Category: National

National news and events that affect Illinois.

Intersex affirming policy published after California legislation

NEW YORK — interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have released the nation’s first intersex-affirming hospital policy guide, offering concrete steps for medical providers to provide sensitive, non-discriminatory care to intersex patients. “Intersex” describes up to 1.7% of the population born with natural variations in chromosomes, hormones, or genitalia that transcend…

U.S. State Department alters website about passport gender markers

WASHINGTON — The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) today reported that the language for changing markers on passports has changed. They said that the policy remains unchanged. The U.S. State Department page regarding “Gender Designation” policies—in place since 2010—has been removed, and a new but similar page concerning what they now call “Sex Designation”…

LGBTQ orgs urge U.S. Senate to reject federal judge nominee

WASHINGTON — Lambda Legal and 18 other local, state and national LGBTQ organizations called for the U.S. Senate to reject Stephen Clark for the U.S. District Court for the District of Missouri. Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal chief strategy officer and legal director, issued the following statement on Wednesday: “The Trump-Pence Administration has put forth a…

Court denies death penalty appeal of gay prisoner

ST. LOUIS — A divided three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear the appeal of Charles Rhines, a gay man on death row in South Dakota, on Friday. The appeal argued that Rhines should be allowed to present new evidence showing that antigay bias may have motivated the jury to…

CDC: STDs rising with resistant strains emerging

NEW YORK — Infection rates for sexually transmitted diseases went up for the fourth in a row during 2017, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also told the news service that a new strain antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea could emerge. From Bloomberg: “We are sliding backward,” Jonathan Mermin, director of the…

16 states ask SCOTUS to limit LGBTQ job protections

WASHINGTON — On Aug. 23, 16 states urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire workers based on their sexual orientation and gender identity without violating federal workplace discrimination law. Bloomberg Law reported that the states, lead by Nebraska Attorney General David Bydalek, asked the justices to overturn an appeals court decision…

California steps up fight against ‘conversion therapy’

SACRAMENTO — California is stepping up its efforts to fight “conversion therapy,” Courthouse News reported last week. From Courthouse News: The state Senate on Thursday cleared a proposal to list so-called conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice, bringing it under the umbrella of state consumer-protection laws and opening the door for victims to sue…

LGBTQ adults still struggle to afford health care

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A study from Brown University reported this week that although LGBTQ adults are insured at the same rate as heterosexuals, they still avoid medical treatment because of cost. From MedicalXPress.com: “I started looking at this question because I had read a few studies indicating that following the ACA’s implementation in 2014 and…

Vermont Democrat could be first transgender governor

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Christine Hallquist could be the first transgender governor in U.S. history if she wins election this November. Hallquist made history Tuesday night becoming the first major party candidate for statewide office. Other transgender people who have won nominations and offices have run for local and state district races. NPR reported that Hallquist, a former…

Colorado baker in court again for discriminating against transgender woman

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., on Tuesday filed another federal lawsuit claiming religious discrimination. Phillips was the plantiff in the Supreme Court ruling this year that said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had shown anti-religious bias in their ruling over Phillips refusing to make a wedding cake for a same…