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Analysis: Iran protests for women, but not for lesbians

Mahsa Amini didn’t have to die. While visiting Tehran, Iran with family, Amini was dragged off the street for not wearing her hijab properly and taken to the police station for some “re-education.”  She was never seen alive again. Amini’s death on September 16 has propelled protests throughout Iran, with women illegally removing their hijabs Read More

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Local advocates say Texas PrEP ruling will impact preventative care

A federal judge in Texas ruled last week that employers in the state are no longer required to provide coverage for the HIV prevention medication PrEP, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A Christian-owned company called Braidwood Management is one of the plaintiffs in the suit against the federal government, claiming that compulsory Read More

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Does Brittney Griner’s guilty plea mean conviction or release?

As her trial on drug smuggling charges continued on July 7, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA all-star Brittney Griner shocked the world with a surprise guilty plea. Griner has been in what the U.S. State Department calls “wrongful detention” since February 17. Griner’s Russian lawyers, Alexander Boykov and Maria Blagovolina told media that the guilty Read More

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Two “Don’t Say Gay” bills pass Pa. Senate education committee

On June 21, the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee passed two wide-ranging anti-LGBTQ+ bills that LGBTQ advocates are calling worse than Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. The first bill, SB 1277, sponsored by Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), would require parents to be notified and have the option of opting out of their child having access to Read More

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Pa. House votes to remove ‘homosexuality’ from state crimes code

One of the lesser known pieces of statewide LGBTQ-related legislation in Pennsylvania, HB 2125, passed the state house 198-0 on June 8. Sponsored by Republican Representative Todd Stephens (R-Horsham), HB 2125 amends Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute and removes discriminatory language concerning homosexuality from the title. Title 18 regulates crimes and offenses. The Read More

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DOJ files suit to protect Trans youth healthcare

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama after Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law criminalizing medical care for trans youth. The lawsuit is the first the DOJ has filed against any state over restrictions on gender-affirming healthcare. Bills threatening trans healthcare are being proposed nationwide in record Read More