Floridians: Next week is a busy one in Tallahassee. Contact your lawmakers and tell them to protect our LGBTQ+ loved ones!


Court Matters

Texas Gov. Abbott defies Supreme Court in border enforcement dispute. The Texas National Guard and state troopers are continuing to place barbed wire barriers along the Rio Grande River and preventing Border Patrol agents from accessing areas along the border, despite a January 22nd Supreme Court order allowing Border Patrol agents to cut the barbed wire. 

Trans veterans sue VA for surgical care coverage. The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) petitioned the VA to start a rulemaking process to amend its health benefits to cover gender-confirmation surgery for trans veterans in May of 2016. The VA has not responded to the petition, so TAVA filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on January 25th asking the court to compel the VA to respond to its 2016 petition within a reasonable time.

Federal Matters

President Biden issues statement marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the statement, released January 26th, the President stated that it is “more pressing than ever” to remember the evils of Nazism and anti-Semitism.

Biden administration allocating $700,000 for sex education program for trans boys. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently approved a $698,736 grant to California’s Center for Innovative Public Health Research to help fund the sexual health program Girl2Girl to make it more trans inclusive. Girl2Girl advocates for pregnancy prevention and safe sex among queer, cisgender 14-to-18-year-old girls through condom and birth control usage and STI testing. This grant will go toward the center’s efforts to update Girl2Girl to make it more trans-inclusive by creating the program #TranscendentHealth, which will address systemic inequities AFAB trans youth experience.

State Matters

Self-care note: While some of the following stories celebrate and affirm LGBTQ+ people, many cover legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans and nonbinary youth. Please be kind to yourself and use your discretion while reading this section. 

Advisory: State news is representative but not exhaustive due to space constraints; feel free to forward news about your state to to consider for inclusion.

Record number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills were introduced in state legislatures in 2023, with 84% kept from passing. At least 510 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced in state legislatures across the United States last year, nearly tripling the total number of such bills from 2022. Of these, 84 bills were signed into law, meaning 84% of the introduced anti-LGBTQ+ bills did not pass. 

Florida - Lawmakers considering bill mandating insurance coverage for so-called conversion therapy. HB1639 would require health insurance companies providing medically necessary gender-affirming care for transgender people to also cover so-called conversion therapy. The bill also includes provisions requiring the state to use sex assigned at birth, rather than gender, for issuing driver’s licenses.  

Maine - Healthcare shield law considered in legislature. Lawmakers held a working session on January 15th for a bill that would declare Maine a refuge for transgender people seeking medically necessary gender-affirming care. 

Ohio - State Senate overrides Gov. DeWine’s veto of HB68. The bill, which bans medically necessary care for trans and non-binary youth as well as banning trans athletes from competing in school sports, will become law 90 days from the override vote, which took place on January 24th. 

Utah - State House passes bathroom ban bill. HB257 passed the house on January 19th by a vote of 52-17. The bill would prohibit trans people from using gender-designated spaces - like bathrooms and locker rooms - that match their gender identity in government buildings.

Global Matters

Italy - Some LGBTQ+ parents may be removed from their children’s birth certificates. In June of 2023, a state prosecutor in Padua ordered the cancellation of 33 birth certificates issued to the children of same-sex couples in the city, citing a government policy that only biological parents should be listed on birth certificates. A court case stemming from this decision is expected to reach a verdict by the end of January.

Media Matters


Colman Domingo and Jodie Foster receive Oscar nominations for portraying LGBTQ+ characters. Domingo and Foster, both openly gay themselves, received nominations for their roles in “Rustin” and “Nyad,” respectively. Both actors join a very short list of openly LGBTQ+ actors who have received Oscar nominations for playing openly LGBTQ+ characters, with Domingo becoming only the second-ever openly gay man nominated for playing a gay character on screen. 

Will Ferrell creates documentary about his relationship with his best friend who came out as trans. “Will & Harper” will explore their friendship, Harper’s coming out, and her transition over the course of a road trip Ferrell and Harper take together. 

Study shows fears of discrimination deters LGBT Americans from fostering.  A study by Gallup and Kidsave showed that thirty-seven percent of LGBT adults have seriously considered fostering a child, and 32% have seriously considered adoption, compared with 23% and 15% of non-LGBT adults, respectively. Despite the greater interest in fostering and adoption among LGBT adults, more than a third of this group said that discrimination was a major barrier to getting involved in foster care.


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