Category: National

National news and events that affect Illinois.

New report details violence against transgender community

WASHINGTON — A new report released yesterday by the Human Rights Campaign details the violence against the U.S. transgender community. The report, A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2018, stated that 22 transgender people have been killed in the U.S. in 2018. More than 80% of those killed were people of color, two-thirds…

Newsaper: U.S. Ag Department pressured 4-H to change LGBTQ-friendly policy

DES MOINES — The Des Moines Register reported on Sunday that the the U.S. Agriculture Department under the Trump Administration pressured the national 4-H organization to withdraw a LGBTQ-friendly membership policy which also allowed a leader in Iowa to be pushed out. 4-H, an international youth organization that in the U.S. receives its funding from…

Congressional conservatives protest trade deal’s LGBTQ protections

WASHINGTON — Far-right members of Congress are objecting to LGBTQ protections that are part of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The agreement, which replaces NAFTA, requires that workers be protected against discrimination, including orientation and gender identity. From Politico: “A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy,” reads the letter, which carries the…

Human Rights Campaign president to step down next year

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced on Thursday that its president, Chad Griffin, will be stepping down after seven years leading the organization. “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this incredible organization at such an important moment in the history of our movement — and…

AMA announces policy supporting survivors of LGBTQ intimate partner violence

CHICAGO — While intimate partner violence (IPV) can occur between heterosexual or same-sex couples, efforts to address this public health problem have remained mostly focused on heterosexual women despite other populations experiencing IPV at similar or higher rates. The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted policy at its Interim Meeting today aimed at addressing IPV in…

U.S. State Department could ban terms like ‘sexual health’

WASHINGTON — A proposal could prevent American diplomats from using phrases like “sexual and reproductive health” and “comprehensive sexuality education.” Politico reported this week that conservative appointees to the U.S. State Department and other agencies are pushing the proposal. The publication said it was clear what direct policy changes there would be to banning those phrases,…

56 corporations respond to proposed federal anti-transgender policy

NEW YORK — Responding to a rising tide of legislative and administrative attempts to further marginalize transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people — including a recent report by the New York Times on administrative efforts to erase transgender non-discrimination protections through reinterpretation of existing law — 56 major companies today issued a business statement in…

Rainbow Railroad to save 60 lives in 60 days

TORONTO — On Nov. 1, Rainbow Railroad, an international organization helping LGBTQI people find a path to safety, launches its #60in60 Campaign to save 60 lives in the final 60 days of the year. At this moment, in one of more than 70 countries around the world, LGBTQI people are facing extreme violence and persecution.…

Intersex-affirming hospital policy guide published

NEW YORK — Friday, October 26 marks Intersex Awareness Day. interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth, Lambda Legal, and Proskauer Rose LLP have recently 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…