The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) commends the White House for speaking out against so-called conversion therapy for LGBT minors. Conversion therapy is a widely discredited practice that attempts to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity. Late yesterday the Obama Administration made its opinion known in response to a White House “We the People” petition calling for a ban on the practice. The petition, signed by more than 120,000 people, came in response to the tragic loss of a transgender teen from Ohio named Leelah Alcorn who died by suicide in late December. The petition says that prior to her death Leelah’s parents “forced her to attend conversion therapy, pulled her out of school and isolated her in an attempt to change her gender identity.”
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organisation, today released the following statement at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, during which the party adopted the most anti-LGBTQ platform in its history and featured a parade of anti-LGBTQ speakers.
Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation, in partnership with the LGBT Freedom and Asylum Network (LGBT-FAN), and the National LGBTQ Task Force, will introduce an essential new guide, Stronger Together: A Guide to Supporting LGBT Asylum Seekers, during an event at HRC’s Equality Center.
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund offered testimony today before the New York City Council’s Committee on Immigration about the need to create a municipal identification card system so that residents who face barriers to obtaining government-issued identification can more easily acquire it.
A police officer is suing his police department after he was allegedly told to ‘tone down the gay’.
HRC hailed the introduction of the Global Respect Act in the Senate by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The bill would provide a new mechanism to prevent the world’s most anti-LGBT state actors from receiving a visa and entering the United States. The Global Respect Act would make clear to the world that the U.S. is not open to those who abuse, harass, and murder LGBT people.
The effort to pass “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal legislation as a stand-alone measure is gaining momentum with 40 bipartisan cosponsors already, today said the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation.
Anti-LGBT legislation could strip rights of local municipalities to enact LGBT non-discrimination ordinances and erase existing protections.
Today the House Armed Services Committee marked up the National Defense Authorization Act and included amendments that attempt to slow down repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and insert distracting issues into the debate.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday morning he will veto H.B 757, also known by critics as the "anti-LGBT" bill.