Beyond the Beltway

Beyond the Beltway

Compiled by Jim Becker

Friday, November 10, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-November 10

Federal judge blocks Trump’s Trans military ban

Washington, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s Twitter-originated ban on transgender military members has suffered a major setback. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled on October 30 that the August directive barring transgender individuals from serving in the military encourages “inherent inequality.” She partially granted an injunction requested by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, who are leading a suit against the directive. The Judge’s ruling halts the ban as the suit moves forward. In issuing her ruling, the judge noted that the transgender plaintiffs NCLR and GLAD represent are “likely to succeed” in proving their claim that the ban violates trans individuals’ constitutional right to due process.

Friday, October 27, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-October 27

Registry of LGBT community in Tajikistan raises concerns

Washington, D.C. - On October 18, Human Rights First expressed alarm over reports that Tajikistani authorities have created a registry of gay and lesbian citizens and called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to publicly raise concerns about this action. The organization notes that this registry could serve as a precursor to violence and discrimination against the LGBT community. These reports come amidst the ongoing crisis for LGBT communities in Azerbaijan and in Chechnya, where victims, mostly gay and bisexual men, have been detained, tortured, and killed in custody.

Friday, October 13, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-October 13

US opposes UN ban on death penalty for gay people, others

New York, NY - As reported in, on October 6, the United Nations voted to pass a resolution banning a death penalty for the crime of being homosexual, and to our immense relief, the motion passed with a vote of 27 to 13. What isn't so relieving, however, is that the United States was one of the nations to vote against the measure. The United States was joined in its no vote by Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, China, Japan, Qatar, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which currently maintains a death penalty for the crime of sodomy. Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, and Switzerland brought the ban forward, each of these countries having made LGBTQ rights a high priority in their legal initiatives.

Friday, September 29, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-September 29

New GOP Obamacare repeal will hurt LGBT and HIV+ people

Boston, MA - The latest Congressional proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would make significant cuts to Medicaid. It would permit states to opt out of ACA provisions that prevent health insurers from charging higher health insurance premiums to people who have been treated for cancer, diabetes, HIV, and other health conditions. States would be permitted to opt out of ACA provisions that require health insurers to provide coverage of Essential Health Benefits, such as maternity care, pediatric dental care, prescription medications, preventive screenings, and behavioral healthcare. The bill would also prohibit federal reimbursement for services performed at Planned Parenthood health clinics for at least one year.

Friday, September 15, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-September 15

After wanting to be a girl, boy says it was a mistake

Australia – states that The Independent and Now To Love have reported that twelve year old Australian schoolboy, Patrick Mitchell, believed he would be more comfortable being a girl. The child begged his mother to let him begin taking estrogen hormones after doctors diagnosed him with ‘gender dysphoria’ the condition which leads people to believe they were born as the wrong gender. “You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say I’d kill to be like that,” Mitchell explained on 60 Minutes. “When everyone went to sleep I’d stay up late researching trans people and potential surgeries that I could have to make me look more feminine,” he told Now To Love.


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