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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Why People Don’t Report Hate Incidents

It is one of the most striking and curious statistics contained in a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics report on hate crimes in America: 54 percent of the roughly 250,000 people who said they were victimized in recent years chose not to file a formal complaint with the authorities.

August 1, 2017
Kushner, Trump, Nepotism

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner’s Influence Diminishing

She learnt of the policy change when she saw the tweet on her phone despite being a critical voice in steering the president’s support for the LGBT community in the past. Ivanka herself tweeted less than a month earlier in support of pride month, provoking a backlash.

August 1, 2017

Trump Is On The Losing Side Of The Culture War

The culture war has been going on a long time, and it won’t end any time soon. But the outcome is not in doubt. Some conservatives were gratified to see President Donald Trump bar transgender people from the military. The backlash suggests it will be much like the Native Americans’ victory at Little Bighorn — memorable but ultimately irrelevant.

July 31, 2017
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First LGBT Unit Created To Fight ISIS In Syria

LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stonings, executions from rooftops and a deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

July 26, 2017
Transgender students, Trump

Trump Order On Transgender Students Is Separate And Unequal

The muddled minds that now run the federal government think it’s fine to legally segregate public bathrooms. This is of a piece with the attitudes and beliefs that created “For whites only” drinking fountains in the Jim Crow South. If you don’t see the correlation, you have company in the White House.

February 25, 2017
Bathroom Bill

Eight More States Could Enact ‘Bathroom Bills’

The battle over America’s bathrooms has raged into 2017, as advocates in more than half a dozen states are seeking to enact “bathroom bills” that would require people to use the facilities that correspond to their sex assigned at birth.

January 7, 2017

Louisiana Judge Throws Out Executive Order Protecting LGBT Rights

A Louisiana judge threw out an order from the state’s Democratic governor aimed at protecting the rights of gay and transgender people, ruling that the governor had overstepped his authority.

December 14, 2016
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Two New Reports On LGBT Poverty Shatter Media Myth Of LGBT Affluence

Contrary to media misperceptions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) affluence, two new reports by the Williams Institute and Center for American Progress show the LGBT community continues to face higher rates of poverty, low wages, and economic insecurity than non-LGBT people.

September 16, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he walks offstage after delivering a campaign speech about national security in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. June 13, 2016 in response to the mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

After 49 Dead By One Man, Republicans Are Shutting Down The Gun Control Debate — Again

The fact that Mateen was easily able to purchase a similar weapon that shooters used in San Bernardino — a .223 caliber AR-type rifle — raises questions about the ample access to that weapon: Why are military assault rifles so easily available to would-be terrorists?

June 13, 2016
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Right-Wing Media Use The Worst Anti-LGBT Massacre In American History To Lecture The LGBT Community

Right-wing media personalities — each with their own records of anti-LGBT smears — used the June 12 Orlando massacre, in which a gunman wielding an assault weapon killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub, to lecture the LGBT community.

June 13, 2016

Gunman Kills 50, Injures Scores More In Shooting Rampage At Florida Gay Club

A gunman killed 50 people in a crowded gay nightclub in Florida early on Sunday before police shot him dead in what U.S. authorities described as a “terrorism incident.”

June 12, 2016
A man walks past the Federal Reserve in Washington, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Lessons From A Town With Transgender Bathroom Rights For The Past 10 Years

If North Carolina political leaders are forced by federal officials to abandon the controversial HB2 bathroom law, there’s a city a few hundred miles north with a model they could use. Washington, D.C. has officially allowed transgender people to use public restrooms based on their gender identity since 2006.

June 6, 2016
Texas governor Greg Abbott is given directions before an interview with CNBC on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this July 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

Texas Leads The Way In Transphobia, Yet Again

In 2015, groups such as Campaign for Houston began a culture-wide propaganda campaign to deny transgender people basic legal protections. Enlisting the likes of former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman and pastor Ed Young, conservatives in the state leaned heavily on the “men in girls’ bathrooms” narrative.

May 26, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) laughs as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Blame Trump For The GOP’s LGBT Vote Switch

“When you have a Republican Party that is built on the premise of vilification, hatred and marginalization, nobody should be surprised by what happened on the floor. You know, you reap what you sow.”

May 26, 2016
Harris Woffard

Former Senator Writes Moving Essay About Finding Love With a Man After His Wife Died

Former Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford has an essay in Sunday’s New York Times detailing how he fell in love with a man after his wife died 20 years ago.

April 25, 2016
Pat McCrory, North Carolina, GOP

NC Democrats In Congress: HB2 Treats LGBT People As ‘Second-Class Citizens’

For several weeks, North Carolina has been the target of national protests and boycotts due to HB2.

April 22, 2016

‘I’m a Girl’

“I know you’ve talked about whether I’m a boy or a girl,” she said. “I’m a girl. My name is Rebecca.”

April 14, 2016
Steve Sands takes pictures of the rising waters in the Mississippi River as flood waters approach their crest in Greenbelt Park in Memphis, Tennessee January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht

Doesn’t Mississippi Have More Pressing Concerns?

After all, Mississippi just passed a law that 80 percent of its eighth-graders would struggle to read.

April 10, 2016
The North Carolina State Capitol, home to the General Assembly from 1840–1963

New Religious Freedom Bills Legitimize Discrimination

The practice of using the Bible as a prop for prejudice has a long and ignominious tradition, spanning centuries and continents.

April 9, 2016
Pope Francis speaks during the Easter vigil mass in Saint Peter's basilica at the Vatican, March 26, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Pope Francis To Publish Document On Marriage and Family

Pope Francis is due to publish a document detailing his views on family, marriage, contraception and raising children.

April 8, 2016
The North Carolina State Capitol, home to the General Assembly from 1840–1963

Why North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law Is A Trojan Horse

The law strips North Carolina workers of the ability to sue under a state anti-discrimination law, a right that has been upheld in court since 1985.

April 5, 2016

Late Night Roundup: The Hitler/Trump Comparisons

Conan O’Brien decided that with everybody comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, he would bring on a special guest to respond to the charge.

March 11, 2016

Supreme Court Sides With Lesbian Over Parental Rights

Court took relatively unusual step of reversing the Alabama Supreme Court without hearing oral arguments. None of the eight justices dissented.

March 7, 2016

Jenner’s Offer To Be ‘Trans Ambassador’ For Cruz Draws Some Fire

The 66-year-old Olympic gold medalist turned television personality said she admired Cruz, would like to advise him on questions relating to her community.

March 4, 2016
Gay Pride Croatia March

Croatians Protest Anti-Gay Marriage Vote

Gay rights supporters have staged protests in Croatia ahead of a controversial referendum that could outlaw same-sex marriage in the EU’s newest member state.

February 25, 2016