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Trump administration revokes Obama-era transgender bathroom guidance for schools

The Trump administration Wednesday revoked federal guidelines issued by former President Barack Obama that allowed public school students to use restrooms and other facilities corresponding to their gender identity. A document submitted to the Supreme Court by the Solicitor General’s office said that the Obama-era directive issued this past May did not “undergo any formal

Trump administration working on new transgender bathroom directive

Ryan Gaydos, The Trump administration is working to undo an Obama-era directive that allows students to use school restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, the White House said Tuesday. White House spokesman Sean Spicer did not go into specifics on the new set of guidelines being prepared by the Justice Department, but said Trump

Actress Meryl Streep renews harsh criticism of Trump in emotional speech

In an emotional speech on Saturday night, actress Meryl Streep doubled down on her harsh criticism of President Donald Trump, and spoke of becoming a target at the Golden Globes in January. At a fundraising gala for the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT group, Streep referred to Trump’s tweet after her Globes speech, in

Battle over bathrooms looms large in North Carolina governor’s race

In a year of police shooting protests, historic hurricane flooding and voting rights clashes in North Carolina, it is the battle over bathrooms that could prove pivotal in the Tar Heel state’s gubernatorial race. The election will effectively serve as a referendum on a state law that bans transgender people from using government-run restrooms that

Freedom-to-Disagree in America

Jerry Newcombe, If you care about the freedom-to-disagree in America, keep your eyes on the gubernatorial election in the Tar Heel state. In “North Carolina Governor could lose election over bathroom bill” (adn.com, 10/9/16), Dana Millbank writes, “North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, was a good bet for reelection earlier this year….Since then, McCrory’s fortunes

After Orlando shooting, gay leaders train sights on guns

Dozens of leading civil rights activists gathered earlier this summer at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender synagogue in the United States. It was two days after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. But they weren’t there to mourn. The group that included Evan

GOP convention first, openly gay speaker, PayPal’s Thiel, acknowledges his sexuality

Pro-gay Republicans have held Donald Trump up as the most supportive nominee in GOP history, but at this week’s Republican National Convention, their excitement is clashing with the stark realization that their party is still pushing a very different message. While Republicans seek to broaden their appeal ahead of November’s election, the party adopted a

Rights groups silent as Clinton Foundation takes millions from countries that imprison gays

The Clinton Foundation has accepted millions from Middle Eastern and other foreign governments that criminalize homosexuality – but prominent gay rights groups in America have stayed silent on the apparent disconnect between Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric and the donations.   “Unquestionably, they’re not standing up for their principles,” said Human Rights Foundation President Thor Halvorssen. The

Under pressure, senators formulate gun control compromise

Some Republican senators tried on Friday to craft a compromise bill to impose limited gun restrictions in the face of pressure from Democrats and public rage over the Orlando mass shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history. A gunman killed 49 people at the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub last Sunday, sparking a scramble over competing

Obama to sign order barring federal discrimination against gays

 President Barack Obama will sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, a White House official said on Monday, handing another victory to gay rights activists. The White House has been pressing Congress to pass legislation to ban employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and