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Federal judge blocks Title IX protections for LGBTQ+ students in six more states

The preliminary injunction affects Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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.

Black transgender woman Starr Brown shot to death in Memphis. Her coworker has confessed to the killing

Brown was gunned down and left to die in her car by a coworker, according to police.

Anti-DEI laws are forcing universities to grapple with a mass exodus of LGBTQ+ professors: study

New Williams Institute study finds an alarming number of professors in higher education considering leaving their states or the profession because of Republican laws.

Tennessee parents beg judge not to release school shooter’s journals publicly

Whereas media organizations are advocating for the public’s right to know, families of victims and others are urging the judge not to release Audrey Hale’s writings.

5 questions for the 4 new queens of 'We're Here'

Season 4 stars Jaida Essence Hall, Sasha Velour, Priyanka, and Latrice Royale talk about what life is really like for LGBTQ+ folks in small town America — and why it's important to keep fighting extremist opposition.

Terrorist threat stops Nashville disc golf tournament with transgender player

Somebody threatened violence against Natalie Ryan over her participation in the 2024 Music City Open.

Tennessee Senate passes bill making 'recruiting' for trans youth care a felony

The bill could have far ranging impacts in Tennessee and outside of the state, and could be broadly used to target health care professionals across state lines.

Tennessee bill permitting anti-LGBTQ+ foster and adoptee parents passes House

Critics contend LGBTQ+ children could be placed in homes hostile to their sexual and gender identity.

Tennessee bill would permit anti-LGBTQ+ foster and adoptee parents

Critics say the bill opens to the door to unsafe homes for LGBTQ+ children.

Trans chaplain speaks to Tennessee legislature as Republicans try to erase people like her

Dahron Johnson told The Advocate why the speaking engagement was significant and what she hoped it did for transgender people’s representation amid Republican attacks on trans lives.

16 Republican AGs threaten Maine over protections for trans care and abortion

Sixteen state attorneys general say they may sue if Maine passes a law shielding providers of gender-affirming care and abortion from out-of-state legal action.

California Sen. Laphonza Butler reads Audre Lorde in protest of GOP book banning

Butler, the first Black lesbian in the U.S. Senate, read an excerpt from Sister Outsider to her colleagues Thursday to make a point about the power of breaking silence.

Tennessee GOP quietly overturns marriage equality by giving officials the right to refuse

Public officials in Tennessee can now refuse to grant a marriage license to anyone at their own discretion, for any reason.

Allison Russell speaks out after Tennessee Republicans' snub: 'Pretty blatant'

Instead of focusing on the "blatant" behavior of state Republicans, Allison Russell says "we need to motivate, encourage, and empower the voters in Tennessee to show up at the polls."

DOJ sues Tennessee over HIV-related discrimination in anti-sex work law

The Justice Department says that the state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Far-right extremists manipulated and deceived queer folks to create anti-transgender film: report

Uncovering how The War on Children filmmakers Robby and Landon Starbuck used manipulation and misinformation to target the LGBTQ+ community.

Tennessee Republicans pass bill allowing marriage discrimination toward same-sex couples

Despite marriage equality being the law of the land with significant support, the GOP continues to try to legislate LGBTQ+ people out of society.

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.

Alabama can enforce law criminalizing gender-affirming care, court rules

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill into law in 2022, and it was the subject of a lawsuit almost immediately.