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Gunman Gets 'Historically Severe' Sentence in Oslo Shooting

Iranian-born Zaniar Matapour gets 30 years after conviction tied to 2022 shooting at LGBTQ fest

(Newser) - An Iranian-born Norwegian man was found guilty of terrorism on Thursday in a 2022 attack on an LGBTQ+ festival in Oslo and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Two people were killed and nine were seriously wounded in the shooting at three locations , chiefly outside the London Pub, a popular...

Leader's Daughter Suggests She's in an Illegal Relationship

Brenda Biya posts a photo of her kissing another woman, which is a crime in Cameroon

(Newser) - A 26-year-old woman posted a photo on social media suggesting she's in a same-sex relationship. In many other nations, that wouldn't cause much of a stir. But Brenda Biya is the daughter of the president of Cameroon, a country where such a relationship is illegal and punishable by...

Transgender US Runner Is Headed to Paris Olympics

Nikki Hiltz earns their spot with stunning finish in 1,500-meter race at US trials

(Newser) - Transgender and nonbinary runner Nikki Hiltz not only qualified for the Paris Olympics by winning the women's 1500-meter race at the US Olympic Trials on Sunday, they did so in record time . Hiltz, who uses they/them pronouns, finished with a personal best time of 3:55:33, cementing a...

She's Shipping Hundreds of LGBTQ+ Books Across the US

Becka Robbins of San Francisco's Fabulosa Books is pushing back against nationwide book bans

(Newser) - In an increasingly divisive political sphere, Becka Robbins focuses on what she knows best—books. Operating out of a tiny room in Fabulosa Books in San Francisco's Castro District, one of the oldest gay neighborhoods in the United States, Robbins uses donations from customers to ship boxes of books...

Biden Pardons Veterans Convicted 'for Being Themselves'

Thousands were found to have violated repealed military ban on consensual gay sex

(Newser) - President Biden pardoned potentially thousands of former US service members convicted of violating a now-repealed military ban on consensual gay sex, saying Wednesday that he is "righting [a] historic wrong" to clear the way for them to regain lost benefits. Biden's action grants a pardon to service members...

SCOTUS Takes Up Rare Transgender-Rights Case

High court will look at state bans on gender-affirming care for minors

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday jumped into the fight over transgender rights, agreeing to hear an appeal from the Biden administration seeking to block state bans on gender-affirming care. The justices' action comes as Republican-led states have enacted a variety of restrictions on health care for transgender people, school sports...

Thailand Overwhelmingly OKs Same-Sex Marriage

Bill sailed through both houses in a first for Southeast Asia

(Newser) - Thailand's Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, clearing the last legislative hurdle for the country to become the first in Southeast Asia to enact such a law. Thailand has a reputation for acceptance and inclusivity but has struggled for decades to...

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Trump Ally Shakes Up NC Race

GOP's Mark Robinson takes flak for posts about women, LGBTQ community

(Newser) - One of the most high-profile governor's races in the nation is in North Carolina, where GOP Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is up against Democratic state Attorney General Josh Stein. Given that North Carolina is a swing state with a Democratic governor (Roy Cooper) and a GOP-controlled Legislature, the race...

Vietnam Vet's Obit Reveal: 'I Was Gay All My Life'
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Vietnam Vet's Obit Reveal: 'I Must Tell You One More Thing'

Edward Ryan tells the world he was gay, had longtime partner, was afraid of being ostracized

(Newser) - By all accounts, Edward Thomas Ryan could claim a life well-lived. As noted in his obituary published earlier this month in the Albany Times Union, the 85-year-old Vietnam vet and retired firefighter from Rensselaer, New York, was a beloved brother and uncle to many nieces and nephews, with various "...

Adele Yells at Fan She Thought Shouted 'Pride Sucks'

Though it appears the fan may actually have yelled, 'Work sucks'

(Newser) - When an audience member at one of Adele's Las Vegas shows shouted out what the singer thought was an anti-LGBTQ+ remark, Adele did not let it pass. The apparent heckler called out what sounded to some like "Pride sucks" at Adele's Las Vegas performance on Saturday, the...

Bishops 'Shocked' at Word the Pope Used in a Meeting

Francis has apologized for using gay slur during private debate on gay individuals becoming priests

(Newser) - Pope Francis has been more publicly welcoming of the LGBTQ+ community than his predecessors, but according to Italian media, his language behind closed doors caused a stir that has the pontiff apologizing. Reuters cites newspapers La Repubblica and Corriere Della Sera in reporting that the 87-year-old pope used a slur...

Juror to Drag Perfomer: 'Sorry You Went Through This'

Eric Posey wins $1.1M in defamation suit against blogger who falsely claimed he exposed himself

(Newser) - A jury has awarded more than $1.1 million to an Idaho drag performer who accused a far-right blogger of defaming him when she falsely claimed that he exposed himself to a crowd during a Pride event in June 2022. The Kootenai County District Court jury unanimously found Friday that...

Eurovision Is a Threat to the Traditional Family: Erdogan

Turkey's president slams competition for, he claims, encouraging 'gender neutralization'

(Newser) - Turkey's president took a swipe at the Eurovision Song Contest on Monday, accusing the annual event of allegedly encouraging "gender neutralization" and threatening the traditional family, the AP reports. It was an apparent reference to Swiss singer Nemo who won the 68th Eurovision Song Contest earlier this month...

LGBTQ+ Travelers Get Special Alert From State Department

There's 'increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence' overseas

(Newser) - The State Department renewed a global security warning Friday for Americans overseas, adding to it that LGBTQ people and events in particular face an "increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence." The alert is a standard renewal of travel advice telling Americans to exercise increased caution against possible...

Attending Pride Events? Heed This FBI Warning

FBI, Homeland Security warn that terrorists may target next month's celebrations

(Newser) - Those planning to attend June's Pride Month celebrations should be on the watch for terrorist threats, according to the FBI and Homeland Security. The security agencies warned of the "potential targeting of LGBTQIA+-related events and venues" by foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters in a news release , which...

Judge: Long Island Leader Had No Authority for Trans Ban

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman's EO that barred female trans athletes was struck down

(Newser) - A New York judge on Friday struck down a Long Island county's order banning female transgender athletes after a local women's Roller Derby league challenged it. Judge Francis Ricigliano ruled that Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman didn't have the authority to issue his February executive order, which...

Target Makes a Change on Its Pride Month Merch

Retailer will offer smaller selection only in 'select' stores and online after last year's backlash

(Newser) - The backlash last June against Target's offerings for Pride month, featuring various LGBTQ+-themed products, took a toll on the its bottom line , leading to its first quarterly drop in sales in six years. Now, with this year's Pride month right around the corner, the retail giant says it...

Utah's Transgender Bathroom Tip Line Doesn't Go as Planned

Instead of legit reports, activists flood it with thousands of hoaxes

(Newser) - Transgender activists have flooded a Utah tip line created to alert state officials to possible violations of a new bathroom law with thousands of hoax reports. As the AP reports, it's an effort to shield trans residents and their allies from any legitimate complaints that could lead to an...

Radcliffe: JK Rowling's Stance 'Makes Me Really Sad'

Actor talks the rift, why he felt compelled to speak out in defense of transgender people

(Newser) - Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe hasn't spoken with author JK Rowling since she expressed her view that transgender women are not women, the actor reveals in a new interview with the Atlantic , while disputing the idea of him as an "ungrateful brat." "Obviously Harry Potter would...

Methodists Are Now OK With LGBTQ Clergy

Ban on 'self-avowed practicing homosexuals' is overwhelmingly shot down

(Newser) - United Methodist delegates repealed their church's long-standing ban on LGBTQ clergy with no debate on Wednesday, removing a rule forbidding "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" from being ordained or appointed as ministers. Delegates voted 692-51 at their General Conference—the first such legislative gathering in five years, reports the AP...

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