SUPREME COURT ALLOWS CHALLENGES TO TRUMP’S TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN TO CONTINUE IN LOWER COURTS

NCLR’s Shannon Minter said: Multiple federal courts have recognized that excluding qualified individuals simply because they are transgender is contrary to basic constitutional principles of equality and fairness.

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Michael James Schneider and his boyfriend-he-made-out-of-boxes-of-wine request your presence

In 2018, writer and contemporary artist Michael James Schneider made a “boyfriend” using boxes from wine he self-medicated on after a rough breakup. The original photo series and then, 6 months later, news of their engagement went viral...

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“An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex” by Siddharth Dube

When Siddharth Dube was ten years old, he saw a dancer who was lovely, curvy, and sultry, and who pulled off her skirt with a flourish at the end, revealing herself as a man. The memory, the surprise, stuck with him – in part, perhaps, because he had known for two years then that he “was a girly-boy…”

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GLAAD ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 30TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS

Love Simon, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Pose, Schitt's Creek, The Handmaid's Tale, Nanette, Janelle Monáe, Hayley Kiyoko, Troye Sivan, American Idol, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Law & Order: SVU, Don Lemon,Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, Univision, MSNBC, Ebony, GQ, CNN, The New York Times among nominees for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues

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With Equality Act on the Horizon, Polls Show Growing Majority of Americans Support LGBTQ Equality

A recent study from PRRI found that seven in 10 Americans (71 percent) support laws like the Equality Act, which protect the LGBTQ community against discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing. More than 130 major employers, with operations in all 50 states, have also joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, urging Congress to pass these crucial protections.

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Ninety-Nine Girlfriends Awards CAP/Prism Health Start-up Funds for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Program

Prism Health is an LGBTQ+ primary healthcare center that opened spring 2017 in southeast Portland. The new LGBTQ+ Mental Health Program aims to dismantle mental health inequities in the community by delivering culturally responsive mental health care that addresses issues of depression, isolation, anxiety and stress.

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SEN. WIENER AND ASM. GLORIA ANNOUNCE MAJOR LEGISLATION TO INCREASE ACCESS TO PREP

Co-sponsored by Equality California, SB 159 authorizes pharmacists to furnish pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) without a physician prescription and also prohibits insurance companies from requiring prior authorizations in order to obtain PrEP coverage

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LEGISLATION TO END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBTQ YOUNG PEOPLE

Sponsored by Equality California and the Los Angeles County District Attorney, SB 145 puts a stop to LGBT young people going on the sex offender registry, when similarly situated young straight people do not.

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Fighting for Justice for Transgender People in Prison

By rolling back such important protections, the Trump administration has put transgender people at risk. I know this firsthand as a formerly incarcerated transgender woman.

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Opinion: “Another New Normal” Part 2

Through the course of the year, we were invited as guest speakers to Basic Rights Oregon Education Fund luncheon where we were heralded for our continued work. When we were asked to represent Basic Rights Oregon Education Fund in the lawsuit to overturn Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, it felt like our dreams were coming to fruition. Our family would be legally recognized.

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