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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says She's Engaged to Longtime Partner

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says She's Engaged to Longtime Partner

NATIONAL | May 20, 2022

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday she's engaged to her longtime partner Riley Roberts, a marketing professional she met over a decade ago while they were undergraduates at Boston University.

Despite Progress, 'Gay And Trans Panic' Defense Continues To Victimize LGBTQ People

Despite Progress, 'Gay And Trans Panic' Defense Continues To Victimize LGBTQ People

NATIONAL | By Alex Terrono | May 20, 2022

While LGBTQ rights have been on the rise in Western nations, one disturbing trend is the ongoing use of "gay and trans panic" as a defense in capital crimes.

Maine Removes LGBTQ+ Teaching Video Assailed in Republican Ad

Maine Removes LGBTQ+ Teaching Video Assailed in Republican Ad

NATIONAL | May 19, 2022

The Maine Department of Education removed from its website a video containing an LGBTQ lesson plan for kindergarten students that was the subject of a Republican ad targeting Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

Spain Confirms 7 Monkeypox Cases as European Outbreak Grows

Spain Confirms 7 Monkeypox Cases as European Outbreak Grows

INTERNATIONAL | By Ashifa Kassam and Barry Hatton | May 19, 2022

Health officials in Spain reported seven cases of monkeypox and Portugal updated its number of confirmed cases to 14 Thursday as an outbreak of a viral disease typically limited to Africa expanded in Europe.

State Rep Brian Sims, LGBTQ Candidates Lose Bids for Office in Pennsylvania

State Rep Brian Sims, LGBTQ Candidates Lose Bids for Office in Pennsylvania

POLITICS | By Emell Adolphus | May 19, 2022

LGBTQ+ candidates running for in the state of the U.S. Senate, lieutenant governor, and a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Philadelphia's "gayborhood" each lost their races in the Keystone State's May 17 Democratic primary.

State Dept Pushing to See Griner; NBA Commissioner Weighs In

State Dept Pushing to See Griner; NBA Commissioner Weighs In

INTERNATIONAL | By Tim Reynolds | May 19, 2022

The State Department said Tuesday that it still pushing to have regular contact with WNBA star Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury, who has been detained in Russia for nearly three months.

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Freed from Prison for Halfway House

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Freed from Prison for Halfway House

NATIONAL | By Larry Neumeister | May 19, 2022

Convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was freed Wednesday from prison after serving much of a seven-year prison sentence for lying to hedge fund investors and cheating investors in a drug company.

US Case of Monkeypox Reported in Massachusetts Man

US Case of Monkeypox Reported in Massachusetts Man

NATIONAL | By Mike Stobbe | May 18, 2022

Massachusetts on Wednesday reported a rare case of monkeypox in a man who recently traveled to Canada, and health officials are looking into whether it is connected to small outbreaks in Europe.

Gay Student Says School Stopping Run for Student Leadership

Gay Student Says School Stopping Run for Student Leadership

NATIONAL | May 18, 2022

A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president.

Exiled Russian Director Returns to Cannes, Decries War

Exiled Russian Director Returns to Cannes, Decries War

INTERNATIONAL | By Jake Coyle | May 18, 2022

The last two times the Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov had films playing at the Cannes Film Festival, he couldn't attend.

Report: Poppers Now Popular on the Straight Party Scene

Report: Poppers Now Popular on the Straight Party Scene

NATIONAL | May 18, 2022

According to The New York Times, poppers — long used by gay men — are growing increasingly popular in the straight party scene.

Portugal Finds 5 Monkeypox Cases in Men as Outbreak Spreads

Portugal Finds 5 Monkeypox Cases in Men as Outbreak Spreads

INTERNATIONAL | By Barry Hatton and Maria Cheng | May 18, 2022

Portuguese health authorities on Wednesday confirmed five cases of monkeypox in young men, marking an unusual outbreak in Europe of a disease typically limited to Africa.

Louisiana Bill Limiting Trans Athletes Nears Governor's Desk

Louisiana Bill Limiting Trans Athletes Nears Governor's Desk

SPORTS | By Kevin McGill | May 18, 2022

A bill that would keep transgender women and girls in Louisiana from competing on college and K-12 women's and girls' athletic teams was approved 72-21 by the state House, moving the bill closer to the desk of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

In Midwestern Schools, LGBTQ Teachers Face Discrimination, Hate and Their Own Fears

In Midwestern Schools, LGBTQ Teachers Face Discrimination, Hate and Their Own Fears

NATIONAL | May 18, 2022

Many schools in the Midwest are places where queer and trans educators cannot thrive and do their jobs without fear or hesitation.

Controversies Sink Reelection Bid of GOP Rep. Cawthorn

Controversies Sink Reelection Bid of GOP Rep. Cawthorn

POLITICS | May 18, 2022

U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn's unexpected 2020 win made him the youngest member of Congress and a rising Republican star. Then the scandals started to pile up.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee Bathroom Signage Law

Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee Bathroom Signage Law

NATIONAL | By Jonathan Mattise | May 18, 2022

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Tennessee's first-of-its-kind law requiring businesses to post special signs if they allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

Out Candidate Tina Kotek Wins Oregon Gubernatorial Primary

Out Candidate Tina Kotek Wins Oregon Gubernatorial Primary

POLITICS | By Sara Cline | May 18, 2022

Former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Tuesday won the Democratic gubernatorial primary, beating state Treasurer Tobias Read in a victory for the party's progressive wing.

South Carolina Governor Signs Transgender Sports Ban Bill

South Carolina Governor Signs Transgender Sports Ban Bill

SPORTS | By Jeffrey Collins | May 17, 2022

South Carolina's governor has quietly signed into law a bill that would ban transgender students from playing girls' or women's sports in public schools and colleges.

PSG Player Criticized for Missing Anti-Homophobia Day Game

PSG Player Criticized for Missing Anti-Homophobia Day Game

SPORTS | By Samuel Petrequin | May 17, 2022

A group fighting homophobia in soccer has called on the French league and Paris Saint-Germain to ask player Idrissa Gueye for an explanation missing a game amid reports that he refused to play because he didn't want to wear a rainbow numb on his jersey.

Prince William Hopes Gay Players Encouraged by Jake Daniels

Prince William Hopes Gay Players Encouraged by Jake Daniels

INTERNATIONAL | May 17, 2022

Prince William expressed hope Tuesday that more soccer players will have the confidence to be open about their sexuality after Jake Daniels became the first active player in the English men's professional game to announce he is gay.

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