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LGBTQ Agenda: 9th Circuit upholds Washington state's ban on conversion therapy for minors

LGBTQ Agenda: 9th Circuit upholds Washington state's ban on conversion therapy for minors

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Sep 13, 2022

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a Washington state law prohibiting conversion therapy for minors.

Federal judge rules insurance companies can refuse to cover PrEP

Federal judge rules insurance companies can refuse to cover PrEP

  • by Christopher Kane, Washington Blade
  • Sep 8, 2022

A federal judge on September 7 ruled against a federal mandate that requires employer provided health plans to cover PrEP, a drug used for the prevention of HIV.

LGBTQ Agenda: Texas judge issues injunction against state family agency

LGBTQ Agenda: Texas judge issues injunction against state family agency

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Jul 12, 2022

A judge in Texas has issued yet another injunction against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, at least temporarily halting the agency's efforts to investigate two families of transgender children for alleged child abuse.

US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 24, 2022

In a ruling that one legal activist said will put LGBTQ rights "on the chopping block," the U.S. Supreme Court Friday ruled 6-3 that the U.S. Constitution "does not prohibit" states from banning abortion.

SF gay man drops woman from libel suit

SF gay man drops woman from libel suit

  • by Eric Burkett
  • May 16, 2022

Gay San Francisco health advocate Gary McCoy has dropped one of the defendants in the $1.9 million lawsuit he filed May 9 after she reposted a Twitter meme accusing McCoy of murdering 1,500 people at the Tenderloin Linkage Center.

Gay SF man sues for libel after tweet accuses him of murder

Gay SF man sues for libel after tweet accuses him of murder

  • by Eric Burkett
  • May 11, 2022

After reposting a tweet falsely accusing gay San Francisco health advocate Gary McCoy of murdering 1,500 people at the Tenderloin Linkage Center, writer and personal finance guru Erica Sandberg now finds herself the defendant in a $1.9 million lawsuit.

Trans women prisoners in CA file to intervene in anti-trans lawsuit

Trans women prisoners in CA file to intervene in anti-trans lawsuit

  • by Eric Burkett
  • May 10, 2022

Four trans women currently incarcerated in California prisons have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that, if successful, would undermine their right to serve out their prison terms in women's prisons.

Roe to be overturned, leaked decision says

Roe to be overturned, leaked decision says

  • by Lisa Keen
  • May 3, 2022

In an unprecedented development, a leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on abortion indicates that the court is poised to overturn its two long-standing decisions protecting the right to abortion.

LGBTQ Agenda: LGBTQ group disappointed court rules diversity law is unconstitutional

LGBTQ Agenda: LGBTQ group disappointed court rules diversity law is unconstitutional

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Apr 19, 2022

Members of LGBTQ and other minority business associations have expressed disappointment at a recent court decision that has ruled a California law aimed at increasing diversity on corporate boards is unconstitutional.

Prop 8 proponents appeal tape release to US Supreme Court

Prop 8 proponents appeal tape release to US Supreme Court

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 5, 2022

Proponents of the overturned Proposition 8 have appealed a decision to release tapes of the 2010 San Francisco federal trial that first struck down California's same-sex marriage ban to the U.S. Supreme Court.

CA to see 2nd trans judge on state bench

CA to see 2nd trans judge on state bench

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 25, 2022

With the appointment March 25 of Andi Mudryk to the Sacramento County Superior Court, California will now have two transgender judges serving on the state bench. Mudryk is the first trans person to be appointed to a judicial vacancy in the Golden State.

Gay actor Smollett sentenced to 150 days for lying about hate crime

Gay actor Smollett sentenced to 150 days for lying about hate crime

  • by Brody Levesque, Washington Blade
  • Mar 11, 2022

Cook County Judge James Linn sentenced gay actor Jussie Smollett to 30 months of probation and 150 days in jail for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack that he staged.

Parole denied for man who murdered gay sailor in 1992

Parole denied for man who murdered gay sailor in 1992

  • by Lou Chibbaro Jr., Washington Blade
  • Mar 10, 2022

A five-member U.S. Parole Commission voted 4-1 on March 7 to deny parole to a former U.S. Navy sailor sentenced to life in prison for the 1992 anti-gay murder of fellow U.S. Navy sailor Allen Schindler while the two were stationed in Japan.

Number of CA LGBTQ judges continues to climb

Number of CA LGBTQ judges continues to climb

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 2, 2022

Under Governor Gavin Newsom the number of LGBTQ judges continues to climb on the California bench. Since he took office in 2019, the number of out jurists on state courts has increased by at least 30%.