Court Matters

Supreme Court justices fail to agree on a code of conduct. The nine SCOTUS justices have discussed establishing a code of conduct for at least four years but have yet to reach an agreement, despite intensifying demands to set standards.

Federal Matters

President Biden reaffirms need for the Equality Act, police reform, abortion rights in State of the Union. The President urged Congress to send the bipartisan Equality Act to his desk and condemned attacks on trans youth in his remarks

Nominee for FCC Commissioner faces smear campaign. Gigi Sohn, who would be the first openly gay FCC Commissioner if confirmed, has been awaiting Senate approval for her role since October of 2021. Recently, articles in the Daily Mail and on Fox News without evidence connected her to sex trafficking. PFLAG National actively endorses her nomination.

New quarter to feature first Black LGBTQ+ person on U.S. currency. Pauli Murray, an LGBTQ+ activist and Episcopal priest, will be honored on a quarter as part of the American Women Quarters Program. Other women to be honored as part of the program include Celia Cruz, the “Queen of Salsa,” and Patsy Mink, the first woman of color to serve in Congress. 

Admiral Rachel Levine speaks about disinformation regarding COVID, gender-affirming care. Admiral Levine, the highest ranking openly trangender member of the Biden Administration, spoke at Yale Medical School about the need for funds to research and combat long COVID and about the fight to make or keep gender-affirming care accessible.

State Matters

Louisiana - Trans doctor spends life savings, fights insurance dead-naming to keep clinic open. Insurance companies refused to reimburse claims for Tiffany Najberg’s clinic since she legally changed her name two years ago. Dr. Najberg spent $200,000 of her own money to keep the clinic open, which serves trans youth from neighboring states where restrictions on gender-affirming care have been enacted. 

Missouri - Lawmakers consider extreme school censorship bill. SB134 would ban all discussions relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, K-12, except lessons taught by licensed mental health providers who have permission from a student's parent or guardian. 

Montana - Bill introduced to protect students who misgender their trans classmates from reprimand. HB361 would force Montana schools to adopt policies declaring that intentionally using a transgender classmate’s legal name or pronouns associated with their sex assigned at birth is not discriminatory and cannot be punished. Opponents of the bill argue this will mean increased bullying for trans students. 

North Carolina - State Senate passes so-called “Parents’ Bill of Rights” on party-line vote. SB49 bans curriculum covering gender identity, sexual activity, or sexuality in kindergarten through fourth grade. It also requires teachers to out trans and non-binary students to their parents. 

Oklahoma - Protest for trans rights held inside Oklahoma Capitol. The protest, which was organized to oppose bills banning gender-affirming care in the state, took place ahead of Gov. Stitt’s State of the State address. 

Virginia - State Senate votes to repeal same-sex marriage ban. On February 6th, the State Senate approved Join Resolution 242 on a bipartisan 25-14 vote. This is the first step in repealing the constitutional amendment adopted in 2006 which bans same-sex marriage, though the ban is unenforceable since the 2015 SCOTUS ruling in Obergefell.  under state law while federal law still permits same-sex marriage in Virginia.

Virginia House passes two anti-trans bills. The House of Delegates passed HB1387 and HB2432 on party-line votes. The former would ban trans athletes from competing in school sports and the latter would forcibly out trans students to their parents. 

Washington - Tri-Cities Pride canceled for 2023. Tri-Cities Pride President Carly Coburn said the celebration would return in 2024, following a year of reorganizing as a nonprofit.

Global Matters

Chile - Indigenous trans woman fights for LGBTQ+ rights. Claudia Ancapán Quilape had to fight for six years to have her identity recognized by the Chilean government. She now works as a spokesperson for Salud Trans para Chile, a trans rights group. 

Japan - Prime Minister fires aide over anti-LGBTQ+ remarks. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida fired Masayoshi Arai after Arai said he would not want to live next to or even look at people in same-sex relationships. 

United Kingdom - Welsh government considers easing process to legally change one's gender. Similar proposals by the Scottish government were blocked by the National Parliament.  

The Vatican - Pope Francis calls laws criminalizing LGBTQ+ people a sin and an injustice. The Pope made the remarks following a trip to Africa.

Media Matters


Charles Silverstein, psychologist who helped declassify homosexuality as a mental illness, dies at 87. Dr. Silverstein spent decades advocating for gay rights and played a significant part in convincing the American Psychiatric Association to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973.

Kim Petras and Sam Smith win Grammy for “Unholy.” In her acceptance speech, Petras thanked the “transgender legends” who came before her, as well as her mother, for supporting her transition.

Gay men discriminate against effeminate gay men, according to study. A study by the University of Sydney found that gay and straight men both prefer masculine men over feminine men for high-status roles. This indicates that feminine gay men may face implicit discrimination in the workplace, even from other gay men. 

Trans, non-binary comic book character to debut. DC comics will introduce Circuit Breaker in Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate on February 14th. 

Williams Institute study shows poverty rate for LGBT people dropped during the pandemic. The poverty rate for LGBT people dropped from 23% in 2020 to 17% in 2021. The poverty rate for non-LGBT people also dropped in the same timeframe from 16% to 12%.


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