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Meet the gay man who will be Tennessee's first out LGBTQ+ school board member

Zach Young is running unopposed for his seat in the state's third district, solidifying his spot in history.

Mississippi Republicans fail to pass trans bathroom ban and law defining sex

Republican lawmakers could not come to an agreement on two bills before their deadline.

Anti-LGBTQ+ laws lead to 'public health crisis' with higher suicide rates among queer youth

Ninety percent of LGBTQ+ youth said their well-being has been negatively impacted by recent politics, according to a new survey from The Trevor Project.

Over 90% of trans youth live in states pushing anti-trans legislation: report

Ninety-three percent of transgender youth ages 13 to 17 — approximately 280,300 children — live in states that have considered or enacted laws restricting their rights.

Nonbinary 17-year-old killed two years after being reported missing

River Nevaeh Goddard was reported missing in April 2022, when they were 15 years old.

Kentucky couldn't pass a single anti-LGBTQ+ bill this session — and it's not alone

"It’s clear that the anti-LGBTQ+ agenda is starting to fail, both in Kentucky and across the country."

An Owasso High School graduate is exposing anti-LGBTQ+ bullying after Nex Benedict's death

In the wake of transgender Indigenous teen Nex Benedict's death, a graduate of Owasso High School is accusing the administration of failing to prevent bullying.

Thousands of paper hearts flood Idaho capital as lawmakers pass anti-LGBTQ+ bills

The 48,000 paper hearts represented the 48,000 LGBTQ+ people living in Idaho.

Elliot Page, Allison Russell & Mae Martin among 400+ artists bashing 'destructive' anti-trans laws

Carly Rae Jepsen, Elliot Page,and Mae Martin are among over 400 celebrities that have signed a letter opposing to the rise of anti-LGBTQ+ laws in Canada.

Trans Latina woman fighting to shut down ICE facilities honored with human rights award

Arely Westley, this year's recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, tells The Advocate about this "crucial moment" in time for queer and immigrant communities.

Anti-LGBTQ+ bills in Alabama’s legislature threaten youth and undermine one gay teen's legacy, critics say

“If these bills go into play, what was I actually fighting for?” said a mother of a gay teen who died by suicide. “We all deserve protection. We all deserve to feel comfortable. We all deserve to feel love."

79% of American workers say anti-LGBTQ+ laws impact where they move: report

As 4 out of 5 U.S. workers say anti-LGBTQ+ laws affects where they relocate, inclusion is just "smart business practice," according to a new study by nonprofit Out & Equal.

Candis Cayne is tackling 'mind-boggling' transphobic laws through humor (exclusive)

Transgender trailblazers Candis Cayne and Danna Davis recently told The Advocate about their new production company, Mary, It's Mary Productions, and all the upcoming projects you won't want to miss.

Kentucky's first transgender elected official wants you to get involved in local politics

Rebecca Blankenship recently spoke to The Advocate about how LGBTQ+ people can fight back against state legislatures' attacks on the community.

Experts say that gender-affirming care bans amount to 'abuse.' Why won't lawmakers listen?

Despite medical professionals insisting bans on gender-affirming care for minors “amount to state-sanctioned medical neglect and emotional abuse," politicians won't relent.

285 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in state legislatures already this year and it's still January

This follows a year in which more than 550 were introduced and more than 80 passed into law.

Trans People Continue to Be Murdered at Extreme Rates as Republicans Push Transphobic Laws

The Human Rights Campaign released its annual report on Transgender Day of Remembrance, highlighting the disproporionate violence transgender and gender nonconforming people face.

Idaho's Transgender Bathroom Ban to Take Effect After Judge's Ruling

The law will take effect next month.

Florida's Transgender Bathroom Ban Challenged in Court by Group of Activists Ahead of March

The group of activists will be in Orlando for a march in support of trans youth in the state.

North Carolina Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto of 3 Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills

The bills, restricting trans health care, trans sports participation, and LGBTQ+ content in schools, now become law immediately.