North Carolina school board to allow students to carry pepper spray (to use on trans students in the “wrong” bathroom).

A North Carolina school board has decided to allow students to carry pepper spray at school.  While this seems like a stupid idea in an environment where emotions often run high and fights are not uncommon, it’s even worse when you consider that one of the board members said this was specifically to target transgender [Read More…]

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Department of Justice to sue North Carolina over bathroom bill.

In response to North Carolina suing the DOJ, Loretta Lynch held a press conference yesterday to announce that the DOJ would be suing the state of North Carolina.  She pulled very, very few punches: To quote a part of her speech: “This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments [Read More…]

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Roy Moore suspended from the bench, could be removed from office after hearing.

So…Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench for telling Alabama probate judges to defy the SCOTUS: An Alabama judicial oversight body on Friday filed a formal complaint against Roy S. Moore, the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, charging that he had “flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority” [Read More…]

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North Carolina will sue the federal government to keep their bathroom bill.

Last week the Justice Department sent a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina insisting that the state’s bathroom law (insisting that transgender people must use the bathroom of their biological sex) violated the Civil Rights Act.  They gave him until today to respond: It’s deadline day for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. The [Read More…]

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Obama pushing for the first national monument to the LGBT rights movement.

New York’s Stonewall Inn was the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which many historians believed was the very first spark of the modern gay rights movement. Now President Obama plans to make the night club the first national monument honoring the history of LGBT people in the United States: New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, [Read More…]

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SNL: God’s Not Gay.

Movies like God’s Not Dead don’t make mockery far too easy.  Still, it’s important to give credit when it’s most artfully done. [Read more…]

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Tony Perkins: forcing businesses to serve gay people is like forced servitude.

Anti-gay crusader Tony Perkins has found his newest approach to defending anti-gay laws — forcing businesses to serve gay people is like forced servitude: “We’re talking about forcing someone to take their creative ability, their talent and force them,” Perkins insisted. “This is almost forced servitude, saying that you have to be a part of [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Louisiana governor signs executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination against LGBT state employees.

Here’s something happy before I hit the road for voice lessons: Today, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order providing employment protections for state employees and employees of state contractors on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age. This executive order also prohibits [Read More…]

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North Carolina reaping what it has sown.

So…North Carolina went ahead and smote its own nose just to thumb that same nose at the state’s LGBT population.  I guess they didn’t think that what happened in places like Indiana would happen to them.  Boy, were they wrong. It started with Paypal pulling plans to open a call center in the state, and [Read More…]

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Norway’s Lutheran Church votes to allow same-sex marriage.

Norway’s Lutheran Church is getting with the times: Norway’s Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the [Read More…]

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