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From Mickey to the MCU and 'Star Wars,' Disney Offers Pride-Themed Merch

From Mickey to the MCU and 'Star Wars,' Disney Offers Pride-Themed Merch

By Kilian Melloy | May 20, 2022

Unbowed by the punitive actions of anti-LGBTQ+ Florida lawmakers, Disney has introduced a Pride-themed line of merchandise that spans the Magic Kingdom's entertainment empire.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says She's Engaged to Longtime Partner

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says She's Engaged to Longtime Partner

May 20, 2022

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday she's engaged to her longtime partner Riley Roberts, a marketing professional she met over a decade ago while they were undergraduates at Boston University.

Despite Progress, 'Gay And Trans Panic' Defense Continues To Victimize LGBTQ People

Despite Progress, 'Gay And Trans Panic' Defense Continues To Victimize LGBTQ People

By Alex Terrono | May 20, 2022

While LGBTQ rights have been on the rise in Western nations, one disturbing trend is the ongoing use of "gay and trans panic" as a defense in capital crimes.

Maine Removes LGBTQ+ Teaching Video Assailed in Republican Ad

Maine Removes LGBTQ+ Teaching Video Assailed in Republican Ad

May 19, 2022

The Maine Department of Education removed from its website a video containing an LGBTQ lesson plan for kindergarten students that was the subject of a Republican ad targeting Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Freed from Prison for Halfway House

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Freed from Prison for Halfway House

By Larry Neumeister | May 19, 2022

Convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was freed Wednesday from prison after serving much of a seven-year prison sentence for lying to hedge fund investors and cheating investors in a drug company.

US Case of Monkeypox Reported in Massachusetts Man

US Case of Monkeypox Reported in Massachusetts Man

By Mike Stobbe | May 18, 2022

Massachusetts on Wednesday reported a rare case of monkeypox in a man who recently traveled to Canada, and health officials are looking into whether it is connected to small outbreaks in Europe.

Gay Student Says School Stopping Run for Student Leadership

Gay Student Says School Stopping Run for Student Leadership

May 18, 2022

A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president.

Report: Poppers Now Popular on the Straight Party Scene

Report: Poppers Now Popular on the Straight Party Scene

May 18, 2022

According to The New York Times, poppers — long used by gay men — are growing increasingly popular in the straight party scene.

In Midwestern Schools, LGBTQ Teachers Face Discrimination, Hate and Their Own Fears

In Midwestern Schools, LGBTQ Teachers Face Discrimination, Hate and Their Own Fears

May 18, 2022

Many schools in the Midwest are places where queer and trans educators cannot thrive and do their jobs without fear or hesitation.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee Bathroom Signage Law

Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee Bathroom Signage Law

By Jonathan Mattise | May 18, 2022

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Tennessee's first-of-its-kind law requiring businesses to post special signs if they allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

Watch: Drag Queen Crowned Prom King at Indiana High School

Watch: Drag Queen Crowned Prom King at Indiana High School

By Emell Adolphus | May 17, 2022

An Indiana high school class crowned a student in drag as prom king, and the results couldn't have been more fierce.

Ky. Middle School Asks Kids to Explain Why Being Gay is 'Wrong' in Homework Assignment

Ky. Middle School Asks Kids to Explain Why Being Gay is 'Wrong' in Homework Assignment

By Emell Adolphus | May 17, 2022

A homework assignment at the Christian Academy of Louisville in Kentucky reportedly asked students to tell an imaginary friend why "homosexuality will not bring them satisfaction."

Press Secretary Hopes Her Rise Helps Kids 'Dream Bigger'

Press Secretary Hopes Her Rise Helps Kids 'Dream Bigger'

By Darlene Superville | May 17, 2022

Karine Jean-Pierre, the new White House press secretary, hopes she can inspire young people to "dream big and dream bigger" now that she has broken a barrier by becoming the first Black and gay woman to be chief spokesperson for the president of the U.S.

Watch: Wyoming Senator Booed for Sex Identity Remarks at Graduation

Watch: Wyoming Senator Booed for Sex Identity Remarks at Graduation

By Mead Gruver | May 17, 2022

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis apologized Monday after getting booed and heckled for remarks she made on sexual identity during a University of Wyoming graduation speech.

Starbucks to Cover Travel Costs for Employees Seeking Gender Confirmation, Abortion

Starbucks to Cover Travel Costs for Employees Seeking Gender Confirmation, Abortion

By Michelle Chapman and Dee-Ann Durbin | May 17, 2022

Starbucks said Monday it will pay the travel expenses for U.S. employees to access abortion and gender-confirmation procedures if those services aren't available within 100 miles of a worker's home.

US Deaths from COVID Hit 1 Million, Less than 2 1/2 Years in

US Deaths from COVID Hit 1 Million, Less than 2 1/2 Years in

By Carla K. Johnson | May 16, 2022

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration.

Buttigieg Sends $5B to Cities for Safety as Road Deaths Soar

Buttigieg Sends $5B to Cities for Safety as Road Deaths Soar

By Hope Yen | May 16, 2022

With upcoming data showing traffic deaths soaring, the Biden administration is steering $5 billion in federal aid to cities and localities to address the growing crisis.

Shoppers, Guard Among 10 Dead in Buffalo Supermarket Attack

Shoppers, Guard Among 10 Dead in Buffalo Supermarket Attack

By Carolyn Thompson | May 15, 2022

Shoppers out on a weekend afternoon and a retired police officer working as a security guard were among the 10 shot and killed at a Buffalo supermarket by a white teenager who authorities say was motivated by racial hatred.

Abortion Rights Backers Rally in Anger over Post-Roe Future

Abortion Rights Backers Rally in Anger over Post-Roe Future

By Ashraf Khalil and David Sharp | May 15, 2022

Abortion rights supporters demonstrating at hundreds of marches and rallies Saturday expressed their outrage that the Supreme Court appears prepared to scrap the constitutional right to abortion that has endured for nearly a half-century.

As Musk Buyout Looms, Twitter Searches for its Soul

As Musk Buyout Looms, Twitter Searches for its Soul

By Barbara Ortutay | May 15, 2022

For Elon Musk, its ultimate troll and perhaps most prolific user whose buyout of the company is on increasingly shaky ground, Twitter is a "de facto town square" in dire need of a libertarian makeover.

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