LGBT advocacy group to launch new Washington office

LGBT advocacy group to launch new Washington office


Lambda Legal, an LGBT legal advocacy group, will open a Washington, D.C., office to intensify its work against the Trump administration and increase fundraising, Politico reports. 

'Born This Way'? The Answer Shouldn't Affect Gay Rights

'Born This Way'? The Answer Shouldn't Affect Gay Rights


Now 17 percent of young people identify as bisexual or gay. Are some making a choice?

In U.S. and abroad, a worrisome time for LGBT activists

In U.S. and abroad, a worrisome time for LGBT activists


The pace of civil rights victories has grown uneven and reports of anti-LGBT violence and persecution surface relentlessly.

How the ‘Trump Effect’ Is Endangering LGBT People Worldwide

How the ‘Trump Effect’ Is Endangering LGBT People Worldwide


International activists say the effects of the Trump administration’s actions (and inactions) are already being felt. Gay Republicans either don’t know or don’t care.

Matt Skallerud's insight:

International activists say the effects of the Trump administration’s actions (and inactions) are already being felt. Gay Republicans either don’t know or don’t care.

'No LGBT People' Signs Crop Up In Russian Businesses

'No LGBT People' Signs Crop Up In Russian Businesses


Some Russians on social media are expressing support for a series of horrific stories alleging anti-LGBT persecutions in Chechnya

Federal fair housing law protects LGBT couples, court rules for first time

Federal fair housing law protects LGBT couples, court rules for first time


A U.S. District Court in Colorado said discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity was a form of sexual stereotyping barred by the law.

LGBT employees protected from workplace discrimination, appeals court rules

LGBT employees protected from workplace discrimination, appeals court rules


The Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination against LGBT employees, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Trump Quietly Went After LGBT Workers This Week

Trump Quietly Went After LGBT Workers This Week


Trump proved once again that his loyalties lie with other businessmen like him.

Trump nixes Obama order preventing federal workers from being fired because they’re LGBT

Trump nixes Obama order preventing federal workers from being fired because they’re LGBT


With a stroke of his pen Trump has knocked the teeth out of federal compliance regulations protecting LGBT workers

LGBT Groups: Don’t Be ‘Fooled’ by N.C.’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ Compromise

LGBT Groups: Don’t Be ‘Fooled’ by N.C.’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ Compromise


LGBT rights groups say that the ‘compromise’ bill HB142 that sailed through North Carolina’s legislature is far from pro-equality, and enshrines prejudice and discrimination.

This Is Why The Erasing of LGBT Americans On The 2020 Census Matters

This Is Why The Erasing of LGBT Americans On The 2020 Census Matters


LGBT will not feature on the 2020 Census as a category. This official prejudice matters for both practical and symbolic reasons.

BREAKING: Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census

BREAKING: Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census


The Trump Administration recently submitted a list of data categories it will collect for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS). Although the Supreme Court, in 2013,  struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for the census to change the way it tracks same-sex households, the White House has sent yet another powerful signal that it considers LGBTQ rights as frivolous.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

Although “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” were proposed subjects in the appendix, today’s version of the report excluded LGBTQ people from the list of subjects for the Census and ACS, suggesting that data collection for these subjects may have been in the works for an earlier version.

LGBT community worries about hate crime prosecutions

LGBT community worries about hate crime prosecutions


In the waning days of President Barack Obama’s administration, supporters of LGBT rights hailed the first federal hate crime conviction for the killing of a transgender woman in Mississippi. With President Donald Trump now in office, they worry about the future of such prosecutions.

Back Stories: LGBT Groups Join St. Patrick's Day Parade (VIDEO)

Back Stories: LGBT Groups Join St. Patrick's Day Parade (VIDEO)


LGBT groups struggled for decades to be included in the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The Trump Administration, Bathroom Litigation, and the Future of LGBT Rights

The Trump Administration, Bathroom Litigation, and the Future of LGBT Rights


Grimm’s lawsuit, and other cases like it such as the challenge to North Carolina’s so-called transgender bathroom law (also known as House Bill 2), is of great importance, because it addresses the question of whether transgender individuals are legally entitled to do something that everyone else is permitted to do, namely to use bathrooms (and similar facilities such as changing rooms) that match their gender identity. But cases like Grimm’s raise an even more fundamental and important question: whether federal law protects sexual and gender-identity minorities from discrimination to begin with.