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National Islamic State Claims 30 Killed For Sodomy, UN Meeting Told

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for executing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Aug. 25 at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting what organizers called the "barbaric treatment." READ MORE.

Illinois Enacts Gay Conversion Therapy Ban For Young People

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Aug. 20 banning therapists from trying to change a young person's sexuality. READ MORE.

Thousands Rally For Clerks Denying Gay Marriage Licenses

Three Kentucky county clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples drew thunderous cheers from a crowd gathered at the state capitol Aug. 22. READ MORE.

Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Attacker Charged With Murder

An ultra-Orthodox Israeli who fatally stabbed a teenage girl at a Jerusalem gay pride parade has been indicted on a murder charge. READ MORE.

NCTE Policy Advisor Becomes First Openly Trans White House Official

National Center for Transgender Equality staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has been appointed as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. READ MORE.

Williams Institute, Target Partner To Conduct Research On LGBT Law And Public Policy

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law announced Aug. 19 that Target has signed on as the institute's newest premier corporate partner. READ MORE.

Reluctant Kentucky Clerk Gets Time For Gay Marriage Appeal

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky county clerk who objects to same-sex marriage will not have to issue marriage licenses while she takes her case to a federal appeals court. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is being sued by two gay couples, and U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her last week to issue them licenses despite her objections. But on Monday, he granted her request to stay his decision while she pursues her case before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE.

Couples sue to overturn Mississippi ban on gay adoptions

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Susan Hrostowski remembers when Mississippi passed its law in 2000 banning same-sex couples from adopting children. READ MORE.

First GOP Debates: 17 Candidates, One 'Humane' Response On LGBT Issues

In short: There were no surprises on LGBT issues from the 17 Republican presidential hopefuls who took part in one of two debates sponsored and broadcast by Fox News last Thursday (Aug. 6). READ MORE.

Cake: The New Favorite Mode For American Political Debate?

Somehow, this mix of flour, butter, eggs and sugar with frosting on top has become yet another delivery system for American political debate, raising questions about where the customer's free speech ends and the baker's begins. READ MORE.

Republican Presidential Debate Preview

Studies have shown that only about one-third of LGBT Americans vote Republican, but there's realistic chance a Republican will win the White House in 2016, so LGBT people need to pay attention to who might take the GOP nomination. READ MORE.

After Caitlyn Jenner, A New World For Transgender Students -- And A New Civil Rights Battleground

This is one in a series of articles surveying the complexities of gender identity, the evolving political debate surrounding the transgender rights of today's youth, and the ways in which these issues intersect with the policies and practices of K-12 schools across the country. READ MORE.

Boy Scouts Of America End Total Ban On Gay Adults

The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. READ MORE.

New Research Reveals How Body Size Influences Romance In Same-Sex Relationships

Bad eating habits? A thinner partner might be a problem in a same-sex relationship, says new research at Rutgers University-Camden. READ MORE.

New Poll Finds Majority Of Voters Prefer Candidates Who Support Non-Discrimination Protections

A recent polling by Democracy Corps has found that 59 percent of voters are less likely to support candidates who oppose non-discrimination protections. READ MORE.

The Equality Act Is The LGBT Rights Bill We Want And Need

The Equality Act will be introduced Thursday, July 23 by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR, in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Cicilline, D-RI, in the U.S. House of Representatives, along with many co-sponsors: Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Cory Booker, and Reps. Nancy Pelosi and John Lewis. They will be joined by a large number of co-sponsors. READ MORE.

Largest Trans Survey Calls For Participants

The U.S. Trans Survey will be the largest most comprehensive survey in the history of U.S. trans history, seeking a goal of 20,000 completed surveys by trans, gender queer or non-binary identified people from around the country. READ MORE.

EEOC Rules Sexual Orientation Is Protected By Federal Civil Rights Law

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission July 15 issued a decision that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination that is outlawed by existing federal law. READ MORE.

Pentagon Announces Plan To Lift Transgender Military Ban

The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender or sexuality-based barriers to military service. READ MORE.

Fox To Develop Film On SCOTUS' Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

A film about the U.S. Supreme Court case that made same-sex marriage a nationwide right is being developed by 20th Century Fox. READ MORE.

Special Section: World AIDS Day
Study Finds Significant Racial Disparities For HIV Infection Among Black And White MSM

A study published in the journal The Lancet HIV reports that there is a significant disparity in HIV prevalence between black and white men who have sex with men. The study was published on Nov. 18 and found a startling 32 percent prevalence rate for black men who have sex with men, compared with only eight percent for white men who have sex with men.

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