Category Archives: Sexual orientation

100 Questions and Answers About Sexual Orientation

LGBTQ+ identification rises in Gallup polling

Gallup pollsters report that the proportion of people in the U.S. who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender rose from 4.5% in 2017 to 5.6% in 2020. The polling company surveyed 15,000 people over 18 and 86.7% identified as … Continue reading

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More than 500 LBGTQ candidates on ballots

The LBGTQ Victory Fund’s “Out on the Trail” analysis reports that at least 574 LGBTQ candidates will appear on general election ballots in November. That’s up 33% from two years ago. The organization forecasts “an unprecedented number to win on … Continue reading

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What were the Stonewall riots?

This is the short answer, from “100 Questions and Answers About Gender Identity:” The Stonewall Inn was a LGBTQ+ nightclub in Greenwich Village raided by police on June 28, 1969. Raids at such clubs were not unusual in the 1960s. … Continue reading

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Pride month a roller-coaster for LGBTQ+ rights

June 2020, the 50th anniversary of the first gay pride marches, has had two noteworthy LGBTQ+ rights developments. On June 12, the Donald Trump administration removed protections that prohibit health-care discrimination against transgender patients. Protections were based on a 2016 … Continue reading

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Buttigieg helps 9-year-old come out: Too young?

Pete Buttigieg’s departure from the Democratic primaries came about a week after a campaign trail experience in which a 9-year-old boy asked the candidate for advice on how to come out as gay. Buttigieg came out at age 33. How … Continue reading

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Tennessee allows adoption denials by same-sex couple adoptions

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a law Jan. 24 that would give state funding to faith-based adoption agencies that prevent LGBTQ+ couples from adopting. The bill’s sponsor, Tennessee Sen. Paul Rose said his bill is “solely about freedom” because it … Continue reading

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Methodist church confronts irreconcilable LGBTQ+ differences

The Methodist Church is contemplating a split over same-sex marriage and gay clergy. The breakup, which has not been finally approved, would divide the United Methodist Church into two denominations, a traditionalist one that would forbid gay marriage or gay … Continue reading

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Why religious freedom health ruling worries LGBTQ people

NBC News reports that LGBTQ advocates and healthcare experts warn that a May ruling by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could harm the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. The religious freedom ruling expands … Continue reading

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Associated Press changes style on race, gender

Related: AP changes style to capitalize Black and Indigenous AP explains why it will not capitalize white The Associated Press stylebook sets the tone and conventions for news media across the United States and around the world. New editions typically … Continue reading

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