With war, Kyiv pride parade becomes a peace march in Warsaw
Poland Ukraine LGBT Rights FILE - People take part in the Equality Parade, the largest gay pride parade in central and eastern Europe, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday June 19, 2021. Despite the war in Ukraine, the country's largest LGBT rights event, KyivPride, is going ahead on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File) (Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland — (AP) — Ukraine's largest LGBTQ rights event, KyivPride, is going ahead on Saturday. But its stance on LGBTQ rights has also made Poland an unlikely host for a gay rights event. Since then, however, his party has also taken steps that LGBTQ rights activists view as a threat to their struggle.wftv.com
Florida agency looks to deny gender affirming treatments for transgendered people
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration issued a report Thursday that could set the stage for the Medicaid program to deny coverage for treatments such as puberty-blocking medication and hormone therapy for transgender people.
Gay Flagler student says school stopping run for student leadership after leading protest
A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida’s so-called Don’t Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president.
LGBTQ groups sue Florida over so-called 'Don't Say Gay' law
Ron DeSantis displays the signed Parental Rights in Education, aka the Don't Say Gay bill, flanked by elementary school students during a news conference on Monday, March 28, 2022, at Classical Preparatory school in Shady Hills. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP) (Douglas R. Clifford)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — (AP) — Gay rights advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday to block a new law that forbids classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. The law has catapulted Florida and DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, to the forefront of the country's culture wars. Critics call it the " Don't Say Gay " law and argue that its true intent is to marginalize LGBTQ people and their families.wftv.com
‘Grooming’: The ubiquitous buzzword in LGBTQ school debate
Proponents of restrictions on how U.S. public schools address sexual orientation and gender identity say their ultimate goal is to allow parents more involvement in their children’s education and ensure classroom materials are age-appropriate.
Florida GOP 'Don't Say Gay' bill advances in House
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) (Wilfredo Lee)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — (AP) — Florida House Republicans on Tuesday advanced a bill to forbid discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, rejecting criticism from Democrats who said the proposal demonizes LGBTQ people. The measure, dubbed by opponents as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, is now set for a final vote in the House after GOP lawmakers refused a series of Democratic amendments Tuesday. The proposal has drawn intense national scrutiny and has served as the one of the latest battlegrounds between the White House and Republican Gov. DeSantis has stopped short of endorsing the legislation but earlier this month said it is inappropriate for teachers to discuss students' gender identities without parental involvement. After the governor's comments, Biden called the proposal " hateful " and the White House released a statement saying the measure targets LGBTQ students.wftv.com
TV study: LGBTQ characters rise in number with streaming
By comparison, prime-time series on the ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NBC networks include a combined 141 LGBTQ characters this season, according to the study. After last year's pandemic reduced the TV industry's output, the GLAAD report expressed satisfaction that the rebound didn't leave behind LGBTQ depictions. Combining recurring and regular roles, LGBTQ characters totaled 141, a “significant increase” over last year’s tally of 101, the report said. Although networks field shows with multiple LGBTQ characters, including “Station 19” and “Batwoman,” there has yet to be a series with a majority LGBTQ cast, the study said. A sharp jump in the number of recurring LGBTQ characters on cable series, along with an uptick among regular characters, brought the combined total to 138 on prime-time scripted cable originals.wftv.com
More LGBTQ couples can access Social Security survivor benefits. The challenge is getting the word out.
Until this year, LGBTQ people who contributed part of their paycheck to the pot weren’t getting anything back in terms of survivor benefits — simply because of their sexual identity, a lawyer said.washingtonpost.com
'Pose' star Rodriguez to receive GLAAD Media Awards honor
LOS ANGELES — (AP) — “Pose” star Michaela Jaé “Mj” Rodriguez will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for her efforts to advance acceptance for LGBTQ people of color. Rodriguez, the first transgender woman to receive a lead actress Emmy nomination, will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award given to LGBTQ media professionals who counter anti-LGBTQ bias. Rodriguez will be honored at the April 2 awards ceremony in Los Angeles. A May 6 ceremony in New York also will be held by GLAAD, a media advocacy organization. The awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.wftv.com
France bans gay 'conversion therapy' with new law
France LGBT Rights FILE - A participant holds a rainbow heart during the annual Gay Pride march in Paris, June 26, 2021. The legislation includes criminal penalties for people who are convicted of trying to "convert" LGBTQ people to heterosexuality or traditional gender expectations. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, File) (Lewis Joly)PARIS — (AP) — France has a new law that bans so-called conversion therapies and authorizes jail time and fines for practitioners who use the scientifically discredited practice to attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ people. The National Assembly approved the new law unanimously, voting 142-0 on Tuesday evening. Practicing therapy to change a person’s sexual orientation already is prohibited in multiple U.S. states and the U.S. Caribbean territory of Puerto Rico.wftv.com
Florida lawmakers advanced a bill that would allow parents to sue schools if staff speak to students about gender identity or sexuality
Known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, the legislation says it protects a parent's "right to make decisions" on "the upbringing and control of their children."news.yahoo.com
LGBTQ dating ban at BYU probed in federal investigation
The U.S. Department of Education has opened a civil-rights investigation into how LGBTQ students are disciplined at Brigham Young University, a private religious school. The complaint under investigation came after the school said it would still enforce a ban on same-sex dating even after that section was removed from the written version of the school's honor code, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Students can be punished for holding hands or kissing someone of the same sex, harsher discipline than that faced by heterosexual couples at the school operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.news.yahoo.com
‘He Will End Up Canceling Himself If He Feels Like Nobody Can Cancel Him’: Cedric the Entertainer Weighs In on Dave Chappelle and Cancel Culture
Cedric The Entertainer cautions Dave Chappelle that his response to the scrutiny he’s facing for controversial LGBTQ comments he made during his latest Netflix standup […]news.yahoo.com
President Biden unveils Omicron plan as variant surges across U.S.
The Biden administration is unveiling new plans to fight the spread of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant. CBS News correspondent Nancy Chen reports on the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. Then, Dr. Ben Weston, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, joins Elaine Quijano on CBSN to discuss the latest.news.yahoo.com
Florida Department of Education Removes LGBTQ Resources. Nikki Fried Provides Her Own Instead.
Following the removal of anti-bullying resources from the Florida Department of Education website, including information regarding LGBTQ students, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is providing that information instead. In a Tuesday press release, Fried announced a set of LGBTQ resources hosted on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website. “That’s why I believe it’s imperative that we make these resources available.”Advocates complain that removing resources for LGBTQ students is the latest attack on LGBTQ Floridians by the DeSantis administration. The state education website also provided resources for targeted groups, including students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, and for discrimination based on race or ethnicity. Republican lawmakers have provided parents with a tool to direct the education of their students and the Florida education system.flaglerlive.com
Commissioner Nikki Fried and FDACS launch LGBTQ resources page
ORLANDO, Fla. — Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Education removed anti-bullying and LGBTQ resources from its website. On Tuesday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the launch of a new resource page for LGBTQ Floridians. The page, which can be found on the FDACS website, contains anti-bullying resources, information for parents and educators, resources for inclusive schools, suicide prevention information and background on LGBTQ initiatives taken by FDACS. “It’s so important that LGBTQ Floridians know that they matter, there are resources to help and that we will continue to advocate for them. Our LGBTQ students experience bullying and harassment at higher rates,” said Nathan Bruemmer, an LGBTQ consumer advocate at FDACS.wftv.com
Tunisia: LGBT activist's assault seen as a pattern by police
Police violence is among a myriad of challenges facing LGBTQ individuals in Tunisia. Observers say that the recent assault of the high-profile LGBTQ activist is an indication that law enforcement are becoming more brazen in their targeting of LGBTQ individuals. Observers say officers who can dispense beatings with impunity are becoming increasingly brazen. The organization provided legal assistance to LGBT individuals at police stations in 116 cases and responded to 195 legal consultation requests. He points to shifting language around LGBT rights in Tunisia and the movement receiving support from other civil rights groups.wftv.com
If Roe falls, some fear ripple effect on civil rights cases
Supreme Court Abortion This artist sketch depicts Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart, standing while speaking to the Supreme Court, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington. Justices seated from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. She did not expect a Supreme Court decision against Roe to affect landmark cases that legalized same-sex marriage and LGBTQ intimacy. For anti-abortion advocates, though, the Roe decision allows for “the purposeful termination of a human life,” as Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart put it during arguments. A decision in favor of Mississippi wouldn’t call into question any of those other civil rights cases, he argued.wftv.com