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US: Oklahoma and Kansas Enact Anti-LGBT Laws

US: Oklahoma and Kansas Enact Anti-LGBT Laws

Governors Sign Bills Allowing Adoption and Foster Care Agencies to Discriminate In 2018, dozens of anti-LGBT bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the US. Remarkably, none of them have become law – until now, writes Ryan Thoreson of Human Rights Watch. Last week, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, and Governor Jeff Colyer of […]

New York: Genderless clothes store breaks new ground

New York: Genderless clothes store breaks new ground

Caitlin Helms was shopping with her mother in downtown New York when a sign in a store window stopped them in their tracks: “The world’s first gender-free store”. The pitch struck a chord with Helms, who said she had been blurring gender lines with her choice of clothes since age 13. “It’s nice to have […]

US: Maryland Enacts Legislation Protecting LGBTQ Youth from ‘Conversion Therapy’

US: Maryland Enacts Legislation Protecting LGBTQ Youth from ‘Conversion Therapy’

Yesterday (15th) the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) along with FreeState Justice, a legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of LGBTQ Marylanders, and WISE, claimed victory as Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, signed into law SB 1028 — critical legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’. With […]

Kansas: Adoption bill biased against gay couples

Kansas: Adoption bill biased against gay couples

On Friday (4th May) the Kansas legislature approved a bill that allows faith-based adoption agencies to turn away gay and lesbian couples, based on religious beliefs, and the state’s governor said he would sign it. Under the measure, the Kansas Department for Children and Families cannot block any foster or adoption agency, including those that […]

US: HRC Calls on Senate to Reject Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan

US: HRC Calls on Senate to Reject Anti-LGBTQ Judicial Nominee Kyle Duncan

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, has called on the US Senate to reject the nomination of Kyle Duncan, put forward by the Trump-Pence Administration for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, whose long history opposing the fundamental rights of LGBTQ people makes him unfit to serve. […]

Hawaii: House of Reps Passes Bill to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

Hawaii: House of Reps Passes Bill to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

LGBT rights group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have hailed a vote by Hawaii’s House of Representatives, approving SB 270 — legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’. Several amendments were added to the bill, sending it to conference committee before it can move to Governor David Ige’s […]

US: Pulse Survivors And Family Members Lead in #MarchForOurLives

US: Pulse Survivors And Family Members Lead in #MarchForOurLives

On Saturday 24th March, in Washington DC, Pulse Nightclub shooting survivors and family members led hundreds of members and supporters of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the LGBTQ civil rights organization — in the March For Our Lives. Before stepping off, the survivors and family members addressed HRC’s annual Spring Equality Convention to talk […]