Author: Brooke Migdon

In Florida, LGBTQ+ candidates make strides

Story at a glance Six openly LGBTQ+ candidates vying for seats in the state legislature won their primaries Tuesday evening in Florida. Should they defeat their Republican opponents in November, LGBTQ+ representation in the state legislature will triple. In the nation’s renewed fight over LGBTQ+ rights, Florida has been at the helm, enacting a slate…

Texas school district approves policy banning classroom discussions of race and gender, restricts books and pronoun use

Story at a glance The Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District board voted 4-3 on Monday to implement a slate of new policies that restrict how educators may teach their students about race, sexual orientation and gender identity and allows school staff to misgender transgender students, who are also barred from using restrooms consistent with their gender…

Oklahoma senator pledges to refile legislation to ban gender-affirming health care for transgender people under 21

Story at a glance Oklahoma Sen. Warren Hamilton (R) on Monday said he intends to refile legislation he introduced last year that seeks to ban gender-affirming medical care for transgender state residents younger than 21. Hamilton’s measure would make it a felony – punishable by life imprisonment –  to either provide or receive gender-affirming health…

What is DeSantis’s ‘Stop WOKE Act’?

A federal judge on Thursday issued a temporary injunction that partially blocks officials in Florida from enforcing the state’s law against mandatory workplace trainings about race or sex that could make some people feel “guilt” or “anguish.” The law, known as the “Stop Woke Act,” where woke is used as an acronym for “Wrongs to…

Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to make gender-affirming care for transgender youth a felony

Story at a glance Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Friday introduced a measure that would make it a felony to provide gender-affirming medical care including puberty blockers and hormones to transgender youth under 18. The measure would also prohibit using federal funds for gender-affirming health care, including in Affordable Healthcare Act plans, and bar…

Number of LGBTQ+ elected officials in the US hits record high

Story at a glance A record-breaking 1,043 elected officials in the U.S. openly identify as LGBTQ+, according to a new report from the LGBTQ Victory Fund. 22 states have more LGBTQ+ elected officials than they did in 2021, while 10 states have less. The election of non-cisgender LGBTQ+ officials has outpaced that of cisgender LGBTQ+…

Restrictive curriculum bills nearly tripled in 2022, report finds

Story at a glance Nearly three times the number of restrictive education bills have been introduced this year compared to last year, according to a report released Wednesday by PEN America. Most measures target classroom instruction related to race, but a growing number also seek to limit how teachers and students may communicate about topics…