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(Reuters) - Transgender people in North Carolina can use any public restroom in state-run buildings that conforms with their gender identity under a U.S. court settlement approved on Tuesday, in the latest turn of a long-running dispute that divided the state. The settlement, which overturns part of a state law, ends a three-year legal fight by transgender people in North Carolina seeking the right to use the bathroom of their gender identity. A 2016 North Carolina law, known as...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is suing to block the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee from obtaining his state tax returns, Bloomberg TV reported on Tuesday. New York passed a law earlier this month that would allow the state to give Congress access to Trump’s tax returns. Source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and U.S. congressional leaders said on Monday they reached a deal on a two-year extension of the debt limit and federal spending caps through Sept. 30, 2021. “I am pleased to announce that a deal has been struck with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy,” Trump said on Twitter. Schumer and Pelosi promptly issued a statement confirming...

en.kremlin.ru In a lengthy sit-down interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin, award-winning director Oliver Stone said that a widely-criticized Russian law designed to keep pro-LGBTQ material away from minors seems «sensible.»The law, put into place in 2013, in theory only bans «propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors.» In practice, however, it has been used to justify a broader crackdown on...

SOS Mediterranee announced on Sunday that it is restarting its migrant rescue mission in partnership with the NGO Doctors without Borders. The mission is going at sea off the coast of Libya with SOS Mediterranee's new ship, the Ocean Viking, a "more robust, faster and younger" ship replacing the Aquarius rescue boat. "We set sail again and travel to the central Mediterranean to continue our life-saving mission", the organisation said in a statement. The Aquarius sailed between February 2016 and December...

A man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has launched a legal challenge against the anti-gay laws of Dominica. In the country, sodomy is illegal for both heterosexual and homosexual men. If convicted, a person can face between five and 25 years in prison, depending on their age. And if the court sees fit, the offender can also be sent for psychiatric treatment. According to Reuters, supporters are hoping that if the ban is lifted, it could create a momentum that sees...

A gay lawyer and politician hoping to become Tunisia's next president says there has been a mostly “positive” reaction to his campaign — even though the Muslim country remains bound by colonial-era anti-LGBT laws. Mounir Baatour, president of the country’s Liberal Party, says he will stand in November’s election to replace ailing 92-year-old, Beji Caid Essebsi. He has already collected well over the necessary 10,000 signatures. Although the party remains on the fringes of Tunisian politics, his candidacy itself is a...

A Trump administration lawyer who is in charge of a civil rights division had multiple run-ins with the law for his aggressive protests for Christian conservative causes and harassment of women. Matt Bowman is a Christian conservative extremist, and he also happens to be one of the top lawyers in Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. Mother Jones reports that he was arrested multiple times from 1996 to 2002 for harassing women while protesting hospitals where he...

The Polish newspaper Gazeta Polska is under fire after it was revealed that it would distribute ‘LGBT-free zone’ stickers in its next edition, which is due to be published on 24 July. The stickers show the rainbow flag, but with a black cross superimposed over it. The move was criticised by many, including the United States Ambassador for Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, who wrote on Facebook: “I am disappointed and concerned that some groups use stickers to promote hatred and intolerance. We...

The University of Basilicata has joined several other academic institutes in Italy in allowing transgender students to self-identify on official documents. The University will also allow them to use their preferred pronouns and chosen name. The measure, known as carriera alias, means that trans students who have not yet gender transitioned will still be correctly identified, and it is hoped this will lead to a more positive academic experience for them. However, although trans students will be correctly identified on all...

Brussels unveiled new measures on Wednesday intended to toughen its response to backsliding concerning rule of law in some EU countries. The European Union (EU) has clashed with Romania, Poland and Hungary in recent years over alleged breaches. The core measure will be annual reports on the state of the rule of law in each state, which the European Commission says will help identify problems earlier. In a similar vein, it will further develop the EU Justice Scoreboard — a tool measuring...

A magazine in Poland is going to be distributing “LGBT-free zone” stickers to their readers. Gazeta Polska is a far-right nationalist weekly magazine in Poland that supports the Law and Justice Party, which is anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant. The magazine said that it will be distributing stickers that say “LGBT-FREE ZONE” and show a rainbow flag with an “X” through it in next week’s issue. Pavel Rabiej, deputy president of Warsaw and a centrist, said on Twitter that he would file a complaint...

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France — which last summer fined Russia $2 billion for two decades of human rights abuses — has ordered Vladimir Putin’s government to cough up another $41K to three nonprofit LGBTQ groups. One of those groups is Sochi Pride House, an arm of Pride House International, whose aim was to provide a welcoming place for LGBTQ athletes and fans attending the 2014 Olympic Games, and to combat homophobia in sports....

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren released a series of policies on Thursday aimed at regulating the financial industry, including a plan to overhaul the private-equity industry. “We need to shut down the Wall Street giveaways and rein in the financial industry so it stops sucking money out of the rest of the economy,” Warren said in a post on Medium.com announcing her proposal. The U.S. senator from Massachusetts has been a relentless critic...

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Pass the popcorn! Love, Simon, is the first teen movie with a gay protagonist to be released wide by a major studio, but it is...

The 2018 Oscars race has begun. The trailer for the gay conversion drama, Boy Erased, is finally here, and grab some tissues because it is...