LGBTQ

Homophobic Attack on New York Subway

In December 2018 a New York man on the subway attacked a woman because he believed she was a lesbian.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Socially Liberal but Fiscally Conservative

The 'socially liberal but fiscally conservative' position is a part of the kyriarchy. Equality requires investment.

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Trans Asylum Seeker Beaten in ICE Custody before Her Death

In November 2018 an autopsy report was released for a trans woman of color seven months after her death; the report showed she was beaten in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody before she died.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Political Violence, Threats, and Harassment

To continue to perfect our union, and protect this radical freedom experiment that is our nation, we must not only condemn hate, but expand protections and freedoms for each way our citizens exist.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: A Morality Based in Power

Christian superiority, the patriarchy, and the concept of law and order can often seem hypocritical. But when one's morality is based in power, any justification of control is valid.

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VA Trans Student Denied Entry to Locker Rooms During Active Shooter Drill

In October 2018 a Virginia trans student was denied entry to either locker room during an active shooter drill.

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TN Man Attacks Woman for Refusing His Advances in Possible LGBTQ Hate Crime

In July 2018 a TN woman was attacked after refusing to give a man her phone number and telling him she is a lesbian.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Authoritarianism

Authoritarianism is antithetical to democracy and the United States Constitution, and it has no place in American government.

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US Preacher Says Gays Should Be Executed

In June 2018 in an online debate with an atheist, a Christian preacher argued that the government should execute gay people.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Pride is a Protest

For the forty ninth anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots, we're exploring why Pride is a protest, and why it still must be.

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DC Trans Woman ID’d and Told to Leave for Trying to Use the Restroom

A transgender woman in a Washington, DC club was asked for her ID to use the restroom, and told she needed to leave after confronting the employee.

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MI Education Department Proposes Removing References To Gay Rights, Roe v. Wade, and the KKK

In June 2018, the Michigan Department of Education proposed changes to social studies standards, which would erase gay rights, Roe v. Wade, and the KKK.

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SD Lawmaker Said Businesses Should be Allowed to Discriminate Based on Race

In June 2018 a lawmaker in South Dakota said that business owners should be allowed “to turn away people of color,” while defending the rights of a bakery to refuse to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

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Homophobic Slurs Were Chanted at a CA Pride Night Soccer Match

In May 2018 fans at a California soccer match - a match designated as Pride Night - repeatedly yelled homophobic slurs.

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VA Hardware Store Employee Uses Homophobic Slurs

An employee at a Virginia hardware store used homophobic slurs while criticizing a boy scout asking for a donation.

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TX Nightclub Denies Entry to Man Wearing Makeup

In May 2018 a Texas nightclub denied entry to a man wearing makeup, and the owner defended its gender conformity dress code policy.

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Exploring the Kyriarchy: Marginalized People and Income Inequality

Income inequality is a key form of marginalization within the kyriarchy: every marginalized group is affected.

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TX Man Who Pushed Black Trans Woman into River Will Not Face Trial

In March 2018 a Texas judge ruled that a man who pushed a black trans woman into a river, resulting in her death, will not face trial.

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HUD Removes Citizen Protections from New Mission Statement

A March 2018 memo reveals that the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is removing sustainability, consumer protection, and anti-discrimination from its mission statement.

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LGBTQ Youth at Greater risk for Suicide

Research released in February 2018 found that LGBTQ adolescents are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts, planning, and attempts.

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US Dept of Education Refuses to Investigate Trans Bathroom Civil Rights Claims

In February 2018 the US Department of Education confirmed that it no longer investigates transgender bathroom discrimination claims.

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FL Teacher Who Married Same Sex Partner Fired from Catholic School

In February 2018 a teacher in Florida who married her same sex partner was fired following the wedding.

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IL Lesbian, Aged 70, Abused in Home Care Facility

In February 2018 a 70 year old lesbian woman in Illinois released a video announcing her lawsuit against a home care facility for failing to protect her against homophobic abuse.

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TN Teen Told Photo Wouldn’t Appear in Yearbook Because She Did Not Conform to Gender Rules

In February 2018 a teenager in Tennessee found out that her photograph would not be displayed in her senior yearbook because she opted to wear a tux instead of a drape.

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Church, Schools, and Homes in MT Hit with Anti-Semitic and Anti-LGBTQ Vandalism

In January and February 2018 a Montana church was vandalized with anti-semitic and anti-gay imagery and pamphlets. Homes and schools in the area were also recently vandalized.

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Hundreds of Thousands Subjected to Conversion Therapy in the US

A research study released in January 2018 found that hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ people have been subjected to conversion therapy in the United States.

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US President Announced New Division at HHS Committed to ‘Conscience and Religious Freedom’

In January 2018 the US president announced a new division at the Department of Health and Human Services that will focus on “conscience and religious freedom.”

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LGBTQ People Face Unequal Representation

A study released in December 2017 by a national LGBTQ advocacy group found that it would take 21,307 LGBTQ people to be elected to reach equality of representation of LGBTQ people in the United States.

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Trans Woman in an Illinois Prison Experienced Abuse at the Hands of Correctional Officers

A trans woman in an Illinois prison experienced abuse at the hands of correctional officers.

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KS School Board Ended Parking Spot Symbols After Complaint of LGBTQ Flag

In December 2017 a school board in Kansas ended a six-year tradition of students painting their designated parking spots after a local citizen complained about one of the spots being painted with an LGBTQ rainbow.

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Twenty-sixth Known Trans Person Murdered in 2017

In December 2017 a trans woman of color was murdered, making her the twenty-sixth known trans person murdered in 2017.

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Supreme Court Declines to Take Up LGBT Discrimination Case

In December 2017 the Supreme Court of the United States missed chance to clarify whether existing civil rights law provides protection to LGBT people based on sex discrimination.

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NV Father Murdered Gay Son

In November 2017 a Nevada father killed his gay son.

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Biphobic Language Appeared Unchallenged on National TV Show

In October 2017 a TV on a national network featured biphobic language.

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VA Car Vandalized with Homophobic Hate Speech

In October a car in Virginia was vandalized with homophobic hate speech.

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Anti-LGBTQ Group Announced Boycott of TV Channel Because of Gay Teen

In October 2017 a national conservative group announced a boycott of a TV channel for content including a gay teenager.

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TX Woman Became 22nd Trans Person Murdered in the US in 2017

The 22nd trans victim of homicide in the US in 2017 was a Texas woman in October 2017.

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CA Lesbian Student Bullied on Her Birthday

In October 2017 an out lesbian teenager in California was physically assaulted and subjected to homophobic slurs at school on her birthday.

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NJ Professor Used Anti-Semitic, Homophobic, and Sexist Comments

In October 2017 a petition circulated by students at a New Jersey university accused a professor of anti-Semitic, homophobic, and sexist comments.

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MI City Council Candidate Indifferent About Racist, Sexist, and Homophobic Comments

In October 2017 a Michigan pastor running for city council responded with indifference when questioned about racist, homophobic, and sexist comments he made on social media.

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US Magazine Faced Heavy Criticism After Prominently Featuring a Trans Woman

A major US magazine in October 2017 faced heavy criticism after announcing it would prominently feature a trans woman in its next issue.

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TN Music Venue Removed Patron's Pride Flag

In September 2017 a music venue in Tennessee confiscated a seated patron’s Pride flag.

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DOJ Urged Anti-LGBTQ Position for Workplace Discrimination

The Department of Justice in September 2017 urged a US appeals court to adopt an interpretation of federal anti-discrimination law that does not protect LGBTQ employees in the workplace.

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2017 Anti-LGBTQ Violence Significantly Outpaced Previous Year

An August 2017 report from an LGBTQ advocacy group found that LGBTQ hate violence resulting in homicide in 2017 significantly outpaced those in 2016.

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TX Restaurant Uses Transphobic Imagery on Bathroom Doors

In August 2017 a Texas restaurant added transphobic imagery to their bathroom doors.

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Anti-LGBTQ School Board President Compares Calls for Resignation to Armenian Genocide

In August 2017, the elected president of a school board in California defended against calls for his resignation (for anti-LGBTQ statements) by comparing the criticism to the Armenian genocide.

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GA Trans Woman Murdered

In August 2017 a Georgia trans woman became the 16th trans person to be killed in 2017.

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President Trump Tweeted that Trans People Cannot Serve in the Military

In July 2017 President Trump tweeted that trans people would no longer be allowed to serve in the military.

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TX Trans Woman Attacked

In July 2017 a Texas trans woman was attacked by two brothers because of her gender identity.

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US Education Department Closed Trans Student Investigation

In June 2017 The Education Department of the United States closed a civil rights investigation involving a transgender student.

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AL Governor Signed Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Law

In May 2017 the Alabama governor signed the “Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act,” which allows religious discrimination of otherwise qualified LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents.

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Marginalized Women and Girls at Greater Risk of Abuse

A national campaign in April 2017 designed to highlight the needs of women and girls who’ve suffered abuse noted that marginalized groups including women and girls of color, LGBTQ youth, and individuals with disabilities are most at risk of abuse.

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