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California - Thousands join Drag March LA to protest anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. On April 9th thousands of people marched in support of the LGBTQ+ community through West Hollywood. Kerri Colby and Honey Davenport of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” performed for the crowd as well.
Florida - First openly gay Latino legislator, Carlos Guillermo Smith, runs for state Senate. The state’s first openly gay Latino lawmaker announced his state Senate campaign. Carlos Guillermo Smith was a Representative in the state house first elected in 2016, but lost his last bid for reelection.
Illinois - LGBTQ+ members will be nearly 20% of Chicago city council. After the April 4th runoff in which 3 LGBTQ+ candidates won, the number of queer city council members is set to rise. Small business owner Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth was elected along with housing developer Joe Dunn, and Illinois State Representative Prentice Butler to the three council seats .
Iowa - State lawmakers pass LGBTQ+ education restriction bill. The legislation would ban any instruction regarding gender identity and sexual orientation from kindergarten through 6th grade. The bill will also require school districts to out students to their parents if they request to be referred to by different pronouns or a different name.
Kansas - State lawmakers approve LGBTQ+ education opt out bill. The bill was proved by the house 76-46 which now goes to Governor Laura Kelly who is expected to veto the bill to try to block its introduction.
Massachusetts - Pressure to found LGBTQ+ resource center at Boston College. Officials at the institution have rejected previous calls for such a center. Queer students argue that having new resources on campus such as a full time LGBTQ+ focused staffer would help the community feel fully accepted at the college.
Michigan - State Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Pueblo v. Haas. The case is regarding a same-sex couple who had a child via IVF but were not married. Carrie Pueblo is suing for custody of the child, while lawyers for her ex-partner, Rachel Haas, have argued that Pueblo has no legal standing to sue for custody of the child since according to them Pueblo is not a biological or genetic “natural parent.”
New York - Legislation introduced in New York City Council to help LGBTQ+ homeless. One of the bills would mandate reporting on the number of LGBTQ+ youth and adults requesting services while the other would streamline the shelter bed application process for homeless and runaway youth.
Oregon - Woman sues over blocked adoption. A mother of five is suing the state of Oregon for dismissing her application to adopt a pair of siblings claiming it violates her religious freedom. Jessica Bates was denied certification to adopt after she refused to "respect, accept, and support … the sexual orientation, gender identity, [and] gender expression" of children placed in her care.
Tennessee - Judge continues block on drag law. Judge Thomas L. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee extended a temporary restraining order on the state’s law banning drag shows until May 26th.
Pride festival in Nashville suburb faces hurdles. Franklin, a town just outside Nashville, decided to delay a decision on their yearly pride festival until they had crafted a “community decency” policy for the locality. Over 5,000 people attended the first pride festival in Franklin two years ago.
Texas - Repeal of sodomy ban advances out of committee. The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence voted in favor of House Bill 2055. HB 2055 would do away with the state statute prohibiting “homosexual conduct” which was rendered unconstitutional in 2003.