Showing posts with label state legislation pending. Show all posts
Showing posts with label state legislation pending. Show all posts

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Conversion therapy is still around; 4 LGBT bills in Virginia; Army same-sex wedding

A lot of stuff, suddenly.
HRC has a post pointing to a New York Times article by Sam Brinton, “I was tortured in gay conversion therapy, and it’s still legal in 41 states”, This time the state was Florida.  It sounds like parents determined to have as many grandchildren as possible.  Don’t forget Mike Pence’s history.

But Virginia has introduced bills to ban conversion therapy for minors (Blade story by Michael Lavers.)    HRC advises on Virginia Semate bills SB 202 to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in public employment (many counties like Arlington have the ordinances) and SB 423 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Virginia’s housing laws. (HRC Text alert – curiously I couldn’t find an article on HRC’s site on it).

Lavers also reports VA House bill 1466 which would ban gender identity discrimination in health insurance. 
The Army Times and AP report that a same-sex couple has married at West Point, link.  This may be the first gay marriage of a same-sex couple with both on active duty.  We’ve come a long way from the days of SLDN dinners.  But a Mike Pence could set us back (as Trump has tried with the trans issue).