Tag: civil rights

Conversion therapy ban submitted in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY — For the first time, a bill to ban conversion therapy in Missouri has been filed with the state assembly. PROMO, the state LGBTQ rights group, said that the Youth Mental Health Preservation Act, known as HB 2141, was filed by State Rep. Tracy McCreery. The bill states that “state licensed professionals cannot engage in any…

NCSF looking for new board members

BALTIMORE — The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) announced Monday that they are looking for new board members for the upcoming year. From their email announcement: The NCSF needs you! The NCSF is run by a Board of Directors consisting of 13 Board Members. Nine of the Board Members are elected at our annual…

Paducah, Ky. passes pro-LGBTQ ordinance

PADUCAH — Paducah, a small city in far western Kentucky, has passed a LGBTQ rights ordinance with a vote of 4-1. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the city council passed the ordinance on Tuesday. From the Courier-Journal: In a 4-1 vote of Paducah city leaders on Tuesday evening, the western Kentucky town of around 25,000…

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis officially files for re-election

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Kim Davis, who became famous for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses after marriage equality was legalized, has officially filed for re-election. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Davis had filed for re-election last week. She had said in November that she would run again. From the Courier-Journal: Davis caused an international uproar…

Anti-LGBTQ bills filed with Missouri state assembly

ST. LOUIS — Four anti-LGBTQ bills have been prefiled with the Missouri legislature, PROMO reported on Wednesday. PROMO is the Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ rights organization. Two of the bills are anti-transgender bills restricting bathroom access. The other two bills focus on religious exemption and marriage. The anti-trans bills are SB 690 (Sen. Emery) and HB 1755 (Rep. Pogue). Similar…

Illinois women’s groups plan marches for inauguration anniversary

SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of women’s groups from across the state are planning marches Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale on Jan. 20. According to a press release, Women’s March Chicago, Action Illinois and Women United Network are organizing statewide marches in celebration of the first anniversary of the Women’s Marches of 2017. Named the March on the Polls,…

Lambda Legal releases analysis on judicial LGBTQ issues

CHICAGO — Lambda Legal, a national legal advocacy organization for the LGBTQ community, published an analysis on judicial threats against the community from the Trump administration. Lambda Legal said in a blog post that the record speed with which President Trump is reshaping the courts, along with the number of judges with anti-LGBT records whom he…