Federal Judge Halts Nationwide Protections for Transgender Students

New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund responded to news that U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas had issued an injunction against a federal directive protecting transgender students in schools across the nation. In May, the U.S. Education and Justice Departments sent a letter and guidance to every school district in the U.S. reminding them… More Federal Judge Halts Nationwide Protections for Transgender Students

TLDEF Denounces Federal Court Ruling in Michigan Funeral Home Case

 TLDEF Denounces Federal Court Ruling in Favor of Michigan Funeral Home that Fired Employee for Being Transgender New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) condemns a federal court ruling in favor of a Garden City, Michigan funeral home that fired an employee for being transgender. The court ruled that the funeral home… More TLDEF Denounces Federal Court Ruling in Michigan Funeral Home Case

Ugandan Human Rights Coalition Calls on Government to Respect the Law following Anti Gay Pride Raid

Ugandan Coalition appalled by utterances by the Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Hon. Simon Lokodo that he would call upon Ugandans to commit unlawful acts Here is the statement from The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (the Coalition)  in Uganda, condemning the Uganda Police Force’s actions as well as the horrific… More Ugandan Human Rights Coalition Calls on Government to Respect the Law following Anti Gay Pride Raid

Report on Belize Judgment Striking Down Sodomy Law

A media consultant at Amnesty, United Kingdom, has provided the following judgment report, an unofficial summary of the Belize Court’s conclusion striking down the sodomy laws of that country. Unofficial : Judgment Report: The Court was called to order at 10 am. The case was called and appearances made by Lisa Shoman SC for all… More Report on Belize Judgment Striking Down Sodomy Law

Documents in Case Against Scott Lively Reveals Massive LGBTI Persecution

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Submits Extensive Documentation of Anti-Gay Persecution in Uganda and Role of Scott Lively and Ugandan Actors in Propelling It  Yesterday, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) submitted a filing in federal court documenting the widespread and systematic persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda and the key… More Documents in Case Against Scott Lively Reveals Massive LGBTI Persecution

Uganda Pride Postponed Due to Threats from Government Minister Lokodo

Following the brutal and unconstitutional police raid on a pre- Uganda Pride event this week, the Uganda Pride Committee has issued a  statement postponing the event. Uganda Pride Committee Statement: Dear community members, friends, partners/allies. We wish to thank you for the support in any kind you offered us and each other during yesterday’s police… More Uganda Pride Postponed Due to Threats from Government Minister Lokodo

Breaking Uganda Pride Participants Detained in Police Raid

Reports that LGBT participants have been physically and emotionally Abused by Ugandan Police Reports are coming in from an Uganda Pride event, Mr. and Mrs. Pride,  that police have raided, possibly made arrests of LGBTI activists and human rights defenders, while detaining attendees on the rooftop of a building.: An activist at the event informed… More Breaking Uganda Pride Participants Detained in Police Raid

Error in McCain Statement Against Trump Denying Trump is the Republican Party

This weekend the media and the Sunday talk shows saw this 2016 presidential campaign devolve into a feud between Goldstar Khan parents, who had spoken out at the DNC,  highlighting Trump’s insidious denigration of Muslim Americans versus presidential candidate, Republican nominee Donald Trump, who in top narcissistic form, attacked the Khans, instead of  showing grace… More Error in McCain Statement Against Trump Denying Trump is the Republican Party

To Bernie Supporters Who Say They Will Vote for Jill Stein

Please check your privilege – and consider voting with those who have none  – At the beginning of this presidential campaign and for several months thereafter, I was undecided whether to support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. It was Bernie’s progressive platform that captivated me and I vied for the revolution. He won. He shifted… More To Bernie Supporters Who Say They Will Vote for Jill Stein

Shortage of Injectable Estrogen as Public Health Risk

ESTROGEN IN PATCH AND TABLET FORMS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center warns of potential public health risk for transgender women and transfeminine people due to a nationwide shortage of some generic and brand name injectable estrogen.  Makers of the drugs have reported manufacturing delays in getting the medications to the market. “During times like these, we want… More Shortage of Injectable Estrogen as Public Health Risk

Breaking: Governor of Massachusetts Signs Transgender Bill Into Law

MA becomes first and only state this year to pass transgender -inclusive protections, including restrooms and locker rooms  BOSTON – Today Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed a transgender public accommodations bill into law making Massachusetts the only state this year to pass a bill updating state law to ensure full protections for transgender people from… More Breaking: Governor of Massachusetts Signs Transgender Bill Into Law

Callen-Lorde Board Elects First Trans Chair

New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s Board of Directors has elected Laura A. Jacobs Chair of the Board, the organization’s first trans and genderqueer-identified Board Chair in the organization’s history. Jacobs is a psychotherapist in New York City, New Jersey and Westchester, who works with transgender and gender-nonconforming, LGBTQ, and sexual/gender minority populations. Jacobs… More Callen-Lorde Board Elects First Trans Chair

Pentagon Ends Discriminatory Ban on Open Transgender Military Service

New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today joins advocates across the nation in praising the U.S. Department of Defense for lifting the ban on open transgender military service once and for all. “Effective immediately, service members may no longer be involuntarily separated, discharged or denied reenlistment solely on the… More Pentagon Ends Discriminatory Ban on Open Transgender Military Service

United Nations Makes History on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

UN human rights body establishes an Independent Expert In a defining vote, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender identity”, to mandate the appointment of an Independent Expert on the subject. It is a historic victory for the human rights of… More United Nations Makes History on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Two of US Most Anti-LGBT Lawmakers Toppled in Primary Battles

Voters in CO and UT also make history, handing victories to two transgender candidates for Congress    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two of the nation’s most virulently anti-LGBT legislators lost their primary elections on Tuesday night. South Carolina state Senator Lee Bright’s 52-48 loss in a runoff election with former Representative Scott Talley comes after he introduced legislation that… More Two of US Most Anti-LGBT Lawmakers Toppled in Primary Battles

Emotional San Francisco Pride Parade Stops in Silence for Orlando

The usual cheers and celebratory atmosphere came to a dramatic halt Sunday when San Francisco Pride’s 46th annual Parade, held its first ever intentional Parade stop, as over one million spectators and 240 marching contingencies stood, some with arms in the air, shaping the letter “O”,  in a deeply moving moment of solidarity,  remembering the… More Emotional San Francisco Pride Parade Stops in Silence for Orlando

Watoto Church Uganda Accused of International Kidney Transplant Racket in India

Watoto Church in Uganda, and its missionary founders, Gary Skinner and wife, have not been immune to scandal, despite the seemingly angelic nature of their work. Sometimes those who do ‘evil’ in the world hide behind the veneer of deeds in the name of Christianity. Some have called Watato Church a money making, land stealing… More Watoto Church Uganda Accused of International Kidney Transplant Racket in India

LGBT Asians Deeply Disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Denying Immigrants’ Rights

But is relieved that Court upholds affirmative action Washington, DC – Today, a badly divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in the case U.S. v Texas. The decision upholds a lower court’s ruling to block President Obama’s Executive Actions on immigration, which expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and created… More LGBT Asians Deeply Disappointed in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Denying Immigrants’ Rights

Sacramento Church Lease will not be renewed due to Hate by Pastor Jiminez

After self proclaimed Pastor Roger Jiminez launched his hate attack and slandered the lives and memories of the 49 massacred LGBTQIA in Orlando, people from all over California traveled to Sacramento to protest outside the Church.  The protests were robust and heartfelt and Jiminez  is now starting to feel the brunt of one certain fact… More Sacramento Church Lease will not be renewed due to Hate by Pastor Jiminez

Pastor Expels Lesbians from Church telling them to Burn in Hell

I have come to learn that when a person attaches the word PASTOR to their name, we cannot always trust that they will be real Christians, or loving, or kind, for that matter. I have come to learn that some propose the antithesis of the intention of the Christian religion – forgetting to love, not… More Pastor Expels Lesbians from Church telling them to Burn in Hell

Ugandan Police make Unsavory Accusation While Failing Murder Investigation

Imagine having a human rights organization’s office broken into and the security guard, who has become like family, murdered, brutally, in cold blood and then when you go after the police for their dilatory and incompetent handling of the case, the police retaliate, with a slanderous claim, blaming the grieving victim organization, itself.  All I… More Ugandan Police make Unsavory Accusation While Failing Murder Investigation

Kenyan Court Allows Forced Anal Exams to Catch Homosexuals

A Kenyan court on Thursday upheld the use of anal examinations to ‘determine a suspect’s sexual orientation’, dismissing the argument that the procedure amounts to torture and degrading treatment. Judge Mathew Emukule, of the Mombasa High Court, denied there was any right violated under the Kenyan constitution and international law and dismissed the case where… More Kenyan Court Allows Forced Anal Exams to Catch Homosexuals

Moving Condolensces from Uganda to Orlando

LGBT persecution in many African countries is severe, including Uganda. There persecution is openly practiced with impunity. Violence against the LGBT community is not unusual. It is institutionalized,  and people have had to navigate years and years of their government threatening to enact the death penalty against them.  Many have gone into hiding or exile.… More Moving Condolensces from Uganda to Orlando

10 Facts Showing Trump is Lying that LGBT People Support Him

I have been watching the Trump bullshit machine at work. The man cannot seem to think logically beyond his shoot from the hip rhetoric.    After the Orlando massacre, a tragedy that left 49 LGBT people dead, most of whom are Hispanic, and  immigrants or children of  immigrants, Trump gave several speeches, where he suggested that… More 10 Facts Showing Trump is Lying that LGBT People Support Him