Author: Juliet Macey

First Federal Hate Crime Conviction for Murder of a Transgender Person

Monday, Joshua Vallum was sentenced to 49 years in prison for the heinous 2015 murder of 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson. The case marks the first time that the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act has been used to prosecute a suspect for targeting a victim because they were transgender.

Equality Act Reintroduced in Congress

Lawmakers will meet on Tuesday to reintroduce the bipartisan Equality Act, which, if passed, would finally enshrine broad non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community into federal law.

Nevada Legislature Votes to Protect LGBTQ Children

Nevada lawmakers approved two pro-LGBTQ bills: Assembly Bill 99 would require prospective foster parents to participate in training on working with LGBTQ children; Senate Bill 201 bars so-called “conversion therapy.”

HB2: AP Analyzes Stunning Economic Repercussions for N.C.

An Associated Press exclusive today found that despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBTQ protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

Kentucky Passes Anti-LGBTQ So-Called “Religious Freedom” Bill

SB 17, a bill that would, among other things, allow student groups at colleges, universities and high schools to discriminate against LGBTQ students—is slated to be signed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. The state’s House approved the legislation in an 81-8 vote after it passed the Senate last month.

SCOTUS Remands and Vacates Gavin Grimm Case

The nation’s highest court decided not to hear the case of Gavin Grimm—a transgender boy suing his school district because he was denied access to the restroom matching his gender identity—this term.

Queer Women Authors and Characters of YA & Children’s Books

If we view YA novels as echoes of their authors’ lives, then for the younger (and marginalized) LGBTQ audience, these novelists’ experiences mirrored through their work serve as invaluable touchstones that provide much-needed voices of reason, sympathy and identification to relate to on the page.

We Cannot Replace HB2 With “New HB2”

LGBTQ equality organizations and allies yesterday took to the Raleigh News & Observer to call out N.C. Republicans for their proposal that would worsen the implications of the most discriminatory provisions of the state’s anti-LGBTQ House Bill 2.