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The WNBA has announced the 2023 WNBA regular season schedule. Each team, including North Texas’ Dallas Wings, will play a total of 40 regular season games — 20 at home and 20 on the road — which is the most ever in a WNBA season.

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Gay Bar Owners Demand Hate Crimes Charges For Suspect in Brutal Attack
A violent attack on the owners of a gay bar in Connecticut resulted in one man needing dozens of stitches on his face, both victims being shaken up, and the local police department coming under scrutiny.Police in Norwalk arrested Carmen Parisi on Wednesday, alleging that he committed an assault at the gar bar Troupe429. The following day, he appeared in court, and prosecutors accused him of spouting homophobic slurs in addition to punching the victims in the September 23 incident, Connecticut's local NBC station WVIT reports. Although police have so far declined to consider the attack a hate crime, the victims' attorney is confident that the assault will be reclassified as one."We believe that once all of this comes to light, it will be evident that this was a hate crime," said attorney Stephanie Stich, noting one of her clients was hit in the face, and the other was punched in the throat by Parisi.Parisi's lawyer disputes that version of events, alleging that bar staff attacked their client after escorting him out.Parisi's arrest came after the bar's owners alleged that Norwalk police were not taking the assault seriously because they failed to investigate the attack as a hate crime.According to Norwalk police, who characterized it as an "isolated" altercation between intoxicated patrons and the owners, The Hour reports, it was not initially investigated as a hate crime.Lt.
Religious University Can Continue to Not Recognize LGBTQ Student Group For Now, SCOTUS Says
LGBTQ student organization for now, the Supreme Court said in a Friday evening order from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.A lower court had ordered Yeshiva University, a private Orthodox Jewish research school in New York City to recognize the student group, but Justice Sotomayor, who has jurisdiction over the Second Circuit, which includes Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, temporarily stayed that ruling, “pending further order,” as lower court and state court cases continue.“A New York state trial court ruled that as a public accommodation, Yeshiva was covered under the New York City Human Rights Law and required to provide the Pride Alliance the same access to facilities as dozens of other student groups,” The Washington Post reports. “The group said that means access to a classroom, bulletin boards and a club fair booth.”Yeshiva is an Orthodox institution, and the “Orthodox tradition only supports heterosexual relations and only within the context of heterosexual marriage,” the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has said.Well-known University of Texas School of Law Professor of law Steve Vladeck called Justice Sonomayor’s decision “surprising.”“Justice Sotomayor, acting by herself, has stayed a New York state trial court’s injunction that had ordered Yeshiva University to recognize an LGBTQ student group.
Exclusive: Doug Emhoff Will Meet With Gay and Transgender Kids Today
Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will host a virtual roundtable this afternoon when he will meet with LGBTQ+ high school students from across the country to learn how they feel about returning to school in the wake of widespread attacks on LGBTQ+ identity in classrooms.Young LGBTQ+ people have been the target of a coordinated right-wing attack for months to erase them and relegate them back into the closet.Today's meeting comes as Republican governors and legislatures have focused on banning subjects of conversation and books related to LGBTQ+ people and issues from schools and libraries around the country. Others have gone so far as to make gender-affirming medical health care access impossible with policies with which major medical associations disagree."The Second Gentleman felt compelled to hold a meeting with students following the passage of legislation in states that impacts the LGBTQ community, including the Don't Say Gay bill in Florida," a White House official tells The Advocate. The call will include trans and cis-gender youth from Florida, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, and California. Among these students are outspoken advocates of LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion, including some of those who led efforts against the Florida's "don't say gay" bill.The White House says the Second Gentleman is committed to ensuring students feel safe in schools.One of the young participants, Daniel, reacted to questions from The Advocate with excitement."I think it's important for young people to speak with political leaders, so they know exactly what we need and want from them at this time," Daniel, 17, said.
Twitter celebrates Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson amid major SCOTUS setbacks
It’s bee a rough couple of weeks in Supreme Court news, with conservative justices dominating rulings on issues from gun control to abortion rights to the fight against climate change.Just today, the court curbed the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to broadly regulate carbon emissions, and agreed to hear a case that could drastically change the way elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted, potentially jeopardizing election integrity.That being said, there is one major reason to pause and celebrate a SCOTUS development today — Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has officially been sworn in as the 116th Supreme Court justice and the first Black woman to serve on the high court.Related: Openly gay Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald is having none of Clarence Thomas’ B.S.Jackson replaces liberal now-former Justice Stephen Breyer, who stepped down from his position today.Her confirmation hearing, if you recall, was a GOP sideshow of epic proportions, making today’s swearing in all the more satisfying.While the conservative stronghold on the court won’t change with Jackson’s arrival, folks are still hailing the historic moment:The news we needed this week. Grateful for you #KetanjiBrownJackson!!!!!!— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 30, 2022Today we celebrate a monumental moment in history.