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This Feb. 5, 2013, file photo, shows exterior of the now closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon.  The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. (Everton Bailey Jr. / The Oregonian via AP)

The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

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U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, 9th District) speaks outside the Howard Brown Health Center Friday, June 14 about how the Trump administration’s policies are limiting LGBTQ individuals’ access to health care. (Kristen Thometz / WTTW News)

As communities across the country celebrate Pride Month, LGBTQ organizations and activists are speaking out against Trump administration policies that limit those individuals’ access to health care.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney in Steppenwolf’s world premiere production of “Ms. Blakk for President,” co-written by ensemble members Tina Landau and McCraney. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

This unabashedly flamboyant fantasia by Tina Landau and Tarell Alvin McCraney spins the true story of Joan Jett Blakk, who helped found the Chicago branch of the Queer Nation Party and ran for Chicago mayor in 1991.

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In Chicago, Black and Latinx residents are three times more likely than whites and Asians to live in areas located at least 3 miles from LGBTQ service providers, according to a new study. 

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The Stonewall riots in New York City started the modern gay rights movement (at least, they did in the popular imagination). A new exhibition at Wrightwood 659 challenges how we think of Stonewall’s place in history.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during her inauguration ceremony at Wintrust Arena on Monday, May 20, 2019. (AP Photo / Jim Young)

Chicago’s new mayor, the first black woman and openly gay person to hold the office, takes aim at aldermanic prerogative and outlines her four guiding principles: community safety, public education, stability and integrity.

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Mikah Meyer visits the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 29, 2019. The national park site was his final stop on a three-year journey visiting all 419 national park sites. (Courtesy of Mikah Meyer)

Mikah Meyer’s cross-country trip came to an end this week when he ascended the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He’s the first person to visit all National Park Service sites in one continuous trip – and is challenging stereotypes along the way.

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Janiah Monroe was transferred this week after repeatedly claiming she’d been the victim of sexual harassment and abuse inside various all-male prisons. 

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Can an app help people stick to their medications? That’s what local researchers hope find out in a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Attorneys for inmate Janiah Monroe say she suffers from PTSD and has been a constant target for sexual harassment and abuse inside her all-male prison.

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The cousins meet: Allie n Steve Mullen, right, and Terry Mason

WTTW captures a family reunion between two cousins. Both from central Illinois, one now calls Chicago home and identifies as “trans-feminine.” The other, an evangelical Christian, stayed downstate and has no experience with the LGBTQ community.

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Retired Col. Jennifer Pritzker details her scathing rebuke of the Republican Party's positions on transgender individuals.

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The CTA makes a policy change that allows its health insurance plan to cover the cost of gender-affirming surgery for one of its bus drivers.

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Strawberry Hampton, a 27-year-old transgender woman, said she was constantly harassed and abused by prisoners and corrections officers alike inside various all-male prisons.

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It’s been 30 years since the first commemoration of World AIDS Day. We take a look at promising treatments, and some stark statistics.

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Local attorneys filed a suit on behalf of the Chicago chapter of Black & Pink – a nonprofit that offers prisoners news updates on LGBTQ issues through a monthly newsletter and other publications.