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Adult LGBTQ+ role models are instrumental to queer youth's mental health. Here's how

Two-thirds of LGBTQ+ young people (67 percent) report having at least one older LGBTQ+ adult role model in their day-to-day lives. Here's why that's important.

Molly Cook, Texas's first out LGBTQ+ state senator, is ready to make change (exclusive)

The emergency room nurse and grassroots organizer will advocate for both incremental and revolutionary change.

Denying gender-affirming care coverage violates federal law, says appeals court

The 11th Circuit made the ruling in the case of Houston County, Ga., sheriff's deputy Anna Lange.

Gay couple sues NYC over 'discriminatory' denial of IVF benefits

The suit says straight couples and lesbians qualify for coverage, but gay male couples are routinely denied benefits in violation of federal law.

Lesbian and bisexual women live shorter lives than straight women. Here's why

Lesbian and bisexual women have a staggeringly lower life expectancy compared to their straight peers, a new study found.

RFK Jr. attacks gender-affirming care for minors while admitting he has brain worms. Really.

In a very real development, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is attacking transgender youth’s access to health care while admitting that a parasite has eaten part of his brain.

North Carolina and West Virginia can't deny trans health care: federal appeals court

The bans for state employees and Medicaid recipients, respectively, are unconstitutional, the Fourth Circuit ruled.

Walmart will close all of its health care clinics; most are in rural areas

The closures may leave a gap in health care access, particularly for lower-income patients without insurance who relied on the centers.

New study finds inadequate response to mpox outbreak

A similarly negative GAO report spurred out U.S. Rep. Ritchie Torres to introduce legislation overhauling the federal response to future outbreaks.

Meet the LGBTQ+ celebrities and activists TIME called the Most Influential People of 2024

From actors to activists, TIME is honoring some of the LGBTQ+ people who have changed the world.

Ohio court temporarily blocks ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth

The temporary restraining order is short-lived, but advocates are pushing to have the ban struck down permanently.

Many trans Americans are living in fear. But LGBTQ+ advocates see a reprieve in statehouses

The number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills being signed into law has shifted in the last year, leaving advocates feeling “cautiously optimistic” over a turning of the legislative tide.

Supreme Court lets Idaho enforce law criminalizing gender-affirming care for minors

The state can enforce it against all state residents except those who sued to challenge it, the high court ruled Monday.

Limited gender markers add hurdles for nonbinary people

While there has been progress in creating inclusive identity markers on the federal level, some states have tried to restrict ID choices.

Vatican condemns gender-affirming surgery as threatening ‘unique dignity’ of a person

The document, which also goes after abortion and surrogacy, was approved by Pope Francis, who has had a mixed record on LGBTQ+ rights support.

LGBTQ+ adults face discrimination in health care settings: survey

They are twice as likely to report discrimination or unfair treatment as straight and cisgender people, according to KFF.

Michigan governor signs act to decriminalize paid surrogacy contracts

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer described the act as a “package of common sense,” at an event in Royal Oak, Michigan. “It’s to protect families born under IVF, and to ensure LGBTQ plus parents are treated equally.”

Republican anti-Obamacare "healthcare freedom" amendment in Ohio may help overturn trans ban

In a new lawsuit filed by the ACLU, attorneys argue that a constitutional amendment promoted by Republicans in 2011 against the Affordable Care Act may actually overturn a trans health care ban.

Listen to Dr. Levine: Take syphilis seriously

Dr. Rachel Levine, the transgender Assistant Secretary for Health, has a warning everyone in our community should heed.

Republican anti-LGBTQ+ legislation bad for mental health and quality of life: survey

New research from Data for Progress highlights the negative effects of these bills and the desire for supportive environments.