Kansas anti-trans bills dead in legislature

By John Mack Freeman Two so-called “bathroom bills” have stalled and died in the Kansas legislature meaning that there is no chance that they will pass this year. Senate Bill 513 and House Bill 2737 would have (via Advocate.com): […] barred trans students in public K-12 schools, as well as state colleges and universities, from […]

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The Little Gadfly: The terribly important issue of… toilets.

By A. Faulkner North Carolina’s HB2 has been all over the news the past few weeks.  Even with my less-than-stellar news habits, I couldn’t help but pick up strings of conversation.  I was confused though.  It all seemed to be boiling down to a debate about whether letting people self-select the silhouette with the skirt […]

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Department of Education releases searchable list of schools that seek to discriminate against GLBT people

By John Mack Freeman The United States Department of Education has released a searchable database of schools that have sought exemption from anti-discrimination rules based on their religious character. This has come about because several senators had requested more transparency in the process of requesting waivers. The list can be searched by school name, state, […]

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Legislation to ban ex-gay therapy introduced in Senate

By John Mack Freeman Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Patty Murray (D-WA) along with 16 other senators introduced legislation this week that would make ex-gay therapy illegal in the United States. The bill would declare the treatment a fraudulent practice. Via The Washington Blade: Booker and Murray along with 16 other Democrats introduced the Therapeutic […]

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Tennessee governor signs anti-GLBT counseling bill into law

By John Mack Freeman This week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that would allow therapists and counselors to refuse to treat people because the patient is GLBT. Via LGBTQ Nation: The American Counseling Association called the legislation an “unprecedented attack” on the counseling profession and said Tennessee was the only state […]

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North Carolina conferences continue to pull out over anti-GLBT law

By John Mack Freeman Despite a continuing press offensive by Governor Pat McCrory, organizations and businesses are continuing to cancel conferences or reconsider plans to host events in North Carolina. This week, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation cancelled a potential 7 year contract in Asheville that would have been worth $1.5 million annually because of […]

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Anti-GLBT legislation dies in South Carolina, Missouri

By John Mack Freeman This week, anti-GLBT legislation in both South Carolina and Missouri died in those states’ respective legislatures. In South Carolina, South Carolina Senate Bill 1203, which would have prevented cities and schools from establishing protections that would allow transgender individuals from using sex-designated bathrooms, missed the so-called “crossover” deadline. The crossover deadline is the date […]

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Editor of gay-themed magazine murdered in Bangladesh

By John Mack Freeman This past Monday night, unknown assailants attacked and hacked to death two men in an ongoing series of attacks that have targeted atheists, moderates, and foreigners. Via the Associated Press: The victims were identified as USAID employee Xulhaz Mannan, who previously worked as a U.S. Embassy protocol officer, and his friend, Tanay […]

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From the Chair: At the Table

By Peter D. Coyl Recently ALA has taken a stand on a number of pieces of legislation that affect the GLBT community including Georgia and North Carolina.  In the case of Georgia, the GLBTRT was invited to help draft and co-sign a letter with ALA President Sari Feldman and in the case of North Carolina, with […]

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