Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted to clarify his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, defending the law he signed last week as not discriminatory. In the last few days, gay rights groups have protested while high-profile companies have come out against the bill, with potential economic consequences for the state. Political editor Lisa Desjardins updates Judy Woodruff. Continue reading
SALT LAKE CITY — A Republican-controlled Senate committee in the Utah Legislature offered its unanimous and at times emotional support for a proposal to protect gay and transgender individuals as the landmark measure passed its first test. Continue reading
As debate intensifies over equal rights for LGBTQ people, research has spotlighted the benefits of a supportive environment for LGBTQ students who are at an increased risk for bullying and violence. Teacher Douglas Ray discusses how educators can find new ways to engage with students’ identities and foster a welcoming climate for all students. Continue reading
In a lawsuit filed by seven same-sex couples challenging Nebraska’s gay marriage ban, Nebraska district judge Joseph Bataillon sided with the plaintiffs, making same-sex marriage legal in the state of Nebraska. The ruling will be effective in one week.
A short film depicting two parents’ coming to terms with their son’s homosexuality has gone viral in China, garnering over 100 million views on QQ, a popular video streaming site in China.
Once classified as a “mental illness”, homosexuality has been legal in China for almost twenty years. Same sex marriage remains illegal, however, and the cultural emphasis on continuing family lines has placed a stigma on homosexual behavior. Continue reading
The death of a transgender teen in Ohio — and the suicide note she left behind — has sparked a groundswell of support for LGBT youth who struggle with identity and acceptance. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality and Leo Sheng, a transgender man, about rising awareness and support for the transgender community. Continue reading
The FDA said in a statement that it will “recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral to one year since the last sexual contact.”