LGBT Rights

Pentagon Approves Gender-Affirming Surgery for Troops

Last week the Pentagon announced that they would cover gender-affirming surgery for active duty troops on a case-by-case basis after a recommendation by a physician and approval by senior officials.

North Carolina Drops Lawsuit Over HB 2 Bathroom Bill

The lawsuit that North Carolina filed in May requesting federal court protection of the state’s HB 2 law came to an end this past Friday when Governor Pat McCrory withdrew the state’s lawsuit.

LGBTQ Apps Banned in Indonesia Creating Further Setbacks for the Community

This past Wednesday, Indonesia further restricted LGBTQ rights when officials enacted a ban on Grindr, Blued and BoyAhoy, along with 80 other gay dating apps.

Army Approves Gender-Transition Surgery for Chelsea Manning

This past Tuesday, the United States Army approved gender-reassignment surgery for Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving 35 years in a Kansas military prison for distributing classified information to WikiLeaks.

NCAA Rescinds North Carolina as Host for Championship Games in Wake of HB 2

The NCAA announced yesterday that they will not be holding any championship games in North Carolina this school year due to the state’s discriminatory anti-LGBTQ law, commonly referred to as HB 2.

Tanzania Expands on Their Anti-LGBTQI Agenda

This past week, the Tanzanian government and the Deputy for Health, Community Development and Gender issued a threat condemning all LGBTQI equity groups in the country.

Small Victory in Fight Against North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill

Last week federal judge Thomas Schroeder blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing the state’s HB 2 law’s transgender bathroom restriction only in the cases of the three plaintiffs, two students at UNC and a North Carolina Central University law professor.

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.