After four years of Trump’s administration, the United States is poised to welcome a new president, Joe Biden. Biden ran on a pro LGBTQ platform. In March, the Biden campaign launched its plan to Advance LGBTQ + Equality in American and Around the World. Stated goals include: Protecting LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination. Supporting LGBTQ+ youth.
The Supreme Court heard arguments on November 4, 2020, in a case that may change the trajectory of LGBT rights in the U.S. for years to come. The case is Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, case No. 19-123. The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court by Petitioners Sharonell Fulton, Toni Lynn Simms-Busch, and
Governor Gavin Newsom has recently signed a new law that requires all publicly held companies headquartered in California to include board members from underrepresented communities. The new law - AB 979 - ensures representation by underrepresented communities in the corporate sector. Underrepresented communities include Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native
A recent ruling by Federal Judge Frederic Block of the U.S District Court in New York, has helped fight the Trump administration’s war on LGBT rights. At issue in Judge Block’s ruling, is a proposed regulation which would have the effect of stripping protections currently in place for transgender people facing discrimination in healthcare services.
June the 15th was a life-changing day for Chris Sanders. The United States Supreme Court declared that the 1964 Civil Rights Act's Title 7 protected LGBTQ people against workplace discrimination. While this was the final word for most individuals, it may prove to be a hollow victory for the LGBTQ community encountering workplace hostility. The
Despite advances in equality, individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans (LGBT) still face discrimination and harassment every day. Sadly, some LGBT individuals are physically attacked, assaulted, and abused because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This can only be defined as one thing - a hate crime. A hate crime is
In January 2020, the Governor of Tennessee Bill Lee signed a controversial bill that allows some adoption agencies to deny gay couples the right the adopt. While there were several opponents and criticisms of the bill, it became effective immediately. This permitted adoption agencies to begin discriminating against potential adoptive parents simply because they were
The Fairness for All Act and the Equality Act are two bills that were recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both seek to add sexual orientation and gender identity to current civil rights laws. However, the similarities between the two bills stop there. The Fairness for All Act seeks to also add several
Traveling to a new country can be an exhilarating adventure. It can also be stressful when you have to make several travel plans and account for all safety concerns. Well-seasoned travelers know to always research where you are going to know the conditions of the country before you arrive. LGTBQ travelers face unique difficulties when
In 2019, the Associated Press (AP) conducted an analysis of U.S. states to compare laws and regulations for LGBTQ workers. The results of the evaluation were that the majority of states lacked comprehensive legal protections. This means that in many states, workers can be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity without consequence to