lgbtq

Local reactions to transgender athlete bill

One local mother of a 13-year-old transgender daughter says the bill banning transgender athletes from participating in girls sports is another example of the government portraying trans women as dangerous. Katey Vinstead’s daughter Emily has not been…

Coast LGBTQ affirming church moves locations

June is Pride Month which is a time for members of the LGBTQ community to come together and feel accepted. Here on the Coast there is an unusual meeting space for many members of the LGBTQ community to gather. It’s…

First LGBTQ affirming church on the Coast

With recent talks of a military transgender ban, many members of the LGBTQ community say they have felt chastised. There is a place right here on the Coast that wants to make everyone feel right at home. Once a week,…

PLANS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE PROHIBITED FROM SERVICE MOVES FORWARD

A plan to prohibit transgender people from serving in the military can move forward. Today, the Supreme Court, in a five to four split, reversing lower-court rulings which tabled president trump's policy as cases moved through the courts. While also…

Gulf Coast Equality Fest

The LGBTQ community was colorful and full of pride at this year’s Gulf Coast Equality Fest on Saturday at Harrah’s Great Lawn. Hundreds came out to have fun with friends and bring awareness to equality. A hope board was filled…

Pride Day 2018

Locals are gearing up to celebrate Pride Day in South Mississippi. With Pride Month coming to an end, the Gulf Coast Association of Pride invites South Mississippi to Pride Day 2018 on Saturday at Point Cadet in east Biloxi. For…

Bartender at Sipps Bar receives unusual phone

Last week, Kara Coley, a bartender at Sipps Bar, received an unusual phone call that has now gone viral across the world after she posted to Facebook about a mother who had a question about her son. Coley explains the…

LGBT community reacts to court’s decision

While the LGBT community continues to fight against a Mississippi law they view as a violation of gay rights, the Supreme Court is choosing to look away. Mississippi justices refuse to hear cases challenging House Bill 1523. Those in our…

Ingalls scores one hundred percent for LGBTQ equality

Huntington Ingalls Industries is rated best place to work for the LGBTQ Equality Human Rights Campaign. Announced today, Ingalls scored one hundred percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 corporate national survey. The data collected stems from corporate practices…

HB 1523 goes into effect

The controversial house bill HB 1523 is now in effect across Mississippi. The measure went into effect after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lower federal court ruling striking down the law as unconstitutional. HB 1523 specifically allows…

Trump bans transgenders in the military

Today, President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military on Twitter. This policy will affect thousands of transgender troops in the military. Some local residents are speaking out about Trump’s decision. It’s a series of…

Freedom to Marry

Each year, the Supreme Court makes decisions on various cases that can sometimes change the lives of millions of Americans. In 2015, they did just that. News 25’s Tanner Stewart takes a closer look inside the freedom to marry. It…

Same-sex wedding cake controversy

It’s a battle between religious rights and equal treatment. The Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal from a Christian, bakery-owner who refused service to a same-sex couple in Colorado. The high profile case won’t be heard until the fall,…

‘Transality’ discussion panel at USM Gulf Coast

It’s an open forum that discusses strategies to help reduce discrimination faced by transgender and other gender non-conforming people. The Transgender Education and Advocacy Program of Mississippi held a discussion panel at the USM Gulf Coast campus for those to…

Being Religious in 2015

A Baptist pastor, Catholic parishioner and a lesbian couple sat down with News 25’s Shelby Myers to discuss the hardships of holding to their religious faith in an ever-changing America.