Stories tagged: "LGBTQ"

Rainbow-colored lights shine on the White House to celebrate the US Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Senate Passes Bill to Protect Same-Sex and Interracial Marriage

The Respect for Marriage Act does not require states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but it does require states that ban same-sex marriages to recognize these marriages as long as the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed.

TOPSHOT - A commuity members silhouette is seen through a Pride flag while paying their respects to the victims of the mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 20, 2022. - At least five people were killed and 18 wounded in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in the US city of Colorado Springs, police said on November 20, 2022. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)
Mass Shooting at Gay Nightclub in Colorado Follows Surge of Right-Wing Rhetoric and Threats Targeting LGBTQ Community

As Republican lawmakers and right-wing media figures have singled out the LGBTQ community with hateful rhetoric, children’s hospitals have faced bomb threats, armed extremist groups have targeted drag-related events, and LGBTQ individuals have been assaulted and now murdered in a mass shooting that left five dead.

A home along Pennsylvania Avenue, in Lovettsville, Va., displays a fence painted in the colors of the gay-pride rainbow flag, on Oct. 4, 2021. About 20 neighbors showed up to help the owners, Kris Consaul and Sheryl Frye, when they decided on the paint scheme in 2020 as a way to support the town's LGBT youth when young people were isolated at home in the pandemic. The fence has become a showpiece, delighting many neighbors. But in the 2020 campaign, a pro-Trump parade of vehicles diverted off the main street to blast car horns at their property. (AP Photo/Cal Woodward)
Coming Out: What If That Was Up To Virginia Teachers?

What if coming out to families wasn't a choice, but instead up to Virginia teachers? Gov. Glenn Youngkin weighed in on the issue in a recent interview.

Ettinger: The LGBTQ Community Needs More Than One Month of Support

BLACKSBURG-As we celebrate the LGBTQ community during Pride Month, it's important to recognize the fight for equality doesn't end on June 30.

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2020 Has Been a Revolutionary Year for LGBTQ Protections in Virginia. Here’s What Changed.

Laws that took effect in Virginia on Wednesday have made tremendous strides toward equality, including allowing a third gender marker on driver’s licenses, updating hate crime laws, and removing the state ban on same-sex marriages and unions. On June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

A Segregationist Tried to Derail Civil Rights. He Got Today’s Supreme Court Decision Instead.

A racist congressman from Virginia tried to stop the Civil Rights Act, but 56 years later his amendment got more legal protections for LGBTQ Americans. In a landmark decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination. The ruling has been a long time coming in the fight for...