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.
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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 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.
An Eagle Scout and an advocate for LGBT acceptance, Pascal Tessier has become the first openly gay adult approved to work with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
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.”
Opposition to the Texas anti-transgender bill has come from many corners, including from intersex advocates and Christian organizations.
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.
Between the two of them, Amy and Allie's credits include films and productions for PBS, the BBC, MTV, National Geographic, and more. This current project has already garnered acclaim, including from the iconic country band, the Dixie Chicks.