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Guess which state finally got around to decriminalizing homosexuality in the year 2022

Which U.S. state finally removed archaic anti-homosexuality laws from its crime code just this week? Place your bets now!If you had your money on good ole’ Penn state, you’re today’s big winner! It turns out that even as gay marriage was being legalized and anti-sodomy laws were being struck down across the country, Pennsylvania still had a law on the books criminalizing any and all depictions of homosexuality.Specifically, the cited entry in the crime code forbade the “sale, rental, distribution, exhibition, publication, lending, giving away or showing of obscene and other sexual material,” including homosexual material (which was deemed “patently offensive”).

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Trans Swimmer Lia Thomas Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
Lia Thomas has been nominated for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award by her alma mater. In March, Thomas became the first transgender woman to win a Division 1 title, where she won in the Women’s 500-yard freestyle event.As the first trans NCAA champion in Division I history, Thomas quickly became the face of the ongoing backlash against transgender athletes’ participation in sports — specifically the participation of trans women. Beyond elite competition, the controversy continues to intensify throughout the country — over the past year, 10 states have passed anti-trans legislation banning trans student-athletes from competing in categories that align with their gender identities.“I knew there would be scrutiny against me if I competed as a woman,” Thomas told JuJu Chang on Good Morning America in May. “But I also don’t need anybody’s permission to be myself and to do the sport that I love.”Thomas began her medical transition in 2019, following the NCAA requirements of completing at least one year of hormone therapy prior to competing in women’s sports categories.In her conversation with Chang, the Ivy League swimmer set the record straight on her reason for transitioning, debunking the ludicrous claim that she did so in order to have an “advantage” while competing.Thomas recalled that her swimming career was actually what kept her from transitioning in the first place.“Trans people don’t transition for athletics,” she emphasized.