Modern family: More courts allowing 3 parents of 1 child

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NEW YORK (AP)  Sixteen-year-old Madison’s family clustered for a photo in a California courtroom, commemorating the day it finally became official that she has three parents.

The adults she calls Mom, Dad and Mama were all there for her birth, after the women decided to have a child together and approached a male friend. They shared time with Madison and input on raising her. Their Christmas Day traditions involve all of them.

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Alabama lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn LGBTQ couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers gave final approval April 25 to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with LGBTQ parents, or other households, because of their religious beliefs.

The legislation would prohibit the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements because of their religious beliefs.

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Parents join the conversation at 2016 Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit

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From Tumblr to transgender trends, the leaders, teachers and students who attended the third annual Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit tackled a wide range of topics of interest to modern LGBT youth.

Co-sponsored by the City of Orlando in partnership with GLSEN, the Orlando Youth Alliance, and Zebra Coalition, O-YES is a collaborative workshop and panel-based conference aimed at empowering Orlando’s LGBTQIA+ community through dialogue and discourse.

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Arizona attorney avoids same-sex adoption fight

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PHOENIX (AP) – Same-sex couples seeking free legal help with non-contested adoptions from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office can now get it – from a private lawyer.

The decision by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to farm out the services he’s legally required to provide lets him avoid backtracking on a policy of denying those services to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on gay marriage.

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Early, weighty choices in ‘Frontline’ documentary ‘Growing Up Trans’

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NEW YORK (AP) – “Growing Up Trans” explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices for these youngsters as they also navigate the changes adolescence brings.

Airing on the “Frontline” documentary series (June 30 on PBS; check local listings), it begins with 9-year-old Lia (formerly Liam) Hegarty, who says she transitioned when she was about 7 and now is “almost completely female.”

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Florida House committee advances anti-gay adoption bill

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Tallahassee – The Florida House Judiciary Committee voted 11-4 in favor of the Conscience Protection for Private Child-Placing Agencies bill on April 2.

The Conscience Protection bill would allow private adoption agencies and family foster homes to deny placing a child with a family or couple, if they feel placing the child would conflict with the agency’s religious beliefs or moral code.

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Parents, community appeal transgender bathroom policy at Kentucky high school

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A group of parents and community members have appealed a decision by a Louisville high school to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identities.

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Books for parents, kids, teens on LGBTQ experience

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NEW YORK (AP) – June is Pride Month. Here are some book suggestions for parents, kids and teens on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning gender experience.

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Orlando makes history with first-ever LGBT Youth Summit

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Orlando – From bullying to human trafficking, the first-ever Central Florida Youth Empowerment Summit covered the gamut of issues and problems that LGBT youth may face.

On Feb. 1, The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and Orlando Youth Alliance and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays teamed up for the Summit, inviting attendees of all sexualities, gender and ages.

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