Trump Guts LGBTQ Federal Contractor Protections

Trump anti-LGBTQ executive order

Despite promises otherwise, Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday effectively gutting Obama’s order extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ federal contractors. Specifically, with the flick of a pen, Trump revoked the the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order (Executive Order 13673) that stated federal contractors must show proof they are complying with all federal laws and executive orders. That means the executive order explicitly protecting […]

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Wendy Williams Hosting Drag Race on VH1 is Problematic

Wendy Williams

During the VH1 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Friday, viewers sat though a live viewing party hosted by Wendy Williams. While the show raked in almost a million viewers (breaking records for the most-viewed episode), many pointed out the problematic nature of allowing an entertainment personality with a poor record of support for the LGBTQ community to host the viewing party in its […]

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Extremist Oklahoma Anti-Gay RFRA Legislation Fails

Oklahoma SB 197 and SB 694 dead for this session

For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma legislature failed to pass an extreme ‘religious freedom’ bill targeting members of the LGBTQ community for discrimination. SB 197 – also known as the “Oklahoma Right of Conscience Act” – would have allowed businesses the legal right to discriminate against anyone based on a religion-based desire not to be involved in “a marriage […]

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South Dakota Legalizes Anti-Gay Discrimination in Adoption

LGBT adoption

The first 2017 state-level anti-LGBTQ bill to pass a state legislature and be signed into law is official: South Dakota just passed Senate Bill 149 that will allow public child placement agencies to discriminate against potential parents so long as that discrimination is based in religious belief. Though the legislation was vehemently opposed by both child welfare experts and diversity advocacy groups, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed […]

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Louisville Councilman Used Fake ID in Bathhouse Witch Hunt

Louisville Councilman David James on a witch hunt against Vapor Spa

Claiming he didn’t want to be ‘recognized’ as a city official, Louisville Metro Councilman David James argued he “found” identification on a public sidewalk he used to gain entry to Vapor Spa – a private membership gay men’s health club in in the city’s Smoketown neighborhood. He gained entry as a part of a larger smear campaign against the business attempting to block […]

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SCOTUS Sends Back Virginia Transgender Student Case

Gavin Grimm lawsuit against Gloucester County School Board heading to SCOTUS

The Supreme Court just vacated the ruling in a case involving transgender student rights sending the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.  The decision not to hear arguments in the case follows the Trump administration’s move to rescind the Obama administration’s Title IX guidelines outlining protections for trans students. The refusal to hear the case marks one […]

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“Moral” Lawbreaking: Wyoming’s Anti-Gay HB 135

Wyoming GOP Rep Cheri Steinmetz just proposed legislation targeting LGBTQ people for discrimination - HB 135

Remember the lyrics of that old cowboy song, “Don’t Fence Me In”? Oh give me land lots of land under starry skies above don’t fence me in Let me ride through the wide open spaces that I love don’t fence me in. I found those “wide open spaces”–they’re between Wyoming legislators’ ears. A bill has been introduced into the Wyoming […]

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Trump Rescinds Transgender Student Protection Guidelines

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

Despite assurances he would take no action against the LGBTQ community, Donald Trump rescinded the guidelines issued by the Obama administration clarifying Title IX protections afforded to transgender school children. The guidelines – issued by a joint DOJ / DOE statement under Obama – protected transgender students’ rights to use gender-segregated facilities based on their gender identity. The removal of Obama’s guidelines does […]

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Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns from Breitbart after Scandal

Milo Yiannopoulos

Following the pedophilia scandal that broke over the weekend following his appointment as keynote speaker at CPAC 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos just resigned from his Breitbart position today. The resignation marks the third in a series of events following the illumination of previous interviews including the loss of his speaking position as well as his Simon & Schuster book deal. In a statement released a few moments ago, […]

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SD: GOP Lawmaker Compares LGBTQ People to Pedophiles

SD: GOP Lawmaker Phil Jensen Compares LGBTQ People to Pedophiles

In a weekend town hall addressing discriminatory legislation, a conservative South Dakota lawmaker compared the LGBTQ community to pedophiles. Senate Bill 149 – a so-called religious freedom bill that would allow adoption agencies and child placement services to use religious belief to discriminate against potential parents – stoked tensions at the meeting as people attempted to argue against its provisions. At one point, state […]

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