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…


The Department of Health and Human Services rolled back nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people.

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With just days left to go, the Trump administration has taken one last swing at nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ Americans.

The Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule on Tuesday, allowing agencies that receive federal grants to legally discriminate against LGBTQ+ people. The rule change will affect adoption and foster care, health care, HIV prevention, elder care programs, homelessness, and other social services.

The new guidance reverses an Obama-era policy prohibiting agencies from discriminating on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion, and requiring them to recognize same-sex marriages. …


We can’t have unity without consequences.

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As House Democrats prepare to impeach President Donald Trump over his role in the attack on the Capitol last week, many Republican lawmakers are pushing back.

Calling the move “divisive,” conservative officials are claiming that what the country needs right now is unity, and to them, that can only be achieved by blatantly ignoring the fact that the president incited a violent insurrection against the government, which directly resulted in the deaths of five people.

“The attack at the Capitol was a despicable act of terrorism and a shocking assault on our democratic system. We must come together and put…


Hawley is simply facing the consequences of his own actions

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Simon & Schuster announced on Thursday that it has decided not to publish Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley’s forthcoming book following this week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building.

Hawley was spotted cheering on rioters and far-right extremists right before they breached the Capitol on Wednesday. He was also one of six senators who objected to certifying the results of the presidential election.

“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Simon & Schuster said in a statement on Thursday. “As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time…


The attack on the Capitol Building is the result of Trumpism.

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A violent mob of Trump supporters and far right extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, engaging in what can only be referred to as an act of insurrection.

At President Donald Trump’s behest, extremists breached the building in an attempt to overthrow the presidential election and undermine democracy. Rioters climbed walls, smashed windows, and clashed with police as they forced their way into the Capitol, causing lawmakers and staffers to sequester and evacuate. The Senate was in the process of certifying the election results when the building and Senate Chambers were breached.

While some members…

Catherine Caruso

Freelance writer covering culture, politics, and LGBTQ+ rights. catherineann.caruso@gmail.com

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