Category: National

News from across the country affecting the bear, leather and kink communities.

DOJ brief in gay rights case slammed by advocates

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has again filed an amicus brief against gay civil rights in a case up for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. From NBC Out: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission involves Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused — due to his religious beliefs — to make a wedding…

SF activist Bubbles killed in Tenderloin

SAN FRANCISCO — Activist Anthony Torres, known in San Francisco as Bubbles, was shot and killed in the city’s Tenderloin area this past weekend, local media reported. From SFGate.com: San Francisco activist, artist and DJ Anthony Torres, who was best known by his gender-nonconforming alter ego, Bubbles, was fatally shot early Saturday morning, according to…

Woodhull Freedom Foundation responds to proposed Title IX rollback

WASHINGTON — Yesterday Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced her decision to scale down or remove Title IX protections on college campuses. Title IX holds universities across the country accountable for supporting survivors of sexual assault. Hiding behind a false assertion that the current Title IX guidances have failed not only survivors but the accused…

Defense Secretary: Transgender troops can stay pending study

WASHINGTON — The Hill reported Tuesday evening that that transgender troops in the military would be allowed to continue serving pending the results of a study. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made the announcement Tuesday. From The Hill: The announcement comes days after President Trump signed a memo barring transgender people from enlisting in the military while instructing Mattis…

ACLU sues over transgender soldier ban

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday that they would be suing the 45 administration over the new ban on transgender soldiers. The civil liberty advocacy organization made the announcement Monday morning on their blog and social media: Today, we and the ACLU of Maryland filed a lawsuit to challenge President Trump’s cruel…

Leather Hall of Fame seeks nominations for 2018

CLEVELAND — The Leather Hall of Fame (LHOF) is seeking nominations for the 2018 inductees. LHOF board member Gloria Brame has explained the nomination process below: As a member of the Board of Governors of the Leather Hall of Fame, I’d like to explain the nomination process to help people and groups understand our mission,…

Consent Summit in New York City on Sept 16

NEW YORK — The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and The TES Association present the Consent Summit, an all-day event of workshops and discussions on consent in New York City. Attitudes are changing about consent, and it’s time to join in the conversation. Consent and the law, consent in power exchange relationships, and dealing…