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Compiled by Jim Becker

Friday, October 13, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-October 13

US opposes UN ban on death penalty for gay people, others

New York, NY - As reported in Out.com, on October 6, the United Nations voted to pass a resolution banning a death penalty for the crime of being homosexual, and to our immense relief, the motion passed with a vote of 27 to 13. What isn't so relieving, however, is that the United States was one of the nations to vote against the measure. The United States was joined in its no vote by Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, China, Japan, Qatar, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which currently maintains a death penalty for the crime of sodomy. Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, and Switzerland brought the ban forward, each of these countries having made LGBTQ rights a high priority in their legal initiatives.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-September 29

New GOP Obamacare repeal will hurt LGBT and HIV+ people

Boston, MA - The latest Congressional proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would make significant cuts to Medicaid. It would permit states to opt out of ACA provisions that prevent health insurers from charging higher health insurance premiums to people who have been treated for cancer, diabetes, HIV, and other health conditions. States would be permitted to opt out of ACA provisions that require health insurers to provide coverage of Essential Health Benefits, such as maternity care, pediatric dental care, prescription medications, preventive screenings, and behavioral healthcare. The bill would also prohibit federal reimbursement for services performed at Planned Parenthood health clinics for at least one year.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-September 15

After wanting to be a girl, boy says it was a mistake

Australia – Milo.yiannopoulos.net states that The Independent and Now To Love have reported that twelve year old Australian schoolboy, Patrick Mitchell, believed he would be more comfortable being a girl. The child begged his mother to let him begin taking estrogen hormones after doctors diagnosed him with ‘gender dysphoria’ the condition which leads people to believe they were born as the wrong gender. “You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say I’d kill to be like that,” Mitchell explained on 60 Minutes. “When everyone went to sleep I’d stay up late researching trans people and potential surgeries that I could have to make me look more feminine,” he told Now To Love.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-September 1

Trump moves to implement Trans military ban in 6 months

Washington, DC - The White House issued a two-and-a-half-page memo on August 23, ordering Secretary of Defense James Mattis to enact Donald Trump's policy barring Trans troops within six months. It was the first official action on Transgender military service since Trump's notorious July 26 tweets saying he would ban Trans people from the military. At the time of the tweets, the ACLU and other LGBT rights groups invited Trans service people to call on their legal services, and lawsuits are expected to follow once the Pentagon issues its rules.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-August 18

Trans service members sue Trump over military ban

Washington, D.C. - Five Transgender service members filed suit against Donald Trump and other federal officials on August 9. The five are collectively identified as 'Jane Doe' in the 15-page complaint filed on their behalf by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders). The lawsuit - now known as Doe v. Trump - charges that Trump's tweets barring Trans people from military service “upset the reasonable expectations of plaintiffs and thousands of other transgender service members and the men and women with whom they serve and fight.” This undermining of Trans service members' expectation of continued military service amounts to a violation of the right to equal protection and due process under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Trump's proposed ban on Transgender military service is unconstitutional, and asks the court for an injunction stopping it from going into effect.

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