Denying trans kids access to life-saving medical care will have deadly consequences.

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The growing and coordinated attacks on transgender rights are quickly gaining momentum across the country. Conservative lawmakers have introduced a record number of anti-trans bills in more than two dozen states, most of which specifically target trans youth. Arkansas is just the latest state to turn these discriminatory bills into a dark reality, the consequences of which will be nothing short of deadly.

On Monday, the Arkansas state legislature passed a bill banning gender-affirming medical care for trans youth, becoming the first state in the country to deny minors access to life-saving and medically necessary treatment. …

Meghan McCain thinks diversity is a “slippery slope.”

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During a conversation on The View about Asian American representation in President Joe Biden’s cabinet on Wednesday, Meghan McCain went on a rant about “identity politics” and America’s alleged meritocracy. While the rest of the show’s panel members seemed to agree that it was appropriate for Democratic Senators Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono to demand that the Biden administration diversify its high-level staff, McCain took issue with it, claiming that only the “most qualified” people should be appointed to such prestigious positions.

“I believe that what makes America exceptional is the fact that we’re a meritocracy that you can be…

Criticism is not the same as censorship.

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During a radio interview on the “Joe Pags Show” last week, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) confessed that he never felt threatened by the mostly white insurrectionists who launched the deadly attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 because he “knew those were people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, [and] would never do anything to break the law.” He went on to add, however, that he would have feared for his life and safety had they been Black Lives Matter protesters.

This is utterly delusional, considering the supposedly patriotic insurrectionists he speaks so highly of maimed…

Trans sports bans are about bigotry, not fairness.

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A record number of anti-transgender bills are currently sweeping the nation, and some of them are dangerously close to being signed into law. While it is only March, the number of state bills targeting trans kids has already greatly surpassed the amount proposed in 2020.

So far, Republicans in 25 states have introduced 73 anti-trans bills this year, 65 of which specifically single out trans kids by seeking to deny them gender-affirming medical care and prevent them from playing on school sports teams in accordance with their gender identity. …

If passed, the bill would ban anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination across the board.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is set vote on the Equality Act next week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) confirmed the LGBTQ+ civil rights legislation will be “coming to the floor next week” in a “Dear Colleague” letter obtained by the Washington Blade on Tuesday.

If passed, the Equality Act would amend existing civil rights law, like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics.

While the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County banned anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workplace…

The lawsuit accuses Trump and Giuliani of conspiring with extremist groups to incite the insurrection.

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The NAACP and Missouri Rep. Bennie Thompson (D) filed a civil lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday, accusing the pair of conspiring with far-right extremist groups to incite the attack on the U.S. Capitol and block the certification of the election.

The lawsuit contends that Trump and Giuliani, along with the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, violated the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which prohibits any actions that interfere with Congress’ constitutional duties.

The suit comes just days after the Senate voted to acquit Trump in his impeachment trial and echoes many of…

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has banned anti-LGBTQ+ housing discrimination.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development has moved to protect LGBTQ+ Americans from housing discrimination. On Thursday, the agency issued new guidance extending the protections of the Fair Housing Act to LGBTQ+ people.

The new policy is consistent with President Joe Biden’s executive order enforcing the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County and banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. HUD is the first agency to implement this order.

Under the new guidance, the department will apply nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ+ Americans and investigate all complaints from tenants and homebuyers who have been…

The repeal strikes down an anti-loitering law used to discriminate against trans women of color.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Tuesday repealing a state anti-loitering law more commonly known as the “walking while trans” ban.

Enacted in 1976, the law sought to prohibit loitering for the purposes of prostitution, but ultimately led to decades of law enforcement discrimination against transgender people, particularly trans women of color.

According to New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman, Statute 240.37 of the New York Penal Code essentially allowed the police to “stop-and-frisk trans women of color and other marginalized groups for simply walking down the street.”

“This outdated, discriminatory statute has led to hundreds of unnecessary…

The backlash to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s livestream is caked in misogyny.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) spoke out about her experience during the attack on the Capitol in an Instagram livestream Monday night. During the livestream, she described the sheer terror and panic she felt as she scrambled to find a place to hide from the violent insurrectionists who had stormed the building.

After taking shelter behind her bathroom door, a group of Trump supporters broke into her office, yelling, “Where is she?” It was at that point, she recalled, that she thought she was going to die.

While living through a violent insurrection is a trauma in and of itself, Ocasio-Cortez…

The order bolsters federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ Americans.

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On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a sweeping executive order on Wednesday enhancing federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ Americans.

The executive order enforces the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County and instructs all federal agencies to implement the decision, which outlawed workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The order even goes one step further, noting that all laws that cover sex discrimination, like Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Fair Housing Act, and section 412…

Catherine Caruso

Freelance writer covering culture, politics, and LGBTQ+ rights.

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