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The first trans-gay migrant caravan arrives at US border, seeking asylum

The first trans-gay migrant caravan arrives at US border, seeking asylum | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
A caravan of 16 LGBTQI migrants — called the Rainbow 16 — surrendered themselves to U.S. border officials on Thursday and are now being held by ICE.
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Trump administration signals loss of ground for LGBT rights

Trump administration signals loss of ground for LGBT rights | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Just over 13 months later, Trump’s Justice Department, in a case between private parties that involved no government agency, has told a federal appeals court that discrimination based on sexual orientation is legal under federal law. 

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What the Right Gets Wrong About LGBT Megadonor Tim Gill

What the Right Gets Wrong About LGBT Megadonor Tim Gill | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The controversy over the advocate's 'punish the wicked' quote reveals the worst aspects of rightwing media

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Census Bureau Found No Need For LGBT Data Despite 4 Agencies Requesting It

Census Bureau Found No Need For LGBT Data Despite 4 Agencies Requesting It | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

At least four federal agencies asked the Census Bureau to add questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to the American Community Survey, NPR has learned.

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Meet the Pro-Marijuana, Pro-LGBT Rights Truck Driver Running for Governor of Alabama

Meet the Pro-Marijuana, Pro-LGBT Rights Truck Driver Running for Governor of Alabama | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Jason Childs says his job as a long-haul trucker has challenged his views about working- and middle- class Americans and how neither political party today is addressing their needs. Blog commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.
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CIA LGBT Doc 'ANGLE of Ascent' Screens in West Hollywood — and Ellen DeGeneres Should Be Proud

CIA LGBT Doc 'ANGLE of Ascent' Screens in West Hollywood — and Ellen DeGeneres Should Be Proud | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
It turns out that gay rights at the Central Intelligence Agency may owe as much to Ellen DeGeneres as to an Executive Order.
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Why the Next NATO Ambassador Could be a Force for LGBT Inclusion

Why the Next NATO Ambassador Could be a Force for LGBT Inclusion | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
President Trump will reportedly nominate Richard Grenell—a former UN official who is both openly gay and a devout Christian. From that post, he could potentially have influence among conservatives on equality.
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Trump nixes Obama order preventing federal workers from being fired because they’re LGBT

Trump nixes Obama order preventing federal workers from being fired because they’re LGBT | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
With a stroke of his pen Trump has knocked the teeth out of federal compliance regulations protecting LGBT workers
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This Is Why The Erasing of LGBT Americans On The 2020 Census Matters

This Is Why The Erasing of LGBT Americans On The 2020 Census Matters | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
LGBT will not feature on the 2020 Census as a category. This official prejudice matters for both practical and symbolic reasons.
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Spanish Anti-LGBT Group Is Bringing Its Transphobic Bus To America

Spanish Anti-LGBT Group Is Bringing Its Transphobic Bus To America | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Boys have penises, girls have vulvas. Do not be fooled: If you are born a man, you are a man.
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A Spanish group that sparked outrage for commissioning a bus with an anti-transgender slogan is making plans to take their message of hate to the U.S. next week.

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Gay in the AfD: Talking with LGBT supporters of Germany's populist party

Gay in the AfD: Talking with LGBT supporters of Germany's populist party | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
How do LGBT interests mesh with those of a party that opposes gay marriage and adoption for gay couples? DW spoke with two openly gay politicians about why they joined the AfD, and why one ultimately decided to leave.
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The Trump Administration, Bathroom Litigation, and the Future of LGBT Rights

The Trump Administration, Bathroom Litigation, and the Future of LGBT Rights | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Grimm’s lawsuit, and other cases like it such as the challenge to North Carolina’s so-called transgender bathroom law (also known as House Bill 2), is of great importance, because it addresses the question of whether transgender individuals are legally entitled to do something that everyone else is permitted to do, namely to use bathrooms (and similar facilities such as changing rooms) that match their gender identity. But cases like Grimm’s raise an even more fundamental and important question: whether federal law protects sexual and gender-identity minorities from discrimination to begin with.

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By Day This Man Is A Political Adviser, By Night He's A Drag Queen

By Day This Man Is A Political Adviser, By Night He's A Drag Queen | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
How does someone become both a high-ranking adviser to the Scottish National Party and one of London’s best-loved drag queens? Here, Nathan Sparling tells BuzzFeed News the outrageous and heartbreaking truth behind his double life.
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After Trump’s proposed military ban, 17.5% of people who called this LGBT hotline were trans youth

After Trump’s proposed military ban, 17.5% of people who called this LGBT hotline were trans youth | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The volume of calls the Trevor Project received from trans youth in the aftermath of this announcement exceeded those it received when the bathroom bill was introduced in Texas.

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The War On Transgenders Just Got Real In Texas

The War On Transgenders Just Got Real In Texas | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Texas is predicted to lose big time as local, national and international companies prepare to go to war over a discriminatory Republican-led bill. 
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It is amazing that Republicans still want to legislate what bathroom transgender people can use. On Friday night, the Texas Senate decided to pass a bill forcing transgender people to use the bathroom based on the gender that is listed on their birth certificate. The bill also overturns local non-discrimination ordinances that allow transgenders to use whatever bathroom they want.

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Meet Republican LGBT Rights Activist Margaret Hoover

Meet Republican LGBT Rights Activist Margaret Hoover | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

Margaret Hoover doesn’t buy the hype that Vice President Mike Pence is an anti-gay, apocalyptic bigot. Hoover is far more qualified to make that assessment than random Internet trolls who easily dismiss the former Indiana governor as a hateful homophobe. After all, she knows Pence and has worked with him on gay rights issues.

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LGBT Group to Fund Campaign Against Trump's Agenda

LGBT Group to Fund Campaign Against Trump's Agenda | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The Human Rights Campaign announces efforts to double-down on grassroots activism.

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Taiwan Gay Marriage Ruling Widens Political Divide With China

Taiwan Gay Marriage Ruling Widens Political Divide With China | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Taiwan’s historic court ruling this week did more than make it the first place in Asia to let same-sex couples wed: It also widened the political gap with China.
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Top North Carolina LGBT Advocate Takes New Washington Job

Top North Carolina LGBT Advocate Takes New Washington Job | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
A former North Carolina legislator who helped lead the fight against the state's law limiting LGBT protections is going to Washington.
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LGBT employees protected from workplace discrimination, appeals court rules

LGBT employees protected from workplace discrimination, appeals court rules | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
The Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBT employees, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
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LGBT Groups: Don’t Be ‘Fooled’ by N.C.’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ Compromise

LGBT Groups: Don’t Be ‘Fooled’ by N.C.’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ Compromise | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
LGBT rights groups say that the ‘compromise’ bill HB142 that sailed through North Carolina’s legislature is far from pro-equality, and enshrines prejudice and discrimination.
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BREAKING: Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census

BREAKING: Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it

The Trump Administration recently submitted a list of data categories it will collect for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS). Although the Supreme Court, in 2013,  struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for the census to change the way it tracks same-sex households, the White House has sent yet another powerful signal that it considers LGBTQ rights as frivolous.


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Although “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” were proposed subjects in the appendix, today’s version of the report excluded LGBTQ people from the list of subjects for the Census and ACS, suggesting that data collection for these subjects may have been in the works for an earlier version.

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LGBT seniors marked for removal from survey on elder care services

LGBT seniors marked for removal from survey on elder care services | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Draft of 2017 National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants drops question about sexuality as critics worry administration is trying to roll back LGBT rights
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Housing policy summit tackled LGBT Fair Housing and equality

Housing policy summit tackled LGBT Fair Housing and equality | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
Founder Jeff Berger and Policy Committee Chair John Graff organized the summit because of the risk of losing ground the LGBTQ community has made.
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A homefront fighter for LGBT troops

A homefront fighter for LGBT troops | PinkieB.com | Gay and Lesbian Life | Scoop.it
After she met her wife in 1997, Ashley Broadway-Mack just wanted a quiet life, playing soccer and taking care of a couple of dogs.
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