Michigan bans use of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youths — "Michigan becomes the 22nd state to outlaw conversion therapy, which state lawmakers defined as any practice or treatment by a mental health professional that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. That does not include counseling that provides assistance to people undergoing a gender transition." Read more.
U.S. judges across country block healthcare bans for trans youngsters — "U.S. district court judges have halted such laws in six states so far – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee – finding that they infringe on the constitutional guarantee to equal protection under the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution." Read more.
N.C. governor vetoes trio of LGBTQ restrictions in ongoing fight with GOP supermajority — "Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Wednesday a trio of bills aimed at LGBTQ youth that would ban gender-affirming health care for minors, restrict transgender participation in school sports and limit classroom instruction about gender identity and sexuality." Read more.
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Launches Modernized Process to Change Gender on Birth Certificates — "Following this year’s Pride Month, I couldn’t be happier that we are making it easier for Illinoisans to change the gender listed on their birth certificate,' said Governor JB Pritzker. 'Our trans, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and intersex neighbors deserve to have documentation that affirms their identity without having to jump over dozens of bureaucratic hurdles. After all, this is the Land of Lincoln and Obama—and here, we welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community as they are.'" Read more.
Virginia finalizes guidance on trans students, rolling back some accommodations — "Democratic lawmakers and LGBTQ advocacy groups have strenuously objected, warning that already vulnerable youths will be further put at risk." Read more.
More than 1 in 4 staffers in these senators' offices are LGBTQ — "Senate Democrats released a staff diversity report Thursday showing the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of their offices." Read more.