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Biden calls for passage of Equality Act in speech to Congress

Biden calls for passage of Equality Act in speech to Congress

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Apr 29, 2021

President Joe Biden urged Congress to pass the Equality Act and told transgender youth that he has their back during his first speech before a joint session of Congress.

With adoption of female trans athlete ban, West Virginia to expand California travel ban list

With adoption of female trans athlete ban, West Virginia to expand California travel ban list

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 28, 2021

As more Republican-controlled statehouses across the U.S. adopt anti-LGBTQ laws, the number of states California bans taxpayer-funded travel to should continue to increase

HUD withdraws proposed Trump-era rule allowing anti-trans discrimination

HUD withdraws proposed Trump-era rule allowing anti-trans discrimination

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Apr 22, 2021

The Biden administration announced on Thursday that it has formally withdrawn a rule proposed in the Trump era by the Department of Housing & Urban Development that would have allowed taxpayer-funded homeless shelters to turn away transgender people.

LGBTQ groups stake out different sides in upcoming Supreme Court case

LGBTQ groups stake out different sides in upcoming Supreme Court case

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Apr 21, 2021

A case to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court April 28 presents one of those rare instances in which different LGBTQ groups are on opposite sides.

LGBTQ, local officials react to Chauvin guilty verdicts in murder of George Floyd

LGBTQ, local officials react to Chauvin guilty verdicts in murder of George Floyd

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 20, 2021

LGBTQ organizations and San Francisco officials reacted Tuesday to the trio of guilty verdicts in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.

LGBTQ Agenda: 'Different' songwriter tells queer youth to think twice before doubting themselves

LGBTQ Agenda: 'Different' songwriter tells queer youth to think twice before doubting themselves

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 20, 2021

Bad Lemon, a group of musicians, singers, and producers, came out with its first single last month — a "fight song" for queer youth experiencing bullying.

California will now ban state-funded travel to North Dakota due to anti-LGBTQ law

California will now ban state-funded travel to North Dakota due to anti-LGBTQ law

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 19, 2021

North Dakota is set for addition to the list of states California bans state-funded travel to now that lawmakers in the Peace Garden State have adopted anti-LGBTQ legislation.

Political Notebook: California leaders among inaugural LGBTQ Hall of Fame honorees

Political Notebook: California leaders among inaugural LGBTQ Hall of Fame honorees

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 19, 2021

A number of Californians are among the inaugural class being inducted into the LGBTQ Hall of Fame May 2 by the LGBTQ Victory Institute.

LGBTQ Agenda: Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, striving for trans equality in recent announcements

LGBTQ Agenda: Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, striving for trans equality in recent announcements

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 6, 2021

In a memorandum coinciding with the trans visibility day March 31, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced new departmental policies "governing open service of transgender individuals in the military."

With passage of anti-trans bill, Arkansas to land on California travel ban list

With passage of anti-trans bill, Arkansas to land on California travel ban list

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 25, 2021

Nearly a year after Idaho adopted anti-transgender legislation, landing the Gem State on both San Francisco's and California's banned travel lists for their employees, Arkansas now faces the same ignominious fate.

Levine becomes first out transgender person to win Senate confirmation

Levine becomes first out transgender person to win Senate confirmation

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Mar 24, 2021

Dr. Rachel Levine made history on Wednesday by becoming the first openly transgender person to obtain Senate confirmation as a presidential appointee.

LGBTQ Agenda: In letter to Biden, formerly detained trans people demand freedom for those in ICE custody

LGBTQ Agenda: In letter to Biden, formerly detained trans people demand freedom for those in ICE custody

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Mar 19, 2021

Updated: Days after advocates held rallies in San Francisco and elsewhere call for the release of trans people in federal immigration custody, one woman was let out March 25.

Fears over women's safety made wedge issue in Equality Act hearing

Fears over women's safety made wedge issue in Equality Act hearing

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Mar 17, 2021

The Senate Judiciary Committee held the first-ever hearing in that body on the Equality Act Wednesday.

3rd COVID vaccine begins shipping out

3rd COVID vaccine begins shipping out

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Mar 2, 2021

Distribution of a third vaccine to combat COVID-19 has begun across the country, following federal authorization last week.