Minor league player comes out; only active baseball player

Nashville, TN – David Reddish writes in Queerty that Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball player Bryan Ruby has come out as a gay man. The announcement makes him the only player at present in major or minor league baseball to openly identify as LGBTQ. Ruby, 25, shared his truth as part of a lengthy interview with USA Today. In it, he details how he first identified his attraction to other men at age 14, as well as the long and tumultuous road that has led him to today. In the same interview, Ruby goes on to explain that he’s long since come […]

Gay US Transportation Secretary and husband adopt twins

Washington, D.C. – Emma Powys Maurice reports in Pink News that US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten have happily announced the birth of a son and daughter. The couple shared the news on social media on Saturday, September 4 with a photo of them smiling as they each hold one of their newborn babies. “Chasten and I are beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents,” Pete wrote. “We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family.” Joseph is the name of Pete Buttigieg’s […]

Dallas mayor proclaims September LGBTQ Business Month

Dallas, TX – Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson issued a formal proclamation during the Dallas City Council Briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 1, declaring September to be LGBTQ Business Month in Dallas. Mayor Pro Tem — and North Texas Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Chamber of Commerce member — Chad West read them proclamation aloud at the meeting. Tony Vedda, the chamber’s president and CEO, explained that the chamber had asked for the proclamation to help highlight the economic contributions made by LGBTQ-owned business and support those businesses. Gary Sanchez, board chair for the chamber and director of public affairs at VisitDallas, […]

Lesbian couple killed while camping, no arrest made

Moab, UT – A newlywed Utah couple Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, known for their love of the outdoors, often camped and traveled together in their van. So, a summer weekend trip into Moab National Park wasn’t out of the ordinary for them. But while they were enjoying their evening on Thursday, August 19, things took a dark turn once nightfall crept over their campsite. As the sun went down, the women began to take note of a “weirdo” camping in the next site over. He had reportedly been observing and following them throughout the day, and as […]

High percentage of LGBTQ+ people have gotten COVID vax

Washington, D.C. – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) released survey data showing that 92% of LGBTQ+ adults living in the United States have received at least one coronavirus vaccination dose. The foundation focuses on understanding and encouraging the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals globally. The 2021 LGBTQ Community Survey, generated by the HRC Foundation, Wells Fargo and CMI Media Group, gathered data from approximately 15,000 self-identified LGBTQ+ respondents in the US. This year’s version, the 15th since the survey began, is the first one to include a focus on LGBTQ+ individuals and coronavirus vaccination data. Survey respondents reported high rates […]

Lehigh Valley holds in-person Pride as COVID numbers rise

Allentown, PA – In the early afternoon of August 15, a line of over a thousand people stretched around the block outside the Jewish Community Center in Allentown. They were all waiting to get into Lehigh Valley Pride — an annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in the Lehigh Valley area. After last year’s event was held virtually due to coronavirus restrictions, the event welcomed back thousands of patrons in person for its 28th annual festival after organizers made the decision to hold the event in person just ten weeks beforehand due to the lifting of many coronavirus restrictions [Ed […]

Colorado high school students protest Gay coach’s ouster

Highlands Ranch, – David Reddish reports in Queerty that a Colorado high school erupted in student protests the week of August 29 after the resignation of a popular volleyball coach. The coach in question has publicly claimed he was forced to resign because he’s gay. Inoke Tonga claimed administrators at Valor Christian High in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, pressured him into resigning after learning about his sexual orientation. Tonga has said in the press that the school warned him if he continued to live as an openly gay man, he could not live as a “child of God” and would therefore […]

Activist place Marsha P Johnson bust in New York City park

New York City – Lily Wakefield writes for Pink News that Queer activists have put up a bust of Marsha P Johnson in a New York City park, after waiting several years for the city to deliver a promised monument. Johnson was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and co-founded the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), which was dedicated to helping homeless queer youth. Although she was not present when the Stonewall riots began, she was instrumental as the uprising continued, and fought tirelessly throughout her life to advance the rights of the LGBT+ community. The city announced […]

Afghan LGBTQ people in danger as Taliban to use sharia law

Kabul, Afghanistan – Bil Browning reports for LGBTQ Nation that a Taliban spokesman has dispelled any notion that Afghanistan will remain a democracy, saying the country will likely be governed by a ruling council similar to the last time they held power. “There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country,” Waheedullah Hashimi told Reuters. “We will not discuss what type of political system should we apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is sharia law and that is it.” Afghan citizens and their families who worked with Americans are […]

Cardinal Burke: anti-gay, anti-vax hospitalized with COVID

The Vatican – David Hudson writes for Queerty that Catholic Cardinal Raymond L. Burke has been hospitalized with Covid and placed on a ventilator, according to a Tweet on his official Twitter account. The 73-year-old, who has previously spoken out against social distancing and expressed skepticism regarding vaccines, announced August 10 that he had been diagnosed with Covid. He said in a Tweet that he was “resting comfortably and receiving excellent medical care.” However, on August 14 his communications team said he had been moved to a hospital in Wisconsin, where he previously served as an archbishop, and was on […]