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NBC Out’s Top LGBTQ News Stories of the Week

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, candidate for Virginia's House of Delegates in the 13th district Courtesy of Danica Roem for Candidate

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

Jamie Shupe Facebook

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

Image: Marco Quiroga
In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017 photo, Marco Quiroga, who works to support LGBTQ and social-justice causes in central Florida, reflects in front of one of the memorials at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. John Raoux / AP

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

Image: The transgender pride, pride and Canada 150 pride flags fly on Parliament Hill in Ottawa
The transgender pride (L), pride (C) and Canada 150 pride flags fly following a flag raising ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2017. Chris Wattie / Reuters

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

Philadelphia's new rainbow Pride flag, which includes black and brown stripes, is raised at City Hall in June 2017 Kelly Burkhardt

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 waves to colleagues as he leaves the parliament in Dublin after being confirmed as taoiseach (prime minister) on June 14, 2017.
Leo Varadkar waves to colleagues as he leaves the parliament in Dublin after being confirmed as taoiseach (prime minister) on June 14, 2017. PAUL FAITH / AFP - Getty Images

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

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  People visit the makeshift memorial for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting lay at a makeshift memorial, June 14, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the wors
People visit the makeshift memorial for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting lay at a makeshift memorial, June 14, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

"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.

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