Tag: civil rights

Texas GOP backs ‘conversion therapy,’ 23 other anti-LGBTQ issues

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas GOP approved an anti-LGBTQ platform at their state convention this past weekend in San Antonio. From Houston’s OutSmart Magazine: Texas Republicans once again officially endorsed the dangerous, discredited practice of “ex-gay” therapy, including for “self-motivated” youth. They called on state officials to reject the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of…

Lambda Legal, SPLC request DOJ documents on protection rollback for transgender people in prison

NEW YORK — On Friday, June 22, Lambda Legal and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) seeking all documents and communications connected to its decision to alter the Transgender Offender Manual, including communications with outside advocacy groups. The organizations said…

Michigan GOP ask state AG to roll back LGBTQ protections ruling

LANSING — Michigan GOP leaders are asking Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette to say the state’s Civil Rights Commission overstepped its powers when it said it could hear complaints of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, a Michigan newspaper reported. From the Detroit Free Press: “We write to request your opinion on the legality of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission’s…

Ind. teacher says using trans students’ preferred names violate ‘religious beliefs’

INDIANAPOLIS — A teacher in suburban Indianapolis is saying the school district forced him to resign for refusing to us transgender students’ preferred names. The school district requires teachers to use trans students’ preferred names, instead of those given at birth. John Kluge, the former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School near Indianapolis, told the…

OPINION: Masterpiece Cakeshop – It’s not great, but it’s not a disaster

This article was originally published on Peacock Panache, an LGBTQ news and opinion blog. In a 7-2 decision announced today, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop in a case about public accommodation and whether individual religious views should and can supersede a protected group’s right to free market equal access. The…

Sergeant sues over US Army’s HIV policy

WASHINGTON — A US Army sergeant is suing the military service over a HIV policy dating back to 1991, according to NBC OUT. From NBC OUT: “For over 30 years, the military has placed broad restrictions on the service of people living with HIV,” says the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the…

Illinois passes Equal Rights Amendment

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House voted Wednesday to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Only one more state is needed to ratify the amendment. From the Chicago Sun-Times: Nearly a century after the amendment was drafted, the Illinois House voted 72-45 to ratify it following more than two hours of debate. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan stood behind…

Hawaii latest state to ban ‘conversion therapy’

HONOLULU — Hawaii state legislators approved a ban on “conversion therapy,” becoming the 12th state to do so. From Hawaii News Now: Gay rights advocates say the practice, which is largely discredited by healthcare professionals, does more harm than good to those who are subjected to it. “This has been a priority of the caucus for…

O’Fallon school board member gets calls to resign after calling book “social indoctrination”

O’FALLON, Ill. — A school board member has received calls to resign after calling for a children’s book on social activism “social indoctrination.” From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: After a school board member here questioned the use of a book about a girl learning about social activism in a children’s program at the local library,…

Man denied marriage license by Kim Davis loses primary

MOREHEAD, Ky. — David Ermold, who was denied a marriage license by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, lost the Democratic primary by more than 1,000 votes Tuesday evening, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ermold rasid more than $200,000, but lost to Elwood Caudill, Jr., a 20-year employee of the county’s Property Valuation Administrator office and fourth generation…