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Michigan Lesbian Sues Catholic School Over Firing

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman. READ MORE.

National NBA Chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the midseason event out of North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. READ MORE.

5 Managers Fired Amid Union Organizing at Baltimore Clinic

BALTIMORE (AP) - When Bryanna Jenkins found out that her health care provider of five years had been fired she was shocked, and above all, scared. READ MORE.

Groups Press Walgreens on Religious Restrictions in Clinics

CHICAGO (AP) - Four groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union are asking Walgreens for reassurance that its partnership with a Catholic health care system to run in-store clinics in the St. Louis area won't limit women's access to birth control. READ MORE.

Gay Rights Setback Seen in Illinois Supreme Court Ruling

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois Supreme Court ruling is a step backward for same-sex couples and will harm all unmarried domestic partners who might want a court to decide a property dispute after a break-up, according to gay rights advocates. READ MORE.

Wyoming Supreme Court Hear Arguments on Same-sex Marriage

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court must decide whether to remove from office a Pinedale judge who says her religious beliefs would prevent her from presiding over same-sex marriages. READ MORE.

Trump Reveals Few Details on "Extreme Vetting" of Immigrants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Donald Trump is calling for "extreme" vetting of immigrants seeking admission to the United States, but he's offering few specifics about how that might work, how long it might last or how taxpayers would foot the bill. READ MORE.

Gawker.com Dies Next Week, Killed by an Unhappy Subject

NEW YORK (AP) - Gawker.com, the brash New York website that broke new ground with its gossipy, no-holds-barred coverage of media, culture and politics, is shutting down after 14 years, brought low by an unhappy, but deep-pocketed, subject. READ MORE.

Gay South Carolina Police Chief Makes Historic Sheriff's Run

LATTA, S.C. (AP) - A small town police chief in staunchly conservative South Carolina is trying to make history by becoming the first female sheriff in the state. And the first openly gay one, too. READ MORE.

ACLU settles lawsuit over 'Some People Are Gay' T-shirt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has settled a federal lawsuit sparked by a student's T-shirt in support of gay rights. READ MORE.

Lawsuit nixed against Kentucky clerk who fought gay marriage

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. READ MORE.

Pope Outlines Vision for Promoting Life, Family Issues

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Wednesday outlined his vision for how the Vatican will promote family and life issues, naming an American moderate to head the new Vatican office for families and laity and directing related institutes to give merciful care to spiritually wounded Catholics. READ MORE.

Complaints but No Fines Under Seattle's Gender Restroom Law

SEATTLE (AP) - The city of Seattle has received over 70 reports of businesses not complying with its new all-gender restroom ordinance since officials began enforcing it in March. READ MORE.

Attorney: Texas Prisoner Approved to Start Hormone Therapy

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The attorney for a Texas inmate says the federal prison system has approved her client's request to begin hormone therapy to transition into becoming a man. READ MORE.

Former LDS Church Lobbyist Joins Board Of LGBT Mormon Group

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former lobbyist for the Mormon church has joined the board of a support group for LGBT Mormons. READ MORE.

Federal Judge Grants Injunction Temporarily Blocking Obama Administration Guidelines

In a move that could put increased attention on the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal judge Sunday issued a temporary order blocking the Obama administration from taking any action against states that refuse to comply with its guidelines concerning treatment of transgender students in federally funded schools. The August 21 order, from Judge Reed O'Connor (an appointee of President George W. Bush), enables at least 23 states that have expressed opposition to Obama administration guidelines issued in May, to ignore those guidelines until the court can rule on the merits of lawsuits challenging them. READ MORE.

Rugby Couple Put Respect in Front and Center in Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Isadora Cerullo has become a celebrity around Rio, more for what happened on the sidelines of the Olympic rugby stadium than for her performances on the pitch. READ MORE.

After Sochi Concerns, Rio Games Seem Decidedly Gay-friendly

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Isadora Cerullo got no medal at these Olympics. A ring will have to suffice. Cerullo is a rugby player for Brazil and her team finished ninth at the Rio Games out of a 12-team field, well out of medal contention. When the competition was over, a venue manager walked onto the pitch and eventually got around to asking her a question. READ MORE.

In Orlando, Unprecedented Unity After Nightclub Shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Two months after the massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub, residents say this city of newcomers is bonding in unprecedented solidarity, upending an old adage attributed to a former governor: "Florida isn't so much a community as a crowd." READ MORE.

Non-binary Pronouns a Growing Part of Gender Identity

While the spotlight on transgender celebrities such as Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner has helped illuminate the fact that gender is not always black and white, and the experiences of those who identify outside of a gender binary are largely missing from the cultural consciousness, say Drake and others. Cox and Jenner were both identified as male at birth and now identify as women and use sheher pronouns. READ MORE.

Iowa Medical, Psychology Boards Mull Conversion Therapy Rule

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa boards overseeing doctors and psychologists considered Friday whether to adopt a policy that would ban state-licensed professionals from counseling gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender children to change their sexual orientation in a practice known as conversion therapy. READ MORE.

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Lesbian Sues Catholic School Over Firing

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman.

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