See Obama’s 20-Year Evolution on LGBT Rights

The Department of Education articulates a clear stance on gender identity, while the Department of Justice announces that all its attorneys will interpret the federal ban on sex discrimination to include discrimination against transgender Americans. “Under Title IX,” a memo from the Department of Education reads, a school “must treat transgender students consistent with their… Read more »

Carson: LGBT issues ‘personal’

(CNN)Potential presidential candidate Ben Carson doesn’t want to talk about LGBT issues. The neurosurgeon insisted Thursday on CNN’s “New Day” that the topic is “a personal issue” that should be left to private forums — not discussed in a public forum like the media. “It seems to be a topic — a person’s sexual orientation… Read more »

Asia’s LGBT People Migrate to Escape Violence at Home

Long before Joe Wong had his breasts and uterus surgically removed, he was Joleen, who once used an entire roll of brown duct tape to flatten her chest in an effort to look less feminine at her new secondary school in Singapore. A close relative, angered by Joleen’s clumsy and obvious attempt to bind her… Read more »

Will White House’s gender-neutral restroom start a national trend?

The next battleground for LGBT rights may be the public restroom. The White House recently opened its first gender-neutral bathroom, it announced Wednesday, a symbolic step by the Obama administration to raise awareness of issues within the LGBT community. Located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the West Wing, the “all-gender restroom” is… Read more »

Federal Eye: Federal contracting bias against LGBT Americans is banned

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What It’s Like To Come Out At Work

It happened to me just the other day. I was having coffee with a colleague, and we’d moved onto the subject of partners. Rather esoterically, we were discussing how he and his girlfriend had learned to play the piano in different ways: one by ear, the other from reading sheet music. It reminded me of… Read more »

Asia’s LGBT people migrate to escape violence at home

By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Long before Joe Wong surgically removed his breasts and uterus, he was Joleen, who once used an entire roll of brown duct tape to flatten her chest in an effort to look less feminine at her new secondary school in Singapore. A close relative, angered by her… Read more »

Constant threats ‘part of life’ for top Ugandan LGBT activist

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Uganda, homosexuality is considered akin to pedophilia, and prominent LGBT activist Frank Mugisha regards the threats he constantly receives as “part of life.” “I get lots of threats on Facebook, I get threats on the phone…I get dozens of them,” Mugisha said in an interview… Read more »

Missouri Town Repeals Protections for LGBT Residents

Courtesy of PROMO Signs hung at a business in Springfield, Mo., express support for upholding a local non-discrimination measure for LGBT residents, which was repealed on April 7, 2015. Like recent political battles in Indiana and Arkansas, the fight pitted Christians against the LGBT community Residents in Missouri’s third largest city narrowly voted Tuesday to… Read more »

Most younger Americans support laws to protect LGBT people: poll

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Most younger Americans are in favour of federal laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination, paving the way for social change, according to a poll by a thinktank. A poll by policy institute, the Center for American Progress, found 65 percent… Read more »