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Florida - Palm Beach County School Board votes to recognize October as LGBTQ+ History Month. The resolution passed unanimously on October 17th after most members of the public in attendance spoke in favor of its passage.
Georgia - State agrees to cover gender-affirming care for state employees. Georgia settled a lawsuit brought by the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) on behalf of three state employees who were denied coverage for treatments for themselves or their dependents. TLDEF challenged an exclusion in the Georgia State Health Benefit Plan that denied coverage for transition-related treatments, and, on October 19th, the state settled the suit.
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Mayor signs executive order protecting medically necessary gender-affirming care. Mayor Jim Kinney signed Executive Order 4-23 on October 17th, which bans the city government from providing information or assistance to any investigation that may try to penalize anyone receiving or providing gender-affirming care in the city of Philadelphia.
Tennessee - Court ruling allows Murfreesboro Pride festival to go forward. A federal judge blocked a local “decency ordinance”, allowing organizers of a Pride festival in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to move forward with their plans to carry out the event. The ordinance, which was approved in June, prohibits people in public spaces from engaging in “indecent behavior,” displaying “indecent material,” or subjecting minors to behaviors, material, or events that are “patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for minors.”
Texas - Supreme Court considers whether Waco Justice of the Peace should remain sanctioned for refusing to marry same-sex couples. In 2019, the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct gave Judge Dianne Hensley a public warning for refusing to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies on religious grounds. Hensley filed a lawsuit alleging that the judicial commission violated her rights under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments in the case on October 25th.