AL Senate Candidate Roy Moore: “Transgenders Don’t Have Rights”

Roy Moore Senate Campaign

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore – the man facing allegations of being a pedophile – argued at a press conference Wednesday that “The transgenders don’t have rights.” While some would read this statement as meaning transgender people are not a class of people recognized as being a protected class, based on his previous remarks about LGBTQ people, the comment should probably […]

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Man Denied Marriage License May Challenge Kim Davis

David Ermold and Kim Davis

After learning that Kim Davis would seek reelection to her county clerk position, the man who began the legal saga that landed Davis in jail announced today he may challenge her in next year’s election for Rowan County Clerk. David Ermold and his husband David Moore were the couple who made the now-infamous video of Moore denying the couple a marriage license using […]

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Virginia School Board Candidate Targets LGBTQ Teenager [UPDATED]

John Kinchen

[UPDATE – November 8, 2017 at 10AM ET] Barbara Rypkema defeated John Kinchen for school board, Timberlake District during voting last night. It’s unknown whether this campaign ad had an effect on voting, but regardless, the voters of Campbell County have spoken. [ORIGINAL STORY] John Kinchen, a candidate in the Campbell County School Board in Virginia, singled out a gay teenager […]

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Trump’s Ban on Transgender Military Service Blocked By Courts

Trump attacked LGBTQ rights by rescinding the Obama transgender Title IX guidelines

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. blocked the largest portion of Donald Trump’s memo barring transgender persons from openly serving in the armed services. Citing legitimate concerns that the ban would impact Fifth Amendment rights, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction against the ban going into effect. The injunction does not affect the portion of Trump’s memo pertaining to medical […]

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Gay and Catholic? No Religious Funeral For You!

Catholic leadership in Madison, Wisconsin recently sent an email to priests detailing recommended guidelines for handling funerals for gay church members. In a display of heartlessness, the leaked message suggested that those who may have been active in the LGBTQ community be denied a religious funeral service. Leadership also communicated that same-sex partners be excluded from having any prominent role in the funeral ceremony, including mention […]

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Georgia Lawmaker Suggests Quarantining HIV+ People

Georgia state Rep Betty Price

Discussing the high cost of medical care and the potential to infect others, Georgia state Representative Betty Price (R) suggested quarantining people living with HIV. Her comments came as a part of a House committee meeting on Tuesday about access to health care. Price – a medical doctor and wife of now-former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price – offered […]

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DOJ Releases Virulently Anti-Gay ‘Religious Liberty’ Memo

Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump

Capping off a week where the Department of Justice rescinded workplace protections for transgender people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a lengthy memo today outlining the DOJ’s intention to allow discrimination through use of ‘religious liberty’ exceptions. The wide-spanning memo never explicitly mentions LGBTQ people, but targets every industry and avenue LGBTQ people have been fighting legal roadblocks to promote […]

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Indefensible: The US Vote Against the UN Death Penalty Resolution

Although the United States and Europe have made impressive strides, both culturally and legally, in the battle against homophobia, that progress has by no means been global in scope. Homosexuality is illegal in over 70 countries, and in 13 of them, the penalty is death. Very few of the issues that come before the United Nations are straightforward, but on […]

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DOJ Rescinds Obama-Era Title VII Transgender Worker Protections

Department of Justice Launches Attack on LGBTQ Civil Rights

Demonstrating once again the Trump administration is no ally to the LGBTQ community, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama administration policy stating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects transgender people from workplace discrimination. The move to remove protections takes action again then-Attorney General Eric Holder’s 2014 policy memo clarifying the Department of Justice viewed transgender discrimination as a form […]

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Identity Versus Behavior: What’s the Legal Difference?

Persecution and Privilege

As the Supreme Court prepares to take up one of the persistent “I won’t bake a cake for ‘those people’” cases, a friend asked me to explain the difference between a merchant who refused to do business with a Neo-Nazi group and one who refused to serve gays or Jews. It’s an important distinction, but not an immediately intuitive one. […]

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