We are quickly approaching the end of the year and many students are leaving school for winter break. At this time, when many of us are reflecting on the past year and celebrating holidays, we must remember that we still have much work to do to ensure that all students feel safe and respected in their schools. As part of this effort, we must continue to fight the harmful and discriminatory efforts to prevent transgender students from using the bathrooms and locker rooms associated with their gender.
Today’s vote by the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to end the organization’s decades-long policy and practice of excluding openly gay men from membership in Scouting marks yet another milestone in the march toward LGBT equality in our nation. As a result of this reform, which is to take effect immediately:
Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service.
Lambda Legal’s Community Educator Marco Castro-Bojorquez is also a filmmaker. His new documentary, El canto del colibrí (The Hummingbird’s Song), tells the story of Latino immigrant fathers and their LGBT children as they come out.
In anticipation of the 2015 Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a comprehensive assessment of the human rights record of all UN member countries, Lambda Legal has authored a set of UPR comments surrounding the policing, detention and incarceration of LGBT people and people living with HIV.