LGBT groups banned from UN AIDS conference by request of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

By John Mack Freeman The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has requested that the United Nations ban several GLBT groups from an upcoming conference on HIV and AIDS. Via Towleroad: Though no official reason was given for the ban, nearly all of the groups denied access to the event were linked to LGBT rights. US ambassador to […]

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Read: Excerpt from A Day In May, Celebrating Irish Marriage Equality

By Ashley R. Lierman A new book by Charlie Bird focuses on marriage equality in Ireland, which was voted into law at this time one year ago. The Advocate presented an excerpt from the story of John Paul Calnan in the book, about the heartache of a bereaved partner before same-sex marriage was the law […]

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Watch: Samantha Bee on “Potty Prefect” McCrory

By Ashley R. LIerman On her show Full Frontal this week, Samantha Bee was another commentator to tear into North Carolina’s recent transphobic law House Bill 2. Her shaming of Governor Pat McCrory as “potty prefect” of the state came as part of a larger piece on how moderate and liberal voter apathy in the […]

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Watch: New HBO Documentary “Suited” Looks at Trans and Nonbinary Clothing

By Ashley R. Lierman A new documentary from HBO, Suited, will focus on Brooklyn-based tailoring company Bindle & Keep, which serves trans men and women as well as gender non-conforming people, reports Out.com. Produced by Lena Dunham, the film will follow the experiences of various clients of the company, and the importance of what Bindle & Keep does to help […]

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Oregon creates guidelines for new protections of trans students in state

By John Mack Freeman New guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education encourage educators throughout the state to create new protections for trans students. The document runs 15 pages and was created as a response to districts in the state needing advice on how to handle these emerging issues. The document recommends districts allow students to […]

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Alabama Chief Justice suspended over same-sex marriage ethics charge

By John Mack Freeman Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore has been suspended after ethics charges were filed against him in that state. The charges have to do with Moore’s meddling in the implementation of the Obergefell United States Supreme Court decision which made same-sex marriage legal in Alabama. Via LA Times: In its […]

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Chicago Public Schools releases new guidelines to support trans students, employees

By John Mack Freeman On May 3rd, the Chicago Public Schools system released new guidelines related to trans students and staff use of restrooms and locker rooms in the district. Via the press release from Chicago Public Schools: Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ) today announced the implementation of new guidelines to support transgender students, […]

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Justice Department says North Carolina’s HB-2 violates Civil Rights Act

By John Mack Freeman The United States Justice Department issued a letter to the state of North Carolina this week informing them that the state’s anti-GLBT law commonly known as HB-2 was a violation of the Civil Rights Act’s ban on discrimination on the basis of sex. The letter gave the state until Monday, May […]

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GLAAD: Diversity in GLBT film characters down in 2015

By John Mack Freeman This week, GLAAD released its annual report on the state of GLBT representation in films produced by the major studios in Hollywood. Of 126 major releases, 17.5% had a character that identified as GLBT. Via PinkNews: However, when it came to racial diversity of these characters there was a noticeable drop. […]

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