U.S. Directs Public Schools to Allow Transgender Access to Restrooms The New York Times • May 12, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. A letter to school districts will go out Friday, adding to a highly charged debat
Universities Seeking LGBT Rights Exemptions Will Now Be Named Care 2 • January 25, 2016 With news that some schools and universities have specifically sought Education Act exemptions so that they can continue discriminating against LGBTs, the federal government has announced that it will publish details of each exemption online in a move to hopefully create greater transparency. Late
Anti-equality lawmakers in South Dakota target transgender students San Diego LGBT Weekly • January 24, 2016 Discriminatory legislation targeting transgender students is gaining traction in South Dakota. Scheduled for a hearing on Monday in the House State Affairs committee, HB 1008 seeks to prevent transgender students in public schools from using restrooms or locker rooms that are consistent with the
17 School Districts Debunk Right-Wing Lies About Protections For Transgender Students MediaMatter for America • June 24, 2015 The collective experience of 17 U.S. school districts has shattered the right-wing myth that says prohibiting discrimination against transgender students causes confusion and inappropriate behavior. Years after implementing their own anti-discrimination policies, none of the schools have exp
SGA Opposes Religious Freedom Bill in Kansas State Legislature The Collegian • April 27, 2015 If Kansas Senate Bill 175 passes, it would allow religious student organizations to exercise discriminatory behavior towards other students. Read more here.
Resolution to Kill D.C. LGBT Rights Bill Introduced in House Washington Blade • April 16, 2015 Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) introduced a resolution in the U.S. House on Tuesday calling on Congress to disapprove a bill passed by the D.C. City Council and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser that would ban discrimination against LGBT students attending religious schools. Read more here.
Kansas Lawmaker Concerned over Consequences of Campus Religious Freedom Bill Kansas Public Radio • April 6, 2015 A lawmaker in the Kansas House warns that a campus religious freedom bill could attract national attention like the type that has been aimed at Indiana recently. The Kansas bill would bar colleges from taking action against religious student groups that want to exclude people from their organization
Protections for Religious Student Groups Pass Kansas Senate The Wichita Eagle • March 19, 2015 A bill that supporters say protects religious freedom on college campuses but opponents say gives student groups a license to discriminate passed the Kansas Senate on Thursday. SB 175 prohibits the state’s universities from taking action against student religious groups that require members to adh
Missouri House OKs Protections for Religious Student Groups Columbia Missourian • March 19, 2015 JEFFERSON CITY — A proposal aimed at giving religious student groups more control over their membership requirements at Missouri public universities won easy passage Thursday in the state House, despite concerns from opponents that it could legalize discrimination. The House passed the bill 117-38
Sen. Ted Cruz Seeks to Upend D.C. Laws on Contraception Coverage, Gay Rights Washington Post • March 18, 2015 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), a conservative torchbearer and potential presidential contender, turned his attention to local D.C. politics Wednesday by introducing a measure in Congress to upend one new city law regarding discrimination over reproductive health decisions and another to keep religiously af