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Fresh Updates from RACBlog: LGBT Rights

Fresh Updates from RACBlog: LGBT Rights

For Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals, Gender Expression isn’t a Purim Costume
Posted on Wednesday February 25, 2015

Jews across the world are getting ready to celebrate Purim. Already, there are many Jews, from young children to grown adults, planning their Purim outfits. Some will be characters from the Purim story. Some will be famous actors. Some will be fictional heroes and villains. And no doubt, many people will cross-dress and dress up […]

What’s Happening in Alabama, and What it Means for the Bigger Picture of Marriage Equality
Posted on Tuesday February 17, 2015

As we get closer to the much-anticipated oral argument in the marriage equality cases coming out of the Sixth Circuit Court before the Supreme Court, the fight for marriage equality within states wages on. On January 23, Federal District Court Judge Callie V. S. Granade ruled that that Alabama’s ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional. […]

Homelessness in the Trans Youth Community: What Do We Know? What Can We Do?
Posted on Monday February 09, 2015

Despite the small percentage of the overall population that identifies as LGBT, approximately forty percent of homeless youth served by homelessness agencies are LGBT. This disturbing number reflects the impact family rejection, legalized discrimination and institutionalized homophobia and transphobia can have on LGBT individuals. This month, the Center for American Progress released an important report […]

Addressing Bullying and Harassment in Schools is an LGBT Issue
Posted on Thursday February 05, 2015

 Last Thursday, January 29, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), a bill that would address bullying and harassment in K-12 schools, in the U.S. Senate. This bill, originally co-sponsored by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), had almost a majority of sponsors in both chambers in the 113th Congress—208 in the House […]

The Safe Schools Improvement Act would ensure that all school districts have clear and comprehensive policies prohibiting bullying and harassment.

Contact Our Legislative Policy Team

For more information on this issue, contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Jordan Dashow at (202) 387-2800.