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For this post, I’ve collected some of the best LGBT-themed videos making the rounds on the Internet over the last six weeks.
In the first video, NBC Chicago reports on the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Illinois. Lambda Legal, which successfully represented the couple, recently wrote about the case on its blog.
The state Senate in the Aloha State has approved a marriage-equality bill that already passed the state House last week. The bill now goes to Governor Neil Abercrombie for his signature.
[November 13 Update: The governor has signed the bill! Marriages will begin as early as December 2.]
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is also expected to sign a marriage-equality bill this month. When the Hawai’i and Illinois bills take effect, the number of states allowing same-sex marriage will rise to sixteen (plus D.C.).
Same-sex marriage will soon be legal in Hawai’i: The state’s House of Representatives has approved a marriage-equality bill on a 30-19 vote. The bill now returns to the state’s Senate, where passage is expected; the Senate overwhelmingly passed a different version of the bill last week. Governor Abercrombie has indicated he’ll sign the measure.
Illinois’s legislature also approved a marriage-equality bill this week, which Governor Pat Quinn will sign later this month. Once the Illinois and Hawai’i bills receive final approval, 16 states (plus D.C.) will have approved laws recognizing marriage equality. Read more…
Welcome to the LGBT Youth News Roundup for July 19, 2013!
Here are some of the latest developments:
Law and policy:
• The Washington Blade provides an update on the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act: “House lawmakers spoke out this week in favor of legislation aimed at prohibiting the bullying and harassment of LGBT students as Republican lawmakers refused a vote on such a measure as part of an education reform bill.”
• California Governor Jerry Brown (pictured above) has yet to sign (or veto) a bill that would clarify protections for transgender students.
• Oregon school districts in Salem-Keizer and Lake Oswego have taken steps to conform their anti-bullying policies to the Oregon Safe Schools Act.
• The Montana Board of Regents has voted to broaden the state university system’s anti-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
• In a heated debate over a non-discrimination policy, an Orleans Parish School Board member claimed there is “no such thing” as the separation of church and state.
“Ex-gay” therapies, often called “conversion” or “reparative” therapies, have received a healthy dose of (appropriately negative) attention this year: Prominent “ex-gay” leaders Alan Chambers and John Paulk apologized for their former anti-gay activism; one of the largest “ex-gay” ministries, Exodus International, shut its doors; and legislators in several U.S. states have moved to ban state-licensed professionals from performing therapy aimed at “treating” homosexuality in minors.
This post highlights some of the most recent developments on these issues—with brief updates from California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Brazil, Lebanon, the U.K. and elsewhere.
The last several weeks have brought a whirlwind of LGBT news, with major developments coming not just from the Supreme Court, but also from several states (including Colorado and New Jersey) and from Russia. Here are just a few highlights of the many stories about and affecting youth.
Recent stories about and affecting LGBT youth and their allies:
• Magic Johnson’s son E.J. has come out and received the support of his family. “Cookie [Johnson's wife] and I love E.J. and support him in every way,” Johnson said in a statement. “We’re very proud of him.”
• In less inspiring father-son news, Politico reports that Congressman Matt Salmon’s gay son “has defended his father’s opposition to gay marriage, saying that it has nothing to do with his dad’s ‘views on a person’s relationship.’” (For yet another story about coming out, fatherhood and marriage, read Republican Senator Portman Supports Marriage Equality, Has Gay Son.)
Here are some of the latest news stories about LGBT youth and their allies:
• Smith College’s rejection of transgender applicant Calliope Wong, 17, continues to stir controversy. As mentioned in a previous LGBT Youth News Roundup, the women’s college rejected Wong for not being “legally female.” According to Reuters, Smith based its decision in part on Title IX, a law that bans sex discrimination in federally funded schools but exempts single-sex institutions. The college apparently is worried that its Title IX exemption would be jeopardized if it admitted Wong. Wong’s supporters have set up a Facebook group, “Trans women belong at Smith College.”
Recent LGBT-youth-related stories from around the web:
The Boy Scout Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Boy Scouts and the Gay Ban:
• Mother Jones has published an article about a new controversy over how best to interpret the results of a survey that the Boy Scouts of America sent to members, parents and scout leaders last year. The survey was sent before the organization revealed that it was considering a change to its national policy of excluding gays. And while the survey did not ask specifically about the gay ban, it did include an open-ended question asking respondents to explain what sort of factors they considered in deciding whether to recommend the Scouts to other people. Mother Jones reports that about 5,500 survey respondents, representing eight percent of the total, “volunteered that the gay ban negatively affected their ‘customer loyalty’ to the Boy Scouts.” In contrast, only a few hundred respondents volunteered “explicit support for the gay ban.” Zach Wahls, who co-founded Scouts for Equality, argues that “[t]he biggest takeaway from the survey is that there is a ton of energy in the scouting community for changing the policy.” Read the full post
Here’s some of the latest LGBT news related to and affecting youth:
Alabama’s anti-gay education law faces a repeal effort
• Two Alabama high school students are trying to get an anti-gay Alabama statute off the books. The statute requires teachers in sex education classes to teach that homosexual conduct is a crime and that homosexuality is “not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.” The students’ petition is here.
• An eleven-year-old from California has written to Chief Justice Roberts about the marriage cases pending before the Supreme Court. He talks about his letter in the video below. Earlier this month, we learned that a different eleven-year-old had sent a letter to all of the Justices about the marriage cases. Justice Sonia Sotomayor responded.
• A new bill in California would allow students to use restroom and locker facilities, and to participate on teams, in accordance with their gender identity. The bill’s sponsor describes it as a clarification of state law, which already prohibits discrimination based on gender identity.
Six-year-old Coy Mathis of Colorado
• A New York Times article today covers the story of Coy Mathis, the transgender six-year-old in Colorado whose school won’t let her use the girls’ restroom. The parents have filed a complaint alleging discrimination under Colorado’s anti-discrimination law; the state expanded the law to cover gender identity in 2008.
LGBT-youth-related stories from early and mid March 2013:
• An Arkansas teen was kicked out of a school dance for wearing a dress. After receiving complaints about how the young man was treated, the school has said that in the future, “similar instances will be a handled in a different manner.”
Recent LGBT-youth-related stories from around the country and world:
• The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund has filed a groundbreaking lawsuit on behalf of a young transgender girl in Colorado. CNN reports on the story here and in the video below, and the TLDEF’s press release is here. The school will not let the young girl use the girls’ restroom.
• A Connecticut school, facing pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, has reversed course and will allow a student to wear an anti-gay t-shirt. The shirt pictures a rainbow in a circle with a line through it. The legal director of the ACLU of Connecticut told reporters that while “[t]he ACLU has fought hard for same-sex marriage” and “couldn’t agree with [the student] less on that issue,” the student “is absolutely correct about his right to express his opinion.” The news apparently didn’t sit well with area man Derrel Rice, 68, who was arrested after he went to two school properties to protest the school’s decision.