Topics :: pro-GLBT legislation

California First State to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense

By Winnie McCroy | Monday Sep 1, 2014
Fair warning to all gay-bashers who want to blame their crime on the 'scary lesbian' they just killed: California just became the first state to pass a ban on using the "gay panic" defense to reduce a murder charge.

Houston Pastors Battle Lesbian Mayor's Gay Rights Ordinance

By Winnie McCroy | Saturday Aug 30, 2014
A group of pastors and congregants seeking a repeal for Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance have taken their case to the highest court in Texas.

San Fran Supes Prepare for LGBT Elder Legislation

By Matthew S. Bajko | Wednesday Apr 2, 2014
Drawing upon a report finalized March 25, the two gay members of the Board of Supervisors are preparing to introduce legislation in the coming months focused on LGBT seniors issues.

SF Rule Aims for LGBT Tenant Protections Nationwide

By Matthew S. Bajko | Saturday Mar 8, 2014
National developers wishing to build residential projects with 10 or more units in San Francisco would have to disclose if they prohibit LGBT discrimination under a proposal gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos is championing.

HOPE Act Allows HIV-Positive to Donate Organs

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
AIDS service organizations are applauding the House of Representatives’ decision to allow people living with HIV to donate their organs to other people living with HIV.

With Sponsorship of Bill Nelson, ENDA is Three Votes From Passage

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
With the co-sponsorship of Sen. Bill Nelson, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is now just three votes away from passing the Senate.

Council Committee Passes Two Pro-LGBT Bills

By John Riley | Saturday Jun 15, 2013
The D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety passed two bills intended to benefit members of the LGBTI community Thursday, allowing District residents to amend the gender on their birth certificates to align with their gender identity.

Albania Passes Landmark LGBT Protection Laws

By Sergio N. Candido | Wednesday May 8, 2013
Albania is amending its criminal code after two laws protecting the LGBT community against hate crimes were passed this past weekend.

Rhode Island Becomes 10th State to Pass Marriage Equality

By Joe Siegel | Thursday May 2, 2013
With Governor Lincoln Chafee’s signature, Rhode Island became the tenth state in the nation to pass marriage equality legislation, allowing same-sex couples to wed.

Families First to Grant Domestic Partnerships to Florida Citizens

By Steffany Skelley Gilmer | Wednesday Feb 6, 2013
Florida State Senator Eleanor Sobel filed recent legislation to offer important legal protections to same-sex couples. Unfortunately, the fight is nowhere near over.