The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which banned discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, was rejected by the city’s residents by a vote of 61 percent to 39 percent.
Illinois joins three other states in banning the practice of trying to change LGBTQ youth’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gay, bisexual, and transgender inmates in California filed a class action lawsuit last week against a county and its sheriff, alleging that they are kept in a segregated ward called an “Alternative Lifestyle Tank,” essentially keeping them in solitary confinement and subjecting them to regular discrimination and harassment.
Philadelphia is poised to pass a new ordinance aimed at toughening the punishment of crimes committed on the basis of someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
Although the reproductive rights movement and the broader feminist movement have become increasingly intersectional, there is still much work to be done in centering the issues faced by women who are not white, economically advantaged, heterosexual, and cisgender.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declared all “men” equal in dignity and rights already in 1948. Setting the gendered aspect of this wording aside, it is clear also that, more than five decades later, not all human beings in practice enjoy equal rights.
Four percent of population is LGBT; Ohio student cannot distribute abortion/breast cancer flyers in a classroom; the Candies Foundation defends payment to Bristol Palin; should sexual orientation be included in medical records?
Tomorrow, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, my three-year-old son will dress as Queen Esther, the star of this show. But reactions to his choice show just how little room boys have for exploring different gender roles.
The absence of penal laws and widespread violence against homosexuals and transgender persons does not make the Philippines totally “gay friendly” or even “pro-trans.”
In a major breakthrough for LGBT Americans, the tri-committee health care reform bill released yesterday by the House mandates collection of health care data on sexual orientation and gender identity.