A ballot initiative in California seeks to ban transgender people from the bathroom which aligns with their gender identity, and could require trans people to pay "damages" for violating a non-trans person's privacy if found in a bathroom unlawfully. This is part of a larger trend seeking to legally discrimination against the trans community.
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) has been stalled for nearly a year while opponents have sought to overturn the act. However, a judge has ruled the petition opposing HERO invalid, allowing protections for LGBT Houstonians to take effect.
Officials in Georgia have revoked a blanket policy addressing medical treatment for transgender inmates. The decision comes after the Department of Justice backed a lawsuit filed by Ashley Diamond, a trans inmate, seeking restoration of hormone therapy. There is still more to be done for trans prisoners.
The Department of Justice released a statement in support of Ashley Diamond, a transgender inmate in Georgia. The statement says that Ms. Diamond and all other trans prisoners deserve access to medically necessary gender-affirming care.
The Georgia legislative session ended without passing a bill that would have legalized discrimination against the LGBT community. Much like Indiana and Arkansas, Georgia was considering a 'license to discriminate' bill. It had already passed the Georgia Senate, and was then tabled by the House Judiciary Committee.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence went on This Week with George Stephanopoulos to defend Indiana's so-called 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act', but info from GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project demonstrated how much anti-LGBT animus was behind the law.
For the first time, two openly transgender ministers are scheduled to preach at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Emory's LGBT student organization Sacred Worth organized a week of education, entitled “Trans*forming Christianity.”
Sir Elton John penned an op-ed for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, in opposition to Georgia's Senate Bill 129, or the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act." The bill, which would allow individuals and businesses to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate against others—including LGBT Georgians.