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National Protesters: Trump a 'Bully' for Rescinding Trans Student Protections

Hundreds of people gathered outside the White House on Wednesday to protest President Trump's decision to rescind guidance on how public schools should accommodate transgender students.Gavin Grimm, a trans student who filed a lawsuit against his Virginia school district's bathroom policy that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next month, is among those who spoke to the crowd. READ MORE.

Wash. Court Rules Against Florist who Refused to Serve Gays

The Washington Supreme Court has upheld the state's civil rights law in the face of a challenge to the statute from a florist who refused to serve a same-sex couple based on religious objections. READ MORE.

Gay DNC Chair Candidate Ray Buckley Drops Out, endorses Ellison

One week before the Democratic National Committee will vote on its next chair, one of two openly gay candidates in the race - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley - has dropped out and endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). READ MORE.

Perez Cites History of LGBT Support in Run for DNC Chair

After high-level service in the Obama administration that included fighting for LGBT rights at both the Labor and Justice Departments, Tom Perez is looking to become the next Democratic National Committee chair. READ MORE.

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Flower Shop Discriminated Against Gay Couple

"Religious freedom is a fundamental part of America. But religious beliefs do not give any of us a right to ignore the law or to harm others because of who they are. When people experience acts of discrimination, they feel that they are not full and equal members of our society, and we're delighted that the Washington Supreme Court has recognized this," said Elizabeth Gill, staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT Project. READ MORE.

Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns

Milo Yiannopoulos, the incendiary writer and commentator who helped make Breitbart News a leading organ of the "alt-right," resigned from the news organization Tuesday after a video of him endorsing pedophilia resurfaced online over the weekend. READ MORE.

Heritage Foundation Panelists Criticize Pro-trans Bathroom Policies

Members of a Heritage Foundation panel on Thursday sharply criticized efforts to allow transgender people to use bathrooms and other facilities based on their gender identity.Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, moderated the panel that was titled, "Biology Isn't Bigotry: Why Sex Matters in the Age of Gender Identity.""As gender identity ordinances and bathroom battles sweep the nation, ordinary Americans have had to confront the question of whether their long-standing beliefs about the sexes are based on biology or bigotry," reads a description of the panel the Heritage Foundation posted on its website. READ MORE.

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Flower Shop Discriminated Against Gay Couple

"Religious freedom is a fundamental part of America. But religious beliefs do not give any of us a right to ignore the law or to harm others because of who they are. When people experience acts of discrimination, they feel that they are not full and equal members of our society, and we're delighted that the Washington Supreme Court has recognized this," said Elizabeth Gill, staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT Project. READ MORE.

Resistance to Trump Finds Plenty of LGBT Help

If poll numbers are any indication, the demonstrations are working and likely won't let up soon. A Gallup poll released on Sunday found just 40 percent of Americans approve of Trump compared to 55 percent who disapprove of him. That low popularity is atypical for a new president. Last week, a Public Policy Polling poll found Americans are now evenly split 47-47 on support for impeaching Trump and support for removing him from office continues. READ MORE.

Bill Maher Defends Booking Milo Yiannopoulos for 'Real Time'

Bill Maher is defending his decision to book controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos as a guest on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday.Journalist Jeremy Scahill, who founded The Intercept, was scheduled as one of the guests for the show on Friday but pulled out because of Yiannopoulos' appearance. In a statement posted on Twitter, Scahill explained having Yiannopoulos on the show is "many bridges too far." READ MORE.

In Emotional Speech, Streep Renews Harsh Criticism of Trump

NEW YORK (AP) - In an emotional speech by turns tearful, defiant and humorous, Meryl Streep doubled down on her harsh criticism of President Donald Trump, and spoke of having become a target since she first took him on in her Golden Globes speech in January. READ MORE.

DNC Chair Hopeful Wants to Lead Party to Victory in Heartland

The mayor of a small city in Indiana has emerged from the pack of candidates seeking to become Democratic National Committee chair with a promise to make the party viable in America's heartland, following the party's 2016 election losses. READ MORE.

Price Confirmation to HHS Dismays LGBT Advocates

Advocacy groups concerned with LGBT health have raised the alarm about repealing the Obama-era law. The Affordable Care Act contains a provision barring discrimination on the basis of sex, which the Obama administration interpreted to bar discrimination in health care on the basis of sex stereotyping and transgender status. The law also expanded Medicaid, which is the primary source of care for people living with HIV/AIDS. READ MORE.

DOJ Nixes Request to Halt Order Against Trans Student Protections

On the day after Jeff Sessions was sworn in as U.S. attorney general, the U.S. Justice Department has withdrawn its request to halt partially an order against Obama administration guidance protecting transgender students from school discrimination and assuring them to the restroom consistent with their gender identity. READ MORE.

Texas 'Bathroom Bill' May Pose Big Test for Sports Leagues

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas knows how to throw a party, and for the Super Bowl in Houston, a new 29-story luxury hotel with a rooftop pool shaped like a meandering "lazy river" is the kind of glitzy welcome mat that keeps big events coming back. But that status may soon be put to the test. READ MORE.

Trump Vows to Repeal Political Limits on Churches

WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring that religious freedom is "under threat," President Donald Trump vowed Feb. 2 to repeal a rarely enforced IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status. READ MORE.

Michigan DeVos Confirmed Despite Concerns Over Anti-LGBT Donations

Despite efforts from Senate Democrats and LGBT advocates to block the confirmation of Betsy Devos as education secretary, the U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed on Tuesday President Trump's pick to the head the Department of Education with no margin for dissent. READ MORE.

National Pence Dodges on Anti-LGBT 'Religious Freedom' Executive Order

Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday began an exchange on ABC's "This Week" with an effort to affirm support for LGBT people, but subsequently dodged on whether he thinks a religious freedom executive order is needed that could undermine LGBT rights.Pence said the Trump administration would reject discrimination under questioning from George Stephanopoulos about a White House statement affirming the president would leave intact an Obama-era executive order barring federal contractors from engaging in anti-LGBT workplace bias. READ MORE.

Ryan Cites Obama's LGBT Refugee Priority to Justify Trump Policy

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) justified the portion of President Trump's refugee policy that institutes a priority for religious minorities by asserting the Obama administration prioritized refugees facing anti-LGBT persecution -- an assertion one LGBT advocate says is totally wrong.Ryan made the comments Thursday during his weekly news briefing when defending Trump's controversial executive order, which has been criticized as a Muslim ban because it prohibits people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. READ MORE.

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