LGBT Rights
The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay "Conversion Therapy"

The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay “Conversion Therapy”

The statement was in response to a WhiteHouse.gov petition that was created after the suicide of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn, which gained more than 120,000 signatures.
Malta Passes Law to Ban 'Normalization' Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender

Malta Passes Law to Ban ‘Normalization’ Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender

The new law also allows people to change their gender identity on documents by simply filing an affidavit with a notary, which ends the requirement for surgery in order to legally identify as a gender other than the one assigned at birth.
On Transgender Day of Visibility, Advocates are Celebrating Trans Lives and Experiences

On Transgender Day of Visibility, Advocates are Celebrating Trans Lives and Experiences

Today is a designated day for the trans community to share and celebrate their lives and experiences.
Senate 'Vote-A-Rama' Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Senate ‘Vote-A-Rama’ Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

A bipartisan majority of Senators this week voted in favor of budget amendments that show growing momentum for paid sick leave for employees, social security and veterans benefits for same-sex couples, equal pay, and fair treatment for pregnant workers.
Nebraska Could Become the Next State With Marriage Equality

Nebraska Could Become the Next State With Marriage Equality

US District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled Monday morning that Nebraska's same-same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
FMLA Update Will Expand Protections for Thousands of Same-Sex Couples

FMLA Update Will Expand Protections for Thousands of Same-Sex Couples

The FMLA update means employees in legal, same-sex marriages can take family medical leave to take care of their spouse even if they live in another state. The change could affect up to 118,000 spouses.
Kate Brown Just Became America's First-Ever Openly Bisexual Governor

Kate Brown Just Became America’s First-Ever Openly Bisexual Governor

Brown's election represents a victory for women and LGBT folks, who are underrepresented in gubernatorial positions as well as in all levels of national and state leadership.
Marriage Equality Has Officially Come to Alabama

Marriage Equality Has Officially Come to Alabama

The Supreme Court refused to stop a federal court ruling today that requires Alabama state officials to recognize same-sex marriage rights. The state has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Activist Monica Jones Can Now Appeal Her Conviction for "Walking While Trans"

Activist Monica Jones Can Now Appeal Her Conviction for “Walking While Trans”

An Arizona appeals court Monday overruled an April verdict that highlighted police profiling of trans women of color.
Protestors Demand Justice After Denver Police Fatally Shoot Queer Latina Teen

Protestors Demand Justice After Denver Police Fatally Shoot Queer Latina Teen

On Monday morning, a 16-year-old lesbian Latina named Jessie Hernandez was shot and killed by Denver police. Now, her friends and family are uniting with communities of color and LGBT activists to demand justice.
Mormon Church Moves To Protect Gay Rights

Mormon Church Moves To Protect Gay Rights

Leaders of the Mormon Church said it is promising to support housing and job protections for the LGBT community in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to others' behavior.
Trans People Can No Longer Obtain Driver's Licenses in Russia

Trans People Can No Longer Obtain Driver’s Licenses in Russia

The new regulations put trans folks and anyone suffering from "fetishism, exhibitionism, and voyeurism" among those with primarily physical impairments such as blindness who are barred from driving.
Transgender Woman Elected Mayor in India

Transgender Woman Elected Mayor in India

On Sunday, independent candidate Madhu Kinnar was elected mayor over Mahaveer Guruji of the popular Bharatiya Janata Party by more than 4,500 votes.
Scripps College Will Now Officially Admit Transgender Women

Scripps College Will Now Officially Admit Transgender Women

The new policy will be in effect for all Fall 2016 applicants.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Raises Awareness About the Dangers of Transphobia

Transgender Day of Remembrance Raises Awareness About the Dangers of Transphobia

Today marks the 15th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a memorial for all transgender (and other non-gender-conforming people) who have lost their lives due to hatred and violence toward their identity.
Sixth Circuit Ruling on Gay Marriage Bans Could Send Marriage Equality to the Supreme Court

Sixth Circuit Ruling on Gay Marriage Bans Could Send Marriage Equality to the Supreme Court

This Sixth Circuit has changed the legal landscape, becoming the first federal Court of Appeals to uphold a ban since the US Supreme Court decided US v. Windsor.
UPDATE: Supreme Court Justice Delays Marriage Equality in Idaho

UPDATE: Supreme Court Justice Delays Marriage Equality in Idaho

Justice Kennedy issued a one-page order requiring the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to delay their ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban.
Marriage Equality Set to Take Hold in 35 States Following Court Rulings

Marriage Equality Set to Take Hold in 35 States Following Court Rulings

Decisions by the US Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week brought the number of states in which same-sex marriage bans are effectively null and void to 35.
Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has brought two lawsuits on behalf of transgender worker, marking the first time the federal government has sued to protect transgender rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Ecuador Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions

Ecuador Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions

As of this upcoming September 15, same-sex couples in Ecuador will legally be able to register their civil unions.