April 15th is GLSEN's annual Day of Silence. A powerful annual expression of strength and solidarity, this year this witness takes place as elected representatives in North Carolina, Mississippi and elsewhere move aggressively to enact hateful anti-LGBTQ legislation that will serve only to heighten the very anti-LGBTQ bullying that Day of Silence seeks to combat.
On April 5, 2016, Mississippi governor Phil Bryant signed HB1523, an anti-LGBT bill that invites a broad range of individuals, private businesses, and medical and social services agencies to discriminate based on religious beliefs about marriage, non-marital sexual relationships, and conformity with gender stereotypes. This FAQ is designed to help answer questions about this new law.
Our legal team has been working closely with lawmakers and local advocates to craft a bill that seeks to not only facilitate the process of amending a birth certificate for transgender and intersex Illinoisans, but that is more reflective of the diversity of experiences within the community.
Mississippi legislators and Gov. Bryant have ignored the voices of reason and responsibility and have exposed many already terribly vulnerable in the state to yet more discrimination, abuse and violence.
This morning, the Supreme Court delivered a unanimous decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, the case challenging the well-established “one person, one vote” principle that legislative districts should be based on the total number of people who live within them.