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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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Despite assurances he would take no action against the LGBTQ community, Donald Trump rescinded the guidelines issued by the Obama administration clarifying Title IX protections afforded to transgender school children.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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Betrayal: NC GOP Will Not Repeal HB2

NC HB2

Despite promises to repeal the wildly unpopular anti-LGBTQ HB2, North Carolina Republicans declared they do not have enough support to amend, let along repeal the transphobic law and have abandoned any attempt at holding up their end of a bargain with state and local Democrats. The broken promise comes on the heels of the Charlotte legislature overturning their transgender-inclusive non-discrimination protections last […]

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Wyoming: Anti-Gay “License to Discriminate” Bill is Back

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

After failing to pass last year, Republicans in Wyoming just reintroduced a religion-based ‘license to discriminate’ bill targeting LGBTQ people. Though this year’s anti-LGBTQ bill from the Wyoming GOP is sponsored again by State Rep. Nathan Winters (R), its chief sponsor is Rep. Cheri Steinmetz. Winters and Steinmetz are joined by several other congressional officials from both chambers. HB 135 – also known […]

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Oklahoma GOP Proposes Extremist RFRA Legislation

Oklahoma GOP Sen Joseph Silk Proposes Extremist RFRA Legislation

Attempting to set the standard two years in a row for the most extreme and anti-gay pieces of legislation nationally, the Oklahoma legislature will consider a RFRA-style bill this session targeting LGBTQ people that also has the effect of broadly discriminating against the general  population. SB 197 – also known as the “Oklahoma Right of Conscience Act” – would allow businesses to […]

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Texas GOP Pushing anti-Transgender ‘Bathroom Bill’

Texas GOP proposes SB6 - Privacy Protection Act - a transgender bathroom bill

Joining with Kentucky and Virginia this week, the Texas GOP is proposing legislation to ban transgender individuals from using gender-segregated facilities that align with their gender identity. SB6 – also known as the Privacy Protection Act – targets transgender people for explicit discrimination in places of public accommodation. The comprehensive legislation doesn’t just target the transgender community; rather, it also […]

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