LGBT Rights

Obama Administration and States in Contention over Transgender Rights

Last night, a federal judge in Texas blocked the Obama administration from enforcing guidelines that extended protections under Title IX to transgender students in public schools.

Seattle Scheduled to Vote on LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Ban

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote this upcoming Monday on a citywide ban of LGBTQ conversion therapy.

States Sue over Department of Education’s Transgender Equality Initiative

Ten more states sued the Obama Administration last week over a federal directive requiring schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, joining the eleven states that had already filed suit in May.

House Holds Hearing on Anti-LGBTQ Bill despite Widespread Criticism

Exactly one month after the massacre at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman claimed the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 others, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on a piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation known as the First Amendment Defense Act.

House to Hold Hearing on Anti-LGBTQ Bill One Month After Orlando Shooting

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing next week on a federal anti-LGBTQ bill, similar to the one that was just blocked by a federal judge in Mississippi. The hearing will take place on Tuesday morning, exactly one month after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando that claimed the...

Mississippi Judge Strikes Down Anti-LGBT Law

A federal judge blocked Mississippi law H.B. 1523 hours before it was slated to take effect last week.

Defense Secretary Carter Lifts Ban on Transgender Service Members

In a historic decision, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Thursday that the Pentagon is lifting its discriminatory ban on transgender people serving openly in the United States military.

PayPal Cancels Plans to Expand into North Carolina Citing New Discriminatory Law

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman announced on Tuesday that the company made a "clear and unambiguous" decision to cancel plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina, stating that HB2 "violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture."

Lawsuit Challenges North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law

Civil liberties groups joined with two transgender people and a law school professor today to file a federal suit challenging North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law.

Supreme Court Reverses Alabama Ruling Against Gay Adoption

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that every state must recognize the parental rights of same-sex parents who legally adopt a child. The decision reverses an Alabama Supreme Court decision that refused to recognize the parental rights of a lesbian mother who adopted three children in Georgia in 2007.
LGBT Californians Make Legal Strides

LGBT Californians Make Legal Strides

This month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law four bills that protect same-sex families, LGBT students and many more.
Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court, Refuses to Issue Marriage Licenses

Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court, Refuses to Issue Marriage Licenses

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis will be summoned to court this morning where a federal judge could hold her in contempt for refusing to issue a marriage licenses to gay couples.
Queer Troop Leaders Are Now Welcome By The Boy Scouts of America

Queer Troop Leaders Are Now Welcome By The Boy Scouts of America

This win for LGBT rights is limited, however, as troops organized through church groups can still decide if they will allow gay leaders.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules LGBT Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules LGBT Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination

The EEOC declared that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects the LGBT community from workplace discrimination.
Pentagon Starts Process to Lift Ban on Transgender Military Members

Pentagon Starts Process to Lift Ban on Transgender Military Members

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced this week that the Department of Defense will begin the process of lifting the ban on transgender military service members.
We Need to Talk About the SCOTUS Marriage Equality Dissenters

We Need to Talk About the SCOTUS Marriage Equality Dissenters

It was a moment in time that I will remember for the rest of my life. It was the kind of joy you experience deep in your chest. But what I’m really going to remember is how close it was.
Moving Beyond Marriage: What Needs to Be Next for the LGBT Rights Movement

Moving Beyond Marriage: What Needs to Be Next for the LGBT Rights Movement

A marriage certificate is not a shield from discrimination.
Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right

Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right

In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that same-sex couples fundamentally have equal protections under the Constitution.
Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday.
Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills

Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills

The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 743 / HB 862 and SB 416 / HB 838 by wide margins and with bipartisan support on March 24, after which both were sent to the Governor's desk.