Author: Brooke Migdon

LGBTQ+ advocacy group releases list of ‘worst’ college campuses for queer students

Story at a glance The number of college and university campuses in the U.S. deemed “unsafe” for LGBTQ+ students jumped to 193 in 2022, according to the nonprofit organization Campus Pride. The group on Thursday released its annual “Worst List” of American educational institutions with policies considered harmful to LGBTQ+ students. Thirteen campuses were added…

Appeals court upholds Washington state conversion therapy ban

Story at a glance The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously upheld Washington state’s ban on conversion therapy, ruling against a family therapist that said the law infringes on his constitutional rights and targets his Christian beliefs. Washington state legislators in 2018 passed the law, which subjects health care providers to discipline…

Florida’s Medicaid ban on gender-affirming care likely violates Affordable Care Act, Health Department says

Story at a glance A new Florida rule that prohibits transgender people from using Medicaid to help pay for gender-affirming health care likely violates Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told Changing America. Under Section 1557, health programs that receive federal funds are…

Students sue Oklahoma Education Department over enforcement of transgender ‘bathroom bill’

Story at a glance Three transgender minors are suing the Oklahoma Education Department and several state education officials over the enforcement of a new law that blocks them from using school facilities that align with their gender identity. Under Oklahoma Senate Bill 615, public schools and public charter schools are required to restrict access to…

California to become refuge for transgender youth seeking gender-affirming health care

Story at a glance California lawmakers on Wednesday passed legislation to shield transgender youth and their families from legal action taken by other states if they travel to California to receive gender-affirming health care. The measure, introduced by California Sen. Scott Wiener (D), would prohibit state health care providers, insurance companies or contractors from releasing…

California school district must recognize religious group that excludes LGBTQ+ students, court rules

Story at a glance A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) must be recognized by the San Jose Unified School District as an official student group. The school district revoked the organization’s recognition in 2020 over concerns that statements of faith and “sexual purity” required to be signed…