Former Islamic State families face hate from returning home neighbors

RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Marwa Ahmad rarely leaves her dilapidated home in the Syrian city of Raqqa. The single mother of four says people look at her askance and refuse to offer her a job, while her children are harassed and beaten at school. She and her children are paying the price, she says, because … Read more

Jill Biden’s scintillating state dinner dress revived a first lady tradition

Comment this story Commentary It’s just a fact: When the French come over for dinner, you should probably step up the glamour. And when those friends are France’s first couple, one of them a true fashion icon, a favorite of the Paris celebrity magazine press — a little extra shine becomes even more imperative. On … Read more

Davante Lewis becomes Louisiana’s first openly LGBTQ person elected to state government

With his upset victory Saturday in the Public Utility Commission, Davante Lewis became the first openly LGBTQ person elected to statewide office in Louisiana. She is also the first openly LGBTQ Black person elected in the state’s history. “I think it’s important that our elected officials start to reflect the real people of our state,” … Read more

In California, 10 percent of the state legislature identifies as LGBTQ

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — While LGBTQ candidates and their supporters celebrated several historic victories across the country in this year’s midterm electionsCalifornia quietly caught up: At least 10 percent of its state legislators publicly identify as LGBTQ, believed to be a first for any US legislature. California lawmakers, all Democrats, are proud of their success, … Read more

The Respect Marriage Act may prompt more state action to protect the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Respect Marriage Act has passed both houses of Congress and awaits President Joe Biden’s signature. As KDKA-TV political editor Jon Delano explains, supporters hope this new federal law will prompt Pennsylvania to enact its own legislation on marriage equality and other rights. In two cases, Loving and Obergefell, the United States … Read more

State Board of Education to vet Hillsborough and others on LGBTQ policies

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida State Board of Education is meeting next week to discuss whether 10 school districts, including Miami-Dade, Broward and hillsborough counties — are carrying out the state’s parental rights law, which has become a political lightning rod at local school board meetings and in national politics in recent years. The Florida Department … Read more

Michigan church sues state over newly added LGBTQ civil rights

It was in July 2023 that the Michigan Supreme Court decided to add additional protections to prevent discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Sufficient amendments have been made to the Larsen Civil Rights Act. All Employers and companies are strictly prohibited from discriminating against any employee for this reason. To ensure compliance with … Read more

LGBTQ mental health gets push from Biden amid red state attacks

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LGBTQ suicide prevention efforts are in line for funding increases from the Biden administration as conservative state lawmakers launch legislative and policy attacks that health experts say compromise queer and transgender mental health. The Department of Health and Human Services distributed nearly $110 million in October Y November for the non-profit organization Vibrant Emotional Health … Read more

Michigan church sues state over LGBTQ civil rights protections

(WXMI) — A Michigan church is suing the state over protections added to the state’s civil rights statute this summer. In July, the Michigan Supreme Court added protections for sexual orientation and gender identity to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, prohibiting employers and businesses from discriminating against someone on that basis. On Monday, St. Joseph … Read more

Jackson leads the state in the Municipal Equality Index for LGBTQ services and laws

Jackson once again scored the highest in Mississippi on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. The index rates municipal policies, laws and services that affect the LGBTQ+ community. The 2022 Municipal Equality Index has been released as hostility towards LGBTQ+ people across the country has steadily increased. The state capital dipped from a score … Read more

California state senator says anti-LGBT rhetoric is responsible for bomb threat

California State Senator Scott Wiener (D) blames inflammatory rhetoric and hate speech spread by right-wing officials and media personalities for violence against the LGBTQ community that included a bomb threat Tuesday at his home. A person using the name Zamina Tataro in an email sent early Tuesday morning to The banner of San Francisco said … Read more

Cities adopting more LGBTQ policies amid ‘divisive’ state legislation

Cities and municipalities are adopting more LGBTQ-inclusive laws, policies and services even as more LGBTQ legislation is considered at the state level, according to a recent report by the Human Rights Campaign. What’s new: the organization Annual Municipal Equality Indexwhich rates cities’ laws, policies and municipal services based on how inclusive they are for LGBTQ … Read more

Women’s College Basketball Power Rankings: Ohio State advances to top 5

get complete details of Women’s College Basketball Power Rankings: Ohio State advances to top 5 from here, checkout more details. The ACC/Big Ten Challenge came to a close after a 15-season run this year, and it came out with an absolute bang. Four matchups in the final iteration of the challenge pitted ranked teams against … Read more

Women’s College Basketball: Techsters at Alcorn State

get complete details of Women’s College Basketball: Techsters at Alcorn State from here, checkout more details. Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications The Louisiana Tech women’s basketball team survived a season-high 24 turnovers to extend their non-conference regular season winning streak to 18 games with a 70-59 win over Alcorn State inside Thomas Assembly Center on Saturday … Read more

Stringer Honored, No. 4 Ohio State Women Defeat Rutgers 82-70 | Colleague

get complete details of Stringer Honored, No. 4 Ohio State Women Defeat Rutgers 82-70 | Colleague from here, checkout more details. PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — With Rutgers in the running for No. 4 Ohio State, Rebeka Mikulasikova and Taylor Mikesell wouldn’t let the Buckeyes lose. Mikulasikova scored a career-high 31 points and Taylor Mikesell added … Read more

Texas Elects Three Openly LGBTQ Black State Legislators

AUSTIN — The number of blacks LGBTQ state legislators in Texas is about to triple. In May, Yolanda Jones become the state’s first openly gay and black state legislator when he won a close special election to represent Houston in the Texas House of Representatives. His Republican opponent then dropped out of the race. Then … Read more