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Could Australia Be the Next Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage?

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. The lower house of Germany’s Parliament made history by voting in favor of marriage equality June 30, but you’d be forgiven for forgetting that same-sex marriage wasn’t already legal in the nation. Germany, the most populous country in Europe, is one of the …

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Rape and Murder of Teen Shows Lack of Justice for LGBT Malaysians

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. Before a group of T. Nhaveen’s classmates viciously beat and burned the 18-year-old student, they called him a “pondan.” That word, an extremely derogatory term in Malaysian culture, is often synonymous with “faggot” and sometimes “transvestite.” Although U.S. news outlets have referred to …

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How Racism in LGBT Nightlife Birthed a New Pride Flag

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. A leaked video of a gay bar owner in Philadelphia using racial slurs sent shockwaves through the city’s LGBT community last year. But for people of color, the incident was all too familiar. “Ni-ni-ni-ni-ni—-s, every one of ’em,” said Darryl DePiano, who operates …

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‘It Takes Us Back to the 1960s’: Mississippi Reacts to Hateful Bill

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. Brandiilyne Dear and her wife, Susan, were married in 2015, just weeks before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex unions nationwide. The couple would spend their second anniversary in Lubbock, Texas, after the state of Mississippi, where Brandiilyne and Susan call home, passed a …

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How to Get Republicans to Support Trans Rights

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. Like many Americans, Jill hadn’t thought much about where transgender people go to the bathroom. A 60-year-old Trump voter who lives in Ohio, she generally supports LGBT rights but is hung up on the trans issue. She called it “confusing.” Jean, also 60, …

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Pride Has Always Been About Protest

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. It used to be illegal for two people of the same gender to kiss in Los Angeles. If you were found guilty of what police called “lewd conduct,” you faced not only a fine. Men caught expressing affection for each other — sometimes …

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Trump Skips Pride and Steps on Obama's Legacy

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. The White House’s calendar got a little lighter this June. Since 2009, the president has hosted LGBT groups and leaders from across the U.S. for an annual Pride Month reception. But in keeping with Donald Trump’s decision — at the time of writing …

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This Trans Student’s Legal Victory Is a Clear Rebuke to Trump

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. Ash Whitaker can finally use the boys’ bathroom at school, but it’s too late for him to enjoy it. Just days before the high school senior is set to graduate, Chicago’s Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction on Tuesday affirming …

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Trump, Who Has Never Visited Pulse, Again Exploits the Massacre

This post originally published by the Advocate.com. Donald Trump referenced the Pulse nightclub shooting during a Friday speech about the need to fight “radical Islamic terrorists” in order to prevent further violence against the LGBT community. During a stop in Orlando on the president-elect’s victory tour, Trump warned of the …

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