LGBTQ+ discrimination

Transgender people in rural America struggle to find doctors willing or able to provide care

BY: - January 25, 2023

This story was originally published in Kaiser Health News. For Tammy Rainey, finding a health care provider who knows about gender-affirming care has been a challenge in the rural northern Mississippi town where she lives. As a transgender woman, Rainey needs the hormone estrogen, which allows her to physically transition by developing more feminine features. […]

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LGBTQ kids need protection from bullies and violence, not adults targeting and bullying them too

BY: - January 19, 2023

I grew up in a struggling, post-industrial Ohio town in the 1990s where ignorance and intolerance often reigned. I stood up to bullies my whole life, and when put under physical threat, I fought them. No bully can intimidate me, and so even though I was definitely a weird kid, I was also funnier, smarter, […]

Club Q survivors at U.S. House hearing denounce anti-LGBTQ rhetoric

BY: - December 15, 2022

Survivors of a deadly attack at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs and other advocates told a U.S. House panel Wednesday that political rhetoric and policy fights dehumanize LGBTQ people and contribute to such violence. Democrats and Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee largely sympathized with the survivors, but drew different conclusions […]

Biden signs law extending marriage protections to same-sex and interracial couples

BY: - December 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Same-sex and interracial couples had many of their marriage rights codified Tuesday when President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan marriage equality bill during a ceremony attended by thousands outside the White House. In a brief speech, Biden told supporters on the South Lawn that “marriage is a simple proposition — who do you […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether a web designer can refuse to create wedding websites for same-sex couples. (Photo illustration by Iowa Capital Dispatch with images via Canva)

The U.S. Supreme Court could fall on this slippery slope of discrimination

BY: - December 14, 2022

Few people like being told what they must do. Lorie Smith is one of them. The suburban Denver, Colo., business owner, a devout Christian, builds websites for customers. She wants to expand her business and begin building websites for couples who are planning weddings. But she is adamant that she does not want to be […]

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Congress is set to codify marriage equality, but the Respect for Marriage Act has key limitations

BY: - December 9, 2022

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to approve the Respect for Marriage Act – a bill already passed in the Senate to codify both interracial and same-gender marriage – on Dec. 8, 2022. President Joe Biden has said that he will sign the bill into federal law shortly after the upcoming House vote. This […]

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The link between politicians and anti-LGBTQ+ violence

BY: - December 7, 2022

It’s an age-old, chicken-and-egg discussion: Is it extant societal forces of exclusion, hatred, and reaction that give rise to authoritarian politicians who in turn foment division, prejudice, and violence? Or does it work the other way around? A global survey reveals compelling examples of both scenarios in action. It’s hard to imagine the repressive religious […]

Ohio lawmakers postpone bill that limits health care for LGBTQ+ youth

BY: - November 30, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. Ohio Republicans Tuesday stopped their own bill from moving forward for this General Assembly, […]

Birth certificate gender changes for trans Ohioans are at discretion of judges in each county

BY: - November 28, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   The ability to change the gender marker on a birth certificate in Ohio […]

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Another mind-numbing mass murder brings reflection

BY: - November 28, 2022

Shocked? No. Resigned? Maybe. Numb? I hope not. The slaughter continues. On the heels of two multiple murders on or near college campuses in Virginia and Idaho the week of Nov. 12 came news of a mass shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub catering to the LGBTQ+ community on Nov. 19. A gunman entered Club Q during a comedy […]

Ohio bill limiting health care for LGBTQ+ youth would create registry of trans kids, activist says

BY: - November 17, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Ohio Republicans updated a bill that severely limits healthcare for LGBTQ+ youth with […]

State board of ed president, husband both oppose LGBTQ inclusion in federal law

BY: - November 7, 2022

Opposition to a federal policy change involving the LGBTQ community seems to be a family affair when it comes to the president of Ohio’s state board of education and her husband, who is a member of the Republican State Central Committee. Though Ohio Board of Education President Charlotte McGuire attempted to alter a resolution against […]