Tag: Washington

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…

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…

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,…

Smithsonian receives the Matthew Shepard Collection

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will receive a donation of papers and personal objects from the parents of Matthew Shepard, a young, gay college student who died of severe injuries following a vicious attack in October 1998 when he was a student at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. Judy and Dennis…

DOJ formally says businesses can discriminate against transgender workers

WASHINGTON — Bloomberg Law reported Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice had told the U.S. Supreme Court that businesses can discriminate against workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law. From Bloomberg Law: Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the high court that a civil rights law banning sex discrimination on the job doesn’t…

NYT: Trump administration may try to define transgender people out of existence legally

WASHINGTON — The New York Times reported on Sunday that the Trump administration is considering defining gender as biological condition determined by genitalia at birth. This is the latest move by the administration against the LGBTQ community and at the transgender community specifically. From the New York Times: A series of decisions by the Obama…