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Oklahoma replaces anti-LGBTQ state senator with married lesbian

This post originally published by The Daily Dot. The Oklahoma State Legislature went through a special election this year to fill seven seats between the Oklahoma House and Senate. Four out of those seven went to Democratic candidates, following a larger national trend. But of particular note is Oklahoma Senate …

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Republican defends Roy Moore with bad Biblical analogy

This post originally published by The Daily Dot. Republican Judge Roy Moore is running in Alabama’s upcoming special election to take Jeff Session’s vacant Senate seat. But after allegations emerged claiming that Moore sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, Moore’s chances look to be in peril. That isn’t …

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Germany must add third gender option, court rules

This post originally published by The Daily Dot. Transgender and gender nonconforming people have just landed a major victory in Germany. Earlier this week, the country’s highest court ruled that the national government must create a third gender option on legal documents for people who do not identify as male …

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Starbucks’ new holiday ad features a lesbian couple

This post originally published by The Daily Dot. Starbucks isn’t just one of the biggest coffee chains in the U.S., it’s also one of the most progressive. And as the holiday season rapidly approaches, this year’s festive coffee ad includes a nod to the LGBTQ community. At the end of the …

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Gender pay gap won’t be closed for another 217 years

This post originally published by The Daily Dot. More bad news for working women around the world: A new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) reveals that it will now take 217 years to close the pay gap between men and women. The figure comes from The Global Gender …

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LGBTQ teens face sexual assault at higher rates than most

This post originally published by The Daily Dot. Late Sunday, BuzzFeed News published an interview with actor Anthony Rapp accusing House of Cards lead Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him when he was 14. The actor later came out as gay amid the allegations, sparking backlash for his timing, deflection, and general …

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