Category Archives: LGBTQ+

100 Questions and Answers About Gender Identity and 100 about Sexual Orientation

Marking International Transgender Day of Visibility

Today, President Joe Biden marked International Transgender Day of Visibility  by issuing the first presidential proclamation recognizing the day the day. March 31 was designated in 2009 as International Transgender Day of Visibility by Rachel Crandall Crocker, executive director of Transgender … Continue reading

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LGBTQ+ identification rises in Gallup polling

Gallup pollsters report that the proportion of people in the U.S. who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender rose from 4.5% in 2017 to 5.6% in 2020. The polling company surveyed 15,000 people over 18 and 86.7% identified as … Continue reading

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Transgender hate crimes, killings rise

On Nov. 19, The Human Rights Campaign declared 2020 the deadliest year on record in the United States for violent deaths of transgender people, listing 37. That eclipsed the previous highest annual toll of 31. The next day, Asia Foster … Continue reading

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Transgender candidates make history

The Victory Fund is celebrating the 2020 election, focused as it is not on the top of the ballot, where confusion was ahead, but down ballot where openly transgender candidates made their best showing ever. The lead story for the … Continue reading

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More than 500 LBGTQ candidates on ballots

The LBGTQ Victory Fund’s “Out on the Trail” analysis reports that at least 574 LGBTQ candidates will appear on general election ballots in November. That’s up 33% from two years ago. The organization forecasts “an unprecedented number to win on … Continue reading

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What were the Stonewall riots?

This is the short answer, from “100 Questions and Answers About Gender Identity:” The Stonewall Inn was a LGBTQ+ nightclub in Greenwich Village raided by police on June 28, 1969. Raids at such clubs were not unusual in the 1960s. … Continue reading

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Pride month a roller-coaster for LGBTQ+ rights

June 2020, the 50th anniversary of the first gay pride marches, has had two noteworthy LGBTQ+ rights developments. On June 12, the Donald Trump administration removed protections that prohibit health-care discrimination against transgender patients. Protections were based on a 2016 … Continue reading

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Transgender phobia continues to rise with deadly effects

The homicides of two black transgender women last week put mean 2020 is on course to have a higher toll than 2019. And FBI crime statistics for 2018 had sown a recoed toll of 27. The deaths of Dominique “Rem’mie” … Continue reading

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Buttigieg helps 9-year-old come out: Too young?

Pete Buttigieg’s departure from the Democratic primaries came about a week after a campaign trail experience in which a 9-year-old boy asked the candidate for advice on how to come out as gay. Buttigieg came out at age 33. How … Continue reading

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Tennessee allows adoption denials by same-sex couple adoptions

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a law Jan. 24 that would give state funding to faith-based adoption agencies that prevent LGBTQ+ couples from adopting. The bill’s sponsor, Tennessee Sen. Paul Rose said his bill is “solely about freedom” because it … Continue reading

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