First Active College Football Player Comes Out

Connor Mertens, an 18 year-old kicker at Willamette University in Oregon, made history when he came out as bisexual to his coach and then the world while still an active player. Mertens has received broad support for his actions, including widespread support from his coaches, his team’s leadership council, and the team itself. This past […]

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Band Fun. Campaigns to Raise $250,000 for Detroit LGBT Youth Center

The Grammy award-winning band fun. has launched a campaign to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Cente, which provides housing, meals, clothing and medical services for LGBT youth in need in Detroit (MI). Funds will be raised through its LGBT support organization, The Ally Coalition (TAC). Band members are […]

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Trans Student Scores Significant Victory in Maine Discrimination Case

Nicole Maines, a transgender girl from Maine, recently won a long fought court battle against the school system she had attended. The Maine High Court ruled that denying Maines the right to use school facilities set aside for female use violated her rights under the Maine Human Rights Act.  The case Doe v. Clenchy, so […]

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New Prison Rules Take Consider Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for Safety

Harrison County Jail in Houston, Texas is revamping the way that it assigns inmates housing, and this change has ramifications for the LGBT community. The changes, coming in response to a law signed by President George W. Bush called the Federal Rape Elimination Act, seek to eliminate rape in all local, state, and federal lockups. […]

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9th Circuit Court Mandates ‘Heightened Scrutiny’ for LGBT Rights’ Cases

Although most of the LGBT rights’ cases recently have been on the subject of marriage, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that may have far more reaching results in forwarding equality for the LGBT population. Last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning part of DOMA in Windsor v. United States clarified […]

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“Safe in the Stacks” Program To Be Presented At National Conference on LGBT Equality

Jama Shelton (Forty to None) and Julie Winkelstein (postdoctoral researcher on an IMLS grant) are presenting their program from last summer, “Safe in the Stacks: Community Spaces for Serving Homeless LGBTQ Youth,” at the 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Located in Houston (TX) at the Hilton of the Americas, the conference features […]

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U.S. Schools Celebrate 10th Anniversary of GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week

The past week, thousands of schools emphasized kindness and compassion as a method to stop bullying. James Howe’s The Misfitsinspired this event. The young adult novel tells about four students who decided to run for student council to create a No Name-Calling Day at school after suffering from this bullying behavior. Since its inception in 2004, […]

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GLBT News Odds and Ends: Inmates, Portland Cakes, and LGBT Smoking

The First Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 ruling upheld a 2012 decision that classifies gender-confirming surgeries as necessary medical care. As such, transgendered inmates should have access to this care due to the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. The refusal by a Portland, Oregon area bakery to refuse to bake […]

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Gay Marriage Lawsuits – State by State

Judges have found both Utah and Oklahoma’s gay marriage bans to be unconstitutional. This has led many to believe that the writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans nationwide. Indeed, many lawsuits are currently working their way through, challenging gay marriage bans in several states. In Kentucky, a case challenging that state’s gay […]

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As US Advances, Worldwide LGBT Rights Lag Behind

In the past few weeks, judges in both Utah and Oklahoma have found those countries anti-marriage equality amendments unconstitutional. Higher courts have stayed both rulings, but the march of progress seems to continue unabated. But, looking only at the United States can give a false view of where LGBTQ people stand around the world. Problems […]

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