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Biden's Pick for Defense Secretary Voices Support for Scrapping Trans Military Ban

Biden's Pick for Defense Secretary Voices Support for Scrapping Trans Military Ban

POLITICS | By Kilian Melloy | Jan 20, 2021

Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Defense spoke unequivocally about scrapping Trump's ban on trans military members, saying those who are "fit and you're qualified to serve" should be allowed. Twitter approved.

Watch: Gay Penguins Hatch, Care for Chick at Indianapolis Zoo

Watch: Gay Penguins Hatch, Care for Chick at Indianapolis Zoo

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jan 20, 2021

The Indianapolis Zoo announced that their community of Gentoo penguins has added two new arrivals — including a newly-hatched chick with two fathers.

Goodbye, Queen of Hearts and One-Eyed Jacks? New Playing Cards are Gender-Free

Goodbye, Queen of Hearts and One-Eyed Jacks? New Playing Cards are Gender-Free

INTERNATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jan 20, 2021

Is it game over for the Kings, Queens, and Jacks in the traditional deck of playing cards? Maybe so, now that a Dutch woman has created a substitute that uses gold, silver, and bronze in place of the regal trio.

Thomas to Go On Training Program After Anti-Gay Slur

Thomas to Go On Training Program After Anti-Gay Slur

SPORTS | By Steve Douglas | Jan 20, 2021

Justin Thomas intends to go through an individual training program to "become a better person" after he was picked up uttering a homophobic slur under his breath when he missed a putt at a tournament in Hawaii this month.

No-Go for Joe Exotic: Trump Pardon List Omits 'Tiger King'

No-Go for Joe Exotic: Trump Pardon List Omits 'Tiger King'

NATIONAL | Jan 20, 2021

One name missing in President Donald Trump's flurry of pardons is "Tiger King" Joe Exotic.

Music Stars Slam UK's 'Shameful' Failure on EU Touring Rules

Music Stars Slam UK's 'Shameful' Failure on EU Touring Rules

INTERNATIONAL | By Jill Lawless | Jan 20, 2021

Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle say musicians have been "shamefully failed" by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union.

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Loses 2nd Bid for Early Prison Release

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Loses 2nd Bid for Early Prison Release

CRIME | By Michael Rubinkam | Jan 20, 2021

A federal judge has rejected convicted pharmaceutical executive's Martin Shkreli's second request to be let out of prison early, showing skepticism about his claim in court papers that mental health issues have weakened his immune system.

File Details Investigation into John Mulaney 'SNL' Monologue

File Details Investigation into John Mulaney 'SNL' Monologue

NATIONAL | By James Laporta | Jan 20, 2021

The U.S. Secret Service opened an investigation into comedian John Mulaney over jokes believed to be made about President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" last year, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

Trump's Exit: President Leaves Office with Legacy of Chaos

Trump's Exit: President Leaves Office with Legacy of Chaos

POLITICS | By Jill Colvin | Jan 20, 2021

Donald Trump will walk out of the White House and board Marine One for the last time as president Wednesday morning, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and tumult and a nation bitterly divided.

Hollywood Returns: Gaga, J. Lo Headline Biden Inauguration

Hollywood Returns: Gaga, J. Lo Headline Biden Inauguration

NATIONAL | By Jocelyn Noveck | Jan 20, 2021

Gaga. J. Lo. Hanks. Legend. Miranda. Bruuuuuce.

American who Enthused Bali was Queer-Friendly Being Deported

American who Enthused Bali was Queer-Friendly Being Deported

INTERNATIONAL | By Firdia Lisnawati | Jan 20, 2021

An American graphic designer is being deported from the Indonesian resort island of Bali over her viral tweets that celebrated it as a low-cost, queer-friendly place for foreigners to live.

On Day One, Biden to Undo Trump Policies on Climate, Virus

On Day One, Biden to Undo Trump Policies on Climate, Virus

NATIONAL | By Zeke Miller | Jan 20, 2021

In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump's policy legacy.

Trump Pardons Ex-Strategist Steve Bannon, Dozens of Others

Trump Pardons Ex-Strategist Steve Bannon, Dozens of Others

POLITICS | By Jonathan Lemire, Eric Tucker and Jill Colvin | Jan 20, 2021

President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of his White House term that benefited more than 140 people.

Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

Advocates View Health Care as Key to Driving LGBTQ Rights Conversation

POLITICS | By Aneri Pattani | Jan 20, 2021

Surveys in North Carolina and across the nation show that about one-third of transgender people have been refused treatment or suffered verbal or physical abuse from a medical provider, but advocates are fighting for change.

'Shameful': US Virus Deaths Top 400K as Trump Leaves Office

'Shameful': US Virus Deaths Top 400K as Trump Leaves Office

NATIONAL | By Adam Geller, Janie Har | Jan 19, 2021

As President Donald Trump entered the final year of his term last January, the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Not to worry, Trump insisted, his administration had the virus "totally under control."

Oklahoma Judge Orders 'Tiger King' Zoo to Turn Over Big Cats

Oklahoma Judge Orders 'Tiger King' Zoo to Turn Over Big Cats

NATIONAL | Jan 19, 2021

A federal judge in Oklahoma has ordered the new owners of an Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix's "Tiger King" documentary to turn over all the lion and tiger cubs in their possession, along with the animals' mothers, to the federal government.

Virginia Bill Would End Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders

Virginia Bill Would End Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders

NATIONAL | By Denise Lavoie | Jan 19, 2021

Two Virginia Democratic lawmakers are spearheading a push to repeal a decades-old law that allows the state to hold certain sex offenders at psychiatric facilities indefinitely after their criminal sentences if they are deemed "sexually violent predators"

McConnell Said Trump 'Fed Lies' to Mob About Biden Election

McConnell Said Trump 'Fed Lies' to Mob About Biden Election

NATIONAL | By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick | Jan 19, 2021

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate on Tuesday saying the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol was "fed lies" by the president and others in the deadly riot to overturn Democrat Joe Biden election.

Hig Roberts Came Out to 'Be Happy' - Now He Is

Hig Roberts Came Out to 'Be Happy' - Now He Is

SPORTS | By Kilian Melloy | Jan 19, 2021

Elite Alpine skier Hig Roberts came out last month, saying he was "ready to be happy." In a new interview, Roberts described being overwhelmed with love and support from fans, friends, and other athletes.

Hong Kong Cops Investigating Gay Sex Video Shot on Train

Hong Kong Cops Investigating Gay Sex Video Shot on Train

INTERNATIONAL | Jan 19, 2021

Hong Kong's law enforcement are looking into a racy video filmed on a Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train. The viral clip shows two men engaging in sexual acts and clothing strewn across the seats.

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