Rights groups sue Trump administration on asylum ban

Washington, D.C. – Lambda Legal, Immigration Equality and co-counsel Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP filed a federal lawsuit, Immigration Equality v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Monday, December 21, challenging the Trump administration’s recently published “death to asylum” rule, which makes sweeping, essentially fatal changes to the United States asylum system. The rule, which is set to go into effect on Jan. 11, would make it virtually impossible for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV fleeing persecution to secure asylum in the United States. In fact, the new rule eliminates eligibility for asylum to anyone with a gender-based […]

Media tends to quote anti-LGBTQ religious leaders

Washington, D.C. – A study by the Center for American Progress found that when media is looking for comments from a religious source, they usually turn to those who oppose LGBTQ equality. According to a press release from CAP, the finding is in stark contrast to overall support for LGBTQ rights by religious Americans. While 66 percent of the views expressed in media by those religious sources are negative, only 29 percent of Americans who identify as religious hold those negative views.             The context for this study was the broad acceptance of LGBTQ rights by religious groups in the […]

Iconic Gay actor Ian McKellen thrilled to get COVID vaccine

London, England – Actor Ian McKellen, 81, is among one of the first to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine. The gay star of movies including The Lord of the Rings and the X-Men franchises received his jab Thursday, December 17 at Queen Mary’s University Hospital in London. Local media outlets filmed him being injected. “Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations,” he said, reports the BBC. “It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric! “I would encourage everybody to do the sensible thing, not just for themselves but for everybody […]

President-elect Biden chooses Buttigieg for Transportation

Wilmington, DE – President-elect Joe Biden has named Pete Buttigieg to be the Secretary of Transportation. The choice was officially announced December 15. He will be the first out Gay cabinet officer, as well as the youngest ever, at age 38. LGBTQ organizations were predictably ecstatic over the news. The Human Rights Campaign called the nomination historic. “With the reported historic nomination of former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as Secretary-designate of Transportation, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are keeping their promise, representing a significant step in creating an administration that reflects the diversity and life experiences […]

Biden make more history with communication team

Wilmington, DE – While outgoing President Trump’s legal team continued attempts to overturn election results in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris moved forward with appointments to their new administration. In an historic move, Biden and Harris have appointed all women to their White House senior communications team. They have also named other women to key posts in which a woman has never served, notably Janet Yellen as Secretary of the Treasury and Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence. Yellen, a world-renowned economist, was previously the first woman to head the Federal Reserve. […]

Court won’t hear same-sex parents on birth certificate case

Washington, D.C. – Chris Johnson reports in the Washington Blade that the U.S. Supreme Court, which many predicted would roll back LGBTQ rights with its new 6-3 conservative majority, has turned down a request to hear a case that would have undercut the guarantee of full marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide. In its orders list Monday, December 14, the court without explanation signaled it had denied certiorari in the case, known as Box v. Henderson, which seeks to undermine the Obergefell v. Hodges decision in terms of birth certificates for children born to lesbian parents. Despite the widely-held perception […]

VA GOP censures congressman for marrying a Gay couple

Appomattox County, VA – A Republican committee in Virginia has denounced a GOP member of Congress, in part because he presided over the wedding of a same-sex couple. Appomattox County Republican Committee unanimously passed a resolution denouncing out-going U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) for “betraying” the GOP’s values and voters. Their resolution lists four instances of betrayal, and the first is that he presided over the wedding of a same-sex couple. “Whereas, in July 2019, Denver Riggleman officiated a same sex wedding which in turn goes against the values and principles of the Republican Party betraying and disregarding the concerns […]

Dallas center launches drive to build LGBTQ senior housing

Dallas, TX – Resource Center, a Dallas based support center for LGBTQ communities and all people affected by HIV, has launched a $4 million capital campaign for the construction of LGBTQ-friendly and affordable senior housing, officials announced Wednesday, December 16. The campaign, led by community advocates Lynn McBee and Phil Clemmons, was prompted by the need to “meet the growing demand for affordable housing and care and services for the aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning population in the Dallas community,” according to a statement released this afternoon. The center has partnered with Volunteers of America and developer Matthews […]

PFLAG founder Manford would have turned 100 this month

Washington, D.C. – On December 4, Jeanne Manford, the mother who inspired a movement of parents, families and allies to advocate for their LGBTQ loved ones would have been 100 years old. The organization she helped to found honored Manford who showed a strong commitment to the advocacy that resulted in establishing what is the nation’s first organization of its kind, PFLAG National shared. Manford was born in Flushing, Queens and was a graduate of Queens College. In her career, she was a math teacher from 1964-1990.             PFLAG National partnered with the Making Gay History podcast to highlight archival […]

Drama about being Gay in 80s London coming next year

London, England – Queerty reports that the first trailer has arrived for the five-part TV drama, It’s A Sin. The British show has been written by Russell T. Davies, the original creator of the UK version of Queer As Folk. Davies is also known for the 2005 revival of Doctor Who, 2019’s Years and Years (starring Russell Tovey), and 2018’s A Very British Scandal (with Hugh Grant).             It’s A Sin will be broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK and HBO Max in the US in early 2021. Originally having the working title Boys when it began filming, the […]