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Columbus once again scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual rating of cities on LGBTQ inclusion.

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Cuyahoga County council members will soon decide whether to approve legislation that adds legal protections for LGBTQ residents.

The uproar over clergy sex abuse in the Catholic church is no longer just about sex abuse. It now touches on Catholic teaching about sexuality in general and even on Pope Francis himself, his agenda, and the future of his papacy.

When a Pennsylvania grand jury last month reported that more than 300 priests had molested more than a thousand children across six dioceses under investigation, it became clear that the cases were not isolated incidents. The problem of abusive priests and the bishops who cover up for them is systemic across the whole church.

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Celebrations by India's LGBTQ community stretched into the night Thursday, after the country's Supreme Court struck down a long-standing ban on gay sex in a unanimous decision that marks a watershed in the socially conservative country of 1.3 billion people.

It is a landmark ruling in a nation where attitudes about gays and lesbians are beginning to change — and the decision points to more questions of how India will extend equal protections to the LGBTQ community.

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Megan Bursey noticed something different about Columbus when she visited her girlfriend last December.

“There were just pride flags everywhere and 'Make America Gay Again’ flags," Bursey says. "I was looking for a bicycle and all the bike stores had flags everywhere and it was really nice to see that. People were very openly gay, which was very comforting, too.”

The 2014 suicide of 17-year-old transgender teen Leelah Alcorn put a national spotlight on the issue of conversion therapy, leading Cincinnati Council to ban the practice within the city. At least 11 states have followed suit. A new documentary looks at life after Alcorn's death.

With the country on course to expand the rights of transgender Americans, college student Wren Vetens introduced herself as a woman for the first time in January 2016, at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. After being raised as a boy and grappling with her gender identity for years, she says it felt liberating to be referred to as "she."

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The House passed the hotly debated “Pastor Protection” Act today. Democratic lawmakers argued that the bill would create a way for businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people. The bill now goes on to the Senate.

Over 110,000 people are expected to attend Cincinnati's 45th annual Pride Parade and festival this Saturday, June 23. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. followed by a festival at Sawyer Point at noon. 

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With Columbus Pride weekend in full swing, a "big LGBTQ dance party" might seem like an ordinary sight. But the party that took over Gay Street on Friday had one specific guest in mind: Vice President Mike Pence.

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Organizers expect up to 500,000 people to come to Columbus this weekend for the 37th annual Columbus Pride Festival and Parade, one of the largest such events in the Midwest.

The festival portion of Pride starts Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. at Bicentennial and Genoa Parks in downtown Columbus. It resumes Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Stonewall Columbus is hosting its 37th year of the Columbus Pride Pride Festival and Parade in celebration of the LGBTQ community. Ahead of the festival's kick-off on Friday, Columbus Police are ramping up security measures.

Pride 2018: Minorities Within the LGBTQ Community

Jun 14, 2018
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Columbus will have two Pride celebrations this weekend. This comes a year after a group of activists staged a protest at Stonewall's Pride Parade. They formed a human chain across the parade route to bring awareness to violence and the lack of inclusion of LGBTQ communities of color.

Four activists were arrested, and three were charged with misdemeanors. In the fallout, Stonewall's program coordinator resigned in protest and the executive director retired. 

Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus will be holding an alternative Columbus Community Pride Festival
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Sitting at a crowded dining room table inside a South Side duplex, Ariana Steele sounds focused but tired.

With just a few days to go until the first Columbus Community Pride Festival, it’s understandable why.

New Study Highlights Issues Facing LGBTQ Youth

Jun 7, 2018

As LGBTQ awareness month gets under way this June, advocates are working to bring light to issues affecting LGBTQ youth. The Human Rights Campaign today released a study in conjunction with the University of Connecticut showing that over 12,000 LGBTQ youth participants -- more than 600 of them from Ohio -- face high levels of stress, bullying, exclusion, sexual harassment and assault. 

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