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Facing Pressure, Minnesota High School Sports League Tables Transgender Athlete Proposal

A full-page anti-transgender ad in Minnesota's biggest newspaper cranked up the heat on Minnesota State High School League board members considering a proposal for transgender-inclusive guidelines in high school sports.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

NYPD Searching For Suspect In Anti-Gay Attack In Hell's Kitchen

Police released details and surveillance footage they believe points to a suspect in the Sept. 14 attack that left the victim with injuries.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

Transgender Woman Fatally Shot During Attempted Robbery In Los Angeles

The victim was approached by four suspects and shot in the temple, Los Angeles Police told BuzzFeed News.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

New York State Lawmaker Wants To "Modernize" Birth Certificates For LGBT Families

Three years after legalizing marriage equality, the New York State senate has introduced legislation that would "modernize" birth certificate forms to better serve LGBT families.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community, Promises Changes To "Real Names" Policy

In a Facebook post, the company's chief product officer apologized to "the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community."

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

Lawmakers Urge Obama To Include LGBT Protections In Immigration Executive Action

President Obama must act as soon as possible protect LGBT immigrants and their families, the lawmakers said in a letter. The Obama administration said it won't take executive action on immigration reform until after the November elections.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

Three Suspects Arraigned On Hate Crime Charges In Brooklyn Anti-LGBT Shooting

The victim, a 22-year-old man, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. In criminal complaints obtained by BuzzFeed News, prosecutors accuse the suspects of shouting anti-LGBT slurs during the attack.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

This Straight Mormon Guy Photobombed An Anti-Gay Rally

Justin Anderson, a self-described 22-year-old Mormon and LGBT ally, told BuzzFeed News he has no regrets and will speak out for LGBT rights in Utah again. "If I don't stand up for someone's rights, then who am I to ask someone to stand up for me when I need it?"

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

Members Of Congress, Groups Team Up To Oppose Blocking Of LGBT Sites

"In an age when high-speed broadband is transforming almost every aspect of our lives, we must ensure online access to every adult and child," the lawmakers said in a letter.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

Most Gay And Bisexual Men Don't Get Tested For HIV; Half Are Not Treated

A new survey indicates most gay and bisexual men aren't being tested for HIV and are unaware of current prevention and treatment options, and a new study by the CDC shows half living with HIV in the U.S. are not receiving appropriate medical treatment.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

After Attack On Gay Couple, Philadelphia Poised To Pass Hate Crimes Ordinance

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown said a proposed ordinance to expand the city's hate crime ordinance will likely become law by November.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

With Three Suspects Arrested, LGBT Community Hopes For More Answers In Philly Attack On Gay Couple

Update: All three suspects were arraigned overnight, posted bail, and will be back in court for a preliminary hearing later this month, authorities told BuzzFeed News.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

3 Suspects Have Been Arrested In Connection With Philadelphia Anti-Gay Attack

Update: Three individuals facing multiple assault charges in connection with the attack turned themselves in this morning and were arrested, according to a statement from the Philadelphia Police Department.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

ACLU Sues Defense Secretary Hagel, Others Over Chelsea Manning's Gender Treatment

"Such clear disregard of well-established medical protocols constitutes cruel and unusual punishment," Manning's attorneys say in statement.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

South Carolina Mayor Becomes 500th To Join Coalition Supporting Marriage Equality

Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin said supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples is "the right thing to do."

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago
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Report Finds Bisexual Youth Face Greater Challenges Than Gay And Lesbian Peers

According to the report, 40% of over 10,000 LGBT youth identified as bisexual, but remain disconnected from the larger LGBT community and face more discrimination and harassment than their peers.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

Pennsylvania Governor Condemns Philly Anti-Gay Attack, But Mum On Push To Change Hate Crimes Law

Democratic lawmakers are renewing their calls to pass legislation that would add LGBT protections to the state’s hate crimes law. Move comes after a gay couple was brutally beaten in Philadelphia this month.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

Utah Advertising Companies Reject "God Loves Gays" Billboards

The companies told BuzzFeed News the decisions were made to avoid controversy over sensitive subjects.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago

Wendy Davis Won't Attend Texas LGBT Pride Celebrations

Campaign staffers will represent Davis at LGBT pride events this weekend instead.

Tony Merevick • 4 years ago