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James Randi, Dazzling Magician and Skeptic, Dies at 92

James Randi, Dazzling Magician and Skeptic, Dies at 92

OBITUARIES | By Matt Sedensky | Oct 22, 2020

James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country's foremost skeptic, has died, his foundation announced. He was 92.

Mixed Philippine Reaction on Pope Nod on Gay Civil Unions

Mixed Philippine Reaction on Pope Nod on Gay Civil Unions

INTERNATIONAL | Oct 22, 2020

Pope Francis' endorsement of same-sex civil unions drew mixed reactions Thursday in the Philippines, Asia's bastion of Catholicism, with a retired bishop saying he was scandalized by it while an LGBT group welcomed the pontiff's remarks with relief.

Viewers' Guide: After Chaotic Debate, Trump, Biden Try Again

Viewers' Guide: After Chaotic Debate, Trump, Biden Try Again

POLITICS | By Michelle L. Price | Oct 22, 2020

After meeting last month in perhaps the most chaotic debate in modern history, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, will take the stage Thursday to give it another go.

Desperate (for Trump) Housewives and Gays Plan Very Short March on Friday

Desperate (for Trump) Housewives and Gays Plan Very Short March on Friday

POLITICS | Oct 21, 2020

LA Log Cabin Republicans are urging gay Trump supporters and housewives to meet for a very short march in West Hollywood on Friday.

Next in Hunt for COVID-19 Vaccine: Testing Shots in Kids

Next in Hunt for COVID-19 Vaccine: Testing Shots in Kids

FAMILY | By Lauran Neergaard | Oct 21, 2020

The global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning — a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they may not know if any shots work for young children in time for the next school year.

Americans' Support for Same-Sex Marriage at All-Time High, Survey Finds

Americans' Support for Same-Sex Marriage at All-Time High, Survey Finds

INTERNATIONAL | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 21, 2020

A new survey found that seventy percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, the highest figure up to this point conducted by a major national polling organization.

TikTok Bans Anti-LGBTQ, Pro-Conversion Therapy Content

TikTok Bans Anti-LGBTQ, Pro-Conversion Therapy Content

NATIONAL | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Oct 21, 2020

Today, TikTok announced in a statement that the social media platform will ban anti-LGBTQ content, including that which promotes conversion therapy.

Giuliani Caught in Hotel Bedroom Scene in New 'Borat' Film

Giuliani Caught in Hotel Bedroom Scene in New 'Borat' Film

POLITICS | Oct 21, 2020

Rudy Giuliani is shown with his hand down his pants after flirting with an actress playing a young woman pretending to be a television journalist in a scene in Sacha Baron Cohen's latest mockumentary, a sequel to his hit "Borat" film.

Tiffany Trump's Pride Event Appearance Called a 'Train Wreck' (Amongst Other Things)

Tiffany Trump's Pride Event Appearance Called a 'Train Wreck' (Amongst Other Things)

POLITICS | Oct 21, 2020

Tiffany Trump's rambling comments at a Pride Rally in Florida this past weekend has elicited much social media comment with many questioning her sobriety.

ACLU Analysis Finds Decriminalizing Sex Work Improves Public Health and Public Safety

ACLU Analysis Finds Decriminalizing Sex Work Improves Public Health and Public Safety

CRIME | Oct 21, 2020

Sex workers have been saying they face significant violence from police and clients for decades and it is time that we all listen to these voices when determining how to improve safety for sex workers," says an ACLU representative.

Trump the Dancer? His Moves to 'YMCA' at Rallies are a Hit

Trump the Dancer? His Moves to 'YMCA' at Rallies are a Hit

POLITICS | By Jill Colvin | Oct 21, 2020

President Donald Trump, a man who is famously particular about his appearance, is fully embracing doing a dad dance to the Village People's "YMCA" as the finale to his rallies in the campaign's closing stretch.

Judge Slams DeVos for Rejecting 94% of Loan Relief Claims

Judge Slams DeVos for Rejecting 94% of Loan Relief Claims

NATIONAL | By Collin Binkley | Oct 21, 2020

Months after vowing to process a backlog of 160,000 requests for loan forgiveness from students who say they were defrauded by their schools, the U.S. Education Department has rejected 94% of claims it has reviewed.

Gay Penguin Pair Snatch Eggs from Lesbian Neighbors

Gay Penguin Pair Snatch Eggs from Lesbian Neighbors

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 21, 2020

A pair of gay male penguins in a Netherlands zoo have appropriated eggs belonging to a lesbian penguin couple. It's their latest caper in a quest to become dads.

Gay Florida Teacher, Single Dad Fired by Christian School

Gay Florida Teacher, Single Dad Fired by Christian School

NATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 21, 2020

Steven Arauz, a teacher at a Seventh Day Adventist school, was fired when a publication about LGBTQ parenting identified him as gay.

Pope Endorses Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Documentary Film

Pope Endorses Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Documentary Film

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Oct 21, 2020

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary "Francesco," which had its premiere at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

Palm Springs Pride 2020 To Celebrate Under the Theme  Exist. Resist. Persist.

Palm Springs Pride 2020 To Celebrate Under the Theme Exist. Resist. Persist.

PRIDE | Oct 21, 2020

Pride Week is November 6-8 in Palm Springs. The Palm Springs Pride organization is encouraging the community to come together in solidarity under the theme Exist. Resist. Persist.

After Twitter Drags Chris Pratt, Wife & Celebs Rush to His Defense

After Twitter Drags Chris Pratt, Wife & Celebs Rush to His Defense

POLITICS | Oct 21, 2020

Twitter declared Chris Pratt "the worst" Chris in Hollywood, sparking his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger and fellow celebs to rush to his defense.

Watch: Mike Pompeo Addresses Group Supportive of 'Conversion Therapy'

Watch: Mike Pompeo Addresses Group Supportive of 'Conversion Therapy'

POLITICS | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 21, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a speech to a group that promotes so-called "conversion therapy." Reports say his own staff were "appalled."

Barrett was Trustee at Private School with Anti-Gay Policies

Barrett was Trustee at Private School with Anti-Gay Policies

NATIONAL | By Michelle R. Smith and Michael Biesecker | Oct 21, 2020

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren't welcome.

Worsening Opioid Crisis Overshadowed in Presidential Race

Worsening Opioid Crisis Overshadowed in Presidential Race

POLITICS | Oct 21, 2020

"I just think that Trump doesn't understand addiction," said Diane Urban, 53, a Republican from Delphos, Ohio, who voted for the president in 2016 and whose son died from an overdose in 2019.

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