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A federal judge in North Carolina has approved a consent decree that enshrines the right of transgender individuals to use bathrooms that match their gender identities in North Carolina public buildings.

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The 38th annual Columbus Pride Festival takes place this weekend in and around downtown. 

The Vatican department charged with overseeing Catholic education released an extensive document Monday decrying what it calls a "crisis" on whether gender can be an individual choice rather than being set by God or biology.

The document describes a culture-wide "disorientation" that serves to "cancel out" the natural difference between man and woman, as well as "destabilise the family as an institution."

Just about 50 years after New York police clashed with gay-rights activists at the Stonewall Inn, the city's police commissioner, James O'Neill, has apologized for the department's raid on that tumultuous night in 1969.

Department officials had expressed regret about the aggressive crackdown in the past, but they had never gone so far as to apologize for the raid, until now.

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The federal Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to roll back an Obama-era policy intended to protect transgender people from discrimination in health care.

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Officials at the University of Mount Union have ended their 150 year affiliation with the United Methodist Church over renewed bans on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage. 

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Several people identifying as transgender and gay went before an Ohio Senate committee Wednesday to tell their stories of discrimination.

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Decades-long relationships between Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio Wesleyan University and the United Methodist Church are or may be ending.  

Peter Nunn is 32 and he's happy. He lives just outside Atlanta with his husband Monte, his dog Amelie, and their cat Hollow.

The dining room is decorated with a photo gallery wall of family — his husband dancing with his mother at their wedding and pictures of the couple. But it took a long time and work to get to a place where Nunn said he accepted and loved himself.

As a gay man, Nunn said, his father tried to change him.

The Supreme Court has accepted three cases that ask whether federal anti-discrimination laws should apply to sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, putting the court on track to consider high-profile LGBTQ issues after its next term begins this fall.

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Minority Democrats in the Ohio Senate say they'll be focusing on jobs, the economy and education in  the new general assembly. 

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An Ohio University student who said she was harassed and threatened because of her LGBTQ identity has pleaded no contest to a making a false alarm. 

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The Ohio House passed the controversial so-called "Pastor Protection" Act  on Wednesday. 

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Nearly 10 thousand people marched and danced along the streets of downtown Columbus Saturday while an even larger crowd looked on during the Pride parade. 

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A local LGBTQ group will hold it's own pride parade this year as it's dispute with Stonewall Columbus continues.  

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Two Newark city council members are at odds with Licking County commissioners over their decision to not allow the county courthouse to be lit with rainbow colors during a gay pride festival

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A proposed law that would seek to stop discrimination for LGBTQ people is seeing a new wave of support.

A coalition of Ohio businesses is calling on lawmakers to approve a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in discrimination laws.  

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The City of Columbus has again received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's latest Municipal Equality Index

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A local LGBTQ-rights group is attempting to answer criticism about its lack of diversity.

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Dozens of people held a demonstration last night at a community meeting sponsored by Stonewall Columbus.

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Another bill that would ban discrimination in housing or employment based on gender or sexual identity has been introduced at the Statehouse.