LGBT Issues

The Senate lacks protections for LGBTQ staff. One group is demanding change
Existing laws for legislative branch workers don’t explicitly protect LGBTQ employees

A Senate staffer group is urging offices to adopt policy manuals that include protections for LGBTQ employees from discrimination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Congress considers expanding civil rights to encompass LGBTQ Americans, Senate staffers want their bosses to shore up such protections for the congressional workforce itself. 

In a letter sent April 8, the bipartisan Senate GLASS Caucus urged chamber offices to adopt policy manuals that include protections for LGBTQ employees from discrimination.

4 Heated House Moments From 2016

Supreme Court Decides to Enter Transgender Bathroom Debate
Justices may stop short of settling issue nationwide

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal in the case involving a transgender boy who challenged his school district policy that prevented him from using the boy's restroom at his high school. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to step into the heated social debate about whether schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice — but the justices could stop short of settling the issue nationwide.

The justices announced that they will hear an appeal in the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who challenged a Virginia school district policy that prevented him from using the boys’ restroom at his high school.

Exclusive: Obama Would Veto Defense Bill Over Discrimination Issue
$600 billion-plus NDAA may hinge on contracting provision

President Barack Obama is prepared to veto the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill if it includes a provision that the White House believes would allow some forms of discrimination in federal contracting.

So said senior administration officials at a White House meeting Monday of groups that oppose the provision, according to participants in the conclave who requested anonymity to talk about it.

Kentucky AG Says Kim Davis Violated State Open Records Act
Opinion says she withheld documents from attorney general's office

Kim Davis' counsel violated the state's Open Records Act when it rejected the attorney general's request to review what it said were privileged documents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Kim Davis, the county clerk who became the focus of the national debate over same-sex marriage, violated  the state's Open Records Act, Kentucky's attorney general determined in a new opinion.  

The opinion comes after the Campaign for Accountability requested records between Davis, who earned the support of presidential candidates like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee after she denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and the Liberty Counsel, which has represented her since her legal battle started.   

Pentagon Lifts Transgender Ban, Lawmakers Weigh In
Policy change draws fire from Republicans

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that transgender service personnel may serve openly. (DoD photo)

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Thursday announced the Pentagon has lifted a ban on transgender people serving openly in the military, effective immediately.  

The policy change, which will take a year to implement fully, will allow the military to avail itself of “all talent possible” to remain the best fighting force in the world, Carter said.  

The Quest to Recover Lost Gay Histories
'Archive activism' helps group unearth stories from a deleted political past

Charles Francis, president of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., in front of J. Edgar Hoover's grave at Congressional Cemetery. He holds an amicus brief of Obergefell v. Hodges, which found that same-sex marriage is constitutional. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Charles Francis sets three books down on the table. “These are the last three biographies of President Eisenhower,” he says. “Not one of them mentions Executive Order 10450.”

That 1953 presidential order is the subject of a lawsuit brought against the Justice Department by the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., of which Francis, 65, is president.

LGBT Lost in Partisan Terror-Guns Fight on Hill
Mass shooting at gay bar elevates discrimination issues, some say

Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, left, talks with lawmakers at the Capitol vigil. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Scores of congressmen and staffers gathered on the Capitol steps Monday as the House chaplain prayed that Americans would never “fear violence because of whom they are, whom they love.”

But as the business of Congress resumed, none of the legislative proposals advanced in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando actually addressed the equality issues that gay rights advocates say are crucial for preventing discrimination against the LGBT community.

LGBT Advocate Maloney Earns Bipartisan Praise Back Home
New York Democrat says he's no 'partisan warrior'

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney listens to the National Anthem before a one-mile benefit race in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BEACON, N.Y. — In Washington, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney  has infuriated Republicans for offering an LGBT amendment they say was orchestrated to kill the appropriations process . But constituents and fellow politicians here in New York’s 18th District say Maloney is far from a partisan troublemaker.  

Maloney, a Democrat, commutes home every weekend to the southern Hudson Valley , typically spending at least one day traveling the district, split nearly evenly between Republicans and Democrats.  On Saturday, that meant running in a race benefitting those with disabilities, meeting with students and hosting a town hall meeting.  

Burr: N.C. Should Roll Back Bathroom Provision in HB2
GOP senator blames state legislature and city of Charlotte for controversy

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr said rolling back the bathroom provision in North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 is in the best interest of the state. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr said Tuesday that the General Assembly should "roll back" the bathroom provision in North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2.  

He also pointed a finger at Charlotte, the state's largest city, for passing an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance that has since been invalidated by HB2.