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US Case of Monkeypox Reported in Massachusetts Man

US Case of Monkeypox Reported in Massachusetts Man

By Mike Stobbe | May 18, 2022

Massachusetts on Wednesday reported a rare case of monkeypox in a man who recently traveled to Canada, and health officials are looking into whether it is connected to small outbreaks in Europe.

Gay Student Says School Stopping Run for Student Leadership

Gay Student Says School Stopping Run for Student Leadership

May 18, 2022

A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president.

In Midwestern Schools, LGBTQ Teachers Face Discrimination, Hate and Their Own Fears

In Midwestern Schools, LGBTQ Teachers Face Discrimination, Hate and Their Own Fears

May 18, 2022

Many schools in the Midwest are places where queer and trans educators cannot thrive and do their jobs without fear or hesitation.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee Bathroom Signage Law

Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee Bathroom Signage Law

By Jonathan Mattise | May 18, 2022

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Tennessee's first-of-its-kind law requiring businesses to post special signs if they allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.

Watch: Drag Queen Crowned Prom King at Indiana High School

Watch: Drag Queen Crowned Prom King at Indiana High School

By Emell Adolphus | May 17, 2022

An Indiana high school class crowned a student in drag as prom king, and the results couldn't have been more fierce.

Ky. Middle School Asks Kids to Explain Why Being Gay is 'Wrong' in Homework Assignment

Ky. Middle School Asks Kids to Explain Why Being Gay is 'Wrong' in Homework Assignment

By Emell Adolphus | May 17, 2022

A homework assignment at the Christian Academy of Louisville in Kentucky reportedly asked students to tell an imaginary friend why "homosexuality will not bring them satisfaction."

Press Secretary Hopes Her Rise Helps Kids 'Dream Bigger'

Press Secretary Hopes Her Rise Helps Kids 'Dream Bigger'

By Darlene Superville | May 17, 2022

Karine Jean-Pierre, the new White House press secretary, hopes she can inspire young people to "dream big and dream bigger" now that she has broken a barrier by becoming the first Black and gay woman to be chief spokesperson for the president of the U.S.

Starbucks to Cover Travel Costs for Employees Seeking Gender Confirmation, Abortion

Starbucks to Cover Travel Costs for Employees Seeking Gender Confirmation, Abortion

By Michelle Chapman and Dee-Ann Durbin | May 17, 2022

Starbucks said Monday it will pay the travel expenses for U.S. employees to access abortion and gender-confirmation procedures if those services aren't available within 100 miles of a worker's home.

US Deaths from COVID Hit 1 Million, Less than 2 1/2 Years in

US Deaths from COVID Hit 1 Million, Less than 2 1/2 Years in

By Carla K. Johnson | May 16, 2022

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration.

Buttigieg Sends $5B to Cities for Safety as Road Deaths Soar

Buttigieg Sends $5B to Cities for Safety as Road Deaths Soar

By Hope Yen | May 16, 2022

With upcoming data showing traffic deaths soaring, the Biden administration is steering $5 billion in federal aid to cities and localities to address the growing crisis.

Shoppers, Guard Among 10 Dead in Buffalo Supermarket Attack

Shoppers, Guard Among 10 Dead in Buffalo Supermarket Attack

By Carolyn Thompson | May 15, 2022

Shoppers out on a weekend afternoon and a retired police officer working as a security guard were among the 10 shot and killed at a Buffalo supermarket by a white teenager who authorities say was motivated by racial hatred.

Abortion Rights Backers Rally in Anger over Post-Roe Future

Abortion Rights Backers Rally in Anger over Post-Roe Future

By Ashraf Khalil and David Sharp | May 15, 2022

Abortion rights supporters demonstrating at hundreds of marches and rallies Saturday expressed their outrage that the Supreme Court appears prepared to scrap the constitutional right to abortion that has endured for nearly a half-century.

As Musk Buyout Looms, Twitter Searches for its Soul

As Musk Buyout Looms, Twitter Searches for its Soul

By Barbara Ortutay | May 15, 2022

For Elon Musk, its ultimate troll and perhaps most prolific user whose buyout of the company is on increasingly shaky ground, Twitter is a "de facto town square" in dire need of a libertarian makeover.

Transgender Medication Law in Alabama Blocked by Judge

Transgender Medication Law in Alabama Blocked by Judge

By Kim Chandler | May 15, 2022

A federal judge on Friday blocked part of an Alabama law that made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors.

Clarence Thomas Says Abortion Leak Has Changed Supreme Court

Clarence Thomas Says Abortion Leak Has Changed Supreme Court

By Jessica Gresko | May 14, 2022

Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade.

Sandy Hook Lawsuits Against Alex Jones on Track to Resume

Sandy Hook Lawsuits Against Alex Jones on Track to Resume

May 14, 2022

The Sandy Hook families' lawsuits against Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for calling the 2012 Newtown school shooting a hoax appear poised to resume soon.

Mixed Texas Ruling Allows Trans Youth Parent Investigations

Mixed Texas Ruling Allows Trans Youth Parent Investigations

May 13, 2022

The Texas Supreme Court allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that was among the first contacted by child welfare officials following an order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbot.

Ezra Miller Argues with Police in Newly Released Footage

Ezra Miller Argues with Police in Newly Released Footage

By Emell Adolphus | May 12, 2022

The video was taken during Miller's arrest March 2022.

Lawmakers in Louisiana Strive to Resurrect Florida-Style 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Lawmakers in Louisiana Strive to Resurrect Florida-Style 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

By Kilian Melloy | May 12, 2022

A Louisiana bill modeled after Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law was too extreme for lawmakers, who shot it down — but the bill's sponsors are trying to resurrect the measure.

Mario Batali Acquittal Underscores Perils of #MeToo Cases

Mario Batali Acquittal Underscores Perils of #MeToo Cases

By Philip Marcelo | May 12, 2022

Nearly five years into the #MeToo era, former prosecutors, legal experts and victims' advocates say prosecuting sexual misconduct cases has proven to be no easier than before the reckoning that ignited a firestorm of accusations against powerful men.

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