Trump halts visas for same-sex partners of diplomats, UN employees

Trump halts visas for same-sex partners of diplomats, UN employees

President Donald Trump's administration began denying visas to the unmarried, same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and officials and employees of the United Nations this week — making marriage a requirement to be eligible for a visa. 

Transgender Woman Makes History: Wins Vermont Governor’s Primary

Transgender Woman Makes History: Wins Vermont Governor’s Primary

Christine Hallquist “…became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for a governorship by a major party, beating three other candidates in Vermont’s Democratic primary, according to The Associated Press.”

Georgia Man Gets 40 Years in Prison for Hot-Water Attack on Gay Men

Georgia Man Gets 40 Years in Prison for Hot-Water Attack on Gay Men

“Mr. Tolbert said he spent 10 days in the hospital, undergoing skin grafts for burns on his back, arms and neck. Mr. Gooden, who was also severely burned, received a month of treatment for his injuries, during which he had to be put into an induced coma.”

White House aims for Thursday signing of "religious liberty" executive order

White House aims for Thursday signing of "religious liberty" executive order

President Donald Trump has invited conservative leaders to the White House on Thursday for what they expect will be the ceremonial signing of a long-awaited—and highly controversial—executive order on religious liberty, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

Court: Civil Rights law prohibits LGBT discrimination

Court: Civil Rights law prohibits LGBT discrimination

"The 7th Circuit is considered relatively conservative and five of the eight judges in the majority were appointed by Republican presidents, making the finding all the more notable."

Trump’s U.S. Census cuts LGBT survey questions

Trump’s U.S. Census cuts LGBT survey questions

 

The redaction of LGBT categories is similar to the proposal at the Department of Health & Human Survey to remove established questions seeking to identify LGBT elders in from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants, or NSOAAP. 

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Bathroom Case Puts Transgender Student on National Stage

Bathroom Case Puts Transgender Student on National Stage

Amid a thicket of conflicting state laws and local school policies on bathroom use, the suit, which pits Mr. Grimm against his school board in Gloucester County, Va., could greatly expand transgender rights — or roll them back.

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Bigotry has a Price: Anti-LGBT North Carolina Governor loses election

Bigotry has a Price: Anti-LGBT North Carolina Governor loses election

“Mr. McCrory — whose one term was buffeted by nationwide anger over a law he signed that curbed anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people — had little choice but to admit defeat.

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Trump/Pence and the future of global LGBT rights

Trump/Pence and the future of global LGBT rights

If Trump enables Pence’s attitudes toward sexuality and gender identity to prevail in U.S. foreign policy, it will shift the already precarious balance of power in the United Nations. The internationalization of LGBT rights will slow if not halt.

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Supreme Court to Hear Transgender-Rights Case

Supreme Court to Hear Transgender-Rights Case

The court's decision will also affect the legal battle over transgender rights in North Carolina, where the state's economy is suffering from boycotts in response to the bathroom law it adopted in March.

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Pentagon Lifts Ban On Transgender Troops

Pentagon Lifts Ban On Transgender Troops

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Thursday that lifting the ban on transgender troops only enhances what is “the finest fighting force the world has ever known.”

We Are Orlando: Community Statement and Gathering

We Are Orlando: Community Statement and Gathering

The LGBT Institute, along with a host of community organizations, have released a statement today on the Orlando massacre. 

How the world is celebrating International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

How the world is celebrating International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

IDAHOT is celebrated annually on 17 May to commemorate WHO's decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990. IDAHOT was created in 2004 and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries, whether in triumph or in defiance. 

Obamacare Rule Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Patients

Obamacare Rule Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Patients

The Obama administration has finalized a new rule that bans discrimination against transgender people and all discrimination on the basis of sex within health programs that receive federal funding.

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U.S. Directs Public Schools to Allow Transgender Access to Restrooms

U.S. Directs Public Schools to Allow Transgender Access to Restrooms

The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

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Federal appeals court sides with transgender teen, says bathroom case can go forward

Federal appeals court sides with transgender teen, says bathroom case can go forward

 

A federal appeals court in Richmond has sided with a transgender high school student, saying that he can proceed with his lawsuit arguing that his school board’s decision to ban him from the boys’ bathroom is discriminatory.

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Georgia Governor Rejects Bill Shielding Critics of Gay Marriage

Georgia Governor Rejects Bill Shielding Critics of Gay Marriage

“I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia.” – Governor Nathan Deal

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