The U.S. Senate will finally vote on legislation that would protect marriage equality after the midterm elections, with Democrats preferring to postpone the vote for more success.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Respect for Marriage Act soon. This law would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and would provide equal benefits for all married couples, regardless of their sexual orientation and state laws.
A recent poll conducted by GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, found that the LGBTQ+ community could play a decisive role in the Florida Governor race.
The Trump administration has been relentlessly attacking health care for LGBTQ+ people when in office, including rescinding an Obama-era rule that protected against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This put LGBTQ+ people at risk of being denied care or being treated unfairly by healthcare providers.
A few days ago, the Biden administration announced their intention to reinstate this rule. The decision was widely welcomed by LGBTQ+ rights organizations, which have been fighting for this change for many years.
In a recent court case, a federal judge in Tennessee issued an order barring two U.S. federal agencies from enforcing new federal guidelines against discrimination in schools and workplaces.
For years, the Navajo Nation has prohibited same-sex marriage, denying LGBTQ couples the same rights and benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. However, that may soon change. Navajo Nation lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would repeal the ban on same-sex marriage and extend spousal rights to LGBTQ couples.
Recently, the Arizona Department of Education allocated coronavirus relief funds to purchase several books featuring LGBTQ+ characters. This is a big win for the LGBTQ community, as it represents a significant investment in inclusive and affirming materials for youth.
Starting July 1, LGBTQ+ students in six American states will be facing radically different school environments than the ones they are used to. At the beginning of the month, ten anti-LGBTQ laws went into effect, all of them related to education, including the law restricting the teaching of gender and sexuality in schools, known as “Don’t Say Gay or Trans.”
Governor Doug Ducey signed into law two new bills that target the transgender community in Arizona.
A new bill has been introduced in the Utah state legislature that would protect same-sex married couples from being invalidated. The bill was announced on Tuesday and is sponsored by Senator Derek Kitchen.
A recent poll, conducted from May 2-22, 2022, showed that support for marriage equality in the United States had reached a new high of 71%!
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that could have profound implications for the rights of LGBTQ Americans.
When I told you the other day about the law that now prevents transgender girls and women from playing sports on a team that matches their gender identity, I didn’t think I’d be talking about Oklahoma and its anti-trans laws again so soon. But here we are. Last Wednesday was another dark day for the transgender community in that state.
Recently, lawmakers in Louisiana attempted to pass a bill that would have banned “conversion therapy” for minors. Unfortunately, the bill stalled in committee and will not become law at this time.
There has been a disturbing trend of discrimination and violence against transgender people. In many states, transgender girls and women have been banned from playing sports simply because of their gender identity. In other states, transgender people have been denied access to health care. This is not only unjust, but it is also dangerous. And the cruelty, unfortunately, doesn’t stop there. There are now threats to take trans kids away from their parents. Fortunately, there is a movement underway to stop this and protect them and their families from these inhuman laws.
In a disappointing but not surprising turn of events, Oklahoma has joined the ranks of states considering legislation that would ban transgender youth from participating in sports in teams matching their gender identity. The bill was approved by the state legislature and then by the governor.
In America, there is a big difference in the rights of same-sex couples depending on which tribe they belong to. The Navajo Nation is the largest tribe that does not allow same-sex couples to have the same rights to marry as straight couples. As a result, a legislator has introduced a marriage equality bill to remedy this.
It is appalling that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem recently signed a bill into law that prevents transgender kids and students from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity.
At a semi-annual general conference, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, reaffirmed its stance on same-sex marriage and “changes that confuse or alter gender.”
In America, many recent laws have been passed to limit the rights of transgender people. One of the most recent examples is the law signed in Iowa that prohibits transgender girls and women from playing sports on a team that matches their gender identity. Today is a sad day for transgender rights in America. It is also a sad day for those who believe in the importance of inclusion and diversity.
When she learned that more and more anti-LGBTQ bills were making their way through the Iowa Legislature - 21 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced in the Iowa Legislature in 2021 - Elle Wyant decided to take action. These bills are a direct attack on LGBTQ people like her, so she intends to stop them by any means necessary. So she has announced that she will be running for District 91 seat in this year’s election.
Kansas transgender youth will continue playing sports with a team that matches their gender identity after lawmakers failed to override the governor’s veto on the trans sports ban.
Kristin Crowley made history when she was appointed fire chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). She is the first-ever woman and LGBTQ person to hold this position!
Last year, Florida had an opportunity to erase an outdated and unenforceable law banning marriage equality from state statutes, but lawmakers failed to take action. This year, Senator Tina Polsky and lesbian Rep. Michele Rayner have introduced two bills that would finally remove this archaic ban. Unfortunately, these bills were rejected by the Florida legislature too.
Many marriage equality supporters were angry after the Virginia House of Delegates rejected a proposed amendment to remove the same-sex marriage ban from the state’s constitution.
The United Methodist Church in Iowa just issued a new directive that will allow same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ+ clergy.
With a rapidly growing population, the LGBTQ+ community is set to make up over 10% of America’s total soon!
In 2006, voters approved an amendment that banned same-sex marriage in Virginia. This provision has remained part of Virginia’s constitution to this day, although it was later ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Democrats and some Republicans want to rid ourselves of such restriction while more conservative legislators disagree; we’ll see what happens!
Two month ago, I wrote about how the state of Tennessee was passing a bill that would ban transgender girls from playing sports in a team that matches their gender identity. It was a discouraging development, and unfortunately, the situation for transgender rights is no better in Arizona. The Senate Judiciary Committee has just approved a similar bill, meaning it is one step closer to becoming law. If this bill passes, it will be a huge setback for the transgender community.