For same-sex couples, a new path to legal parenthood

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BOSTON (AP) | When Sara Watson’s partner got pregnant with their son through in vitro fertilization, they were overjoyed. Then the fear came.

They weren’t married, so Watson had no legal rights as Eli’s parent even though her eggs were used to conceive him with donor sperm. If the worst happened, Watson wondered, would she even be able to bring their baby home from the hospital?

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Nevada detective fired after sex abuse charge in Utah

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MESQUITE, Nev. (AP)| A veteran Nevada police detective was fired Wednesday following his arrest last week on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a southern Utah teen he met on a social networking app geared toward gay and bisexual men.

Gary Erickson, who was arrested Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, is awaiting extradition to St. George, Utah, on one count of sexual abuse of a minor, one count of dealing in material harmful to a minor and three counts of sexual exploitation.

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Nevada DMV makes it easier to change gender on licenses, IDs

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles is no longer requiring a doctor’s approval to change the listed gender on someone’s driver’s license or identification card and is working on adding a new option for those who don’t identify as male or female.

Gender Justice Nevada Clinical Director Jane Heenan says the previous policy added further costs and stress for trans and gender-nonconforming people.

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Hawaii governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for minors

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Friday signed into law a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for minors.

“Sexual orientation is not an illness to be ‘cured’ — we accept you just the way you are,” said Ige in a tweet that included a picture of him signing the bill.

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Transgender Nevada Assembly candidate hopes to make history

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Army veteran LaDon Henry hopes to become Nevada’s first openly transgender legislator.

Henry, a small-business owner and radio host, said he felt the urge to get involved with politics after the election of President Donald Trump, whom Henry feared would roll back protections for the LGBTQ community. His wife, a substitute school teacher, woke him at 2 a.m. after election night in tears.

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Father accused of killing 14-year-old son for being gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A Nevada man is accused of killing his 14-year-old son for being gay.

Henderson, Nev. police report that 53-year-old Wendell Melton shot and killed his son, Giovanni Melton, on Thursday.

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Human Rights Campaign launches $26M campaign ahead of midterms

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s leading gay rights groups, is launching a $26 million political organizing effort ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

While the effort is nationwide, the group is focusing its resources in particular on several key states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada. All six states are expected to have competitive Senate races next fall, and each is a presidential battleground.

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Republican Nevada governor signs ‘ex-gay’ therapy ban

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The Republican governor of Nevada has become the latest to sign into law a statewide ban barring the widely discredited practice on youth of “ex-gay” conversion therapy

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday signed into law Senate Bill 201, which makes it illegal for any licensed medical or mental health care provider to provide sexual orientation or gender conversion therapy to anyone under 18 years old.

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Nevada senators move same-sex marriage update closer to ballot

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Religious organizations and individual clergy members would have a constitutional right to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages in Nevada under a proposal state lawmakers are moving toward the 2020 ballot.

State senators voted 19-2 to pass a measure seeking to delete a defunct provision of the state constitution that says Nevada will only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.

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Nevada law requires juvenile courts, foster care to treat trans youth based on their identifying gender

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP)- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a law Tuesday mandating foster care facilities and juvenile courts treat transgender children as their identifying gender.

It also establishes training for social workers and foster parents on working with foster kids who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning their sexuality.

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Nevada lawmaker seeks ban on anti-gay clinical therapy

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP)- Aiming to protect children whose parents enroll them in anti-gay camp and other conversion programs, a Nevada lawmaker argued Monday at a legislative hearing that the state should ban professional therapists from attempting to talk people out of homosexuality.

Most national organizations of medical professionals oppose conversion therapy because they say sexual orientation is not a mental condition, and the method leads kids to kill themselves.

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Young LGBTQ Nevadans ask lawmakers for change in foster care

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP)- Young adults formerly in Nevada’s foster care system told state lawmakers Monday that gay, bisexual, asexual and transgender kids would be safer if social workers are specially trained to help LGBTQ adolescents.

Speaking from experience, they said abuse that lands kids in child welfare facilities can worsen under state oversight, whether due to intolerance, negligence or assault.

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