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Critics Call Governor's New 'Common Sense' Order 'Ridiculous'

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen's order narrowly defines 'male' and 'female,' angering trans advocates

(Newser) - This week, a second governor put his name to an executive order that more rigidly defines an individual's sex, in what he deems a boost to women's rights and what critics say is an attack on the transgender community. The AP reports that Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen signed...

This Nation Offers LGBTQ+ Warning on Travel to US

'Check relevant state and local laws' before heading to US, Canada's advisory tells tourists

(Newser) - The Canadian government updated its advisory for travel to the United States on Tuesday, and one section that stands out is directed toward LGBTQ+ tourists. "Some states have enacted laws and policies that may affect 2SLGBTQI+ persons," the short section in the advisory from the Global Affairs Canada...

Nearly 70 Face Prison for Attending Nigerian Wedding

It was a gay wedding, and homosexuality is outlawed in the African nation

(Newser) - Police in Nigeria said Tuesday they detained at least 67 people celebrating a gay wedding in one of the largest mass detentions targeting homosexuality, which is outlawed in the West African country. The "gay suspects" were arrested in southern Delta state's Ekpan town about 2am Monday at an...

California Store Owner Killed Defending Her Pride Flag

Shooter killed Laura Ann Carleton in front of clothing store before deadly encounter with police

(Newser) - A store owner in California was shot and killed Friday by a man who made derogatory comments about rainbow Pride flags erected outside the store, according to investigators. Laura "Lauri" Ann Carleton, 66, was shot outside her Mag Pi clothing store in Cedar Glen, about 60 miles east of...

Chess Federation Bans Trans Women Pending Review

Trans women have 'no right to participate' in female events ahead of FIDE ruling

(Newser) - The world's top chess federation has ruled that transgender women can't compete in its official events for females until an assessment of gender change is made by its officials. The decision by the Switzerland-based International Chess Federation (FIDE) was published on Monday and has drawn criticism from advocacy...

Legislature Begins Overriding 'Political Culture Wars' Vetoes

During transgender care debate, lawmaker whose grandchild could be affected asks GOP to 'just stop it'

(Newser) - Both houses of North Carolina's legislature voted Wednesday to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill restricting LGBTQ+ instruction. The new law takes effect immediately, the AP reports. The Senate vote was 27-18 for the override, with the House voting 72-47 minutes later. Also Wednesday, the Republican-controlled...

Backlash to Pride Merch Hurt Target
Backlash to
Pride Merch
Hurt Target

Backlash to Pride Merch Hurt Target

Retailer sees quarterly sales fall for the first time in 6 years

(Newser) - Target's quarterly sales dropped for the first time in six years, due in part to the "strong reaction" to its Pride month offerings, the company said Wednesday. Sales at stores open for at least a year fell 5.4% last quarter, while foot traffic declined 4.8%, CNN...

Gay Canadian Couple Wins Suit Against Italy's Ruling Party

Fratelli d'Italia used photo of two dads in campaign against surrogacy, same-sex parenting

(Newser) - When they welcomed their son Milo with the help of a surrogate mother in 2014, BJ Barone and Frank Nelson took off their shirts to make skin-to-skin contact with the newborn. A photo of the tender moment with the new born went viral, but the two Canadian dads were appalled...

Does James Like to Be Called Jimmy? Not So Fast in Florida

Some districts now want parental OK before using nicknames, alternate names for trans students

(Newser) - A new school year has kicked off in many spots in the South, and two counties in Florida are already making waves for a correspondence that's been delivered to educators and parents. WESH reports that Seminole County sent an email to families this week noting that if their kids...

Iraq Bans 'Gender,' 'Homosexuality' From Use in Media

'Sexual deviance' must be used in place of 'homosexuality'

(Newser) - Iraq says all media and social media companies operating within its borders are now barred from using the terms "homosexuality" and "gender." In place of "homosexuality," the term "sexual deviance" must be used instead, Reuters reports. The new edict was issued by the Iraqi...

Doctors Group Sticks By Stance on Youth Gender Treatments

American Academy of Pediatrics backs medical care for trans youth, but calls for deeper research

(Newser) - In 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics took a firm stance in supporting that youth who are transgender and gender diverse "have access to comprehensive, gender-affirming, and developmentally appropriate health care." Now, nearly five years later, the medical group, which represents 67,000 US physicians, is re-upping that...

Criticism of Anti-Gay Laws Brings Music Festival to an End

Malaysian government says Matty Healy and 1975 promised not to do that

(Newser) - Good Vibes came to an end mid-set when Malaysia stopped a performance during the music festival's opening night in response to a singer's criticism of the nation's anti-LGBTQ+ laws. On Saturday, organizers announced that the government had canceled the three-day event in Kuala Lumpur because of Matty...

Male Coach Is First in NFL to Come Out as Gay

Jacksonville Jaguars strength coach Kevin Maxen says he hopes to inspire others

(Newser) - In a big moment for LGBTQ+ representation in sports, Jacksonville Jaguars strength coach Kevin Maxen has become the first male coach in a major US men's pro sports league to come out as gay. Maxen, a former Division III linebacker who has been with the Jaguars since 2021, tells...

House OKs Defense Bill With Eyebrow- Raising Extras

Add-ons in annual legislation include restrictions on abortion, transgender health care, diversity training

(Newser) - The US House on Friday approved a sweeping annual defense bill that provides an expected 5.2% pay raise for service members but strays from traditional military policy with political add-ons from Republicans to block abortion coverage, diversity initiatives at the Pentagon, and transgender issues that deeply divided the chamber....

Salon That Refuses to Serve Trans Clients Gets an Earful

Local pols, hair care firm slam 'breathtaking hate' by Studio 8 Hair Lab in Michigan's Traverse City

(Newser) - Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a Colorado web designer can refuse to create sites for same-sex weddings, a blow for LGBTQ+ rights. Now, just weeks after that decision, a Michigan hair salon owner is refusing to serve some members of that community, including transgender customers. In a now-scrubbed...

Miss Netherlands Scores a First
Miss Netherlands
Scores a First

Miss Netherlands Scores a First

Rikkie Valerie Kolle is the first trans woman with the crown and will compete for Miss Universe

(Newser) - Here she is—Miss Netherlands. And for the first time, Miss Netherlands is a transgender woman. With her new crown, Rikkie Valerie Kolle will be the second trans woman to compete for the title of Miss Universe later this year, NPR reports. Kolle is looking to support young women and...

After Ruling, Michael Imperioli Bars Bigots From His Audience
Actor Tells Bigots: Don't Watch

Actor Tells Bigots: Don't Watch

After Ruling, Michael Imperioli says he's following Supreme Court guidance

(Newser) - Justice Sonia Sotomayor was not alone in offering scathing criticism of the Supreme Court's decision announced Friday that allows a graphic designer to refuse service to same-sex couples on religious grounds. Michael Imperioli, an actor known for his roles on The Sopranos and The White Lotus, also has weighed...

Document in SCOTUS LGBTQ+ Case Is Raising Eyebrows

'Gay' man whose inquiry is evidence tells 'New Republic' he never made that inquiry—and isn't gay

(Newser) - One of the Supreme Court's final rulings for this term is due out Friday regarding LGBTQ+ rights, but ahead of its release comes a report on a key document in the case. It appears that document may be phony, reports the Guardian , which notes that "[raises] the possibility...

Dylan Mulvaney Has Words for 'Silent' Bud Light

Transgender influencer says brand 'never' reached out as she suffered hate

(Newser) - Saying she's been scared to speak out for months, transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney is finally revealing what's in her heart and it's disappointment in Bud Light. The brand drew criticism from the right for partnering with Mulvaney on an Instagram video in April, leading to a boycott....

She Could Be US' First Trans Congresswoman

Sarah McBride, a Delaware state senator, is launching campaign for seat as a US rep

(Newser) - Sarah McBride won her race for Delaware state senator in 2020 with 70% of the vote, becoming the nation's first transgender state senator. In her reelection race, no one bothered to oppose her. The 32-year-old is hoping to translate that popularity into yet another first for a trans lawmaker:...

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