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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard arguments Wednesday in a case, with plaintiffs that include two local LGBTQ organizations, challenging a proposed Trump administration rule that would allow health care professionals to refuse services on the ground of personal religious or moral beliefs.

Matthew Shepard’s parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights

NBC News reported the parents of murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard have accused Attorney General William Barr of hypocritical stances on LGBT rights.

Transgender man shunned by Baptist college to get new name

The Tennessean reported a transgender man who was shunned by his private Tennessee college after getting breast reduction surgery has now returned to the state and plans to legally change his name.

On Oct. 15, a federal judge overturned an anti-discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, that protects transgender patients. The ruling stipulates that a 2016 policy instituted by then-President Barack Obama, known as Section 1557, violates the religious freedom of Christian and other faith-based providers.

The Equality Town Hall was held a few days before the fourth debate in Ohio on Oct.15 — where the term LGBTQ was not mentioned once in three hours by any candidate.

West Virginia mayor cancels appearance over author's homophobic views

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported the mayor of West Virginia's capital city has canceled her upcoming appearance at the West Virginia Book Festival over a presentation by an author with homophobic views.

Hundreds of LGBTQ people gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8, the morning before the hearings of three employment discrimination cases considering whether firing gay and transgender people for their sexual orientation or gender identity goes against Title VII.

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