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…

Transgender man wins Iowa discrimination lawsuit

DES MOINES — A transgender man working as a prison nurse has won his discrimination lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections this week. Jesse Vroegh had sued after being barred from using the men’s restroom and being denied transition healthcare. From the Des Moines Register: The jury awarded Jesse Vroegh $120,000 in damages. Jurors found that the…

Indiana hate crimes bill gets hearing

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Star reported on Wednesday that an inclusive hate crimes bill will move forward to debate after weeks of delays. From the Star: Ten bias crimes bills were filed at the start of session, but Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, has chosen to move forward with Senate Bill 12, which includes…

Kentucky Senate bill could add LGBTQ rights

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Democrats have filed a bill that could add LGBTQ people to the state’s civil rights law. Local TV station WKRC said that if passed, the bill would put both orientation and gender identity under the law’s protection. From WKRC: The bills have the support of Democrats and a few Republicans, but…