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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.

LGBTQ Agenda: Sex-ed project to educate advocates on local strategies for change

LGBTQ Agenda: Sex-ed project to educate advocates on local strategies for change

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Mar 2, 2021

The National LGBTQ Task Force is starting its third annual sex-ed leadership project this week to help teach advocates at the local level how to push for policy changes.

Lee introduces resolution in Congress honoring Black LGBTQs

Lee introduces resolution in Congress honoring Black LGBTQs

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Feb 26, 2021

As Black History Month draws to a close, Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Friday introduced a resolution honoring the contributions of Black LGBTQ+ people.

House passes Equality Act

House passes Equality Act

  • by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade
  • Feb 25, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Levine fends off anti-trans questioning in historic confirmation hearing

Levine fends off anti-trans questioning in historic confirmation hearing

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Feb 25, 2021

Dr. Rachel Levine's testimony before a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday marked the historic first time an openly transgender person had taken part in a confirmation hearing for a presidential appointment.

Biden administration interprets Fair Housing Act to include LGBTQs in bias protections

Biden administration interprets Fair Housing Act to include LGBTQs in bias protections

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Feb 19, 2021

LGBTQ advocates are praising the Biden administration's Housing and Urban Development Department for interpreting the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Strategy talks in high gear to get Equality Act across the finish line

Strategy talks in high gear to get Equality Act across the finish line

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Feb 18, 2021

With a House vote on the Equality Act set for next week, talks between LGBTQ rights advocates and Capitol Hill have begun on getting the legislation across the finish line with Democratic control of both chambers of Congress and the White House.

Report sheds light on issues facing LGBTQ accountants

Report sheds light on issues facing LGBTQ accountants

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Feb 16, 2021

A groundbreaking report is shedding light on the issues facing LGBTQ accountants, especially LGBTQ women of color, as leaders of the profession attempt to diversify its ranks.

In first for LGBTQ history, Buttigieg confirmed as Cabinet-level appointee

In first for LGBTQ history, Buttigieg confirmed as Cabinet-level appointee

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Feb 2, 2021

Pete Buttigieg was approved by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday as transportation secretary with bipartisan support, marking the first-time ever an openly gay person was confirmed to a Cabinet-level position.

LGBTQ Agenda: HRC blasts anti-trans legislation in statehouses

LGBTQ Agenda: HRC blasts anti-trans legislation in statehouses

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Feb 2, 2021

The Human Rights Campaign sounded the alarm about anti-transgender legislation in statehouses coast-to-coast during a recent news conference.