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Senate confirms first Black woman to US Supreme Court

Senate confirms first Black woman to US Supreme Court

  • by Brody Levesque, Washington Blade
  • Apr 7, 2022

In a historic session April 7, the U.S. Senate voted 53-47 in favor of confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination as the first Black woman associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pride groups grapple with police in parades

Pride groups grapple with police in parades

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Apr 6, 2022

As San Francisco Pride looks to enforce for the first time its ban on police marching in uniform when the in-person event returns in June, other cities are also grappling with the issue.

Busy 2nd year for UCLA's LGBTQ research center

Busy 2nd year for UCLA's LGBTQ research center

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 6, 2022

In its second year the UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research, and Health is expanding its work into myriad focuses of inquiry, from HIV and mental health to substance use issues.

Trans visibility at the White House

Trans visibility at the White House

  • by BAR staff
  • Apr 6, 2022

Trans youth and their families were welcomed to the White House to observe Transgender Day of Visibility.

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.

LGBTQ Agenda: US passport change highlights progress on gender issues

LGBTQ Agenda: US passport change highlights progress on gender issues

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Apr 5, 2022

The big news that Americans will be able to self-select their gender identity on their passport is just the latest salvo in an ongoing struggle for nonbinary and transgender folks be able to have their official identities match their lived identities.

Political Notes: With San Francisco event, Obergefell kicks off Ohio statehouse bid fundraising

Political Notes: With San Francisco event, Obergefell kicks off Ohio statehouse bid fundraising

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 4, 2022

With an event this week in San Francisco's LGBTQ Castro district, Jim Obergefell is kicking off his efforts to raise funds for his Ohio statehouse bid this year.

Passports with 'X' gender marker to become available April 11

Passports with 'X' gender marker to become available April 11

  • by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade
  • Mar 31, 2022

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday announced passports with an "X" gender marker will be available beginning Monday, April 11.

DeSantis signs Florida 'Don't Say Gay' bill

DeSantis signs Florida 'Don't Say Gay' bill

  • by Zachary Jarrell, Washington Blade
  • Mar 28, 2022

Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed the so-called Don't Say Gay bill Monday, March 28, which is almost certain to prompt lawsuits as opponents question the legality of legislation they see as harmful and discriminatory.

Political Notes: Black LGBTQ group renews call for Bayard Rustin stamp

Political Notes: Black LGBTQ group renews call for Bayard Rustin stamp

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 28, 2022

A national Black LGBTQ advocacy group is renewing the call for the U.S. Postal Service to honor deceased gay Black civil rights leader Bayard Rustin with a stamp.

Jackson holds firm in questioning over marriage equality

Jackson holds firm in questioning over marriage equality

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Mar 24, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson underwent questioning from Republican Senator John Cornyn about same-sex marriage during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

LGBTQ Agenda: New report details breadth of hostile school climate bills in US

LGBTQ Agenda: New report details breadth of hostile school climate bills in US

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Mar 22, 2022

A virtual blitzkrieg on public education by right-wing groups and their sympathizers is being launched throughout the United States.

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.

Despite advances, problems persist in collecting LGBTQ health data

Despite advances, problems persist in collecting LGBTQ health data

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Mar 10, 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters into its third year, there is still no accurate, comprehensive data on how the health crisis has impacted LGBTQ Americans.