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Michigan President Pence: Worse than Trump for LGBT people?

Imagine: President Trump has been impeached and removed from office after investigations reveal illegal collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia, prompting Vice President Mike Pence to take the Oath of Office. Do you know how anti-LGBT your new president is? READ MORE.

House Committee Unanimously Approves Chechnya Resolution

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday approved a resolution that condemns the crackdown against gay Chechens. READ MORE.

DeVos: It's OK If States Discriminate Against LGBT Students

Under a grilling during a congressional hearing Wednesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say she'll speak out against discrimination against LGBT students -- or even students experiencing racial discrimination. READ MORE.

National Judge Opposed to Gay Adoptions has Rule Change Blocked

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky family court judge who openly declared his opposition to adoptions by gay couples has been blocked from instituting a measure that may have let him avoid handling such cases. READ MORE.

Man Gets 49 years for Anti-transgender Hate Crime Killing

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man received a 49-year prison sentence May 15 for the first-ever conviction on federal hate crime charges arising from the killing of a transgender woman. READ MORE.

Alaska Lawmakers Deny Transgender Man for Human Rights Post

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Legislature on May 15 rejected the appointment of Drew Phoenix, a transgender man, to serve on the state's human rights commission. READ MORE.

Michigan Harris, Carper Seek Answers on LGBT Omission from 2020 Census

A pair of Democrats - U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) - are seeking answers from the U.S. Census Bureau on the omission of questions from major 2020 federal surveys on sexual orientation and gender identity. READ MORE.

Texas Lawmakers Advance Anti-LGBT Adoption, Bathroom Bills

Under a threat from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of being called into a special session, the Texas Legislature late Sunday advanced two anti-LGBT measures -- one pertaining to adoption, the other transgender students -- with days remaining before lawmakers were set to adjourn. READ MORE.

Exclusive: Mayor Buttigieg Backs Notre Dame Walkout of Pence Speech

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Sunday he supports the students at University of Notre Dame who walked out on Vice President Mike Pence during his commencement speech over his anti-LGBT views and the Trump administration's approach to marginalized communities. READ MORE.

Trump Delivers Speech in Saudi Arabia

President Trump on Sunday in a speech that he delivered in Saudi Arabia made no mention that consensual same-sex sexual relations remain punishable by death in the kingdom. READ MORE.

Lesbian Visibility Shines Through in Memoir by Federal Prop 8 Plaintiffs

A joyous celebration occurred May 13 in Highland Park as lesbian and straight women artists and performers launched an exhibition of archived work from the historic Women's Building, the one-time "feminist mecca" for women's culture in downtown Los Angeles. Already marginalized by mainstream society, the artists refused to be invisible even unto each other. READ MORE.

Court: Transgender People Can Sue Under ADA

A federal court for the first time has ruled transgender people can sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act, despite the law's explicit exclusion of claims based on gender identity. READ MORE.

Trump Blasted for Silence on Gay Atrocities #EyesOnChechnya

Since assuming the presidency, Trump has remained silent about the government-ordered atrocities against the LGBT community in the Russian Republic of Chechnya. And some Los Angeles leaders are calling him out. READ MORE.

National Groundswell Announces Fund to Support Women of Color and Trans People of Color

In the wake of a game-changing election, Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the U.S. Reproductive Justice movement will launch a new national Liberation Fund to support the strongest grassroots organizing efforts led by women of color and transgender people of color across social justice sectors. READ MORE.

Michigan 49 House Members Urge HHS to Restore LGBT Questions to Elder Survey

A group of 49 U.S. House members this week called on the Department of Health & Health Services to restore questions allowing responders to identify as gay, lesbian of bisexual to a federal survey for elders. READ MORE.

DNC Hires First Lesbian CEO, Former Head of EMILY's List

The Democratic National Committee has for the first-time ever hired an out lesbian at its chief executive officer, appointing the former head of EMILY's LIST to the top leadership position. READ MORE.

White House 'Not Aware' if Trump Briefed on Chechnya Anti-gay Abuses

The White House said Tuesday it was unaware of whether President Trump brought up the issue of anti-gay abuses in Chechnya with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting Wednesday. In fact, it's not clear that Trump has been briefed on the abuses at all. READ MORE.

Comey Firing Heightens Suspicions of Trump Wrongdoing

President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey as he was conducting an investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia has stunned America and ignited a firestorm of controversy -- and LGBT advocates are among those railing against the termination as evidence Trump has something to hide. READ MORE.

National Schumer Latest to Oppose Mark Green Over Nominee's Anti-LGBT Views

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has become the latest to come out against the confirmation of Mark Green over the nominee's anti-LGBT views, urging his fellow members of the Democratic caucus to reject his appointment as Army secretary. READ MORE.

Michigan Log Cabin Meets with Education Dept. Over Trans Issues

In the aftermath of the Trump administration revoking Obama-era guidance assuring transgender kids have access to school restrooms consistent with their gender identity, the Log Cabin Republicans met with Education Department officials Tuesday to propose a new plan that would support transgender kids and local authority in schools. READ MORE.

Gavin Grimm to Speak at Capital Pride

Gavin Grimm, the transgender male student at a Virginia high school who petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to gain the right to use the school bathroom that matches his gender identity, will be a special guest speaker at D.C.'s Capital Trans Pride events on May 20. READ MORE.

Alabama, Tennessee Governors Sign Anti-LGBT Bills

Governors in Alabama and Tennessee have signed into law a pair of measures that could allow discrimination against LGBT families seeking to adopt a child or jeopardize their ability to obtain state benefits. READ MORE.

Anti-LGBT State Senator Withdraws Nomination for Army Secretary

Mark E. Green, who President Trump nominated last month to be Secretary of the Army, withdrew from contention for the position on Friday following a month-long campaign by LGBT advocacy groups to publicize his anti-LGBT record as a Tennessee state senator. READ MORE.

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