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By Kevin James O'Brien | In Support of LGBTQ Community

Illinois Senate votes to teach LGBT history in school

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate has approved requiring public schools to teach LGBT history.<p>The Senate voted 34-18 Wednesday on the plan …

Health care new front for transgender rights under Trump

WASHINGTON — Military service. Bathroom use. Job bias. And now, health care.<p>The Trump administration is coming under fire for rewriting a federal …

Report Shows Massive Increase In Anti-LGBTQ Violence Since Trump Took Office

It's incredibly scary to be LGBTQ in Trump's America.<p>The New York City Anti-Violence Project’s annual Crisis of Hate report shows a remarkable upsurge of hate-based killings of LGBTQ people.<p>According to the report, an 86 percent increase in hate violence homicides in the U.S. last year makes 2017 …

CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including "fetus" and "transgender" — in official documents being prepared for next year's budget.<p>Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and …

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LGBTQ group slams CDC ban on word 'transgender': Trump should be ashamed of himself

The National LGBTQ Task Force tore into the Trump administration for reportedly banning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from …

Trump promised to be LGBTQ-friendly. His first year in office proved it was a giant con.

From Trump’s ban on transgender military service to his failure to acknowledge Pride Month, his administration now has a long anti-LGBTQ record.<p>President Donald Trump said he was a different kind of Republican. As someone from liberal New York, he signaled that he would be the person to finally …

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First 100 Days: How President Trump Has Impacted LGBTQ Rights

This Saturday marks Donald Trump's 100th day as President of the United States, but for some Americans, his tenure feels much longer. Trump's first 100 days have been marked by dozens of executive actions, heated protest marches and even a Senate investigation into election tampering.<p>For many LGBTQ …

Students around the country participate in Day of Silence on Friday

On Friday, students around the country will be staying silent to speak out.<p>Almost 9 out of 10 LGBTQ students experience harassment at school. Because …

‘Pro-Life’ Christians Killing LGBTQ Teenagers

Joe and Terry go to the same church. It was my church once, too. Joe is a pro-life Christian—at least that’s what he would tell you. That’s what his …

George Weinberg Dies at 87; Coined ‘Homophobia’ After Seeing Fear of Gays

George Weinberg, a psychotherapist who, in the mid-1960s, observed the discomfort that some of his colleagues exhibited around gay men and women and invented a word to describe it — homophobia — died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 87.<p>His wife, Dianne Rowe, said the cause was cancer.<p>Dr. Weinberg was …

The Other Presidential Vote that Got Rick Perry’s Attention

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — Last week, Rick Perry, the energy secretary of the United States, took time to criticize the student government election at his alma mater, Texas A&M. In an op-ed essay in The Houston Chronicle, Mr. Perry asserted that the process, which resulted in the election of the first …

Chechen Authorities Arresting and Killing Gay Men, Russian Paper Says

MOSCOW — First, two television reporters vanished. Then a waiter went missing. Over the past week, men ranging in age from 16 to 50 have disappeared from the streets of Chechnya.<p>On Saturday, a leading Russian opposition newspaper confirmed a story already circulating among human rights activists: …

Gilbert Baker, Gay Activist Who Created the Rainbow Flag, Dies at 65

Gilbert Baker, a self-described “gay Betsy Ross” who in 1978 hand-dyed and stitched together eight strips of vibrantly colored fabric into a rainbow flag, instantly creating an enduring international symbol of gay pride, was found dead on Friday at his home in New York City. He was 65.<p>Cleve Jones, …

Civil Rights Act Protects Gay Workers, Court Rules

In a significant victory for gay rights, a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay workers from job discrimination, expanding workplace protections in the landmark law to include sexual orientation.<p>The decision by the United States Court of Appeals …

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Dutch Men Hold Hands in Solidarity With Attacked Gay Couple

From Amsterdam to New York, London to Havana, Dutch men across the world held hands this week to show solidarity with a gay couple who say they were brutally beaten in Arnhem, the Netherlands.<p>The outpouring of support came after the married couple, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, …

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The lines are drawn in national debate over transgender bathroom access

<b>JUDY WOODRUFF:</b><p>The battle over the use of school facilities by transgender students has already flared up in North Carolina and in other communities, …

ABOUT | ALEX MYERS

CONTACT<p>AUTHOR<p>Alex regularly speaks about transgender identity<br>at schools, libraries, and conferences<br>as well as appearing on TV and radio.<br>If you would …

Educator explains what it means to be transgender | PBS NewsHour Extra

Daily Video<p>Educator explains what it means to be transgender<p>As a transgender boy growing up in rural Maine, Alex Myers had to fight for visibility; …

Cisgender identity is a crucial part of trans awareness.

Last month, the Merriam-Webster dictionary adopted a cavalcade of words related to gender, including the gender-neutral honorific <i>Mx.</i>, the noun</i> …

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Fighting Transphobia in 10 Minutes

A new study shows that door-to-door canvassers can shift attitudes toward transgender people.<p>For anyone who feels that healthy discourse is dead or …

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Transgender student sues Wisconsin school district, alleging discrimination

A transgender student has filed a federal lawsuit alleging a Wisconsin school district won't let him use the boys' restrooms and repeatedly uses his female birth name, violating federal anti-discrimination laws and the U.S. Constitution.<p>The Transgender Law Center and the civil rights law firm …

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Why an Activist Was Sentenced to Death for Being a Lesbian

Amal had watched for years as some of her secretly gay friends in Uganda were outed and subsequently burned alive or beaten to death. The 22-year-old …

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Why Rachel Maddow Enjoys Talking to Homophobes

"I don't want to destroy those guys. I want to make them talk to me."<p>When Rachel Maddow rose to prominence in the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election, she was an obvious role model for me. I was a 16-year-old lesbian Democrat. I lived for Model Congress. I even had a dog-eared pocket …

Safe Schools Coalition and Minus 18 launch lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex lessons for teachers

Jaimee is one of seven lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) young people telling their story as part of a groundbreaking …

5 accidentally transphobic phrases allies use — and what to say instead

Words can be tricky — especially when you're an ally.<p>As transgender lives and experiences increasingly come into the public sphere, our conversations …

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Matt Shepard was a son, a brother, and a friend. His tragic death affected a nation and fueled the fight for LGBTQ rights. Here's the trailer from …

October 7, 1998: Matthew Shepard Is Found Brutally Tortured and Left for Dead

On the night of October 6, 1998, a young student at the University of Wyoming was brutally tortured and left for dead, his body found tied to a fence …

God, Jesus and the Bible: FAQs for Gay Pride Month

June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and for dance tents. It is a time to recognize the amazing progress that has been made on LGBT equality as we recommit ourselves to continuing the struggle until liberty and justice for all really means "all." …