Category: National

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Court orders halt to HIV-positive service member discharges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge ordered the Department of Defense to halt discharge proceedings for HIV-positive service members on Friday. Lambda Legal announced in a press release that U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema issued the ruling from the bench after hearing oral argument today on both Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN’s motion for preliminary…

Rainbow Railroad welcomes new government funding for global LGBTQ human rights groups

OTTAWA — Rainbow Railroad applauded Thursday’s announcement by the federal government of a commitment of $30 million over five years, followed by $10 million per year, for dedicated funding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) civil society — bolstering Canada’s role in promoting LGBTQI human rights globally. The funding was announced in…

Federal lawmakers file legislation to protect transgender service members

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers have filed bills to protect transgender service members. The Washington Blade reported that U.S. Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and Anthony Brown (D-Md.) introduced House Resolution 1032 in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins…

LGBTQ orgs react to SOTU pledge to end HIV transmissions

WASHINGTON — LGBTQ organization expressed a lot of doubt in response to Trump reportedly planning to promise to end HIV transmissions by 2030. From Politico: Under Trump’s 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections and work to reduce transmissions by 2030. The strategy has been championed by top…

GLAAD calls on White House to release notes from meeting with SCOTUS Spouse Ginni Thomas on transgender Americans, marriage equality

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, on Monday called on the White House to release official bookkeeping notes from President Donald Trump’s meeting with Ginni Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and her anti-LGBTQ group Groundswell last week. According to news reports, Ms. Thomas led a…

SCOTUS allows transgender military ban to go into effect

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court of the United States has allowed the Trump administrations ban on transgender military members to go into effect while the case goes through the courts. Multiple media outlets reported the ruling early Tuesday. The Washington Post reported that it lifted the nationwide injunctions courts had placed on the administration. From…

Anti-bullying laws that include sexual orientation associated with fewer suicide attempts

LOS ANGELES — New research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that anti-bullying laws that explicitly protect youth based on sexual orientation are associated with fewer suicide attempts among all youth, regardless of sexual orientation. In addition, enumeration of sexual orientation was…