LGBTQ

Billy Nungesser

Billy Nungesser says transgender restrictions will have a ‘negative impact’ on tourism

BY: - May 1, 2021

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser believes transgender restrictions currently under consideration by the Louisiana Legislature will hurt the state’s tourism industry if they become law. “They will have a negative impact,” said Nungesser, a Republican, when asked about the proposed transgender restrictions in a Thursday interview. “It would be better for us to open our doors […]

State would determine appropriate medical treatments for trans minors 

Louisiana ban on transgender women in women sports competitions looks more likely to pass

BY: - April 29, 2021

A ban on letting transgender women and girls participate in women and girls sports looks more likely to gain approval of the full Louisiana Legislature, after it passed out of the state Senate Education Committee controlled by a Democrat Thursday.  “What I’m hearing is there are young women athletes who fear their opportunities are going […]

State would determine appropriate medical treatments for trans minors 

Senator pulls bill that would have imposed health care restrictions for transgender youth

BY: - April 28, 2021

Sen. Mike Fesi, R-Houma, pulled his legislation Wednesday that would have restricted health care access for transgender children and teenagers by requiring people under 18 years old to get written permission from both their parents before pursuing medical care and mental health services based on their gender identity. This means that Fesi’s proposal is no […]

COMMENTARY

LGBTQ protections are already scarce in Louisiana; Legislature seeks to make things even worse | Tammy C. Barney

BY: - April 21, 2021

Louisiana is a state of “no” when it comes to protecting the LGBTQ community. No ban on housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity No ban on employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. No ban on discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. No law that […]

John Bel Edwards

John Bel Edwards opposes bills with transgender restrictions

BY: - April 19, 2021

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards opposes four bills introduced by lawmakers that would impose restrictions on transgender people. The governor said he would hope the lawmakers will kill the legislation, and indicated he would likely veto the proposals if they made it to his desk. “I am really concerned about emotionally fragile people and the […]

State would determine appropriate medical treatments for trans minors 

Louisiana could lose sporting events, conventions if transgender restrictions are approved

BY: - April 14, 2021

Leaders in Louisiana’s tourism industry — particularly those centered on New Orleans — said the restrictions on transgender people currently under consideration in the state Legislature may drive away major sporting events like the NCAA’s Final Four and the large business conventions that sustain the New Orleans economy. If people and corporations avoid Louisiana to […]

NCAA: No more championships in places hostile to transgender people

BY: - April 12, 2021

The National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors announced Monday that it will hold NCAA championships only in locations that are free from discrimination against transgender student-athletes and welcoming of all participants. The NCAA said in a press release that it “firmly and unequivocally” supports the participation of transgender student-athletes in collegiate sports. The organization […]

State would determine appropriate medical treatments for trans minors 

Louisiana lawmakers looking at restricting transgender access to health care, sports

BY: - April 5, 2021

Conservative Republicans in the Louisiana Legislature have filed four bills to restrict transgender people’s access to sports and health care in the state. The legislation mostly targets children and teenagers who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. It will be debated in the upcoming session that starts April 12. A few states have adopted new […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

STD legislation that criminalizes exposure runs afoul of latest research, critics say

BY: - April 1, 2021

A state legislator has introduced a bill that would make it a crime for someone to intentionally expose another with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). But some in the health care industry and LGBTQ community fear the bill will do the opposite of what is intended. House Bill 238, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Moore, D-Monroe, […]

COMMENTARY

Trans Day of Visibility offers chance for community to stand in solidarity and support | Jay A. Irwin

BY: - March 31, 2021

Visibility within the transgender community is often a Catch-22, especially for trans people of color, or those living in rural, conservative areas. Hiding one’s identity can be a damaging experience and increase feelings of isolation, stigma and shame. But standing out as a trans person can make someone a target for discrimination or violence. As […]

State would determine appropriate medical treatments for trans minors 

Louisiana senator files anti-transgender legislation

BY: - March 30, 2021

Louisiana Sen. Mike Fesi, R-Houma, has filed legislation that would require people under 18 years old to get written permission from their parents before pursuing medical care and mental health services based on their gender identity. The bill would make it more difficult for transgender and gender nonconforming minors to get medical assistance if either […]

Pennsylvania’s Rachel Levine confirmed as highest-ranking openly transgender federal official

BY: - March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official, Dr. Rachel Levine, on Wednesday became the first openly transgender individual to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal position. The Senate voted 52-48 to confirm her as an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. Two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine […]