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For years, if same-sex couples wanted a religious commitment ceremony or wedding, they had only one option, UFMCC — the United Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Founded in 1968, the church has 222 member congregations in 37 countries. A mainline Protestant denomination, UFMCC has special outreach to LGBTQ people as part of its ministry and has long been called “the gay church.”

Angela Zhong was 16 when she organized the South’s first Peace Conference.

The two-day event, held at Zhong’s high school outside of Houston, Texas, in February, educated students about human trafficking and hypersexualization as threats disproportionately affecting minorities and LGBTQ youth.

Second in a three-part series on mental health.

President Trump blamed mental health conditions for the latest wave of mass shootings in an Aug.5 speech delivered at the White House when he said,  “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”

Officials at The University of Pennsylvania want a federal judge to unseal the real name of a trans woman who’s suing the university and its hospital for medical malpractice, wrongful termination and other wrongdoing.

Special assignment: PGN spent last week in Stockholm for Pride and to learn about LGBTQ issues in Sweden.

When, as a child, Swedish Parliament member Barbro Westerholm first saw two gay men holding hands, her father told her, “They love each other in the same way I love your mother; there is nothing special about that.”

His words rang in her ears years later, Westerholm said, when she worked as director general of the National Board of Health and Welfare of Sweden. Thirty LGBTQ activists occupied the office’s stairwell, calling for the organization to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness. 

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