California New LGBTQ Civil Rights and Health Care Bills Signed into Law

Governor Newsom Signs Senator Wiener’s LGBTQ Civil Rights and Health Care Bills into Law SACRAMENTO- Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two of Senator Scott Wiener’s bills promoting LGTBQ rights and equality: Senate Bill 932 mandates that health care providers in California report sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data, if known, for all reportable communicable … More California New LGBTQ Civil Rights and Health Care Bills Signed into Law

Mourning the Loss of Three Black Trans People

National Black Justice Coalition Mourns the Loss of Three Black Trans People: NBJC urges people to consider calling the Brooklyn Police Department at 216-749-1234 to ensure that the investigation is fair and complete so that Isabella gets justice.  Washington — In response to recent news that Isabella Mia Lofton and Elie Che were found dead … More Mourning the Loss of Three Black Trans People

Federal Court Rules Florida School Must Treat Transgender Students Equally

Victory! Federal Court Rules Florida School Must Treat Transgender Students Equally Including Access to Restrooms …. Drew Adams’ case was the country’s first trial involving a transgender student’s equal access to restrooms. (ATLANTA – August 10, 2020) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed on Friday a lower court ruling that required a … More Federal Court Rules Florida School Must Treat Transgender Students Equally

El Salvador Police Officers Convicted of Killing Trans Woman Deported from U.S.

As a country conditions expert who testifies for LGBTQI people from African countries, I often speak about the risk of death for deported lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer asylum seekers and allies. I know some American judges do not take this seriously and that often government lawyers fight asylum cases in disbelief. Well ‘the proof of the pudding,’ … More El Salvador Police Officers Convicted of Killing Trans Woman Deported from U.S.

UNHCR Calls for Investigation into Murder of Transgender Woman in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, expresses its deep dismay at the violent death of a Salvadoran transgender woman who had applied for asylum in Guatemala. The woman’s body was found on August 1 at her home in Guatemala City. She had fled El Salvador in 2017 after having suffered violence due … More UNHCR Calls for Investigation into Murder of Transgender Woman in Guatemala

With Landmark Supreme Court Victory LGBTQI Groups Reflect on Future

In an historic 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis sex, also protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Today’s decisions confirm workplace anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across the … More With Landmark Supreme Court Victory LGBTQI Groups Reflect on Future

Trump Trounces Trans with Healthcare Discrimination

New Federal Regulations Encourage Health Care Discrimination Against Transgender People New York, NY – Today the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a devastating new rule that would invite insurance companies, hospitals, and health care professionals to illegally deny transgender people care despite protections mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The … More Trump Trounces Trans with Healthcare Discrimination

Know Your Transgender Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

In times of crisis, transgender and non-binary people among other communities are often at higher risk of violence and discrimination. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a series of unique challenges that may have long-term impact on transgender people and their families. Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has prepared Know Your Rights guide for transgender and non-binary … More Know Your Transgender Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

LGBTI Refugees in Kenya Dialogue for Financial Solutions

The Refugee Coalition of East Africa,(RefCEA) a strong body of refugees representing LGBTQI refuges in Kenya, is proving how dialogue and compromise can lead to solutions, through a series of meetings in Kenya. These meetings are undoubtedly serving the best interests of the tenuous LGBTQI refugee program’s ability to survive its stress and tests in … More LGBTI Refugees in Kenya Dialogue for Financial Solutions

Queer Asylum in Germany: More Needed for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in Germany

Queer Asylum in Germany: Better visibility and access to legal and social support needed for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in Germany Human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity are grounds for seeking asylum in Europe. However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people claiming asylum face particular legal and social … More Queer Asylum in Germany: More Needed for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in Germany

Zambian President Complains About U.S. Ambassador Gay Support

Zambia Complains to U.S. After Ambassador Condemns Jailing of Gay Couple- And how to start changing the narrative! The president of Zambia plans to issue an official complaint to the United States over remarks its ambassador made after a homosexual couple were jailed for 15 years in the African country. Read my Dec 01 Article … More Zambian President Complains About U.S. Ambassador Gay Support

SCOTUS Cases Could Dictate Global Harm to LGBTQI Communities

When all is said and done there could not be a more serious moment in the lives of LGBTQI Americans and their families – and also for the entire LGBTI world. Any form of inequality or diminishing of our community will serve to justify and hence dictate further global marginalization for all LGBTQI communities. If … More SCOTUS Cases Could Dictate Global Harm to LGBTQI Communities

Victims of Transphobic and Homophobic Attack Speak Out

Attorney Lisa Bloom, of the famed civil rights law firm, The Bloom Firm, has taken on the case of four members of the transgender and gay community who were attacked at Las Perlas, a Los Angeles venue. Bloom noted the courage of her clients as well as her pride in taking on the case. She … More Victims of Transphobic and Homophobic Attack Speak Out

National Black Justice Coalition on Murdered Trans Teens: We Have to Do Something, Now!

WASHINGTON— Bailey Reeves, at 17-years-young, and Bee Love, at only 18, became the 17th and 18th trans people murdered in the United States this year. Bailey, a trans woman of color, was found dead in Baltimore, Maryland, over Labor Day weekend. Bee, a Black trans woman, was found with her hands tied, shot and burned … More National Black Justice Coalition on Murdered Trans Teens: We Have to Do Something, Now!

Lawsuit against Steuben County alleges Jail Violates Rights of Transgender People 

BATH, NY – The New York Civil Liberties Union, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and the law firm BakerHostetler filed a lawsuit yesterday against Steuben County, the Steuben County Sheriff, and several officials and employees at the Steuben County Jail on behalf of a transgender woman whom jail officials housed in a men’s facility … More Lawsuit against Steuben County alleges Jail Violates Rights of Transgender People 

Coalition Fight the Illegality of Healthcare Discrimination against LGBTQI People

Fighting HHS: Health Care Discrimination Against LGBT People is Illegal – The first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, and allies participated in a broad coalition of organizations by submitting more than 132,400 comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging the federal government to … More Coalition Fight the Illegality of Healthcare Discrimination against LGBTQI People

Morehouse College’s Landmark Trans Inclusivity Policy

WASHINGTON – Morehouse College, a historically Black men’s college, announced that they would be accepting applications from Transgender men. In response to the news, the National Black Justice Coalition released the following statement: “Every student has a right to an educational experience where they feel safe, engaged and supported. However, the fact remains that far … More Morehouse College’s Landmark Trans Inclusivity Policy

Palm Center Corrects Misleading NPR Story on Trump Transgender Ban

Story Describes New Policy Incorrectly; Wrongly Calls Americans “Divided” on the Issue, Understating Transgender Support SAN FRANCISCO, CA – An NPR story about the Trump transgender military ban which went into effect today described a key element of the policy incorrectly, and failed to use methodologically rigorous polling, resulting in understating the level of American and military … More Palm Center Corrects Misleading NPR Story on Trump Transgender Ban

Trump’s Transgender Ban is Revenge Politics at its worst – a host of hate in leadership!

The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has spewed failed Republican leadership with antics and political policies that are embroiled in revenge against the Democrats. Is that the way a good leader runs a country and expresses himself globally? In playing his revenge game Trump has worked avidly to rob children of family, … More Trump’s Transgender Ban is Revenge Politics at its worst – a host of hate in leadership!

ILGA’s 2019 State Sponsored Homophobia Report Reveals Much Needed For LGBTQ Equality & Human Rights

On 20 March, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) launched the 13th edition of its flagship publication, State-Sponsored Homophobia, authored by Lucas Ramón Mendos. This publication compiles data on laws that affect people on the basis of their sexual orientation – a fundamental resource for researchers, civil society organisations, governments and the general … More ILGA’s 2019 State Sponsored Homophobia Report Reveals Much Needed For LGBTQ Equality & Human Rights

Queering BREXIT

Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit Editors: Dustin, Moira, Ferreira, Nuno, Millns, Susan (Eds.) “On 24 June 2016, many people had the feeling that they woke up in a country prone to isolationism and protectionism, risking hurting its economic and social development for the sake of imperial nostalgia and moral panic about ‘loss of sovereignty’ … More Queering BREXIT

Analysis: SCOTUS Allowing Preliminary Injunctions on Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect

Memo on Today’s Supreme Court Decision to Stay Preliminary Injunctions, Allowing Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect SAN FRANCISCO, CA– The Palm Center today has released the following memo providing a concise summary of facts on transgender military service and implications of today’s Supreme Court decision suspending a string of preliminary injunctions that had … More Analysis: SCOTUS Allowing Preliminary Injunctions on Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect

Transgender Woman Files Fed Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Against JB Pritzker for Governor Campaign in Illinois 

New York, NY – A former field organizer has filed a federal lawsuit against the campaign of JB Pritzker for Governor in Illinois for her firing on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Ms. Emma Todd worked in the Springfield, Illinois office of the campaign … More Transgender Woman Files Fed Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Against JB Pritzker for Governor Campaign in Illinois 

Victory: New York Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

After a 16-year battle, New York updates state law to protect transgender New Yorkers, becoming 20th state with explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people NEW YORK – Today the New York legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, providing explicit protections for transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and education. … More Victory: New York Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

Shocking Autopsy Report Confirms Abuse of Transgender Asylum Seeker while in ICE Detention

In May ICE said six transgender people had died in detention!  When government leadership at the highest level denigrates and attempts to rob a minority of its rights, especially  where such government seems intent on erasure, the entire milieu will become a setup for abuse and violence at every level. After seven months the suspicious … More Shocking Autopsy Report Confirms Abuse of Transgender Asylum Seeker while in ICE Detention

Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– In today’s petitions asking the Supreme Court to allow President Trump’s ban on transgender service members to take effect, the Trump administration has repeated false claims about inclusive policy. Despite extensive data confirming that inclusive policy for transgender personnel has been a success, the administration asserts, without evidence, that the policy poses … More Trump Admin Repeats False Claims in Request to Supreme Court to Implement Transgender Military Ban

TLDEF Appoints Nationally Recognized LGBTQ Activist Andy Marra as Executive Director

New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Andrea “Andy” Hong Marra as its new executive director. Marra is a nationally revered social justice advocate with a strong track record of service to the LGBTQ movement. Marra succeeds Dolph Ward Goldenburg who has served as … More TLDEF Appoints Nationally Recognized LGBTQ Activist Andy Marra as Executive Director