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This Book-Banning Campaign Gets Unusually Personal
This Book-Banning Campaign
Gets Unusually Personal

This Book-Banning Campaign Gets Unusually Personal

ProPublica looks at how woman's high-profile push in Texas has caused rift with her gay son

(Newser) - While book-banning campaigns aren't all that unusual, ProPublica takes a look at one such campaign in Texas that's uncommon on two fronts. First, 51-year-old Monica Brown filed a police report earlier this year in Granbury, Texas, accusing school district librarians of peddling pornography. Second, one of the most...

Church's Hamilton Rendition Causes a Ruckus

Lines were rewritten to reference Jesus before sermon claiming homosexuality as sin

(Newser) - A church in Texas has created a firestorm with its apparently illegal portrayal of the musical Hamilton, which included rewritten lines comparing homosexuality to addiction and praising Jesus. The Door Christian Fellowship Ministries of McAllen, which live-streamed the first of two performances on Friday and Saturday, claims it had permission...

Source: Police Have Theory in Saudi Sisters' Deaths

Law enforcement source says toxicology reports point to suicide

(Newser) - Interim toxicology reports suggest two Saudi sisters found dead in their beds in Australia ingested substances as part of a suicide pact. That's according to a senior police source who spoke anonymously to the Daily Telegraph . "It really does appear to be a tragic suicide," the source...

London Marks Milestone Pride Parade
London Marks
Pride Parade

London Marks Milestone Pride Parade

Mayor predicts events will draw more than 1M

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of people turned out on the streets of London on Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK's first Pride parade, filling the streets of the British capital with color. A vibrant crowd turned out to either take part in or watch the festivities, forming...

Teacher of the Year Quits Over LGBTQ Treatment

Kentucky district didn't act after public accusations of 'grooming'

(Newser) - Kentucky's 2022 teacher of the year says he put up with harassment and administration efforts to diminish LGBTQ identities for years because he thought it was important for students in his rural high school to have a thriving, openly gay teacher in their classroom. Willie Carter Jr. still thinks...

Ukraine Can't Have 'KyivPride' in Kyiv, but It's Still Having It

Country's largest LGBTQ event will take place in Poland, joining huge Pride event in Warsaw

(Newser) - Ukraine's largest LGBTQ rights event, KyivPride, is going ahead on Saturday. But not on its native streets, and not as a celebration. It will instead join Warsaw's yearly Equality Parade, the largest gay pride event in central Europe, using it as a platform to keep international attention focused...

In His Roe Opinion, Thomas Flags Same-Sex Marriage

Justice says Supreme Court should reconsider decisions on contraception, same-sex couplings

(Newser) - Roe v. Wade has been officially overturned by the US Supreme Court, eliminating federal protections for abortion rights that have been in place for nearly 50 years, but a solo concurring opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas is also getting attention. In his writing, Thomas notes that, based on the reversal...

Chappelle Has Surprise News at Theater Dedication

Theater at his alma mater, Duke Ellington School, won't be named after him after all

(Newser) - Just before Dave Chappelle's most recent Netflix special dropped, his alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, announced its theater would be named for the comedian, who pledged to donate $100,000 to teachers' wages. It's "the most significant honor of my...

Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Prompts a Midterms Surge

Record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for Congress

(Newser) - There are only a dozen or so LGBTQ members of Congress who are publicly out, but per a new report from Axios , that may be about to change come November. The news outlet reports that at least 104 LGBTQ candidates announced this year they're vying for seats in the...

Bishop Ostracizes School Flying BLM, Pride Flags

Jesuit school in Massachusetts says displays merely indicate everyone is welcome

(Newser) - A Roman Catholic bishop in Massachusetts has told a school that displays Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ flags that it can no longer consider itself Catholic. Nor can school grounds host Mass or the sacraments, according to the decree issued Thursday by Bishop Robert McManus of the Diocese of Worcester,...

Saudi Arabia Cracks Down on Rainbows

Authorities seize toys, children's clothes

(Newser) - While other countries celebrate Pride Month, Saudi Arabia has launched a crackdown on rainbows. The state-run al- Ekhbariya news channel reported this week that authorities in Riyadh had raided stores and confiscated rainbow-colored toys and children's clothing. The items "contradict the Islamic faith and public morals and promote...

In Possible Hate Crime, Men Storm Drag Queen Story Hour

No arrests have yet been made

(Newser) - Authorities were investigating a possible hate crime after a group of men allegedly shouted homophobic and anti-LGBTQ slurs during a Drag Queen Story Hour at a San Francisco Bay Area library, a sheriff's official said. Deputies responded to the San Lorenzo Library on Saturday afternoon following reports of a...

Despite Threats, City Stands Firm After Patriot Front Arrests

Coeur d'Alene won't go 'back to the days of the Aryan Nations,' mayor says

(Newser) - At one point Monday, the police department in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, had received almost 150 calls from the public about the arrests of 31 men connected to a white supremacist group who were headed to an LGBTQ+ event in town. About half of the calls were congratulatory, NBC News...

New Data Sheds Light on Adults Who Say They're Transgender

More than 5% of those surveyed between ages of 18 and 29 identify as trans or nonbinary, per Pew

(Newser) - According to new data from the Pew Research Center , more people than ever before say they identify as or know someone who's transgender (meaning their gender doesn't match the sex they were assigned at birth) or nonbinary, meaning someone who doesn't identify within the confines of just...

Burger King's Whopper Ad Causes a Stir

Each has two top buns or two bottom buns, to celebrate Pride Month

(Newser) - Burger Kings in Austria are offering customers an unusual way to celebrate LGBTQ lifestyles during Pride Month. Restaurants there are offering whoppers with "equal buns," meaning each has two top buns or two bottom buns, reports CNN . The idea is "meant to put a smile on our...

Tampa Players Explain Decision to Skip LGBTQ Logos

It's 'faith-based,' not 'judgmental,' says pitcher Jason Adam

(Newser) - The Tampa Bay Rays celebrated Pride Night during Saturday's home game, and the team added rainbow-theme logos to their uniforms for the day (see them here ). The Rays, however, also gave players the option to wear them or not, a decision that has brought attention upon the several...

These Are the 10 Most LGBTQ-Friendly US Cities

San Francisco ranks No. 1, per LawnStarter

(Newser) - June is Pride Month, and as LawnStarter notes, "Everyone wants the American dream—a home in a safe and supportive community—including LGBTQ people." That's why the site looked at 200 of the country's largest cities to see which ones qualify as LGBTQ-friendly, factoring in 19...

Comic's Old Clip Mocking Ricky Gervais Gains Steam

UK's James Acaster slammed fellow comedian in 2019 for mocking transgender community

(Newser) - "I feel like some [stand-up] out there is doing a lacerating 15 minutes on superstar transphobic comedians and we should be seeing that." That was a tweet earlier this week by TV writer Bob Schooley, a reference to comics such as Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais , who've...

Laverne Cox Now Has Her Own Barbie
Laverne Cox Now
Has Her Own Barbie

Laverne Cox Now Has Her Own Barbie

She hopes 'kids of all gender identities can look at this Barbie and dream'

(Newser) - Laverne Cox says that as a child, she was shamed for wanting a Barbie. Now, just ahead of her 50th birthday, one has been made in her likeness—a first for a transgender woman. Mattel worked closely with the trans activist and Orange Is the New Black star on the...

In the UK, It's a 'Big, Big Moment' for Soccer

Blackpool's Jake Daniels, 17, is first professional male player to come out as gay in decades

(Newser) - British soccer player Jake Daniels capped a successful season for Blackpool Football Club's youth team by making his debut on the main team—and by becoming the country's first professional men's soccer player to come out as gay in decades. The 17-year-old, who scored 30 goals for...

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