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The September 12 Democratic debate is over, but the discourse about what was and was not discussed is still front-and-center. Former Vice-President Joe Biden has gotten most of the post-debate flak for his suggestion that Black parents can’t raise their children without intervention from the state.

Rapper Lil Nas X’s mega-popular “Old Town Road” remix held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-breaking 19 weeks, up until mid-August. 

Twelve weeks into his top-slot reign, the hip-hop artist came out as gay via Twitter on June 30, the final day of Pride month. 

LA police probe transgender women bar removal as hate crime

The Fresno Bee reported Los Angeles police are investigating the aggressive removal of a group of transgender women from a bar as a possible hate crime.

Department spokesman Officer Jay Chaves said Aug. 26 a complaint was filed with police and that the matter is “in the hands of detectives.”

A massive new study indicates sexual orientation cannot be predicted by a single "gay gene" as previously pondered but genetics do play a role in sexual orientation. 

Printer who nixed gay pride shirt goes to Ky. Supreme Court

The Washington Post reported Kentucky print shop owner who refused to make a gay pride T-shirt argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court that he shouldn’t be compelled to promote messages that go against his religious beliefs.

A newly-launched national initiative is calling on corporations that receive top equality ratings from the Human Rights Campaign to stop financially supporting anti-LGBTQ members of Congress. 

Zero for Zeros Campaign, which launched in June, uses public information from the Federal Election Commission to track political contributions from corporate PACs of companies assigned a perfect rating by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, which evaluates the impact of big business’ policies and procedures on the LGBTQ community. The scorecard analyzes organizations based on factors including “organizational competency in LGBT inclusion,” public commitment and equal benefits.

More than 7,000 U.S. residents now have gender designation “X” on their IDs

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