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No, Pulse nightclub is not reopening as a memorial

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. By TERRANCE HARRIS, Associated Press · Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A spokeswoman says the Pulse nightclub in Orlando will not reopen as a memorial to the dozens of people who died at the gay …

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Federal Judge grills GOP lawyers about HB2’s trans bathroom provision

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. A federal judge lobbed tough questions at GOP lawyers Monday as he considered whether to block a North Carolina legal measure governing transgender bathroom access, asking pointedly how the law was making people safer. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder heard oral arguments on …

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North Carolina’s HB2 bathroom provision will stand until trial

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Bil Browning A federal judge in North Carolina has decided not to rule immediately on whether to block a portion of a state law governing the use of public bathrooms by transgender people. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder heard evidence Monday, ahead of …

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In socially conservative Guatemala, transgender people sees gains

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Transgender Guatemalan Alex Castillo poses for a photo on March 16, 2016, at his office in Guatemala City. Moises Castillo, AP GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Alex Castillo knew growing up that he was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. It wasn’t until …

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World Health Organization considers major change to transgender status

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. The World Health Organization is reconsidering how it classifies transgender people. Erin Rook The World Health Organization is considering changing the way it classifies transgender identity following calls from researchers and advocates to remove it from the WHO’s list of mental disorders, The …

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Mississippi leaders defend blocked anti-gay law at county fair

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant speaks about the state’s embattled religious objections law at the Neshoba County Fair, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia, Miss. The annual fair is a traditional spot for political stump speeches. Rogelio V. Solis / AP Photo PHILADELPHIA, Miss. …

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The price of being mean: cost of defending HB2 is $176K, and growing

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory makes remarks concerning House Bill 2 while speaking during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced, …

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Federal appeals court: existing civil rights law does not protect gays

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. In a stunning decision by a federal appeals court in Chicago, a woman’s lawsuit against a community college was thrown out because she claimed her sexual orientation was protected by existing civil rights law, and the judges ruled, it was not. U.S. Circuit Judge Ilana …

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