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Michigan School Board Asks Court to Dismiss Transgender Teen's Suit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school board on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a transgender teen who sued for the right to use the boys bathroom at his high school. READ MORE.

Trump Says He's Putting Political Neck on Line in Ala. Race

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ President Donald Trump tried to convince Alabama conservatives that the establishment choice in a Republican runoff for Senate shares their revulsion of Washington politics, contending that Sen. Luther Strange is a "swamp" fighter without close ties to GOP leaders. READ MORE.

White House Silent After Revelation Nominee Called Trans Kids 'Satan's Plan'

The White House is remaining silent in the aftermath of an explosive media report that President Trump's pick for a federal judgeship in Texas endorsed widely discredited "ex-gay" conversion therapy and called transgender kids part of "Satan's plan." READ MORE.

Supreme Court to Begin 'Potentially Momentous' Term for LGBT Rights

A plethora of cases related to LGBT rights are awaiting the Supreme Court after its summer recess at the end of this month, which could lead to the most monumental term for justices since the landmark 2015 ruling in favor of marriage equality nationwide. READ MORE.

National Remembering Edie Windsor

Edith Windsor has died. The senior woman who became the unlikely face of a movement and a lawsuit to champion the right of same-sex couples to marry died Sept. 12 at her home in New York. She was 88. READ MORE.

Guide Helps Parents Recognize 'Conversion Therapy'

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 11, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing LGBTQ equality since 1977, released Just As They Are, a comprehensive resource for parents on the harmful practice known as "conversion therapy." READ MORE.

Philadelphia Gay News Publisher to Receive 2017 Ben Franklin Award

This week, the Philadelphia Gay News reported the decision made by the Pennsylvania News-Media Association to honor publisher Mark Segal with their highest individual honor READ MORE.

Michigan National Black Justice, PFLAG Name New Leaders

Two D.C.-based LGBT advocacy organizations, the National Black Justice Coalition and PFLAG National, announced last week that they have chosen new executive directors to lead the organizations. READ MORE.

LGBT Reviews Are in for Trump's U.N. Speech - and They're Bad

President Trump is receiving predictably bad reviews from LGBT foreign policy experts for remarks he made Tuesday before the United Nations in which he denounced "rogue nations" for bad behavior, taunted "loser terrorists" and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea. READ MORE.

3 Arrested During Ga. Tech Protests After Student Killed

The president of the Georgia Tech LGBT student group who was shot to death by campus police on Sept. 16 after allegedly wielding a knife, left three suicide notes shortly before an altercation with police, according to newly released information by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. READ MORE.

Mattis: Trans Troops Can Re-Enlist in Armed Forces - For Now

Faced with President Trump's task of implementing a ban on their service, Defense Secretary James Mattis has issued a memo allowing transgender troops currently in the military to re-enlist - at least during the six-month period when Pentagon studies the issue. READ MORE.

Remembering Edith Windsor: Stories of Meeting the LGBT Pioneer

Edith Windsor, a hero of the marriage equality movement who died this week at age 88, not only achieved a significant victory at the Supreme Court, but inspired many in the LGBT community. READ MORE.

Senate Blocks Vote on Gillibrand Amendment to Protect Trans Troops

Despite bipartisan support, an amendment proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would have undermined President Trump's ban on transgender military service won't get a vote in the U.S. Senate, the Washington Blade has learned. READ MORE.

National Court Weighs First Amendment Challenge to Ohio HIV Assault Law

Thirty-four states including Missouri and Ohio have HIV-specific assault laws, according to the New York-based Center for HIV Law and Policy. READ MORE.

Michigan Trump Admin Comes Out Against Amendment Protecting Trans Troops

The Trump administration has come out against an amendment proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would undermine President Trump's ban on transgender people in the U.S. armed forces. READ MORE.

Edith Windsor, Lesbian Activist Who Took Down DOMA, Dead at 88

Edith Windsor, a lesbian activist who was a pioneer for LGBT rights and brought down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday at age 88. READ MORE.

Sen. Gillibrand Files Amendment Against Trump's Trans Military Ban

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) filed an amendment Monday before the U.S. Senate that would undermine President Trump's ban on transgender military service and could see a vote as soon as this week. READ MORE.

AIDS Conference Organizers Create $1 Million Hurricane Relief Fund

Organizers of the U.S. Conference on AIDS on Thursday announced the creation of a $1 million fund to help HIV/AIDS service organizations in areas impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. READ MORE.

Fauci: More Resources Needed to End Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases at the National Institutes of Health on Saturday said more resources need to be devoted to ending the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. READ MORE.

John Ashbery, Celebrated and Challenging Poet, Dies at 90

John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90. READ MORE.

Lawmakers Planning Ways to Block Trump's Trans Military Ban

Now that Congress has returned from August recess, lawmakers are in discussions about a legislative response to thwart President Trump's ban on transgender military service, according to Capitol Hill sources and LGBT advocates who spoke to the Washington Blade on condition of anonymity. READ MORE.

Pelosi: Trump Budget Would Hurt People with HIV/AIDS

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said President Trump's proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year would adversely impact people with HIV/AIDS. READ MORE.

DOJ Argues Before Supreme Court for Baker who Refused to Serve Gays

The U.S. Justice Department has voluntarily weighed in on a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a Colorado bakery asserting a First Amendment right to deny wedding cakes to same-sex couples. READ MORE.

Lawsuit Seeking Gay Protections Under Title VII Reaches Supreme Court

The question of whether lesbian, gay and bisexual people are covered under current federal civil rights law has reached the U.S. Supreme Court - where a nationwide ruling would clarify anti-gay workplace discrimination is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. READ MORE.

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