From transgender candidate Danica Roem’s historic primary win in Virginia to Oregon becoming the first state in the U.S. to add a third gender option to drivers’ licenses, here are NBC Out’s top LGBTQ stories of the week.
Trans Candidate Danica Roem Wins Virginia Primary
Danica Roem bested three other Democrats to become the first transgender candidate to win a primary for Virginia’s House of Delegates. Click here to read story.
Oregon Adds Third Gender Option to Driver’s Licenses
For the first time in U.S. history, driver's licenses and ID cards will offer an "X" gender alongside male and female. Click here to read story. Click here to read story.
Killings of LGBTQ People in US Rose to a Record in 2016
More LGBTQ people were killed in the U.S. in 2016 than in any of the 20 years since record-keeping began, according to National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Click here to read story.
Canada Passes Bill Extending Transgender Protections
Bill C-16 adds prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act. Click here to read story.
Controversy Flies Over Philadelphia’s New Pride Flag
The black and brown stripes on Philadelphia’s new rainbow flag are inspiring hope in some and anger in others. Click here to read story.
Ireland Elects First Openly Gay Prime Minister
Leo Varadkar was elected Irish Prime Minister on Wednesday, making the 38-year-old the country's first gay premier youngest person to hold the office. Click here to read story.
Pulse & the Beautiful, Sad, Joyful Tradition of Queer Grief
"Behind the lights and the seedy bars and the glitter and the protests, there’s a unifying pain that connects us loosely in the good times, and tightly in the bad." Click here to read story.