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The United States of America touts itself as a land of opportunity and a cultural melting pot, but the USA has a long history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination. While the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in June 2015, many states in America still allow employers to fire someone for being LGBTQ and parents to send their LGBTQ children to harmful "conversion therapy". Nevertheless, the USA news isn't all bad. Though many US states could do more to protect LGBTQ people, many state and federal judges, city governments and businesses have begun pursuing policies to protect LGBTQ rights. Plus, American media has generally incorporated more LGBTQ characters into TV, film and even video games — media that ends up being distributed worldwide. But US media still has a long way to go for true inclusivity, especially for women, bisexual and transgender people, people with disabilities, Black people and other people of color.  
Photography
The New York Public Library’s LGBTQ Archives Are a Treasure Trove of Queer Vintage Photos

Queer parties, protests and trans women who started the Stonewall Riots are all hiding in the New York Public Library’s massive photo archive.

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Culture
It’s Been 241 Years Since the First Man Was Thrown Out of the Army for Being Gay

George Washington himself wrote the report, and approved a sentence of exile from the U.S. Army

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Editors' Picks
‘Bud Sex’ Is What Some Straight Guys Call Having Sex With Each Other

A sociology doctorate recently interviewed 19 men from white, conservative, rural areas about ‘bud-sex’, a heterosexual way of having gay sex.

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News
A Canadian Man Was Denied Entry to America Over a Gay Hookup App

U.S. Customs and Border Protection denied a Canadian man entry to the United States due to his profiles on a gay hookup app and a cruising website

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Hornet City Guides
The Hornet Guide to Gay Washington, D.C.

With plenty of historical sites and great gay bars, gay Washington, D.C., is a huge draw for history buffs and nightlife-seekers alike

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News
New Study Reveals Which U.S. States Are the Queerest (Infographic)

A new Gallup poll examines the percentage of adults who identify as LGBT by state. The number is increasing across the country.

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News
Hawaii’s Speaker of the House Just Introduced a Bill to Legalize Prostitution

Joseph Souki, Hawaii’s Speaker, has introduced a bill that would decriminalize prostitution and make it legal to pay for sex

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News
This Arkansas Senator Just Introduced a Bill to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

Sen. Jason Rapert of the southern state just introduced a bill to add a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in all 50 states

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News
Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary, We’re All Doomed

Betsy DeVos was just confirmed to lead the Department of Education. That’s bad news for all of us, but especially for LGBTQ kids.

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Gay Seattle Tattoo Shop Owner Targeted with Pro-Trump Death Threat

A gay tattoo shop owner in Seattle received an anti-gay, pro-Trump threat last November promising to “make America straight again.”

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