Court Matters

State Attorneys General file amicus brief urging court to allow trans people to use restrooms matching their gender identity. Twenty-one state attorneys general filed the amicus brief with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on November 30th. The Court will hear arguments over Idaho’s bathroom ban bill, which is currently enjoined, meaning it will not be enforced while the courts consider whether it is constitutional.

Federal Matters

President Biden marks World AIDS Day. The President honored the World AIDS Day observance on December 1st with a proclamation released on November 30th and with the display of a red ribbon on the front of The White House. The president  noted significant progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, including “a new National HIV/AIDS Strategy — a roadmap for using innovative community-driven solutions to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States by 2030.”

Speaker Mike Johnson wrote foreword for book containing conspiracy theories and homophobic slurs. Speaker Johnson wrote the foreword to “The Rivalist Manifesto” by Louisiana political blogger Scott McKay and publicly promoted the book during its release in 2022. McKay propagates numerous debunked and baseless conspiracies in the book, including the “Pizzagate” hoax. He also calls Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg a “queer choice” for the position and “openly, and obnoxiously, gay.” Secretary Buttigieg responded to the name-calling in the book in a CNN interview on December 2nd

Vice President Harris breaks record for most tie-breaking votes in the Senate. The Vice President cast her 32nd tie-breaking vote in the Senate on December 5th, a new record. Only 268 tie-breaking votes have ever been cast in the U.S. Senate; she owns 11.9%.

State Matters

Florida - Attorney General Ashley Moody writes legal brief supporting book bans. Two lawsuits have been filed in federal court in Florida over the removal of books in Lake and Escambia County school libraries, including the children’s book “And Tango Makes Three.”  Attorney General Moody argued in a legal brief in support of the school systems that public school libraries are “a forum for government speech,” and that “public-school systems, including their libraries, convey the government’s message.”

Monarch High School students stage walkout in support of principal, school staff who were reassigned after being accused of breaking Florida’s anti-trans athlete ban. Hundreds of students walked out of classes on November 28th after school principal James Cecil and other staff were removed from campus on November 27th by the Broward County school district, citing “allegations of improper student participation in sports.” The students staged a short protest on school grounds at lunchtime, many wearing pink clothes and carrying placards with messages including “Free Cecil” and “Let her play.” 

Iowa - State Supreme Court upholds hate crime conviction for man who posted hateful notes on homes displaying Pride flag. The man posted handwritten notes in June of 2021 saying “burn that gay flag” on the front doors of five renters and homeowners in the town of Boone who displayed Pride flags. 

Kentucky - Williams Institute Study finds Kentucky has more LGBT people per capita than any other state. The study found that 10.5% of adults in Kentucky are LGBT, higher than any other state, but less than the 14.3% of adults who are LGBT in Washington, DC. 

Michigan - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appoints members to state’s first LGBTQ+ Commission. The Governor named 13 members to the LGBTQ+ Commission the week of November 26th. The commissioners have not yet met and will set goals for improving life for the LGBTQ+ community in Michigan. 

Mississippi – Voters elect state’s first openly gay legislator. Fabian Nelson was elected to represent State House District 66 in the Jackson area during the November elections. 

Missouri - Twenty-one bills targeting LGBTQ+ community pre-filed for January legislative session. These bills aim to ban bathroom access for trans Missourians, LGBTQ+ books, gender-affirming care, public drag performances, classroom topics, and more. 

Former PFLAG Springfield Board member named Executive Director of Springfield LGBTQ+ community center. The GLO Center announced on November 30th that Aaron Schekorra will begin his tenure as executive director on January 2nd. Schekorra credited his experience at PFLAG in preparing him for his new role at the GLO Center, saying "I think it really played a huge role in looking forward to what I wanted to do with the GLO Center. I think that experience was really, really valuable." 

New York - Carla Smith named CEO of The Center. Ms. Smith will be the first person of color to lead The Center, an LGBTQ+ community center in the West Village. 

North Carolina - No arrests made yet in 2022 attack on electrical substations. On December 3, 2022, two separate electrical substations were attacked in Moore County, leaving thousands without power for days, causing one death. Sandhills PRIDE, a local LGBTQ+ group, alleges the attack was connected to a drag show they planned to host, though law enforcement has not confirmed this. 

Texas - Judge grants emergency order allowing woman to terminate her pregnancy. Kate Cox is carrying a fetus with trisomy 18, a rare chromosomal disorder likely to cause stillbirth or death shortly after birth. Cox is also at risk for multiple pregnancy complications, so lawyers with the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a request for a temporary restraining order that would block the state’s abortion bans in Cox's case and enable her to terminate her pregnancy. State District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble granted the order on December 7th.

Wisconsin - Gov. Tony Evers vetoes gender-affirming care ban. The Governor vetoed the bill on December 6th in a ceremony attended by 80 people, including trans youth and their families, medical providers, and LGBTQ+ advocates.

Global Matters

Australia - Coroner launches inquest after five trans women die by suicide. Health experts and LGBTQ+ advocates highlighted long wait times for mental health practitioners and lack of targeted services for trans people in the State of Victoria as risk factors for the community. 

Russia - Police raid LGBTQ+ clubs and bars in Moscow. The raids took place on December 1st, two days after the Russian Supreme Court labeled the “global LGBTQ+ movement” as an extremist organization.

Uganda - Government accuses U.S. of pushing “LGBT agenda.” This comes after the U.S. State Department announced new visa restrictions on December 4th targeting Ugandan officials the U.S. deems responsible for repressing the LGBTQ+ community in the country. 

Constitutional Court to hear petitions challenging anti-LGBTQ+ law. The Court will hear four petitions challenging the legality of the Anti-Homosexuality Law, which was enacted in May, on December 11th. One of the petitioners is a PFLAG Uganda mom. Please show your support for this brave PFLAG mom on social media using this toolkit, created by PFLAG National and the Center for Black Equity.

United Kingdom - Trans foreign nationals applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate after moving to UK must provide medical reports, government announces. Women and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch announced the policy to the House of Commons on December 6th. The policy means that immigrants from countries that allow self-identification to change gender markers on official documents, including New Zealand and several U.S. states, will not be able to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate until they can provide government-required medical intervention documentation.

United Nations - UNAIDS officials say anti-gay laws impede fight against HIV/AIDS. Sixty-seven countries have laws that criminalize gay sex. In those countries, HIV prevalence rates are about five times higher among gay men than in countries where same-sex relations are not criminalized, according to figures from UNAIDS.

Media Matters


“All of Us Strangers” wins seven categories at British Independent Film Awards. The LGBTQ+ romantic fantasy film written and directed by Andrew Haigh won Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and four other gongs (awards). 

“We Live Here: The Midwest” premiers on Hulu. The documentary focuses on the lives of LGBTQ+ families in the Midwest. Filmmaker Melinda Maerker said that is was difficult to find families willing to appear in the film because “so many people felt that recrimination would follow and they feared for their jobs, they feared how they would be perceived in their communities.”


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