School Is In: Community Organizations

By Elizabeth Gartley Last week, I had the opportunity to work with two public librarians to lead a session on serving LGBTQ youth at a state conference for children’s and youth librarians. The collaboration was especially rewarding because while the three of us are librarians with a shared interest in serving LGBTQ youth, we also […]

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New resource available: LGBTQI Health Resource Guide

By Charlie McNabb Medicine has historically been a field that defines and pathologizes LGBTQ and intersex people. From DSM codes labeling trans identities “disorders” to surgeons routinely reconstructing the genitals of intersex babies, those outside the medical establishment’s norm (cisgender, heterosexual, and unambiguously male or female) have been variously victimized, underserved, and stereotyped. Fortunately, many […]

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Fourth Circuit upholds transgender protections in schools

By John Mack Freeman The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has found in a 2-1 decision that the US Department of Education’s interpretation that current civil rights laws protect transgender people is valid. The court upheld the interpretation as part of the 1972 Title IX Education Amendments. Via Buzzfeed: The Gloucester County School Board, however, […]

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ALSC cancels 2016 National Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina in response to HB 2

Via press release The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, voted today to cancel its 2016 National Institute scheduled for September in Charlotte, N.C. The cancellation is a response to the passage last month of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security […]

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UK updates travel advice to warn against anti-GLBT laws in USA

By John Mack Freeman The United Kingdom’s Foreign Office has updated its travel advice regarding the United States to warn GLBT travelers of new anti-GLBT legislation that has been passed in North Carolina and Mississippi. The new advisory reads: The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. […]

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2016 Banned Books Week grants offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund

Via press release For the seventh year, the Freedom to Read Foundation is offering grants to support a wide variety of engaging, provocative and fun events commemorating Banned Books Week. Applications are open for the 2016 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). Organizations are […]

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ESPN fires commentator over transphobic joke

By John Mack Freeman Curt Schilling, a former professional baseball player and current ESPN commentator, has been fired from ESPN for sharing a transphobic meme and making transphobic comments on Facebook. Via New York Times: Schilling, who had worked for the network since 2010 and most recently offered analysis on “Monday Night Baseball,” was dismissed […]

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Watch: SNL Takes On ‘Religious Freedom’ Legislation

By Ashley R. Lierman A recent parody on Saturday Night Live took aim at the entire basis of recent anti-LGBT “religious freedom” bills. In the form of a satirical movie trailer, the clip presents a right-winger’s paranoid fantasy of an America where Christians are oppressed, gays are the most powerful people in the country, and […]

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New resource announcement: LGBT Issues in Higher Education

By Cat Walker A new resource added to the GLBTRT Professional Tools page is a guide to print and online resources regarding LGBT issues in higher education. While over the past few decades, conditions have improved for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender college students, faculty, and staff, they still have to face generations of stigma […]

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Queer Quest 19: A Bag of Bones

By Ashley R. Lierman So did you hear about The 100? It’s a crummy story with a sort of okay ending. The 100, a post-apocalyptic SF drama on the CW network, had a long-running popular queer female character, and in the course of the plot she was killed off – in an accident, shortly after […]

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