Although the LGBT community and our allies recently celebrated the veto of SB 1062 in Arizona, the fact that such a bill even made it to the governor's desk was distressing. Unfortunately, as we know, the LGBT community was not the first group to be singled out for discrimination in Arizona. Latino and immigrant communities have long felt targeted by laws like SB 1070, which forced law enforcement to inquire about a person's legal status—if they "suspected" them of being undocumented. Since blue-eyed blonde Canadians who've overstayed their visas are very unlikely to be "suspected" of being undocumented, SB 1070 was considered likely to invite racial profiling. Unfortunately that didn't stop Gov. Jan Brewer from signing the bill, which was later partially overturned.
Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson were found murdered by a dumpster outside of Galveston County in Texas. The Houston-based women, both 24 years old, were in a two-year relationship, and described by one neighbor as "soul mates."
Kevin Jennings, the Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, has written an op-ed for The Huffington Post, in which he calls the LGBT community in the United States to get more informed and engaged in LGBT issues overseas.
This Saturday, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is holding its 9th annual Small Works for Big Change art benefit. SRLP's biggest fundraiser of the year, Small Works for Big Change is a major community event for cutting-edge established and emerging New York-based artists to showcase their work.
New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah recently called the state a "leader in promoting transgender issues," yet states like California, as well as the District of Columbia, have surpassed New York in providing trans and gender non-conforming people with access to necessary healthcare.
Two stories from separate sources highlighted the persecution that LGBT people face in Nigeria and Cameroon. While Russia and Uganda have captured the majority of media attention, it's worth noting that over 80 countries have anti-LGBT laws on the books.