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New York City is ready to dazzle visitors again

New York City is ready to dazzle visitors again

  • by Heather Cassell
  • May 4, 2022

New York City felt like it was almost its bustling self again as I walked through the streets enjoying the warm spring weather during a recent trip.

LGBTQ Agenda: 19 states plan laws to support trans kids

LGBTQ Agenda: 19 states plan laws to support trans kids

  • by Eric Burkett
  • May 3, 2022

LGBTQ lawmakers from 19 states have or will introduce laws to protect trans kids from civil and criminal penalties when seeking gender-affirming care.

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.

Political Notes: Long Beach Mayor Garcia leads in fundraising among West Coast LGBTQ congressional candidates

Political Notes: Long Beach Mayor Garcia leads in fundraising among West Coast LGBTQ congressional candidates

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 2, 2022

Among the non-incumbent LGBTQ Democratic candidates seeking U.S. House seats on the West Coast this year, gay Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has proved to be the most adept at raising money for his bid.

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.