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HERO opponents try to bar gay jurors in trial

Opponents of Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance sought to keep LGBT people off the jury that's hearing their lawsuit aimed at repealing the measure as the trial over the measure opened this week.    READ MORE »

Supporters want war over ‘religious freedom’ bills

The controversy over "religious freedom" legislation at the State Capitol erupted into dueling press conferences on Wednesday, with supporters urging religious followers to wage war to get the bills passed.    READ MORE »

Saks backs down from anti-trans legal rhetoric

Saks Fifth Avenue backed away from its argument that a trans woman it fired isn't protected against discrimination under federal law, a claim that embroiled the company in controversy.    READ MORE »

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Food truck for equality coming to town near you

Whether it’s a staple of your gay bear diet, or it’s your go-to cheat after the gym, we love a BLT. As it happens, we love our LGBT too of course. Put the two together and be ready for the BLgT Truck this summer.    READ MORE »

The new gay poppers are deliriously risky

Gay men using poppers to heighten euphoria and loosen, um, inhibitions is nothing new. But side effects of products now marketed as poppers go beyond black boogers and a few dead brain cells.    READ MORE »

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Texas senator wants to unravel LGBT protections

A anti-gay Republican state senator from Dallas has filed a bill that would prohibit cities from passing or enforcing LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances.    READ MORE »

New effort to help homeless gay Houston youth

A coalition of groups across Harris County – led by the gay Montrose Center – launched an effort to end homelessness among LGBT youth in the next five years.    READ MORE »

Fight against ‘religious freedom’ bills heats up

The brewing fight over anti-gay "religious freedom" bills at the State Capitol turned into a brawl as opponents argued the sponsors of the proposals are siding with people who abuse women and children.    READ MORE »

Atlanta to anti-gay ex fire chief: You’re a liar

The City of Atlanta fired back at its former fire chief, calling him a liar for alleging in a federal complaint that he was fired for religious beliefs and not for breaking city policies.    READ MORE »

Georgia’s anti-gay Hater in Chief is back

That Cobb County Sunday school teacher filled to the brim with homophobia is back, this time to lobby lawmakers to pass a bill so her anti-gay religious shenanigans are protected by law.    READ MORE »

Ex-fire chief files federal complaint over firing

Atlanta's ousted fire chief, fired over breaching city policies through his anti-gay book, filed a federal complaint against the city, alleging he was discriminated against because of his religion.    READ MORE »

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HERO trial could deliver big win before it starts

A jury trial in the lawsuit aimed at repealing HERO was slated to begin this week, but first a judge must rule on several motions, including one that could put an end to the trial before it begins.    READ MORE »

Attorney General: Put Ga. marriage case on hold

Attorney General Sam Olens, no fan of gay marriage or the Supreme Court's actions on it, wants to punt the legal challenge to Georgia's gay marriage ban until after the high court rules on other marriage cases.    READ MORE »

Gay activists fight ‘religious freedom’ bills

LGBT activists in Atlanta continue to go on offense against "religious freedom" proposals, launching a coalition to fight them and a petition to lobby lawmakers.    READ MORE »

Does HIV status really not matter in 2015?

Of all the gay debate in matters of HIV, the most tongue waggable of the year so far may be that, if you know what you’re doing, your sex partner’s HIV status weighs little to none on your future with the disease.    READ MORE »

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Petition seeks anti-trans charter amendment

Not satisfied with efforts to repeal Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, one anti-LGBT activist is calling for a charter amendment to ban transgender protections in the city.    READ MORE »

Ex-Atlanta fire chief: God inflicted my suffering

Like a scolded child, former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran keeps placing the blame for his firing on everyone but him and is ratcheting up his rhetoric to this: God made me do it.    READ MORE »

Creepy cleric says it all about ‘religious liberty’

When it comes to God and gays, the days of accepting bigotry disguised as religion are over for LGBT Southerners. Enter the era of straight allies like Atlanta cartoonist Mike Luckovich amplifying our cries.    READ MORE »

Trans candidate: Gay leader showed me ‘no respect’

After narrowly missing a runoff for Houston City Council in 2013, Jenifer Rene Pool hoped 2015 would be her year as she tries to make history by becoming first trans elected official in Texas.    READ MORE »

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Help a gay Atlanta photographer battling cancer

A transplant to Atlanta who has become part of the city’s gay nightlife fabric shooting for Project Q and other outlets is asking her photo subjects for help after a critical uterine cancer diagnosis.    READ MORE »