#AM_Equality: Louisiana House sustains veto of anti-trans bill; Arkansas and West Virginia judges block anti-trans laws
LOUISIANA HOUSE SUSTAINS VETO OF ANTI-TRANS SPORTS BAN BILL: “Today, the Louisiana House failed to force a discriminatory anti-transgender sports ban bill into law. By doing so, transgender young people across the state have been saved from being targeted in a dangerous bill that denies them the fundamental right to be treated just like any other kid,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “This legislation was, simply put, a dangerous waste of time and Louisianans deserve a legislature that spends more time and energy on the issues that are actually plaguing the state and need addressing.” More from HRC, The Hill, Metro Weekly and Forbes.
BREAKING: The Louisiana House of Representatives voted 68-30 to sustain Governor John Bel-Edwards’ veto of SB 156 - an anti-trans sports ban.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 21, 2021
Today Louisiana stood up for trans kids, but we won’t stop fighting until all states #LetKidsPlay.https://t.co/FDRRkFlXyq
⚖ JUDGE BLOCKS ARKANSAS LAW BANNING HEALTH CARE FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH: Yesterday, a federal judge temporarily blocked Arkansas’ ban on gender affirming health care for transgender youth that was set to go into effect later this month. More from ABC, CNN, New York Daily News and HRC.
⚖ WEST VIRGINIA FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS ANTI-TRANS SPORTS LAW FROM TAKING EFFECT: Yesterday, a judge in West Virginia ruled that the state must pause its enforcement of a new anti-trans law that bans transgender women and girls from participating in public school sports. “At this point, I have been provided with scant evidence that this law addresses any problem at all, let alone an important problem,” District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin wrote in his ruling. More from CNN, Sports Illustrated, ABC News and HRC.
🩺 PREP, THE HIV PREVENTION PILL, MUST NOW BE TOTALLY FREE UNDER ALMOST ALL INSURANCE PLANS: New guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury sent to health insurers Monday indicated that insurers have 60 days to comply with the new mandate. The rule says insurers must not charge copays, coinsurance or deductible payments for the quarterly clinic visits and lab tests required to maintain a PrEP prescription. More from NBC.
LGBTQ PEOPLE ACROSS THE U.S. FACE MANY DISPARITIES IN HEALTH CARE. A NEW FELLOWSHIP AIMS TO BRIDGE THOSE GAPS: More from TIME.
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OPENLY GAY OLYMPIC GYMNAST DOMINIC CLARKE STRESSES VISIBILITY AFTER COMING OUT: “I’m very grateful that I have the support and opportunity to compete as my unapologetically queer self on the Olympic stage,” said queer Olympic gymnast Dominic Clarke (@_domclarke). “If I can inspire just one other queer athlete to feel more comfortable and safe in their chosen sport, then I’ve done my job as a Pride ambassador.” More from Outsports.
📚 ‘SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN’ IS AN IMPORTANT ENTRY IN THE LGBTQ FANTASY CANON: More from USA Today.
🌍 GLOBAL EQUALITY
ARGENTINA ADOPTS GENDER-NEUTRAL “X” OPTION FOR GOVERNMENT IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS: Yesterday, President Alberto Fernández announced the policy allowing for non-binary and gender non-conforming Argentinians to use an “X” gender marker. More from La Nacion.
ARGENTINA ADOPTA LA OPCIÓN “X” NEUTRAL DE GÉNERO PARA LOS DOCUMENTOS DE IDENTIFICACIÓN DEL GOBIERNO: El presidente Alberto Fernández anunció ayer la puesta en marcha del Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI) para las personas no binarias, incorporando la “X” como opción a la hora de consignar el género. Más de La Nacion.
HUNGARY ANNOUNCES REFERENDUM ON CONTROVERSIAL LGBTQ LAW: Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for a public vote on new anti-LGBTQ legislation in the wake of a legal challenge from the European Commission. The measure in question bans the use of materials seen as promoting LGBTQ coursework in schools. More from Al Jazeera, France24 and them.
CHILE MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TOWARD LEGALIZING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Yesterday, Chilean Senators voted in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The bill will now be sent to the Chamber of Deputies, the second house of congress, for final approval. More from France24.
Chile está cada vez más cerca del matrimonio igualitario. Mas de El Periódico.
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