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LGBTQ-leader-Julio-Rodriguez-honored-at-Equality-Illinois-annual-Pride-Kickoff-Brunch

  LGBTQ leader Julio Rodriguez honored at Equality Illinois' annual Pride Kickoff Brunch

Longtime LGBTQ+ activist Julio Rodriguez was the main honoree at the fifth annual Pride Kickoff Brunch held by Equality Illinois at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St., June 4. Among those officials on hand to help ...


 
Lightfoot-to-teach-at-Harvard-in-the-fall

  Lightfoot to teach at Harvard in the fall

Former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is slated to teach at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she will lead a course tentatively titled "Health Policy and Leadership," The Chicago Sun-Times reported. The course ...


 
HRC-president-calls-on-business-community-to-reject-coordinated-extremist-anti-LGBTQ-attacks

  HRC president calls on business community to reject coordinated, extremist anti-LGBTQ+ attacks

--From a press release

WASHINGTON - Earlier today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBTQ+ civil rights advocacy organization, in partnership with over 100 LGBTQ+ and allied organizations, renewed its call for Target and the business community t ...


 
NATIONAL-Google-Doodle-drag-laureate-Nebraska-bill-NYC-AIDS-Walk

  NATIONAL Google Doodle, drag laureate, Nebraska bill, NYC AIDS Walk

D.C. poet/activist/journalist Ivy Young passed away at age 75, per a press release. Among other things, Young worked at Chicago's VISTA; the Center for Black Education and Drum and Spear Book Store in D.C.; the ...


 
State-Rep-Kelly-Cassidy-denounces-violent-acts-stemming-from-political-speech

  State Rep. Kelly Cassidy denounces violent acts stemming from political speech

--From a press release

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, along with members of the House Dobbs Working Group responded to increasing acts of violence and threats stemming from political attacks on reproductive rights and the LGBTQ community ...


 
Illinois-Healthcare-Cultural-Competency-Coalition-applauds-passage-of-HB-2450

  Illinois Healthcare Cultural Competency Coalition applauds passage of HB 2450

--From a press release

The Illinois Healthcare Cultural Competency Coalition applauds passage by the Illinois General Assembly of legislation that will ensure cultural competency is part of continuing medical education for a range of healthcare providers in Illinois. "We are ...


 
Board-of-Commissioners-unanimously-passes-Bodily-Autonomy-Ordinance-Amendment-with-support-of-Equality-Illinois-ACLU-Illinois-

  Board of Commissioners unanimously passes Bodily Autonomy Ordinance Amendment with support of Equality Illinois, ACLU Illinois

--From a press release

Chicago, Ill. — May 25th 2023 — Today, the Cook County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an amendment to the Human Rights Ordinance ensuring the protection of all individual's right to their own bodily autonomy. The ...


 
Louisiana-Senate-committee-kills-anti-trans-bill-aimed-at-minors

  Louisiana Senate committee kills anti-trans bill aimed at minors

The Louisiana Senate Health & Welfare Committee has stopped an anti-trans bill aimed at minors, WBRZ News 2 in Baton Rouge has reported. Republican committee chairman Fred Mills joined Democrats on May 24 to kill Louisiana House Bill 648—a bill tha ...


 
HRC-condemns-Ohio-state-senate-for-passing-education-censorship-bill-

  HRC condemns Ohio state senate for passing education censorship bill

--From a press release

Columbus, Ohio — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — condemned the Ohio State Senate for passing ...


 
GLAAD-Equality-Florida-release-resource-of-DeSantis-record-of-anti-LGBTQ-info-actions-

  GLAAD, Equality Florida release resource of DeSantis' record of anti-LGBTQ+ info, actions

--From a press release

(Tuesday, May 23, 2023) GLAAD and Equality Florida released the LGBTQ record of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, an ongoing documentation of DeSantis' policies and rhetoric targeting LGBTQ people and issues. Read the DeSantis LGBTQ record on ...


 
Advocates-applaud-Illinois-General-Assembly-passage-of-House-Bill-1286-for-gender-neutral-multiple-occupancy-restrooms

  Advocates applaud Illinois General Assembly passage of House Bill 1286 for gender-neutral multiple-occupancy restrooms

--From a press release

CHICAGO — Advocates celebrated passage by the Illinois General Assembly of House Bill 1286, legislation that will reduce barriers for businesses serving their communities and customers by allowing for the ...


 
Gay-lawyer-appointed-as-Cook-County-judge

  Gay lawyer appointed as Cook County judge

On May 18, Justice Joy V. Cunningham and the Illinois Supreme Court announced the appointment of Edward J. Underhill as an at-large Cook County Circuit judge, according to a press release. Underhill was appointed to fill ...


 
HB-1286-would-allow-gender-inclusive-multi-occupancy-restrooms-Chicago-groups-respond

  HB 1286 would allow gender-inclusive multi-occupancy restrooms, Chicago groups respond

--From a press release

Statement from AIDS Foundation Chicago, Equality Illinois, and Pride Action Tank regarding HB 1286 to allow gender-inclusive multi-occupancy restrooms: We applaud the Illinois Senate for passing HB 1286 and urge the Illinois House to act expeditiously ...


 
NATIONAL-DHS-violence-report-queer-Democratic-club-trans-influencer-dies-vigil-GLSEN-Awards

  NATIONAL DHS violence report, queer Democratic club, trans influencer dies, vigil, GLSEN Awards

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that threats of violence against the LGBTQ+ community are increasing—and intensifying, according to ABC News. "These issues include actions linked to drag-themed events ...


 
General-Assembly-moves-closer-to-passing-optional-all-gender-bathroom-bill

  General Assembly moves closer to passing optional all-gender bathroom bill

On May 18, the Illinois Senate passed an amended version of a bill that would allow businesses and public institutions to provide multi-occupant all-gender bathrooms if they so choose, The Daily Herald reported. House Bill 1286 ...


 
White-House-releases-statement-by-President-Biden-on-International-Day-Against-Homophobia-Biphobia-and-Transphobia

  White House releases statement by President Biden on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

--From a press release

From the White House, May 17, 2023/B> Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and equality—no matter whom they love, or how they identify. On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, we reaffirm ...


 
Abortion-news-North-Carolina-Montana-Nancy-Pelosi

  Abortion news: North Carolina, Montana, Nancy Pelosi

On May 16, North Carolina's GOP-led General Assembly moved to ban most abortions after 12 weeks, overriding a veto from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The state House voted 72-48, along party lines, hours after the state ...


 
Texas-House-passes-bill-SB14-which-would-ban-healthcare-for-transgender-youth-GLAAD-speaks-

  Texas House passes bill SB14 which would ban healthcare for transgender youth; GLAAD speaks

--From a GLAAD press release

(New York, NY - May 15, 2023) - Today members of the Texas House of Representatives passed SB14 banning life-saving healthcare for transgender youth. The bill now heads back to the Senate for final approval before ...


 
Kansas-City-declares-itself-an-LGBTQ-sanctuary-city

  Kansas City declares itself an LGBTQ+ sanctuary city

Defying Missouri legislators who voted to ban gender-affirming care for minors and restrict it for some adults, officials in Kansas City—the state's largest city—approved a resolution to declare it a sanctuary for people seeking or providing ...


 
NATIONAL-Alabama-protest-antibiotic-bi-politician-high-school-musicals-Key-West

  NATIONAL Alabama protest, antibiotic, bi politician, high-school musicals, Key West

Alabama LGBTQ Action is urging the LGBTQ+ community and allies to join the group at a march on the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery on Tuesday, May 16, to demand equal rights for all state residents, ...


 
Clare-Killman-on-Carbondale-City-Council-is-first-trans-person-to-serve-on-a-city-council-in-Illinois

  Clare Killman on Carbondale City Council is first trans person to serve on a city council in Illinois

--From a press release

A statement from Myles Brady Davis, Communications Director of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) Illinoisans: "We are extremely excited by ...


 
Biden-Harris-2024-announces-campaign-national-advisory-board

  Biden-Harris 2024 announces campaign national advisory board

--From a Biden for President press release

Today, the Biden-Harris 2024 reelection campaign announced the formation of its National Advisory Board, which will be comprised of 50 leading voices in the Democratic Party who will take a leadership role in helping deliver President ...


 
Rep-George-Santos-faces-criminal-charges

  Rep. George Santos faces criminal charges

Federal prosecutors filed 13 criminal charges against embattled gay U.S. Rep. George Santos, the Republican New York lawmaker who has admitted to a pattern of lies and fabrications regarding some issues. The charges were unsealed the morning of May 10. ...


 
Indiana-governor-signs-anti-LGBTQ-bill-that-focuses-on-students-

  Indiana governor signs anti-LGBTQ+ bill that focuses on students

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a measure that will require schools to notify a parent if a student requests a name or pronoun change at school, according to ABC 7 Chicago. It was one of the ...


 
NATIONAL-Gun-control-San-Francisco-trans-rights-bill-Portland-police-Roxane-Gay

  NATIONAL Gun control, San Francisco, trans-rights bill, Portland police, Roxane Gay

Openly gay Colorado Gov. Jared Polis recently signed four gun-control measures into law, per the Colorado Newsline. The new laws raise the minimum age to buy a gun to 21, impose a three-day waiting period for ...


 
GLAAD-responds-to-wave-of-anti-LGBTQ-bills-passed-by-Florida-legislature

  GLAAD responds to wave of anti-LGBTQ bills passed by Florida legislature

--From a press release

GLAAD: "Florida's extremist lawmakers are working overtime to make their state less free and outright dangerous for everyone, especially LGBTQ people, youth and families. They make every citizen and every visitor to Florida vulnerable to discriminator ...


 
Judge-rejects-trans-Montana-lawmakers-effort-to-return

  Judge rejects trans Montana lawmaker's effort to return

On May 2, District Court Judge Mike Menahan rejected transgender Montana state Rep. Zooey Zephyr's attempt to the state House after Republicans ousted her for the remainder of the legislative session, a PBS item noted. The ...


 
Ugandas-parliament-passes-slightly-revised-anti-LGBTQ-measure

  Uganda's parliament passes slightly revised anti-LGBTQ+ measure

On May 2, Uganda's parliament passed one of the world's toughest anti-LGBTQ+ bills for a second time—and it's largely unchanged. The African country's new bill retains most of the harshest measures of the legislation that passed ...


 
NATIONAL-Pro-trans-measures-Lambda-Legal-Elizabeth-Taylor-event-drag-items-The-L-Word

  NATIONAL Pro-trans measures, Lambda Legal, Elizabeth Taylor event, drag items, 'The L Word'

While at least 12 states have passed legislation to limit or ban gender-affirming healthcare for young people, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico and Minnesota have passed bills designed to shield ...


 
Simmons-touts-bills-passed-out-of-Illinois-House-Committee

  Simmons touts bills passed out of Illinois House Committee

In an open letter, openly gay Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons (D-7th District) stated that he had nine House bills pass out of committee. In addition, Simmons mentioned one more bill he authored—Senate Bill 689, legislation ...


 
Kansas-passes-sweeping-anti-trans-restroom-law

  Kansas passes sweeping anti-trans restroom law

On April 28, Republican legislators in Kansas enacted what may be the most imposing anti-trans bathroom law in the country. In doing so, the lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of the measure—without having a ...


 
HRC-calls-on-Gianforte-to-veto-LGBTQ-Erasure-Act-

  HRC calls on Gianforte to veto LGBTQ Erasure Act

--From a press release

Helena, Montana — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called on Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte to veto the LGBTQ Erasure Act (S. 458), legislation that aims to strip away dozens of legal protections and rights for ...


 
HRC-celebrates-Minnesota-governor-Tim-Walz-for-signing-statewide-Conversion-Therapy-ban-into-law-

  HRC celebrates Minnesota governor Tim Walz for signing statewide 'Conversion Therapy' ban into law

--From a press release

St. Paul, Minnesota — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — celebrated Governor Tim Walz for ...


 
GLAAD-LGBTQ-Victory-Institute-respond-to-censure-threat-to-Montana-Rep-Zooey-Zephyr

  GLAAD, LGBTQ+ Victory Institute respond to censure threat to Montana Rep. Zooey Zephyr

--From a press release

Washington, DC — GLAAD, the world's leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization, and LGBTQ+ Victory Institute, the only national organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ+ leaders who further equality at all ...


 
Trans-state-rep-banned-from-Montana-House

  Trans state rep banned from Montana House

On April 26, Montana's Republican-dominated House voted 68-32 to ban transgender state Rep. Zooey Zephyr from the rest of this year's legislative session. According to CNN, Zephyr had said that GOP lawmakers would have "blood" on ...


 
White-House-proclaims-70th-anniversary-of-the-Lavender-Scare

  White House proclaims 70th anniversary of the 'Lavender Scare'

On April 25, the White House issued a proclamation noting April 27 as the 70th anniversary of the Lavender Scare, which negatively—and extensively—impacted the LGBTQ+ community. In 1950, the U.S. State Department fired 91 employees because ...


 
Cook-County-States-Attorney-Kim-Foxx-declines-to-run-again

  Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx declines to run again

After serving two terms, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx will not seek re-election. According to ABC 7 Chicago, Foxx made the announcement at the City Club of Chicago on April 25, saying, "I leave now ...


 
President-Biden-announces-re-election-run

  President Biden announces re-election run

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced his re-election run. In doing so, he is teaming the veteran advisers who helped him win the White House once with a newer generation of diverse leadership for his 2024 ...


 
Why-mifepristone-battle-matters-to-LGBTQs

  Why mifepristone battle matters to LGBTQs

The escalating clash over the availability of a certain FDA-approved medication to terminate an early-stage pregnancy has significant implications for many LGBTQ people. Over the years, various entities have tried to block the use of hormones ...


 
Uganda-president-refuses-to-sign-current-anti-LGBTQ-bill-

  Uganda president refuses to sign current anti-LGBTQ+ bill

Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has refused to sign into law a controversial anti-LGBTQ+ bill that prescribes the death penalty in some cases, media reports indicated. Museveni's decision was announced late on April 20 after a ...


 
HRC-applauds-Kansas-Governor-Laura-Kelly-for-vetoing-extremist-attacks-on-transgender-lives

  HRC applauds Kansas Governor Laura Kelly for vetoing extremist attacks on transgender lives

--From a press release

Topeka, KS - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, commended Kansas Governor Laura Kelly for vetoing a total of four bills designe ...


 
WORLD-Hungarian-bill-Bidens-visit-HIV-study-trans-athlete-ousted-Prince-Harry

  WORLD Hungarian bill, Biden's visit, HIV study, trans athlete ousted, Prince Harry

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Hungarian legislators passed a bill that enables citizens to report anonymously on same-sex couples who raise children to authorities, Bloomberg reported. Hungary's constitution protects the institution of marriage as a formation "between one man and ...


 
US-House-Republicans-pass-trans-sports-ban-but-it-will-go-nowhere

  U.S. House Republicans pass trans sports ban ... but it will go nowhere

On April 20, the Republican-controlled House passed legislation that would ban transgender women and girls from competing in female school athletics. According to NBC News, The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, authored by ...


 
Florida-bans-teaching-of-sexuality-gender-identity-in-K-12-public-schools

  Florida bans teaching of sexuality, gender identity in K-12 public schools

The Florida Board of Education has forbidden the teaching of gender identity and sexuality throughout all grades in K-12 public schools. In doing so, it is extending a nearly year-old legislative ban on such lessons from ...


 
WORLD-Hungarian-law-French-official-anti-Uganda-protest-Rahm-Emanuel

  WORLD Hungarian law, French official, anti-Uganda protest, Rahm Emanuel

Germany and France are joining the EU Commission's infringement proceedings against Hungary over its anti-LGBTQ+ law, according to NBC News. The European Commission referred Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU in mid-2022 over ...


 
NATIONAL-Scientist-activist-dies-trans-author-passes-Alabama-schools-Title-IX

  NATIONAL Scientist/activist dies, trans author passes, Alabama schools, Title IX

Philadelphia's Ada Bello—a pioneering LGBTQ+ activist and longtime laboratory chemist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the University of Pennsylvania—died March 31 of pneumonia and COVID-19 at Chestnut Hill Hospital at age 89, p ...


 
Chicago-chosen-to-host-the-2024-Democratic-National-Convention

  Chicago chosen to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention

--From a press release

CHICAGO—The Democratic National Committee today announced the selection of Chicago as the official site of the 2024 Democratic National Convention. The event, which will serve as the party's nominating convention for President Joe Biden and Vice ...


 
NATIONAL-Immigrant-update-Black-LGBTQ-officials-notable-passings-trans-roundtable

  NATIONAL Immigrant update, Black LGBTQ+ officials, notable passings, trans roundtable

The Biden administration will allow immigrants seeking benefits to mark their gender identity without needing their documentation to match, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The Hill reported. ...


 
HRC-denounces-Kansas-legislature-for-overriding-Gov-Kellys-veto-of-bill-banning-trans-students-from-school-sports

  HRC denounces Kansas legislature for overriding Gov. Kelly's veto of bill banning trans students from school sports

--From a press release

Topeka, KS - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, condemned Kansas legislators for voting to override Governor ...


 
Equality-Illinois-celebrates-victories-for-trans-representation-in-southern-Illinois-and-Will-County

  Equality Illinois celebrates victories for trans representation in southern Illinois and Will County

--From a press release

A statement from Myles Brady Davis, Communications Director of Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) Illinoisans: "We are extremely proud of ...


 
Record-number-of-LGBTQ-candidates-elected-to-Chicago-City-Council-LGBTQ-representation-increases-from-seven-to-nine

  Record number of LGBTQ+ candidates elected to Chicago City Council; LGBTQ+ representation increases from seven to nine

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Tonight three LGBTQ+ Chicago City Council candidates won runoff elections: Timmy Knudsen, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth and Lamont Robinson all three of whom Victory Fund endorsed. Manaa-Hoppenworth is now ...


 
Election-2023-Johnson-defeats-Vallas-and-LGBTQ-Council-representation-to-increase

  Election 2023: Johnson defeats Vallas and LGBTQ+ Council representation to increase

Cook County Commissioner and educator Brandon Johnson narrowly defeated former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas on April 4 in a close race to become Chicago's 57th mayor, with Johnson capturing (as of publication) about 51.48 ...


 
Record-number-of-LGBTQ-elected-officials-now-serve-in-the-US

  Record number of LGBTQ+ elected officials now serve in the U.S.

--From a press release

Washington, DC — LGBTQ+ Victory Institute released "Leading Out Loud: Growing LGBTQ+ Political Representation," a new report tracking increases in LGBTQ+ representation in government over the past five years. The release of the report is part ...


 
District-court-judge-temporarily-halts-Tennessees-anti-drag-law

  District court judge temporarily halts Tennessee's anti-drag law

On March 31, Judge Thomas Lee Robinson Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee ordered a temporary injunction halting a state law that criminalizes some drag performances, The Washington Blade reported. ...


 
NATIONAL-Trans-Health-Equity-Act-financial-report-male-model-dies-book-news

  NATIONAL Trans Health Equity Act, financial report, male model dies, book news

In Maryland, both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly passed The Trans Health Equity Act, which would require state Medicaid to cover gender-affirming care and procedures for transgender patients, The Baltimore Banner reported. The bill is ...


 
Biden-declares-March-31-as-the-Transgender-Day-of-Visibility

  Biden declares March 31 as the Transgender Day of Visibility

President Joe Biden issued a statement proclaiming Friday, March 31, as the Transgender Day of Visibility. He said, "Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates the joy, strength, and absolute courage of some of the bravest people I ...


 
Knudsen-looks-ahead-to-April-4-runoff-election

  Knudsen looks ahead to April 4 runoff election

The following is part of Windy City Times' coverage of openly LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 municipal election. Ald. Timmy Knudsen narrowly came in first in the Feb. 28 general election, and is facing Brian Comer ...


 
Quigley-Torres-Sorensen-lead-letter-to-FDA-on-updated-blood-donation-guidance

  Quigley, Torres, Sorensen lead letter to FDA on updated blood donation guidance

--From a press release

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Ritchie Torres (NY-15), and Eric Sorensen (IL-17) led 23 members in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration ...


 
Kentucky-legislators-override-governors-veto-to-push-anti-trans-youth-bill

  Kentucky legislators override governor's veto to push anti-trans youth bill

On March 29, Republican lawmakers in Kentucky overturned Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's veto of a bill to ban transgender youths from gender-affirming healthcare and restrict which toilets they use in public schools, media outlets reported. Both ...


 
Mayoral-candidate-Brandon-Johnson-visits-Sidetrack

  Mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson visits Sidetrack

Mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson headlined a fundraiser for his campaign at Sidetrack Video Bar on March 25. The standing room only event drew a wide array of LGBTQ activists and community leaders, as well as supporters ...


 
ELECTIONS-2023-Rep-Lamont-Robinson-discusses-LGBTQ-issues-and-his-plans-for-the-4th-Ward

  ELECTIONS 2023: Rep. Lamont Robinson discusses LGBTQ+ issues and his plans for the 4th Ward

The following is part of Windy City Times' series of interviews with LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2023 Chicago municipal elections. Among the 14 aldermanic races to be decided in the runoff election on April 4, Illinois ...


 
Biden-appoints-Laura-Ricketts-to-Council-on-Sports-Fitness-Nutrition

  Biden appoints Laura Ricketts to Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

President Joe Biden has appointed Laura Ricketts—the lesbian co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, board chair of Chicago Cubs Charities and board chair of LPAC, which works to elect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer women and ...


 
Michaela-Jae-Rodriguez-honored-at-HRC-dinner

  Michaela Jae Rodriguez honored at HRC dinner

On March 25, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) hosted its Los Angeles dinner at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE—and honored Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated trans actress Michaela Jae Rodriguez, per a press release. Human ...


 
ALA-2022-saw-record-demand-of-censorship-of-library-books

  ALA: 2022 saw record demand of censorship of library books

On March 22, the American Library Association (ALA) released new data documenting 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022—the highest number of attempted book bans since the ALA began compiling data about censorship ...


 
NATIONAL-Dont-Say-Gay-anti-trans-bills-gay-Irish-leader-visits-gay-Calif-mayor

  NATIONAL 'Don't Say Gay,' anti-trans bills, gay Irish leader visits, gay Calif. mayor

In Indiana, approximately 100 students from the Center For Inquiry School 27 held a walk-out to protest the state's "Don't Say Gay" bill, which would restrict how teachers are able to discuss sexual orientation or gender ...


 
Baldwin-leads-22-colleagues-in-calling-on-FDA-to-end-discriminatory-blood-donation-policy

  Baldwin leads 22 colleagues in calling on FDA to end discriminatory blood donation policy

--From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has headed up a group of 22 colleagues in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf expressing support for the agency's ...


 
Mayoral-candidate-forum-centers-BIPOC-LGBTQ-issues-Vallas-declines-to-participate

  Mayoral candidate forum centers BIPOC LGBTQ+ issues, Vallas declines to participate

Chicago mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson participated in a March 22 virtual LGBTQ+-focused forum co-hosted by Affinity Community Services (Affinity), Association of Latinos/as/xs Motivating Action (ALMA) Chicago ...


 
Utah-bans-conversion-therapy

  Utah bans conversion therapy

On March 22, Republican Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill that bans licensed professionals from practicing conversion therapy—the discredited practice that attempts to turn LGBTQ+ people heterosexual—on minors, Q ...


 
ELECTIONS-2023-Mayoral-candidate-Brandon-Johnson-discusses-religion-LGBTQ-issues-holistic-approach-

  ELECTIONS 2023 Mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson discusses religion, LGBTQ+ issues, holistic approach

Chicago mayoral candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas seem to have little in common. Johnson, a Cook County commissioner, has embraced a more progressive platform that employs everything from a more holistic approach to crime to ...


 
More-than-thirty-five-LGBTQ-leaders-endorse-Brandon-Johnson-for-mayor-of-Chicago

  More than thirty-five LGBTQ+ leaders endorse Brandon Johnson for mayor of Chicago

--From a press release

CHICAGO, IL — More than thirty-five LGBTQ+ community leaders are united in their support for Brandon Johnson for Mayor in Chicago's runoff election, representing the city's business, philanthropic, academic, civic ...


 
NY-attorney-general-hosts-Drag-Story-Hour

  N.Y. attorney general hosts Drag Story Hour

On March 19, New York Attorney General Letitia James—along with a coalition of advocacy organizations and elected leaders—hosted a first-of-its-kind Drag Story Hour Read-A-Thon for families in New York City, per a press release from her ...


 
Kentucky-lawmakers-pass-anti-trans-youth-bill-governor-plans-to-veto-measure

  Kentucky lawmakers pass anti-trans youth bill; governor plans to veto measure

In Kentucky, Republican lawmakers passed a bill that bans minors from receiving gender-affirming care, lets educators refuse to refer to trans students by their preferred pronouns and would not allow schools to discuss sexual orientation or ...


 
WORLD-German-bishops-trans-womans-death-Hungary-human-rights-event

  WORLD German bishops, trans woman's death, Hungary, human-rights event

Germany's Catholic bishops voted (38 to nine, with 11 abstentions) to adopt formal ceremonies for the blessing of same-sex relationships, defying the Vatican and testing church unity on what has become one of the most contentious ...


 
NATIONAL-Ritchie-Torres-NJ-towns-Karine-Jean-Pierre-Tennessee-items

  NATIONAL Ritchie Torres, N.J. towns, Karine Jean-Pierre, Tennessee items

New York Congressman Ritchie Torres has talked about his own struggle with depression and the importance of mental health in the wake of U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.)'s recent hospitalization for clinical depression, The Washington Blade ...


 
Johnson-and-Vallas-to-take-part-in-LGBTQ-focused-candidate-forum-March-22

  Johnson and Vallas to take part in LGBTQ+-focused candidate forum March 22

Affinity Community Services (Affinity), Association of Latinos/as/xs Motivating Action (ALMA) Chicago, Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus, Life is Work and Task Force Chicago are co-hosting a virtual ...


 




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