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.
The 11th Annual Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival will run in Los Angeles, March 14-16. Established in 2004, Fusion includes film screenings as well as Fusion Lab, a collection of films and classes, and InFusion, a program that connects emerging and established filmmakers.