The Cherokee Nation marriage license won’t be open to same-sex couples.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee will not recognize same-sex marriages at the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina. The tribe’s decision has disappointed many people who want them to join other tribes and states that legalized marriage equality.

President Joe Biden nominates two lesbian judges to serve on the federal bench.

President Joe Biden’s latest judicial appointments are historic for LGBTQ+ people because they include two women from our community. It is a major milestone in progress towards equality and justice.

Virginia’s education procedures develop inclusion and create support for LGBTQ+ persons and children, ensuring equal access to all, no matter your sexual orientation or identity.

The Loudoun County School Board passed a major policy in August that will go into effect for the upcoming school year, impacting all Loudoun County Public Schools. It means schools will protect LGBTQ+ students from discrimination and harassment.

Charlotte, North Carolina approved a nondiscrimination ordinance for LGBTQ people.

The nondiscrimination ordinance passed unanimously by the Charlotte City Council two weeks ago is a major victory for LGBTQ rights and an important step in Charlotte’s continuing effort to make all citizens feel welcome, included, and protected.

Effort to override Governor Edwards's veto on Louisiana's trans sports ban failed.

In the latest round of state-level battles over transgender rights, a Louisiana Republican-led effort to override Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of a sports ban for trans people failed in the House.

The U.S. Department of State announce a third gender option will be allowed on U.S passports.

The U.S. Department of State announced that U.S passports will now offer a third gender option.

Will Michigan voters vote on the nondiscrimination bill to protect LGBTQ people in the 2022 ballot?

Michigan’s LGBTQ residents are in limbo. The Michigan board of canvassers has yet to certify a petition for the November ballot that would expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include LGBTQ protections.

California law now prohibits five more states in its state-funded travel ban.

California will ban taxpayer-funded travel to five more states that have recently passed measures seen as discriminatory against LGBTQ Americans, Assemblyman Evan Low announced.

Supreme court LGBTQ discrimination.

The Supreme Court of the United States announced it will not hear an appeal from a Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for same-sex weddings. The decision means the case is closed.

Chantale Wong appointed as U.S. Ambassador.

President Biden appoints the first LGBTQ person of color in history to serve as a U.S. ambassador, and she is also the first lesbian ever nominated for that position!

SCOTUS' decision on trans student's rights Gavin Grimm.

On Monday, trans student Gavin Grimm won his fight against discrimination again after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal that challenged his case. This decision is an important victory for trans rights as over 30 states have introduced anti-trans bills.

President Biden designated the Pulse nightclub as National Memorial.

The Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida is where 49 LGBTQ people were killed by a lone terrorist in 2016. As the nation celebrated Pride month, President Biden ordered that the nightclub be turned into a national memorial.

Trio of LGBTQ bills introduced in Kentucky.

In response to recent anti-LGBTQ legislation across the country, Kentucky State Rep. Lisa Willner has introduced a trio of bills aimed at boosting the rights of LGBTQ people.

Jessica Stern was appointed as U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons by President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden has announced Jessica Stern as the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons. Stern has dedicated her life to human rights activism, both internationally and domestically, so she’ll have plenty of experience working within this new position.

Americans support to marriage equality rises high.

The marriage equality movement in the United States has been gaining momentum for years and support for same-sex marriage has grown steadily.

A new poll shows that support is higher than it’s ever been before. It also reveals that even those who are against marriage equality have grown more accepting towards the idea over time, which is good news!

The Cherokee Tribal Council ignored the marriage equality ordinance.

The Cherokee Council did not take same-sex marriage seriously, and it shows. The Council had a meeting last week to discuss the idea of legalizing marriage equality on the Qualla Boundary. One LGBTQ member of the Cherokee Nation, Tamara Thompson, wanted to see this happen but when Chairman Adam Wachacha reminded Council they had not deemed Thompson’s ordinance read and tabled, he was met with silence from all other members.

Columbia, SC banned conversion therapies for LGBTQ minors.

How an ordinance was passed banning "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ minors living in Columbia, South Carolina.

North Dakota bans conversion therapy.

It took Bianca Bell, a social worker who chairs the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners, more than a year to craft a bill banning social workers from performing “conversion therapy” on LGBTQ people or anyone else who questions their sexual orientation or gender identity.

And despite a very close vote, 8 for and 7 against, members of the North Dakota Administrative Rules Committee, which licenses social workers in the state, approved the bill.

The U.S. embassy is flying an rainbow flag in the Vatican to celebrate the LGBTQ Pride Month.

The U.S. Embassy in the Vatican is putting the spotlight on LGBTQ rights as human rights and is celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month with a rainbow flag.

Napa Valley College LGBTQ Studies Degrees.

Napa Valley College’s first two LGBTQ Studies graduate students have been announced.

President Joe Biden put the LGBTQ healthcare protection back.

Well, hardly a week goes by without a pro-LGBTQ announcement from the White House! So this week, on the agenda, President Biden flipped the ban that prevented protection for LGBTQ people in healthcare.

Buncombe County in North Carolina approved a nondiscrimination ordinance.

You’ll be pleased to know that a new North Carolina county has just brought protections to LGBTQ people with a nondiscrimination ordinance.

SCOTUS won't hear Texas' case asking to be removed from California's discrimination list.

After passing a measure that discriminates against LGBTQ people, Texas found itself on California’s list of states to avoid.

Texas attempted legal action to prevent this, but it didn’t go as planned.

Marriage equality ban in Missouri.

Well, the language banning marriage equality in Missouri won’t be removed after all.

President Joe Biden appointed two LGBTQ women to the defense department.

It looks like President Biden has pulled off another surprise. Two LGBTQ women have just been appointed to important positions in the Pentagon.

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