The Georgia Senate is considering SB 129 this afternoon, a so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) that would make it legal for any individual or business in the state to discriminate against others – including LGBT people – and claim they can do so because of their religious beliefs. The GOP-led Senate is not allowing amendments to be offered – amendments which could have allowed for keeping the religious freedom component of the bill in place while carving out common sense protections to ensure the bill couldn’t be used to discriminate.
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) denounces passage of a Kentucky Senate bill that singles out transgender students in that state for discrimination. Introduced by Kentucky State Senator CB Embry, Jr.,SB 76 would bar transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they truly are as boys and girls. The State Senate approved the bill last Friday on a 27-9 vote and sent it to the Kentucky House of Representatives.
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to the announcement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that his office has indicted 24-year old James Dixon on first and second degree manslaughter and first degree assault charges for the August 17, 2013 killing of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old African American transgender woman from Harlem.
Derek Bishop has a new album coming out April 7 – and just yesterday he released the first single and video – “Baggage” from forth coming album. The new album has a Pet Shop Boys meets Scissor Sisters sound (with a nice helping of Donna Summer thrown in the mix.)
Allan Jay delivered his brand new single “I Go To Pieces” 14th February.
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) applauds the introduction of legislation in Pennsylvania that would ban the discriminatory exclusion of transgender care in health insurance plans.
Omar Solis was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and moved to Denver with his family when he was two years old. He’s now 21 and back in Mexico, studying international relations at the Technical Institute of Monterrey. He’s also openly gay.
A college in South Carolina with at least two openly gay athletes has issued a statement condemning homosexuality.
Youth in New York share experiences selling their bodies in order to survive in new Urban Institute report
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) strongly denounces proposed bills in Texas and Florida that would make it a crime for transgender people to use restrooms and other public facilities consistent with who they are as men and women.
iPhone and iPad users will soon be able to select from one of SIX different skin tones for each smiley face.