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How LGBTQ Women and Allies are Reshaping Pro Sports

How LGBTQ Women and Allies are Reshaping Pro Sports

NEWS | By Lindsay B. Davis | May 10

Not without its challenges, queer women in pro sports are raising the bar for representation, social justice and media attention. But what forces are behind this new narrative and long overdue power shift?

Out Trans Bishop Elected in Evangelical Lutheran Church

Out Trans Bishop Elected in Evangelical Lutheran Church

NEWS | By Kilian Melloy | May 10

For the first time, a major denomination of the Christian faith tradition has elected an out transgender cleric to bishop.

Reversing Trump, US Restores Transgender Health Protections

Reversing Trump, US Restores Transgender Health Protections

NEWS | May 10

The U.S. will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care, the Biden administration announced, reversing a Trump-era policy that sought to narrow the scope of legal rights in sensitive situations involving medical care.

Reports: Young Gay Iranian Murdered, Beheaded by Brother, Cousins

Reports: Young Gay Iranian Murdered, Beheaded by Brother, Cousins

NEWS | By Kilian Melloy | May 10

A 20-year-old gay Iranian preparing to flee the country to be with the man he loved didn't have the chance: He was murdered. His corpse was beheaded by his half-brother and two cousins in an honor killing.

'I Just Feel Like Myself': A Nonbinary Child in Their Own Words

'I Just Feel Like Myself': A Nonbinary Child in Their Own Words

NEWS | By Martha Bebinger, WBUR | May 10

A family embraces their child's identity as "boy-girl," collectively navigating school and public spaces with mother Shira saying, "This is who they envisioned themselves to be, and we just didn't put hurdles in front of them."

Massachusetts Mom Wants Outside Review of Black Teen's Death

Massachusetts Mom Wants Outside Review of Black Teen's Death

NEWS | May 10

Family members and activists are demanding answers in the death of a Black and LGBTQ teen whose body was found near her home in a Boston suburb last month.

TV's Growth is a Boon for 'Diverse Voices' Among Novelists

TV's Growth is a Boon for 'Diverse Voices' Among Novelists

ENTERTAINMENT | By Lynn Elber | May 10

Growing up an avid reader, Kwana Jackson knew where to look for romance novels with Black characters: Segregated in the "African American interest" section where only determined shoppers would find them.

Bye, Bye, Bye: Latin American Boy Band CNCO Loses Member

Bye, Bye, Bye: Latin American Boy Band CNCO Loses Member

ENTERTAINMENT | By Mesfin Fekadu | May 10

The Latin American boy band CNCO is downsizing.

German Catholics to Bless Gay Unions Despite Vatican Ban

German Catholics to Bless Gay Unions Despite Vatican Ban

NEWS | By Kirsten Grieshaber | May 10

Germany's powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions by offering such blessings at services in about 100 different churches all over the country this week.

Prospects Dim for Passage of LGBTQ Rights Bill in Senate

Prospects Dim for Passage of LGBTQ Rights Bill in Senate

NEWS | By Mary Clare Jalonick and David Crary | May 10

Controlling Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade, Democrats were hopeful that this would be the year they finally secured civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans.

News

Vans Co-Founder Paul Van Doren Dies at 90

Vans Co-Founder Paul Van Doren Dies at 90

NEWS | By Robert Jablon | May 10

Paul Van Doren, co-founder of the Vans company whose iconic Southern California sneakers were beloved by skateboarders and became an international success, has died. He was 90.

Entertainment

Review: Censored in the 1940s, 'The Man Who Lived Underground' is Just as Relevant Today

Review: Censored in the 1940s, 'The Man Who Lived Underground' is Just as Relevant Today

ENTERTAINMENT | By Lewis Whittington | May 10

Wright's real-life depiction of what was commonplace across the U.S. - a j'accuse to white policing and Jim Crow laws of the era and pervasive societal racism - made it ripe for censorship.

Business

Weak Jobs Report Spurs New Arguments Over Big Fed Spending

Weak Jobs Report Spurs New Arguments Over Big Fed Spending

BUSINESS | By Josh Boak | May 8

President Joe Biden insists an unexpected slowdown in companies' hiring is clear new proof the U.S. needs the multitrillion-dollar federal boost he's pushing.

Technology

Online Speech Shield Under Fire As Trump Facebook Ban Stays

Online Speech Shield Under Fire As Trump Facebook Ban Stays

TECHNOLOGY | May 8

Lurking beneath Facebook's decision on whether to continue Donald Trump's suspension from its platform has raised a more complex and consequential question.

Finance

Experts Say You May Be Entitled to Free Health Insurance Now

Experts Say You May Be Entitled to Free Health Insurance Now

FINANCE | By Liz Weston, NerdWallet | May 10

The latest coronavirus relief package did more than dole out $1,400 checks. The law also made health insurance free for millions more people and reduced costs for others, at least for now.

Cars

Edmunds: The Top Off-Road Vehicles for 2021

Edmunds: The Top Off-Road Vehicles for 2021

CARS | By Travis Langness of Edmunds | May 8

Edmunds experts report on five ultra-capable off-roaders that are either already on dealer lots or worth waiting for in the coming months.

Style

Strong Sales from Tapestry, Lee Maker Show Clothing Rebound

Strong Sales from Tapestry, Lee Maker Show Clothing Rebound

STYLE | By Anne D'Innocenzio | May 7

Strong sales results from Coach's parent as well as from the maker of Wrangler and Lee jeans offer the latest evidence that shoppers' spending on fashion and accessories is rebounding to pre-pandemic levels.rn

Health/Fitness

UK to Ease Holiday Travel Ban Yet Keeps Most Quarantines

UK to Ease Holiday Travel Ban Yet Keeps Most Quarantines

HEALTH/FITNESS | By Jill Lawless | May 7

Britain announced a "first tentative step" Friday toward resuming international travel, saying U.K. citizens will be able to travel to countries including Portugal, Iceland and Israel later this month without having to quarantine upon their return.rn

Travel

Norwegian Cruise Line Threatens to Skip Florida's Ports

Norwegian Cruise Line Threatens to Skip Florida's Ports

TRAVEL | By David Koeing | May 7

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line is threatening to steer clear of Florida after the governor signed legislation banning businesses from requiring that customers show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.rn