Stonewall Rally Shows Solidarity Between Gay, Immigrant Communities

On Saturday, demonstrators showed up at the Stonewall Inn in NYC to show solidarity between the LGBT community and those threatened by the President’s travel ban.

The event sought to show the LGBT community standing with immigrants and refugees at risk of being banned from entering the US by Trump’s executive order.

The rally also came a few days after the leak of a draft executive order authorizing religiously-motivated LGBT discrimination. However, the order is now said to have been killed, and will not be signed by the President. Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner allegedly played a role in the scrapping of the order, noting their disapproval to the President.

34 Million + LGBT Workers Impacted by Obama’s Executive Order’s Uncertain Fate

Responding to the Washington Blade in his first press conference on Monday, Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he didn't know the future of an executive order banning LGBT discrimination among federal contractors. Many have sought verification surrounding whether President Trump would keep Executive Order 13672. Last week, Log Cabin Republicans submitted a white paper and a petition to the Trump transition team advocating to keep the order in effect. Spicer stated that the administration has not yet reviewed the order, so he could not comment on its future: "I don’t [know] that we’ve gotten that far in the list of executive orders, but I’d be glad to get back to you.”  

Kate Brown becomes first openly LGBT person to be elected state governor

In a historic election, Kate Brown won a two-year term as Oregon’s governor, becoming the first openly LGBT governor-elect. Brown had served as governor since February 2015, when she took over after former Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned the post, but had not been elected to the position until winning the special election on November 8, 2016.   Brown, who identifies as bisexual, has spoken about her time spent in the closet, and fears related to coming out. Discussing her victory with the Washington Blade, she stated: "You can't be what you can't see…If I can be a role model for one young person that decides that their life is worth living because there's someone like them in the world, it's worth it."

Taiwan set to be first Asian nation to legalize gay marriage

According to the Associated Press, Taiwan may become the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage. A majority of the Taiwanese population already supports it, with the percentage even higher (an estimated 80%) among the younger generation of 20-29 year-olds.   Lawmakers are developing three bills aimed at legalizing gay marriage, one of which is ready for review and could pass within months. Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen, the nation’s first female president, is also a prominent supporter of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.

New exhibit highlights works from incarcerated LGBT artists

A new exhibit at the Abrons Arts Center displays the works of incarcerated LGBT creators in an effort to empower and give voice to their experience. Created by Tatiana Von Furstenberg and Black and Pink, an organization supporting LGBTQ prisoners, On the Inside: A Group Show of LGBTQ Artists Who Are Currently Incarcerated shows works from prisoners all over the U.S., “made from basic materials the prisoners have access to behind bars: mostly letter-sized paper, dull pencils, ball-point pen ink tubes (the hard shell is deemed too dangerous), and unlikely innovations such as using an asthma inhaler with Kool-aid to create an air brushed painting.   The aim of the collection is to give the incarcerated LGBT prisoners, who “face a greater risk of physical and sexual victimization” behind bars, a means to express their often-silenced, marginalized voices through art.   The exhibit is on display until December 16, 2016.

Study shows no difference in outcomes between children of heterosexual and same-sex families

As reported by ThinkProgress, a new study by the University of Kentucky found no difference in outcomes between children of same-sex couples an those of heterosexual ones.   According to its author, psychology professor Rachel Farr, this study is the first of to look at children of gay couples “over time over the course of early to middle childhood,” and finds "no differences among (heterosexual and same-sex parent) family types" across a variety of characteristics, such as behavior, stress, and relationships.   Importantly, this study puts another dent in the poorly supported claims that gay marriage and parenting is somehow harmful for children.