New HHS Appointment Severino is Anti Planned Parenthood And Anti Choice

Appointment of Roger Severino  yields an Anti Reproductive Rights Director to Lead Office for Civil Rights At Department of Health and Human Services WASHINGTON, DC, March 24, 2017 –Today, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement in response to the appointment of Roger Severino … More New HHS Appointment Severino is Anti Planned Parenthood And Anti Choice

Trump Admin Selects Anti-Transgender Activist to Lead HHS Civil Rights Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week President Trump’s administration quietly appointed Roger Severino, a longtime opponent of transgender equality, as the head of the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services. Severino formerly ran the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation, an anti-LGBT think tank and lobbying … More Trump Admin Selects Anti-Transgender Activist to Lead HHS Civil Rights Office

Anti-LGBTI Hate Bus Hits Streets of New York

The so-called FreeSpeechBus, is currently spreading its hateful message through the streets of New York City. The organizers behind the bus include the notoriously anti-LGBTI groups International Organization for the Family and National Organization for Marriage. The bright orange bus is covered in the message, “It’s Biology: Boys are boys…and always will be. Girls are … More Anti-LGBTI Hate Bus Hits Streets of New York

Marin County Resolution for Immigrants

With Board of Supervisors  resolution, relationship of trust and respect urged for everyone (County Press Release): Social equity has been a top priority for the County of Marin for many years, and the Board of Supervisors emphasized its importance again after the Marin community expressed concerns about the changing immigration policy in Washington, D.C. At … More Marin County Resolution for Immigrants

California Appropriations Committee Vote 5-0 to Approve Religious Freedom Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a vote of 5-0 with two members abstaining. Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced the California Religious Freedom Act (S.B. 31).  Senate Bill 31 prevents California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based … More California Appropriations Committee Vote 5-0 to Approve Religious Freedom Act

Arab, Muslim and Jewish Groups Demand Gorka Step Down

WASHINGTON — Muslim Advocates, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, and the Arab American Institute issued a joint statement following reports that established anti-Muslim bigot and top advisor to the Trump Administration Sebastian Gorka has taken a “lifetime oath” to a Nazi-affiliated group in Hungary. While Gorka did not respond to direct requests by the media … More Arab, Muslim and Jewish Groups Demand Gorka Step Down

US Judge Orders Temporary Halt on New Trump Travel Ban and US Refugee Suspension

A federal judge in Hawaii has put President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban and suspension of the U.S. Refugee Program on hold. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued his ruling Wednesday after hearing arguments on Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order involving the ban. The revised Travel Ban was effectively issued by Trump in … More US Judge Orders Temporary Halt on New Trump Travel Ban and US Refugee Suspension

Take Action to Stop Alabama Bill that will hurt LGBT Families

The deceptively-named “Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act” will be debated in the Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday, March 17, and we need your help to stop it. This bill would allow allow state-licensed, religiously-affiliated foster and adoption placing agencies to deny placements with individuals and families with whom they have a religious dispute … More Take Action to Stop Alabama Bill that will hurt LGBT Families

Bianca Jagger leads Saudi petition hand-in to UK Prime Minister

The 159,000 signatures petitions the UK to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia , Protests Yemen war & the jailing of Raif Badawi & other political prisoners  Bianca Jagger, Peter Tatchell and Baroness Jenny Jones led the hand-in of a 159,000-signature petition to the United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May, at 10 Downing Street today Wednesday, … More Bianca Jagger leads Saudi petition hand-in to UK Prime Minister

US Gvt Appoints Hate Group Reps to Annual Women’s Rights Meeting at United Nations

On Monday, the United States Department of State announced that its official delegation to the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) includes representatives of two organizations known to oppose the UN human rights system, LGBTIQ rights, and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Included were the representatives from  the Center … More US Gvt Appoints Hate Group Reps to Annual Women’s Rights Meeting at United Nations

Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Statewide survey shows addictive products edge out healthy alternatives San Rafael, CA – A statewide review of tobacco, alcohol and food products in community stores shows unhealthy products edge out healthier ones, and Marin retailers near schools sell addictive products aimed at youths. “Healthy retail is an important part of community health,” said Dr. Matt … More Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

African HRC Issues Press Statement as Trump ‘s Anti Refugee Order Hurts LGBTI Refugees

Below is the Statement at African Human Rights Coalition on Trump’s new anti Refugee Order and Muslim Ban.  I am noticing that few to none news outlets are speaking out about the impact of the Trump Executive Order on LGBTI refugees – calling it ONLY a Muslim Ban. We speak out against the Muslim Ban as well as … More African HRC Issues Press Statement as Trump ‘s Anti Refugee Order Hurts LGBTI Refugees

TLDEF Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Send Gavin Grimm’s Case Back to Fourth Circuit

New York, NY- Today, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund responded to news that the United States Supreme Court has sent the case of Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board back to the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court also vacated the Fourth Circuit’s previous decision in favor of Gavin Grimm. Grimm … More TLDEF Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Send Gavin Grimm’s Case Back to Fourth Circuit

Supreme Court Sends Historic Transgender Equality Case Back to Lower Court 

Order follows Trump administration’s withdrawal of nonbinding federal guidance on how to protect transgender student WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Supreme Court announced that it will not hear G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, the historic transgender equality case on behalf of a Virginia transgender boy named Gavin Grimm. In light of President Trump’s decision to … More Supreme Court Sends Historic Transgender Equality Case Back to Lower Court 

Transgender Americans Voice Support for Gavin Grimm as His Landmark Title IX Discrimination Case Heads to The Supreme Court

TLDEF Brief Spotlights Positive Contributions of Transgender Americans and Harms of Denying them Basic Freedoms that Allow Full Participation in Society New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed a friend-of-the court brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm. Grimm is a transgender 17-year-old from Virginia who is challenging the … More Transgender Americans Voice Support for Gavin Grimm as His Landmark Title IX Discrimination Case Heads to The Supreme Court

TLDEF Statement Regarding Removal of Federal Guidance That Protects Transgender Children

February 23, 2017 – The Trump Administration has withdrawn two letters providing guidance to schools across the nation about transgender student protections under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Guidance was put in place by the Obama Administration in May of 2016 to clarify legal protections previously in place to shield transgender students … More TLDEF Statement Regarding Removal of Federal Guidance That Protects Transgender Children

California LGBT Caucus Chair Comments on Trump Admin Reversal of Transgender Protections

School Districts Must Still Comply or Risk Being Sued SACRAMENTO—Chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s recent reversal of transgender bathroom protections. “President Trump’s unrelenting assault on the LGBT community is shameful. This latest directive singles out transgender youth and proves that … More California LGBT Caucus Chair Comments on Trump Admin Reversal of Transgender Protections

Voting Opens for San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshal

It is time to cast your vote for the San Francisco Pride 2017 Community Grand Marshals! Annually, the general public votes for both an individual and an organization to be honored at the parade and celebration, which is held on the last weekend in June. Voting is live and will continue until 12:00 Noon on … More Voting Opens for San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshal

Kenyan Court Compels Trans Name Changes

The Kenyan Court has handed down a compulsion order, requiring the Principal Registrar of Persons to change the names in the identification documents for five transgender individuals in Kenya. The Principal Registrar of Persons has 21 days to effect the name changes in the national identification cards. A lawyer representing the trans clients told Justice George Odunga … More Kenyan Court Compels Trans Name Changes

Leading Artists Urge Texas Lawmakers to Reject Anti-LGBT Legislation

WASHINGTON – More than 140 artists and entertainers from across the country released a letter today urging Texas lawmakers to reject SB 6 and other bills currently pending in the legislature that would make it easier to discriminate against LGBT people. Equality Texas, GLAAD and the Ally Coalition released the letter, and signatories include Sting, Connie … More Leading Artists Urge Texas Lawmakers to Reject Anti-LGBT Legislation

Court Decision Allows LGBTQ Refugees to Continue Entering U.S.

Quoting the NBC Article by Julie Compton: African LGBTQ refugees hoping to come to the United States got the news they had hoped for Thursday night — they would not have to remain in countries where they face persecution or even death. The news came after a three-judge federal appeals court panel refused to reinstate President … More Court Decision Allows LGBTQ Refugees to Continue Entering U.S.

Surgery Today for Precedent-Setting Transgender Former Inmate

Formerly Incarcerated, Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, Scheduled for Surgery Today, February 10 San Francisco, Calif. (February 10, 2017) – Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, most notably known for setting a precedent that the state of California needs to provide gender reassignment surgery for trans inmates, is finally undergoing her surgery today, February 10. In April 2015, in the landmark decision … More Surgery Today for Precedent-Setting Transgender Former Inmate

Marin Supervisors Ban Recreational Cannabis

Board of Supervisors opts for local control on business activities –  San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on February 7 to ban non-medical cannabis business activities in unincorporated areas. “Our primary focus is to consider medical cannabis dispensaries over the next few months,” said Board President Judy Arnold. “Banning nonmedical cannabis … More Marin Supervisors Ban Recreational Cannabis

African Human Rights Coalition Advocates Against Trump Ban

February 6, 2017 Some LGBTI refugees in Africa, who were scheduled to travel under the United States Refugee Resettlement program had their travel plans revoked last week under Trump’s illicit Executive Order which suspended the refugee program.  Now several have been rescheduled for travel this week,  with thanks to the court order halting Trump’s ban/ suspension and … More African Human Rights Coalition Advocates Against Trump Ban

SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument in Historic Transgender Rights Case

Today the Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral argument in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board on March 28. The case is being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a Virginia transgender boy named Gavin Grimm. Grimm is challenging a policy in his local school district that singles out transgender students for … More SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument in Historic Transgender Rights Case

The Anti LGBT Order Being Considered by Trump

This executive Order is apparently under consideration by  the Trump administration and it would allow discrimination against LGBT people Order Could Impact Hundreds of Thousands of LGBT People, Including Tens of Thousands of LGBT Youth in Foster Care and Same-Sex Couples Seeking to Foster or Adopt President Trump is considering issuing an executive order that provides … More The Anti LGBT Order Being Considered by Trump