LGBTQ

Anti-LGTBQ housing discrimination bill advances after second attempt

BY: - April 25, 2022

Right now, Louisiana’s anti-housing discrimination laws don’t protect against discrimination against LGBTQ residents, putting the state out of sync with federal requirements. House Bill 303, authored by Rep. Aimee Freeman, D-New Orleans, looks to make it illegal in Louisiana to refuse to rent or sell housing to someone because of their sexual orientation and gender […]

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Transgender athlete ban from women’s sports advances from Louisiana Senate

BY: - April 19, 2022

Another attempt to ban transgender athletes from competing in girls’ high school and women’s college sports teams advanced Tuesday from the Louisiana Senate. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, authored by Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, was approved by a 29-6 vote. Gov. John Bel Edwards rejected a similar proposal last year, and a veto override […]

Cinderella's castle at Disney World

Special session to include attack on Disney over its opposition to ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

BY: - April 19, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has expanded the call of the special session on congressional redistricting opening on Tuesday to special districts, including the one that gives The Walt Disney Co. governing authority over the parks and other developments it operates in Central Florida.

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LGBTQ community, people of color in the crosshairs of banned book movement

BY: - April 16, 2022

In the past nine months, hundreds of books across dozens of states are being banned at an alarming rate. A majority of the bans feature books written by authors who are people of color, LGBTQ+, Black and Indigenous, and feature characters from marginalized groups.

Beth Mizell

Ban on transgender athletes from women’s sports advances in Louisiana Legislature

BY: - April 7, 2022

An effort has been revived to ban transgender athletes from women’s and girls’ sports in Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards rejected the proposal last year, and a veto override effort from Republicans in the Legislature fell short of the needed votes.  Sen. Beth Mizell has once again authored the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which […]

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DeSantis on defensive after NYC mayor’s ad campaign against Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

BY: - April 5, 2022

In response to New York City mayor Eric Adams’ criticism of a new Florida law, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday derided the entire state of New York for its policies concerning COVID-19.

LGBTQ students, parents, advocacy group sue Florida over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

BY: - March 31, 2022

Statewide LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Florida filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Gov. Ron DeSantis, state education officials, and others over a new law aiming to limit conversations about LGBTQ people in classrooms.

Barbara Gleam

Pennsylvania committee advances bill excluding transgender athletes from women’s sports teams

BY: - March 29, 2022

Eleven states now have laws barring transgender athletes from participating in sports consistent with their gender identities. 

Ron DeSantis

DeSantis signs ‘Don’t Say Gay’; feds monitoring for ‘civil rights violations’

BY: - March 28, 2022

As he’d promised, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed what opponents call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law Monday, claiming it will protect a parent’s right to have a say in what children are taught and how they are treated in Florida public schools.

COMMENTARY

Fighting anti-trans legislation is suicide prevention

BY: - March 20, 2022

I’m trans. This year I turn 30, and my teenage self would be beyond surprised — not just at the joys that fill my life, but the fact that I’m alive at all.  I’m part of the last generation that didn’t quite have the language for the feelings that flooded us as kids. I didn’t […]

‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill in Louisiana Legislature would ‘isolate’ LGBTQ students, critic says

BY: and - March 18, 2022

A bill that would bar teachers from discussing sexual orientation in the classroom, has been filed in the Louisiana Legislature. It follows similar efforts in Florida and more than a dozen other states referred to as “Don’t Say Gay” proposals.