2017: The ‘cultural war’ re-intensifies under Trump

2017 was a tumultuous year for LGBT people, as the newly inaugurated president fanned the flames of conflict by naming appointees to the Supreme Court and federal agencies who acted on their hostilities toward equal rights for LGBT people.

Word ban, comment blackout seen as ‘disturbing pattern’

HRC and others see a 'disturbing' anti-LGBT trend in the recent news that CDC was purportedly instructed not to use the word "transgender" in its budget documents and that HHS is withholding thousands of comments regarding its plan to reduce

Supreme Court turns back on Title VII question

The U.S. Supreme Court could not muster four votes this week to agree to hear an appeal from an employee who said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act should protect her from sexual orientation discrimination at work. The case

Kennedy’s remarks suggest he favors baker in Masterpiece

After years of establishing a pro-LGBT record, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy sounded Tuesday like he was ready to vote in favor of a baker who refused, in the name of religious beliefs and artistic expression, to sell a

Guide to Tuesday’s showdown at Supreme Court

Once again, the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of a state law that has significant implications for LGBT people. But this time, the issue is not limited to marriage.

DOJ likens bakery bias to St. Pat’s parade exclusion

The Trump administration's brief in an upcoming Supreme Court argument would ultimately dismantle all laws aimed at ending discrimination in public accommodations, not just discrimination against LGBT people.

Historic wins at the polls for LGBT candidates

Fifty-five percent of the 72 known LGBT candidates Tuesday won their elections, including some stunning historic firsts.

Supreme Court: déjà vu all over again?

The argument next month before the Supreme Court sounds an awful lot like cases which have already been argued and decided, but this one, says the ACLU, could lead to a "license to discriminate against many people."

Judge blocks Trump trans ban in military

In the first court action taken on President Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military, a federal district court judge in D.C. on Monday ruled plaintiffs were likely to succeed in their constitutional challenge of the policy.

Trump jokes about Pence hostility to gays

An article in the current New Yorker magazine quotes President Trump as “joking” that Vice President Pence is so hostile to gays he “wants to hang them all.” The news came as the Department of Justice reportedly took an unusually