Weekend reads: Republicans pass new abortion hurdles, massive school voucher expansion, and one NC town’s struggle to reinvent itself

BY: - May 7, 2023

1. Republican bill banning most abortions in NC after 12 weeks heads to Gov. Roy Cooper The state House passed the bill late Wednesday night, so it will soon land on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. Cooper, a Democrat, has said he will veto the measure. The bill will likely become law anyway. Republicans have veto-proof […]

NC fast tracks legislation to ban gender-affirming surgery for minors

BY: - May 2, 2023

Without questions or debate, members of the House Committee on Health advanced legislation Tuesday that would block gender-affirming surgical care for minors in North Carolina. “If you are under the age of 18 in North Carolina, you cannot get a tattoo at all, even with your parents consent. You can’t get a body piercing other […]

Rep. John Autry discusses the attacks on transgender students and the promise of psychedelics

BY: - May 1, 2023

It’s a hard truth of American politics that many state and federal lawmakers base their decisions and votes almost exclusively on how it will impact their own political futures. Often, even hugely momentous, life and death votes are cast with an eye to the polls and the views of TV talking heads, rather than the […]

Moore County school board targets transgender kids in approving a local parents’ rights bill

BY: - April 19, 2023

“Sam” (not their real name) lives in a house divided. The Pinecrest High School student who is transgender and uses “they/them” pronouns has a mother who is “aware and supportive” and a father who is also “aware” but offers no emotional support. “It’s strained in my household because of the divided opinions on my identity,” […]

Monday numbers: After the Club Q mass shooting, a look at violence faced by the transgender community

BY: - November 28, 2022

As the LGBTQ community observed Transgender Day of Remembrance last week, it woke to further losses. After a mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs just before midnight on Nov. 19, police said a man armed with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and a handgun killed five people and injured at least 19.

Transgender North Carolinians see legal victories on birth certificates, health coverage

BY: - June 23, 2022

Transgender people born in North Carolina can now change the gender marker on their birth certificates without undergoing medical transition, according to a consent judgment in a federal law suit issued Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed last year by Lambda Legal, Baker Botts LLP and Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard, challenged state restrictions on how transgender North Carolinians can change their gender markers.

Monday numbers: A closer look at the prevalence of extremist views in different groups of Americans

BY: - June 20, 2022

Earlier this month, the Southern Poverty Law Center released the results of a poll designed to determine the extent to which extremist beliefs and narratives have become prevalent the general public. The poll of more than 1,500 Americans, conducted in late April, found a rising acceptance of the use of violence against political opponents and of the notion that marginalized groups such as LGBTQ people are inherently dangerous.

Pew Research Center releases report from focus groups with transgender, non-binary Americans

BY: - June 8, 2022

This week the Pew Research Center released its findings from focus groups of transgender and non-binary Americans, in which they discuss their experiences, challenges and hopes for the future. As Pew noted, their research comes at a time of increased visibility and acceptance of transgender people in American life as  evidenced by the U.S. State […]

Title 42 exception helps LGBTQ asylum-seekers

BY: - May 12, 2022

In a red brick house on the south side of El Paso, Texas, Susana Correa sits in front of a wall of five computer monitors, the biggest filled with lists of the names of hundreds of LGBTQ asylum-seekers waiting to cross from Juárez into El Paso. To her left, one monitor features a long string of WhatsApp conversations with asylum-seekers — more than 200 messages await for her response. Sharing the screen are recorded messages from her coworkers who are interviewing people waiting in Juárez, administering COVID tests and arranging for border crossings.