transgender youth in at least 23 states has forced families to drive hours to access medical care.
1 month ago
In this Aug. 30, 2023, file photo, students protest against Katy ISD's new transgender policy outside the school district's educational support complex, in Katy, Texas.
1 month ago

Supreme Court allows Idaho to enforce ban on gender-affirming care for minors

A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed Idaho to proceed with enforcement of a new law aimed at prohibiting gender-affirming care for minors.
1 month ago
The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2024.
1 month ago

Kansas governor vetoes gender-affirming trans youth care ban

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth in Kansas.
1 month ago
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly speaks during the State of the State address at the Kansas State Capital on Jan. 10, 2024, in Topeka, Kan.
2 months ago

What the new trans care recommendations from the NHS England report mean

A new report from the National Health Service England’s Dr. Hilary Cass advocates for further research on gender-affirming care for transgender youth and young adults.
2 months ago
A photograph taken on April 10, 2024, in London, shows the entrance of the NHS Tavistock center, where the Tavistock Clinic hosted the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) for children until March 28, 2024.
2 months ago

UK prime minister welcomes report on youth gender care

The new report said that medical evidence underlying gender care for adolescents is “remarkably weak.”
2 months ago
The new report said that medical evidence underlying gender care for adolescents is “remarkably weak.”
2 months ago

Report: LGBTQ content drove book banning efforts in 2023

According to the American Library Association, LGBTQ content drove book-banning efforts in 2023. “Gender Queer,” by Maia Kobabe topped the list for the third year.
2 months ago
“Gender Queer,” by Maia Kobabe
2 months ago

Melania Trump to headline Mar-a-Lago fundraiser for conservative LGBT group

Former first lady Melania Trump will be headlining a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser later this month for Log Cabin Republicans.
2 months ago
Former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump arrive at a polling station at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center, March 19, 2024, in Palm Beach, Fla.
2 months ago

WH bashes 'dishonest' GOP criticism of Biden's transgender proclamation on Easter

The White House is pushing back against top Republicans' misleading criticism of Biden's Transgender Day of Visibility proclamation on the same day as Easter
2 months ago
President Joe Biden speaks at the Washoe Democratic Party Office in Reno, Nev., on March 19, 2024.
2 months ago

Two charged in transgender activist Cecilia Gentili's death

Two people have been charged in the death of transgender activist Cecilia Gentili.
2 months ago
Transgender activist Cecilia Gentili poses for a photo at the offices of the Oxford University Press in New York on April 24, 2014.
2 months ago

Lawsuit filed against Ohio trans care ban legislation

A lawsuit has been filed against Ohio's House Bill 68, which bans gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors.
2 months ago
Protesters advocating for transgender rights and healthcare stand outside of the Ohio Statehouse, on Jan. 24, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio.
2 months ago

Drag story hours continue to be targets amid conservative backlash

Drag story hours across the country have become targets for bomb threats. Lancaster Public Library became the most recent story hour impacted.
2 months ago
Drag story hours across the country have become targets for bomb threats. Lancaster Public Library became the most recent story hour impacted.
2 months ago

WH slams funding bill provision that would keep US embassies from flying Pride flags

The White House slammed the GOP for including a provision in the government funding bill that essentially bans LGBTQ+ Pride flags from being flown over U.S. embassies.
2 months ago
A Pride flag is displayed during a Pride celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 10, 2023. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images)
2 months ago

No charges to be filed in school fight involving Nex Benedict: DA

No charges will be filed in connection with a fight that Oklahoma teen Nex Benedict was involved in a day before they died, the Tulsa County district attorney said.
2 months ago
In this image provided Malia Pila, Nex Benedict poses outside the family's home in Owasso, Okla., in December 2023.
2 months ago

More than a dozen athletes sue NCAA over their transgender participation policy

The lawsuit stems from an NCAA policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in the category of their affirmed gender on a sport-by-sport basis.
2 months ago
In this Dec. 5, 2023, file photo, former collegiate swimmer Riley Gaines testifies during a House Oversight Subcommittee on Health Care and Financial Services hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C.
2 months ago

College athletes file lawsuit over NCAA's transgender policy

A group of current and former elite athletes say that allowing swimmer Lia Thomas, a transgender woman, who competed in the national championships in 2022 violated their Title IX rights.
2 months ago
VIDEO: College athletes file lawsuit over NCAA's transgender policy
2 months ago

Former students, parents speak on anti-LGBTQ bullying at Nex Benedict's school

Nex Benedict's death has been ruled a suicide, shining a renewed spotlight on the intensifying environment in Oklahoma schools and anti-LGBTQ bullying.
2 months ago
In this image provided Malia Pila, Nex Benedict poses outside the family's home in Owasso, Okla., in December 2023.
2 months ago

LGBTQ teen Nex Benedict died by suicide, medical examiner says

An autopsy report released by the Oklahoma’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that Nex Benedict, a member of the 2SLGBTQ community, died by suicide.
2 months ago
Nex Benedict, 16, died one day after a physical altercation with other students in their Oklahoma school.
2 months ago

These performers announced as headliners for Outloud Music Festival

The headliners have been revealed for Outloud Festival, a Pride-themed music event held in West Hollywood.
2 months ago
Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monae
2 months ago

England's NHS halts puberty blockers for transgender youth amid research efforts

England's National Health Service has banned the use of puberty blockers for the treatment of gender dysphoria or gender incongruence in minors.
2 months ago
A National Health Service (NHS) sign is shown February 19, 2003 in London, England.
3 months ago

LGBTQ+ voters look a lot like swing voters

An exclusive new poll of LGBTQ+ voters finds wide support for Joe Biden, but more moderate political views.
3 months ago
There's a new poll out of LGBTQ+ voters.
3 months ago

New bill would convict teachers of felony, put on sex offender list for trans support

A new Missouri bill would make it a felony offense for school teachers or counselors to support or contribute to the social transitioning of a transgender minor.
3 months ago
A marcher carries a Transgender Pride flag during a march in Kansas City.
3 months ago

RuPaul opens up on decades of fame in new memoir

Robin Roberts talks with RuPaul about his new memoir "The House of Hidden Meanings," and how he has worked to leave his mark in the entertainment world.
3 months ago
VIDEO:  RuPaul opens up on decades of fame in new memoir
3 months ago

New York AG sends cease-and-desist over transgender sports ban in Nassau County

The AG's office argues that the order is "in clear violation of New York State anti-discrimination laws and demands that it be immediately rescinded."
3 months ago
New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference, Sept. 21, 2022, in New York.
3 months ago

Students walk out over nonbinary student's death, anti-LGBTQ bullying in Oklahoma

Students walked out at Owasso High School in Oklahoma, where nonbinary student Nex Benedict got in a fight a day before they died, in protest of anti-LGBTQ bullying.
3 months ago
Community members participate in a candlelight vigil for Nex Benedict in Tulsa, OK, Feb. 25, 2024.
3 months ago

Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric prompts calls for Oklahoma education superintendent's removal

Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters is standing by policies affecting the transgender community in schools following the death of 16-year-old Nex Benedict.
3 months ago
Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters spoke with ABC News about Nex Benedict's death and issues of anti-LGBTQ bullying in Oklahoma schools.
3 months ago

Oklahoma state superintendent stands by anti-LGBTQ+ policies Nex Benedict death

About 350 national, state, and local organizations have now called for the superintendent to step down after the death of Nex Benedict.
3 months ago
About 350 national, state, and local organizations have now called for the superintendent to step down after the death of Nex Benedict.
3 months ago

Oklahoma students demand action after death of nonbinary student

Students at Owasso High School in Oklahoma walked out Monday in protest of bullying and in support of the school's 2SLGBTQ community following the death of nonbinary student Nex Benedict.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Oklahoma students demand action after death of nonbinary student
3 months ago

Oklahoma students stage walkout after nonbinary teen’s death

Nex Benedict, 16, died one day after a fight with three female students at Owasso High School on Feb. 7.
3 months ago
Nex Benedict, 16, died one day after a fight with three female students at Owasso High School on Feb. 7.
3 months ago

Nonbinary teen seen describing fight in police footage before death

Newly released footage shows Nex Benedict, a nonbinary teen who died one day after a physical altercation at their high school, describing what led up to the fight.
3 months ago
In this frame grab taken from body camera video provided by the Owasso, Okla., Police Department, an officer, hand at right, speaks to 16-year-old Nex Benedict, left, and their mother, Sue Benedict, at a hospital, on Feb. 7, 2024.
3 months ago

Vigils held to remember bullied 16-year-old Oklahoma student

Nex Benedict, who identified as non-binary and was repeatedly bullied, died a day after being attacked in a high school bathroom.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Vigils held to remember bullied 16-year-old Oklahoma student
3 months ago

Oklahoma episcopal church holds prayer vigil for nonbinary teen

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, held a prayer vigil for a nonbinary teen who died following a physical altercation.
3 months ago
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, held a prayer vigil for a nonbinary teen who died following a physical altercation.
3 months ago

Nonbinary teen's death sparks anti-LGBTQ sentiment concerns

Vice President Kamala Harris and White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre have spoken out regarding the death of Nex Benedict, who died one day after a fight.
3 months ago
In this image provided Malia Pila, Nex Benedict poses outside the family's home in Owasso, Okla., in December 2023.