Amidst the huge debate surrounding equality and the use of public by trans* persons, youth often get the brunt of the attacks. Obama is working towards protections for this vulnerable population, while others feel gender equity is inconsistent with their personal beliefs.
“‘Kids who are sometimes in the minority, kids who have a different sexual orientation, who are transgender are subject to a lot of bullying potentially. They are vulnerable,” Mr. Obama told the website. “I think that it is part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly and that our kids are all loved and that they’re protected and that their dignity is affirmed.'”-Barack Obama
In a long-anticipated move, Germany moves to erase criminalized homosexuality from the records of its citizens, and Italy advances the enactment of civil unions.
Art Attack, a artistic group in Kenya, recently created a remix of “Same Love” featuring prominent queer Kenyan activists to help fight the country’s homophobia, prompting a very interesting exchange with Google. Read more and watch the powerful video below!
*Trigger warning: suicide*
A difficult day for many queer couples in Puerto Rico, following the recent decision.
Here is the story of one woman who used the new Affordable Care Act to cover her gender confirmation surgery when she was not able to access treatment otherwise:
Contrastingly, below is another op-ed that details some technical problems with the system that might prevent Trans* people from getting the coverage they need:
(It is important to note that the Trans* experience includes so much more than medical procedures; however, this is still a crucial issue of equality of care and treatment.)
(Photo from protests over Sochi Olympic regulations)
Russia is attempting to pass a new health law, which would affect “‘non-traditional sexual relationships,’ including homosexuality and pedophilia” and have some serious consequences for queer Russians.
For the full site (in Russian:)
A homophobic group tried to prevent a group of Australian teenagers from going to an inclusive dance, but they succeeded in all of the BEST ways.
Marriage equality is coming to Finland! Read the details here:
Here is a fairly recent map of the progress:
Michigan passes a law reaffirming sodomy is a felony, punishable by 15 years in prison. (Despite being in a direct contrast with a 2003 Supreme Court Ruling.) However, one senator argues it is important for preventing animal abuse. What do you think?
Here is a map of the states and their position on the issue: