Category Archives: LGBT Issues

Pentagon Lifts Transgender Service Ban

Great news from the DOD this afternoon. Transgender troops can serve openly in the military effective immediately, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday. “The reality is we have transgender service members serving in uniform today,” Carter said at a news briefing. “Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to do so.” “We have… Read more »

BREAKING: Republicans Hate Gays & Lesbians

Not really news, I know, but here’s some crystal clear evidence, for anyone who still needs some at this late date. So last week House Republicans held a vote on a pro-LGBT amendment open so leadership could twist arms and get six GOP members to switch their vote. The amendment failed 212-213. Mind you, the amendment was to prohibit federal… Read more »

Why Elections Matter, Ad Infinitum

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe yesterday vetoed a “religious freedom” bill that would have given anti-LGBTQ bigots a license to discriminate freely. The bill was similar to laws enacted but then vetoed in Georgia and South Dakota, and signed by right wing governor Pat McCrory in North Carolina, once the bastion of tolerance and moderation in the South. McAuliffe (D) vetoed the… Read more »

Now This Is My Kind Of Discrimination

After the bought and paid for state legislature passed a law stripping local jurisdictions of their right to pass LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws, this sign was spotted in a North Carolina business establishment (h/t Dana Beyer on Facebook):    All kidding aside, it’s time to hit North Carolina where its business interests will hurt: no travel, no tourism, and no 2017 NBA… Read more »

Supreme Court Summarily Reverses Alabama Adoption Ruling 

The Alabama Supreme Court (of which this right wing clown is the Chief Justice) refused last year to recognize a Georgia adoption order between a same sex couple, claiming that the Georgia courts didn’t have jurisdiction to enter the order. Today, the Supreme Court – unanimously – issued a rare summary reversal, not waiting for briefs to be filed or oral argument… Read more »

Dana Beyer: Transgender Victory In South Dakota

The first anti-transgender bill to pass in this country has been under consideration by the governor of South Dakota. Today, he vetoed it. Dana has some thoughts to share. Two weeks ago the Republican legislature in South Dakota passed the first anti-trans bill in American history, in this case targeting trans students. Today the governor vetoed the bill, in a… Read more »

California Anti-Transgender Ballot Measure Fails

Here’s some good news as we find ourselves in the midst of the longest night of the year. Light a candle rather than curse the darkness, right? Well, here’s a candle. Backers of a proposed ballot initiative that sought to require transgender people to use the public restrooms that correspond with their biological sex say they have failed to qualify the… Read more »

Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Today is the annual observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which has been observed since 1998. Dana Beyer wrote the following piece specifically about the progress that has been made in the past decade, but as can be seen from the murder of Zella Ziona just last month right here in Montgomery County, we still have a long way to… Read more »

Think We’ve Solved All The LGBTQ Issues?

Guess again. This shocked even me, and I’m pretty jaded about criminal law and LGBTQ issues. It may shock you to learn that 40 percent of the young girls incarcerated in juvenile detention center identify as LGBT. Like the unbelievable number of homeless youth who identify as queer, LGBT young people are also disproportionately affected by systems of power that can… Read more »