Army Secretary Nominee: Public Health Care Harms Religious Conversion [UPDATED]

Mark Green

Speaking to a church group in 2015, Trump Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green argued that government-subsidized health care prevents people from turning to religion for assistance. That, in turn, is “an injustice that’s even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state.” The Washington Examiner initially reported on the comments: Mark Green, a state senator in Tennessee, told a church […]

Continue reading »

Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green Angry Over “Liberal Left” Criticisms

Mark Green

In a post to his Facebook page, Trump Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green lashed out at the “liberal left” for quoting his previous anti-LGBTQ comments verbatim. Arguing that they “cut and spliced my words about terrorism and ISIS blatantly falsifying what I’ve said,” Green presented a laundry list of contentions that run counter to his earlier on-record statements. In his post, Green argued: […]

Continue reading »

North Carolina Democrats’ HB2 “Repeal” Harms LGBTQ People

NC HB2

Despite an election to his governorship based in large part on a position stating HB2 should be repealed because it harms both the North Carolina economy and LGBTQ people, Governor Roy Cooper (and many of his Democratic legislative counterparts) fast-tracked legislation today to “repeal” HB2 while still maintaining discrimination against LGBTQ people. HB142 – the bill that “repeals” HB2 – focuses almost exclusively on […]

Continue reading »

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 […]

Continue reading »

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 […]

Continue reading »

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 […]

Continue reading »

Kentucky: Transgender Bathroom Bills Dead in the Water

Kentucky Democrat Rick Nelson proposed HB105 and HB 106 - Religious Freedom & Bathroom Bills

Two Kentucky legislature bills targeting the transgender community are dead in the water according to House Speaker Jeff Hoover (R). While HB 106 more broadly focused on bathroom use across the state (similar to the structuring of North Carolina HB2), HB 141 explicitly targeted public school restrooms. According to Republican leadership, neither bill will receive a vote during this session. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported: Two […]

Continue reading »

Toledo Bans Conversion Therapy & Protects Gender Identity

LGBTQ rights in Toledo Ohio - gay and transgender rights

Yesterday the Toledo, Ohio City Council unanimously approved a measure banning anti-gay conversion therapy while adding gender identity to their city’s anti-discrimination protection classes. While many in the religious conservative community opposed it arguing its mental health counseling requirements would affect them (they won’t), those actually credentialed to provide such care lauded the vote. The Toledo Blade reported: Conversion therapy, which is designed to change a […]

Continue reading »

DeVos Confirmed; Pence’s Anti-LGBTQ Agenda Can Proceed

Betsy DeVos

After contentious confirmation hearings and a 50-50 vote (with all Democrats, all Independents and two Republicans voting against a solid Republican block), Vice President Mike Pence broke the Senate tie and confirmed Betsy DeVos as the next Education Secretary. This comes as little surprise as her history of school privatization efforts and support for religious schools falls in line with Pence’s historic […]

Continue reading »

Draft of “Sweeping” Anti-LGBTQ Executive Order Leaked

Trump anti-LGBTQ executive order

After news leaked earlier this week the Trump administration was assembling an anti-LGBTQ executive order to bridge the gap until the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) was passed, the Trump administration denied they were targeting the LGBTQ community and went so far as to announce they would retain President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBTQ federal workers. Tonight a draft of […]

Continue reading »
1 2 3 19