Tag: Transgender

Yet Another Public Anti-LGBT Figure Caught on Grindr

Just several weeks ago, anti-LGBT Republican Randy Boehning found himself outed as a frequent Grindr user. Now, Reverend Matthew Makela has resigned from his position after being caught in the same scandal. Makela, a married father of five, served as a pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School for…

Gay-bashing Lawmakers on the Attack Despite Big Gains in LGBT Acceptance

By Michael Nam Photo by Shutterstock While great progress has been made for LGBT rights in a seemingly short period of time, challenges remain in protecting those rights from gay-bashing legislators. With public sentiment shifting rapidly on the issue of marriage equality, anti-LGBT crusaders have updated tactics, including pursuing “religious…

Obama Gets Behind Banning LGBT 'Conversion' Therapy

By Michael Nam In the same week the executive order for protecting federal employees and contractors from discrimination went into effect, the Obama Administration continues to make progress on LGBT issues with an announcement taking on the harmful practice of ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy. “The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that…

What Other States Face Anti-LGBT Laws

What Other States Face Anti-LGBT Laws By Barbara Frankel There now are more than 85 anti-LGBT bills before 28 state legislatures, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Courtesy of Human Rights Campaign What Has Been Approved So Far Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom Law.’ Status: Signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence,…

What Repeal of Medicaid Exclusion Means for Transgender New Yorkers

By Michael Nam Photo by Shutterstock Add New York’s Medicaid update to a list of victories for the transgender community. The state recently took steps to remedy the language that prevented transgender citizens covered by Medicaid from accessing vital healthcare. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Department of Health…

Four Black Transgender Women Killed in One Month

By Julissa Catalan While the media has been focusing on the killings of unarmed Black men—particularly Eric Garner and Michael Brown—there has been little coverage of the murders of four unarmed Black transgender women. Three Black transgender women were killed in January. Their deaths went practically unnoticed by the media,…

Mormon Church Announces Drastic Shift in LGBT Support

By Sheryl Estrada Elder Dallin H. Oaks speaks at a news conference on Jan. 27, 2014. New laws protecting the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people now have the support of the Mormon Church, with the condition that religious freedom not be compromised. The church, however, still does…