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Update: Anti-Transgender Legislation Officially Fails in Texas

August 16, 2017, 9:52 am The Texas Senate adjourned late last night, effectively ending efforts to pass discriminatory legislation that would have banned transgender people from using public restrooms.

Texas House Adjourns Without Acting on Anti-Transgender Legislation

August 15, 2017, 10:25 pm  The Texas House adjourned this evening without passing any anti-transgender legislation.

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Respond to Trump Transgender Ban

July 27, 2017, 2:39 pm Today, on behalf of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's announcement that he is re-instating the ban on open service in the military by transgender Americans.

Trump: Transgender People a ‘Disruption’ to the Military, Are Banned From Service

July 26, 2017, 10:40 am Today President Trump declared that transgender Americans would be banned from serving in the U.S. armed forces in any capacity.

Texas Senate Approves Dangerous Anti-Transgender Legislation

July 25, 2017, 7:45 pm The Texas Senate voted 21-10 this evening to approve SB 3, legislation that bans transgender people from using public restrooms and eradicates existing municipal nondiscrimination measures that protect transgender people from discrimination.

Trial Proceeds in Landmark Title IX Case of College Basketball Players Who Faced Anti-Gay Discrimination

July 25, 2017, 2:57 pm A weeks-long jury trial is currently underway in Los Angeles in Videckis and White v. Pepperdine University, in which plaintiffs argue that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Fringe Group Submits Signatures to Place Anti-Transgender Measure on Anchorage Ballot

July 20, 2017, 6:31 pm Earlier today, opponents of transgender rights submitted signatures in an attempt to force the city of Anchorage, Alaska to discriminate against transgender residents, visitors and their families.

Texas Lawmakers Begin High-Stakes Special Legislative Session

July 18, 2017, 2:56 pm Lawmakers in Texas will convene for a 30-day special legislative session beginning today, and discriminatory legislation that could undermine local nondiscrimination protections and ban transgender people from using public restrooms looms large on the agenda.

Breaking: House Rejects Anti-Transgender Proposal

July 13, 2017, 6:13 pm The U.S. House of Representatives tonight rejected a discriminatory amendment from Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) that would have banned the Pentagon from covering medically necessary health services for transgender Americans serving in the armed forces.

House to Consider Amendment Banning Crucial Health Coverage for Transgender Service Members

July 13, 2017, 2:30 pm The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote later today on an amendment that would ban the Pentagon from covering medically necessary healthcare services for transgender service members and their families.

ICYMI: Victory in Washington State as Anti-Transgender Initiative Fails to Qualify for Ballot – Again

July 10, 2017, 8:05 am The campaign working to repeal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in Washington State has failed to garner enough public support to get their proposal, I-1552, onto the ballot this November.

MA Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Transgender Nondiscrimination Law Signing

July 7, 2017, 9:22 am This Saturday, July 8, marks the one-year anniversary that Republican Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts signed into law the update to the state's nondiscrimination law to include protections for transgender people from discrimination in public places -- making Massachusetts the 18th and most recent state to explicitly provide such protections under law.

Pentagon Extends Ban on Transgender Recruits

July 1, 2017, 12:47 pm On Friday, the Pentagon announced that it will delay lifting its ban on transgender recruits for six months.

Texas Supreme Court Seeks to Undermine Marriage Equality

June 30, 2017, 12:59 pm The Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday undermining protections for legally married same-sex couples and ignoring Supreme Court precedent declaring that marriage equality is settled law.

Google, Microsoft, Viacom, Spotify Join Dozens of Businesses in Support for Landmark Case on LGBT Equality

June 26, 2017, 1:31 pm Today 50 businesses representing more than 370,000 employees filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc., a case being heard by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals concerning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
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