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Get Floridians you know to participate in Equality Florida’s Pride in the Capitol weekly events through May 5th

Florida’s legislative session is focused on attacking transgender youth, their families and their providers, and we can make PFLAG voices heard alongside our colleagues at Equality Florida. The session ends on May 5th, and there’s a series of Tallahassee actions – legislative visits, drop-ins, and rallies – between now and then to which we’re invited. 

PFLAGers in Florida are already aware and acting on this, but if you live in Florida part-time, have family, colleagues, alumni or friends who live there whether connected to PFLAG or not, please urge Floridians to register for an Equality Florida action day in Tallahassee as soon and often as possible. 

Tell your friends that they can register to join a group going to Tallahassee for Pride at the Capitol by selecting the preferred week. Once registered, people will learn of planned trips, and ask them to let us know at advocacy@pflag.org that they’re signed up so we can help.

Court Matters

Federal Judge puts Tennessee’s new anti-drag law on hold. Judge Thomas Parker issued a restraining order on March 31st, writing, “At this time, the court rules that statute is likely vague and over-broad.”

Federal Judge orders books returned to Texas libraries within 24 hours. On March 30th U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman mandated that Llano County officials put back the books they removed from public libraries due to LGBTQ+ and racial content.

Federal Judge dismisses challenge against Biden LGBTQ+ food stamp rule. U.S District Judge Travis R. McDonough ruled that the lawsuit by nearly two dozen states against the federal regulation requiring nondiscrimination in food stamp programs had over exaggerated the impact of the regulation and brought in unrelated trans rights issues.

Supreme Court declines to reinstate West Virginia trans athlete ban. The decision keeps in place the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit’s injunction against enforcing the ban while the court reviews the law’s constitutionality. The law prohibits trans athletes from competing against other females in middle school through college.

District Court dismisses lawsuit against LGBTQ+ protections. U.S. District Court Judge Jane Beckering ruled that the plaintiff, Christian Healthcare Centers, failed to prove that its religious freedoms were being infringed upon by the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act or the Equal Accommodations Act and therefore had no standing to sue.

Federal Matters

US Department of Education issues proposed rule on Title IX on sports prohibiting categorical bans of trans students, allowing schools some flexibility on restrictions. The proposed rule informally released on April 6th would establish that policies violate Title IX when schools categorically ban transgender students from participating on sports teams consistent with their gender identity, recognizing that in some instances, some schools may adopt policies that limit or prohibit transgender students’ participation. Public comments are allowed for 30 days after being published in the Federal Register soon, and PFLAG National will facilitate you submitting yours. Stay tuned.

Arria formula meeting takes place at Security Council. A U.S.-led 12-nation group, joined by seven member and four non-member countries, called for the U.N. Security Council to better protect LGBTQ+ people and rights as part of its peace-keeping mandate. The event was chaired by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield with Jessica Stern, U.S. special envoy to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons speaking at the event.

New SAMHSA report on LGBTQ+ youth released. The report details how supported LGBTQ+ youth can thrive and have positive life outcomes and that widespread discrimination has led to a mental health crisis for LGBTQ+ youth, particularly trans children.

US Marshals capture fugitive accused of murdering Mar’Quis ‘MJ’ Jackson, Black activist and advocate in Philadelphia's transgender community. The suspect was arrested in Las Vegas suburb Henderson, Nevada over the weekend of April 1st; Jackson, 33, was found deceased on Dec. 14th.

Bill to mandate international promotion of LGBTQ+ and intersex rights introduced. The Bill sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Reps. Robert Garcia and Sara Jacob of California, would require that the U.S. State Department advance LGBTQ+ protections globally through its public policy. 

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to require collecting LGBTQ+ small business data. The Bureau now tracks LGBTQ+ discrimination in the financial sector and ensures that LGBTQ+-run small businesses will have access to loans and credit.

State Matters

Warning: While some of the following stories describe legislative actions to celebrate and affirm LGBTQ+ people, many cover legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans and non-binary 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 constraint; feel free to forward news about your state to advocacy@pflag.org to consider for inclusion.

Arizona - Legislation to ban preferred pronouns in schools anticipates veto. Gov. Katie Hobbs has made clear she will veto Senate Bill 1001 if the House of Representatives approves it.

California - California Considers ending ban on travel to anti-LGBTQ+ states. State Senate Leader Toni Atkins, who is a lesbian, introduced legislation to repeal the ban and instead create a pro-LGBTQ+ advertising campaign in those states.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence celebrate 44th annual Easter in Dolores Park. The San Francisco tradition featuring the Sisters, who focus on fund-raising to support LGBTQ+ organizations and events, happens on April 9th, recognizing this year’s attacks by states and municipalities with anti-equality bills, especially those targeting trans youth, drag queens, book bans and curriculum censorship.

Florida - House passes “Don’t Say Gay” expansion bill. On March 31st the state house voted 77-35 to pass House Bill 1069 which would also allow challenges to any book used in Florida schools and prevent parents from requiring schools to use their children's correct pronouns.

Senate advances ban on medically necessary care on April 4th. SB254 would prevent medically necessary care for trans kids, and allow them to be removed from the custody of one parent and given to another if one parent supports their gender identity. The bill would also bar insurance companies and the state government from covering medically necessary health care for transgender people under their health plans or Medicaid. See “Take Action” above to see how PFLAGers join Equality Florida to combat these bills.

Indiana - One in four LGBTQ+ high school students have attempted to die by suicide. The new data from 2021 shows that LGBTQ+ students were more than twice as likely to attempt suicide than their straight cisgender peers, of whom less than 10 percent attempted suicide. 

Kansas - Legislature overrides Governor’s veto of trans sport ban. The vote which was 84-40 in the state House and 28-12 in the state Senate override Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of House Bill 2238. HB 2238 would block trans athletes from competing as their preferred gender identity in Kindergarten through College. 

Anti-trans bathroom ban bill sent to Governor. Gov. Laura Kelly has indicated she will veto the legislation which would ban trans people from changing their name and gender on drivers licenses and from using any public sex segregated facility that matches their gender identity. It is expected that the legislature will override the governor's veto.

New Jersey - Gov. Murphy Signs Executive Order creates state as safe have, protects medically necessary health care. Signed on April 3rd, EO No. 326 establishes New Jersey as a safe haven, directing all state departments and agencies to protect all persons, including health care professionals and patients, against potential repercussions resulting from providing, receiving, assisting in providing or receiving, seeking, or traveling to New Jersey to obtain medically necessary health care services for transgender people. 

New York - Yeshiva University claims religious, not educational, institution status, is in court for banning its LGBTQ+ club, and faces $230 MM taxpayer funding loss risk. The university, now under state investigation, argued in court that it is a Modern Orthodox Jewish religious institution, which would exempt it from anti-discrimination laws and allow it to reject the club. Before the 2021 lawsuit, Yeshiva described itself as an educational institution, which made it eligible for taxpayer funds but obliged it to follow city and state nondiscrimination laws.

North Carolina - State Rep. Tricia Cotham changes Parties. Her District is in the Charlotte area, and the change permits override-capable supermajority if all Members are present.

Ohio - Arrest made in firebombing of church. Aimenn Penny, of Alliance, Ohio was arrested on March 31st and admitted to the FBI that he attempted to use Molotov cocktails to burn down the Community Church of Chesterland because of its plans to host a drag event on April 1st.

Texas - Veterans group protects Transgender Day of Visibility. The group, Armed for Equality, was founded around a year ago in Austin and protects LGBTQ+ events from threats of violence, including San Antonio’s “March for Us'' event held on April 31st as part of Transgender Day of Visibility.

Bill to ban Pride in schools considered by legislature. House Bill 1507 which just had its first hearing, would ban public schools from allowing programs that are "dedicated to celebrating or providing special instruction regarding a sexual preference," though the bill’s sponsor Rep. Ken King repeatedly refused to admit the legislation would prevent celebration of Pride in schools.

Wisconsin - Protasiewicz wins election for state supreme court seat. Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz will shift the balance of the court at an important time, as the justices will likely hear a challenge to the state’s abortion ban.

Virginia - LGBTQ+ group to expand mission in Northern Virginia. The oldest continuously operating LGBTQ+ organization in Virginia, The Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, is changing its name to Equality NoVa and including Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia as part of its area of operations.

Global Matters

France - LGBTQ+ singer cancels concert over religious backlash. Bilal Hassani, the former Eurovision contestant, canceled an event in Metz at a concert venue that used to be a Roman basilica after the conservative group Lorraine Catholique called the singer’s routine “pornographic.”

Japan - Pride 7 Summit held in Tokyo. The event held by Japanese LGBTQ+ activists called for Group of Seven (G-7) governments to strengthen their legal safeguards for LGBTQ+ people ahead of Japan hosting the G-7 summit in May. The summit also called for Japan to adopt marriage equality and antidiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people.

Media Matters


Non-binary teen corrects the record about gender-affirming care they received at the Washington University Transgender Center. Alex, a 16-year-old nonbinary teen, was the subject of a Free Press article titled “‘I Felt Bullied’: Mother of Child Treated at Transgender Center Speaks Out.” Alex explained on Twitter that Emily Yoffe, the author of the article, told Alex that they had “no say in whether or not the article was published” and misrepresented several details about the care Alex received.

NHL's Pride Night finds friction in current anti-LGBTQ+ climate. Six players declined to wear rainbow-colored jerseys on their teams’ Pride Nights for the first time which led to the League’s Commissioner to say that the NHL is weighing the future of the events.

Reba McEntire rebukes Tennessee anti-drag law. The country music star said she was “disappointed” that the bill passed and urged state lawmakers to focus on “feeding the homeless children” rather than attacking drag queens.

Dylan Mulvaney interviewed by Drew Barrymore. Mulvaney discussed her TikTok project of documenting her transition over a whole year. At one point in the interview, Barrymore knelt on the floor in front of Mulvaney while holding her hands, an action that far right media has decried despite Barrymore often kneeling in front of her interviewees.

D.C. drag queens face venue shortage. Since the 2018 closing of Town Danceboutique, the premiere D.C. drag venue, new queens in the city have had trouble making a name for themselves. In particular, young Black queens have taken to social media to promote themselves to make up for their lack of in person shows.

Variety “Power of Women” honoree Michaela Jaé Rodriguez Demands Equal Rights for LGBTQ+ Community. The groundbreaking actor and singer who was the first openly transgender performer to win a Golden Globe award and the first to be nominated for an Emmy in a lead category said at the awards luncheon, “Our lives are at stake.”


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