City in Texas got its first gender identity clinic

El Paso, Texas just got its first gender identity clinic. The Texas Tech University Health Services Center has opened the clinic under the guidance of Dr Hector Granados. The paediatric endocrinologist works with trans children, as well as adults. He said:  “We are in diapers when it comes to transgender care in the United States,”

White House hosts forum on anti-LGBT hate violence

The White House hosted on Friday a first-of-its-kind forum dedicated to combating domestic and international bias-motivated violence against LGBT people, the Washington Blade has learned. The closed-door event, which took place in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, allowed participants from around the world the opportunity to engage with administration officials on efforts by governments and

LGBT members of Congress question U.S. trade agreement

LGBT members of Congress on Wednesday urged the White House to reconsider its decision to allow two countries with anti-gay rights records to join a U.S.-led pan-Pacific trade agreement. U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Mark Takano (D-Calif.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in a letter to President Obama sought “clarification on

State Department envoy to promote global LGBT rights

Secretary of State John Kerry later this month will appoint a special envoy within the State Department who will promote global LGBT rights. A senior State Department official on Thursday confirmed to the Washington Blade the report that first appeared in the Boston Globe. The official told the Blade the State Department is in “the final vetting

Bakery will pay up to $150,000 for discriminating against gay couple

A bakery unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple, and is liable to pay up to $150,000 in damages, it was announced on Monday. Now facing a fine of up to $150,000 (£93,000), the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa which refused to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding may go bankrupt. The Oregon Bureau of Labor

President Barack Obama has unveiled a new budget proposal, which includes changes to social security which would mean all couples, gay or straight, would be eligible for spousal benefits. The proposed $4 trillion budget would mean even gay couples who live outside of the 36 states which allow same-sex marriage would be allowed to receive

Washington D.C. – Human Rights First today expressed serious concern over reports that the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) will vote tomorrow to approve an anti-“propaganda” law that violates the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In an attempt to quickly and quietly push the legislation through, the proposed amendment, which emulates Russia’s

A judge denied the request of a US evangelist preacher accused of human rights violations for his support of the Ugandan ‘Kill the Gays’ bill, to have the case against him dismissed. The ruling by Judge Michael Ponsor, means the persecution of people based on sexual orientation or gender identity is considered a crime against