House Democrats will consider bill to block HUD rule allowing anti-trans shelter discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is set to move forward with a proposed rule change that would essentially allow shelters receiving HUD grants to ignore nondiscrimination protections for unhoused transgender people. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), however, has introduced a bill to block that rule that from going into effect. Members will […]

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Did Gillibrand’s push for Al Franken’s resignation doom her 2020 White House run?

Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign may have been doomed from the start, women’s rights advocates say. Some women’s rights leaders say that the New York senator encountered something of a backlash for being the first Senate Democrat to demand the resignation not quite two years ago of then-Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who quit in disgrace amid accusations […]

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Taylor Swift supports the Equality Act, which the LGBTQ community desperately needs right now

During Taylor Swift’s appearance at the annual MTV Video Music Awards, she called out President Donald Trump for ignoring a petition she began circulating in May in support of the Equality Act. The sweeping nondiscrimination bill would expand protections for the LGBTQ community in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, credit and lending. The Equality Act […]

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In the same breath, Louisiana Republican takes swipe at both gender minorities and abortion access

Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA), attacked both abortion rights and the transgender community, in a new ad he rolled out on Thursday for his campaign to be elected the next governor of Louisiana. In his advertisement, Abraham declares what he pronounces to be “the truth,” proclaiming that life begins at conception and that President Trump “is doing […]

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EEOC now gives nonbinary people a way to be counted in workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an independent federal agency that is responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws against workplace discrimination, recently changed its website to address how employers can report workers as nonbinary. Before the EEOC’s actions last week, employers didn’t have a way to report nonbinary workers in what are known as […]

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Planned Parenthood abandons federal program under attack by Trump administration

Planned Parenthood announced Monday that its grantees have no choice but to leave the federal Title X family planning program, after a federal appeals court ruling allowed a Trump administration policy barring abortion referrals to take effect. During a telephone press conference, Planned Parenthood’s acting president, Alexis McGill Johnson said, “Today we are announcing that due […]

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