|Ex-cop Chauvin found guilty of murder, manslaughter; LGBTQs react
On April 20, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter in his case involving George Floyd. Floyd died in May 2020 after Chauvin placed ...
|Gay, trans panic defenses continue in court cases in many US states
--From a press release - Gay and trans panic defenses first appeared in court cases in the 1960s and continue to be raised in criminal trials today. ...
|Pilsen Law Center responds to death of Adam Toledo|
--From a press release - Chicago Illinois — The shooting by Chicago Police of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, is yet another reminder to our community that much critical work remains to be done to prevent the use of lethal force through policies ...
|GLAAD responds to increase in suicide attempts among trans youth in Arkansas|
--From a press release - (New York, NY - April 19, 2021) — GLAAD is responding to reports of an increase in suicide attempts among transgender youth in Arkansas, which on April 6 became the first U.S. state to outlaw gender-affirming ...
|Indy Pride to be virtual again in 2021
Indy Pride, Indianapolis' largest LGBTQ celebration, will be virtual again for a second consecutive year as event holders say it's "not reasonable to plan and host an in-person festival during Pride Month at this time," IndyStar.com ...
|NATIONAL More trans deaths, bullied teen, Manhunt, trans writer, Biden|
A Black transgender woman in Missouri was shot to deathand investigators swiftly tracked down a suspect they believe shot her after meeting on an online dating website, LGBTQ Nation reported. Dominique Lucious was found dead April ...
|WORLD Peru items, Kenya, UK government, Poland city|
The first lesbian elected to Peru's Congress promised to put up a "strong battle" for LGBTQ+ rights in the South American nation as two social conservatives go head to head for a presidential run-off vote in ...
|Poll: Most Americans oppose anti-trans laws
A new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll showed that two-thirds of U.S. residents oppose laws that would limit transgender rights, PBS reported. About one half of one percent of U.S. adults are transgender, according to a recent Gallup ...
|Everytown for Gun Safety groups respond to police shooting of Adam Toledo|
--From a press release - The Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots networks, released the following statement responding to the video and subsequent reports of the fatal police shooting ...
|Equality Florida, HRC condemn Florida House passage of trans sports ban
--From a press release - Tallahassee, FL - The Florida House has voted 77-40 to ban transgender girls from playing sports alongside their peers. The vote comes just hours after transgender students and advocates held a press conference in the Florida ...
|Illinois Latino Agenda issues statement on shooting of Adam Toledo|
--From a press release - On March 29, 2021, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer. Since the shooting, there have been different narratives formed of who Adam Toledo was. Various media have made allegations saying ...
|Decriminalization of HIV approved in Judiciary-Criminal Committee |
--From a Illinois HIV Action Alliance press release - SPRINGFIELD — Today, the Illinois House Judiciary-Criminal Committee voted 18-0 to approve House Bill 1063 HA1, which would end criminal penalties against people living with HIV (PLWH). Under current law, PLWH face the threat of arrest, ...
|Students speak out after Pride flag removal at Indiana school [UPDATE]
Students spoke out April 12 against the removal of Pride flags at a middle school in northwest Indiana, according to CBS Chicago. According to ABC7Chicago.com, a Black Lives Matter poster was also removed. LGBTQ students addressed ...
|Bennett, Noriega named to Illinois Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes
On April 13, Gov. JB Pritzker announced appointments in his administrationincluding noted LGBTQ Chicagoans Jim Bennett and Mona Noriega to the Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes. Bennett currently serves ...
|WORLD Trans women arrested, death threats, Russian film, leader apologizes|
Two transgender women facing charges of "attempted homosexuality" (as well as public indecency and not carrying identification) in a high-profile case in Cameroon will spend more than two months behind bars without a trial after a ...