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Prosecutors Won’t Press charges in Teen’s Death

A Tulsa County district attorney said that no charges will be filed in the fight that took place in the bathroom of an Oklahoma high school last month and involved 16-year-old Nex Benedict, whose death the following day was ruled a suicide. District attorney Stephen A. Kunzweiler released a statement on his decision Thursday after reviewing the Owasso police’s investigation into Benedict’s death and the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s report, per the Associated Press. “When I review a report and make a decision…

Watch Showgirls’ Elizabeth Berkley Get Emotional While Thanking The LGBTQ+ Community For Embracing The Cult Classic Movie

When Showgirls first came out in 1995, critics and audiences brutally panned the dance film. But while the NC-17 movie was known for having famous actors like Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan, its campy qualities and hidden message made it a hit with the LGBTQ+ community. 28 years later since the film's release, a choked-up Berkley decided to thank the LGBTQ+ community for turning her negatively-reviewed movie into a cult classic.We can’t deny when watching Showgirls that there are many things about the film that we…

Campy, Glittery Pop Star of the Future

Pink plastic cows and fake aqua-blue trucks decorated the lobby of the Wiltern during the last night of Chappell Roan’s U.S. Midwest Princess Tour in November. Her fans — donning sparkly devil horns and bedazzled bralettes decorated with hearts — posed for photos in front of the backdrops as they made their way into the art deco Los Angeles venue, where death-dropping drag queens lip-synced on stage. “The Wiltern… It doesn’t feel like a gay club, you know what I mean? It’s proper. It’s very fancy,” Roan, 26, says.…

When Real Life Is Hostile, LGBTQ+ Gamers Find Friendship Online

When Real Life Is Hostile, LGBTQ+ Gamers Find Friendship OnlineMany LGBTQ+ video gamers use gaming to build community, especially in jurisdictions that are considering anti-LGBTQ+ legislationBy Shannon Liao Credit: Janiecbros/Getty ImagesWhen Texas-based fitness instructor Fabby Garza came out as transgender, the first friends she told were those she’d made playing online games. She waited three more years before she started presenting as feminine in the real world. “Once I finally came out, I had to change the way I…

New Insights from AI, Strange Metals and Parents of LGBTQ Kids

New Insights from AI, Strange Metals and Parents of LGBTQ KidsAI has deciphered ancient texts, learned new math and provided new ideas about human consciousnessBy Laura Helmuth Credit: Scientific American, April 2024Artificial intelligence is finally starting to live up to the second half of its name. You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about large language models lately—the text-producing AIs that can spit out fluent essays based on the books and articles and other data they’ve been trained on. They may sound smart, but…

Families Find Ways to Protect Their LGBTQ Kids from Serious Harm—Physical and Mental—after a Flood of Discriminatory Laws

Tamara had not been sleeping well. Some days she woke up at four o’clock in the morning in tears and overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness. She had moved her family three times over the past six years. Her house in New Hampshire was shot at—possibly by someone aiming at thce rainbow signs in her front yard. In 2022 she fled to Massachusetts, which seemed to be safer for her child, Grey, who is transgender. But whenever she hears the words “safe state,” a thought pops into her head: “Austria felt like a safe place in…

LGBTQ Organizers Throw Boxing-Inspired Event in Brooklyn

Jerian Royal Image Credit: Maria-Juliana Rojas for Rolling Stone Community organizer Jerian Royal poses alongside OutBox’s iridescent walls. After the event, Royal told Rolling Stone they consider it a success. “The outpouring of love, support donations, and amplification of our cause made it truly special,” they explained. “ was a beautiful culmination of this collective effort.” Jerian Royal Image Credit: Maria-Juliana Rojas for Rolling Stone Community organizer Jerian…

#BoycottDoritos Focuses on Trans Spanish Influencer Samantha Hudson

Ever since right-wing influencers orchestrated a boycott of Anheuser-Busch products last year for collaborating with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney, they have been foaming at the mouth for a new product to boycott for incredibly stupid, hateful reasons. First, it was Frosted Flakes, due to its mascot posing for a photo with Mulvaney at the Tony Awards (a cultural event beloved by the right due to the absence of LGBTQ people in musical theater). Then, it was Cracker Barrel, because during Pride Month, the restaurant…

X revives policy targeting deadnaming, misgendering 

X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, updated its abuse and harassment rules to revive regulations around content that misgenders or deadnames individuals.   The quiet update comes less than a year after the platform, under Musk’s ownership, revoked its ban on content that uses a transgender person’s name before they transitioned — known as a deadname — or purposefully used the wrong gender for someone.  The update to X’s abuse and harassment rules was first reported by Ars Technica. The updated…

School District Under Investigation by Education Dept

The Department of Education has launched an investigation into the death of Oklahoma teenager Nex Benedict, who died on Feb. 6 — one day after getting into a fight in the school’s girls bathroom. Friends and family said Benedict, who was 16 years old, used he and him pronouns as well as they and them pronouns. Relatives of the 10th-grader said Benedict had been bullied over their gender identity. His death has drawn national attention as activists and trans students have blamed the state’s antagonistic policies…