WINDY CITY TIMES
|Lambda Legal, ACLU of Iowa file lawsuit against sweeping anti-LGBTQ law in Iowa
--From a press release
This article shared 1289 times since Thu Dec 7, 2023
Last Tuesday, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit wit ACLU of Iowa and with co-counsel support from the law firm Jenner & Block LLP to block a sweeping law in Iowa (SF 496) that seeks to silence LGBTQ+ students, erase any recognition of LGBTQ+ people from public schools, requires reporting on students who ask to be referred to by names or pronouns that align with their gender identities, and bans books with sexual or LGBTQ+ content. lambdalegal.org/case/iowa-safe-schools-v-reynolds/ .
Virtual press conference about the lawsuit and the clients:
In 2009, Iowa was the third state in the country to recognize and legalize marriage equality in the lawsuit Varnum v. Brien [ lambdalegal.org/case/varnum-v-brien/ ] . But now, anti-LGBTQ+ politicians and lawmakers claim that most people want to erase LGBTQ+ people from society. We know this is not true, and that they do not represent the majority public opinion. When these hateful figures rise up, Lambda Legal is always ready to fight back and protect LGBTQ+ rights.
Schools should be safe havens that protect all studentsincluding LGBTQ+ studentsso they can learn and thrive in an affirming environment. Lambda Legal has fought for and won protections for students in the past, and we're back in court in Iowa to do this again.
See lambdalegal.org/blogs/us_20230829_back-to-school-kevin-jennings/ .
Also see lambdalegal.org/newsroom/iowa-safe-schools_ia_20231128_ll-aclu-file-lawsuit-to-block-banned-books/ .
In the past several years, we have seen states turn their backs on LGBTQ+ students by enacting harmful "Don't Say LGBTQ+" laws as part of a coordinated effort that vilifies the LGBTQ+ community and aims to roll back our progress.
By forbidding even the acknowledgment of LGBTQ+ topics, these laws send the message to LGBTQ+ kids that their identities are too shameful to be acknowledged. They endanger not only students' mental health, but also their physical safety and well-being, putting students at risk of bullying, violence, and even suicide.
And they must be struck down.
This article shared 1289 times since Thu Dec 7, 2023
| ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE
|Federal jury finds man guilty of killing trans woman in landmark case
In a groundbreaking case, a federal jury in Columbia, South Carolina found Daqua Lameek Ritter guilty of killing transgender woman Dime Doe after deliberating for almost four hours, The State reported. It is the first time ...
|Samuel Savoir-Faire Williams's violin stylings help COH mark Black History Month
As part of its celebration of Black History Month, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., presented a solo jazz performance by violinist Samuel Savoir-Faire Williams on Feb. 21. The two-hour long performance presented a showcase ...
|Howard Brown Health Names Robin Gay, DMD as Interim President and CEO
--From a press release - Howard Brown Health's Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Robin Gay, DMD as Interim President and CEO. Dr. Gay, who most recently served as Chief Dental Officer, assumes the role formerly held by outgoing ...
|Unprecedented Alabama Supreme Court ruling undermins access to family-building healthcare, GLAD responds
--From a press release - Feb. 23, 2024 (Boston) — Today, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement from Polly Crozier, GLAD's Director of Family Advocacy, on the Alabama Supreme Court decision ...
|WORLD Caribbean ruling, Pussy Riot, Russian raid, Canadian warning, anti-trans bar
The top court in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines dismissed a challenge to colonial-era anti-gay laws, Reuters reported. Javin Johnson and Sean Macleish—two gay men who had pushed to decriminalize ...
|NATIONAL Chuck Schumer, anti-marriage bill, drag event back on, military doctor
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced his support for the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA)and, as a result, several LGBTQ+-advocacy organizations dropped their opposition to it, The Hill ...
|HIV criminal laws disproportionately impact Black men in Mississippi
--From a press release - A new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that at least 43 people in Mississippi were arrested for HIV-related crimes between 2004 and 2021. Half of all arrests in the state ...
|Owasso High School student of Bridge v. Oklahoma State Board of Education case dies, groups respond
--From press releases - Oklahoma City, Okla. — In response to the death of 16-year-old Owasso High School student Nex Benedict following an assault in the school restroom, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Oklahoma ...
|GLAAD releases report on LGBTQ+ inclusion in video games
LGBTQ+ media-advocacy organization GLAAD has released a report on queer inclusion in the world of video games. Among the key findings in "Gaming: The State of LGBTQ Inclusion in Video Games" is that 17%—nearly one in ...
|ELECTIONS 2024 Eileen O'Neill Burke talks state's attorney run, judgeship, GOP ties
The Democratic primary in the race to succeed outgoing Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx involves two candidates with extensive backgrounds concerning law and government. Eileen O'Neill Burke is a lifelong Democrat and fourth-generation Chicag ...
|SAVOR A new Sushi By Bou, a seafood boil class and James Beard scholarships
Pop life: Don't forget my other Substack: "Pop-Eds: My takes on pop culture." Thank you so much to the people who've already subscribed. The latest entry (Feb. 17) features Beyonce, Zendaya and my Oscar predictions. Subscribe ...
|Connections for the Homeless purchases Evanston hotel
Connections for the Homeless in Evanston hosted an open house at the Margarita Inn, formerly a boutique hotel, February 13, to celebrate its purchase for use as a hotel-based interim shelter. The Margarita Inn will give ...
|ELECTIONS 2024 Clayton Harris III talks state's attorney run, Kim Foxx, Blagojevich
The Democratic primary in the race to succeed outgoing Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx involves two candidates with extensive backgrounds concerning law and government. Clayton Harris III is an experienced prosecutor and government leader who ...
|ELECTIONS 2024: JUDICIAL IL Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham discusses running for a full 10-year term
Current Illinois Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham is running for a full 10-year term this year, following her appointment on Dec. 1, 2022 to the First District seat. Cunningham's appointment was the result of Chief Justice ...
|ELECTIONS 2024: JUDICIAL IL Supreme Court candidate Jesse G. Reyes on why he's running, judicial diversity
Current First District, Fourth Division Illinois Appellate Court Justice Jesse G. Reyes is running for Illinois Supreme Court Justice. Reyes is running against current Illinois Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham in the March 19 primary. Cunningham ...