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We write a verity of articles on LGBT+ topics. The articles primarily debunk anti LGBT+ hate and myths. The articles go deeper into the topics and debunk the arguments more thoroughly. We also write about current LGBT+ news.
LGBT+ Case Watch
LGBT+ News Recap
March 2023 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in March 2023.
January 2023 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in January 2023.
Dissecting The Anti-Drag Movement
With anti-LGBT+ rhetoric on the rise, opposition to drag shows is too. This opposition mainly manifested as protests and harassment directed at family-friendly drag shows and drag queen story hours. But things have been escalating recently, right-wing lawmakers across the United States have introduced legislation to restrict drag shows and sometimes gender nonconformity in general. Some of these laws are dangerous and would heavily limit transgender rights and freedom of expression if passed.
December 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in December 2022.
LGBT+ Case Watch: LGBT+ Rights Collide With The First Amendment
A case that could have a big impact on LGBT+ rights and nondiscrimination laws has reached the Supreme Court. The question at hand is whether a nondiscrimination law that protects LGBT+ people is unconstitutional if the service being provided counts speech.
November 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in November 2022.
The Roadblock To Banning Conversion Therapy In The US
Several years ago in Florida, 2 conversion therapists sued Palm Beach county over their ban on the harmful practice of conversion therapy for minors. They argued that the ban violated their right to freedom of speech. While they weren't able to block the law at first when they appealed to the circuit court, the court agreed in a 2-1 decision, and the ban was struck down. Unfortunately, it gets worse, because the circuit court had jurisdiction over Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, any attempt to ban conversion therapy in those states would be halted too. This reveals a major roadblock to banning conversion therapy, conservative judges striking bans down.
October 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in October 2022.
A Mostly Compressive Defense Of Gender Affirming Care
Gender transition is the process a transgender person takes to align their body and expression with their gender identity. Transition is often driven by gender dysphoria which is a sometimes severe discomfort felt by transgender people over their body or gender roles. Transition generally improves the well-being of transgender people and is a goal for many of them.
September 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in September 2022.
Gender Sexuality Alliances: What Are They And How Can They Help
Schools can sometimes be hostile to LGBT+ students, GSAs or gender sexuality alliances (sometimes called gay-straight alliances) are a type of club that aims to fix that by giving students and safe place to be themselves. GSAs are beneficial to LGBT+ students and schools, unfortunately, they are not universal and some are pushing back on efforts to start them.
August 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in August 2022.
LGBT+ Case Watch: Defending Life-Saving Health Care In Alabama
In April, Alabama governor Kay Ivey (R) signed multiple anti-LGBT+ bills into law. These laws did everything from curriculum censorship to banning transgender students from using the correct bathrooms, but one of these laws was of particular interest to LGBT+ activists, it banned best practice gender-affirming care for minors and even included criminal penalties. Several LGBT+ and civil rights groups quickly filed a lawsuit which will be the topic of this article.
The Factors Increasing LGBT+ Identification
The number of people identifying as LGBT+ has skyrocketed in recent years, polling done by Gallup found that 7.1% of Americans identify as LGBT+, up from 3.5% just 10 years ago. Here are some of the key factors driving this growth in identification.
July 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in July 2022.
Congress Needs To Pass The Respect For Marriage Act
The Respect for Marriage Act (HR. 8404) is a recently introduced bill in the United States that would protect same-sex marriage and has a real chance of passing. With same-sex marriage now at risk, congress must pass this bill.
Can Conversion "Therapy" Change Sexual Orientation: The Data Says Probably Not
Conversion "therapy" (sometimes called reparative therapy) is the practice is attempting to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. This article will mostly cover the research around conversion therapy that tries to change sexual orientation, also known as sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), and try to find out if they work and how they affect mental health.
June 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in June 2022.
How will the overturning of Roe v. Wade affect LGBT+ rights?
With Roe v Wade, the ruling that protected abortion access across the United States overturned many LGBT+ rights activists who are worried that other rulings that enhanced LGBT+ rights will be next. So will LGBT+ rights be impacted? It's complicated.
May 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in May 2022.
April 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in April 2022.
What Does LGBT+ Education Really Consist Of And Are Concerns About It Valid
LGBT+ education in schools has been under attack by conservatives over the past few years with it really ramping up this mouth. LGBT+ education has been accused of grooming, indoctrinating, and sexualizing kids. Here are 2 LGBT+ curriculum we will look at to see if these claims hold up. Then we will look at the benefits of LGBT+ education.
March 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in March 2022.
Public Support For LGBT+ Rights Continues To Increase In New Report
A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) studying support of LGBT+ rights in the US has found that public support for LGBT+ has continued to increase.
Debunking the Transphobic Article "The Real Harm of Transgender Ideology"
The Christian Post is a religious right online newspapers, they recently published a called The Real Harm of Transgender Ideology. It filled with errors offering a range of transphobic Christian and TERF arguments. We will dive into this article and debunk the points made. Text in red is from the article.
What has Joe Biden done for LGBT+ people in the United States
Joe Biden has been the most LGBT+ friendly president in United States history, here is a history of his work as the president to forward LGBT+ rights.
February 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in February 2022.
The Equality And Human Rights Commission Has Failed The United Kingdom LGBT+ Community
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the equality and human rights watchdog is the United Kingdom. While they are supposed to uphold human rights in the UK they have recently come under fire for the wave of transphobic attacks.
How Florida's "Don't Say Gay" Bill Will Harm Kids And Equality
In Florida, a bill (HB1557), nicknamed the "don't say gay bill" is making its way through the government. This will would ban discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity by teachers in primary school until 3rd grade and limit it though the rest of school. This bill will harm LGBT+ kids in school and is unnecessary.
What The Data Says About Detransition And Regret
Detransition and regret are often citied as reasons why we should not allow people to transition by anti transgender activists. The problem is that science says for the opposite. Let's look at the statistics and causes of detransition and regret, and the science showing transition helps.
2 Recent Studies Thats Show The Benefits Of Gender Affirming Hormones
Recently 2 studies have been released that show transgender teenagers who get gender affirming hormones (GAH) are much better off. These studies add to the pile of data showing transition does not cause harm. Let's take a closer look at these studies.
January 2022 LGBT+ News Recap
A recap of LGBT+ news in January 2022.
Respecting Pronouns Is The Right Thing To Do
Respecting pronouns is the right thing to do, quite easy, and should not be a debate. Unfortunately TERFs and anti LGBT+ people are trying to make it seem that respecting pronouns is incorrect and "woke." Lets look at why there is nothing wrong with respecting pronouns and why it's harmful to not.
How Religious Freedom Is Misused For Anti LGBT+ Hate
Claiming religious freedom is one of the main tactics anti LGBT+ groups use to attack and discriminate against LGBT+ people. Religious freedom is all ways brought up in discussion about anti discrimination laws like the equality act, marriage equality, and many more things. Lets analyze this argument and look at what religious freedom really is.
Same Sex Adoption Does Not Effect Kids Here Is The Data
The right for same sex couples to adopt children is A important right. Unfortunately anti LGBT+ groups have been spreading myths that sex same couples adopting children harms children. These claims are not backed up and go against the scientific consensus. Let's debunk these myths and look at the data.
What Is The Equality Act And Why We Need To Pass It
The Equality Act (HR5) is a critical piece of legislation that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual ordination and gender identity. The Equality Act and long needed and essential bill that would protect LGBT+ citizens across the US. Despite all the benefits anti LGBT+ hate groups and politicians are trying to kill this bill. Lets look at why this bill is needed and debunk hateful arguments against it.
A Brief History Of Marriage Equality
Marriage equality has come far over the past few decades. Most western countries have achieved marriage equality with more and more achieving it every year. It's a good idea to look back at how we got here.
The Massive Benefits Of Puberty Blockers
Puberty blockers are A important tool for transgender kids. Sadly anti transgender groups have spread myths about puberty blockers claiming they are damaging. Today we refute these myths and look at the large benefits of puberty blockers.
Debunking the transphobic video "Why Girls Become Boys"
Why Girls Become Boys is a transphobic video by prager-u and in this article in debunk it. The video claims kids are being tricked into being transgender.
Chromosomes And Transgender People
The biggest argument to invalidate the existence of transgender people is that chromosomes determine gender and sex. You will see it all over the place: online forums, social media, transphobic bills, and more. Lets take a look at this argument and deconstruct it.
Surprise Surprise Banning Books Is Bad
There has been a recent push for the banning of LGBT+ books from schools and libraries. This push has unfortunately seen progress with bills being put forward that would ban LGBT+ books and school district banning books. People pushing for book banning will often use fallacious arguments to cover but their hatred. It's time to look at and debunk these arguments.
Why "Bathroom Bills" Are Dangerous And Don't Protect Anyone
Over the past few years many states in the US have tried to introduce bathroom bills that would force transgender people to use the bathroom of their assigned sex at birth. Proponents claim these bills would protect the privacy of cisgender people and prevent sexual assault, but this is not true. These bills would be very damaging, here is why.
The Devastating Effects Of Homophobia And Transphobia
While the LGBT+ movement have come far LGBT+ people still face hatred. This hatred can have many effects on many parts of someones life and this hatred is still wide spread.
How Conversion "Therapy" Is Ineffective And Deadly
Conversion therapy is a pseudoscientific process that tries to change a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity. It's still wide spread and very damaging and it does not even work.