LGBTQ

It’s not only the military. Trump’s administration just took another big anti-LGBTQ step.

At a federal appeals court, the Justice Department just mounted a major assault on gay rights.<p>In most of the US, it isn’t explicitly illegal under federal law for an employer to fire someone just because he’s gay or bisexual. And President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice is working to keep it …

Mattis was on vacation when Trump tweeted transgender ban, and he was reportedly 'appalled' by it

When President Donald Trump tweeted his reversal of the Obama-era decision to allow transgender people to openly serve in the military on Wednesday, his secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, was on vacation and appalled by the move, according to the New York Times.<p>Mattis apparently only had one day's …

Transgender

Texas Senate Passes Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill In Special Session

The bill has been amended in an attempt to prevent economic loss in the state, but remains a shameful attack on the lives and dignity of transgender Texans.<p>After several months of attempts to push through a bill that would ban transgender men, women, and children from using the bathroom that …

Gay Rights

A White House Email Blast Recommends An Article Claiming Transgender People Are Psychologically Unfit To Serve In The Military

President Trump’s surprise announcement that transgender people would no longer be permitted to serve in or join the U.S. military surprised many, including Congressional Republicans and the Department of Defense, and drew immediate criticism from veterans and others in the transgender …

Transgender

Read the Boy Scout Chief Executive's Statement on Trump's Speech

The Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America apologized Thursday to anyone in the scouting community who may have been offended or alarmed …

U.S. Politics

We Found an Old Student Paper Interview with Theresa May Discussing Her Views On 'Promoting Homosexuality'

The Prime Minister has since done a U-turn, but she felt very differently in 2001.<p>When Theresa May sat down to give an interview with the Leeds University Student Union newspaper back in early 2001, the fight for LGBT rights in Britain was in full swing.<p>Just a year had passed since Labour had …

LGBTQ rights

Jeff Sessions' Justice Department Wants to Take Away LGBT Workplace Protections

The "beleaguered" attorney general and his Department of Justice just gave gay people the middle finger.<p>For the past week or so, I was convinced that Donald Trump had done the impossible. In threatening to fire Jeff Sessions as attorney general so that he could hire someone who won't recuse …

Jeff Sessions

Texas Senate Passes Bathroom Bill Over Protesters’ Shouts

The state Senate easily advanced the legislation, which would restrict Texas’ bathrooms by birth certificate, as protesters decried it as ‘an attack on transgender children.’<p>AUSTIN—Late Tuesday, the Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to the state’s controversial “bathroom bill,” SB3.<p>The vote …

Gay Rights

Canada's military brilliantly trolled Trump for the transgender military service ban

In a surprise announcement (even to some US defense officials) Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that the military would no longer "allow or accept" transgender Americans, saying their service would cause "tremendous medical costs and disruption."<p>Sixteen countries, including the …

Transgender

Chelsea Clinton Done With Media Claiming Trump Is Pro-LGBT

The <i>Washington Post</i> says it’s “always been confusing” whether Donald Trump supports LGBT rights. But a tweet in response by Chelsea Clinton is going …

LGBTQ rights

DOJ Argues that Title VII Does Not Protect LGBTQ People

Today, HRC issued the following statement in response to an amicus brief filed by the Department of Justice arguing that Title VII does not protect …

Gay Rights

I’m a proud Eagle Scout. In one speech, Trump undermined the work we do.

We strive to provide a space free of politics.<p>“Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?”<p>These were the words of President Donald Trump as he addressed the National Scout Jamboree, or “Jambo,” an annual Boy Scouts of America gathering that goes back to 1935.<p>The …

Boy Scouts

Colbert Says 'F—k You' to Trump, Disgusted by Transgender Military Ban

Stephen Colbert, triggered by Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender men and women from serving in the military, put CBS censors to work on …

Transgender

Why Trump Keeping Trans People From The Military Is A Good Decision

In a stunning move, President Trump announced on Twitter that transgender individuals will not serve in the U.S. military. Despite Congress voting in …

Conservative POV

What the Past 24 Hours Have Been Like for a Transgender Soldier

Cathrine Schmid tells ELLE.com: "I'm in until they kick me out."<p>At 6:15 a.m. PT on Wednesday, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Cathrine Schmid received a Google alert as she was doing her morning checks at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord outside of Tacoma, Washington.<p>She glanced at her phone and saw a series …

Transgender

These Transgender Military Heroes Serve Their Countries Proudly

Before initiating his ban, President Trump might like to know that transgender people are valued members of the armed forces in countries where they are allowed to serve openly.<p>If--and it’s still a big if, with a welter of court cases expected--President Trump’s tweeted diktat that transgender …

Transgender

A trans writer explains why Trump’s military ban isn’t a niche issue—it affects us all

When a concerned friend e-mailed me yesterday about US president Donald Trump’s proposal to ban transgender people from military service, my first thought was that it didn’t have much to do with me. Even though I’m transgender, I’ve been a longtime critic of American military policy, and don’t …

Transgender

Chelsea Manning Penned A Powerful Op-Ed Against Trump’s Transgender Military Policy

Chelsea Manning, the best known transgender veteran of the U.S. military, isn’t staying quiet about President Trump’s new ban on transgender soldiers. She penned an op-ed in the <i>New York Times</i> in response to Trump’s announcement and has also taken to Twitter and in-person protest to rally the trans …

Transgender

Homosexuality was decriminalised 50 years ago. But what happened next?

The 1967 Sexual Offences Act was a game-changer for gay men. Our writers reflect on what changed, and what didn’t<p>Paul Burston: There was a lot to be angry about in the mid-80s<p>I was born in 1965 – two years before the passing of the 1967 act. I was raised in south Wales – at that time, a place …

Gay men like me need to start acknowledging our misogyny problem

In January, I wrote an op-ed for LGBT site <i>Gay Star News</i> called “Why gay girls have it harder than gay guys”.<p>I thought the piece innocuous, …

Women's News

Chelsea Clinton Slams Trump on LGBT Rights — Twitter Delivers Scorching History Lesson on Mom and Dad

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton joined the fray on Wednesday after President Donald Trump started a firestorm by announcing transgender people …

Donald Trump

Transgender activists in China just scored a historic victory

A day after President Trump tweeted out that he wanted to ban transgender troops from serving in the US military, Chinese LGBTQ activists celebrated a landmark victory — a court ruling in favor of a transgender man in the country’s first transgender discrimination lawsuit.<p>The 29-year-old man, who …

China

Trans Christian Pastor Has A Message For Genderqueer People In The Military

“You are beautiful. As you are. And you are loved.”<p>People of faith are speaking out for America’s transgender service members, letting trans individuals know that no matter what the president thinks on a certain day, trans people are still beautiful children of God.<p>President Donald Trump announced …

Transgender

Twitter is mourning the loss of Ivanka Trump’s ‘LGBTQ friends’ after transgender ban

Donald Trump’s not the only one taking some serious backlash for his military transgender ban.<p>Twitter is going after the whole family — taking aim at …

Donald Trump

These period-friendly boxers help trans men look good and feel good

Pads and pantyliners were designed to fit perfectly in feminine underwear. After all, women <i>are</i> the only people to get periods, right?<p>Wrong. Transgender men and masculine-presenting people menstruate, too. But traditional boxers aren't designed to securely hold period products.<p>To solve this issue, a …

Clothing

Justice Dept. Brief on Gay Rights

The Justice Department filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Gay Rights

Lady Gaga Responds To Donald Trump's Ban Of Transgender People In The Military In The Best Way — With Facts

“Within the Trans Community are many also who are strong & brave."<p>While much of the country is divided these days, one development yesterday brought …

Good News

Does President Trump owe the Boy Scouts an apology?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is asked whether the White House and specifically President Trump owes a personal apology to the Boy Scouts of America for politicizing their annual Jamboree, after the Boy Scouts issued an apology to its member's families.

Boy Scouts

Furious Gay Rights Advocates See Trump’s ‘True Colors’

WASHINGTON — When President Trump was a candidate, he pledged his support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people immediately after …

Gay Rights

Trump Transgender Ban Nod to Christian Conservatives

WASHINGTON — His agenda stalled and his party divided, President Donald Trump veered into the nation's simmering culture wars by announcing plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military.<p>Much of the political world — prominent conservatives and Trump administration officials, among …

Transgender