The Trump administration’s regulation that would have eliminated protections in Obamacare for transgender people has been blocked for now by a federal judge, just hours before it was set to go into effect. NBC News reports the judge “indicated he thought the Trump administration’s so-called transgender rule is invalid in light of the Supreme Court ruling in June on a case involving similar issues in the context of job discrimination.”
Anti-gay social conservatives have enjoyed both a victory and a brutal defeat in recent days. The victory: Rep. Denver Riggleman of Virginia was challenged by Bob Good (a former Liberty University official) in a Republican primary and lost, which was evangelicals’ way of punishing Riggleman for supporting same-sex marriage. The staggering defeat: on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-3 decision, that LGTBQ workers could sue for workplace discrimination — and the majority opinion in that ruling came from Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court appointee.
In the cascade of bad news that has marked 2020, it's almost impossible to believe that something good could happen, and yet here we are: On Monday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that gay and trans workers are protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits firing someone on the basis of sex. The decision encompasses a number of cases, but the most prominent was that of Aimee Stephens, a trans woman from Michigan who was fired by her longtime employer, Harris Funeral Homes, because she had transitioned from living as a man to living as a woman. Sadly, Stephens did not live to see this victory — she died from kidney failure in May — but she will go down in history as the person who secured this critical right for trans people to do their jobs free of discrimination.
Larry Kramer, the award-winning gay author whose heroic activism during the AIDS plague saved innumerable lives and forever changed the health care system, died Wednesday morning in New York. He was 84.
American whistleblower Chelsea Manning's legal team revealed late Wednesday that she is recovering in the hospital after attempting to take her own life while jailed for the vast majority of the past year in what one United Nations expert has denounced as "an open-ended, progressively severe coercive measure amounting to torture."
US Supreme Court agrees to decide if taxpayer-funded religious adoption agencies can discriminate against LGBTQ people
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear a case that could determine if taxpayer-funded religious organizations, including adoption and foster care agencies, can legally discriminate against LGBTQ people. Monday morning the conservative-majority court agreed to hear Fulton v. Philadelphia, which is being litigated by the far right wing Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg shared a sweet exchange with a 9-year-old boy, Zachary Ro, during a rally held in Aurora, Colorado on Saturday. Zachary submitted a question for the Democratic presidential hopeful that quickly earned cheers and support from the room. Read by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, the question (which was submitted by fishbowl and, according to Griswold, selected randomly), said simply: "Thank you for being so brave. Would you help me tell the world I'm gay, too? I want to be brave like you."
After the co-founder of the mega software company Oracle hosted a pro-Trump fundraiser this Wednesday, a group of the company’s employees signed a protest petition and planned a walkout for the following day, demanding that Larry Ellison also fundraise for humanitarian causes along with denouncing some of President Trump’s policies, according to a report from Recode.