Stories tagged: "LGBTQ discrimination"


TOPSHOT - A commuity members silhouette is seen through a Pride flag while paying their respects to the victims of the mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on November 20, 2022. - At least five people were killed and 18 wounded in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in the US city of Colorado Springs, police said on November 20, 2022. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)
Mass Shooting at Gay Nightclub in Colorado Follows Surge of Right-Wing Rhetoric and Threats Targeting LGBTQ Community

As Republican lawmakers and right-wing media figures have singled out the LGBTQ community with hateful rhetoric, children’s hospitals have faced bomb threats, armed extremist groups have targeted drag-related events, and LGBTQ individuals have been assaulted and now murdered in a mass shooting that left five dead.

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US Department of Education Will Investigate Central Bucks School District After Allegations of LGBTQ Discrimination

The Education Department will investigate the state’s fourth largest school district, after allegations of a “toxic educational environment” for LGBTQ+ students from the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

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ACLU Files Complaint Alleging Bullying, Harassment, and Discrimination in Central Bucks County Schools

The suit alleges the district engages in a number of anti-LGBTQ+ actions, including ordering staff to misgender students, removing LGBTQ+-themed books, banning pride flags, and even disciplining staff who spoke out against these actions.

Republican State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz during a press conference at the State Capitol in Harisburg announcing her Parental Rights in Education bill, Sept. 20, 2022. (Screengrab: Pennsylvania State Legislature)
Central Pennsylvania Republican Proposes Bill Targeting LGBTQ Youth

Republican State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz says her bill is intended to “protect” children from gender ideology and sexual orientation and is “more expansive” than Florida’s similar “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, attends a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee in Gettysburg, Pa.  Mastriano, who has talked of possibly running for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, said Wednesday, May 19, 2021, that former President Donald Trump asked him to run and promised to campaign for him. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Doug Mastriano Thinks Discouraging Conversion Therapy is “Disgusting”

In a recent radio interview, Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano said discouraging conversion therapy is “disgusting” and LGBTQ children are simply “confused.”

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Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order Protecting Pennsylvania’s LGBTQIA+ Youth From Conversion Therapy

Wolf called on state legislators to follow the lead of cities like Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Allentown and enact a full statewide ban on the practice.

Marriage equality
Only 3 Pennsylvania Republicans Voted to Protect Same-Sex Marriage Under Federal Law

The Respect for Marriage Act passed the US House despite six of Pennsylvania’s GOP representatives voting against it. The bill would protect marriage equality through federal law.