2162 posts categorized "Legal"

February 12, 2016

Catholic Church staying out of fight to ban gay conversion therapy in New York state

Catholic Bishops Not Obliged to Report Clerical Child Abuse, Vatican Says

February 09, 2016

SD Bill Banning Trans Students From Playing Sports In Accordance With Their Gender Identity Passes

More exploitation of ignorance and panic by unscrupulous demagogues.

Anti-Gay Parents Tell TN School Board Gay-Straight Alliance Will Be Used To 'Recruit' Children

In unprecedented move, Republicans decline to hear president's budget

Dear Rep. Price and Sen. Enzi: your names will go down in the annals of contempt. You disgrace your offices, your constituents, your party, and your country. Any further courtesies with which you are treated will be unmerited. You deserve to be shamed and shunned and driven from office. Your names should be remembered, if at all, as badges of dishonor. If the citizenry is awake, you and your compatriots will not gain by your actions.

#LGBTWelcoming at White House

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Activist Scout writes:

Love collecting examples of when people are LGBT welcoming and the White House just gave us a doozie in prep for tomorrow's trans meeting.

February 05, 2016

Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband

February 04, 2016

D.C. Council passes LGBT ‘cultural competency’ bill

GLAA is proud to have supported this bill.

February 03, 2016

Shawington Times: Criminalizing sexwork wastes MPD & Court resources

@Shawington echoes GLAA's advocacy criticizing District treatment of sex workers.

February 02, 2016

A User's Guide to This Year's Transphobic Legislation

January 30, 2016

Since Mormon church enacted anti-gay policy, 32 young LGBTI people have killed themselves

January 29, 2016

Russian lawyer accuses goat and tiger of breaking 'gay propaganda' law

Not The Onion.

Former Australia PM to anti-gay group: Marriage must be kept 'undamaged'

Oh, so he's opposed to adultery and divorce? Nah, he's just against us. Phooey.

New Taipei City to start registering gay couples next week

A gay couple's lawsuit is the first test for same-sex marriage in China

I love this NYT photo of Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang. They have summoned the same simple courage as countless other gay folk all over the world in standing up for their love. They inspire others, and the struggle grows and spreads.

January 27, 2016

FBI, State Police Initiate 'Containment' Of Occupied Federal Refuge, Release Bundy Booking Photos

Indiana Senate Committee Kills Anti-Gay 'RFRA On Steroids' Bill

January 25, 2016

Anti-abortion activists behind secret Planned Parenthood videos are indicted

Pope Francis reiterates opposition to same-sex marriage

Dear gay Catholics, His Holiness is not that into you.

Gay D.C. teacher acquitted of sexual assault

January 23, 2016

Chinese couple will have first hearing regarding marriage January 28

January 21, 2016

Hearing goes smoothly for Fanning as Army secretary nominee

#TN Lawmakers Kill Bill That Would Void Same-Sex Marriage, Cost $8.5 Billion

Holtzclaw Sentenced To 263 Years

For once, the blue wall of silence does not protect a criminal officer from justice.

January 19, 2016

Russia's Duma rejects bill banning gays from coming out

January 17, 2016

Trump slams Cruz for taking money from 'people who espouse gay marriage'

GOP Lawmaker's Anti-Gay Marriage Campaign Backfiring in Tennessee

January 14, 2016

Blade: LGBT groups cautious over decriminalizing sex work

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D.C. Council member David Grosso said he was reconsidering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C. because he’s unsure it would pass. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Lou Chibbaro reports for the Blade on the push to decriminalize sex work, or at least to de-prioritize enforcement of anti-prostitution laws, an effort which many LGBT groups including GLAA have supported because so many already marginalized LGBT youth and trans women end up in the criminal justice system due to their having to rely on survival sex. Here is an excerpt that mentions GLAA and quotes me:

In D.C., the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has been calling for decriminalization of sex work since 2008. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large), a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, said at the time of the Amnesty International declaration last August that he was considering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C.

But Grosso has since said he’s uncertain about whether such a bill would have any chance of passing at this time and he was reconsidering his plans for the legislation.

At a news conference on Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a cooperative D.C.-federal government effort to crack down on human trafficking, including trafficking of sex workers. When asked by a Blade reporter what they thought about calls by some LGBT organizations to decriminalize prostitution, Bowser and Maria Odom, the head of a Department of Homeland Security project to combat trafficking stopped short of backing decriminalization.

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January 13, 2016

Queensland to expunge historical convictions for gay sex

January 11, 2016

Roy Moore's last stand

He can't go soon enough to suit me. A disgrace to his profession.

January 03, 2016

Nation that executed 47 people in one day sits on U.N. Human Rights Council

Militiamen occupy an Oregon wildlife office in protest of 2 ranchers’ prison terms

These insurrectionists show no sign of having a clue about what the Constitution actually says about the regulation of militias. Cut off their water, gas, and electricity, surround them at a safe distance, block any deliveries of food and other provisions, and wait them out. If they start firing, hit them with decisive force. They are not patriots, they are thieves of public resources resorting to terrorism to preserve their baseless claim to be above the law.

December 30, 2015

Dana Beyer's 2015 Trans Year in Review

Our friend Dana Beyer offers her two-part review of 2015 for the transgender cause.

Ultra-Orthodox lawmakers boycott swearing in of Israel's new gay member of Knesset

Kerala India court hands down life sentence over brutal murder of gay man

The Cleveland police department's utter disregard for black life

And this:

December 29, 2015

2015: Year of the Arsonist

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Reichstag fire, 1933 (Photo public domain; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

My year-in-review column went online today at the Blade. My summary blurb is "Historic progress met the usual backlash." Here's an excerpt:

"Set the motherfucker on fire!" That recent call by a Donald Trump rally goer concerning a black protester, with another attendee yelling "Sieg heil," illustrates the viciousness fueling Trump's presidential campaign. If you take this lightly, Google "lynching." It is not just that what happened in Europe in the last century could happen here; what happened here could happen again. Trump's incitements, and those of his rivals, do not just pander to intolerance, they spray gasoline on the fire.

Hate-spewing demagogues were not the year's only newsmakers, but they produced its most dangerous legacy. The demons they unleashed cannot easily be tamed. But the haters cannot win the general election unless the rest of us allow it. Before we head back into battle, let us review some positive developments of 2015, though with cautionary notes.

The landmark victory for nationwide marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges, which President Obama celebrated by lighting the White House north front in rainbow colors, inspired opponents to switch tactics by pushing "religious freedom" laws (better dubbed "religious supremacy") to continue their anti-gay attacks. The Equality Act represented a new approach to LGBT anti-discrimination legislation, but stood no chance in a Republican-controlled Congress. Openly gay Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and several colleagues launched the smart, well-designed Campaign Zero policy website.

Read the whole thing here.

December 28, 2015

Grand jury declines to indict Cleveland officers in the death of Tamir Rice

No charges, no justice for Tamir, and sadly no surprise. Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty is a disgrace. How can people respect the law when the law will not respect them? Let us keep in mind something activist DeRay Mckesson wrote last June, "There's a tendency to push black folk into this immediate 'healing' phase without acknowledging the actual trauma." Yes.

December 23, 2015

Anti-trans bathroom measure won't qualify for California's 2016 ballot

Some good news.

Greek lawmakers approve same-sex civil partnerships law