Today, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed the marriage equality bill into law at a ceremony in Springfield. Jim Bennett, Regional Director of Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office, attended the historic signing.
On this, the 15th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor those we have lost to anti-transgender hatred and violence, including Islan Nettles, who was beaten to death last August while she was simply walking down the street.
Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court today claiming the Hesperia Unified School District and administrators at Sultana High School violated California law by not renewing the contract of an openly lesbian teacher in retaliation for supporting lesbian, gay and gender-nonconforming students' attempts to speak out about the harassment and discrimination directed at them.
Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bill that will end the blanket ban on the donation of organs from HIV-positive individuals, clearing the way for transplantation of such organs into people living with HIV to become routine practice in the near future.