Trump signs memo directing Pentagon to implement transgender ban

Trump signs memo directing Pentagon to implement transgender ban


U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that directs the U.S. military not to accept transgender men and women as recruits.

MTV Invites Transgender Military Troops to VMAs

MTV Invites Transgender Military Troops to VMAs


MTV has invited transgender military service members to the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

The first trans-gay migrant caravan arrives at US border, seeking asylum

The first trans-gay migrant caravan arrives at US border, seeking asylum


A caravan of 16 LGBTQI migrants — called the Rainbow 16 — surrendered themselves to U.S. border officials on Thursday and are now being held by ICE.

LGBT group is preparing to sue the Trump administration over transgender ban

LGBT group is preparing to sue the Trump administration over transgender ban


Lambda Legal on Saturday announced their plans to sue the Trump administration over its recent ban on transgenders serving in the military.

After Trump’s proposed military ban, 17.5% of people who called this LGBT hotline were trans youth

After Trump’s proposed military ban, 17.5% of people who called this LGBT hotline were trans youth


The volume of calls the Trevor Project received from trans youth in the aftermath of this announcement exceeded those it received when the bathroom bill was introduced in Texas.

The War On Transgenders Just Got Real In Texas

The War On Transgenders Just Got Real In Texas


Texas is predicted to lose big time as local, national and international companies prepare to go to war over a discriminatory Republican-led bill. 

Matt Skallerud's insight:

It is amazing that Republicans still want to legislate what bathroom transgender people can use. On Friday night, the Texas Senate decided to pass a bill forcing transgender people to use the bathroom based on the gender that is listed on their birth certificate. The bill also overturns local non-discrimination ordinances that allow transgenders to use whatever bathroom they want.

IBM Kicks Off Major Campaign Against Texas'

IBM Kicks Off Major Campaign Against Texas' "Bathroom Bill"


With the Texas Legislature's special session a week away, tech company IBM has ramped up its efforts oppose the so-called "bathroom bill" for its discriminatory effects against transgender Texans.

Transgender health care targeted in crusade to undo ACA

Transgender health care targeted in crusade to undo ACA


Because Medicaid covers a disproportionately high number of transgender people, the potential change could heap hardship on an already embattled population.

Visitors Bureau behind unique advertising campaign

Visitors Bureau behind unique advertising campaign


The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau is a trailblazer in GLBQT tourism and marketing.

Hey Pepsi, Here's How It's Done. Heineken Takes On Our Differences, and Nails It

Hey Pepsi, Here's How It's Done. Heineken Takes On Our Differences, and Nails It


A feminist and a dude who feels awfully oppressed walk into a warehouse... It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s actually the setup for Heineken’s “Worlds Apart” experiment. Created by Publicis London, it’s being billed as the antidote to Pepsi’s obtusely pop-candy take on our messy political reality.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

Instead of positioning resistance as the new Coachella, Heineken takes a more measured approach. Ahead of the operation, it filmed six people stating strongly held beliefs—that men are oppressed, that the fight for feminism is far from over; that climate change is real or “piffle”; that transgender people need a voice; that “transgender” is nonsense semantics. Those unwitting candidates were then paired with their opposites and sent together into warehouses, where they found themselves with some instructions and a piece of furniture to build. Guess what it is?

Transgender Offutt airman – finally 'able to live as my true self' – finds support, acceptance during transition

Transgender Offutt airman – finally 'able to live as my true self' – finds support, acceptance during transition


For years Ashleigh Buch hid the fact that she was transgender. The Offutt airman reported to work each day as a man, telling colleagues little about her life. Off the base, in her Omaha apartment, above, she lived as a woman, donning wigs over the hair she kept trimmed short. But as part of a wave of social change to hit the military, the Air Force instructor’s days of appearing one way at work and another at home are over.

How Target Botched Its Response to the North Carolina Bathroom Law

How Target Botched Its Response to the North Carolina Bathroom Law


The retailer published a transgender-friendly blog post, without the CEO’s approval. That sparked a customer backlash that hurt foot traffic and exposed problems in stores the company is now spending billions to fix.

Spanish Anti-LGBT Group Is Bringing Its Transphobic Bus To America

Spanish Anti-LGBT Group Is Bringing Its Transphobic Bus To America


Boys have penises, girls have vulvas. Do not be fooled: If you are born a man, you are a man.

Matt Skallerud's insight:

A Spanish group that sparked outrage for commissioning a bus with an anti-transgender slogan is making plans to take their message of hate to the U.S. next week.

Documenting the violence facing Turkey's trans community

Documenting the violence facing Turkey's trans community


From the banning of Pride celebrations to trans women being murdered in the streets, LGBT resistance and visibility has never been so important in Turkey.

SF LGBT Center Launches Mass Transit Ad Campaign to Encourage Employers to Hire Transgender Workers

SF LGBT Center Launches Mass Transit Ad Campaign to Encourage Employers to Hire Transgender Workers


The SF LGBT Center announced that it has launched #HireTrans, a mass transit PSA campaign aimed at encouraging employers to hire transgender workers.