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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

Here are 36 names and faces of the 50 people brutally slaughtered by a rabid homophobe, Jihadist ISIS supporter, who may have had mental issues, who had easy access to an assault weapon, a gun he did not need, except to use to massacre these LGBT Americans and members of America’s Hispanic immigrant community.  We… More RIP Faces of Pulse | the 50 Precious lives lost in Orlando Massacre

Is Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick Lying About his Hateful Tweet

Just at the time when Americans should be rallying together, in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, where 53 LGBT club goers were brutally murdered and another 53 seriously injured, rabidly anti- gay Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, aka Danny Goeb, (name change to avoid debt)  has tweeted the following… More Is Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick Lying About his Hateful Tweet

South African Minister Promises Change for Home Affairs to become LGBTI Friendly

South Africa has a relatively new Constitution, birthed soon after iconic former President Nelson Mandela was released from prison and Apartheid ended. Included in that dramatic change was equality for all, including LGBTI people. Yet, despite its all inclusive Constitution, South African gays, lesbians, and transgender community has experienced profound homophobia and transphobia, often resulting… More South African Minister Promises Change for Home Affairs to become LGBTI Friendly

Examining Hawaii and the Protection of Transgender Inmates in Prison

On paper, at least, Hawaii is doing everything right in how it treats transgender inmates in the state’s prison system, according to an article by Rui Kaneya, published in Civil Beat, who asks, whether it is enough. According to the piece, which incorporates great visuals showing from Hawaii: Under the state’s policy, the Hawaii Department… More Examining Hawaii and the Protection of Transgender Inmates in Prison

U.S. Pastor Uses Tel Aviv Pride In Antisemitic Tirade

A prominent Pastor from Alabama seems to be having a hissy-fit that smacks of homophobia and antisemitism. Ricky White, Pastor at House of Refuge, from Haleyville, Alabama is expressing his dismay about the fact that Israel, the Holy Land, has accepted gays, lesbians, transgender and bisexual folk, to such a degree, that it was able to… More U.S. Pastor Uses Tel Aviv Pride In Antisemitic Tirade

Challenges for Transgender Youth and Masquerading Orgs

Revealing the Transphobic Organizations Fighting Trans and LGBT Freedom while Masquerading as Safety and Privacy Groups The organization Freedom for All Americans provides this report: Background on the Department of Education’s Recent Guidance re: Title IX and Gender Identity Earlier this month, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued a letter outlining what a… More Challenges for Transgender Youth and Masquerading Orgs

Expert Reports in Crimes Against Humanity Case of Christian Extremist Scott Lively

Reports Examine Atrocity Crimes, Minority Stress, International Law Today, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released three independent expert reports submitted in conjunction with SMUG’s lawsuit against the U.S.-based anti-gay extremist Scott Lively charging him with conspiring to persecute the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Uganda. In… More Expert Reports in Crimes Against Humanity Case of Christian Extremist Scott Lively

Pics of Suspects in Ugandan Human Rights Office Murder and Robbery

A Ugandan human rights organization has just released its own CCTV footage of two suspects in the murder and robbery that took place at its headquarters, last night. A security guard was brutally murdered during the break in which occurred at offices of the Ugandan organization, Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF).   Apparently organizational… More Pics of Suspects in Ugandan Human Rights Office Murder and Robbery

Is The Human Rights Campaign Tacitly endorsing Donald Trump?

After The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) decided to endorse a Republican Senator above a Democratic contender, I wrote an article, “Five Reasons why LGBT Activists Endorse Tammy Duckworth” which I posted here back on March 28, 2016.   However now there is a compelling sixth reason which categorically makes the case for why HRC MUST revoke… More Is The Human Rights Campaign Tacitly endorsing Donald Trump?

Breaking: Justice Department Says HB 2 Violates Federal Law

North Carolina one step closer to losing nearly $1 billion in federal funding over anti-transgender law WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice notified North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory this afternoon that HB 2, the state’s discriminatory anti-transgender law, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as well as Title IX. Federal officials have given… More Breaking: Justice Department Says HB 2 Violates Federal Law

Lesbian Icon Sally Miller Gearhart Honored by San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride has announced lesbian icon Sally Miller Gearhart as the recipient of the Heritage of Pride, Pride Freedom Award, as chosen by the SF Pride Board of Directors, for outstanding contributions to advancing civil rights and freedom for LGBTQ people. “I am honored to receive the Heritage of Pride – Pride Freedom Award… More Lesbian Icon Sally Miller Gearhart Honored by San Francisco Pride

Iconic Lesbian Film Celebrates 20th Anniversary in the Castro during SFIFF

By Melanie Nathan, April 26, 2016. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Cheryl Dunye’s iconic film The Watermelon Woman (1996) has been restored and digitally remastered for worldwide release and will be screened at The Castro Theater during the San Francisco International Film Festival season this coming Sunday. SFIFF Expanded explores the cultural and political… More Iconic Lesbian Film Celebrates 20th Anniversary in the Castro during SFIFF

The World Congress of GLBT Jews Expanding Membership

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah , NYC, rejoins The World Congress At its Annual General Meeting held in Washington D.C. on April 10, the Board of the World Congress of GLBT Jews voted to expand its membership structure and elected new officers. During the 2015-16 period, the organization, a networking resource for LGBTQ Jews from around… More The World Congress of GLBT Jews Expanding Membership

Anti-Trans North Carolina is home to Pharma Company led by Visionary Trans woman

In 1995, Martine Rothblatt, a trans American lawyer, author, philosopher and entrepreneur published “The Apartheid of Sex,” a brief manifesto that made the case for an overhaul of “dimorphic” (her word) gender categories. New York Magazine , in a must read feature on Rothblatt, quotes her as saying: “There are five billion people in the… More Anti-Trans North Carolina is home to Pharma Company led by Visionary Trans woman

South African Police Show no Progress in Case of Lesbian Teen Murder

A young lesbian woman, was stabbed to death on the night of her birthday in Katlehong near Johannesburg. Lucia Naido, was murdered in a suspected hate crime close to her from her home on March 19. She was found dying by her horrified mother, who ran outside when she heard her daughter’s desperate screams. It has… More South African Police Show no Progress in Case of Lesbian Teen Murder

TLDEF Condemns Sweeping Anti-LGBT Legislation in Mississippi

Urges Governor Phil Bryant to Veto Legislation New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) strongly condemns House Bill 1523 in Mississippi and urges Governor Phil Bryant to veto the legislation. The Mississippi Legislature passed the bill in a final vote today. Governor Bryant now has five days to sign or veto the… More TLDEF Condemns Sweeping Anti-LGBT Legislation in Mississippi

Panel Discussion Blasts LGBT Organizations for Racism

TV ONE’S NEWS ONE NOW PANEL BACKS MICHAEL SAM, BLASTS RACISM WITHIN LGBT MOVEMENT WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former NFL player Michael Sam was the first openly gay man drafted in NFL history. Today on TV One’s News One Now, his recent comments surrounding racism in the gay community sparked a heated conversation.  Host and managing… More Panel Discussion Blasts LGBT Organizations for Racism

SA Film & Publications Board refuses to condemn Kenyan homophobia

Our friends at Mambaonline have followed up on an earlier report and now note a disturbing turn as the South African Film & Publications Board refuses to condemn Kenyan homophobia. South Africa’s Film and Publications Board (FPB) told Mambaonline that it will not condemn its Kenyan counterpart’s persecution of LGBT people. Earlier this month, we… More SA Film & Publications Board refuses to condemn Kenyan homophobia

Jerusalem LGBT Pride Murder Impacts the Reclaiming of Zion Square

Zion Square, one of the landmarks of Jerusalem in Israel, is set to undergo a redesign project, embracing pluralism and tolerance, evolving through circumstances and the passionate activism of several organizations and individuals. Diverse organizations, ad hoc groups and activists have worked together to bring this extraordinarily progressive plan to fruition, by meeting each Thursday… More Jerusalem LGBT Pride Murder Impacts the Reclaiming of Zion Square

LGBTQ Families Celebrate Purim in Jerusalem

On Thursday last week, LGBT families in Israel celebrated the first ever LGBT family event held by Jerusalem’s LGBT community groups. Members of Jerusalem’s LGBT community celebrated a daylong Purim festival called Puriya b’Tachana. The event, which included arts and crafts projects for children and parents, was promoted as an “LGBTQ-friendly Purim celebration for the… More LGBTQ Families Celebrate Purim in Jerusalem