As he promised to do when hard-core conservatives grew restive over a heretical Supreme Court decision authored by Neil Gorsuch (validating coverage of LGBTQ employees under federal civil rights laws) and John Roberts (striking down a Louisiana abortion law), the president has added 20 right-wing legal beagles to his preexisting list of 25 prospects for the next Trump Supreme Court nomination. The list included one of the ring-leaders of the summer’s backlash, Senator Josh Hawley, a social conservative zealot of the highest order who recently said he’d never vote to confirm a Justice who wasn’t on record calling Roe v. Wade “wrongly decided.” … [Read more...] about Trump Adds Cotton, Cruz, and Hawley to His Right-Leaning Supreme Court Prospect List
In the division's earliest days, it prosecuted the case of three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964, and helped investigate the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers. One of its earliest leaders, John Doar, put his life on the line to single-handedly stop a riot in Jackson, Mississippi, after the assassination of Evers in 1963, and he personally escorted James Meredith during his repeated attempts to register as the first Black student at the University of Mississippi. Doar's successor, Stephen Pollak, aggressively worked to implement the Fair Housing Act to fight segregation. Throughout the decades, the division has been a leader on voting rights, school desegregation, housing discrimination, lending discrimination and race discrimination cases. … [Read more...] about What Trump has done to the Justice Department’s civil rights division is a disgrace
But in the rush to enter the United States in search of protection, LGBT migrants who enter the country illegally risk exposing themselves to different dangers—this time, in the country where they thought they would be safe. Physical and sexual violence against undocumented immigrants held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers is frighteningly common, according to Human Rights Watch, particularly for transgender detainees who are frequently not housed in sections corresponding to their gender identity. … [Read more...] about LGBT Migrants Fled Persecution Back Home. Then They Fled the Caravan.
“I am so grateful that Governor Newsom — one of the LGBTQ community’s strongest allies ever — once again has shown that he’s willing to support our community even when it’s hard,” state Sen. Scott Wiener, the San Francisco Democrat who carried the bill, said in a statement. “And make no mistake: the politics here are hard, with the massive Trump, QAnon, and MAGA misinformation campaign against the legislation.” … [Read more...] about Newsom signs bill to fix sex offender registry law that penalized gay people
Johnson's film, "Unplanned," caused a media firestorm as it depicted the true story of her transition from director at a Planned Parenthood in Texas and eventually leaving to found one of the most prominent pro-life organizations in the United States. Johnson's group helps clinic workers, like she was, leave their jobs. … [Read more...] about Abby Johnson, subject of ‘Unplanned,’ amplifies her baby’s heartbeat with 4D ultrasound in Times Square